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  1. Updates for Thursday 12 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Friday

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Rain overnight

Dry, but generally cloudy at first this evening before outbreaks of rain spread east to affect much of the region throughout the remainder of the night.

Shefali Oza

It will turn rather chilly with lighter winds. Minimum temperature of 2C (36F).

Pulis unsure over injuries

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

The West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis says he's waiting on injuries to "three or four" players ahead of Saturday's home game with his former club Stoke.

Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino are still carrying knocks, with Callum McManaman and Victor Anichebe also struggling.

BBC one from 18:30

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A step closer to re-producing human tissue and bone, thanks to a new 3D printer at the QE hospital - we hear from the man who had his nose reconstructed about why he donated £45,000 to the project.

How much would you pay for a new boiler? How about £2m, but it does provide enough renewable energy for 17,000 homes.

Minnie the teaching assistant

And meet the teaching assistant with a difference, she's 8-years-old, has four legs and a wagging tail. We'll have all that and more on BBC One in the Midlands from 18:30.

'No new injury worries'

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett says there`s no new injury worries ahead of the trip to Brighton on Saturday.

Michael Jacobs
Getty Images

Jacket says with games coming thick and fast over the next week there`s a big challenge ahead for his side.

Meanwhile, winger Michael Jacobs is set to join Blackpool on loan until the end of the season, with the option of a recall after 28 days.

Canal reopens

The Gas Street Basin in Birmingham city centre has reopened after

being closed for three weeks and drained for repairs.

Fish were rescued from the basin last month and after draining it, engineers discovered a hole in the bed of the waterway last week.


This is the view there this afternoon.

Lawrence Tall, from the Canal & River Trust, said: "There was more work required than we first anticipated but, despite this, I'm delighted we've managed to reopen the canal ahead of schedule to allow boaters to cruise along the canals in Birmingham this Easter."

Blues sale 'last resort'

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

The sale of Birmingham City Football Club is a "last resort" according to their parent company's receivers Ernst and Young.

St. Andrew's stadium
Getty Images

Birmingham International Holdings (BIHL), who went into voluntary receivership in February, confirmed the news to the stock exchange on Thursday.

You can read more on this story on BBC Sport.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: Birmingham City Council hasn't ruled out building on green belt land after announcing plans for 80 thousand new homes in the city.

Shortly we'll hear from the West Midlands Economic Forum which says new housing is badly needed in the area.

Behaviour order ban

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A Birmingham man has been banned from travelling on a tail network following a crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Matthew Bayliss, 44

Centro says Matthew Bayliss, 44, is the first person in the West Midlands to receive a full Criminal Behaviour Order.

The ruling stops him from entering Redditch town centre and using the southern section of the Cross City line.

Watch: Biomass boiler installed

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

A massive boiler has been installed at a £48m biomass plant in Birmingham which will use waste wood to generate electricity.

Biomass boiler

The 140 tonne boiler was made in Houston, Texas.

When the plant, in Tyseley, is completed in 2016 it is expected to power up to 17,000 homes.

Watch my report online now.

Birmingham's canal basin reopens

A canal in Birmingham

has reopened after three weeks of repairs to stop a leak.


This is the view by the canal this afternoon.

A 200m (650ft) section around the Gas Street basin was closed last month after water was found to be draining into a disused railway tunnel.

There are

more details here.

Roofe to stay at Oxford

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Kemar Roofe

has extended his loan spell at Oxford United until the end of the season.

Kemar Roofe

The 22-year-old joined Oxford in February and has made five appearances for the League Two side.

News on the hour


The leader of Birmingham City Council's told BBC WM that 80,000 new homes are going to be built in the City.

More in

the news at 16:00

Nursery worker arrested

A 47-year-old nursery worker has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

The man, from Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, was working at a private nursery, West Midlands Police said.

The company, which runs the West Midlands nursery, said the worker had been suspended.

Police said so far, they had found no evidence of any "inappropriate contact" or images involving children from the nursery.

Council tackles staff stress

Express and Star

Wolverhampton City Council is holding meeting-free Fridays, email-free Wednesdays and giving staff massages

to ease stress for workers.

Speedway: Clegg named captain

BBC WM Sport

Teenage Cradley Heathens

rider Max Clegg says he is fulfilling a lifetime dream after being named captain of reigning National League champions.

Max Clegg

The 17-year-old will also be the club's number one in 2015 and is targeting more success at Perry Barr under his leadership.

Ambulance awards

West Midlands Ambulance Service

tweets: Join us at 4pm today on twitter to read updates from our prestigious awards ceremony celebrating our staff & members of the public!

Rise in rickets

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

There's been a sharp rise in cases of rickets in Birmingham - with hospital admissions for children tripling over the last five years.

