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  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Tuesday night's weather

Kaye Forster

BBC Weather

Any showers should ease to leave a dry, clear night with lows of 2C (36F).

Non-league friendly for Baggies

Stourbridge FC

are playing a home friendly against West Bromwich Albion this evening.

The Baggies are expected to use mainly U21 players for the game, at Amblecote at 19:30.

Public meeting about election

BBC Radio 4

Do you live in Dudley and have an interest in the general election? You may be interested in a public meeting on Thursday which is open to all.


Jackett only wants useful additions

BBC Sport

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett will not add any players before Thursday's loan deadline

unless they can play a part in the Championship side's promotion push.

Kenny Jackett
Getty Images

He says: "If we feel there is someone that can improve our team, then we will sign a player.

"But we won't take players floating on the first-team fringe. Those places are for young players."

HSBC: 'Biggest deal since 2002'

Development work on HSBC's new Birmingham headquarters at Arena Central will start in June, Marketing Birmingham said.

It added the bank's relocation was the biggest property deal to take place in Birmingham since 2002.

Police chief denies Afzal Amin claim

Express and Star

A senior police officer

says he had no knowledge of Afzal Amin's 'alleged plans' and never discussed a second English Defence League demonstration with him.

Afzal Amin

Tenant raped by housing officer

A Birmingham housing officer has been jailed for five years

for raping a tenant who had asked for help after falling behind on her rent, says West Midlands Police.

Clive Glasford
West Midlands Police

Clive Glasford attacked the 27-year-old woman at her Northfield home in 2013 after she rejected his offer to help her financially in return for sexual favours.

Crash in Selly Oak

BBC Travel

There has been an accident involving a pedestrian and a tanker

on the B384 Bristol Road in Selly Oak, between Heeley Road and Hubert Road.

Birmingham Updates reports a person has been rescued from beneath the tanker and taken to hospital.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Newsreader, BBC WM

In my

17:00 news, Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore gives his response to today's announcement that HSBC is bringing 1,000 jobs to the city.

Police hunt hit-and-run driver

Police say they are looking for the driver of a silver people carrier

who left the scene after hitting an elderly woman in Shirley.

The woman, in her 90s, is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering head injuries on Stratford Road at about 11:50.

Parent search lasts decades


A grandfather who was abandoned in a Birmingham cinema when he was just three weeks old is still trying to find his real parents 59 years later.

Robert Weston was discovered in the toilets of the Odeon Cinema on New Street in March 1956.

He's now a dad of six living in Plymouth - but has never given up the search for his mum.

Elderly woman hit by car

A woman in her 90s

is in hospital with life threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Shirley.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the woman suffered head, ankle and knee injuries in the crash, which happened on Stratford Road at about 11:45.

Birmingham 'the right location'

HSBC chief executive Antonio Simoes (second from left) said the firm's decision to create a new head office in Birmingham had been under consideration for a long time.

Neil Rami, Antonio Simoes, Alan Keir, Sir Albert Bore
Marketing Birmingham

He said: "It became clear to us that Birmingham would be the right location. The city is close to London, but also brings us within easy reach of our 16 million customers based across the UK."

M42 lane closure

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on an exit slip road of the M42 southbound at J5.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Newsreader, BBC WM

In my

16:00 bulletin, I'll bring you more on HSBC's decision to move 1,000 jobs from London to Birmingham.

Attraction of Birmingham

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Forget about the so-called Northern Powerhouse, more and more companies considering expansion outside London and the South East are looking seriously at Birmingham.

Already Deutsche Bank has chosen Birmingham for the recent expansion of its trading operations and HS2 Ltd is putting its construction HQ here.

Arena Central, where HSBC is moving to, is just one of several planned developments in the city which should attract even more high-profile companies.

HSBC shifts jobs to Birmingham

HSBC says about 1,000 jobs will be transferred from London to Birmingham when it relocates the headquarters of its personal and business arm,

reports BBC News Online.

Artist's impression of Arena Central, Birmingham
Marketing Birmingham

A spokesman for the firm described Birmingham as a "growing city" with "expertise and infrastructure" to support the bank.

Delph 'has sickness bug'

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is trying to get rid of a stomach bug so he can join his England team-mates.

Fabian Delph
Getty Images

The FA says: "Fabian Delph remained at home with a sickness bug but is expected to link up with the team later this week."

Park View teaching 'getting better'

BBC News Online has more on

inspectors finding signs of improvement at a Birmingham school investigated with others in the so-called Trojan Horse inquiries.

Ofsted said the overall quality of teaching had started to improve at Park View School, along with children's achievement levels.

Burger seller becomes 'gourmet star'


A man who runs a burger bar at the side of the A38 near Droitwich will be shown learning how to become a gourmet chef on TV tonight.

