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  1. Updates for Friday 30 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Sleet and snow overnight

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

Staying largely dry for most of the night, but then with a line of showers travelling south across the region through the early hours.

Shefali Oza

This clearing south shortly before dawn, then icy stretches developing. Becoming breezy. Feeling cold with a minimum temperature -1C (30F).

BBC One at 18:30

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Tonight on

Midlands Today we're reporting on the serious case review into the death of Walsall teenager Kelly Button (pictured) who died after setting her room on fire.

Walsall teenager Kelly Button

The report makes over 50 recommendations and concludes her death could have been prevented.

We're also hearing from a man who was carried out of a Birmingham pub by bouncers, because of health and safety concerns about his wheelchair.

Sunday football

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

On Sunday,

Aston Villa head to London to take on Arsenal.

Fortified by their Cup win over Bournemouth last week - a game that many thought they'd lose - Paul Lambert's side should be in better heart for an admittedly difficult Premier League fixture.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Getty Images

Hear the match live on BBC WM on 95.6 FM, DAB and Freeview 722 on Sunday from 13:30.


Walsall's home League One game against Gillingham kicks off at the novel time of 18:00 on Sunday. Will this mean more Songs of Praise for the victorious Saddlers players?

Tram line work resumes

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Work laying new tram tracks over "unstable and potentially dangerous" former mine workings in Wolverhampton have resumed.

Tram line work in Wolverhampton

Engineers have reinforced ground over the 18th Century mine workings, between Steelhouse Lane and Hospital Street, transport authority Centro said.

Worked on the £4.5m track improvement scheme stopped in November.

Saturday fixtures

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Wolves renew one of their more

fierce rivalries tomorrow when they visit Bolton.

For all that last weekend's goalless draw with Charlton was frustrating, it kept Wolves' unbeaten run rolling. You can hear the game live on BBC WM 95.6 FM.

West Bromwich Albion and
Birmingham City both have home games at 15:00 on Saturday - both commentaries are available to DAB listeners to BBC WM.

Needle attacker: 'Walked off hurriedly'

There's more on BBC News online about a CCTV image of a man police say might have "important information" after a woman was stabbed with a needle outside Birmingham New Street.

The 22-year-old victim had just left the station when a man walked past, stabbing her arm in Stephenson Street.

PC Don Whyte said immediately after the attack the assailant "walked off hurriedly, leaving his victim with a small puncture wound".

Wheelchair user arried

Noel Phillips

Journalist, BBC WM

I'm busy editing a piece which is featuring on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.

Troy Hitchins

Yesterday I met Troy Hitchins. He has cerebral palsy and says he feels embarrassed after being carried down a flight of stairs in his wheelchair after a lift broke in a pub in Harbourne. He says "I didn't feel like a human being".

The pub in question, The King's Head says its staff acted within the rules.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: A report into the death of a teenager at a children's home says it could have been avoided.

Kelly Button (pictured) was in the care of Walsall Children's Services when she set fire to her room at the home in Shropshire.

Kelly Button

Robert Lake who chaired the report says: "It is possible that this young lady might be still alive today... if we had worked better together."

Villa fan 'made Nazi salute'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

An Aston Villa supporting ambulance worker "made a Nazi salute" towards a German police officer at Anfield, a court's heard told.

Jason Southall from Walsall denies making the salute when Liverpool FC hosted the Birmingham side in September.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman says: "In accordance with Trust procedures, the individual has been suspended whilst an internal investigation into the incident takes place."

Read more on this story on the Liverpool Echo website.

Bank robber: Taxi getaway failure

Gregory Dike (pictured) held a hunting knife to a man's neck in a branch of NatWest in Rowley Regis in April 2014.

Gregory Dike
Police handout

Dike ran into nearby gardens after a taxi driver he'd tried to use as a getaway refused to move.

The 38-year-old removed his boiler suit before emerging in a suit but was spotted by police officers and discovered his boiler suit, crash helmet, handcuffs, hunting knife, and two smoke bombs in a bag.

You can watch the moment he walked into the bank on the police YouTube page.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

BBC Local Live brings news, sport, travel and weather together in one place.

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Bank robber jailed

A robber who downloaded guides on "how to rob a bank" has been

jailed for 11 years after carrying out raids across the country.

Gregory Dike raiding a bank

Gregory Dike, 38, from London carried out robberies in Leeds, Liverpool and Middlesex last year but was stopped in his tracks when he was caught fleeing from a NatWest branch in Rowley Regis.

West Midlands Police say Dike tried to escape the robbery in a taxi he'd booked, but the driver had refused to move.

News on the hour


In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: Police are searching for a man
who's believed to have stabbed a woman with a needle outside Birmingham New Street Station.

CCTV of man police want to speak to
British transport police

It happened at 08:30am on Christmas Eve. British Transport Police say they are reviewing CCTV from the station.

Black Country roads targeted in boy racer ban

Express and Star

Four routes will be targeted in a

new clampdown against boy racers in Sandwell including a toy store car park.

Councillors have linked with the other Black Country boroughs to succeed in gaining orders banning illegal car cruising and meetings.

MP refused to settle libel case

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell

refused an offer to settle his "Plebgate" libel case just two months before he lost, court papers seen by the BBC show.

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell
Getty Images

The Tory MP could have saved at least £500,000 in legal costs had he accepted a deal from the Sun's publishers, News Group newspapers, last September.

A judge said the ex-chief whip probably had called a policeman stationed at Downing Street's gates a "pleb".

Mr Mitchell accepted using bad language but insists he had not used that word.

Nurse found not guilty

A nurse

has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a pensioner he was treating at a Birmingham care home.

Iris Teale, 91, who lived in the Aston Court Nursing Home near Sutton Coldfield died after a suffering a broken leg in 2011.

