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  1. Updates for Tuesday 20 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather from Wednesday morning

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live service has now finished. Our updates will start again in the morning.

Snowfall overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

Cloud will continue to thicken through this evening with

outbreaks of sleet and snow moving in overnight.


The snow will settle leading to some accumulations by the morning, especially across higher ground come tomorrow morning. Temperatures overnight due to 0C (32F)

M6 pile-up: roads re-opened

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Six people have been

treated for injuries following a pile-up on the M6 involving 15 vehicles.

The crash occurred northbound between Junction 11 and 12 at around 12:30.



West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Six adults received treatment at the scene for minor injuries by ambulance crews. Five of the patients were discharged at the scene."

All lanes have now re-opened.

Full details here.

Coming up on Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The Sutton Coldfield MP and former Conservative cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell

has paid a three hundred thousand pound legal bill, after losing a libel case.

Andrew Mitchell

A judge decided that the MP had probably called the police "plebs" during a row at the gates of Downing Street in 2012. The money was split between the Police Federation and News Group Newspapers.

More on

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Health can damage your politics

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

A hospital issue can cut clean through and across general and local elections and turn conventional calculations upside down.

Read my latest blog post on how politicians in the Midlands are approaching the NHS ahead of the election

Crash closed Hall Green road

A crew from Billesley Community Fire Station

tweets it's been dealing with a two-car crash on Stratford Road, Hall Green. which closed the road for 30 minutes from Robin Hood Island to Highfield Road.

The crash scene

Chilly in Digbeth

Ed Barlow

BBC Inside Out

The Inside Out West Midlands team have been out filming for next week's show in Digbeth today. It felt pretty cool!

Inside Out team filming

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Forecasters are predicting a tough rush hour tomorrow morning - as a yellow warning for snow is in place across the West Midlands.

We will have more information for you in

our 17:00 headlines.

Breakdown on Aston Expressway

BBC Travel

Severe disruption on the A38 in Birmingham city centre this afternoon. A broken down vehicle at Park Circus is causing congestion and blocking one lane.

More details here.

Coming up

Paul Franks

Presenter, BBC WM


drive time on BBC WM: The man in charge of Birmingham's gritters will be speaking about the plans for the night ahead.


I'll also be speaking to a Midlands man who was an extra in Coronation Street and knew

the late Anne Kirkbride.

Double Tipton robbers jailed

Two robbers have been jailed for striking at two Tipton homes within an hour, including leaving a pensioner with a fractured jaw as they fled the second scene.

Donovan Wilson, aged 19, of Coventry Road, Stafford, (left) and Aston Davis, 21, of no fixed abode, admitted the offences on 7 August last year,

said police.

Donovan Wilson, aged 19, of Coventry Road, Stafford, and Aston Davis, 21, of no fixed abode
West Midlands Police

Wilson was given a 14-and-a-half-year sentence while Davies was jailed for 10. Watch them force their way into their victim's home on Bilston Road


Trott: Opening for England may be best option

BBC Sport

Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott has suggested that

returning to the England side as an opener may be the best option for him.

Jonathan Trott
Getty Images

The 33-year-old hasn't played for the full England side since leaving the 2013-2014 Ashes series with a stress-related illness.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Two men who fractured an elderly woman's jaw as they robbed a house in Tipton, have been jailed for a total of nearly 25 years.

More on this in

our 16:00 bulletin.

Paramedics called to address 242 times in 12 months

Halesowen News

Stourbridge MP Margot James has said people "shouldn't rush to judgement" after

it was revealed paramedics were called to one property in Stourbridge more than 200 times within a 12 month period.

West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the address 242 times between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 - 231 visits were due to falls.

The big picture

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Every day we feature photos from around Birmingham and the Black Country at the top of our BBC Local Live page.

Wolverhampton: Colourful stripes on walkway connecting bus and rail stations

If you've not yet seen today's image, which shows the walkway between the bus and rail station in Wolverhampton,

you can find it by viewing the full live page.

If you'd like to send in a photo for consideration please email

M6 diversion continues

BBC Travel

A diversion

remains in operation on the M6 because of the earlier pile-up.

Drivers are coming off and going up to the island above the motorway then back down the entry slip road to re-join it.

News on the hour


The Sutton Coldfield MP and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell has paid £300,000 in legal costs to the Police Federation and News Group Newspapers after losing his libel case.

We'll bring you more on this in our

15:00 bulletin.

