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  1. Updates for Thursday 19 March 2015
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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Good evening

Thursday's Local Live updates have now finished. We will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.

Dry night

Tonight is expected to become more cloudy, although clear spells may develop after this.

It should stay dry with light winds and lows of 4C (39F).

Coming up on Midlands Today

Nick Owen


Probably the most famous mum in tennis world visited Birmingham today.

Judy Murray
Tennis Foundation

Judy Murray, mother of former Wimbledon champ Andy, is trying to get more people playing the sport and has called for more courts to be made available.

Watch Midlands Today, on BBC One at 18:30.

Budget 2015: What it means for the Midlands

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Now the dust has settled

over yesterday's Budget, what does it mean for us in the West Midlands?

Chancellor George Osborne

Birmingham is at the centre of a £60m investment plan called the Energy Research Accelerator for critical long-term areas such as thermal energy and energy storage, which are expected to play such an important part in our long-term strategy.

And, the universities of Birmingham, Aston and Warwick are to be the prime movers in delivering it. Read more in

my latest blog post.

Eclipse prospects

BBC Weather has shared this graphic showing how much chance people around the UK have of seeing tomorrow's eclipse.

Solar eclipse chart

Gun scare at primary school

Express and Star

A gun scare at a primary school in Wolverhampton led to police being called and children locked indoors earlier.

Three youths were reportedly seen with an air rifle outside the ground of Bilston Church of England Primary.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


A British woman who was among the victims of yesterday's mass shooting at a museum in Tunisia has been named as 57-year-old Sally Adey from Albrighton, near Wolverhampton.

You can hear more on this in my

17:00 bulletin.

Video: School report in Birmingham

Pupils from seven schools have been visiting the BBC Birmingham newsroom as part of School Report's News Day.

Rebecca Wood interviewing a School Report journalist
Gavin Bevis

BBC Birmingham's Rebecca Wood

met some of the budding journalists.

Chocolate row

Moves to prevent retailers importing Birmingham-made Cadbury chocolate into the US have scandalised some expats, who say US-made Cadbury chocolate is inferior.

Getty Images

But how big is the difference? BBC News Magazine

has been trying to find out.

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your feedback about this service.

Death crash lorry driver named

Police have

named a lorry driver who died in a crash on the M6 on Tuesday.

Keith George Sankey, 59, from Rowley Regis in Birmingham. was killed when three lorries collided near J19 of the northbound carriageway at about 23:33.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


In my

16:00 bulletin, I'll have more on yesterday's terror attack in Tunisia which killed a 57-year-old woman from the West Midlands.

Delph gets call-up

BBC Sport

Aston Villa's Fabian Delph

has been named in the England squad for games against Lithuainia and Italy later this month.

Fabian Delph
Getty Images

However, West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino did not make the 24-man list.

Appeal over shop assault

Police have released an image of a woman suspected of kicking and punching a 13-year-old girl during a "sustained attack" outside a shop in Wolverhampton.

CCTV still
Distributed by West Midlands Police

The woman is alleged to have attacked the girl following an argument inside the store, in Queen Square, on 13 February.

Boy hurt in police crash 'was with brother'

Ben Sidwell

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

A 16-year-old boy was with his younger brother and a friend when he was hit by a police car in Birmingham last night, the BBC has been told.

Pastor Lewis Claxton

The trio had left a church in Erdington on Wednesday evening when the collision happened.

Pastor Lewis Claxton, from Potter's House Church, said he did what he could to comfort the younger brother as paramedics attended to the boy.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


It's emerged a British woman killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia came from Albrighton, near Wolverhampton.

I'll bring you the details in my

15:00 bulletin.

Stearman hopeful of return

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Wolves defender Richard Stearman says he's hopeful of being fit to face Derby County at Molineux tomorrow.

He was stretchered off with a back and hamstring problem during Tuesday's win over Sheffield Wednesday, but says the injury is not as serious as had been feared.

Terror victim wants to stay in Birmingham

Shabnam Mahmood

BBC Asian Network

A Pakistani teenager who had surgery in Birmingham after being shot by the Taliban says he wants to stay in the city to finish his education.

Ahmad Nawaz (l)

Ahmad Nawaz, 14, was seriously injured in an attack on a school in Peshawar in December. His brother and 130 other pupils were killed.

He was flown to Birmingham for an operation and is now on the road to recovery.

Route chosen for tram extension


route has been chosen for the £127m Midland Metro tram extension in Birmingham.

