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  1. Updates for 16 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Last week George Osborne, this week it's Ed Miliband. Tonight I speak to the Labour leader about apprenticeships, HS2, marginal seats and the NHS.

Join me for the latest on BBC One from 18:30 in the Midlands.

'Welcome Tim'

Aston Villa FC

tweets: SHERWOOD UNVEILING: The gaffer dons the claret and blue! #AVFC #WelcomeTim

Tim Sherwood
Aston Villa Football Club

New goalkeeping coach appointed

West Bromwich Albion

say they have appointed former keeper Jonathan Gould as their new goalkeeping coach.

Jonathan Gould
Getty Images

The former Scotland international keeper, son of former Baggies boss Bobby, was a former regular at Coventry City.

Miliband sets out plan in Wolverhampton

Express and Star

A Labour government would guarantee an apprenticeship place to any school-leaver who gets the required grades,

Ed Miliband announced in Wolverhampton as he set out his plan for boosting the UK's prosperity.

Benteke's future a big test

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

The other big test for Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa will be trying to revive the fortunes of talismanic striker Christian Benteke.

Christian Benteke
Getty Images

Starved of service under Paul Lambert, the Belgian started snatching at the few chances he did get and the goals dried up.

Sherwood says he knows what a handful Benteke can be and wants to get him back to the form which saw him coveted by top clubs across Europe.

Man injured after 'shots fired'

Birmingham Mail

A 24-year-old was rushed to hospital after being

injured after shots were reportedly fired in Bartley Green.

All the things fans wanted to hear

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Tim Sherwood said all the things the fans want to hear at Villa Park this morning.

He's confident of keeping them up and has promised to free the players from their shackles and get them playing with less fear.

Tim Sherwood

That was also the theme of

Sunday's half-time intervention during the FA Cup tie with Leicester City and it certainly seemed to work.

Returning a sense of excitement to Villa Park will be a guide to Sherwood's impact over the remaining critical 13 games.

Care for older people

The man in charge of care services for the elderly in Birmingham some older people are still being placed in homes rated "poor".

Holding hands

It comes after

a BBC investigation last week found the council was using an online bidding system to find care places, with the contract going to the lowest bidder in nine out of 10 cases.

But Jules Gregory said 90% of care homes in the city were ranked "good" or better.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: West Midlands Fire Service has approved the demolition and rebuilding of a 92-year-old listed fire station in Aston at a meeting this morning.

Plus we'll have more on Ed Milband, who has been speaking about Labour's plans ahead of the general election.

Defender's loan spell extended

Gillingham have

extended the loan spell of West Bromwich Albion defender Bradley Garmston until 15 March.

Bradley Garmston

Image released in assault inquiry

Police have

released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to after an assault in a Sutton Coldfield nightclub.

CCTV of the woman
West Midlands Police

A 21-year-old woman was severely beaten by two women in the toilets of Rumour in the early hours of 28 December, West Midlands Police said.

Minimum wage

Ed Milband says "we've got to raise the minimum wage" to £8 an hour if Labour wins the general election in May.

Ed Miliband and Paul Franks, from BBC WM

He's been in the area today to announce the party's business plan at Jaguar Land Rover.

The Labour leader says: "People used to say introducing the minimum wage would be a disaster but they were wrong then and they're wrong now. We've got to raise the minimum wage and deal with the abuse of zero hours contracts."

'Manifesto to change country'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Ed Miliband has been speaking to

BBC WM after unveiling the Labour party's business plan in Wolverhampton ahead of May's general election.

Mr Milband says: "People think a coalition is an excuse for breaking promises.

"I want a majority Labour government. I'm going to put before the electorate a manifesto to change the country so it properly works for working class people."

'No proper consultation' about free school

Birmingham City Council says it is formally objecting to plans to open a free school in Small Heath.

The council says the council had consulted on plans to open a free school in Perry Barr, but the "Department for Education made a last-minute decision to locate it in Small Heath without any proper discussion".

Listen live

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Ed Miliband is speaking to BBC WM's Paul Franks now.

Listen live.

Ed Miliband speaking to BBC WM's Paul Franks

Showers this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There's a chance of a shower this afternoon, so make sure you've got your brolly with you. Temperatures are about 9C (48F).

Sara Blizzard

For the latest forecast visit BBC Weather or follow the team on Twitter

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: Two Birmingham drug dealers who were found with £50,000 of heroin stuffed in a car have been jailed.

Parking wardens on living wage

Parking wardens working in Birmingham are due to be paid the living wage,

the city council says.

A group of 55 saw their pay increased from £6.50 per hour to £7.85 per hour on 1 February.

