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  1. Updates for Tuesday 17 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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It should be dry with some clear spells developing, particularly across western counties, and it will be cold with a patchy frost developing here.

It will be less cold further east, with low cloud and fog patches spreading in from the early hours. Lows of 3C (37F).

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Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The family of a 19-month-old boy killed when a wall collapsed on him in Stechford say they are distraught and shocked.

And West Midlands Police says it will look, feel and operate "smaller, faster and smarter" by 2020 as it deals with budget cuts.

More on these stories and others later.

Severe delays due to bus fire

BBC Travel

High Street, in Erdington, is closed in both directions at the Station Road junction because of the bus fire we have reported.

The following National Express services are being diverted: 28, 66, 115, 902, 904, 905 and 907.

Wolves defender ruled out

BBC Sport

Wolves will be without teenage defender Dominic Iorfa, who is out with an ankle problem for

tonight's visit by Sheffield Wednesday.

Wolves 3-3 Fulham. FA Cup third round replay
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Kenny Jackett's side, currently eighth, are looking to close a three-point gap to the top six.

Hundreds of jobs at new Lidl site

Up to 500 new jobs will be created in a plan by Lidl to build a distribution centre near the M6 in Wednesbury.

The supermarket's proposed West Midlands distribution centre will be built on land near J9, called Opus Blue Print, and will create managerial and office-based jobs, in addition to full-time warehouse roles.

The public expectation

Joanne Writtle

Midlands Today reporter

West Midlands Police needs to try to protect services which the public expects, against a backdrop of these savings. As such officers will be increasing use of new technology, including:

  1. Rolling out body worn cameras on officers across the whole West Midlands. A pilot for officers wearing cameras on their chests is currently running in south Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
  2. Mobile technology which will cut down on the need for officers to return to stations to do paperwork.
  3. The ability for the public to track their report of a crime online - in much the same way as you can track your parcel delivery on Amazon.

Erdington bus fire

The crew from Perry Barr Fire Station has

tweeted this picture of the bus fire firefighters tackled in Erdington, along with colleagues from the area.

The bus fire

BBC Travel says there is

severe disruption on High Street at the Station Road junction.

Ready for the eclipse?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

This Friday the UK will see its largest partial solar eclipse in more than 15 years.

BBC Stargazing live

Between 09:00 and 10:00 the Moon will pass between Earth and the Sun, blocking out more than 90% of the sun's light.

The last time this happened was in 1999 when people took to the streets with homemade observation kits to watch.

You can see a Stargazing special on BBC One from 09:00.

Brunt banned and fined

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been suspended for one match and fined £8,000 after accepting an FA misconduct charge for using "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official".

West Brom's Chris Brunt
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The FA had alleged it took place after Albion's FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

Albion's Claudio Yacob and Villa's Jack Grealish were sent off before home fans

invaded the pitch after the
2-0 win.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


At 17:00 we hear from the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands David Jamieson, who says cuts to front-line officers are unavoidable as it needs to save a further £130m by 2020.

Listen live to

BBC WM for more on this.

Nightclub stabbing: Eighth arrest in Birmingham

An eighth man has been arrested in Birmingham by detectives investigating a fatal stabbing at a Coventry nightclub.

Scene outside nightclub

Police detained a 25-year-old man in Birmingham at about 22:50 on Monday on suspicion of the murder of Daniel Kirkwood in the early hours of Sunday morning outside the Society Club.

The arrest comes as three other men continue to be questioned over the 18-year-old's murder,

according to West Midlands Police.

How to be hedgehog-friendly

David Gregory-Kumar

Environment correspondent, BBC News

If people living in Solihull want to help keep an eye on their hedgehogs and help with the new conservation zone, they should go to

this link.

Even if you don't live in Solihull, there's lots of great advice on how to make your garden more hedgehog-friendly.

Your views

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

Tributes after wall collapse death

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

I've been at the scene in Stechford for Midlands Today, where a toddler died after a wall collapsed when it was hit by a truck driven by his father.


All morning people have been laying flowers and visiting to hug members of the family. A friend of theirs has described the death as

a "tragic accident".

Police cuts: PCC reaction

West Midlands Police has revealed

2,000 officers will have to lose their jobs for it to achieve its budget targets.

David Jamieson

Around 500 backroom staff positions are also likely to be cut.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson admits it will be a "substantial reduction".

Boy, 14, arrested over fan attack

Jennifer Harby

BBC News Online

A 14-year-old boy is the latest teenager to be arrested

over an attack that left a Watford football fan critically ill after a match in Wolverhampton.

Nic Cruwys (pictured), 44, suffered "critical" head injuries in the attack on 7 March.

Nick Cruwys
West Midlands Police

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


More than 900 cancer patients in the West Midlands waited longer than they should have done for treatment last year, according to figures being highlighted by the Labour party.

We will hear more on this story in

our 16:00 news bulletin.

The DfE 'lacked inquisitiveness'

More on the latest Trojan Horse report.

The education committee

echoed criticism of a "lack of inquisitiveness" levelled at the Department for Education by a separate review commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove.

Trojan Horse letter

The report into the DFE's historical handling of allegations about Birmingham schools, by its own top civil servant Chris Wormald, sets outs six instances dating back to 1994 when concerns were raised - 19 years before the so-called Trojan-Horse letter outlined the alleged takeover plot by Islamic hardliners.

