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  1. Updates for Friday 6 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all from Local Live this week. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Tonight's forecast

It will be mainly dry and cold with some clear spells this evening, leading to a fairly widespread frost.

Get your local forecast.

Wembley tickets

Walsall fans have been queuing up at the Banks's Stadium today to buy their tickets for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Dean Smith talks to queuing Walsall fans

BBC Midlands Today

spoke to Saddlers boss Dean Smith as he said hello to people waiting in line.

Trio to miss Fulham game

BBC Sport

Defender Michael Morrison remains sidelined for

Birmingham City's trip to Fulham with a knee injury, as do Gavin Gunning and Matt Green.

However, winger Demarai Gray, the subject of interest during the transfer window, should play.

Newsman's drama debut

Sunday Politics

Did you see Patrick Burns making his acting debut as the presenter of fictional current affairs show Midlands Focus in today's episode of Doctors?

Patrick Burns in Doctors

If not, you can still

watch it on BBC iPlayer.

Breath tests to stop violence

More than 40 pubs and clubs in Birmingham

are to start breathalysing people at the door in a bid to curb drunken violence.

AlcoBlow device
West Midlands Police

City centre police officer Sgt Dave Francis says: "A similar project was trialled in Norfolk last year and was found to reduce the number of disorders at venues by around a third."

Barn owl boom

Ed Barlow

Producer, Inside Out West Midlands

Barn owls were voted the nation's favourite bird in an RSPB poll recently, but there have been concerns they might disappear from some parts of the Midlands completely.

Barn owls

However, it's not as bad as it might seem; David Gregory-Kumar will be reporting on a boom year for breeding on BBC Inside Out West Midlands, at 19:30 on Monday.

Ex-Wolves star in trouble

BBC Sport

Former Wolves striker Ade Akinbiyi has been fined

for driving an uninsured car filled with too many people.

Ade Akinbiyi
Getty Images

The Colwyn Bay player/coach was caught driving five adults and a child inside an Audi A5 in Wales in October.

Nursery switch after fire

Wolverhampton City Council

tweets: We've just had confirmation that nursery pupils at St Albans Primary will be accommodated at The Hub @ Ashmore Park next week following fire


Gavin Bevis

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News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the

16:00 news bulletin: People going out in Birmingham this weekend will be breathalysed on the doors of pubs and clubs as part of a crackdown on pre-loading - heavy drinking before leaving home.

TV acting debut

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Here I am making my acting debut on BBC One TV Show Doctors.

Patrick Burns on Doctors

Watch how I got on here. I'm sure the Bafta's in the post!

Taxpayers inherit faith school's £3m debt


It's emerged an Islamic faith school in Birmingham has debts of £3m and council taxpayers are footing the bill.

Al-Hijrah School

New leadership was brought in to run Bordesley Green's Al-Hijrah School last year after the council forced out the old governors and sacked its head teacher over claims of financial irregularities and poor education standards.

Benteke warning


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert could drop striker Christian Benteke for tomorrow's home game with league leaders Chelsea.

Christian Benteke
Getty Images

Villa have broken an unwanted club record, not having scored in their past six Premier League matches.

When asked about team selection, Lambert says he does not think "anybody is indispensable".

Food critic insults Brummies

Birmingham Mail

Food critic Giles Coren

has branded Brummies 'bumpkins, yokels, and one-eyes' following a storm over the quality of Birmingham's culinary scene.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

Newsreader, BBC WM

It's emerged an Islamic faith school in Birmingham has got debts of £3m and council tax payers are footing the bill.

I'll bring you the full story in my

15:00 bulletin.

Meeting the media


New West Bromwich Albion midfielder Darren Fletcher speaks at his first press conference since joining from Manchester United.

Darren Fletcher

Breath tests at the door


More than 40 bars and nightclubs in Birmingham

are to start breathalysing their customers before they are allowed in.

The scheme was piloted in Norfolk last year and led to a drop in alcohol-related violence.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

Newsreader, BBC WM

In my

14:00 bulletin, I'll have more on pubs and clubs in Birmingham
breathalysing people at the door to try to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

Facing the drop?

