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  1. Updates for Monday 23 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Updates for Birmingham and the Black Country return from 08:00 tomorrow morning

Scattered showers overnight

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A rather windy night across the region with clear spells and scattered showers, the latter most likely in the north and west.

Charlie Slater

Clear periods will allow some icy patches to form on damp, untreated surfaces. Low of 0C (32F).

Engineering work

London Midland

tweets: Engineering work: There are still regular non-stop services between #NewStreet & #Wolverhampton after 21:00 tonight via a diversionary route

'Ban sunbeds'

Laura May McMullan

Reporter, BBC Inside Out

My final point of the journey for Inside Out following my cancer diagnosis was taking sunbed fan Jess to meet my consultant at the Christie Hospital.

My consultant (pictured) says he would like to see "sunbeds banned". Every year there are over 11,000 new cases of melanoma in the UK and more than 2000 people die.

Laura May McMullan, Jess and hospital consultant

It was a reality check for her to hear about the serious dangers of tanning.

Making the film for has been so rewarding. It's been emotional, eye opening and the best thing of all? Well .... You'll just have to tune in and

watch BBC One tonight from 19:30.

Targeting, switching and swinging

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

My latest blog post ahead of the general election in May is about the changing nature of multi-party politics, factoring the rise of UKIP and the Greens.

Dudley council house

Seats like Dudley could be a test for UKIP's election hopes.

Read more here.

Birmingham big break

BBC Birmingham PR

tweets: Congrats to Eddie Redmayne on winning the #Oscar for Best his big break in BBC Birmingham's Doctors...

Eddie Redmayne at the Oscars 2015
BBC birmingham pr

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a suspected case of "honour-based violence" in Winson Green.

More on this in

our 17:00 bulletin.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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Birmingham development centres too much on 'glamour projects'

Birmingham Post

Business development has been concentrated too much on the city centre 'glamour projects' and

more should to be done to spread the wealth, it has been claimed.

Major projects like Paradise, New Street Station, and Curzon Street are a sign that, while economic growth and job creation has been focussed on the centre, suburbs have been neglected.

'Rules need to be tightened"

West Bromwich East Labour MP Tom Watson says rules need to be tightened after former foreign secretaries Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

were secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds.

Tom Watson

Watson (pictured) told the BBC: "I think none of them should have outside interests and I think the intelligence community would welcome that."

Mr Watson says reform is unlikely in the run up to the general election "but there is an opportunity for us to tighten rules within the security and intelligence committee".

New FA rules could be introduced

BBC Sport

The Football Association hope to introduce new rules on head injuries in amateur football by March, after a campaign by the family of the former West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle.

Jeff Astle
Getty Images

FA head of performance services Dave Reddin said: "I've just reconstituted an expert panel who are going to advise us on the likely research that can take place and also help us review and update our concussion guidelines.

"We're still making sure that the grassroots [guidelines] are not just correct but also practical to implement at that level."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00 Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson calls for tougher restrictions in the wake of the "cash for access" row.

Listen live here.

The effects of tanning

Laura May McMullan

Reporter, BBC Inside Out

Tonight on BBC Inside Out: I look at the effect of sun beds with a self tanning addict called Jess.

She was just like me at 19 - using sunbeds to make her feel "better".

I met researchers from Staffordshire University about the affects of aging, as well as a skin clinic where they were able to show us the damage that's already been done from UV rays.

Laura May McMullan and tanning addict Jess

I was a self confessed tanning addict, using sun beds for about 10 years. I want to warn people that there is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanning excessively can kill you. Unfortunately, getting diagnosed with malignant melanoma - I learnt the hard way.

You can see what happened on BBC One tonight from 19:30 in the Midlands.

Blind and deaf dog dies after getting stuck

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

A dog has died after getting trapped in a manhole in the back garden of a house in Oldbury.

The 14-year-old blind and deaf terrier-type dog had entered a sewer pipe inside the one-metre-deep manhole, fighters said.

Londonderry Road

Crews were called to the Londonderry Road home just after 08:30.

