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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 26 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Overnight forecast

BBC Weather

Latest

Clear spells across southern and eastern parts will lead to a

chilly night with a local frost possible.

Sara Blizzard with the overnight forecast for the Midlands
BBC

Thicker cloud will push in across north-western parts through the night after an early dip in temperatures here. Low of 1C (34F).

Sport on Midlands Today

Ian Winter

BBC Midlands Today

On

Midlands Today at 18:30, Dan's been talking to the Villa midfield player Fabian Delph (pictured)
who's staying at Villa Park, having signed a new long-term contract.

Fabian Delph
Getty Images

We'll look back at a stunning goal by Villa's new Spanish signing Carles Gil. Watch the goal here:

bbc.in/1C1PcWS (UK only)

Sandwell road closures

via Facebook

Part of Sedgley Road East will be closed Tipton-bound from 19:00 following a manhole chamber collapse,

the council announces.

Sandwell Council says a number of diversions are in place and could be closed until Sunday.

Those travelling through Oldbury heading towards Dudley Port and Tipton are warned to expect delays.

Train delays

London Midland

tweets: Trains between Birmingham New Street and Bromsgrove may be delayed by up to 10 minutes due to a signalling problem.

Campaign countdown

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Tomorrow marks

100 days to the General Election.

Patrick Burns, the BBC's Midlands political editor has been speaking to UKIP candidate for Dudley North, Bill Etheridg
BBC

I've been speaking to UKIP candidate for Dudley North, Bill Etheridge on the BBC News Channel.

'World's a better place'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

More reaction to the news that a

Birmingham man accused of murdering two pensioners has been found dead in his prison cell.

Cynthia Beamond's grandson Christopher Sharif
BBC

Cynthia Beamond's grandson Christopher Sharif (pictured) has told the BBC: "The world's a better place without Leo Barnes being here"

Leo Barnes was standing trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court after being charged with killing 80-year-old Cynthia Beamond from Halesowen and Phillip Silverstone in London in June last year.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story in the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: The family of a Halesowen pensioner murdered last year say they're pleased
the man accused of killing her has been found dead in prison.

Leo Barnes, on trial accused of killing Cynthia Beamond from Halesowen and a London pensioner, was being monitored for self harm at HMP Hewell.

Feedback

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

BBC Local Live brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Extended regional TV news

From tonight the BBC is doubling the amount of time for the regional news in its late evening bulletin.

midlands today
BBC

The Midlands Today bulletin which follows the BBC News at Ten will be extended to 15 minutes, Monday to Thursday, and will run until after the general election in May.

BBC young voter panel

If you are aged between 18 and 24, and eligible to vote in May's General Election,

the BBC wants to hear from you.

BBC generation 2015 project
BBC

BBC Politics is building Generation 2015, a UK-wide group of young voters who will take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May.

You could find yourself on the One Show, Radio 1 Newsbeat, or Newsnight - in fact, anywhere across BBC output where the Election is being discussed.

Read more online now.

Ed Doolan: My Life with dementia

Caroline Martin

BBC WM Presenter

"I've spent my entire life communicating and suddenly I realise I can't do it anymore. Sometimes I go blank." Ed Doolan talks about his diagnosis of dementia.

Caroline Martin talking to Ed Doolan about dementia
BBC

Ed has been speaking to me about his diagnosis of dementia.

We've put the interview online - hear our conversation with Ed and his wife Christine now.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news

at 16:00 on BBC WM:
A Birmingham teenager's been jailed for five years after admitting dangerous driving following a car crash which killed a grandfather and injured a nine-year-old boy.

Kirpal Sokhi
West midlands police

The collision happened on Bills Lane in Shirley last August.

Kirpal Sokhi (pictured) from Sparkhill was driving at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone - without insurance or permission to drive the Range Rover he was in.

Herd loaned to Wigan

BBC Sport

Aston Villa midfielder

Chris Herd has joined Wigan Athletic on loan.

Chris Herd
Getty Images

He will be with the Latics until the end of the season.

The Australia international hasn't featured for Villa since December 2013 and is out of contract in the summer.

Ghosts signs

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

I'm out on the hunt for faded advertising wall art. I've been filming in a workshop filming with a traditional sign maker.

Traditional sign maker
BBC

If you spot any today then

email or
tweet @BBCMTD.

Do you think we should we keep them or let them fade out?

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

BBC WM presenter Ed Doolan has revealed publicly for the first time that he is living with dementia.

More on this in

our 15:00 bulletin.

Rose Nose Day 2015

This year's Comic Relief campaign has been launched.

Red Nose Appeal 2015
BBC

Last year - £2.5m was raised by people in the West Midlands - and this year's campaign is "

make your face funny for money".

This year nine noses have been launched, question is, which one is your favourite?

Put it in your diary - Friday 13 March.

'A big part of me died'

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

The family of Cynthia Beamond from Halesowen have been speaking outside court after the case was formally closed following the

the death of the accused Leo Barnes.

The daughter of Cynthia Beamond, Beverley Hadley
BBC

"Mum was not just my mum but also my best friend," said her daughter Beverley Hadley (pictured wearing blue jacket).

