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  1. Updates for Friday 6 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live.

We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Overnight forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

A dry evening and night across the region with clear spells.

Rebecca Wood

However, it will be a frost free night with more cloud pushing into western parts later in the night - with a low of 5C (41F).

Stories coming up at 18:30

Abigail Uden

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Nick Owen has been getting a crash course about cybercrime - what different types there are and what can be done to stop it.


A 23-year-old from Sutton Coldfield was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of hacking the US department if defence.

Rebecca Wood stood in a bucket of water

And Rebecca Wood has been to see how The Archers is made (above). This week she was on the

BBC Radio Four website giving her fictional forecast for Ambridge.

That's all at 18:30 on BBC One with Nick Owen.

Inside Out tonight

Andy Akinwolere

Presenter, BBC Inside Out West Midlands

A reminder that Inside Out is on again tonight - not next Monday - and we've got a special programme looking at immigration.

Anthony Bartram's been meeting a Romanian family making a new life for themselves in the Black Country, and I've been finding out how a
surprise visit to Smethwick in 1965 by civil rights activist Malcolm X came about (pictured).

Andy Akinwolere in Smethwick

It's an incredible story with some amazing archive - some even said Smethwick in the 1960s was the most racist place in Britain.


me tonight at 19:30, BBC One.

Walsall fans forum: Next week

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Next week we're recording a special fans forum on Tuesday at the home of Walsall FC as part of our build up to their big day at Wembley.

I'll be hosting, and it'll run from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday evening.

Guests include Saddlers boss Dean Smith, Chris Nicholl and Mick Kearns.

It's the chance to come and join the preparations pre Wembley. Hear more on

BBC WM next week!

Barnsley v Walsall

BBC WM Sport

Only two weeks from their Wembley date, there is every incentive for Walsall's players to impress their manager in

Saturday's League One fixture at Barnsley, to remind him why they should be starting under the arch.

The peculiarly congested nature of the table means they aren't out of the play-off running either - ten places but only five points behind - and Tuesday's win at Yeovil eased any dangers of slipping into relegation trouble.

Hear updates on

Barnsley v Walsall on BBC WM 95.6FM.

The day Nick met Spiderman

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

I caught the moment Nick Owen met Spiderman.

Nick Owen and Spiderman

Who is he? BBC Midlands Today have been following the man who won't reveal his identity as he's been helping some of the homeless people of Birmingham.

More details here.

Rogue trader

A rogue trader has been jailed after he conned a Birmingham pensioner out of £2,500 for repair work to a roof.

Daniel Fitzpatrick
West midlands police

Daniel Fitzpatrick (pictured) called the 73-year-old man at his home in Kingshurst claiming he needed new roof tiles.

Police say Fitzpatrick was banned from cold calling in 2013 as part of prison release licence conditions imposed after a similar fraud.

The roof repair was later deemed as unsafe by a surveyor and Fitzpatrick is now serving two years for fraud.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: We hear from a Birmingham City University computer science expert, as a man is arrested in Sutton Coldfield over an alleged cyber attack on the Pentagon's computer network in the United States.

Villa v West Brom

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Aston Villa and
West Bromwich Albion meet for a second time this week at Villa Park in the FA Cup quarter-final at 17:30 on Saturday.

We've got live commentary on BBC WM 95.6 FM, DAB and Freeview channel 722.

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Will Villa's victory in the Premier League match on Tuesday, which finally stopped their lamentable run, have a lasting effect?


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

What do you think of it?

Nazi salute Villa fan is banned from football

An Aston Villa fan who

gave a Nazi salute at a German police officer has been banned from football for three years.

Jason Southall, 44, from Walsall, had denied a charge of racially aggravated harassment.

However, he was found guilty at South Sefton Magistrates' Court earlier.

Southall was also ordered to pay £850 for the incident, which police said took place during an away match against Liverpool in September.

Wolves v Watford

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

The play-off places remain tantalisingly in view for Wolves, although their defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday felt a little deflating.

Football Championship table
BBC Sport

All at Wolves must fortify themselves with the thought that all is not lost.

Four points behind the top six with eleven games to go, there is still ample opportunity for Wolves to progress into the top six.

