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  1. Updates for Wednesday 4 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Jennifer Harby

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live for today.

Join us again tomorrow for more updates from Birmingham and the Black Country.

What a win means for Villa fans

Paul Franks

Presenter, BBC WM

These fans coming out of Villa Park after

the team's 2-1 win over West Brom last night were overjoyed the result's moved them out of the relegation zone.

Villa fans

One fan told the BBC, "It's one of the best games I've ever been to, we haven't had an atmosphere like that for ages. We fully deserved the win."

Villa and Baggies fans, have your say on

the Football Phone-in tonight from 18:00.

Brick thrown

Police say they are investigating after objects were thrown from bridges along the Black Country Route.

The first incident took place at around 21:00 on 25 February in Bradley where an unknown object was thrown from the bridge at the Vulcan Road Island and came smashing through a lorry driver's window.

A second attack took place the following evening, on 26 Februar near Bilston Fire Station when a house brick was thrown from the pedestrian walkway above the road, damaging a lorry windscreen.

Neither driver was hurt.

Postman strikes gold

Martyn Siviter, the postman who found Kelly Sotherton's gold medal, said he was "just doing his job" when

he discovered it in a Sutton Coldfield post box.

Martyn Siviter
Dave Evitts / Newsteam

"I told my boss and we decided the best thing was to take them straight to the police station and hand them in," he said.

News on the hour


Coming up at 17:00 - campaigners for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings say they had a positive meeting with the Home Secretary Theresa May in London this morning.

M42 severe delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on A45 eastbound in Bickenhill at Birmingham Airport because of an accident earlier on.

It is at the M42 junction 6, with congestion to the B4438 Catherine De Barnes Lane Junction.

Stay up to date on

the BBC travel page.

Landslide works ahead of schedule

Chiltern Railways say they have progressed quicker than expected with the work on the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury, which closed because of a landslip.

Aerial view of the landslide
Dave Brassington

"We have had Network Rail on site round the clock," the company said.

The line connects Birmingham and London and

will reopen next week.

'Scary experience'

Northfield mum, Katie Camplin, says she and her daughter have been left "devastated" after a car crashed through her living room at full speed on Saturday.

Katie and Faye
Katie Camplin

She said: "It's been quite a scary experience for all of us. I heard an almighty noise none of us can erase from our minds."


more about her story here.


Jennifer Harby

Journalist, BBC Local Live

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

What do you think of it?

Landslip rail line to reopen

A major rail route closed by a 350,000-tonne landslip

will reopen on 13 March, operator Chiltern Railways has announced.

Aerial view of the landslide
Dave Brassington

It was previously thought the section of the Chiltern Mainline between Leamington Spa and Banbury, which closed on 31 January after the landslip near the Harbury Tunnel,

would open in April.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Campaigners for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings say they have had a positive meeting with the Home Secretary Theresa May in London this morning.

Find out more at 16:00

Villa-West Brom battle

BBC Sport

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has warned West Brom they will have to improve when the teams play each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood
BBC Sport

The sides face an FA Cup rematch after

Villa's dramatic 2-1 Premier League win last night.

Sherwood says: "Now the cup is the most important one as it's the next one and we want to get to Wembley. West Brom will have to improve to stop us getting there."

'Investigation continues'

Police have said it's "fantastic" Kelly Sotherton's gold Commonwealth medal

turned up so soon after the Crimewatch appeal.

The medal
West Midlands Police

However, Det Con Mindy Mahil added: "Many more medals remain outstanding, though, along with electrical equipment taken during the burglary so our investigation continues."

Birmingham the best?

What do you think about Birmingham being ranked as the best regional city in the UK for its quality of life?

Stuart Broad
Getty Images
Stuart Broad

Council leader Sir Albert Bore says he thinks 2015 will be an "exceptional year" for the city, with the opening of John Lewis and the arrival of sporting events like The Ashes (above) and the Rugby World Cup.

He hopes that means Birmingham can hold on to its status.

Pub bombing meeting

Bombed pub exterior

Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have met the home secretary

to call for an inquest into the deaths.

Julie Hambleton, part of the Justice 4 the 21 campaign group, said the meeting with Home Secretary Theresa May and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers had gone well.

News on the hour


A police officer has been awarded £80,000 damages after Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell lost a court case over the "plebgate" scandal.

Hear more in the news at 15:00

Watch: Horrific housewarming

Watch this video of the devastation at the house in Northfield which had a car crash into it at full speed, narrowly missing Katie Camplin's seven-year-old daughter Faye.

Katie and Faye

The crash happened just hours after the family had moved in.

Watch: Pulis stands by Ben Foster

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says goalkeeper Ben Foster will not be criticised after conceding a last-minute penalty in their

2-1 loss away to Aston Villa.

Tony Pulis

Watch his

post-match interview here.

Mitchell pay-out

A judge ruled last year Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell probably called PC Toby Rowland (pictured), an officer on duty at Downing Street's gates, a "pleb".

Toby Rowland

Mr Mitchell accepted using bad language but said he had not used that word.