She added: "She always called me her rock but she was also mine. Not a day would go by when we wouldn't speak or text. A big part of me died when my beloved mum died."

Case formally concluded

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

The Leo Barnes court case was formally concluded after a police officer identified his body as the same person he had interviewed about the murders of Cynthia Beamond and Philip Silverstone.

West Midlands Police say they will not be looking for anyone else in connection with their murders, saying the "evidence was over whelming".

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

West Midlands Police says it won't be looking for anyone else in connection with the murders of Cynthia Beamond from Halesowen, and Philip Silverstone from London.

Officers say say the evidence against Leo Barnes "was overwhelming". More in the

news at 14:00

Birmingham's MIPIM cohort larger than ever

Birmingham Post

City's delegation heading to south of France in March will be showcasing developments including Paradise and Resorts World.

The region

is taking more partners than ever before at real estate show MIPIM with New Street station, Resorts World and Grand Central expected to draw crowds.

Thirty people will make up the Greater Birmingham delegation at the global real estate show in Cannes this March, made up of public and private professionals.

Ed Doolan: 'I have dementia'

Caroline Martin

BBC WM Presenter

Recently I sat down with BBC WM broadcasting legend Ed Doolan and his wife Christine.

Ed Doolan
BBC

Ed revealed publicly for the first time that he has been diagnosed with dementia.

You can hear the interview on

BBC WM now.

BBC One this lunchtime

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

From today the

Midlands Today lunchtime bulletin is on slighter later than usual at 13:38 and has been shortened but it's still packed with local stories.

Today the latest from Wolverhampton Crown Court as a man standing trial for murder is found dead in his prison cell.

Plus we'll have the latest weather forecast from Sara Blizzard.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 13:00 on

BBC WM: It's emerged a double murder suspect from Birmingham whose been found dead in his prison cell was being monitored for self harm.

Tram delays

The Metro tweets: Midland Metro - Trams are operating from Snow Hill to Priestfield only. This is due to very heavy congestion on the street. Metro apologises

'93 passengers onboard'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

United Airlines said in a statement: "A Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 93 customers and a crew of 9 on board, was cancelled following a mechanical issue."

"The necessary maintenance work could not be completed before the crew exceeded their legally permitted duty hours."

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story in the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM: The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that a Birmingham murder suspect found dead in his prison cell at HMP Hewell was on suicide watch.

Five deaths were recorded at the jail last year and Juliet Lyon from the Prison Reform Trust says another one makes the situation even more worrying.

Child killer funeral

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

It's emerged funeral costs for the Walsall child-killer Raymond Morris, who died in prison last year, were paid by the Prison Service.

Walsall child-killer Raymond Morris
BBC

Morris was jailed for life for the 1967 murder of a seven-year-old girl. Her death, along with two others became known as the

Cannock Chase Murders.

Guidelines suggest prisons offer to pay towards funeral expenses, if a prisoner dies in custody.

'Mechanical issue'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A flight which left Birmingham Airport this morning and turned back shortly after take off landed due to a mechanical issue.

The United Airlines flight was bound for New York at about 09:00.

A spokesperson for the airline's told me Flight UA26 from Birmingham to Newark was abandoned after the necessary maintenance could not be done.

Cynthia Beamond: 'A wonderful woman'

Bob Hockenhull

Reporting from Wolverhampton Crown Court

At the trial of Leo Barnes, Stephen Linehan QC's told the jury that Cynthia Beamond's family had been concerned about the accused visiting her, but she saw the good in everyone - the judge thanked the jury and dismissed them.

Mr Justice Haddon Cave then told the family in the public gallery that no one is in any doubt what a wonderful woman Cynthia Beamond was, and she will be truly missed by all who knew her.

The accused, who denied murder,

was found hanged in his cell at HMP Hewell in Redditch yesterday.

Delph extends Aston Villa contract

BBC Sport

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph

has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

Fabian Delph
Getty Images

The 25-year-old England international was out of contract in the summer but will now stay at the Premier League side until at least 2019.

"I am a loyal person and committing my future will hopefully show everybody what type of guy I am,"

he said.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

The

violent pasts of around 1,300 people - including 45 in the West Midlands have been revealed to their partners.

Hear more on this story and others in the news bulletin at 11:00.

Murder trial

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

I'm at Wolverhampton Crown Court following the murder trial of two pensioners - Cynthia Beamond, from Halesowen, and Philip Silverstone, of London.

The accused,

Leo Barnes was found dead in his cell on Sunday.

Proceedings are just about to get under way. The prosecution team has just asked for the jury to be brought in.

Flight returns to airport

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Birmingham Airport which confirms a flight leaving the airport this morning heading to New York-Newark at about 09:00 has returned back to the airport.

The United Airlines flight UA 026 returned to Birmingham at about 09:45. The reason for the return is currently unknown.

I've put a call into the airline's press office for more details and will bring you information when we have it.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: An investigation is underway after a Birmingham man accused of murdering two pensioners has been found dead in his prison cell.

Birmingham's first 'Instameet'

via Facebook

Birmingham Updates posts: Birmingham Instagram exhibition launches following official Instameet success.

Around 50 intagramers from across the city and beyond gathered at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday (24/01) for Birmingham's first official Instameet.

Read more on Storify.