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  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Tonight's weather

Any isolated sleet or snow showers will soon ease, this evening to leave a cold and dry night.

A widespread frost is likely to develop with the risk of isolated icy patches where any surfaces remain damp.

Thug jailed

Express and Star


Thug who plunged broken bottle into clubber is jailed.

Rock star pays his respects

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant was among the well-known faces paying tribute to Sir Jack Hayward at his funeral.

Robert Plant

His eulogy was relayed back to crowds watching on a big screen in Wolverhampton's Queen Square.

New Lord Mayor

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Lord Mayor: Coun Ray Hassall to

become First Citizen in May.

'Not enough officers'

Susana Mendonca

BBC West Midlands political reporter

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says the force no longer has enough officers to deliver non-emergency policing, when the force is required to help police large public order events elsewhere.

David Jamieson is calling on the government to provide an extra £43m a year he says the force should be getting.

I'll have more on

BBC WM and Midlands Today from 18:30.

BBC One at 18:30

Elizabeth Glinka

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Tonight Nick Owen will be broadcasting live from Molineux following

the funeral of former Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward.

We'll be hearing reaction to the day's events and speaking to club legend Steve Bull amongst others.

Meanwhile, I'll be in the studio bringing you the rest of the day's news from across the region including the

continued disruption to the Chiltern line - following a major landslip on rail tracks in Warwickshire.

Wolves says 'thank you'

Wolves tweets: Whether you were at the church, lining the streets, watching in queens sq or following on twitter THANK YOU. #SirJack would have been proud

Dudley News

Bus passengers

given chance to grill Centro bosses in Halesowen

Patriotic Jack

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Speaking at Sir Jack Hayward's funeral service Wolves vice-President Rachael Heyhoe Flint said: "He only drove British cars. He was chuffed Jaguar Land Rover was based just down the road at i54.

"He'd say there's nothing wrong with being proud of your country. He asked me to check what tyres the Queen had when she visited once."

Sick horse left to die

A severely diseased and starving horse was left to die on land in Tipton.

The ill horse had been deliberately led to a patch near The Cracker and left alone without food, water or shelter.

Sandwell Council said public health could have been put at risk as the animal was found to have severe worm damage, caused by neglect and failure to worm correctly.

Landslip on Chiltern Line

The Chiltern Line is expected to remain shut for "several weeks" after a landslide at Harbury Tunnel on Saturday.

Aerial view of the landslide
Dave Brassington

Network Rail said the land was still moving and the area was simply too dangerous to carry out repairs at the moment.

Instead, remote sensors have been set up to monitor the bank.

Trio jailed over 'rival family attacks'

Three Birmingham men, including a father and son,

have been jailed for carrying out a series of attacks police believe was part of a feud with a rival family.

Cold and dry

Any isolated sleet or snow showers will soon ease this evening to leave a cold and dry night.

Sara Blizzard

A widespread frost is likely to develop, locally severe, with the risk of isolated icy patches where any surfaces remain damp. Low of -3C (27F).

'A great Wulfrunian'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Roger Newton is Wolverhampton born and bred but although he's not been to a match for a while he said he wanted to come down and pay his respects.

Roger Newton

He said: "The weather is right and it's very impressive. People are showing the proper respect.

"He was a great Wulfrunian. Wolverhampton hasn't got many heroes but he was one."

M42 lane closed

One lane is closed and there's heavy traffic on the M42 northbound between J5, A451 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle,

BBC Travel News reports.

News on the hour


Thousands of people have lined the streets of Wolverhampton for the funeral of former Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward.

Hear the latest in our

17:00 bulletin.

Erdington burglaries

The Sutton Coldfield Observer warns Erdington residents

after two burglaries in two weeks.

Service 'lasted 90 minutes'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Sir Jack sold the club to Steve Morgan for £10 in 2007 and the current Wolves chairman has been speaking to Paul Franks on BBC WM.

He said: "Fittingly the service lasted exactly 90 minutes and Sir Jack must have organised that."

'I'm grateful'

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Sir Jack speaking about his investment at the club after selling it in 2007 for £10.

"I always say this. Every fan if they had been given my opportunities in life, my good luck, my good fortune - and believe me I have been lucky - would have done the same.

Sir Jack Hayward

"They would have rebuilt the stadium, they would have taken the helm and would have ploughed their money in.

"I've only done what every fan would do. I really mean that. I'm grateful I could do it."

Sir Jack's lasting legacy

Ben Sidwell

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Sir Jack Hayward was known to many for being a philanthropist. He gave money so Lundy Island remains in the British Isles, as well as backing smaller projects including money to build a sports hall in Staffordshire.

Ben Sidwell editing a TV package

I've been speaking to people about Sir Jack's lasting legacy and what he did outside of football.

I'm editing a piece which will run on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Walsall at Wembley

Birmingham Mail

Pupils watch as

Walsall FC reach Wembley

Drivetime on BBC WM

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Paul Franks is live from Molineux following the funeral of former Wolves chairman Sir Jack Hayward (pictured) today.

Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward
Getty Images

Franksy will be talking to fans and legends of the club on a day when the city has said goodbye to one of his most loved sons. Hear more on BBC WM between now and 18:00.