The ex-chief whip has already paid £300,000 in legal costs to the Sun newspaper and the Police Federation.

Disused Wolverhampton eye infirmary costing NHS £320k

Express and Star

Hospital bosses have shelled out £320,000 on the former eye infirmary in Wolverhampton since it closed in 2007,

it can be revealed.

The cash has been spent on security costs alone, with chiefs admitting the site has become a 'big burden'.

Medal-finding postman

The postman who

discovered Kelly Sotherton's stolen gold medal in a Sutton Coldfield postbox is due to speak to the media later.

A postbox

Martyn Siviter, 46, was out collecting mail yesterday afternoon when he found the medals.

Martyn said: "It is definitely one of the most unusual items I have found in a postbox and I am just pleased that Kelly will have her treasured gold medal back in her hands again."

Pub bombings meeting

Peter Wilson

West Midlands Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

Peter Wilson

tweets: Campaigners say today's hour long meeting with the Home Secretary was a "Monumental Moment" @Justice4the21 @bbcmtd

The home office

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Commonwealth gold medal, stolen from the home of Birmingham heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, has been found.

We'll have

more on this story at 14:00.

Birmingham's tourism

The Mercer Quality of Living report is not the first time Birmingham's appeal has been recognised.

A man buys a bratwurst at the Christmas market

In 2012, it was one of the New York Times' "places to go", while in December it was

one of the Rough Guide's "top 10 cities in the world".

And in February, it was revealed the city's German market had seen

a record number of visitors.

Millions for museums

Birmingham Mail

Scale model of how the New Place will look
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Museums across the West Midlands, including the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove, the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford are

to share £3m from Arts Council England.

Aston Expressway

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A38 Aston Expressway between the Spaghetti Junction on the M6 and the A4540 Dartmouth Circus,

BBC Travel News reports.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Birmingham mother says her daughter is lucky to be alive after a car ploughed into their house.

You can hear more on this story

in my 13:00 bulletin.

Black Country competes

Organisers of the first-ever Black Country Festival are travelling to London today to see if the event has won an award.

The Black Country Festival
Dudley Council

The festival, which was organised in July 2014 by Dudley Council, is competing against commercial organisations like Aldi and Barclays for the PRMoments "Community engagement campaign of the year" award.

Special delivery

A Royal Mail delivery driver found Kelly Sotherton's Commonwealth gold on his rounds while emptying a pillar box at the junction of Springfield Road and Fowler Road in Sutton Coldfield,

West Midlands Police have said.

Kelly Sotherton
Getty Images

A gold English Schools 'AA' medal was also recovered.

Det Con Mindy Mahil said: "I've been in contact with Kelly and told her of the find…she's absolutely thrilled as she feared the medal was lost forever."

Campaigners in London

Peter Wilson

West Midlands Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

I'm travelling down to London with the Justice For The 21 the campaigners who are

calling for a new inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings.

The Hambletons on the train

Julie Hambleton, whose 18-year-old sister Maxine was killed in 1974, has a meeting with Theresa May the Home Secretary.

"I'll talk to her, woman to woman," she said. "It's time the victims had their day."

Suspected people smugglers arrested

Two men wanted by the Belgian authorities in connection with a suspected people smuggling network have been arrested, the National Crime Agency has said.


One of the men, who are aged 25 and 28 and are both of Syrian origin, was arrested in Sparkbrook, while the other was detained at an address in Wembley, London.

They later appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court where extradition proceedings began. They were remanded into custody until their full extradition hearing on 18 June.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A Birmingham mum is calling for bollards to be placed outside her house after a car crashed through her living room at full speed.

Hear more at 12:00.

Kelly's medals are found

Heptathlete Kelly Sotherton is celebrating after her stolen medals were found in a postbox.

Kelly Sotherton

It follows a

Crimewatch appeal for information about a burglary at her Sutton Coldfield home in February.

MP Andrew Mitchell in 'plebgate payout'

The police officer at the centre of the "plebgate" row has

accepted £80,000 in damages from Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell.

Andrew Mitchell

A judge ruled last year the MP probably had called PC Toby Rowland, an officer on duty at Downing Street's gates, a "pleb".

Mr Mitchell accepts he used bad language but says he hadn't used that word.

Cities suffer low donor rates

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham and Wolverhampton have some of the lowest percentages of organ donors in the country.

In Wolverhampton, just over 18% of people are on the organ donor register and it's a little over 19% in Birmingham. The national average is 32%.

Watch: Sherwood reaction to Villa's win

BBC Sport

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood jokes he would "try anything" for a win and says "someone shined down on" his side in their

2-1 victory over West Brom at Villa Park.

Tim sherwood

Watch his

post-match interview here.

'Plebgate' damages

Andrew Mitchell and his wife outside the High Court
Getty Images

The Sutton Coldfield MP at the centre of the Downing Street "plebgate" row has paid £80,000 damages to a police officer, a court has heard.

Andrew Mitchell, the former Government chief whip, made the settlement with PC Toby Rowland,

following a High Court libel action.