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  1. Updates for Monday 9 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Overnight forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

There will be

plenty of clear spells at first tonight and it will be dry with just a light breeze.

Mel Coles

Cloud will increase through the evening generally keeping temperatures from falling below freezing.

However, where there are clear spells localised patches of frost and fog are possible with a low of 1C (34F).

BBC One at 18:30

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

One of the big talking points on BBC Midlands Today tonight is youngsters on social media.

We have some frightening statistics about the number of young people who say they are signed up to websites that aren't meant for their age groups, while others admit to having been unkind to others online.

Join us for the latest at 18:30 on BBC One in the Midlands.

Speedway: Wells returns

Ricky Wells

has returned to Wolverhampton Speedway team for the new season.

The 23-year-old American ride completes the team's 2015 line-up

Life before the Premier League

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News Online

I've written a feature comparing football today with

how things were before the arrival of the Premier League.

Asa Hartford
Getty Images

One West Brom supporter fondly recalls Baggies star Asa Hartford (pictured) cheerily catching a bus home after helping his side overcome Man Utd 6-3 in the league.

So were things better then or are we looking back through rose-tinted spectacles?

Two charged after car salesman dragged

A man and a woman have been charged with trying to steal a motor vehicle from a car dealership in Stourbridge.

A salesman

was dragged along the floor as he attempted to stop the car from being stolen on Thursday.

Walsall will improve me: Hiwula

BBC Sport

Man City striker Jordy Hiwula believes his loan spell at Walsall

will help him develop into a better player.

Jordy Hiwula

The 20-year-old, who has joined the Saddlers for a month, scored on his debut at Doncaster on Saturday.

The schools getting government funds

Here's a full list of the 18 Birmingham and Black Country school that will be rebuilt or refurbished using money from a new government fund.

Schools infographic

You can read more about the Department for Education's Priority School Building programme


Terriers v Wolves

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Kenny Jackett says there are no new injuries in his squad in advance of tomorrow's game at Huddersfield.

Scott Golbourne is still troubled by his foot injury but was on the bench on Saturday. Carl Ikeme is out with a broken foot.

Long delays on M6

Highways Agency

tweets: Long delays developing due to broken down HGV within J10 of #M6 s/b. Recovery on the way. We're trying to get it moved as soon as we can.


Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

Teen convicted of abducting baby


A teenage girl from Birmingham has been convicted of abducting a baby days after befriending his father on Facebook.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified due to her age, convinced him to let her stay at his home.

She'd denied taking the child after encouraging the man "to take his time" when he went out to buy food. The teen also admitted abducting another child will be sentenced at a later date.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the

17:00 news bulletin: The head teacher of a school in Sandwell say they're devastated at missing out on funding to fix dilapidated buildings.

HSBC tax scandal

House of Commons


Birmingham Ladywood MP and shadow Treasury minister Shabana Mahmood has told MPs many questions still remained unanswered about

the HSBC tax scandal.

Shabana Mahmood

She said: "The financial secretary's remarks thus far today simply don't go far enough.

"We need much more detail from him as to what the government had been up to since they were made aware of this information - and why they have apparently failed to act over such serious allegations."

In pictures: Bafta glamour

Birmingham actress Felicity Jones features in a BBC News photo gallery of

last night's Bafta Film Awards.

Felicity Jones
Getty Images

Jones had been nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything but lost out to Julianne Moore.

Damaged cargo ship emptied of cars

More than 1,400 cars have been taken off a cargo ship that was stranded in the Solent for 19 days.

Hoegh Osaka
Getty Images

The Hoegh Osaka, which had been listing at roughly 50 degrees, was run aground after developing problems on 3 January.

It was carrying more than

£60m worth of Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai and Mini cars, as well as JCB vehicles.

Shot policeman has eye removed

Express and Star

A police officer who was shot twice in the face while on duty in Staffordshire

has now had his eye removed and has posted an online video about his road to recovery.

Council house revamp plan

Birmingham City Council

is planning to spend £58m upgrading its council homes.

The proposal, which would see up to 6,200 properties owned by the authority given new kitchens, bathrooms, central heating, windows and doors over the next 12 months, looks likely to be approved at a meeting next week.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the

16:00 news bulletin: Eighteen schools in Birmingham and the Black Country are to be repaired or rebuilt as part of a £2bn project.

