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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 February
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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

Overnight forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

A mild and cloudy night with patchy rain or drizzle and extensive hill fog.


More persistent and heavier rain arriving from the northwest through the early hours with associated stronger, gusty winds. Low of 6C (43F).

Toddler death: Mum 'fed' her toddler methadone

A toddler died after being

given methadone by his mother so she could smoke drugs, a court has heard.

Kelly Emery, 34, from Birmingham, is alleged to have given her two-year-old son the heroin substitute to "knock him out" while she took crack cocaine.

Fenton Hogan died in July 2013, and a post-mortem examination revealed he had ingested methadone at least twice before his death.

Ms Emery, of Cotswold Close, Frankley, denies administering the substance at Nottingham Crown Court.

New Street 'on track'

The new Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre are one step nearer to completion.

Atrium at Birmingham's new Street station

Work to create the huge atrium (pictured) has now finished and it's on schedule to be finished by September.

Chris Montgomery from Network Rail says it will be "the centre piece to the new station" after 6,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete was removed.

Troughton set for Warwickshire return

BBC Sport

Former Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton, who retired at the back end of last season,

will return to Edgbaston in a new coaching role.

Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton holds the trophy after winning the LV County Championship Division One title
Getty Images

The former England one-day international will supplement the backroom staff as fielding coach.

Troughton, 35, was the Bears' skipper when they won the County Championship for the seventh time in 2012.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 17:00 on


After more than four decades, the Wolverhampton Show could move from its home at West Park.

Organisers are apparently considering hosting the annual event, which happens every July, to Wolverhampton Racecourse for financial and parking reasons.

'Significant' leak

Birmingham Updates

posts on Facebook: Canal & River Trust are currently draining a 200 metre stretch of Central Birmingham canal between the Mailbox and Gas Street Basin to investigate what appears to be a 'significant' leak.
Read more.

Gas Street Basin water drained from canal

Rowett: Blues not feeling sorry for themselves

BBC Sport

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says his team

must 'knuckle down and crack on' to try and end their winless run.

Gary Rowett
Charlie Crowhurst

Blues lost just twice in 13 games after Rowett's appointment in late October, but Tuesday's defeat at Ipswich left them now without a win in nine matches.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

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News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Protestors are outside the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch today, calling for a change in management.

In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM we'll hear from Neal Stoate from the Save the Alex Campaign.

'Furniture' delivery drugs haul

A man caught with cocaine valued at £800,000 who claimed he had been

delivering furniture to Germany has been jailed for six years.

Some of the drugs
Border Force

James Reginald Bettridge, 37, from Walsall, was stopped by border police at Dover's Eastern Docks on 19 August.

Officers searched his van and found six kilos of cocaine and a gas canister.

Bettridge, of Well Lane, admitted attempting to import Class A drugs and an offensive weapon in a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday.

Police appeal for witnesses

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen something suspicious on Owen Street in Kates Hill last night after
a man was stabbed on his doorstep.

Acting Detective Inspector Greg Evans, from force CID, said: "We are checking with local hospitals and would appeal for him to come forward and seek what may be urgent treatment."

He adds: "At that time of night we believe there may have been a number of people in the area possibly arriving home from work. We would appeal to anyone who has not yet spoken to us to come forward."

RTS nomination for Peaky Blinders

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

BBC Two's Peaky Blinders has been nominated for best drama series by the Royal Television Society.

Peaky Blinders

The series which is based on a gangster family in 1919 Birmingham is up against Happy Valley and Line of Duty.

You can see the full list of nomination for the

RTS Awards online now.

Wolves have the goals 'formula'

BBC Sport

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says his team must continue to "go on the attack" if they are to maintain their dream of a second successive promotion.

Kenny Jackett
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They led the Championship on 1 November before a five-match losing run, but have since clawed their way back into serious contention.

The key, according to Jackett, is simply finding the back of the net.

He said: "We have found a formula in terms of scoring goals. Going forward we are quite potent."

News on the hour


Police say a Shropshire teenager who went missing in Birmingham is at risk of exploitation.

Hear more on this in our

bulletin at 15:00.

'Subject to scrutiny'

The Association of Chief Police Officers

tweets: Officers who use #taser are trained comprehensively & are accountable for the force they use - every use of taser is subject to scrutiny

Read more on this story on BBC News.

Chance of rain

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Low cloud and milder conditions will gradually spread in from the west with

patchy rain arriving during the afternoon and turning persistent over the hills.


Light winds and highs of 9C (48F).

Preston 1-0 Walsall

BBC Sport

Walsall, who were missing centre-half Paul Downing (thigh strain) and striker Tom Bradshaw (flu), had plenty of possession.

But their eight-game unbeaten away record came to an end, while North End move to within three points of second place with a game in hand.

Manager manager Dean Smith said he felt "aggrieved".

Read the full match report on BBC Sport.

What's at bottom of canal?

Sarah Portlock

BBC News

If you've ever wondered what's at the bottom of a canal - now you can find out after water has been emptied from Gas Street Basin in Birmingham.

Gas Street Basin in Birmingham

Nothing too out of the ordinary we're pleased to report so far - tyres, metal, wood, old sign posts, and a goose paddling up to its "ankles".