Child abuse: Protect police who aid inquiry, MP tells Cameron

West Bromwich East Labour MP Tom Watson (pictured) says David Cameron

must guarantee police and intelligence officers who give evidence on an alleged Westminster paedophile ring must be protected from prosecution.

Tom Watson MP
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Investigators are looking into claims that the Met covered up abuse because MPs and police officers were involved.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Our top story at 14:00: It has emerged the recovery truck which caused an accident killing a one-year-old Birmingham boy was

being driven by the boy's father.

Listen live to

BBC WM for more on this.

Trojan Horse: Timeline of the investigation

You can look back over the timeline of the investigation into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations


It starts with the revelation the city council was investigating an anonymous letter setting out an alleged conspiracy, to the publication of the council-commissioned review in July 2014.

Birmingham City Council
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Wall collapse death: Parents 'distraught and upset'

A recovery truck that hit a wall, killing a toddler,

was driven by the boy's father, a family friend says.

One-year-old Amaan Yaseen suffered a fatal head injury on Queens Road, Stechford, Birmingham, at about 16:55 yeterday.

mohammad hafeez

The truck "accidentally struck" the front wall at the home address while it was being parked, friend Mohammad Hafeez (pictured) confirmed.

The wall then collapsed on top of the boy. He said the parents are "distraught and upset".

First hedgehog haven in Solihull

Claire Marshall

BBC environment correspondent

The first large-scale hedgehog sanctuary in the UK is

being opened today in Solihull, West Midlands.


The 90-hectare refuge has been created by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in response to a crashing hedgehog population.

The aim is for it to be the model for hedgehog conservation across the whole of Britain.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Our top story at 14:00: It has emerged the recovery truck which caused an accident killing a one-year-old Birmingham boy was

being driven by the boy's father.

Listen live to

BBC WM for more on this.

'Tragic accident'

Speaking about the truck crash which led to a baby's death, Mohammed Hafeez added: "He [Amaan's father] is being supported by his immediate family and friends.

"I hope they [the family] pull through this tragic accident."

On air

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We are reporting live from Stechford now. Watch BBC One for the full story.

Toddler killed in wall collapse named


toddler who died has now been identified as Amaan Yaseen, who was 19 months old, by family friend Mohammed Hafeez.

Mr Hafeez said: "This is quite traumatic... for any parent to have to go through.

"The father was driving the vehicle at the time. He is obviously, understandably distraught and upset."


The father of the one-year-old boy killed in Stechford, Birmingham, was

driving the truck that hit the wall before it collapsed on to the toddler yesterday afternoon, a family friend says.

Cuts at 'a level never seen before'

Jennifer Harby

BBC News Online

Chief Constable Chris Sims says: "We are currently at a point where budgets for policing... are retracting at a level never seen before.

"We need to respond to and reflect those changes - becoming a smaller, faster, smarter service.

"In the face of our financial challenges, we must now re-look at the various services."

How cuts will fall

Joanne Writtle

Midlands Today reporter

West Midlands Police has already cut £125m over the past four years. It needs to save a further £130m in the next four.

Staffing accounts for 83% of costs and over the next five years it will shed 2,500 staff. That breaks down as 2,000 police officers and 500 police staff.

Police force to shed 2,500 jobs

Jennifer Harby

BBC News Online

West Midlands Police says it needs to shed more than 2,500 jobs and cut about £130m over four years.

Britain's second biggest police force plans to cut neighbourhood teams and introduce "self-service" digital policing.

Two officers

Chief Constable Chris Sims claims the changes will help it become a, "smaller, faster, smarter service".

But unions said Mr Sims had "lost touch" if he thought "virtual policing" could replace bobbies on the beat.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

West Midlands Police say 2,500 jobs need to go by 2020 as the force needs to save money.

More on this breaking news in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Trojan Horse report criticised before

The council-commissioned review of the "Trojan Horse" allegations (pictured) came under fire from teachers after it was released last July.

They claimed it had too small a remit compared to that ordered by the government and "

ought to be reviewed itself".

Ian Kershaw's report

Members of the National Association of Head Teachers then said

Peter Clarke's government-commissioned report into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of schools was more thorough.

The end of the 30mph limit?

Eighty years ago the UK reintroduced a 30mph speed limit in built-up areas. There have however been calls to reduce the limit and cities including Birmingham have

introduced 20mph limits on some roads.

Bus passes 30mph speed limit sign

Chris Stokel-Walker

looks at the history and future of the 30mph limit.

News on the hour


In the

12:00 news bulletin: A teacher's starting a jail sentence today for abusing boys at a school in Chelmsley Wood in the 1980s.

Overlapping inquiries 'created confusion'

  • Overlapping inquiries "contributed to a sense of crisis and confusion", said chairman of the education committee Graham Stuart.
Schools involved in the latest Ofsted reports
  • Birmingham City Council first revealed in March 2014 it was looking into allegations of a hard-line Muslim takeover of schools.
  • Ian Kershaw's council-commissioned report into those claims and the government's own, by Peter Clarke,
    differed in their conclusions, although neither found evidence of extremism in the schools.