Carl Sampson can be seen receiving intensive training from two top chefs on Channel 4's Burger Bar To Gourmet Star at 20:00.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Newsreader, BBC WM

It's been announced today that the HSBC Bank is moving 1,000 jobs from London to Birmingham.

You can hear more on this in my

15:00 bulletin.

Funeral for wall death boy


The funeral of a toddler killed when a wall fell on him in Stechford is

under way.

Queens Road, Stechford

The 19-month-old died from a serious head injury after his father crashed a recovery truck into their home in Queens Road on 16 March.

Shirley crash

BBC Travel

There are delays

on the A34 Stratford Road in Shirley between Longmore Road and School Road following a two-vehicle accident.

Absconder arrested

One of two men who absconded from Sudbury prison on Friday

has been arrested, Derbyshire Police says.

Robber Jonathon Bates (pictured left) is back in custody after being arrested by West Midlands Police in Smethwick earlier.

Jonathon Bates, Andra Hoyland
Derbyshire Police

Andra Hoyland (pictured right) a 31-year-old convicted kidnapper and robber, absconded the same day.

HSBC in Birmingham HQ move

Kath Stanczyszyn

Reporter, BBC WM

HSBC has announced it will be relocating one of its head offices to Birmingham.

The move will involve shifting some 1,000 roles currently based in London to Birmingham from mid-2017 onwards.

News on the hour


In the

14:00 news bulletin: A grandfather who was abandoned in a Birmingham cinema when he was just three weeks old is still trying to find his real parents - 59 years later.

School improvements 'too slow'

The latest Ofsted inspection of Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, one of the schools involved in the so-called Trojan Horse affair,

says it is not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures.

Nansen Primary School

Areas for improvement include working with other agencies to make sure pupils recognise the dangers and risks associated with extremism and radicalisation.

The report also described pupils' understanding of life in modern Britain and their understanding of different faiths and cultures as "insecure".

Witness appeal after wrong-way crash


have appealed for witnesses after a motorist who drove the wrong way along the A38 Aston Expressway died after a crash.

PC Damian Gibson said: "One car travelled up the Expressway the wrong way against the flow of outbound traffic and we are still trying to ascertain why this was.

"I am appealing for anyone in the area at the time of the collision or before the collision in the Gravelly Hill interchange area and who saw a silver Rover MG to contact us on 101."

Bieber in Birmingham

Justin Bieber's appearance at Birmingham's Fusion Festival in August will be his first UK concert since his disastrous tour two years ago.

He said: "I love the UK and I'm really excited to be playing at Fusion this year. There are some great artists on the line-up so to be headlining the Friday night is a real honour."

Criminals flee to Cyprus

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The Home Office said it could not agree any kind of extradition treaty with northern Cyprus

while the government did not recognise it as a state.

Robert Cryer, a professor of international and criminal law at the University of Birmingham, explained: "You can recognise a state expressly or implicitly.

"By coming to any form of agreement, that could be taken as an implicit recognition of northern Cyprus as a state."

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

Newsreader, BBC WM

The funeral of a toddler killed when a wall fell on him in Stechford is taking place.

I'll bring you more on this in my

13:00 bulletin.

Office fire extinguished

West Midlands Fire Service says the fire at an office block in Ladywood was not a significant blaze and has now been put out.

It is believed the fire, in the three-storey building, originated from a chimney in a neighbouring restaurant.

Speedway season begins

Steve Hermon

BBC WM Sport

Speedway returned to Monmore last night with Coventry Bees rider Chris Harris winning the season opener in Wolverhampton.

Wolves pair Ricky Wells and Freddie Lindgren were third and fourth respectively.

Boxing gym plan for former metal press

Birmingham Post

A derelict former metal press factory in the Jewellery Quarter

is to be turned into a new Fighting Fit boxing gym and loft apartments under new plans.

Are you a Bieber fan?

Ben Sidwell

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Are you a huge Justin Bieber fan? If so, we want to hear from you

at BBC Midlands Today.

Justin Bieber
Getty Images

Two charged with nightclub assault

Two women have been charged with wounding after a woman

was attacked in the toilets of a Sutton Coldfield nightclub.

The 21-year-old suffered two black eyes and cuts in the assault, at Rumour on Lower Parade, in December, West Midlands Police says.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

Newsreader, BBC WM

In my

12:00 bulletin, we hear from a nurse after new figures showed the number of NHS staff in the West Midlands taking time off work with stress-related illness has doubled in five years.

Reports of fire in office block

West Midlands Fire Service says crews are currently responding to reports of a fire

at an office block on Temple Street in Ladywood.

Teenage cyclist hurt in crash

A 13-year-old cyclist

was knocked unconscious in a crash with a car in Walsall this morning.

The collision happened on the A34 Upper Green Lane at about 07:45. The cyclist has since regained consciousness but has a suspected hip injury.