193% increase in rickets cases in Birmingham

The condition which affects bone development is caused by a lack of Vitamin D but there's concern that poverty is forcing people to have dangerously poor diets.

Health experts in parts of the community are working together to improve public health.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

In my

15:00 bulletin, the leader of Birmingham City Council says 80,000 new homes are to be built in the city.

Dudley Town Hall to reopen

Halesowen News

A popular borough venue is

set to reopen its doors next month.

Dudley Town Hall has been closed since December last year after cracks appeared in the plaster on the ceiling.

Man dragged by car after crash

Express and Star


man was dragged by a car when he tried to confront a motorist who had smashed into his own vehicle in West Bromwich.

Winger loaned out

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

Wolves winger Michael Jacobs is set to join Blackpool on loan until the end of the season, with the option of a recall after 28 days.

Michael Jacobs
Getty Images

Here comes the sun

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This afternoon is expected to stay mainly dry and cloudy,

but with the odd brighter spell possible.


News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Our top story

at 14:00: The leader of Birmingham City Council says 80,000 new homes are going to be built in the city.

Birmingham nursery worker suspended over child porn probe

Birmingham Mail

A Birmingham nursery worker who was

arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography has been suspended from his job.

A spokesman for the nursery confirmed the move and said that parents of children who attend the Beechwood private children's centre, based at Meriden Primary School in Fillongley Road, Meriden, were being briefed.

The 47-year-old man, from Chelmsley Wood, was arrested yesterday.

NHS review ordered

Rebecca Wood

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

An independent review has been ordered into allegations of bullying by managers at a Worcestershire Hospital trust.

Alexandra hospital in Redditch

It follows allegations made by nurses in the

A&E unit at the Alexandra hospital in Redditch almost a month ago.

They claimed that they were being bullied by senior staff. The NHS has now called for an investigation.

Boiler for biomass plant

Midlands Today

A new boiler has been installed at a £48m biomass plant in Birmingham which will use waste wood to generate electricity.

A new boiler has been installed at a £48m biomass plant in Birmingham

Weighing 150 tonnes - it's part of a project in Tysley commissioned over a year ago.

Once completed the plant is expected to power up to 17,000 homes a year.

News on the hour


A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in an assault that's left a football fan fighting for his life.

More in

the news at 13:00

Birmingham to grow by 'another Oxford' as it launches housing prospectus

Birmingham Post

Birmingham has unveiled its largest-ever housing plan with the city expected to

grow by the equivalent population of Oxford over the next 16 years.

The Birmingham Housing Prospectus outlines every single housing development site in the city in one document, to encourage investment with the city's population set to grow by 150,000 by 2031.

Pulis nominated

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has been shortlisted for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for February.

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

He'll be up against Hull's Steve Bruce, Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers and Swansea's Garry Monk for the honour, which will be announced tomorrow.

M6 breakdown

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle has closed a lane on the M6 northbound

between J10 and J10a for Essington.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In my

12:00 bulletin, we'll have more on
the arrest of a 13-year-old boy in connection with the assault on a Watford supporter in Wolverhampton.

Watford fan attack: Boy arrested

Police said the 13-year-old boy being questioned about Saturday's assault on Watford supporter Nick Cruwys was from the East Park area in Wolverhampton.

Nick Cruwys

An 18-year-old who was arrested yesterday

has been released on police bail with conditions to report daily to a police station and banning him from Wolverhampton city centre on match days.

BreakingWatford fan attack: Boy arrested


A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the assault on Watford supporter Nick Cruwys.

The 44-year-old is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked following his side's match at Wolves on Saturday.

Witness appeal after teen hammer attack in Birmingham

A witness is being urged to come forward after a

teenage boy was attacked with a hammer as he walked home with his girlfriend.

Coleshill Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham

The couple were on Coleshill Road in Hodge Hill on 28 February at 18:50 GMT when they were approached by three teenagers, police said.

After an argument the 16-year-old, from Alum Rock, was hit on the head. His condition remains "serious".

Police are appealing for a woman who helped the couple to come forward.

Brunt deadline

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt has until 18:00 to respond to an FA charge

for abusing or insulting a match official.

Chris Brunt
Getty Images

It allegedly happened in or around the tunnel area after the Baggies' FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore says 80,000 new homes will be built in the city over the next few years.

Find out more in my

11:00 bulletin.

Train delays

National Rail warns of delays on train services between Redditch and Lichfield and Hereford and Birmingham New Street.

The network says passengers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes after a passenger has been taken ill on a train at Selly Oak.

Top Gear is king

It's hard to go anywhere in the world these days and not find that Top Gear has got there before you.

Statue of the Stig in Warsaw

The programme may have begun in the West Midlands as a regional programme - but it's now viewed in pretty much every region of the globe.

For many people, it embodies Britain.

Read the BBC Magazine feature in full online now.