BBC football pundit Robbie Savage reckons he's worked out which teams will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Robbie Savage

So does he think Aston Villa and West Brom will be safe?

Find out here.

EDL protest to cost £1m in lost trade


Shops are being boarded up in Dudley this afternoon as the town braces itself for the third English Defence League protest in five years.

It's estimated the demonstration will cost £1m in lost trade and policing.

Poundland to buy rival

BBC Radio 4

Retail analyst Kate Hardcastle says Black Country-based Poundland's

plan to buy 99p Stores is a wise move, as the small margins involved in the discount store market make it important to maximise the number of shops in operation.

She said: "This marketplace is very exciting at the moment. The shame factor of discount buying is disappearing and millions of us are flocking there every week."

Train station needle attack

Express and Star

A man has been arrested after

a woman was stabbed with a needle outside Birmingham New Street station.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Shops are being boarded up in Dudley this afternoon as the town braces itself for the third English Defence League protest in five years.

Horror crash driver in bar brawl

Birmingham Mail

A millionaire's son who left a baby brain damaged in a horror car crash

is facing jail for a second time over his involvement in a bar brawl that left a man blinded.

'Great concern' over school fire


Wolverhampton city councillor Phil Bateman said the council was making arrangements for pupils at

Wednesfield's fire-hit St Alban's Primary School.

Fire-damaged school

He said: "Clearly there is a great deal of concern about the destruction that took place.

"But there's a great resolve within the community to ensure things carry on as near to normal as possible."

Leak in West Bromwich

Sandwell Council

tweets: A water main is leaking on Bromford Lane West Bromwich,
@SthStaffsWater have some temp signals there while they fix it. Delays possible.

Wembley queue 'great to see'

Daz Hale

Presenter, BBC WM

Walsall boss Dean Smith went out to say hello to fans queuing at the Banks's Stadium for Wembley tickets.

Daz Hale with Dean Smith

He said: "It's fantastic to see all the fans excited about getting their tickets, and knowing where they're going to be sitting."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Newsreader, BBC WM

It's thought a fire at a primary school in Wednesfield last night

was started deliberately.

Find out more in my

12:00 bulletin.

School fire 'was arson'

Last night's fire at a primary school in Wednesbury was started deliberately,

Wolverhampton City Council says.

It added St Alban's Primary School was unlikely to reopen next week and alternative arrangements were being made for pupils.

Poundland plans 99p Stores purchase

Tom Espiner

BBC News

Willenhall-based Poundland says

it wants to buy 99p Stores for £55m.

The two firms have signed a conditional deal for £47.5m in cash and £7.5m in stock, subject to approval by competition authorities.

Dicko welcomes Afobe signing

BBC Sport

Wolves striker Nouha Dicko says the signing of Benik Afobe (pictured)

will help to bring better competition for places at Molineux.

Benik Afobe
Getty Images

Dicko said: "He has done really well in League One this season and it can only help me. I think I can play well with him."

Expanded depot opens

Jerry Chester

News Online

A £13.8m expansion of a Midland Metro depot has opened.

Metro depot in Wednesbury
Sam Bagnall

The depot, in Potters Lane, Wednesbury, has been upgraded as part of the continuing £128m expansion of the line between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Crash road reopens

Birmingham Updates

Bristol Street

has reopened following this morning's serious RTC involving four vehicles.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Newsreader, BBC WM

The leader of Dudley Council has told BBC WM he'd like the power to ban the English Defence League from protesting in the town.

You can hear more on this in my

11:00 bulletin.

Car salesman dragged along road

A car salesman was dragged along the road as he tried to stop a Ford Focus being stolen, West Midlands Police says.

The theft happened at a dealership in Stourbridge after a woman had requested to test drive the car. The 60-year-old salesman was not seriously injured.

A man and woman have since been arrested

Crash road still closed

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

There's still no word from police on when the A38 Bristol Street in Birmingham is likely to reopen

after this morning's crash.

A38 crash scene
Jan Arkwright