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  1. Updates for Thursday 2 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return on Tuesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We're back on Tuesday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather. Have an enjoyable Easter weekend.

Tonight's forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

The rain is going to arrive through

this evening and overnight so it will turn quite wet.


It will be mild though with highs of 7C (45F).

It is going to clear up over the Easter weekend after that.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Commuters are being warned to expect serious disruption over the Easter weekend on journeys from the Midlands to London as

part of the West Coast mainline will be closed.

It's part of an £81m improvement plan to replace nine miles of track and signalling equipment. Join us for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

M5 traffic warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic and one lane is closed on the M5 northbound at the link road to the M6 north carriageway, because of a breakdown.

Congestion is

back to J1 for the A41 at West Bromwich.

Nicola's wish granted

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we brought you news that a hospice near Wolverhampton was trying to arrange for a 32-year-old with terminal cancer to meet one of her favourite pop stars, Ali Campbell - the lead singer of UB40.

Nicola at Compton Hospice
compton hospice

The mother of two was recently diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer.

On Facebook today Compton Hospice

posted: "We are delighted to let you know that thanks to all of your support for Nicola we have been in touch with Ali and the other group members from UB40. The wheels are in motion and we are set to make Nicola's wish come true."

Foster fronts Adam Jones hit-and-run appeal

"Everyone at Albion was deeply upset to hear about Adam, who we knew was a huge Albion fan. Please watch this video and if you can help, contact the police immediately."

Ben Foster
West Midlands Police

Those are the words of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster, as the club appeals for people to come forward with information.

Police want to catch the driver who failed to stop at the scene of a fatal hit and run crash, that claimed the life of Adam Jones, aged 15, from Wednebsury.

Watch the video.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


Our reporter Alice Rosenthal has more on the arrests of a man and a woman for the suspected murder of a five-month-old girl in Perry Barr.

Listen live to BBC WM.

McCullum in world's top two - Brown

BBC Sport

New Birmingham Bears signing Brendon McCullum (pictured) is

one of the two best Twenty20 players in the world, says director of cricket Dougie Brown.

Brendon McCullum
Getty Images

McCullum, 33,

led New Zealand to the recent World Cup final and will
play seven games in this summer's T20 Blast.

"With AB de Villiers, he's in the top two players in the world in Twenty20 at the moment," Brown told BBC WM 95.6.

Library of Birmingham: Context of hours cuts

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

The Library of Birmingham was recently named the only attraction outside London

on a list of the UK's 10 most-visited tourist sites last year.

table of visitor numbers

It drew more than 2.4 million visitors, beating London's British Library, which saw about 1.6 million.

'Brush with death'

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

A Streetly man has revealed how he was

"five seconds from dying" after his car caught fire on his drive last week.

Matt Webb's newly-purchased Subaru was engulfed in flames after he pulled in from work.

Police search for hit and run driver continues

Police investigating the death of Sandwell teenager Adam Jones in

a hit and run collision say they've been inundated with information.

Adam Jones and the car which hit him
West Midlands Police

The 15-year-old from Wednesbury, died when he was hit by a blue Volkswagen Bora as he crossed the junction of Beacon View Road and Walsall Road in West Bromwich with his bike just after 7.30pm on Thursday 26 March.

The driver abandoned the vehicle and ran off without calling for help.

Investigators says they've received many leads.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


A National Debt Charity says it has received more than 400 calls from people in Halesowen and Rowley Regis alone, since starting in 2013.

More on this story and others in

the headlines at 16:00.

Dudley opticians offers eye exams in exchange for eggs

Stourbridge News

A Dudley opticians has been

collecting Easter eggs to donate to the children's ward at Russells Hall Hospital.

Specsavers in Castle Street will accept chocolate donations until tomorrow (Friday April 3) and will give customers a free eye examination in return, to thank them for their generosity.

Library users react

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

Library of Birmingham user Steve Godwin, 52, of Handsworth Wood, said he thought

reducing weekend opening hours was "absolutely appalling".

Steve Godwin, 52 Handsworth Wood

"It's one of the highlights of the city. As a library it's wonderful, modern architecture at its better end. It's a crying shame."

