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  1. Updates for Monday 9 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Overnight forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A dry start to the night with a few clearer spells allowing for some mist and hill fog.

Charlie Slater

The cloud will increase and rain will edge into northern areas by dawn on Tuesday. Still breezy with lows of 7C (45F).

For the latest forecast you can follow

@BBCWeather team on Twitter.

BBC One from 18:30

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

The big story on Midlands Today this evening is the continuing row over events at Villa Park on Saturday when Aston Villa beat West Brom in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.

We talk to a police chief who is in charge of policing football nationally who says a 17:30 kick off on a Saturday for such a big game invited trouble.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts (pictured) says the scheduling should be looked at.

Three men charged after Villa Park disorder

Three people have been charged after arrests were made at the FA Cup quarter final game where
Aston Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday.

Matthew Fox, 27, from Stourbridge, has been charged with assaulting a police officer, Matthew Owen, 37, from Walsall, has been charged with using threatening words or behaviour with intent.

Unemployed David Moore, 26 from Birmingham, was charged with failing to comply with a football banning notice and was before Birmingham Magistrates Court today.

BreakingThree charged over disorder


Three men have been charged following disorder at Saturday's FA Cup match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

Aston Villa v West Brom

Brunt charged over comments

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt has been charged by the FA with making insulting remarks to referee Anthony Taylor after

Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

Tractor incident sparks delays

BBC Travel

The A5 is blocked at Junction T5 for the M6 Toll, and there is very slow traffic at Lichfield because of an accident involving a tractor.

Police are directing traffic on the roundabout.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM - more on our top story.

The officer who leads football policing across the UK says the potential for trouble is increased at some later kick offs.

M6 Walsall delays

Highways Agency

tweets: #M6 (S) within J10 at #Walsall, be aware our #TrafficOfficers have short block to clear accident near the central res

Today's weather photo

BBC Midlands Today

tweets: Today's weather photo of the day selected by @Shefali_oza is from Tim Joseph at Birmingham Moor Street Station

Birmingham Moor Street station
Tim joseph

The photo will feature on BBC Midlands Today from 18:30 before Shefali's forecast.

Watford fan attack: Thousands of pounds raised online

A fundraising page set up by a Wolves fan for a Watford supporter critically injured in a gang attack attack

has raised more than £11,000.

Nick Cruwys

Father-of-two Nick Cruwys, 44, was assaulted in Wolverhampton on Saturday after a match at Molineux stadium.

Your views

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

News on the hour


In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: An expert in football hooliganism says authorities should not overreact to Saturday's pitch invasion at Aston Villa following a late kick-off time.

Crowd management review

An FA adviser and former West Brom player says Aston Villa needs to reviews its crowd control management

after hundreds of fans invaded the pitch in the local derby on Saturday.

Brendan Batson
Getty Images

Brendan Batson (pictured) says: "We need to see the reasons why supporters were allowed to en-mass the pitch. They weren't forced back into the stands.

"Once you lose crowd management then you really are in the hands of the gods."

Massage parlour to stay closed

Plans for a massage parlour on Hagley Road in Bearwood to

continue trading have been rejected by Sandwell Council.

The Bubbles Club

In January Bubbles Club was ordered to close for operating outside the building's consent for a health and beauty salon.

West Midlands Police objected to the plans saying it was being used as "more than a massage parlour".

'Seats thrown'

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

The FA is already investigating the pitch invasions by Aston Villa fans during Saturday's home FA Cup quarter-final derby win against West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Aston Villa fan sat on the pitch

Saturday's 2-0 win, which booked Villa an FA Cup semi-final trip to Wembley in April was further marred by reports of Albion fans throwing plastic seats from the upper tier of the away section.

Were you at Villa Park?

Ian Winter

BBC Midlands Today

Were you at the ground on Saturday to watch Aston Villa v West Brom?

Fans at Villa Park

I'm looking at the story for Midlands Today and looking for people's views and stories.

Get in touch by

email or
tweet @BBCMTD

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the next news bulletin:

A fund set-up to help a Watford supporter who was attacked in Wolverhampton on Saturday has raised more than £9,000.

Listen live at 15:00

Apology for tower block move delays

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Birmingham City Council has apologised for delays in moving tenants from tower blocks due for demolition.

Holbrook Tower block in Birmingham

Hundreds of people have been waiting months to be moved from Warstone and Holbrook Towers on the Bromford estate because of their poor state of repair.

Families say they've experienced appalling conditions including poor heating and anti-social behaviour. The city council's pledged to do more to support them. See my report on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Weather snapshot

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It's not the best starts to the week, feeling cold with showers across the region.

Charlie Slater with the afternoon forecast

The rain will fizzle out this afternoon with temperatures at about 11C (51F) - which isn't too bad but it's pretty breezy, making it feel cold.

FA contacts clubs

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The Football Association says it's contacted both Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion to request their observations after "disturbing crowd incidents" during the FA Cup quarter final at the weekend.

In a statement on its website it says: "The FA is working closely with West Midlands Police and notes that a number of arrests have already been made".

You can read more on what happened during Saturday's FA Cup match on BBC Sport.

Moseley 'best place to live' in UK

Moseley has been named the best place to live in the country.

The Sunday Times praised Moseley's leafy Victorian streets, bohemian attitude and acres of parks. Harborne and the Jewellery Quarter also made it into the top 50.

