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  1. Updates for Friday 13 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 06:00 on Monday

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Local Live has finished for the week. We'll be back from the earlier time of 06:00 on Monday to bring you even more great news, sport, travel and weather updates on

BBC Birmingham's Access All Areas day.

Overnight forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly dry, but cloudy night.

Rebecca Wood

The cloud may break at times leading to some clear skies, allowing it to turn cold with the risk of frost in places. Lows of 0C (32F).

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Back on track - after 40 days and nights the Chiltern railway line is finally back open. They've had to shift 350,000 tonnes of soil from a landslip.

Gearing up for the F1 season - how Midlands manufacturers are helping to power some of the fastest cars on the planet.

And thousands have being doing something funny for money on Comic Relief day - we'll bring you some of the highlights and the projects red nose day supports.

Wolves, Blues & Walsall

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

In the Championship, play-of chasing

Wolves head to Brighton live on BBC WM's DAB service in the Black Country and Freeview channel 722.

The last time the Molineux men went to the Amex Stadium they confirmed their relegation to League One - Kenny Jackett's side have loftier ambitions this time.

At St Andrew's a win for

Birmingham City at home to Huddersfield would effectively secure another season in the Championship. And in League One,
Walsall will try to put a poor run of home form behind them as they host the MK Dons.

Villa & Baggies preview

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

It's back to the

Premier League tomorrow for FA Cup semi-finalists Aston Villa and a victory at Sunderland would start to distance them from the relegation battle.

That game is live on BBC WM on 95.6FM, while on our DAB service in Birmingham we have Tony Pulis leading

West Bromwich Albion into battle with his former club Stoke City.

Service raises mixed feelings

Kath Stanczyszyn

Reporter, BBC WM

I've interviewed Anne Linley, whose Son Brett was killed in Afghanistan.

She also told me events such as

today's service raise mixed feelings - on one hand, it's amazing to be able to officially share the pride the family feels in what Staff Sgt Linley (pictured) was doing - defusing bombs which saved lives.

Staff Sgt Brett Linley

But it also rakes over all the raw emotion again, which can feel like a setback.

You can hear the interview here.

Teen planned robbery via texts

The 13-year-old who was found guilty of the murder of Glynis Bensley had

planned via text messages a robbery with his 20-year-old accomplice Zoheb Majid, West Midlands Police says.

New Street update

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A small number of rail services continue to be delayed following a signalling problem this morning at Birmingham New Street.

Network Rail says the fault was repaired at about 08:00 but has had a knock on effect while trains returned to the normal timetable.

London Midland confirms all of its services are now back up and running.

Get the latest via BBC Travel.

Cycling warehouse to create 150 jobs

Express and Star


150 new jobs will be created in the next few months as online cycling store Wiggle shifts up a gear with its multi-million pound move to the 320,000 sq ft Citadel building in Bilston.


Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

The triplets born two years apart

Birmingham Mail

They are the miracle triplets -

born two years apart!

Ethan, Isabel and Arthur Preston were all conceived at the same time. But Isabel and Arthur were born in December - two years and five days after Ethan.

Something funny for money

Kevin Pashby

Journalist, BBC WM

Today is

Red Nose Day.

Danny Kelly

I've been producing Danny Kelly's show and today we made his face funny for money.

The listeners decided he looked liked Shrek, so we've made him over to look like his alter-ago.

Woman attacked after being in pub

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Read more on BBC News about a 13-year-old who has been found guilty of murdering a woman on a street in Smethwick.

Glynis Bensley had visited the Seven Stars pub and was on her way home when she was attacked.

Police said she was hit by the 13-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, who was then joined by Zoheb Majid on a bicycle.

'Time is not a healer'

Kath Stanczyszyn

Reporter, BBC WM

I first met the Linley family in 2011 a year after they'd lost their

29-year-old son Brett in Afghanistan.

Even though the grief was still very raw, their honesty and openness about what they'd been going through was incredibly impressive.

Anne Linley

Yesterday I went back to the family home in Bournville once again to speak to Anne (pictured), Brett's mum, about going down to London to take part in today's service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral.

She spoke candidly about how, in her case, she doesn't feel time has been a healer as she misses Brett more and more every day.

'32-second' murder

A fatal attack on a 47-year-old woman for her gold bracelet took 32 seconds,

says West Midlands Police.

Glynis Bensley's sister Dawn says: "We are a very close and supportive family and always look out for each other.

"To try and explain how Glynis's murder has affected us is very hard to put into words. I would describe her as my right arm and I thought we would grow old together."

New Street delays continue

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Bad news for rail commuters, as disruption at Birmingham New Street continues. Passengers are warned to expect delays until 15:00.

Virgin Trains says it is no longer affected. For the latest information, follow the

hashtag #NewStreet on Twitter.

'Do the right thing'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for information after a third teenager was arrested following an attack on a Watford fan in Wolverhampton.

Det Ch Insp Chris Hanson, says: "My team of detectives are determined to trace everyone that was involved, they will identify you, they will get you and they will knock your door.