News on the hour


In the news

at 14:00, West Midlands Police says it does not take the decision to draw Tasers lightly.

Appeal over missing girl

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Police are

searching for a missing teenager.

Bonnie Clarke
Police handout

Det Insp Mark Jones has told me Bonnie has gone missing before.

She is described as tall - 5ft 11in - and slim. She speaks with a Welsh accent and has links to North and South Wales, the Midlands and Brighton.

Firefighters strike

Laura May McMullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

This morning I've been speaking with firefighters on the picket line in Oldbury.

Firefighters in Oldbury on strike

Thousands of them are on strike across the region. We filmed some of them this morning who were getting ready to

head to London to join a national rally in a dispute over pensions.

You can see my reports on Midlands Today at 13:30 and 18:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour


Police are appealing for witnesses after a Black Country pensioner was stabbed in the head on his own doorstep.

Man stabbed in Kates Hill

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Read more on BBC News about the man from Dudley who is in a "serious condition" in hospital after being stabbed in the head on a doorstep.

Owen Street in Kates Hill, Dudley

Acting Det Insp Greg Evans said he understood the culprit had sustained facial injuries.

"We are checking with local hospitals and would appeal for him to come forward and seek what may be urgent treatment," he said.

Three hurt in six car pile-up on M40

Birmingham Mail

Three people were hurt in

a six-car pile-up on the M40 in Warwickshire.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions 16, near Hockley Heath, and 15, for Warwick, just before 10pm yesterday.

Appeal to find missing girl

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

I've just spoken to the West Mercia Police press office about missing Bonnie Rose Clarke, who disappeared after a day trip to the Sea Life Centre in Brindley Place, Birmingham, 10 days ago on February 15.

Bonnie Clarke
Missing people

CCTV showed the 15-year-old at Birmingham New Street Station on the day she went missing.

Police say it's very out of character - "she's not someone who regularly goes missing. They also said they are liaising with her relatives in different parts of the country."

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news

at 12:00 on BBC WM we'll hear from the Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis has defended the force's decision to aim a taser at a teenager.

Hear more on this story and others in the news shortly.

Man admits causing student's death

A man has pleaded guilty to causing a university student's death when he crashed into a bus stop near Bearwood.

Rebecca McManus
West Midlands Police

Rebecca McManus, 21, was waiting to travel into Birmingham for a hen party when Sukvinder Mannan's Mitsubishi left the road on 31 May, police said.

Another person, also 21, was seriously injured in the crash.

Mannan, 33, of Roundhills Road, Halesowen, admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving, plus failing to provide a blood sample.

Former Wolverhampton Walkabout on market for £625,000

Express and Star

The city's former Walkabout bar - now called The Stone House - on Queen Street

is to close next month.

Leisure property specialists Fleurets are managing the sale of the Grade II listed building which at one time used to be the county court.

Police respond to taser figures

West Midlands Police has released a statement following the "shocking" taser figures which have been
revealed by the BBC today.

Police with tasers
West midlands police

The police say the vast majority of cases (about 75%) are drawn from their holster as a deterrent and not actually fired.

Ch Supt Stuart Johnson says: "Tasers are not drawn lightly by officers. Our officers have undergone detailed training, including scenario-based events to test judgement, accuracy and the procedural and legislative side of the equipment's use."

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 11:00 on

BBC WM: 250 firefighters from the West Midlands are on their way to London for a national rally as part of their ongoing row with the Government over pensions.

Calls for reviews into tasers

Ex-Home Secretary David Blunkett, who introduced tasers,

has called for a review after figures obtained by the BBC show an increase in the number of children who have had them aimed at them.

Taser map 2015

Staffordshire and the West Midlands are two of the highest areas to draw tasers on youngsters.

The Home Office has not released Taser statistics broken down by age before, and warns that they are not wholly reliable because the age figures may be police estimates.

Dudley stabbing: Man in serious condition

Police say the 65-year-old man was attacked just before 18:15 outside his house on Owen Street, Kates Hill.

The man suffered serious wounds to his head, shoulder, chest and back.

Detectives say they don't know what the motive was and have

described the attacker as a white man, in his early 20s, medium build, wearing dark clothing and may have received head or facial injuries himself during the attack.

Doorstep stabbing


A 65-year-old man's in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in the head on the door step of his house in Dudley last night,

West Midlands Police says.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 10:00 on

BBC WM: A protest's being held today by a campaign group set up after allegations of bullying at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Firefighters strike

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Fire fighters in the West Midlands have walked out on strike for 24 hours in a long running pension dispute with the Government.

About 250 firefighters from the West Midlands will join a national rally in London later.

Read more on this on BBC News.

West Midlands Fire Service is asking members of the public to be vigilant and "to make safety an even higher priority than usual during the strike period".

Meeting over bullying claims

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is meeting today to

discuss allegations of bullying.

Alexandra Hospital sign

Just over a week ago

five A&E consultants resigned and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced an independent inquiry into the claims.

Wolves winning ways

BBC Sport

Bakary Sako struck twice as

Wolves beat Fulham 3-0 at Molineux last night.

Bakary Sako celebrates
Getty Images

Wolves have scored eight goals without reply at Molineux in the space of four days, following Saturday's 5-0 rout against Rotherham United.