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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Cold night ahead

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It will soon turn cold beneath the clear skies, with a patchy frost developing.

Charlie Slater

However, cloud will start to thicken in the south west during the early hours of the morning. Lows of -1C (30F).

Coming up at 18:30

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

There's a bit of a shock for commuters around Birmingham tonight.

Repair work (and all its attendant traffic delays) around Spaghetti Junction which should have taken about six months to complete is now going on until next spring.

Spaghetti Junction roadworks in 2015

Squad holds trophy

BBC WM Sport

tweets: #walsallfc Dean Smith and members of the #saddlers squad with @JP_Trophy @WFCOfficial

Walsall team with Johnstone's Paint Trophy

A Q&A is being recorded at the Banks's Stadium from 18:00 - there's still time if you want to pop down and be part of it.

Cost of landslip

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

The cost of clearing up a

350,000 tonne landslip between Leamington Spa and Banbury is likely to run into several million pounds, says Network Rail, although the exact cost is not yet known.

Network rail

The body said it would need to pay compensation costs to train operators affected by the disruption. Replacement buses have been taking passengers between the two stations since 31 January. The line is set to reopen on Friday.

Crisis at Crufts?

Lauren Potts

BBC News Online

A championship dog dies of suspected poisoning after appearing at the world's top dog show.

Now a second dog is reported dead and Crufts is facing an onslaught of criticism.

Is the event in crisis or does the pet-loving public really understand the world of canine competition?

Irish Setters competing at Crufts

News on the hour


In the

17:00 bulletin: Almost 500 former senior West Midlands Police officers are
suing the force after they were made to retire early.

Big Painting Challenge

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The BBC's Big Painting Challenge is encouraging artists across the country to pick up their paintbrushes.

Year five students at Yardley Wood School in Birmingham

It's not just amateur artists who've been inspired by the show. Hundreds of schoolchildren across our region are trying their hand at a bit of drawing too.

Today I went to meet year five students at Yardley Wood School, in Birmingham. You can see my report on Midlands Today from 18:30.

More congestion for motorists

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Spaghetti Junction "isn't falling down, but if we were to ignore it would become a significant issue", says the Highways Agency.

Spaghetti Junction

Repair work on the roads at J6 of the M6 is likely to take twice as long as originally forecast.

It's now scheduled to finish in spring 2016, so sadly there will be more congestion in store for motorists.

From fee to free school


The headmaster of a fee-paying private school in Wolverhampton says it's going back to its roots by becoming free.

The Royal, Wolverhampton

The Royal will receive government funding from September as part of its free schools programme.

Mark Haywood says: "We're really putting the school back into Wolverhampton and to service the local need."

Homes on 'violence' warning lists

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

More than

700 homes in the West Midlands have been put on "caution" or "violence" warning lists by the region's ambulance service.

Crews are advised not to enter a handful of addresses without a police escort, a spokesman said.

Flagged locations include where paramedics or staff have been assaulted and houses with aggressive dogs.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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your feedback about this service.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: Almost
500 former West Midlands Police officers are seeking compensation after being forced to retire early.

Plus, we'll have more on the CCTV pictures which have been released after a

Wolverhampton community worker was burgled.

'Needs some maintenance'

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

The Highways Agency says more work needs to be carried out on one of the Midlands' main motorway junctions after problems were unearthed.

Matthew Taylor from the Highways Agency

Speaking about Spaghetti Junction, at J6 of the M6, Matthew Taylor told me: "The structure is 40 years old and it's made from concrete and as you'd expect from any old structure, it's going to need some maintenance.

"We have a programme of works in place to keep it in good condition and this scheme is part of that programme."

Peter Pannu removed from Birmingham City's parent company

BBC Sport

Birmingham City says boardroom changes

at its parent company will not affect the day to day running of the club.

Birmingham International Holdings (BIHL) went into voluntary receivership in February.

Peter Pannu

Two directors, including former Blues chairman Peter Pannu, have been removed from the board, seven others have resigned and two have been suspended.

Spaghetti Junction corrosion

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

The word is corrosion and lots of it.

This is the slip road which carries traffic under Spaghetti Junction on to the M6 going northbound.

Corrosion on Spaghetti Junction

They've not only stripped the tarmac but also the concrete to reveal some of the roads have corroded close to the joints which hold up the bridge decks.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top story in the news at 15:00 on

BBC WM: Work to repair Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction is likely to take twice as long as forecast.

It had been scheduled to be finished in six months, but it could now be next Spring before it's completed.

Neuve Chappel remembrance

Midlands Today

A special centenary service of remembrance has taken place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this morning to honour those who died at the World War 1 battle of Neuve Chappel.

World War 1 battle of Neuve Chappel archive still

The service paid particular tribute to the contribution of the Indian Corps in what turned out to be the most significant loss of the Indian armed forces during the war.

More than 4,000 Indian soldiers died in the battle alongside 7,000 British casualties.

You can see more on this story on BBC One from 18:30.

Shop owner fined after amputation

A Birmingham trader's been fined £4,000 after a man had to have an arm amputated after it was caught in a meat mincing machine.