Your questions for Ed Miliband

Susana Mendonca

BBC West Midlands political reporter

Miliband in the Midlands for apprenticeships pledge.

The Labour leader is going to be live on

BBC WM at 16:00 answering your questions.

Email or
tweet us if you've got a burning issue you'd like to put to him.

Offensive weapon charge

Jennifer Harby

Journalist, BBC News Online

A Birmingham man is

due to appear in court after officers were called to reports that a gun had been fired in Bartley Green on Saturday.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 15:00 on

BBC WM: Labour have announced plans to guarantee an
apprenticeship for school leavers in England who get suitable grades.

In the bulletin shortly we'll hear from leader, Ed Miliband who made the announcement during a speech at Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands.

Villa job 'no brainer'

Tim Sherwood has been telling BBC Sport that

taking up his new post as manager of Aston Villa was a, "no brainer".

tim sherwood
Getty Images
Tim Sherwood is eager to get Christian Benteke back to his best form

"I said 'yes, I'll take the job' then negotiate afterwards," he said.

'Chips for chips' sake'

The Birmingham Mail's Graham Young is celebrating 10 years of

his famous chippie review column.

Some chips

"The whole idea of doing the column was to enjoy chips for chips' sake," he told BBC WM.

"Chips are timeless. Anybody can eat a bag of chips."

Councillor resigns over 'remote leadership'

Birmingham Post

A senior Birmingham Labour councillor has

resigned as committee chairman over increasingly remote council leadership and lack of democracy, it is claimed.

News on the hour


In the

14:00 news bulletin: In a speech at Jaguar Land Rover's engine plant near Wolverhampton, the Labour leader Ed Miliband has said every school leaver in England who gets the grades will be guaranteed an apprenticeship if he's prime minister after May's election.

Motorists in hospital after crash

Two motorists were taken to hospital following a crash near the M42 at Beoley, Redditch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the A435 Birmingham Road at just after 08:00.

Talking politics

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

As Ed Miliband sets out Labour's plans for the economy at the JLR plant near Wolverhampton, I've be speaking to people and businesses in nearby Fallings Park, gauging reaction and asking what this community needs from the next government

First-time voters

I've been hearing from first-time voters who've come into school during half term to chat politics.

You can see my report on BBC Midlands Today from 18:30.

Stories we're working on

Dave Hart

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Aston Villa's new man at the helm was unveiled today. We'll find out more about Tim Sherwood's plans to dig them out of relegation trouble.

And Osborne, Cameron and now Miliband. They're all heading for the Midlands with their eyes on election day. The West Midlands has roughly 25 marginal seats.

News on the hour


In the

headlines at 13:00: The new Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he is confident of keeping the club in the Premier League.

Labour 'to offer extra training'

Ed Miliband also said the Conservatives did not offer enough high-quality training.

Ed Miliband

Labour say they will offer an extra 80,000 apprenticeships.

However, the Conservatives have accused Labour of being anti-business.

Harry Potter event

The Library of Birmingham says it is holding

a half term Harry Potter event on Thursday.

The Harry Potter event
Library of Birmingham

It says children and adults can turn up dressed as characters from the JK Rowling books and get their copies of the books marked with a Harry Potter stamp.

The best costume will get a prize.

Villa 'fantastic opportunity'


"It's a big club and a fantastic opportunity to me and one I couldn't turn down," Tim Sherwood told us in his first press conference.

"Aston Villa is the right fit for me. We know they're not in a great position in the league at the moment but it's my job to get them out of that."

A European future?

Labour leader Ed Miliband has been

telling business leaders in Wolverhampton it is crucial Britain remains in Europe.

Ed Miliband

He said: "There is no more important long-term security for our country than our place in the European Union."

News on the hour


In the

12:00 bulletin: The new Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has given his first press conference since being announced as Paul Lambert's successor.

Labour pledges fairer recovery

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Ed Miliband says his

plan for prosperity would deliver a fairer recovery than is possible under George Osborne's austerity measures.

Significantly, he will be delivering his message in our region where some areas (Solihull, Warwick, Lichfield) are generating new jobs as fast as anywhere in the UK.

It's cheek by jowl with areas of Stoke, Coventry, Birmingham and the Black Country, where unemployment and deprivation remain stubbornly above the national average.

'Expect congestion' on M6

BBC Travel is warning drivers of severe congestion because of roadworks operating on the A38 Aston Expressway between the M6, at Spaghetti Junction, and the A4540 at Dartmouth Circus.

'If you are scared of losing, it's going to happen'


Tim Sherwood says he does not want Villa to feel "scared" of losing.

Tim Sherwood

He told BBC WM: "If you are scared of losing, it's going to happen.

"We win together and we lose together and I want them to feel as hurt as I do when we lose."