Santhosh Rajan

Her nurse Santosh Rajan (pictured) was cleared by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court this morning.

Stories we're working on

Abigail Uden

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

It's been a busy old day on Midlands today so far-

we're on ice and snow watch in Stoke and Staffordshire where there have been a few commuting problems this morning.

Our reporter Sarah Falkland has been looking

at a serious case review which has been published into the death of a troubled teenager from Walsall who was moved around seven children's homes in 22-months before she set fire to her room and died from smoke inhalation

And we're looking into the story about a Birmingham pub which has apologised after a disabled man was carried in his wheelchair, as their lift was broken and deemed a safety risk.

Four men in custody after gun was thrown from car

Halesowen News


gun was thrown from a car in Dudley last night during a high speed car chase through the town.

Four men are in police custody today (Friday) after the incident in the early hours.

News on the hour


Nine different organisations

have been told they could have done more to prevent the death of a teenage girl who was in the care of Walsall Council.

You can hear more on this in our

14:00 bulletin.

Sinclair 'hoping to play every week'

BBC Sport

Aston Villa have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan deal -

with a view to a permanent transfer.

The former West Brom, Chelsea and Swansea player, 25, has struggled to break into Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Scott Sinclair

Sinclair told Aston Villa's

official website: "It's taken a few weeks but I'm happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football.

"It's nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward."

Woman dies in A38 road crash near Lichfield

Lichfield Mercury

A woman has died following a

road traffic collision near Lichfield this morning.

The crash occurred on Alrewas Road, just off the A38 in Alrewas, at 5.45am on Friday.

BBC One this lunchtime

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

On Midlands Today at the new time of 13:38 - how the death of a teenager from Walsall in a children's home, could've been avoided and how the latest snow is affecting the region, including the latest forecast from Shefali.

Join us for the latest on

Midlands Today on BBC One at the new later time of 13:38.

News on the hour


In the news at 13:00 on

BBC WM: An RAC man from Solihull says he doesn't know if he'll ever be able to go back to work after a lorry ploughed into him on the M6 last April.

Churchill's funeral anniversary

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Today marks the

50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral.

Did you know the handles on the coffin for Winston Churchill's funeral 50 years ago were made in Birmingham?

Coffin handles

They were made at Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

The museum that now occupies the former coffin works is holding a special event tonight, where recordings of Churchill's famous wartime speeches, and a film of the state funeral will be shown,

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM: A report into the death of a teenage girl being looked after by Walsall Council has found it was predictable that she would harm herself.

We'll hear from Robert Lake who chaired the report, who says more could have been done.

Serious Case Review: Recommendations

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

There are recommendations for nine different organisations including West Midlands and Shropshire as well as Walsall and Shropshire Councils and Health services.

The report found mental health diagnosis and treatments were delayed and different organisations didn't work closely enough together.

Health and the General Election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

A survey for the BBC this week by the polling organisation Populus suggests that the health service is now the top election issue for most voters, closely followed by the economy with immigration now in third place.


Sunday Politics Midlands, at the later time of 12:00, examines Labour's concentration on the NHS and the Conservatives 'counter attack that "you can't have a successful election without a successful economy".

Not allowed online

More details on the Serious case Review by Walsall Council into the death of a 17-year-old girl.

It emerged she barricaded herself into a room at the home and started a fire two years ago when she was prevented from staying online late at night.

Staff and firefighters tried to rescue her, but she couldn't be saved.

Walsall Council, which was responsible for her care, says more consideration should have been given to putting her in secure accommodation; and details numerous occasions when assaults weren't reported.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 11:00 on

BBC WM: New research suggests our internal body clock might have a far greater impact on sporting ability than previously thought.

Scientists at Birmingham University say it might even explain the recent success of the Spanish football team.

Heading to Wembley

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Walsall head to Wembley on 22 March to take on Bristol City in the

Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Walsall FC infographic
Getty Images

BBC WM will have full match commentary of the game and there will be coverage on

BBC Sport via the club's page.

The club says tickets for the match will go on sale from 6 February.

End of the line for Land Rover Defender

Birmingham Post

It's one of the most famous vehicles in the world - but

the original Land Rover is finally coming to the end of the road in its current format, after nearly 70 years.

Queen and Prince Phillip in Ibadan, Nigeria
Getty Images

The Solihull-made Defender has been used by the likes of the Queen (pictured), Winston Churchill and Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movies.

Serious case review

A report's been published by Walsall Council into the death of a 17-year-old girl at a children's home.

The teenager barricaded herself in her room and started a fire at the Bryn Melyn care home in Bagley Marshin, Shropshire in 2012.

The Serious Case Review has been carried out by the authorities in Walsall which were responsible for the girl's care.

Yardley playing fields homes battle: Hundreds sign up to fight Co-op plan

Birmingham Mail

Residents have collected

hundreds of signatures as they fight against plans to build more than 80 homes on playing fields.

Fay Goodman, from the Yardley Residents' Protection Group, said around 630 people had signed a petition demanding the Central England Co-operative pull the plug on proposals to construct 82 homes off Barrows Lane, in Yardley.

News on the hour

Jo Tidman

Journalist, BBC WM

Our lead story in the news at 10:00 on

BBC WM: A report into the death of a teenage girl being looked after by Walsall Council has found it was predictable that she would harm herself.

'Team Thumbs-Up'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Stephen Sutton's mum says she'll be taking part in the

Great Midlands Fun Run later this year, in honour of her son who registered to do it.

Stephen Sutton

Jane Sutton posts on Facebook "Stephen had registered to participate in this event last year and was due to wear run number 4047. I will not only be starting the event in 2015 but will also be taking part, wearing run number 4047 in memory of Stephen and raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust."

Entries for the fun run open on Saturday and will take place on 31 May.