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  1. Updates for Monday 19 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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That's all for today. BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Tonight's forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

It will be another clear and very cold night, with light winds and a hard frost developing. There is a risk of a few freezing fog patches in prone spots. Lows of -2C (28F).

More information about the next few days is


Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It's good to hear stories about volunteers who are quietly making a difference - but have you heard about the guerilla gardening movement?

They are people who find neglected or disused areas of land and plant them up with flowers or fruit for the benefit of anyone who is passing.

An academic from Birmingham has written a book about the projects.. Ben Sidwell reports for

Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Hospital order after parents' killings

A busker who killed his parents

will be treated indefinitely at a secure psychiatric hospital after a court order today.

Carl Chang stabbed to death his mother Quoi, 50, and his father Pin Cheng Chang, 59, at the family home in Hermitage Road, Solihull, in the early hours of 7 July last year.

Scene at Hermitage Road, Solihull

Police said Chang, who had dropped out of studying at the University of Manchester, stopped busking in Solihull town centre in the weeks before the killings, became reclusive and starting smoking cannabis.

The force said days before killing his parents Chang confessed to hearing voices and believed his laptop had been bugged.

Batth 'proud' of part in Sir Jack's tribute

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Wolves captain Danny Batth said he was

proud to be part of the celebration of Sir Jack Hayward's life as a packed Molineux said farewell to the former owner.

A38 delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A38 Aston Expressway outbound in Birmingham between Dartmouth Cirus and Park Circus in the roadworks area,

drivers are being warned.

Man 'may have copied stranger'

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Det Con Timothy Friend said at today's inquest it was

not clear why 31-year-old Hitesh Dhirajlal climbed over the bridge before his fall.

But he said he may have been following Jeevan Singh Dhanda, who had earlier been ejected from Snobs nightclub and was probably looking for a way back inside. Snobs has since moved from Paradise Circus to Smallbrook Queensway.

Rowett's third Blues signing

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Birmingham City have

signed Lloyd Dyer on loan from fellow Championship club Watford until the end of the season.

Lloyd Dyer
Getty Images

Fall victim 'may have followed man'

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

A man who died after being found injured on railway tracks in Birmingham may have fallen from a bridge trying to follow another man who wanted

to re-enter the old Snobs nightclub premises, an inquest heard.

Hitesh Dhirajlal (pictured) and Jeevan Singh Dhanda were both found injured on tracks near New Street Station on 7 August and later died.

Hitesh Dhirajlal
British Transport Police

Coroner Louise Hunt said earlier the death of Mr Dhirajlal was an accident.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham has the highest percentage of people without any formal qualifications of any large city in the UK, according to a report released today.

Paul Swinney, the economist behind it, claims it is not necessarily a problem for the local economy's future.

More on this story and others in

the 17:00 headlines.

'Impact on Blues owners'

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham International Holdings said in a statement that the loss of funds "may have a material impact on the operation and financial situation of the group".

It was also

concerned that the matter was apparently missed by auditors.

Wolves win for Sir Jack

BBC Sport

Late goals from Dave Edwards and debutant Benik Afobe ensured Wolves could celebrate the life of the club's former owner Sir Jack Hayward with

a win over Blackpool.

Dave Edwards celebrates his goal with Wolves teammates

North-South divide 'widens'

Rebecca Marston

Business reporter, BBC News

The national findings of the Centre for Cities report included that the

gap between economies in northern and southern English cities had dramatically widened in 10 years.

City of London view

The study said for every 12 jobs created since 2004 in southern cities, only one was created in cities elsewhere.

News on the hour


In the 16:00 news bulletin: A court's heard that a Black Country pensioner murdered in her own home

knew the man accused of killing her.

Birmingham's 'lack of qualifications'


According to the

Centre for Cities report, Birmingham has the highest percentage of people with no formal qualifications, with 16.5%, followed by Coventry and Stoke, with 15.8% and 15.5% respectively.

BreakingBreaking News

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

The company that owns Birmingham City, Birmingham International Holdings Limited, says it believes that a former employee

may have "misappropriated" £2.5m.

BIHL released a statement within the past hour saying it had reported the matter to the Hong Kong police.

City has high jobseeker numbers

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Birmingham has improved its employment rate, but according to the

Centre for Cities report it is also one of the 10 cities with the highest jobseeker's allowance claimant count.

That is despite bringing the figure down by 1.5% from November 2013 to November 2014 to 3.9%.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The government is being criticised after writing to Muslim leaders asking them to explain how faith in Islam can be part of a British identity.

We hear from a man who works with young Muslim men in Birmingham on anti-radicalisation projects in

our 15:00 bulletin.

Murder victims 'knew their killer'

A court's heard that two pensioners who fell victim to "senseless" murders at their homes in London and the West Midlands

both knew their alleged killer.

Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Leo Barnes, of Runcorn Road, Balsall Heath, killed 80-year-old widow Cynthia Beamond (pictured) and Philip Silverstone, 67, on consecutive days in June last year.

Cynthia Beamond
West Midlands Police

Opening the case against Barnes, who denies two counts of murder, prosecutor Stephen Linehan QC said: "They [the victims] didn't know each other - the only link between them was that at some stage in their lives they had had the misfortune to come into contact with the defendant."

'Affectionate bundles of mischief'

Stephen Perrin says Staffies are unfairly called "chav dogs", after the

BBC News dog map showed they were the most popular breed in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall.

Picture of a Staffie lounging in a chair


tweeted: "Treat Staffs properly and they're nothing more than affectionate bundles of mischief."

News on the hour


In the 14:00 news bulletin: A court's heard that a Black Country pensioner allegedly murdered in her own home knew the man accused of killing her.

Test your dog knowledge

Now we know which dogs are most popular by postcode, how much do you know about man's best friend? Take

this quiz.

Beech dog - promo

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

A man has gone on on trial for the murders of two pensioners described by the prosecution as "senseless and brutal".

Cynthia Beamond, an 80- year-old widow, was found dead at her home in Halesowen last summer.

Join us for

Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

Birmingham Airport's 'busiest year'

Birmingham Mail

Bosses at Birmingham Airport are

celebrating its busiest year with almost 10 million passengers using its facilities.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story at 13:00: A court's heard that a Black Country pensioner murdered in her own home knew the man accused of killing her.

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Birmingham's 'low employment rate'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Birmingham is in the bottom 10 cities for its low employment rate, according to the annual

Centre for Cities report published today.

Birmingham aerial view

From June 2013-June 2014, the city's employment rate was 64.2%, a 0.8% improvement on the year before.

The report is described as a health-check of the economic performance of the UK's 64 largest cities.

Police front desks to close

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Seventeen police front desks

are to close by March across the West Midlands, the force has announced.

Acocks Green police station

West Midlands Police revealed

plans to shut 27 of its offices in November, saying they were poorly used by the public.

Three - Acocks Green (pictured), Moseley and Sparkhill - will close at the end of January, with a further 14 to follow on 28 February.

Armed raider jailed

Stourbridge News

A former Sedgley teenager who carried out armed raids on women leaving his victims

"frightened out of their wits" has been locked up for fourteen and a half years.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

The funeral of Sir Jack Hayward is expected to take place in Wolverhampton.

The former Wolves owner and president passed away last week in Florida at the age of 91. More on this story and others on

BBC WM from 12:00.

Do Staffies have an unfair rep?

Based on microchipping data over 10 years, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the most popular dog in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall.

Stella and Bones
Gill Burdis/Marylyn Godber

Audrey Summerfield, who lives in Wolverhampton and owns three generations of Staffies, said: "They're very compact compared with Labradors."

Some Staffie owners feel their breed is

unfairly maligned. What do you think?
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Anti-HS2 MPs call for costs vote

Birmingham Post

MPs opposed to the planned high speed rail line are calling for

a referendum on whether taxpayers should contribute to the £42.6 billion cost of the project.

The House of Commons will debate and vote on the proposal, which is backed by Lichfield's Conservative MP Michael Fabricant.

Pram for a pug

via Facebook

Janet Guice has got in touch about the

BBC News dog map.


posts: "I know we love our dogs but I was shocked to see that the 'baby' in a pram next to me in the coffee shop was actually a pug that the lady was taking around the shops"

England 'intent on revenge'

England and Warwickshire's Chris Woakes (pictured centre) says last year's home defeat by India

will be motivation when the teams meet in the triangular series in Brisbane on Tuesday.

England's Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

The next phase of 20mph limits on residential roads in Birmingham is expected to be approved today.

Places including Washwood Heath and parts of Yardley will be the latest areas to get the zones.

We will hear from Lisa Trickett, the council's cabinet member overseeing roads, in

our 11:00 headlines.

Berahino available against Everton

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Striker Saido Berahino is available for West Bromwich Albion for the

trip to Everton tonight after his
court hearing for drinking and driving was brought forward.

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

Reasons police were sacked

Express and Star

Driving at 97mph without justification, assaults on members of the public and sex with a vulnerable victim were among the cases of

misconduct that led to police officers being dismissed last year.

Villa goal drought continues

BBC Sport

Aston Villa have now gone nearly nine hours without scoring as their

drought continued against Liverpool.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Getty Images

Paul Lambert's men went down to a 2-0 defeat as few fans took part in a planned protest for Holte End supporters to vacate their seats for the first eight minutes of the match - one for every year Randy Lerner has owned the club.