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  1. Updates for Friday 27 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. Join us on Monday from 08:00 when we will bring you our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Tonight's forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Cloud will spread to all parts overnight, bringing outbreaks of rain and drizzle. The rain may turn heavier and more persistent at times across the hills.

becky wood

Lows of 5C (41F). Information about the outlook for the weekend is


Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The man in charge of Worcestershire's hospitals has denied that bullying played a part in the resignations of five A&E consultants from Redditch's Alexandra Hospital a fortnight ago.

And, from Mumbai to the Midlands, attracting international visitors is seen as an increasingly important way of boosting the region.

We will be reporting on today's visit of delegates from India to Birmingham, who were here as part of a campaign to attract even more tourists.

Join us for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

#TheDress: internet debate settled by Birmingham dressmaker

Is it white and gold? Or is it black and blue?

The online debate over the colour of the Birmingham-made dress has gone global and

the hashtag #TheDress has been trending worldwide.


Michele Bastock from dress-makers Roman Originals, which is based in Erdington says "It's black and blue but we're definitely looking into a white and gold version."

Policeman's 'selfie' gets him hired

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

A senior West Midlands police officer who was required to submit a "selfie" when he applied for a top job at Humberside Police has released the picture he used.

Garry Forsyth
Humberside Police

Garry Forsyth of West Midlands Police was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable in Humberside and is expected to start in his role in the early summer.

An advert for the

£117,078-a-year senior post was published on its website.

The Chief Constable said it was "vital candidates embraced new technology".

Severe delays on M6

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J11 for Cannock and J10 for Wolverhampton

because of an earlier breakdown, even though all lanes have been re-opened.

Injured duo's Saddlers return

BBC Sport

Walsall are expected to have top scorer Tom Bradshaw (hamstring) and central defender Paul Downing (thigh)

back for the visit of struggling Leyton Orient.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story at 17:00: West Midlands Police are looking for two people believed to be behind a card cloning scam to steal £30,000 worth of petrol.

Listen live to BBC WM for more about this investigation.


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

What do you think of it?

Children in filthiest conditions police had seen

Birmingham Mail

A Birmingham mum and dad who forced their young children to live in squalor with dirty nappies and dog and cat faeces littering the floor

have been spared jail.

Blues 'should not lose points'

BBC Sport

Birmingham City have

"sufficient funds" to complete the 2014-15 season and should not be deducted points,
the receivers of the club's parent company have told the Football League.

Birmingham International Holdings Limited, based in the Far East,

went into receivership earlier this month.

St Andrew's
Getty Images

Blues could be deducted 10 points if the Football League decides otherwise, which could send Gary Rowett's side, currently 17th in the Championship, into the relegation zone.

Bakery reopen after mouse droppings

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A bakery has today been allowed to reopen after a temporary closure following mouse droppings being discovered in the factory's food storage areas.

Polish Bakery Mazowse Ltd, Bloxwich Lane Industrial Estate, Bloxwich Lane, was issued with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice requiring its immediate closure after the discovery on Wednesday.

Walsall magistrates were told this morning its owners have worked alongside environmental health officers to address the concerns they raised.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

A dress made in Birmingham has gone viral on the internet following a debate about its colour.


At 16:00 we hear from design director Michele Bastock from the Birmingham firm behind it. Listen live


Teenager arrested over doorstep stabbing in Dudley

A man stabbed in the head on his doorstep in Dudley is in a stable condition in hospital, police have revealed.

Owen Street in Kates Hill, Dudley

A teenager has been

arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack at the man's home in Owen Street in Kates Hill, Dudley, on Tuesday.

'Goldbury' for Bingo winners

Halesowen News

Oldbury has been named the

fourth luckiest town in the country according to the National Bingo Game Association, with 16 Mecca Bingo players scooping more than half a million pounds between them in 12 months.

#TheDress: Birmingham dress sparks global debate

A debate between family and friends about whether a Birmingham-made dress is gold and white, or blue and black

has become an internet sensation.


The online discussion over the photo of the dress shown left, and how it actually looks has been shared more than 20 million times.

Dress-makers Roman Originals, which is based in Erdington says "It's black and blue but we're definitely looking into a white and gold version."

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

A dress made in Birmingham has become an internet sensation all because of its colour.

People like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian are debating whether it's black and blue or gold and white.

Apparently it's all to do with the science of how our eyes work. The dress is made by Roman Originals in Erdington.

We will hear from Ian Johnson from the company in

our bulletin at 15:00.

Wolves star cleared to play

BBC Sport

Wolves have Bakary Sako

cleared to play against Cardiff after he suffered a stomach problem after scoring twice in the last match.

Bakary Sako
Getty Images

'Missing' Tipton man found

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A man missing from Tipton has been

found safe and well in Bournemouth.

Frederick Steventon, 73, of Brookfield Way, was found yesterday after being last seen on 23 February.

Selection headache on Villa defenders

Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Aston Villa's

defensive options will be limited when the club travels to Newcastle.

Captain Ron Vlaar is serving a ban for his last-minute dismissal for bringing down Stoke's Victor Moses (pictured).

Ron Vlaar Victor Moses
Getty Images

Villa's full-backs Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho are both injury doubts, while Kieran Richardson is out with a calf problem too.

Walsall woman 'pushed from third floor of flats'

Birmingham Mail

A woman in her 20s was reportedly

pushed from a third floor balcony of a Walsall block of flats this morning.