"Do the right thing, think of this family man with young children and come forward."

'Utterly distressed' by death

The death of Hilda Seagrave, 74, whose oxygen ran out while she was at a Wolverhampton hospital,

was partly due to neglect, a coroner has ruled.

Hilda and family
Irwin Mitchell

Coroner Zafar Siddique said: "There were inadequate systems in place to monitor and escalate findings of deterioration in patients with central cord syndrome at the time."

Sue Seagrave, Hilda's daughter, said: "We have been left utterly distressed by losing her so suddenly because of the appalling care she received from staff at the hospital."

Face bake

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

In the spirit of Red Nose Day, staff have been busy baking funny faces. Chef Glynn Purnell popped in to judge them.

Face bake at BBC Birmingham

Which cake won? It was the one pictured bottom left. Glynn was impressed by the multiple layers and homemade lemon curd - created lovingly by Carol, who works within the BBC Trust.

More importantly staff scoffed the lot for a donation to Comic Relief. The table is full of crumbs and lonely bunting.

Landslip line reopens

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A section of railway closed by a

350,000-tonne landslip in January has reopened.

Aerial view of the landslide
Dave Brassington

It was originally thought the stretch of the Chiltern line between Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and Banbury in Oxfordshire would be out of action until Easter.

But the cutting was secured and made safe three weeks ahead of schedule.

Read more on BBC News.

Killing and robbery convictions

Zoheb Majid 20, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Glynis Bensley.

At Wolverhampton Crown Court, the 13-year-old and Majib were also both convicted of robbery. They are due to be sentenced on 17 April.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Hear more on the 13-year-old boy who's been found guilty of murdering a woman in the Black Country.


A 13-year-old has been found guilty of murdering a woman in a street in Smethwick.

The body of Glynis Bensley was found in Cheshire Road in September 2014. Post-mortem tests showed she died from a head injury.

Trip 'to attract investment'

Sian Grzeszczyk

BBC Midlands political reporter

Midlands politicians are defending a trip to the French Riviera to attend a four-day property conference.

Midlands politicians visit Cannes to attract investment

Councillors travelled to the annual show in Cannes to try to attract property developers to invest in our region.

Commuters hit by Friday 13th disruption

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

A signalling problem at Birmingham New Street is affecting Sutton Coldfield commuters and

causing a huge delay to services.

The data card failure was first spotted this morning and has since been rectified. However, there is still a huge backlog of services.

What we're looking at

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

If you're a fan of Formula 1, BBC Midlands Today has been finding out how companies based here in the Midlands are helping Lewis Hamilton (pictured) to go faster.

Lewis Hamilton

Ben Godfrey catches up with some tenants who've now moved out of Birmingham's Bromford estate, in his final report on the area.

And it's Red Nose Day. We'll have a special report on where your money goes and will be featuring some of the funny things people have been doing today.

Third arrest after attack

West Midlands Police says a third teenager has been arrested after a 44-year-old football supporter was attacked in Wolverhampton last weekend.

The 18-year-old was held at an address in Fallings Park at about 03:30. Two other teenagers, aged 13 and 18, were arrested earlier in the week and have been bailed.


An 18-year-old has become the third teenager arrested following an attack on a Watford supporter in Wolverhampton on Saturday,

police say.

News on the hour


In the

12:00 bulletin: A 13-year-old boy arrested after a Watford fan was attacked in Wolverhampton last Saturday has been released on bail.

Landslip line reopens

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

In other rail news - the line between Leamington and Banbury has

reopened today, three weeks earlier than anticipated.

Leamington and Banbury line while work was being carried out

The route has been closed since the end of January, when it was blocked by a landslip near Harbury.

Clearing up and restoring the track has run into several millions of pounds and Network Rail is also expecting to pay compensation to train operators affected by the disruption.

Have your say

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

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Medal for defusing more than 100 bombs

In 2011, t

he Queen presented a posthumously-awarded George Medal to the family of a Birmingham soldier who defused more than 100 bombs in Afghanistan.

George Medal for Brett Linley

Sgt Brett Linley, from Bournville, died while trying to clear improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Nahr-e-Saraj in July 2010.

The George Medal is awarded for gallant conduct "not in the face of the enemy". His mother Anne Linley said it's "very precious - it's part of Brett and what he earned for his bravery".

'Dreading' the emotions

Anne Linley's son, Staff Sgt Brett Linley, was 29 when he was killed as he worked to clear improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan in 2010.

Staff Sgt Brett Linley

He defused more than 100 bombs and posthumously received the George Medal for "great bravery".

Mrs Linley says it is a great honour to

be at St Paul's along with members of the Royal Family and other soldiers' parents. "I'm looking forward to it but dreading it at the same time, because you don't know what kind of emotions it will bring forward."

News on the hour


In the news at 11:00 on

BBC WM: We'll have more on the 13-year-old-boy arrested after a Watford fan was attacked in Wolverhampton last Saturday - he's now been released on bail.