News on the hour


In the 14:00 news bulletin: Future West Midlands derby games could be forced to move to early kick-offs to avoid a repeat of trouble that marred Aston Villa's FA Cup win over West Brom.

Blues recall Johnstone

BBC Sport

Birmingham City have recalled striker Denny Johnstone from his youth loan spell with League Two side Cheltenham.

The 20-year-old former Celtic youngster scored one goal in five league appearances for the Robins.

Denny Johnstone

Johnstone, who moved to Whaddon Road on deadline day, last started for the Gloucestershire club on 20 February.

Let's talk politics

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

BBC Midlands politics editor

Patrick Burns is answering your questions on Facebook right now, until 14:00.

Patrick Burns on Facebook

He's being asked all kinds of questions, from what the parties are going to do to stop police cuts, to what is happening to this country's defences. Got a question?

Put it to him online now - he's ready and waiting.

Dog breeders react

Jennifer Harby

Journalist, BBC News Online

I've been speaking to Irish setter owners to get their thoughts about the

shocking allegations concerning the death of a dog following Crufts.

Irish Setters competing at Crufts

One Irish setter breeder from Staffordshire, who did not want to be named, said: "If this is a random attack, it could have been anybody's dog. And if it was a targeted attack, it doesn't bear thinking about."

Pulis calls for lifetime ban

Steve Hermon

BBC WM Sport

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he'd support lifetime bans for any of the club's fans who are found to be responsible for throwing seats after their FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa fans on the corner of the pitch during Villa v West Brom in FA Cup quarter final

The Football Association is also investigating the home side for the repeated pitch invasions at Villa Park.

Lead story on Midlands Today

Abigail Uden

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

There are unanswered questions about the

FA Cup derby between Aston Villa and West Brom from the weekend - which we are chasing .

Why were West Brom and Villa fans placed in areas above one another, meaning the chairs could be thrown down on to fans?

Get your election questions in

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Let me know what issues you think will decide how you vote in May, the questions you want me to put to the political leaders and anything else you may want to get off your chest for that matter.


I'll be hosting a live Q&A Facebook from 13:00 on the

BBC Midlands Today Facebook page.

Thousands raised for injured fan

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Read more on BBC News about a fundraising page which has been set up by a Wolves fan for a Watford supporter critically injured in a gang attack attack that has so far has raised more than £7,500.

Ollie Floyd, who started the appeal on the Go Fund Me website, said, he was "absolutely disgusted" by the attack.

He said he would be contacting Watford FC to get the money to the injured fan.

Limbering up for a Q&A

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

I'm currently getting myself match-fit for my live

Q&A on Midlands Today's Facebook page.

With less than two months to go until polling it's your chance to raise whatever issues are of concern to you.

Patrick Burns Q&A on Facebook

What are the questions that will decide how you vote? What would you like me to ask our political leaders as they beat a path to our famous Midlands marginal?

I'll do my best to come up with the answers between 13:00 and 14:00 this lunch time.

Ask your questions here.

Listen: Crufts death dog 'ate poisoned meat'

An investigation has begun into the

death of a prize-winning Irish setter, a day after being exhibited at Crufts.

Irish setter Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger
Dee Milligan-Bott

Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, died after leaving the Birmingham show. His owners say he ate poisoned beef.

Listen here to Jagger's co-owner Jeremy Bott, who says there were two or three types of poison in his body.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM: The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says future derby matches could be forced to move to early kick offs.

Your views

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Cost of translation rises


The cost of translation for people using the NHS, police and councils in the West Midlands has risen to £7m over a two year period.

Sandwell Council House

Figures seen by BBC WM show councils have paid out almost £900,000.

The top two were Birmingham which spent almost £300,000 and Sandwell (pictured) which spent £228,000 between 2012 and 2014.

Woman refused hospital treatment

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

A woman who's been a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for 33 years says she's angry she was refused treatment because of new rules at the hospital trust.

Verity Al-Daftary

Verity Al-Daftary has serious respiratory problems but when she became ill again at Christmas she was told she could no longer be admitted because she lives in Warwickshire.

We'll have more on this story on BBC One from 13:30 and 18:30 on

Midlands Today.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

The future of West Midlands derby games could be forced to move to early kick-off times to avoid a repeat of trouble that marred Aston Villa's FA Cup win over West Brom.

The game kicked off at 17:30 for TV coverage but the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson it needs to be reassessed.

Listen live at 11:00.

Rowett's resilience

BBC Sport

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett's praised his team's fighting spirit after their

2-2 draw away at Derby, which was sealed by a 97th minute Clayton Donaldson goal.

gary rowett
Getty Images

Rowett said "We've kept going and kept believing and trying to get something out of the game.

"As we all know, until the game is all over it's not over. "

Crufts: Top dog for 2015

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

A Scottish terrier called Knopa was crowned

the winner of Crufts' best in show award on the final day of the annual competition in Birmingham.

Knopa, the Scottish Terrier, with handler Rebecca Cross after winning Best in Show during day four of Crufts 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Five-year-old Knopa and her American handler, Rebecca Cross, beat six other dogs who took part in the final stage of the prestigious award.

They had been whittled down from the 21,000 dogs that had taken part in the four-day event.