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Summary

  1. Updates for 16 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Thanks for following our updates on Access All Areas day at BBC Birmingham. The newsroom's looking a lot quieter now.

Empty Mailbox office
BBC

Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday when we're back with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Tomorrow's forecast

BBC Weather

Latest

It should be a brighter day across the region on Tuesday and feeling warmer, with more in the way of sunshine particularly later in the day. Clearing skies will lead to a patchy frost overnight. Highs of 8C (46F).

Access All Areas: Our engineers

The Broadcast Support Centre is based at The Mailbox here in Birmingham.

Watch Laura explain how it is developing new ways of working across the BBC and ensuring our audiences see and hear our radio and television output.

Laura, a graduate trainee broadcast engineer
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Round-up of the day

John Bray

Access All Areas

I've pulled together a round-up of our behind-the-scenes day at BBC Birmingham on

Storify.

Impact of abusive teacher

A man who was abused by a paedophile teacher has told the BBC he struggled to maintain relationships and even attempted to take his own life.

John Patton, 75,

admitted indecent assault against three boys under 16 earlier in the year.

The offences, dating back 25 years, were committed while he was teaching at Kingshurst Comprehensive in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull.

How Albion got over Villa losses

Birmingham Mail

Darren Fletcher has revealed Albion put their foot down to get their season back on track.

The club skipper says

a spot of go karting helped Albion recover from back-to-back defeats to Villa.

Access All Areas: Making programmes

David Jennings

Head of BBC West Midlands

Every year BBC Tours give thousands of people the chance to look behind the scenes of our studios at the Mailbox in Birmingham.

Access all areas at BBC Birmingham
BBC

It's striking just how much interest there is in how our programmes, from Midlands Today to The Archers, are made.

But we know that for everyone able to join an in-person BBC Tour, there are many more who would love to know more about how their favourite programmes are brought to air.

About The BBC can tell you more.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Police are tonight appealing for witnesses after a one-year-old boy was killed when a truck crashed into his Birmingham home. The boy was at the front of the house when a wall collapsed on top of him.

The recovery truck being taken away from the scene
BBC

Our reporter Amy Cole will be there for

Midlands Today at 22:25.

Access All Areas: Asian Network

Cath Mackie

BBC Midlands Today

BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan is always posting questions and pictures on social media and looking for guests who have a big following. Watch

what it is like working on her show behind the scenes.

Noreen Khan
BBC

Old Midlands Today films

John Bray

Access All Areas

This is where our history lives... Our films at BBC Midlands Today are transferred to tapes after transmission and stored in our media library.

BBC Birmingham library
BBC

If we want old footage, we put the tape in a flexi-cart machine and restore to our digital server.

Our library isn't as big as the one in London, so if we need any other archive we go on the BBC's internal website and order it and it's sent down the line to us.

Access All Areas: Home Front

Cath Mackie

BBC Midlands Today

Watch

Home Front writer Richard Monks explain what it is like working on the Radio 4 Drama reliving World War One.

Home Front actors
BBC

Access All Areas: Nick Owen's about

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you ever wonder who is presenting the next Midlands Today programme and happen to see these two items on the production desk, you can be pretty sure it's Nick Owen, who is Luton Town's club chairman.

Nick Owen's Luton Town mug and mobile phone cover
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Prime Minister: "Oh Christian Benteke"

David Cameron has revealed Christian Benteke is his favourite current Aston Villa player.

Christian Benteke
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The prime minister, whose uncle Sir William Dugdale was Villa's chairman from the mid 70s to the early 80s, told the social media website BuzzFeed that the striker, who scored twice in

the 4-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday "has been so valuable the last few years".

BBC Blue Room

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

This afternoon I went to meet some of the team from BBC Blue Room.

BBC Blue Room at BBC Birmingham
BBC

They were talking about technology which could soon be in our homes - from 4k TVs to TV headsets.

I had a demo and watched Cirque du Soleil and Paul McCartney perform in full 360-degree vision (pictured middle).

Find out more.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

A one-year-old boy died in Birmingham in the afternoon when a wall that was hit by a lorry collapsed on to him in Stechford.

We will hear more from West Midlands Ambulance Service, that attended the scene, in

our 21:00 bulletin.

Scene of fatal crash

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

This is the scene in Stechford tonight - a cordon is in place after a toddler died when a wall that was reportedly struck by a lorry fell on to him.

The scene in Stechford
BBC

Saddlers' attendances rising

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Last year attendances at Walsall FC were up by more than 13,000 and broke the 100,000 barrier for the first time in five seasons.

This year is already looking good, with the financial boost from more than 27,000 tickets sold for Wembley.

Then there's the prize money and TV payments their run in the competition has earned. Walsall are never going to be a club which starts paying big transfer fees or wages, but at least the fans know they're unlikely to join the long list of teams who've spent more than they can afford and paid an appalling financial price.

