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  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 February 2015
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday. Join us then.

Tonight's forecast

BBC Weather


Showers should ease, with some clearer spells developing for a time. However further cloud and outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west after midnight.

These will merge to bring more persistent rain at times, before easing around dawn. Lows of 4C (39F).

Coming up on TV

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Plans have been unveiled that could help create about 9,000 new jobs by developing rundown parts of east Birmingham.

As well as creating work, the plans include 1,000 new homes, alongside better community and shopping facilities in the area which includes the former LDV factory in Washwood Heath. But some parts of the plan are dependent on the HS2 line and that could be more than a decade away.

I'll have more on

Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Motorway warnings

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

A broken down lorry means there is one lane closed and slow traffic on the M5 northbound at J5 for Oldbury.

There are also

severe delays on the A38 Aston Expressway outbound between B4132, Park Circus and M6 J6 at Spaghetti Junction because of an earlier collision involving a lorry and a car, even though all lanes have reopened.

Deadline to clear rubbish mound

Jennifer Scott

BBC News Online

A 6ft (1.8m) high rubbish pile outside a Birmingham home

is being cleared, a council has said.

The pile, outside a property on Olton Boulevard, Acocks Green, has been there for "at least" two weeks, according to Labour city councillor John O'Shea.

The pile of rubbish
John O' Shea

Mr O'Shea said the landlord of the property had been told he had seven days to remove the waste.

Crossbar challenge

West Bromwich Albion

tweets that its latest recruit Darren Fletcher has taken on the blindfolded crossbar challenge to highlight the work of the club's charity partner, The Albion Foundation. Watch the video

Darren Fletcher takes on the blindfolded crossbar challenge
West Bromwich Albion

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top local story at 17:00: A man from Halesowen has admitted causing the death of a student when he crashed on Hagley Road West in Birmingham last year.

More on this story and others

on BBC WM shortly.

Celebrating her centenary

Halesowen News

A resident at Astley Hall Nursing Home, near Stourport-on-Severn, has been

celebrating her 100th birthday this week with family and staff.

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BBC Local Live

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Birmingham jobs boost

Susana Mendonca

BBC West Midlands political reporter

Birmingham is to see 9,000 new jobs created in the east of the city. It's part of the city council's new Growth Prospectus which will see land at the old LDV site in Washwood Heath - which had been held back for HS2 - now open to being redeveloped.

From left to right: Labour MPs Shabana Mahmood, Liam Byrne and Jack Dromey at the old LDV site

Bordersley Park and Shard End are among other areas to be transformed in a plan that aims to bring the city's skills base up to scratch. The idea is to match people to jobs. And the government's helping as it's announced £1m to raise skills there.

I'll be speaking to Paul Franks after 16:00 on

BBC WM and we'll hear from Birmingham Hodge Hill's Labour MP Liam Byrne at 17:00.

M6 crash warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between J8 for the M5 interchange and J9 for Wednesbury because of a crash,

drivers are warned.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

There are calls for more money to be given to West Midlands Police to help them deal with three upcoming political party conferences.

The Conservatives will be in Birmingham every two years from 2016 until 2020 at an estimated cost of £300,000.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson was elected as the Labour candidate but he says that has nothing to do with his concerns and we will hear more from him

on BBC WM from 16:00.

Power cut hit courts

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Some courts at Birmingham Crown Court have closed early after a power cut which hit businesses and homes around Colmore Row and Dale End.

A total of 273 properties were affected at about 13:40 by the power cut which was caused by a fault in an underground cable, Western Power Distribution said.

Engineers restored electricity "in stages" and supplies were fully back on within about half an hour, a spokeswoman for the firm added.

'Play a part' in clean-up

Mike Holden emailed to say he supports Birmingham City Council's

cleaner streets plan.

He writes: "Fully support any initiative to clean up our great city. "We can all play a part e.g. While cycling along canal towpaths I carry a couple of plastic bags n stop to collect other peeps rubbish.

"It gives you a good feeling- Please try it!!!"

Travellers blocking industrial estate

Birmingham Mail

Travellers who pledged to leave a road where they were blocking the entrance to an industrial site in Birmingham have

failed to move on.

A fleet of travellers' vehicles - including caravans and lorries - parked on Garrison Street, Bordesley, on Sunday night severely obstructing an access road for nearby industrial units.

Homes on former hospital site

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Hundreds of homes will be built on a former Birmingham hospital site after

contracts were exchanged to seal a multi-million pound land deal.

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust had been in talks with Persimmon Homes over the Selly Oak Hospital site.

Former Selly Oak hospital site
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The developer purchased the land with outline planning permission already in place for 650 new homes.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The chief executive of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley is warning that government cuts are putting patient care at risk.

More on this story and others in

our 15:00 news.

Merry Hill shoppers evacuated


Parts of Merry Hill shopping centre in Brierley Hill were evacuated this afternoon after a small fire.

The fire, which was in an electrical room, has now been put out.

Family's tribute to crash victim

Family members have paid tribute to Kay Smith after she

died following a two-car collision in Walmley on Saturday.

