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  1. Updates for 13 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

Local Live has finished for the day. Join us from 08:00 on Monday when we will have more news, sport, travel and weather.

Cloudy and cold overnight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain could be heavy for a time this evening,

before gradually easing away through the night.

Becky Wood's Weather

With light winds it will turn quite murky, with low cloud giving some fog across the hills. Lows of 4C (39F).

Wolves set to name same side

BBC Sport

Wolves could be unchanged for the

trip to Norwich tomorrow with Kenny Jackett reporting no fresh injuries.

Carl Ikeme and Tommy Rowe are both sidelined after breaking bones in a foot but are Wolves' only absentees.

Coming up on TV

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

A woman has claimed she has lost the chance to become a mum after her eggs were collected without her full informed consent at an IVF clinic which has had its licence refused.

Join me for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30 when I will have more on this case involving St Jude's Clinic in Wolverhampton.

Litter pickers sought

The Friends of Thimblemill Brook are looking for volunteers for a litter pick on Saturday morning, writes

the Bearwood Blog. The meeting point is Hurst Lane Community Centre at 10:00.

Litter pickers at a previous event
Bob Piper

A38 delays warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the A38 Aston Expressway leaving Birmingham up to the M6, J6 at Spaghetti Junction in the roadworks. Congestion is on the A38 Corporation Street to Lancaster Circus,

drivers are warned.

Brian Little 'not sure' he would want Aston Villa job

BBC Radio 5 live

Brian Little says he is "

not sure" he "would want to be the football manager" at Aston Villa.

brian little
Getty Images

Little, the last man to lead Aston Villa to a major trophy, said he didn't think a return to the hot seat was "on the agenda" but he would "love to help out in some capacity" following Paul Lambert's sacking.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A woman claims she's lost the chance to become a mum, because she had her eggs collected "without full informed consent" at a fertility clinic in Wolverhampton.

More on this story and others in

our 17:00 bulletin.

Career criminals jailed thanks to DNA

A prolific burglar arrested or charged with 115 offences in the past 16 years,

according to police, has been jailed after leaving a glove at the scene of another house raid in Halesowen.

Paul Gallagher (left), aged 39, of Hayes Croft, Birmingham, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in August last year. He was also found guilty of a further burglary at Fillongley Road, Meriden.

Paul Gallagher (left) and Dennis Steenson (right)
West Midlands Police

Dennis Steenson (pictured right), 38, of no fixed address, was also jailed for for 33 months. Stafford Crown Court heard that Steenson wore a balaclava to break in to a property at Rednall Road, West Heath in June last year but in his rush to escape left it on a window sill. It was indentified as his through DNA.

Walsall v Port Vale

BBC Sport

Walsall may be without winger Anthony Forde for the Midlands derby with Port Vale following the groin injury that forced him off at half-time in Tuesday night's 3-2 home win over Rochdale.

Jordan Cook and James Chambers should be fit, while 15-goal top scorer Tom Bradshaw (hamstring) is not ruled out.

More team news


One-way ticket to Mars

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Next week, Maggie Lieu will find out if she'll have to give up everything for

a one-way trip to Mars.

Maggie Lieu in dark

The 24-year-old, who's doing a PhD in astronomy and space at the University of Birmingham, is down to the last 600 of 200,000 applicants for the

Mars One mission.

If she gets through, she'll spend the next 10 years training for the project.

New look for regional fare

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The Lord Clifden pub has unveiled a regional food creation called "The Burminum".

The Burminum

The Great Hampton Street pub, in Hockley,

tweets it is a grilled faggot burger with mushy peas, homemade Bathams bitter, mustard and onion gravy.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the

news at 16:00.

Campaigners and some staff who work in betting shops say a scheme where problem gamblers can ban themselves isn't working.

Difference in taxi Apps

Do you know the difference between Uber and Get Taxi? The two phone Apps were launched in Birmingham yesterday.

Uber is licensed as a private hire vehicle operator. Private hire vehicles must be pre-booked. Get Taxi only operate Hackney Carriages.