Saturday's game against third-placed Watford at Molineux ought to be one to savour. Hear full coverage on BBC WM from 3pm on Saturday.

News on the hour

Alice Rosenthal

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: A 42-year-old rogue trader has been jailed after he coned a Birmingham pensioner out of thousands of pounds for repair work.

Spiderman out filming in Birmingham

Abigail Uden

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Breaking news for Midlands Today - we've just had the surreal sight of spiderman in the newsroom.

Spiderman in Birmingham city centre
I am Birmingham

Well the Birmingham one anyway - Brumspiderman has been appearing on social media (pictured) recently handing out food to the homeless.

He wouldn't tell us his name, or take off the mask but maybe by the time Joanne Writtle finishes interviewing him in the city centre she'll have found out more about the man under the mask.

The dress hits the headlines again

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The Salvation Army has run a campaign to

highlight "often overlooked" victims of domestic violence in South Africa.

South Africa Salvation Army ad campaign featuring The Dress
Ireland / Davenport / Salvation Army South Africa

The poster, which says: "Why is it so hard to see black and blue" has featured across social media and many newspapers in the UK.

The dress, made in Birmingham, hit the headlines last week when an over exposed photo of it appeared to split opinions as to whether people saw it as blue and black, or white and gold.

Sunday Politics this week

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Joining me in the studio on Sunday will be the former 'Apprentice' star Jo Cameron, whose Achievers Academy for Women aims to encourage them to get more involved in a variety of walks of life, including politics.

Sunday Politics West Midlands studio

Margot James, the Conservative MP for Stourbridge will also be in the studio, she's been a passionate advocate of women in politics ever since she met Margaret Thatcher when she was a teenager.

Our region's longest-serving woman MP, Joan Walley, is about to stand down. On Monday, she will tell an audience at Staffordshire University that a woman's place is in the House: the House of Commons, of course!

Join us on Sunday from 11:00 on BBC One.

Walsall preparing for Wembley

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Yesterday I met the Walsall players who were getting suited and booted ahead of one of the biggest games they'll

ever play on 22 March.

Walsall get ready to head to Wembley - players getting measured for their suits

They much of their days in track suits and shorts so it's welcome change to be dressing up.

Designer Luke Roper has been picked who grew up in Walsall Wood and says the outfits will give them confidence in their abilities.

News on the hour


In the news

at 15:00, a rogue trader is jailed for conning a Birmingham pensioner out of thousands of pounds.

Trojan Horse: Small Heath School rated 'inadequate'

Phil Mackie

News Correspondent

A school rated as outstanding when inspected during the "Trojan Horse" affair in Birmingham

is to be put into special measures by Ofsted.

Small Heath School was now said to be "inadequate", while staff morale was "very low" and tensions were damaging its progress.

Small Heath School
Google Maps

However, inspectors also spoke of a "broad and rich" curriculum and robust moves to appoint staff.

The city council said it was working to "secure leadership".

Derby v Birmingham

BBC WM Sport

Narrow home wins for Birmingham City over Brentford and Blackpool have eased any possible alarms for Blues fans following their nine-match winless run, and they should be set fair for a mid-table finish now.

So they can head to Derby tomorrow with some of the pressure off, while their hosts may be a little more fretful, having lost twice in a row to surrender the Championship lead.

gary rowett
Getty Images

Blues manager Gary Rowett (pictured) enjoyed some of his best playing days at Derby, so can expect a friendly welcome.

Hear the game live, with analysis from the former Blues striker Paul Devlin, on BBC WM 95.6FM and DAB in the Birmingham area from 3pm.

Temperatures on the rise

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

There's some lovely sunshine on the way and temperatures are up to double figures this afternoon.

Weather forecast for Friday afternoon

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

A suspected hacker, from the West Midlands, has been arrested in connection with an alleged cyber-attack on the Pentagon's computer network in the United States. More in

the news at 14:00

Is it a bird?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Is it a plane? No, it's just another day in the newsroom here at BBC Birmingham.

Spiderman in the BBC Birmingham newsroom

Spiderman popped in for a chat with some of the producers at BBC Midlands Today.

I'm told he's out filming. Why? We'll have more later!

