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  1. Care worker admits attempted murders
  2. Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford get ready for the indoor competition at the Barclaycard Arena
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Stephanie Barnard

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

Whatever you've got planned this weekend, we hope it's good!

Walsall get extra Wembley tickets

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Walsall have sold their initial allocation of 20,000 tickets for Wembley.

They have now been given some extra tickets.

Scattered showers

Scattered showers will push down from the northwest this evening and overnight.

Saturday forecast

The showers will be wintry at times, particularly over the hills. Clear periods in between the showers will allow a frost and perhaps some icy patches to form. Low of 0C (32F).

Streets where you live

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Earlier we asked you what the streets are like in the area you live as a number of councils looks to cut street cleaning budgets.

Dark Archer

‏tweets: "The road i live on is trash free....we pick up after ourselves we know better than to rely on the state or fed govt".

Ian James ‏adds: "West High street is also awful, with people spitting on the pavements every couple of yards. Disgusting".

You can see more on this on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Fire near Dudley Road

Mark Samuels sent

through this footage of the fire just off Dudley Road in Birmingham, near the junction with Western Road.

Fire near Dudley Road, Birmingham
Mark Samuels

The fire is across the road from City Hospital and Dudley Road is partially blocked to traffic.

'Exactly what I need'

BBC Sport

More on BBC Sport about Aston Villa appointing Kevin MacDonald to the post of assistant manager as new boss Tim Sherwood bolsters his staff.

Kevin MacDonald
Getty Images

"He is diligent, organised and gives me exactly what I need in the role I want him to play," said Sherwood.

Nostalgia photos

Birmingham Mail

Nostalgia photos:

A look back at this week in years gone by

Fire blocks Dudley Road

The A457 Dudley Road in Birmingham partially blocked in both directions near the Western Road junction, because of a building fire,

BBC Travel News reports.

Dudley Road fire

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

The station commander at Handsworth fire station has just told me crews were called to a report of smoke coming from a derelict building in Dudley Road at 4.50pm.

Four crews are en route. The building is near to City Hospital.

'Evil and disturbing'

Peter Wilson

West Midlands Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

The sister of Melissa Swift,

the former care worker found guilty of trying to murder three of her colleagues describes her as "evil and disturbing"

Lulla Swift told me: "My sister deserves the consequences that she's going to face. She is evil and disturbing.

"The fact that my sister was a police officer [special constable] is shocking and I cannot understand her motives.

"She threatened to kill me, sent a letter stained with her own blood. She threatened to cut my throat, cook and eat my body. The whole incident has been very disturbing and frightening."

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: A Birmingham man's been jailed for 30 years for the attempted murder of a man who was left paralysed after being shot in the back.

Canal businesses 'still open'

Jennifer Harby

Journalist, BBC News Online

Businesses along a city centre

canal in Birmingham that is being drained will remain open despite the work.

Gas Street Basin
Getty Images

A section of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, at Gas Street Basin, is being drained because water is leaking close to a railway line.

The route has been closed to boats while the work takes place.

The area is a key site for tourism in the city and businesses have said they are still open, although some services have been reduced.

Temporary dams installed

David Gregory-Kumar

Environment correspondent, BBC News

Temporary dams are currently in place at Gas Street Basin.

Gas Street Basin works

Tarpaulins go on tomorrow. And then the fish rescue will start on Saturday.

You can read more about the draining of the canal on BBC News.

Bail extended after stabbings

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Seven men arrested after six people were stabbed during New Year celebrations at The Belfry have had their bail extended until 12 March, Warwickshire Police has told me.

The entrance to the hotel

Officers were called to the Bel Air nightclub at 00:50. The force says the suspects are aged between 20 and 27 and from the Birmingham area.

Man jailed for arson

A Birmingham man's been jailed for five years after setting fire to an arts centre in the city a day after getting out of prison.

Leon Smythe
West midlands police

Leon Smythe (pictured) set fire to Ulfah Arts Centre in Highgate Square in May 2014.

West Midlands Police say the 40-year-old "had only been released from prison the day before starting the fire".

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM we'll hear from Olympic champion Mo Farah who is in Birmingham ahead of this weekend's Indoor Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena.

Dorrans' bid for Premier League

BBC Sport

Graham Dorrans intends to help Norwich City secure an immediate return to the Premier League after arriving on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Graham Dorrans
Getty Images

The 27-year-old Scotland midfielder has dropped to the Championship to join the Canaries on an initial one-month deal.

Dudley News

Man pleads not guilty to death

by dangerous driving after Oldbury death.

Birmingham v Brighton preview

BBC Sport

Birmingham have won three of the last five meetings at Brighton, drawing one and losing one.

BBC Sport

previews tomorrow's Championship match.

Charges over university disorder

Three men, including one from Birmingham, are charged following disorder at a university protest over fees.

Police said they were called to Senate House at the University of Warwick on 3 December in relation to a reported assault while a protest was being held.

Daniel Dawson, 24, of Earlsdon, Alistair Robinson, 25, of Birmingham, and Luke Dukinfield, 19, of Leamington, have been charged.

News headlines


In the

15:00 bulletin, seven men from Birmingham who were arrested after six people were stabbed at New Year celebrations at the Belfry in Warwickshire have had their bail extended.

The men were arrested at the golf club's Bel Air nightclub in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Halesowen News

A husband pleaded for his estranged wife to be kept out of jail, so she could continue to milk his cows, despite

being beaten by her new boyfriend, the paper reports.