Your questions for Nick Owen

via Facebook

There's been a great response on the

Midlands Today Facebook page where dozens of people have been asking presenter Nick Owen questions this evening.

Nick Owen interviewing David Cameron
BBC

Blaze 'not linked' to school fire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Officers believe a blaze at a garage in Wednesfield may be linked to a fire at Kenyons the previous Sunday, 8 March, during which offenders attempted to set fire to the garage but it failed to ignite.

Fire at St Alban's School
Nathan Cleary

At this stage of the inquiry, the fires at Kenyons are not considered to be linked to

previous arson attacks at St Alban's Primary School (pictured) and Charter Care, in Wednesfield, last month,
say police.

Birmingham Digital Week

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Our Access All Areas day at

#BBCBrum is part of Birmingham Digital Week.

Birmingham Digital Week
BBC

Events are taking place across the city aimed at developing digital skills, sharing knowledge and creating networking opportunities.

You can find out more information and book tickets to sessions via the

BBC Academy.

Toddler died at scene

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The boy, whose name has not yet been released, suffered a serious head injury and died at the scene, West Midlands Police says.

The road is likely to be closed for some considerable time between Sedgemere and Broadstone Roads,

police say, while investigators work to find out what happened.

Insp Paul Bennett said: "This is a very tragic set of circumstances - words cannot describe what his family are going through and our thoughts are with them at this time."

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

We will have more on the death of a toddler in Stechford in

our 19:00 bulletin.

Officers were called to Queens Road at about 5pm today following a report a recovery truck had hit a wall, which had then fallen on the child.

BREAKING NEWS

A one-year-old boy has died after a recovery truck crashed into a wall,

which fell on to the toddler in Stechford.

M42 pile-up warning

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M42 southbound between J5 for the A41 at Solihull and J4 for the A34 at Shirley because of a crash involving three cars and a lorry,

drivers are warned.

How do the Saddlers do it?

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

How do Walsall FC manage to turn a profit so often? Well the reality is the club's income is split down the middle between the football side and commercial deals.

The biggest source of revenue is the Bescot Sunday market, which they've been hosting for 20 years. Walsall's location right next to the M6/M5 junction means the stadium is a popular venue for companies to host conferences and training sessions.

They also generate income from the massive electronic advertising hoardings which dominate one of the club car parks.

Access All Areas: Midlands Today live

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you're watching the production gallery live during Midlands Today you will hear people talking about "Astons".

These are the words in the red and white banner along the bottom of the screen - a picture caption explaining who is speaking.

Screengrab of the Midlands Today live stream showing the production gallery as the programme airs
BBC

You can also hear the producers counting down the seconds as they switch between the packages for the various stories, so viewers at home see the programme transition seamlessly.

On tonight's programme

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Police are treating the daubing of anti-Islamic graffiti at the University of Birmingham as a hate crime. Staff found the slogan over the weekend and an investigation is under way.

And organisers of Birmingham's St Patrick's Day celebrations say they are confident the parade will take place next year despite funding cuts. An estimated 90,000 people turned out yesterday and you will find dozens of images on

our Facebook page.

Access All Areas: Midlands Today live

John Bray

Access All Areas

You can watch Midlands Today's "mission control", its production gallery, live as the programme goes out tonight, if you

visit this link and click the watch/listen button.

The image fronting the lvie stream for Access All Areas at BBC Birmingham
BBC

Accident on Dudley southern bypass

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A461 Dudley southern bypass between Cinder Bank island and the Blackacre Road junction

because of an accident.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

At 18:00 we hear from one of the victims of a teacher who abused teenage boys at school in Chelmsley Wood, who says people will believe him now that the paedophile has been jailed.

Listen live

here.

Walsall one of the best run clubs?

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

All week long we're previewing Walsall's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Today we are looking at just how well run the Saddlers are - they must be one of the best in English football.

They've made a profit in each of the past nine years and 23 out of the past 26.

View from mission control

David Jennings

Head of BBC West Midlands

From 18:25, for the first time ever,

watch Midlands Today as it's seen from our mission control - the production gallery.

It's a director's-eye view of the programme. You'll even hear what Nick and Mary are told in their earpieces while on air.

'Inconceivable' poison eaten at Crufts

Caroline Kisko, from the Kennel Club, said: "There has been a lot of concern about whether the poisoning happened at Crufts and we are now able to reassure all dog lovers who came to Crufts that

this could not have been possible."

Jagger
Aleksandra Lauwers

"We have had confirmation, including from independent toxicologists, that the poisons identified in the toxicology report - carbofuran and aldicarb - are fast acting. Severe clinical symptoms would usually occur within half an hour to three hours."

Belgium theory supported by expert

Timeframes indicate Irish setter Jagger, who died after competing in Crufts, ingested poison in Belgium,

a theory supported by an independent toxicologist.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

Police in Birmingham have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.

At 17:00 we hear from Rafaello Pantucci, an international security expert and who has written a book on Jihadis.

He thinks that police would have been monitoring the man in Birmingham for some time.