Coming up on TV

Qasa Alom

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We're looking at research from Oxford University that suggests this region has seen the

biggest rise in immigrants in the country.

And after our reporter Laura May revealed last week her battle against cancer that resulted in her having painful swellings called lymphedema, find out why specialists say treatment for the condition is desperately under-funded.

Join us for the latest this lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today from 13:40.

Never a dull moment

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

I wish I had one of those proverbial hot dinners for every time I've been stopped in the street and told how busy I must be.

It's true of course. And I am about to get busier still.

Patrick Burns in the Sunday Politics studio in Birmingham

But not, perhaps in quite the way most people might imagine.

Relatively little of my time is spent in dramatic chases after our political heavy-hitters on their whistle-stop tours of the key marginals.

Read more about what I've been up to on my blog page.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story in the

news at 13:00: A suspected hacker from the West Midlands has been
arrested in connection with an alleged cyber attack on the Pentagon's computer network in the United States.

Feeling nervous?

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Villa or Baggies? It's the big question on a lot of people's minds.

Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis
Getty Images

It's one win apiece so far this season. Albion won 1-0 at the hawthorns, Villa won 2-1 at Villa Park on Tuesday.

The FA Cup quarter-final will be the decider, with a place at Wembley for the winner. Has anyone got any nerves left?

Laura Mvula Q&A

Ben Sidwell

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

I spent yesterday evening with Birmingham singer Laura Mvula at a very special live event in London.

Laura Mvula

The show was broadcast simultaneously to hundreds of cinemas around the world, making it the biggest concert of her life.

She says she was overwhelmed with the amount of people who turned up to see the live Q&A.

Let battle begin....

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We've had arguments between fans and players. Remember the

meeting of young Moin Younis and Joleon Lescott in December.

Graffiti spraying Aston Villa v West Brom

This week we filmed two brothers falling out over who's the best.

So who will come out on top tomorrow? Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion?

M42 disruption

BBC Travel

Here is the latest information on the accident on the M42 around Birmingham Airport.

BBC travel

Stay up to date on

the BBC travel page.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM: Two men in Birmingham have been caught on camera dumping a gun in front of a house in Balsall Heath.

Men dumping guns in a Birmingham garden
West midlands police handout

They were filmed dropping the firearm after climbing over a wall in Cannon Hill Road just after midnight on 2 November last year.

Police have released footage appealing to anyone who recognises the men to get in touch.

Hacking arrest: Man detained

The National Crime Agency says a 23-year-old man was arrested in Sutton Coldfied on Wednesday on suspicion of offences relating to a network intrusion on a US department.

NCA raid

The UK's National Crime Agency has mounted a "strike week" against suspected hackers resulting in 56 arrests across the country.

Investigations about a suspect in Sutton Coldfield was aided by forensic information provided by the FBI.

Read more on this story here.

M42 accident

Highways Agency

tweets: We're getting reports of an accident closing 2 lanes on the #M42 #WestMidlands N/B J5-J6. Approach with caution. More to follow...

Women and politics

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This Sunday is

International Women's Day so I'm preparing a discussion on our
Sunday Politics programme (11.00 BBC One Midlands) focusing on what's being done to encourage more women to get involved in politics.

Woman to woman - Labour's battle bus

More than 800,000 Midlands women did not vote at all in the last general election and in a region with 63 Parliamentary constituencies we have just 11 women MPs.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

A man has been arrested in Sutton Coldfield - believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department.

More in

the news at 11:00

Watch: 'Wrong body' mix-up

Peter Wilson

West Midlands Correspondent

A friend of former MEP Philip Bradbourn, whose body has been the subject of a funeral mix-up, has said if some good comes out of reviews into the matter then at least it would be fitting.

Philip Bradbourn

Mr Bradbourn died at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, on 20 December. A similarly named man, Philip Bradburn, died at University Hospital Birmingham before Christmas.

Both bodies were taken to the same mortuary, it is understood. But the wrong body was released in January for the Conservative MEP's cremation at Bushbury crematorium in Wolverhampton on 16 January.

Watch my report in full online now.

Man arrested over US hacking

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old man in Sutton Coldfield who is believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department in June 2014,

has been arrested by West Midlands Police.