They said: "Kay was known for always for having a smile on her face. She loved to chat and people loved her. She was warm and friendly and always wore her heart on her sleeve. She will be deeply missed by her family."

Saddlers' striker fit again

BBC Sport

Walsall's top scorer

Tom Bradshaw should return to the side for the trip to Preston tonight after missing the Saddlers' last four matches.

Tom Bradshaw

News on the hour


In our

14:00 bulletin, plans to create 9,000 jobs in east Birmingham are announced.

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Concern grows for missing girl

Concerns are growing for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing since 15 February.

West Mercia Police has released a CCTV image showing Bonnie Rose Clarke, who is sometimes known as Keisha Jones, at New Street Station in Birmingham on the day she went missing.

Bonnie Rose Clarke, who is sometimes known as Keisha Jones, at New Street Station
West Mercia Police

She had been on a day trip to the Sea Life Centre in Brindley Place, Birmingham, when she disappeared. Officers are

appealing for information.

Remodelled Ajmal makes Worcestershire return

BBC Sport

Worcestershire have

re-signed Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal following the end of his ban for having an illegal bowling action.

Saeed Ajmal, Worcestershire and Pakistan spinner

Coming up

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

Plans have been unveiled that could help create about 9,000 new jobs by developing rundown parts of East Birmingham.

The arrival of HS2 is being seen as a major development opportunity, which it is claimed will help to regenerate large swathes of land between Birmingham city centre and the airport.

Our business correspondent Peter Plisner reports for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The old LDV factory in Washwood Heath will be redeveloped under council plans to create 9,000 jobs in Birmingham.

Tune into

BBC WM to hear more from council leader Sir Albert Bore.

What's at the bottom of the canal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

You might wonder what kind of stuff workers have come across as they've

drained part of the canal around the Gas Street Basin.

Outline of two traffic cones

Well I am pretty sure I could make out two traffic cones along with the other debris from my bridge-top vantage point from just outside The Mailbox.

Appeal over fatal crash

West Midlands Police

want to hear from anyone with information about the crash in Walmley on Saturday which led to the death of Kay Smith.

The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa, a 27-year-old woman from Northampton, was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries. She was later discharged and is recovering at home.

The driver of the Megane in which Kay was a rear-seat passenger, a 26-year-old man, suffered a broken leg and the front seat passenger, a 29-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries.

Cause of Hyatt hotel fire

Highgate Community Fire Station

tweets: Crews have now left Hyatt on Broad St. Fire was in a decorative fuel burner that had been over filled.

The heater after the fire

Hotel evacuated after fire

Birmingham Updates

The Hyatt Regency Hotel on Broad Street was temporarily

evacuated after a fire in a heater in its bar.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story at 12:00: 9,000 new jobs are going to be created in the east of Birmingham, according to the city council.

Sir Albert Bore will be speaking to us shortly. Listen live


Man airlifted to hospital

Halesowen News

A man was seriously injured at the sprawling Palmer Timber site in Old Hill.

The Midlands Air Ambulance

had to airlift the man, who had serious injuries to his head, arm and leg, to hospital yesterday.

Championship live text

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

There's virtually a full compliment of Championship fixtures this evening, including

Wolves hosting Fulham and
Birmingham City's trip to Ipswich, and if you can't get to your team's game the BBC Sport website can help you out.

Kenny Jackett
Getty Images

We are providing extensive coverage of every match in a special Championship live text.

So join us from 18:30 on the BBC Sport website and use #bbcfootball to get involved.

Slavery case dropped

Jerry Chester

BBC News, North West

The case against a mother and son

accused of holding four men as slaves has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to continue the case against Vasilica Panaghita, 54, of Alum Rock Road, and Cristian Panaghita, 31, of Cotterills Lane, both in Birmingham.

Switchers and swingers

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

See my latest blog post on the Midlands pre-election tug of war. Targets, switchers and swingers.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A mother from Halesowen is demanding tighter safety controls at West Midlands Safari Park after a rhino charged her car.

More on this story and others in

our 11:00 news.

Bogus handyman sought by police

A bogus handyman who robbed a 92-year-old woman of her handbag after calling at her Northfield home offering to clear her guttering is

being sought by police.

The man, who is believed to be in his 40s or 50s, turned up on the pensioner's doorstep at about 15:00 on Saturday offering his services as a handyman.

He engaged the woman in conversation before she left her Great Stone Road home to go to church. When she returned, the man followed her into her home asking for £45 for works carried out and then pushed her over before snatching her handbag after she went to fetch the money.

Scale of drainage operation

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

You can get an idea of how much water has been drained from the section of

leaking canal from the contrast either side of the barrier put up by workers which you can see in this picture.

The barrier separating the leaking section from the rest of the canal

Prolonged roadworks

Birmingham Post

Long-suffering motorists face

three extra months of roadworks misery on a busy Birmingham commuter route, it has emerged.

Complications with the widening of Chester Road, in Castle Bromwich, have meant the project will not now finish until the end of October.