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident at Wood House, West Bromwich Street, in the Little London district of Walsall, at 8.30am this morning.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed on his doorstep in Dudley.

More details in the news at 14:00

Coming up on TV

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

A leaked report into the NHS in Staffordshire identifies a health care system in crisis facing a £270m deficit by 2018.

Our health correspondent Michele Paduano will have more details on

Midlands Today now on BBC One.

Teenager arrested for 'murder bid'

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the head on his doorstep in Dudley earlier this week,

police have revealed.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested at an address in Netherton and is in police custody.

The 65-year-old householder was attacked just before 6.15pm in Owen Street, Kates Hill, on Tuesday, suffering serious stab wounds to his head, shoulder, chest and back.

New TV station

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

A new digital TV channel for the West Midlands will start broadcasting tomorrow.


Big Centre TV comes almost three years after the government invited towns and cities in the UK to bid for local TV licences.

The channel took over the licence from City TV which went bust before it even went on air. Watch my report on

Midlands Today at 13:40.

200 jobs to go in Walsall cuts

Caroline Gall

BBC News

About 200 jobs will be lost at Walsall Council after

£29m of spending cuts were approved.

Some children's centres will close and council tax will go up by 1.99%.

Walsall council offices

But a decision to close five libraries was reversed by councillors at their 2015-16 budget meeting as the authority looks to slash £86m over the next fours years.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Walsall's much loved concrete hippo is to be restored.

"Hoppy" has been smiling at shoppers from The Bridge in the town centre since 1972, but lately he's been looking a bit worse for wear.

More on this story in

our 13:00 headlines.

'Murder in the making' foiled

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

After police foiled a gun attack, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Wallis said: "Thankfully, no weapon was discharged and the prompt response of our highly-trained officers prevented Jamie Webster from carrying out his attack, which was potentially a murder in the making.

A loaded revolver was found on Sarbjit Bhamra's seat
West Midlands Police

Webster and Sarbjit Bhamra were handed a 15-year sentence for each offence: conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life - to run concurrently. Arron Burris-Hale was handed 13 years for each crime, also to run concurrently.

Albion striker back in contention

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

West Bromwich Albion forward Victor Anichebe is back in full training after a groin injury and may be involved against Southampton.

Victor Anichebe celebrates his equaliser against Chelsea at The Hawthorns

More team news here.

How MPs boosted their earnings

Express and Star

From property to surveys and appearing on TV and radio, MPs in the West Midlands

added to their £67,000 a year pay in different ways.

Just two MPs across 19 constituencies covered by the Express & Star declared income from a second job, however, as Parliament voted against a ban on the practice.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

We will have more on the breaking news about a man arrested for attempted murder after a woman was found after a fall from the third floor of a block of flats in Caldmore.

Listen live to the news at 12:00


BreakingAttempted murder arrest


A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman in her 20s was found with "serious injuries" after an apparent fall from a third floor window in Walsall.

Walsall Police

tweeted they were called to the block of flats in Little London, Caldmore, this morning and the area has been cordoned off as an investigation has been launched.

Blues need to get tough

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says his side needs to focus on becoming harder to beat, as their defence was key in their earlier form.

Gary Rowett
Getty Images

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

He says there are no fresh injury concerns heading into

tomorrow's match at home to Brentford.

Local TV to launch

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

Birmingham's new local TV channel launches tomorrow, three months after it was awarded the licence.


Big Centre TV will appear at 18:00 GMT on Freeview channel 8 after previous licence holder City TV went into administration before getting on air.

Channel director Chris Perry said: "People think of local TV and they think possibly cheap they think possibly poor. I want to change those perceptions absolutely completely. I want us to be a very professional station."

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A 41-year-old man has been arrested after a six-hour stand-off with police negotiators in Birmingham.

More on this story in

our 11:00 bulletin.

Arrest after stand-off

via Facebook

A man has been arrested after a stand-off following threats to emergency services as they dealt with a flood at a block of flats on Milton Street, Newtown, this morning.

Several roads were closed while specialist negotiators from West Midlands Police were locked in talks with an occupant of the flats making "substantial threats" according to officers, since 02:17 today. At around 08:15 officers entered the premises and detained a 41-year-old man, posted

police in Birmingham.

Gun plot trio jailed

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Three men have been jailed for a combined 43 years for arming themselves with a revolver for a revenge attack after a dispute in Ladywood Community Centre,

according to police.

Jamie Webster, Arron Burris-Hale and Sarbjit Bhamra were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday after being found guilty of plotting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

From left to right: Jamie Webster, Arron Burris-Hale and Sarbjit Bhamra
West Midlands Police

Officers caught Webster and Bhamra on 30 June 2014 within four minutes of being called to Guild Close in Ladywood after receiving reports of two men with handguns chasing a black car, a Mercedes, up the road.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The parents of an 11-year-old Birmingham boy with autism say they have been discriminated against, after they were stranded on holiday when their airline refused to let him board the flight home.

Arshad Sherbaz and his partner Selina Begum from Ward End were told by Thomas Cook their son Mustafah needed a "fit to fly" certificate, despite warning them about his son's disability before their holiday.

We will hear more on this story in

our 10:00 news.

One-night stand blackmailer jailed

Express and Star

A man who

blackmailed a married woman into giving him more than £1,000 after they had a one-night stand has been jailed for three years, fainting in the dock as he was sentenced.