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  1. Updates for 17 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

BBC One from 18:30

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Gun crime has risen in the West Midlands force area for the first time in three years - we'll ask what might lie behind the numbers with our reporter Ben Godfrey (pictured).

Ben Godfrey

Also on the programme, how would you feel about a one-way ticket to Mars? We meet the PHD student who will spend the next 10 years training to go to the red planet - for life.

And we meet a 107-year-old West Brom fan. Catch his reaction when we broke the news of their FA Cup draw with Aston Villa - it's well worth tuning in for at 6.30.

Funding boosts school places

Wolverhampton City Council

tweets: Wolverhampton has been allocated nearly £10m to create hundreds of new places at nine local schools. Full story:

'Working closely' with Blues

Three receivers at Birmingham International Holdings released a statement after being appointed.

Ernst and Young says: "The appointment of the receivers by the court on 16 February 2015 does not imply any insolvency of BIHL nor its subsidiary Birmingham City Football Club."

They say they are working closely with the board of Birmingham City Football Club and will continue to maintain a strong dialogue with the Football League board.

Read more on this story on BBC News.

Gun crime figures

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Gun crime in the West Midlands has gone up by 8% over the past year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Gun crime scene

The figure is a surprise to some, considering how West Midlands Police has successfully worked to reduce firearms offences over the past decade.

I'll be speaking to the police and crime commissioner on Midlands Today to see how the force is responding.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

Ministers says sex education should be compulsory in every state primary and secondary school in England.

In the news at 17:00 we'll hear from Karrie Anson, who is the Wolverhampton president of the NUT.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service,

Special PC made false expenses claims

A special constable has been given a suspended jail term after admitting fraudulently claiming travel expenses.

Mahesh Randeria, 51, claimed more than £1,300 extra for petrol expenses between October 2010 and November 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Any Questions

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio 4's Any Questions will be

held at Aston University next month.

Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, the show provides the audience with opportunities to quiz MPs and representatives from the country's main political parties in the run up to the general election on Thursday 7 May.

Click here to apply for free tickets.

Football League requests meeting

The Football League is requesting a meeting with Birmingham City Football Club after receivers were brought in to handle day-to-day running of its parent company.

The League received notification earlier today regarding the appointment of receivers by Birmingham City's holding company.

It said in a statement: "We have requested a meeting with the club and the appointed receivers at the earliest opportunity to discuss the matter."

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00: The Football Leagues is requesting a meeting with Birmingham City Football Club after receivers were brought in to handle day-to-day running of its parent company.

'Detrimental to education'

Birmingham City Council has formally objected to plans by a highly-rated city academy to run a free school in Birmingham.

Perry Beeches School

Perry Beeches Academy Trust, ranked outstanding by Ofsted, wants to open the £20m school, named Perry Beeches V, in Small Heath to provide primary and secondary places.

The Department for Education has given its backing to the plans, but the council's cabinet says they would "detrimentally affect the education of the majority of children in the area".

Money stolen


A woman from Wolverhampton says she is still trying to claim back money stolen by an accountant in the months after her partner was murdered six years ago.

Andrew Diack, 29, was stabbed to death outside the Flying Dutchman pub 10 days before the birth of his daughter Meagan.

FA Cup catch-up

BBC Sport

Watch the best goals, funniest moments and star performances from the FA Cup fifth round in under 10 minutes.

FA Cup Catch-Up: The highs and lows of round five

It includes Tim Sherwood's 'new manager bounce' in full effect.

Watch more on BBC Sport.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 15:00 on

BBC WM: Birmingham City Football Club are reassuring fans
after receivers were brought in to handle day to day running of its parent company.

In the bulletin we'll hear from football finance expert Peter Knowles.

A&E jobs to be advertised

The jobs of all the A&E consultants at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are expected to be advertised this week.

Four resigned on Friday amid claims their relationship with management had completely broken down.

The trust says it's in the process of agreeing leaving dates but the consultants won't be finishing before May.

Register to vote

Dudley Council

tweets: There are 24seats up for grabs on Dudley Council. Make sure you're registered to vote on May 7…

Elections are coming
dudley council

Stories we're working on

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Gun crime is on the increase in West Midlands. We're looking at why it's going up and Ben Godfrey will be speaking to an anti-gun crime campaigner and the police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands.

Chris King has spent the morning with commuters who're affected by the landslip on the line at Hanbury. Find out how they're coping and what's being done to help them.

And we'll be looking ahead to the

Aston Villa V West Brom FA Cup match. Find out more at 18:30 with Mary Rhodes .

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Newsreader, BBC WM

Birmingham City Football Club says there will be no problem fulfilling its fixtures after receivers were brought in to handle the day-to-day running of its parent company.

I'll bring you the latest

at 14:00.

Armed robbery gang jailed

A Wolverhampton gang sentenced to more than 27 years had been getting more and more violent,

according to police.

Adrian Durant, Craig Perry and Lee Tonks
West midlands police

The three men

robbed 10 security vans across the Midlands threatening the drivers with knives or claw hammers.

