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  1. Updates for Wednesday 28 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the Local Live team, keep warm, and join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

Turning very cold overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

A cold and blustery night with

rain, sleet and snow showers.

These will be most frequent in the northwest of the region with some snow possible, mainly over the hills.

Overnight widespread frost will develop, with the risk of ice.

Lows 0C (32F)

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It's taken them 127 years, but finally Walsall Football Club can look forward to their first trip to Wembley.

The Saddlers booked their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in March - with an

aggregate victory over Preston last night. Laura May McMullan has been out and about in Walsall today capturing the mood.

Join us for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Talk of the market

Caroline Gall

BBC News

I've been in Walsall today asking people about the Saddlers'

securing their first appearance at Wembley in their 127-year history.

John Fisher, who runs a market stall in Walsall with his wife, is a lifelong Everton fan but did watch the Saddlers in the 1970s.

John Fisher

"The last time I went it cost £1.50. I'm very pleased for them though.

"I watched Walsall once when they played Watford. Elton john was due to show up and I'm a massive Elton fan. Anyway, he never turned up and Walsall lost 3-2!"

Hospital ordered to improve finances

Dudley News

Watchdog Monitor has taken

action to improve the financial woes faced by Dudley's hospital trust which is forecasting a deficit of nearly £8million in 2014/15.

Care cost calculator

The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s.

Older person's hand

The "

care calculator" covers both residential care and the support provided in people's own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing.

Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs wherever they live in the UK.

Delays on the M6

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M6 southbound at J12 for the A5 at Gailey because of an earlier accident, even though all lanes have been re-opened.

Travel time is 30 minutes, drivers are

being warned.

Mystery note-writer found

Birmingham Updates

The man who left a young mother a note on a train between

Birmingham and Plymouth has been found.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Police in Digbeth are looking for a group of people who were in a suspected stolen Audi which rammed into a police car on Monday night.

More stories are in

our headlines at 17:00.

Walsall fans toasted 'dream come true'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Jubilant Walsall fans were in the town centre the morning after the night before,

toasting their "dream come true" - as the club booked its place at the home of football for the first time in 127 years.

Walsall fans

Dave O'Shea, Stephen Hanson and Paul Davis, said watching their team at Wembley was a once in a life-time experience.

M6 brush with death

Terrifying footage captures the moment an RAC recovery worker brushes with death.

A lorry swerves off the inside lane, across the hard shoulder and ploughs into him, breaking his back in two places, before driving off.

The crash taking place
West Midlands Police

The lorry driver admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving on 28 April last year on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions six and seven in

the video released by West Midlands Police.

Ferry's son walking after crash

Bryan Ferry's son Merlin has taken his first steps at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, after being

critically injured in a car crash, his brother Otis has

Celeb Walsall fans' views

Paul Franks

Presenter, BBC WM

Legendary music producers and Walsall fans Pete Waterman and Steve Jenkins are talking to me on

BBC WM just after 16:00 after the Saddlers secured the club's
first Wembley appearance.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A total of 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk.

The firm's been giving details of which unprofitable stores it plans to close across the country.

Four West Midlands stores are among the 43 closing.

Join us for

the 16:00 bulletin.

McManaman deal done: West Brom sign winger for £4.75m

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion have

signed Wigan winger Callum McManaman for a fee of about £4.75m.

Callum McManaman

The 23-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at The Hawthorns and is new manager Tony Pulis's first signing.

New regeneration fund announced

Birmingham Post

A new regeneration fund

potentially worth £15 billion has been announced with Birmingham and the surrounding areas a target for investors.

Nicola Payne death: Two in court

Giles Latcham

Presenter, Midlands Today

Two men have appeared in court

accused of murdering 18-year-old Nicola Payne, who disappeared 23 years ago.

Nigel Barwell, 50, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, both of Coventry, are charged with killing the mother of one between 13 and 16 December 1991.

Left to right: Nicola Payne's father John and mother Marilyn and aunt Melanie Eales along with Det Insp Martin Slevin

Ms Payne's parents John and Marilyn and her aunt Melanie Eales were present at the hearing.

King Street move 'has failed'

Express and Star

Business owners say a £650,000 project to boost trade in Dudley town centre by opening up a major route

has failed.

Bearwood Tesco blow 'depressing'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The announcement Tesco is

to close its Bearwood shop has been described as "depressing" by a councillor.

Richard Marshall, chairman of Bearwood Traders and himself a Smethwick councillor, said: "This is depressing news really. Just as the £5m transformation of Lightwoods Park and House is about to get under way, we suffer another body blow on Bearwood Road.

"Our thoughts at this time are with the people who are likely to lose their jobs."

Wigan winger to boost Baggies

Michael Short

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion are

expected to sign Wigan winger Callum McManaman for about £4.75m today.