Last of a kind

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Treasure the moment because there will not be many more genuinely coalition-style events like this before May's election.

With Conservative and Liberal Democrat partners increasingly distancing themselves from one another in the run-up to polling,

today's announcement of funding for school rebuilding and refurbishment projects is one of the last of a kind.

Behaving badly online

Midlands Today

A survey suggests almost two-thirds of children in the West Midlands feel pressure to take part in negative behaviour online.

The research, commissioned by BBC Learning, examined if pupils had felt pressure to take part in sexting, cyberbullying or take part or "like" risky activities on social media.

Robbers target self-service tills

CCTV footage has been released showing the moment three men ransacked self-service tills and made off with £13,000 cash from a supermarket in Small Heath.

Asda robbery
West Midlands Police

The robbery took place at Asda, on Coventry Road, last month. Nobody was injured.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Disabled people are being charged more for taxi journeys, according to a BBC investigation.

You can hear more on this in my

15:00 bulletin.

Road closed

BBC Travel

The A4040 Marsh Hill in Birmingham

is closed between The Ridgeway and Streetly Road because of a police incident.

Staying dry and cloudy

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

A dry but mainly cloudy afternoon is in store with the odd bright spell and highs of 6C (43F).

Eardley brought back

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Gary Rowett says Neal Eardley was recalled early from his loan spell at Leyton Orient because he wasn't getting games there.

Neal Eardley
Getty Images

Baby saved from flat fire

Express and Star

A three-month-old baby was among four people rescued after a faulty heater

caused a severe fire at a Walsall block of flats.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In my

14:00 news bulletin, 18 schools in Birmingham and the Black Country are receiving a share of £2bn for repairs and rebuilds.

School rebuild plan announced


The government has announced 18 schools in Birmingham and the Black Country will benefit from

a programme to replace and refurbish old buildings.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs."

Cricket: New role for Woakes

BBC Sport

Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes says

he is keen to carry on taking the new ball for England at the forthcoming World Cup.

Chris Woakes
Getty Images

Woakes took 5-19 in this morning's warm-up win against West Indies and said he was enjoying his new role.

Defender returns

Neal Eardley

has returned from his loan at Leyton Orient but can't play for Birmingham City until 23 February as he's registered with the O's until then.

News on the hour


In the

13:00 news bulletin: Eighteen schools in Birmingham and the Black Country are to be repaired or rebuilt as part of a £2bn project.

Fire-hit school needs roof repair

You can read more on news St Alban's Primary School in Wolverhampton is unlikely to reopen before half-term


The council says last week's suspected arson attack caused smoke and water damage and more than 20 square metres of roofing is likely to need replacing.

'Pants and cutlery collections'

A sewer in Birmingham's Woodgate Valley Country Park overflowed last week

after a pipe was blocked by a discarded motorbike.

Motorbike found in sewer
Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent said misuse of the sewer system was costing it £10m a year - other unusual finds include slippers, piles of pants and cutlery collections.

'Guidance' for Berahino

BBC Sport

A new arrival at West Bromwich Albion has been asked to give "guidance" to young striker Saido Berahino, reports The Sun.

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

It's one of today's newspaper stories mentioned in

BBC Sport's football gossip round-up.

Survey uncovers debt risk

Midlands Today

More than a third of people in the Midlands would be in debt in less than two months if they lost a job, according to a new survey.


commissioned by charity Christians Against Poverty suggests 44% of working people in the region are already using credit, with nearly one in 10 unable to keep up with payments.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Schools in Birmingham and the Black Country are to receive a share of £2bn from the government for repairs and rebuilds.

I'll bring you the details in my

12:00 bulletin.

Mother attacked in Obama 'alien' row

Express and Star

A Wolverhampton man who claimed Barack Obama was an alien punched his mother repeatedly because she laughed about it,

a court was told.

Lambert on Benteke snub

BBC Sport

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

has been discussing his decision to drop Christian Benteke for Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Chelsea.

Christian Benteke
Getty Images

He told a news conference: "It wasn't a hard decision to leave Christian out. His form has dipped and that's by his own admission.

"I expect him to take it like any other player and fight to get back in the side."