(Pictured left to right) Adrian Durant was jailed yesterday for 14 years, Craig Perry, 12 and Lee Tonks, from Dryden Road was given 18 months for assisting an offender.

Marshall leaves Villa

The first team coach for Aston Villa

Scott Marshall has left the club.

Scott Marshall
Aston villa

The club thanked him for "his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend".

Landslip line 'should reopen by Easter'

A railway line between Birmingham and London, closed by a landslip between Warwickshire and Oxfordshire, is

expected to open in time for Easter, Network Rail says.

Aerial view of the landslide
Dave Brassington

The section of the Chiltern Line between Leamington Spa and Banbury was closed on 31 January after the landslip near the Harbury Tunnel.

Network Rail said about 100,000 tonnes of earth had been removed so far and freight and passenger services should resume by 2 April.

A fresh start for Blues?

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

The announcement that Birmingham City's parent company BIHL has called in the receivers will understandably worry fans, but could actually be a positive move for the football club.

As for the short-term impact on the club, the biggest danger is that the Football League might dock them points. That is far from certain though.

Birmingham City has reassured the League it can fulfil its fixtures.

News on the hour


In the

13:00 news bulletin: Birmingham City Football Club is reassuring fans, after
receivers were brought in to handle the day-to-day running of its parent company.

BBC One from 13:38

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

We'll have the latest on the commuter delays caused by the landslip on the train line from Birmingham to London.

And there's more on the financial woes faced by Birmingham City FC.

Join me on BBC One this lunchtime from 13:38.

Villa smoke bombs

A Leicester City fan had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a number of smoke bombs were set off at Aston Villa's home game on Sunday.

Police say three smoke bombs went off in the away concourse, leaving one person requiring medical treatment.

'Carson Yeung really can't stop this'

Football finance expert Peter Knowles says the "saga" at BIHL has been going on for more than five years.

He says: "The accountants will be looking at the company and, as we know, the only assets they have are Birmingham City Football Club.

"If you run out of money and you need some - you realise your assets. They almost 100% own BCFC so I believe now the club should be up for sale. Carson Yeung really can't stop this."

'Reassure supporters'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Read more on BBC News about Birmingham City.

The club said it wished to reassure supporters "most emphatically" that no winding-up petition had been filed.

News on the hour


In the

12:00 news bulletin: Birmingham City Football Club says there will be no problem fulfilling its fixtures - after receivers were brought in to handle the day-to-day running of its owner.

M6 lanes reopened

Highways Agency

tweets: Recovery compelted and all lanes now open #M6 south J10A - J10 #Staffordshire.

Long delays remain but are starting to clear.

Receivers could recommend sale

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

The decision of Birmingham International Holdings Limited to appoint receivers is another chunk of knotted spaghetti in the tangle of Birmingham City, as far as I can see.

If you're feeling optimistic, the BIHL receivers could potentially recommend a sale of the club once they've got to the bottom of finances.

Either way boardroom wrangles hardly help engender a feeling of stability at the Blues despite efforts of St Andrew's-based staff.

Man denies mother-in-law's murder

A Wolverhampton man has

pleaded not guilty to murdering his estranged wife's mother in Pakistan.

At the Old Bailey, Tariq Rana, 31, denied killing his mother-in-law Gulam Asia on 27 July 2013. He appeared via video-link from Belmarsh Prison.

In-house wrangling in boardroom

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

The parent company of Birmingham City Football Club has appointed three receivers from Ernst and Young to take care of the company's day-to-day management.

Birmingham International Holdings Limited took the step voluntarily because of in-house wrangling in the boardroom.

St Andrew's
Getty Images

A statement from the football club stresses there is no immediate threat to its operations and that BIHL is not subject to a winding-up order or liquidation.

Blues say they can continue to fulfil the fixtures, which continue tomorrow with the home game against Middlesbrough.

'For the greater good'

Birmingham International Holdings Ltd Board says it decided "it had no other option but to openly and voluntarily request reputable receivers" due to "inharmonious relations within the management".

Birmingham City says the receivers will manage day-to-day activities, looking after finances for the "greater good of the club".

Club's parent company appoints receivers

Midlands Today

Birmingham City Football Club's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Limited, has appointed receivers - but says it's not in liquidation.

The club says in a statement: "The club wishes to reassure its supporters and staff most emphatically that no winding up petition has been filed against the Company (BIHL) and that it is therefore not in liquidation."

Lanes blocked on M6

BBC Travel

Two lanes are blocked on the M6 southbound between J11, at Cannock, and J10, Wolverhampton, because of an obstruction in the road.

Get the latest information here.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news bulletin on

BBC WM at 11:00: The British Medical Association says it will be very difficult to replace the A&E consultant team at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Apartment plans for vacant land

Birmingham Post

More than

300 city centre apartments could be on the way to a run-down parcel of land behind the O2 Academy.

FA Cup derby

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

We're in the wonderful position of having

two of our local football sides still in the FA Cup - and last night's quarter final draw did not disappoint. It's served up a very big derby.

Villa and West Brom young fans
Getty Images

Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will be pitched against each other at Villa Park.

The derby is to be played over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of March.