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  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Gavin Bevis

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Local Live has finished for the day. Join us from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

Tonight's forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

The dry weather and light winds will continue through the evening and overnight. It will remain cloudy for many, which will help to keep temperatures above freezing.

bbc weather

Lows of 3C (37F).

Coming up on TV

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

I'll be reporting from Wolverhampton Crown Court on the sentencing of paramedic Matthew Geary who previously admitted failing in his duty after the death of a man who collapsed outside a hospital.

Carl Cope, 47, died from a heart attack after suffering chest pains near the A&E department at Walsall's Manor Hospital in June 2012.

Join me on the

Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Could Oliver host The Daily Show?

Birmingham-born comedian John Oliver is being talked up as a possible successor to Jon Stewart after

the host announced he is quitting The Daily Show.

John Oliver

A successful run as The Daily Show's "senior British correspondent" landed Oliver an eight-week stint as host in 2013, when Stewart took a hiatus to direct his first movie, Rosewater.

Pub 'is community asset'

Halesowen News

The Friends of the Haden Cross Inn are celebrating after Sandwell Council agreed to

list the pub as an Asset of Community Value.

The Halesowen Road pub is the first ACV in Sandwell and guarantees the community an six months right to try to buy the pub should it come up for sale.

Ex-cricketer cleared of murder bid

An ex-cricketer from Birmingham who badly beat a friend he spotted on a CCTV camera kissing his wife has been

jailed for four years.


Raoul East, 38, a 25-stone publican who played for the MCC and second XI cricket for Warwickshire and Somerset, attacked Andrew Hines at The Vault pub in Seaton, Devon, in January 2014.

He originally played club cricket for Moseley.

Tipton traffic warning

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on the A461 Dudley Port in both directions in Tipton because of an earlier police incident,

drivers are warned.

No-tax supercar spotted in West Bromwich

This Lamborghini Aventador was spotted on West Bromwich High Street and later seized by Central Motorway Police Group for having no tax, it has emerged.

The car that was seized

The 35-year-old driver, who lives and works in the UK, had imported the supercar from Germany but had failed to tax the car to drive on UK roads.

It was returned to the owner after he paid a £260 fee to officers

though police say the DVLA has been informed and could take further action.

Care staff's 'devastation' after fire

Express and Star

Staff at a Wednesfield care company have spoken of their "utter devastation" after the

offices were gutted in an arson attack.


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

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Corrupt Ferrari cop jailed

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A West Midlands Police officer has been

sentenced to 20 months in prison for misconduct in public office - for trying to obtain restricted information from a police database for a friend.

car and iqbal
West Midlands Police

Osman Iqbal, 37, is already serving a seven-year term for running a brothel, money laundering and possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The force's counter-corruption unit began looking into his behaviour when colleagues noticed he was driving to work in a Ferrari, with no obvious way of funding an extravagant lifestyle.

Comment: Lambert's time is up

Birmingham Mail

We are making one simple, stark request to the Aston Villa board:

sack the manager.

Birmingham Mail campaign picture
Getty Images

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

At 16:00 we hear from Midlands Today reporter Amy Cole who has been following the story of two Walsall women who were arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences earlier today. Listen live to


Shots fired at house

Birmingham Mail

Police investigating a

shooting incident at a house in Birmingham want to trace the driver of a dark-coloured vehicle seen nearby.

West Midlands Police officers were called to Osborn Road, Sparkbrook, last night following reports three shots were fired.

Selection headache

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion forward Victor Anichebe was forced off at Burnley with a groin injury suffered during the pre-match warm-up.

Brown Ideye
Getty Images

He could be replaced for

tonight's visit of Swansea by either Saido Berahino or Brown Ideye (pictured) who scored after coming on as a substitute at Turf Moor.

Man waiting for bus attacked

A man was floored by a punch to the face and kicked while he lay on the ground as he waited for a bus in West Bromwich.

The 59-year-old was approached by a man just after 19:10 on Dudley Street, West Bromwich, on 12 January who said something which he could not decipher. He asked him to repeat himself and was then attacked.

A still from the CCTV footage showing the man
West Midlands Police


today released CCTV footage of a passer-by in a white Ford Focus, who stopped and shouted at the attacker at the same time as a man is seen on CCTV walking down Great Bridge Street, in the hope witness will come forward.

Wolverhampton father jailed for neglect

Express and Star

A father has been locked up for two years

for keeping his neglected children in a filthy home littered with vodka bottles, dirty plates and swarming with flies.

The man, in his 40s and from Wolverhampton, mistreated his children aged between two and 14.

The city's crown court heard how authorities were alerted to the family in June after one of the youngsters was taken to hospital for a burn on their foot.

Clean-up bill after protests


Staffing barriers, closing roads and cleaning up after an English Defence League protest and a counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism in Dudley last weekend cost up to £25,000, according to the borough council's leader.

Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of the council, said: "Initial estimates purely in relation to the council's environmental management budget is around £20,000 to £25,000.

"It will take the coming weeks and months to establish the full council costs if we also take into account all of the officer time, working in partnership with the police, to prepare for the protest.