Oscars 2015

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Eddie Redmayne won the

best actor prize at the Oscars for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (pictured).

The Theory of Everything
Film Company

The Brit said he was a "lucky, lucky man" and dedicated his win to people with Motor Neurone Disease.

His co-star Felicity Jones who's from Bourneville missed out on Best Actress though as that went to Julianne Moore who played a university professor with early onset Alzheimers in Still Alice".

Read more about the Oscars on BBC Entertainment.

News on the hour


Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a suspected case of "honour-based violence" in Winson Green.

More on this in

our 15:00 bulletin.

Lamb baltis made of beef

via Facebook

Sandwell Council posts: Another good result for our Trading Standards team.

Last week, the owner of Spice Cottage in Tipton was found guilty of selling lamb baltis with no lamb in them. They were made with beef.

More on Express and Star website.

The owner has been fined £7,000.

Archbishop tours Birmingham

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

I've been catching up with the Archbishop of Canterbury who is on a four day visit to Birmingham.

Archbishop of Canterbury

He spent some time among the revellers on Broad Street, even agreeing to have a selfie taken with one.

Today he's been addressing an audience at the ICC where he admitted today's tabloid headlines about

Lichfield and Canterbury Cathedral not paying the minimum living wage to some staff were "embarrassing".

Man denies chip shop stabbing

Caroline Gall

BBC News

A 29-year-old man has denied stabbing a chip shop manager in Birmingham.

Simply Fish and Chips in Hagley Road West, Quinton
Google maps

Narinder Sidhu, 51, was attacked in Simply Fish and Chips in Hagley Road West, Quinton, on 7 November.

Leon McTaggart, from Hagley Road, Birmingham, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

He appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court via a video-link and will reappear at the same court on 8 June.

News on the hour


A Birmingham nurse has been suspended from the profession for three months after hidden cameras caught her stealing painkilling drugs for her own use.

We'll have more on this story in

the 14:00 bulletin.

Northfield tops TUC table

Birmingham Updates

posts on Facebook: Northfield tops Trade Union Congress' list of 'Living Wage Blackspots'

Northfield tops Trade Union Congress' list of 'Living Wage Blackspots'
Birmingham updates

A list released today by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that 53.4% of working people in Northfield are being paid below the living wage - currently set at £9.15 in London and £7.85 across the rest of Britain.

Wolves pres conference

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

After a busy morning reading the news on BBC WM I'm at Compton Park, Wolves' training ground.

I'm going to be speaking to assistant head coach Joe Gallen looking ahead to tomorrow's home game against Fulham.

Confidence should be high at Molineux after their

5-0 win over Rotherham on Saturday.

The press conference is this afternoon and we'll also coverage of the game tomorrow night from 18:00 on BBC WM.

BBC One from 13:30

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we're with the Archbishop of Canterbury on his four day visit to Birmingham to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Birmingham Cathedral.

And Midlands Today reporter Laura May McMullan (pictured) talks about her battle with skin cancer.

Three pictures of Laura's tanned face through the years

Join me for the latest this lunchtime

at 13:40 on BBC One.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 13:00 on

BBC WM: Northfield in Birmingham has the highest percentage in the country of people earning less than the living wage.

We'll hear from Nicola Human, a volunteer at a local foodbank.

Bed blocking 'encouraged'


It's claimed that hospitals in the West Midlands are being actively encouraged to bed block.

That's when a patient stays there because there's nowhere else suitable for them to be looked after.

A new report by the independent think tank

Localis found a low level of care for older people - which is being triggered mainly by financial incentives.

The latest NHS figures show more than 1,800 beds were being blocked in West Midlands hospitals last week including more than 500 at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

School reopens: Fireman are 'my heroes'

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

This morning I spoke to a very excited five-year-old.


First days back at school are usually met with trepidation but Maisy was super excited to be going back to school after a fire at her

school St Alban's Primary in Wednesfield earlier this month.

She wrote a letter to the firefighters to thank them for putting out the blaze. She says "They're my heroes!"