'Did a lot for the city'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

I've been in Queen Square speaking to people as they gathered to watch the service on the big screen.

Barbara Pickering from Wolverhampton said it was important to come down here today because Sir Jack had done a lot for Wolves and for the city.

Barbara Pickering from Wolverhampton

She said: "We all know he had a lot of money but he didn't just sit on it he did a lot with it. There's a lot of respect for him here today and I think that's rare in this day an age."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story at 16:00 on

BBC WM: Thousands of people have gathered in Wolverhampton today, for the funeral of former Wolves chairman Sir Jack Hayward.

We'll have more from our reporter Rob Gurney who has been in Wolverhampton.

'No Wolves without you'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We've been asking you to share your memories of Sir Jack Hayward.

Pauline Corbett posts on Facebook: RIP Sir Jack, thank you is not enough for what you did for the Wolves, there would be no Wolves without you. Will be there today bless you.

Kevin Howes adds: R.I.P. Sir Jack. You have done us proud throughout your life. Pity I cannot make it today but I will be with you in spirit

'Naughty school boy'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Wolves vice-president Rachael Heyhoe Flint addressed the crowds and said Sir Jack paid £500,000 to save the

last Vulcan Bomber - to keep it flying. He also helped
Joanna Lumley and her Gurkha campaign by paying to set up their website.

She said: "He reminds me of a naughty school boy. He loved to play tricks too. He would always try and trick me with his Black Country accent - but it was a bit too posh."

Service concludes

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The funeral service of Sir Jack Hayward at St Peter's Collegiate Church has just concluded with the Last Post being played.

There was a spontaneous applause by the crowds as his coffin was brought outside.

Black and gold

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Amazing scenes across Wolverhampton today as thousands of supporters gathered in the city for the funeral of Sir Jack Hayward.

Wolves fans in the city centre
Wolverhampton city council

The city was a-wash with black and gold as fans donned their shirts and waved club flags proudly.

People of all ages lined the route as the coffin of the former chairman passed.

'Soft landing'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint gave a touching and humorous eulogy. She said Sir Jack never had a mobile phone or knew how to open a laptop.

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint speaking at Sir Jack's funeral

One of Sir Jack's sons addressed the crowd. He said: "Could I first of all thank you all so much for being here today especially the wonderful people outside who've come to say goodbye to dad.

"Can I also thank the RAF pallbearers who've delivered dad safely and with a soft landing."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 15:00 on

BBC WM: More than 600 people are inside St Peter's Collegiate Church in the city were Sir Jack is being laid to rest.

Hear more on our top story in the bulletin shortly.

'Feeling chilly'

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

We're seeing quite a bit of sunshine after a cloudy morning.

Sara Blizzard

It really does feel cold outside with a high of 5C (41F).

For the latest forecast visit

BBC Weather or follow the team on

It is a time for family"

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

The service is now underway. It was opened by the Reverend David Wright who is leading the memorial.

He said: "It is a time for a family, for a club, for a city to pause and to pay tribute. To say goodbye but also to say thank you"

Crowds silent

Phil Mackie

News Correspondent

Crowds are quiet in Queen Square in Wolverhampton as they watch the service of Sir Jack Hayward on a big screen in the city centre.

Crowds gather in Queen Square, Wolverahmpton

Thousands of people have gathered throughout the city to pay their respects.

'Fantastic genuine man'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Robert Kostur who has supported Wolves for about 11 years, despite only living in the city for past seven years says Sir Jack was a genuine man who will be missed.

Wolves fan Robert Kostur

The 22-year-old says: "The closest I came to meeting him was in a local shop. He was parked across the road and he gave me a little wave and thumbs up, as he does.

"And that's just how he was. Just a fantastic genuine man. Wolverhampton has lost a true great. He spoke to you whoever you were, not like many other football chairmen."

Order of service

Sir Jack's service takes place at St Peter's Collegiate Church at 14:00.

The order of service leads with a quote from

Rudyard Kipling's "The Explorer". It starts "There's no sense in going further - it's the edge of cultivation".

Order of service for the funeral of Sir Jack Hayward

This is the image of the front cover - a young Sir Jack Hayward as a Flight Lieutenant in the 671 Squadron Army Air Corps.

His former squadron conducted a flypast as a mark of respect earlier.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

You can hear coverage on

BBC WM of the funeral service of Sir Jack Hayward.

The service is being led by Reverend David Wright and relayed on big screens outside. We'll have more from our reporter Rob Gurney who is there.

'Thank you for everything'

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Wolves fans applauded as Sir Jack Hayward's cortege passed Molineux.

Sir Jack cortege outside Molineux

The cortege paused for a moment as a mark of respect. One group of fans held up a banner which read "Thank you for everything!"

Flag for Sir Jack

Phil Mackie

News Correspondent

A flag for Sir Jack has been put up outside the church were the service will be held.

Union Jack paying tribute to Sir Jack

Hundreds of people are queuing in Queen Square in Wolverhampton getting ready to watch the big screen in the city.

Final journey

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Wolves City Council posts a short Vine video of the cortege leaving Molineux - which is now on its way to St Peter's Church for the service.

Sir Jack Hayward sortege