Birmingham City Council says Akhtar Khan, 57, who owns Ash Food Fare, in Witton Road, Aston was handed the fine and eight month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £20,000 court costs after the incident in 2012.

Nasar Iqbal had to have his right arm removed after mincing meat and his arm was drawn into the mechanism which didn't have a protective guard.

Crufts poisoning claims: Kennel Club 'aware of second death reports'

The organiser of Crufts has confirmed it is looking into

reports that a second dog, a shih tzu, has died following the event.

Aleksandra Lauwers

Irish setter Jagger (pictured) died after the competition, having allegedly eaten beef laced with poison.

The Kennel Club said claims about the second death were "totally unverified at this point".

Birmingham Prison inmate jailed again for hurling kettle of hot water at guard

Birmingham Mail

An inmate who

threw a kettle of hot water at a Birmingham Prison guard has been jailed for six months.

Anthony Taylor was frustrated about not being allowed out of his cell when he lashed out at Marie Lloyd, Warwick Crown Court heard.

The 24-year-old, from Birmingham, was serving a sentence for burglary at the time and admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

News on the hour


Coming up in the

14:00 news bulletin: Work to repair Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction is likely to take twice as long as forecast.

Kennel Club probes poisoning reports

The Kennel Club, the organisation which runs Crufts, has confirmed it is looking into

reports up to six dogs were poisoned at this year's show.

Dee Milligan-Bott

The claim comes after an Irish setter called Jagger died after eating beef laced with poison at the prestigious Birmingham event.

Delays to Spaghetti Junction roadworks

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

There's more misery in prospect for motorists, with repair work on Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction likely to take twice as long as forecast.

Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction

Work had been scheduled to be finished in six months, but it could now be next spring before it's completed.


Jo Tidman

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Coming up this lunchtime: More misery for commuters as work on Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction is doubled from six months to more than a year.

And we'll be remembering thousands who lost their lives in a crucial World War One battle with our reporter who is live at a special service in Staffordshire.

Forced retirements 'a local decision'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

More on former senior police officers seeking compensation over forced retirements.

A Home Office spokesperson defended the need for savings, saying: "While we acknowledge that the police funding settlement is challenging... the police are successfully meeting the challenge of balancing their books while protecting the front line and delivering reductions in crime.

West Midlands Police officers
Getty Images

"It is for chief officers, working with police and crime commissioners, to take operational decisions about the use of resources, including whether the use of Regulation A19 is appropriate for their force."

Q&A at Banks's

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

If you want to get a photo with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, it's going to be at the Banks's Stadium tonight.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson celebrates with the trophy after his team won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final between Chesterfield and Peterborough United
Getty Images

Peterborough (pictured) won the trophy last year after beating Chesterfield. Will it be Walsall's turn this year? Here's hoping.

BBC WM is hosing a special Saddlers fans' forum at the ground from 18:00 tonight with Rob Gurney. Do come down.

Getting ready for Wembley

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

It's taken 127 years, but Walsall's first ever appearance at Wembley is less than two weeks away.

Chris Blakemore with the Johnstone's Paint trophy

In preparation for the big day schools, workplaces and businesses are being encouraged to paint the town red in support of the Saddlers over the next two days.

Last night the

Johnstone's Paint Trophy was in the studios here at BBC WM. I couldn't resist a photo, being a lifelong Walsall fan.

Police force seeks 200 new PCs

Express and Star

West Midlands Police has launched the

hunt for 200 new constables, with the three-week recruiting window opening later this month.

Donations for Watford fan

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

More than £18,000 is the current total raised online for a Watford supporter who was attacked in Wolverhampton following a match on Saturday.

Go Fund me screen grab
Go fund me

Wolves captain

Danny Batth tweeted this morning saying "Fans united in supporting the recovery of Nick Cruwy hope to see him make a full recovery."

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

'Too dangerous' for paramedics

More than 300 addresses across the West Midlands have been identified as "too dangerous" for ambulance staff to go to.

Blue light ambulance call-out
Getty Images

Figures show

318 properties are now off limits for paramedics to attend without extra police protection.

The addresses were identified by staff reporting their experiences - some of them had been verbally abused or even subjected to violence.

Walsall fans' forum

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

As part of our build-up to Walsall's historic trip to Wembley, we will be broadcasting a special football forum with manager Dean Smith, Adam Chambers, Chris Nicholl and Mick Kearns.

Walsall fans
Getty Images

If you would like to be at the recording then head to the Banks's stadium on Tuesday from 17:30 to join in the recording and ask a question.

News on the hour


In the

11:00 news bulletin: Almost 500 former senior West Midlands Police officers are
suing the force after they were made to retire.

Big Centre TV

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Big Centre TV has launched in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Its website describes it as a local TV channel for Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Solihull and The Black Country. It broadcasts on Freeview channel 8 in the UK.

'Economics of the madhouse'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The forces said forced retirements

saved them more than £66m in wages, while pension lump sums for the outgoing officers topped £157m.

Labour MP Jack Dromey
Getty Images

The lump sums were paid by the national Police Pension Fund Account, not individual forces.

Labour's shadow policing minister Jack Dromey (pictured), MP for Erdington, says: "The information the BBC has managed to elicit shows this looks like the economics of the madhouse."