Callum McManaman
Getty Images

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A second school implicated in the so-called Trojan Horse allegations

is to be taken over by an academy trust.

Hear more in

our news at 14:00.

Lane closed on M5 southbound

One lane is closed on the M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Lydiate Ash) because of a broken down vehicle,

BBC Travel reports.

'Boost for the whole town'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

More on

Walsall's win which takes them to Wembley.

Anthony Easthayes, from Walsall, told me: "I wasn't watching but I followed it on the internet. I was obviously hoping they would win and go through, and they've done it.

"I wont be going to the final but I used to go to a lot of games and I've been watching them since a kid. I used to jump in for free over the wall. Really pleased they've done it, just for the whole town."

Ancient solar system discovered

Trystan Jones

BBC News

An ancient solar system similar to our own - formed 11.2 billion years ago - has been discovered by scientists.

Kepler-444 and associated planets
University of Birmingham

Studying data from the Kepler telescope, the team, led by the University of Birmingham,

found a star orbited by five planets similar in size to Earth.

Dr Tiago Campante said it could provide a clue to "the existence of ancient life in the galaxy".

Lambert has Villa backing

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox says manager Paul Lambert has

the full support of the club and remains important to owner Randy Lerner.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Getty Images

Outcry over Yardley playing fields plan

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham residents are gearing up for a fight over

plans to build more than 80 homes on disused playing fields.

The Central England Co-operative wants to construct 82 homes off Barrows Lane, in Yardley, despite concerns over increased congestion, noise and the possible cost to health.

Recruitment problems for 'Trojan Horse' schools

Judith Burns

Education reporter, BBC News

Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are

struggling to recruit staff, the chief inspector of schools has told MPs.

Sir Michael Wilshaw

Claims that hard-line Muslims tried to gain control of the schools have led to "big problems about leadership and staffing", Sir Michael Wilshaw (pictured) said.

The government should help the schools recruit good staff, Sir Michael said and he warned that without better staffing, the problems could re-emerge.

News on the hour

Kevin Pashby

Journalist, BBC WM

In my

13:00 news bulletin, Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw says schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are
struggling to recruit staff.

Tesco shutting four stores in West Midlands

Rebecca Marston

Business reporter, BBC News

Supermarket giant

Tesco has named the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.


Tesco's Bearwood, Northfield, and Walsall Wood Express stores are closing and the Metro store in Smethwick is also shutting.

Trojan Horse schools struggle to recruit staff

The Chief Inspector of Schools has told MPs schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham

are struggling to recruit staff.

Sir Michael Wilshaw

Sir Michael Wilshaw says the government should help the schools recruit good staff and warned that without better staffing, the problems could re-emerge.


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News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are struggling to recruit teachers.

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw told MPs claims that hard-line Muslims tried to gain control of the schools have led to "big problems about leadership and staffing".

He told the Commons Education Committee the government should now step in to help. More on this in

our bulletin at 12:00.

Prosecution over 'sex-selection abortions'

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Two doctors accused of offering abortions based on the sex of the foetus

are facing private prosecution.

Pro-life campaigner Aisling Hubert (pictured), backed by the Christian Legal Centre, launched the action after an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph.

Aisling Hubert outside Birmingham Magistrates' Court
Christian Legal Centre

Birmingham magistrates granted a summons allowing the case against Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, 48, on Monday.

He and Dr Prabhan Sivaraman are accused of conspiracy to procure poison to be used with intent to procure abortion.

Saddle up for Wembley

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Lisa Davis owns Tobias Barbers in Walsall town centre.

Lisa Davis

She said: "I'm extremely pleased for them. It's great for the town and will put us on the map - for a while.

"They will make their mark. I might even go to the final. I know my neighbours who are season ticket holders will be really pleased. It's great."

Council 'cleared of twins death blame'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Emergency vehicles across the West Midlands will be given keys to a Druids Heath tower block where a pregnant mum fell into a coma and lost her twin babies because paramedics couldn't gain access.

Jocelyn Bennett
Birmingham Mail

Jocelyn Bennett was 32 weeks pregnant and fell unconscious after calling 999 meaning she couldn't buzz an ambulance crew into her flat in Pleck House -

her baby girls died six days later.

Birmingham City Council says an independent investigation has cleared them of any blame, but they've now decided to ensure every paramedic and police officer can get in during an emergency.

Listed home 'used by swingers'

Birmingham Mail

One of Birmingham's oldest and most historic houses has been

transformed into a swingers club, sparking outrage from locals.

Trojan schools 'need help'

Judith Burns

Education reporter, BBC News

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has called on the Department for Education to do more to help schools involved in the Trojan horse events in Birmingham to recruit more good staff.

He said more funding should be allocated to raise standards, adding that pupils had been badly let down by governing bodies at the schools.