Answers to more frequently-asked questions are


Digbeth drugs factory

10 men are in custody after a cannabis factory was discovered in Digbeth yesterday,

police have tweeted.

Composite picture of the drugs

Pulis eyeing a cup run?

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

For Tony Pulis and West Brom the prospect of a decent FA Cup run is something they seem to have embraced after wins over Gateshead and Birmingham City.

Although Premier League survival is their main priority, Saturday lunchtime's fifth round tie at home to West Ham is a real opportunity to take another step to Wembley.

From left to right: Gareth McAuley, Brown Ideye, James Morrison, Saido Berahino, Darren Fletcher celebrate after a Berahino goal from an Ideye assist

Sam Allardyce's Hammers have a whole host of injury concerns, although Pulis has to weight-up whether he can risk both of his remaining fit strikers, Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye.

There will be full match commentary on

BBC WM on 95.6FM and on DAB digital radio, with all the build-up starting from midday.

Finding love

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Tomorrow it's Valentine's Day. We've been uncovering expressions of love in the most unexpected corners - the elephant pen at West Midlands Safari Park for instance.

It might not be the most obvious home for romance, but their new nine-month month old baby elephant Sutton has been spotted presenting his mum with a single red rose in his trunk.

West Midlands Safari Park

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Our top local story at 15:00: A 91-year-old former teacher has been jailed for nine years for sexually assaulting boys at a school in Birmingham.

We speak to Marilyn Hawes, the founder of child protection organisation Enough Abuse UK. Listen live to


Sports bar '£40k business rates debts'

Express and Star

A popular sport's bar in Cannock is

facing closure after it emerged the owner has failed to pay business rates of more than £40,000.

Striker ruled out of Albion clash

BBC Sport

Andy Carrollis set

to miss the rest of the season.

Andy Carrolll
Getty Images

West Ham United, which is due to travel to West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Cup tomorrow, confirms the striker will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon.

"The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton," a West Ham statement says. "The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season."

Library of Birmingham 'remains major draw for tourists'

Birmingham Post

Birmingham's cabinet member for culture says

the Library of Birmingham remains a fantastic facility for learning and tourism despite brutal cuts being implemented later this year.

Birmingham library

Labour cabinet member Penny Holbrook also described the decision to make £1.3m cuts to the library as the most difficult she has faced in her political role.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the 14:00 news bulletin: A 91-year-old former teacher has been jailed for nine years for sexually assaulting boys at a school in Birmingham.

Rain and cloud about

BBC Weather


There will be a little bit of rain and cloud around today and there's also the risk of the odd thunderstorm.

Looking ahead to the weekend it should settle down and we should only see a little bit of drizzle.

For the latest forecast follow

@BBCWeather on Twitter or visit
the BBC website.

Lorry crash closes M54 motorway

Birmingham Mail

A Midlands motorway was closed when

two lorries were involved in a collision causing major rush-hour tailbacks.

The incident happened on the M54 between junctions 2 and 3 near Coven, Wolverhampton, just after 6am.

The westbound carriageway was blocked with traffic stretching back several miles.

Two drivers were taken to hospital following the crash.

Coming up on TV

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

A woman has claimed she has lost the chance to become a mum, because she had her eggs collected "without full informed consent".

Chardonnay La'more's partner did not turn up on the day of treatment and she is not entitled to a further cycle of IVF.

Chardonnay La'More

St Jude's Clinic where her eggs were removed has not had its licence renewed, because of another issue over consent.

The clinic says that the issues complained of were fully investigated in 2012 and put to rest. I'll have more on this on for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40.

Loan for Albion forward

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion forward Kemar Roofe has

signed for League Two side Oxford United on a one-month loan deal.

The 22-year-old, who is out of contract at the Hawthorns at the end of the season, has had previous loan spells at

Northampton and

Kemar Roofe

Roofe has yet to appear for the Baggies' first team.

"It's an important time for me in my career. I'm playing for my future," he said.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A 91-year-old man who used to teach at a school in Birmingham has been jailed for carrying out sex attacks on 14 boys.