Interview with Mo Farah

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

After the media briefing this morning I spoke to Mo Farah ahead of his competition at the

NIA - Barclaycard Arena tomorrow.

Mo Farah

First question, I'd heard he'd been for a run this morning, he said "it was great but pretty cold - very different to Ethiopia (where he trains)".

"I'm in pretty good shape and looking forward to racing."

Mo Farah says he'll be aiming for a British record when he competes in the Birmingham Grand Prix tomorrow.

Stories we're working on

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Dan Pallet will be speaking to Olympic champions Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah ahead of the Indoor Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham this weekend.

And we'll be keeping an eye on the draining of the canal as well as looking ahead to the Oscars this weekend. Our reporter Sarah Falkland is covering the story and speaking to some of the people connected.

Rubbish on your street?

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Have you got rubbish on your street which is out of control or maybe fly tipping in your local area?

Midlands Today is investigating whether our streets are getting dirtier. But some of our councils have cut their street cleaning budget for the coming year dramatically - the biggest drop is Birmingham City Council which is cutting £4m over four years.

Rubbish left on the street

If you've seen a grot-spot -

tweet or send us a pic on
Facebook of litter issues where you live.

News headlines

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

I'll have more details about the attempted murder of three people at an old people's home in West Bromwich in my

14:00 bulletin on BBC WM

Ones to watch

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

For Rutherford this will be his only indoor competition of the year in the Long Jump ahead of a season where he'll try to win the only outdoor title missing from his honours list at the World Championships in Beijing this summer.

British heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Getty Images

Rising British heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson (pictured) will be another one to watch while overseas attractions include the popular sprinter Kim Collins, 60m hurdles world record holder Aries Merritt and the American Carmelita Jeter who's the second quickest woman of all time over 100m.

You can watch coverage on BBC One from 13:00 tomorrow.

Get ready for Mo

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Fourteen Olympic and 33 World Championship medallists will compete at the Indoor Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday but there's no doubt who will be the main attractions.

Mo Farah
Getty Images

Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford both won gold on Super Saturday at the London Olympics and the fans will have high expectations of both men.

Farah has a great record in Birmingham where he's set three British records in previous years but it's the European two mile record which he broke here in 2012 that will be the target this time.

Former solider sentenced

Express and Star

A former soldier who

developed £270-a-week cannabis habit to cope with PTSD is sentenced.

BBC One this lunch time

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime we're looking at how council cuts and complicated re-cycling are leading to some of the dirtiest streets ever.

Plus we'll look ahead to the athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham tomorrow where Mo Farah will wow the crowds.

Join me for the latest this lunch time from 13:30 on BBC One.

New Villa assistant manager

Kevin MacDonald is Aston Villa's new assistant manager,

the club announces.

Kevin MacDonald
Getty Images

In a statement on the club's website, they announce: "MacDonald is back in familiar surroundings, having worked at the club previously as both reserve team manager and caretaker manager."

Trains subject to delays

National Rail

tweets: Lines have now reopened at #Erdington, trains between Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street may still be delayed by up to 30 mins

Mo and Greg on fine form

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The stars of British Athletics are in Birmingham.

Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford at a media event in Birmingham city centre

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford - Mo Farah on the move - both speaking to the media today ahead to the Grand Prix this weekend.

Mo even took the time for a quick selfie with a passerby as we filmed in Birmingham city centre earlier.

I'm now heading to go and film with long distance runner Paula Radcliffe... if I can keep up!

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 13:00 on BBC WM we'll hear from our reporter Phil Mackie who's been in court today following the case of a

Black Country care worker who has pleaded guilty to trying to murder three of her colleagues.

Watch: Cash machine thefts

At least £9,000 has been stolen from people in the West Midlands by thieves using new tactics to distract people at cash machines.

CCTV of woman having card taken
West midlands police handout


swindlers tell people the machine is not working and then cover the screen to cancel the transaction and pocket the card, having first noted the pin number.

Watch the West Midlands Police footage on YouTube.

Rutherford Q&A

BBC Sport

Posts on Facebook: The Olympic Games long jump champion Greg Rutherford will be answering the best of your questions this lunchtime, so if you have something to ask the Team GB star please comment below.

Follow him in action, along with other leading British Athletics stars, on BBC One at 13.00 on Saturday, live from Birmingham.

Coverage of Indoor Grand Prix

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you haven't got tickets for the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham this weekend, don't worry!

There's coverage on BBC One tomorrow from 13:00. Jonathan Edwards presents the action and Steve Cram leads the commentary, with Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe providing expert analysis.

Sports stars come to Birmingham

Dan Pallett

Sports reporter , BBC Midlands Today

We've got an array of stars on Midlands Today.

This morning I went to see Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford ahead of tomorrow's

Birmingham Grand Prix.

Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Paula Radcliffe
Getty Images

And this evening we'll be live with Paula Radcliffe on why she's inspiring a group of Asian women to take up running.

It's a busy day - see what happens on BBC Midlands Today from 18:30 for my report.

Swift resigned as special constable

West Midlands Police say Melissa Swift resigned one-month before she was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police outside Goldfield Court in 2014

Det Ch Insp Michaela Kerr told the media: "Melissa resigned in July last year and had not been an active special constable for several months before that. She was arrested in August 2014."

You can also read more on on this story on BBC News.