Chinese New Year

Kath Stanczyszyn

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Rain didn't dampen the spirits of thousands celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend.

Organisers told me people came from cities across the UK, including Basildon and London to celebrate the Year of the Sheep.

Chinese new year, Birmingham 2015

In Birmingham the annual festival faces an uncertain future after the city council confirmed that this will be the last year it provides funding.

You can see my report online now.

Cash for access claims

The Labour MP for West Bromwich East has responded to

the "cash for access" story.

It's where former Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind insist they've broken no rules after being secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for cash.

Tom Watson MP
Getty Images

Tom Watson (pictured) says

on his website: "The incident reminded me of a security briefing when a Defence Minister (said). 'If a beautiful Russian or Chinese woman seeks your company in a bar Minister, it is unlikely to be because of your devilish good looks'. I've never forgotten it.

"Members of the Intelligence and Security Committee should be subject to the same disclosure rules as government ministers. I hope the PM will put this right before Parliament rises for the election."

Five hurt in Birmingham taxi collision

Birmingham Mail

A taxi carrying three passengers was involved in

a serious collision with a car in Birmingham.

Five people were injured in total in the crash at the junction of Bristol Road and Priory Road in Edgbaston, at around 8.30pm last night, including the taxi driver and a man driving the other vehicle.

Arson hit school reopens

A Wednesfield primary school reopens weeks after an arson attack.

Fire at St Alban's School
Nathan Cleary

St Alban's Church of England School in Ashmore Park was targeted on the evening of 5 February.

The main roof, hall and offices were badly damaged and pupils have had lessons elsewhere whilst repairs took place.

New concussion rules after 'Justice for Jeff' campaign

BBC Sport

The Football Association

hopes to introduce new rules on head injuries in amateur football by March, after a campaign by the family of Jeff Astle.

The former West Bromwich Albion striker died in 2002, aged 59, from a

brain condition normally linked to boxing.

Justice for Jeff banner
Getty Images

The "Justice for Jeff" campaign was set up to raise awareness of degenerative brain disease.

Day in the life of police team

West Midlands Police tweets: Are you following
@brumpolice? The feed is on board with a response unit today giving an insight into their work #ResponseWMP

To follow Birmingham Police team and see what they get up to on Twitter today -

follow them on Twitter. You can also
read more about the force's response unit online.

Already this morning they've "rescued a man" and spoken with some travellers after claims they were blocking entrances.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 10:00 on

BBC WM: Three local MPs are meeting the Health Secretary later to raise concerns about the future of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Ten days ago

all four A&E consultants resigned from their jobs at the hospital.

There are concerns it could spell the end for the accident and emergency department in Redditch.

My battle with cancer

Laura May McMullan

Reporter, BBC Inside Out

Over the past few weeks I've been filming for

Inside Out after
I was diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer this time last year and wanted to raise awareness by sharing my story.

Photos of Laura May McMullan

I'll be honest it's been very emotional talking about some of my most darkest moments. However, I feel as though I'm in an extremely privileged position to get out a strong message.

For more than 20 years I used sun beds and enjoyed a holiday to places where I could bake in the sun every day.

Wolverhampton City Council fraudster spent £3.5k on official credit card

Express and Star

A Wolverhampton City Council worker has pleaded guilty to fraud

after being caught buying personal items, totalling more than £3,500, with a council credit card.

Maria Spruce resorted to using the card because she was having financial difficulties, a court heard.

She admitted one charge of fraud by abuse of position at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at

09:00 on BBC WM: Most working people in the Northfield area of Birmingham - are being paid less than the living wage.

We'll hear from Labour MP Richard Burden in the bulletin.

Moeen led the way

BBC Sport

Birmingham-born England opener Moeen Ali's century

led England to a 119-run victory over Scotland and a first victory of the World Cup.

Moeen Ali
Getty Images

Moeen scored 128 and shared 172 for the first wicket with Warwickshire's Ian Bell, who stuttered his way to 54.