"Due to different policing plans, which required less council fencing and saw far less damage caused in the town, the cost of barriers and clean-up should be less than the previous two EDL protests in Dudley, which totalled around £110,000."

Video: Funeral fraud investigated

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

A funeral plan fraud

which left an elderly widow nearly £4,000 out of pocket is being investigated by West Midlands Police.

Phyllis and Brian Whitburn
Whitburn family

Brian Whitburn's widow Phyllis said the couple bought a plan in 2005, but when she tried to access the money to pay for her husband's funeral, she was told it did not exist.

Selly Oak students prevent gas blast

Birmingham Mail

Two quick-thinking students

saved the lives of others sleeping in a Birmingham house and prevented a catastrophic explosion as deadly gas escaped from a cooker that had been left on throughout the night.

University of Birmingham students Charlotte Coleman and Sean McDonald, who act as community wardens in partnership with West Midlands Fire Service, were outside a house in Bournbrook Road, Selly Oak, when they noticed the strong smell of gas.

Winemaker who re-learnt to taste and smell

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Professor Hisham Mehanna, chairman of head and neck surgery at Birmingham University's School of Cancer Sciences, said an award-winning winemaker's success in

regaining his sense of smell and taste, could help others who have undergone throat cancer surgery.

Andrew Hedley, left, with staff at Framingham, speaking with the aid of a hand-held "electronic voice box"

Pulis: Ideye to stay

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion's boss Tony Pulis says £10m record-signing Brown Ideye will not be sold this season, despite being linked with a move to Al Gharafa of Qatar, according to

the Daily Star.

There's more about Pulis and the Baggies in the

BBC football gossip column.

Rail delays

There's problems with the rail service between Birmingham New Street and Leicester, according to the

National Rail website.

A problem with equipment at Nuneaton is delaying trains by up to 20 minutes.

Disruption is likely to continue until at least 15:00.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he will not walk away from the club with what he describes as

"13 cup finals" between now and the end of the season.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Getty Images

Villa lost 2-0 at Hull last night - leaving them in the relegation zone and without an away goal in nearly eight and a half hours.


14:00 we hear from fans at the KC stadium who were not impressed.

Walsall terror arrests

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Two women have been

arrested on suspicion of committing Syria-related terrorism offences.

One of the women, aged 23, is suspected of preparing for acts of terrorism, while the other, aged 33, was arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose information.

Both were arrested at their homes in Walsall by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

M6 lane closed

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M6 northbound between junctions 8 and 9 because of a broken down vehicle.

Drink-driver misses lost tyre

A drunk motorist drove for more than two miles on three wheels

after failing to realise one of her tyres had sheared off.

Sheared tyre
West Midlands Police

The 33-year-old, from Solihull, gouged up roads on Monkspath and narrowly missed parked cars as she struggled to control her Ford Ka.

She was handed a community order, including 180 hours of unpaid work, after admitting drink-driving and dangerous driving.

News on the hour


In the news at 13:00, two women from Walsall from have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences.

Listen live to BBC WM for the latest.

BreakingHeld at police station


Both were detained at their home addresses in Walsall this morning by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

They are currently

being held at a police station in the West Midlands.

BreakingWomen held in Syria-related terror inquiry


Two women from Walsall have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

One, aged 23, is suspected of preparing for acts of terrorism and the other, aged 33, of failing to disclose information, West Midlands Police said.

This afternoon's weather

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

A cloudy afternoon but it should stay dry for most with highs of 5C (41F).

More here.

Redrow profits up

Shares in the building firm Redrow have rocketed 10% after

the homebuilder reported a 54% rise in half-year sales to a record £560.6m.


Redrow Chairman Steve Morgan, who also owns Wolverhampton Wanderers football club, founded Redrow in 1974 when he was 21.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A West Midlands paramedic who admitted to failing in his duty of care after a man collapsed and died outside a hospital will be sentenced later.

You can hear more on this in my

12:00 bulletin.

Birmingham to share athletics event

BBC Sport

Birmingham and Glasgow

will share the hosting of the Indoor Athletics Grand Prix between 2016 and 2020.

Genzebe Dibaba competing in Birmingham
Getty Images

Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena will host in 2017 and 2019 while Glasgow's Emirates Arena will stage the athletics event in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

This year's Indoor Grand Prix will take place in Birmingham on 21 February, with live coverage across the BBC.

Delays on the M6

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the M6 northbound between J6 and J7

because of a broken down vehicle.

Seven arrested in brothel raid

BBC News Online

has more on a raid on suspected brothel which police believe could be a front for a £13m money laundering enterprise.

The Libra Club
Google maps

Seven people were arrested following the operation at The Libra Club massage parlour in Summer Hill Road, Birmingham, yesterday morning.

Aston Villa fans' anger

BBC Sport

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says

he is aware of fan discontent and says his team's remaining Premier League fixtures are "13 cup finals".

Aston Villa fans hold up a banner calling for Paul Lambert to be sacked

Villa have not won in 10 Premier League matches and dropped into the relegation zone after a

2-0 defeat at Hull.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In my

11:00 bulletin, Birmingham City University's senior midwifery lecturer gives her response to new guidelines warning expectant mothers
to completely avoid alcohol.