Pulis not behind home-grown players plans

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is not backing Football Association chairman

Greg Dyke's plan to increase the number of home-grown players in Premier League squads from eight to 12.

Tony Pulis

The Baggies boss said: "To produce English players that are as good as players abroad - that's the aim and the ambition.

"That's what people should be aspiring to. No disrespect to Greg but sometimes he says things that football people would not agree with and I certainly don't agree that."

Read more here.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


Police in Birmingham are questioning a man and woman in their twenties on suspicion of murdering a five-month-old baby.

We will have more on this story in

our 15:00 news.

Birmingham City Ladies 'we are our own worst enemies'

BBC Sport

Birmingham City goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer says

they only have themselves to blame for their winless start to the Women's Super League season.

Rebecca Spencer
The FA

The 24-year-old accepted the blame for Asisat Oshoala's opening goal in

Liverpool's 2-1 win on Wednesday.

"We're our own worst enemy," Spencer told

BBC WM 95.6.

Victims named in flyer

Sarah Portlock

BBC News

Jamie Wood and Benjamin Wilson have been ordered to stay out of certain areas of Birmingham and not to contact

people named on a police notice.

It comes after they were both given a 13-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and told to complete 100 hours' unpaid work, after both admitting damaging property, having a bladed instrument, and putting a person in fear of violence by harassment at Birmingham Crown Court.

Some of the people on the flyer are previous victims of the two men.

One person named on the list: "I have been named and shamed and I have done nothing wrong."

'Sugar doctor' praised internationally

Express and Star

A pioneering University of Wolverhampton lecturer who is

researching the healing effect of sugar on wounds has received international recognition.

Dr Moses Murandu clinched clinched third prize in the best research from a developing country award category at the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2015.

A senior lecturer in adult nursing, Dr Murandu grew up in Zimbabwe and his father used granulated sugar to heal wounds and reduce pain when he was a child.

News on the hour

Charlotte Harriman

Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

West Bromwich Albion is to help police trying to track down a hit-and-run driver following the death of a 15-year-old boy, by showing pictures of the car on screens during Saturday's clash with Queens Park Rangers.

More on this story in

the 14:00 bulletin.

Your views

Tweet: @bbcwm

Ed Bill

tweeted us about news the Library of Birmingham will be closed on Sundays after cuts take effect, saying "bad move for the tourism of bham not opening on a Sunday".

Police 'should work with victims'

Sarah Portlock

BBC News

Carolyn Hodrien, regional director of victim services for Victim Support, said she understood what a "devastating impact" anti-social behaviour could have on people's lives.

She spoke after victims of two criminals

claimed they were "living in fear" after their names were published on a police notice posted through people's doors.

"What victims want is for anti-social behaviour to stop. But the police must work with them to make sure whatever tactics they employ to stop offenders anti-social and criminal behaviour does not have unintended consequence on its victims," she said.

You are what you eat

If you want to be a professional footballer, find out

how to eat like one with this guide.

Asmir Begović

Asmir Begović, Stoke City's goalkeeper, reveals a typical pre-match meal. I'll give you a clue, red meat, crisps and ice cream don't come recommended.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Police investigating the suspicious death of a baby in Birmingham have arrested two people. More in the news at 13:00.

Shame at theme park drove weight loss

Birmingham Mail

A mum was shamed into losing more than six stone after being told

she was too big to go on a theme park ride with her young daughter.

Hayley Donaldson, from Northfield, was asked to leave the Drop Tower at Gulliver's Kingdom as the safety bar could not fit over her body.

College 'bought parents' data'

Express and Star

City of Wolverhampton College

bought the personal details of parents in its catchment areas, it has been alleged.

The college is among many firms and organisations accused of trading in data, including schools, dentists and the Government. NHS dentists are allegedly buying information on patients to offer free treatments before convincing them to go private.

Library hours cut: Your views

via Facebook

Al Williams has

posted about the impending
closure of the Library of Birmingham on Sundays. He wrote: "So sad - our little suburban Cardiff Library has longer opening hours than that."