He was jailed for nine years, and at 91, the court was told he was the oldest person to have been sent to prison for the first time.

More on this story in

our news at 13:00.

Sports bar facing closure


Cannock Chase Council's Labour leader Councillor George Adamson says the authority has sought a compulsory winding up order against the company behind Bar Sport on High Green over unpaid business rates of over £40,000.

He said there was "no reasonable alternative".

Bar Sport

He added: "The council never enjoys taking this sort of action against local businesses and does not do so lightly. The council relies on business rates income in order to provide essential services to residents".

£18m worth of drugs seized

More than £18m worth of class A and class B drugs have been

seized in police raids which have seen nine men arrested.

Staffordshire Police made the arrests under the force's Operation Nemesis - raiding properties in Lichfield, Burntwood, Rugeley, Coventry and Birmingham on Wednesday.

Seven men arrested in connection with drugs offences, who've been bailed pending further inquiries.

Two other men have been charged with drugs offences after a separate raid in Staffordshire.

Teacher's sex attacks 'tinged with sadism'

Bob Hockenhull

Reporting from Birmingham Crown Court

Judge Nicholas Webb said retired PE teacher Marcus Marcussen's sex attacks on schoolboys nearly 60 years ago were

"tinged with sadism".

Marcus Marcussen, who worked at Illmington Road Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, assaulted 12 students between 1957 and 1978.

On Wednesday, a jury found the 91-year-old from Rochford, near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, guilty of 25 counts of indecent assault on boys, and today he was jailed for nine years.

BreakingBreaking News

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

Former PE teacher Marcus Marcussen, aged 91, has been

jailed for nine years after being found guilty of 25 counts of sexual assault of young boys at the former Illmington Road Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle, Birmingham.

Marcus Marcussen

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The number of times people have banned themselves from betting shops has risen by 50% in the past five years.

It's known as self-exclusion and it's when you go into a bookmakers, fill in a form, hand over a photo and tell them you don't want to be allowed to gamble anymore.

Betting firms are required to offer the service but campaigners and staff like Harry, who used to work at a shop in Birmingham, say it's not working.

We hear from him in

our 12:00 news.

Catch-up: George Osborne on Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Last night the Chancellor George Osborne came into the BBC Midlands Today studio.

George Obourne and Mary Rhodes

He spoke to Mark Rhodes after he announced a £5.2bn investment in road and rail projects in the Midlands.

Question is: "Is this investment new?"

Watch the interview on the BBC iPlayer now.

Public meeting on protest response

Dudley News

Residents and traders are encouraged to attend

a public meeting to provide feedback on the police and council's response to the recent protests in Dudley involving the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism.

Poundland founder's new project

BBC Radio 4 Today

The founder of Black Country budget chain Poundland Steve Smith, has been detailing his latest business venture, where you can market your house for £1.

Steve Smith at Bilston Market

The former Bilston market-trader turned multi millionaire when he sold Poundland for £50m.

His latest project is called

Estates Direct.
Listen back here.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

At 11:00 we hear from family law barrister Jason Hadden after it was revealed more than 60 parents were arrested for leaving their children at home alone in the past year.

Listen live to


Traffic lights down

B31 Voices

B31 Voices

tweets all traffic lights at the Black Horse junction with Bristol Road are out and that Birmingham Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden is speaking to highways officers.

Birmingham near bottom on food hygiene

Birmingham has been ranked in the bottom 10 local authorities in the UK for food hygiene enforcement - at eighth in the list.

Spring onion preparation

The study by Which? used data submitted to the Food Standards Agency and found food hygiene was a postcode lottery and diners "might as well toss a coin" to decide on a restaurant in some local authorities.

Check how your area rated


Powers to raise tax

Susana Mendonca

BBC West Midlands political reporter

The Core Cities group, which includes Birmingham, has set out its stall on regional devolution.

It wants the power to raise tax as part of a ground-breaking settlement with Whitehall.

With the

West Midlands combined authority plans still to be finalised who would power be devolved to exactly?

Birmingham aerial view

I will be investigating for

Sunday Politics on BBC One from 11:00.