Pile-up closes part of M6

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Three people have been injured in a 15 vehicle crash which has closed part of the M6 motorway.

We will update

this report as we hear more.

Birmingham FC 'theft' arrest made

Hong Kong police arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the potential theft of £2.5m from the owners of Birmingham City FC, it has emerged.

The man was released without charge pending further investigation, the police said.

Birmingham City's St Andrews stadium

The Wanchai district crime squad are now following up the matter,

police told the BBC.

Via Twitter

Staffordshire Fire Service

tweets that three casualties have been treated at the scene of the M6 pile-up by ambulance crews so far.

Antique firearms and ammunition seized

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A 63-year-old man has been charged with possession of a firearm without a licence after police

seized antique firearms and ammunition from a house in Sneyd Lane, Mossley, Bloxwich, on Saturday.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

20mph speed limits are to be introduced on more Birmingham roads, after councillors approved the idea last night.

More on this story in

our 14:00 headlines.

Disruption expected into afternoon

Early estimates

from the Highways Agency are that disruption on the M6 after the pile-up will continue until 15:00.

Delays after M6 pile-up

BBC Travel

There is stationary traffic on the M6 northbound carriageway, with the road closed and delays back to J10a for the M54, after the pile-up near J12,

drivers are being warned.

BreakingBreaking News

There has been a crash involving 15 vehicles on the M6 at J12 for the A5 at Gailey,

reports BBC Travel.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Wolves have announced that the funeral of the club's former owner Sir Jack Hayward will take place on Tuesday 3 February in Wolverhampton.

We will have more details about the service in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Blues missing £2.5m probed as 'theft'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A spokesperson for Hong Kong Police said: "Police received a report made by a company on December 31, 2014 that its former employee had misappropriated nearly HK$30 million (£2.5m).

"The case has been classified as 'theft'.

"A 33-year-old male suspect was arrested on January 17. He was released on police bail pending further investigation".

BreakingBreaking News

A 33-year-old man has been arrested and bailed as part of what Hong Kong Police are calling a "theft" investigation into a missing £2.5m from Birmingham's City's owners.

£200k 'down the plug' for disused baths

Express and Star

A disused leisure centre in Wolverhampton has

cost the council £85,000 since it was closed - with more than £100,000 likely to be added to that.

Foxes man to stay at Saddlers

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

Leicester City midfielder Michael Cain will

stay on loan at League One side Walsall for the rest of the season.

Michael Cain

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

We hear from a former sex worker in Wolverhampton, who says women drawn into it, need help not a police crackdown.

It comes as officers plan extra patrols in Whitmore Reans.

Listen live for more on


Merry Hill store closes

Stourbridge News

Laura Ashley has announced it will

close its Merry Hill store.

Yellow warning on snow

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The Met Office has

issued a yellow warning for snow valid from 16:00 today until 12:00 tomorrow.

Snow Fields

In places, it is anticipated we could see snow fall up to 8cm deep, or as much as 15cm on high ground. The public are warned about the risk of disruption to transport.

'Vainest man' slammed in NHS debate

Birmingham Mail

Fame-hungry Sam Barton - who had a free nose job on the NHS - was

slammed as "disgraceful" by Celebrity Big Brother's Chloe Goodman during a heated live TV debate on the state of the health service.

Sam Barton

Post office's future unclear

Express and Star

Residents fear they are about to lose their local post office after

staff were told it would close at the end of the month.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

At 11:00, a senior media lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton tells us it's a "clever move" from The Sun to remove topless pictures on Page 3 quietly.

Listen live


Donkey sanctuary helps twins

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

The family of four-year-old twins has been telling me about how visiting a Sutton Coldfield donkey sanctuary gives the girls confidence to help them deal with their health problems.

Girl being lifted up to ride donkey

Amber and Hope Austwick were born prematurely at 26 weeks and while Hope escaped with few problems, Amber was left with cerebral palsy and damage to her airway.

Listen again here.

Knife threat appeal

A man with a walking stick threatened a woman with a knife in public toilets at a Birmingham shopping centre.

This CCTV picture of the suspected attacker

has been released this morning after a woman was threatened while in Newtown Shopping Centre at 12:30 on 3 January.

The suspect
West Midlands Police

The 62-year-old victim suffered cuts to her hand as she managed to disarm the man.

Have your say

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

There are calls for more support to help women get out of prostitution as a police crackdown is announced in Wolverhampton.

We will hear from the Manor Women's Project in Walsall

at 10:00.