View of Library of Birmingham from the amphitheatre

Rupert Johnson

posted: "Don't blame the council blame the tories. The council has had to deal with massive cuts year upon year.

"What are they supposed to do? Let the infrastructure crumble? The library project was planned a budgeted and build funded for years ago. Even if the library was still in the old building the opening hours would have to be cut. It's revenue spend not capital spend."

Breakdown causing severe delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

A breakdown on the M6 northbound at J8 for the M5 interchange means there is a lane blocked and heavy traffic,

drivers are warned.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

People who have been harassed by two men in Birmingham say their safety is at risk after they were named on a police leaflet.

The flyer was supposed to warn residents about Jamie Wood and Benjamin Wilson who have been given criminal behaviour orders.

However - as well as picturing them, it names people they are not allowed to approach.

Hear police reaction in

our 12:00 news.

Perry Barr baby death: Cause of death not yet known

The exact cause of the five-month-old girl's death is not yet known but

the force said a post-mortem would take place today.

A 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman are in custody after being arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Easter rail disruption

Network Rail has major engineering works planned over the weekend, with some major lines shutting down.

Network rail workers

Network Rail waits for Easter because there is a 20% to 40% decline in rail traffic, says BBC correspondent Robert Piggot.

The work should be completed by 03:30 on Tuesday morning. If not, there are contingency plans - "hundreds" of buses are on standby . Phew!

Baby 'had breathing difficulties'

Police investigating the death of a five-month-old baby girl in Perry Barr, have arrested two people in connection with the death.

Officers first attended an address just before 01:00 yesterday after reports a baby was having "breathing difficulties",

said the force.

The child was taken to hospital where she died yesterday afternoon.

A 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder are helping police with their enquiries.

BreakingBaby death in Perry Barr


Two people have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a five-month-old baby girl in Perry Barr.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A Smethwick man has been charged with kidnap after a young girl was attacked in Bearwood on Sunday 29 March.

Unemployed Edward Burns, aged 37 from Bearwood Road, Smethwick is due to appear at Sandwell Magistrates Court today.

The nine-year-old girl was returning home just after 13:30 when she was grabbed and pushed to the floor on Belmont Road, Bearwood,

said police.

Fatal crash probed by watchdog

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Police has referred itself to the watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a 26-year-old man died when failing to stop the car he was driving for traffic officers last night.

The man crashed the black Peugeot car on Bristol Road South at the junction with Cob Lane just after 23:00 last night and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The collision investigation unit

wants to hear from anyone with information about the crash.

Who will go up?

BBC Sport

Eight points separate eight places in the Championship.

Which three teams will be celebrating promotion to the Premier League in May? BBC Sport looks at the form, facts and prospects of all eight Premier League hopefuls.

Kenny Jackett, Wolverhampton Wanderers manager

After a November dip, Wolves are finding form at the right time. Read more of

our analysis of their prospects here.

New library opening hours

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

The Library of Birmingham

says it will cease opening on Sundays (from 19 April), due to the city council's need for "significant budget savings".


The new and reduced opening hours for the Library from 20 April 2015 will be:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 11:00-19:00
  • Wednesdays to Saturdays: 11:00-17:00
  • Sundays: Closed

The Wolfson Centre for Archival Research will be open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-16:00. This library said this would be reviewed at the end of May.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Commuters are being warned to expect serious disruption over the Easter weekend on journeys from the West Midlands to London as part of the West Coast mainline will be closed.

Network Rail says it has recruited 14,000 workers to complete several major projects by Monday night - in a bid to avoid the chaos which happened when work overran at Christmas.

At 10:00 we will hear from rail Journalist Philip Hague,

who says it does look like there is a better plan in place this time.

Residents 'living in fear'

Sarah Portlock

BBC News

Residents in part of Birmingham say they are living in fear after their names were published on a leaflet aimed at keeping two men out of their area.

The names were on a poster delivered around Druids Heath giving details of a criminal behaviour order served to Jamie Wood and Benjamin Wilson.


A person named on the list said the two men have previously terrorised and threatened people.