Midland Metro tram

Trams in Digbeth will go on High Street Deritend after 74% voted for the route in a public consultation, transport co-ordinator Centro said.

The route, which may open by 2023, includes the HS2 station, New Canal Street, Meriden Street and Adderley Street.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

At 14:00 I'll have more on the news that a British woman killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia came from Albrighton near Wolverhampton.

Slow traffic in Moseley

BBC Travel says there's slow traffic on the A435 Alcester Road in Moseley at the B4217 Salisbury Road junction in the roadworks area.

Fire at Lichfield Debenhams

Firefighters have been dealing with a fire at a Debenhams store in Lichfield.

The loading bay of the store on Bakers Lane was heavily smoke logged when crews arrived at 10:40,

Staffordshire Fire Service said.

The fire is now out and large scale fans are being used to ventilate the area.

Midlands Today at lunchtime

Giles Latcham

Presenter, Midlands Today

We're at the scene of an accident in which a

16-year-old boy was hit by a police car - he's critically ill in hospital.

There's news of a Shropshire woman caught up in a terrorist attack in North Africa.

And we meet the schoolboy injured in a shooting in his native Pakistan, now recovering after surgery in Birmingham. Join us at 13:40 on BBC One.

Flagship BHS store under threat

Birmingham Mail

One of Birmingham's flagship stores is under threat - with the New Street BHS outlet targeted as 'under-performing' by the retail group's new owners.

Live: School Report Day 2015

More than 30,000 pupils from the West Midlands and the rest of the UK are busy putting together reports for BBC News's School Report News Day 2015.

School Report live page

The students are working to a strict 14:00 deadline. You can see how they're doing

with our live updates.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In my

13:00 bulletin, I'll have details about a fire in Debenhams in Lichfield which has led to the closure of one of the main roads.

Crews arrived at the store's loading bay about two hours ago.

Not the end of the world

BBC Newsbeat

People once believed a solar eclipse heralded the end of the world. Now it's seen as a good excuse for a party.

Eclipse in 1999

If you're planning a get-together to mark tomorrow's partial eclipse,

we've got lots of advice.

New Midland Metro route chosen

Birmingham Post


route of a new Midland Metro tram extension through the heart of Digbeth has been chosen.

Boy hit by police car


16-year-old boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was hit by a police car in Erdington.

Erdington police station - generic image

He was struck by the vehicle outside a police station on Wednesday evening.

The officer has been "left traumatised by the ordeal" but was "providing every assistance to the investigation", the force said.

Queensway tunnel shut

BBC Travel

The A38 Suffolk Street Queensway tunnel in the city centre has been closed

because of a broken down lorry.

Traffic is queuing inbound at Holloway Circus with congestion reaching the Belgrave Interchange.

Gambler stole millions to feed habit

Birmingham Mail

A "young professional with the world at his feet" stole £4.5m from two international property firms

to feed a huge gambling addiction.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Solihull Sixth Form College has apologised after students were taught the wrong A-level syllabus.

You can hear more on this story in my

12:00 bulletin.

Pub bombings inquest campaign

Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine (pictured) was killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings is joining other victims' relatives

in lobbying European politicians for an inquest into the deaths.

Maxine Hambleton
Picture supplied by family

She said: "Apparently, MEPs from other countries have shown an interest in our case so we are going to speak with them.

"We hope it will put pressure on our government to help and support our campaign."

Benefits sanctions protests

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Protests are taking place across the West Midlands today over cuts to benefits.

More than 80,000 people in the region have had their benefits stopped over the past year and the Unite union claims this has led to directly to a number of people dying.

College apologises for syllabus error


Solihull Sixth Form College has apologised to students on its Health and Social Care A-level course after they were taught the wrong syllabus.

In a statement, it said: "We think that student success will not be affected, but we will be alerting universities nonetheless to ensure this is taken into account.

"Our focus is to ensure that no student is penalised as a result of what has happened."

Judy Murray lookalike?

Sarah Portlock

BBC News

Judy Murray was interviewed on

BBC WM earlier.

Phillipa Hudson and Judy Murray

She was introduced to Phillipa Hudson, who works for BBC Midlands Today. Spot the difference!

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Newsreader, BBC WM

In my

11:00 bulletin, I'll bring you more on the Solihull college that taught its students the wrong syllabus.

Students 'taught wrong syllabus'


Solihull Sixth Form College has apologised after students were taught the wrong A-level syllabus.

The college said it took full responsibility for the error and is working with students on the Health and Social Care course to make sure work is completed on time, as well as informing universities the students have accepted offers from.