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  1. Updates from Tuesday 7 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Alex Homer

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Local Live has finished for the day. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday. Hope to see you then.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

A man who sent money and letters to more than 60 jailed terrorists, has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Join us on BBC One at 18:30 for

BBC Midlands Today.

Tonight's forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today Weather

It will stay dry and settled this evening, with clear skies and light winds. Temperatures will fall overnight, perhaps allowing a local grass frost to develop. Areas of mist and fog, locally dense, will reform.

Lows of 8C (46F).

Context to visits

Visits by Chancellor George Osborne and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to the region came as former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair entered the General Election fray, by warning of "economic chaos" if Britain left the European Union under the Conservatives.

Ed Miliband and Tony Blair

It followed David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on membership in two years' time if he were still in Downing Street.

Nick Clegg

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg meanwhile said his coalition partner had caved in to pressure from Euro-sceptics.

Countdown to crunch game's kickoff

BBC Sport

Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson could be fit to return for Villa's clash with Queens Parks Rangers tonight.

We will have

live coverage here later.

M6 issues

BBC Travel

There is

one lane closed and heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

Jewellery robbery plotter jailed

Darren Bowman, aged 47, of Kingswood Road, Moseley, Birmingham,

who was given a six years and two month jail term, was said in court to have planned the diamond robbery for which Kirk and Beech were sentenced to 10 years for plotting the heist.

Darren Bowman
West Midlands Police

Longer hours call on station entrance

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News

A Birmingham railway station entrance

should be open for longer, according to the West Midlands transport authority.

Snow Hill station Livery Street entrance
Google Maps

Snow Hill railway station's second entrance in Livery Street closes at 19:00 between Monday and Saturday and is shut on Sundays.

Transport authority Centro said it would be asking London Midland to extend the opening hours of the entrance later this year.

UKIP's offer to Birmingham youth

Kath Stanczyszyn

Reporter, BBC WM

What can UKIP do for young people in Birmingham, exactly? The party's leader Nigel Farage spoke to me during a visit to Dudley.

Hear what he said.

Nigel Farage

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

An inmate at Birmingham prison has been sentenced to a further five years - after harassing a woman from his prison cell.

At 17:00 we hear from Ann Mold, who set up an action on stalking charity after being the victim of a stalker for several years.

Hear more from her.

Glass making celebration

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Stourbridge Margot James

tweets: Good to see the Chancellor at the Red House Glass Cone celebrating 400 years of glassmaking in Wordsley + Stourbridge

Chancellor George Osborne and Margot James PPC

Burrell 'worried about paternity issue'

At the opening of his inquest today, Kingsley's sister, Kadisha Brown-Burrell, described the father-of-three as "calm, collected and outgoing". She said he had been worried about a paternity issue with an ex-girlfriend, who claimed that her son was not his and had named him after another man.

The inquest heard that Mr Burrell had been trying to get the woman, Charmaine Clarke, to take a DNA test to confirm whether he was the father.

The jury was told he had been worried that the two men he claimed came to the shop had come to threaten him over the issue, and that he had said the only reason he was not shot was because he had his other son with him.

Businessman 'falls to his death'

Birmingham Mail

A Birmingham businessman has

fallen to his death during a trip to New York.

Tax adviser Duncan Hodgetts was just 25 and worked for accountancy firm Ernst and Young.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

At 16:00 we hear from Ch Insp Kerry Blakeman, from West Midlands Police on the high speed pursuit that led to four men being jailed for a failed cash machine robbery bid.

Listen live to


Police 'injected his head'

A man who was detained under the Mental Health Act was beaten, left handcuffed on the floor of a hospital ward and injected in the head by an officer just days before he died, an inquest heard.

Kingsley Burrell, 29, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on 31 March 2011, four days after he was sectioned following a disturbance at a shop in the city.

Kingsley Burrell picture on a BBC background
Burrell family

Mr Burrell was taken to a mental health unit after he called emergency services to the Haymer corner shop in Winson Green on 27 March, claiming he was threatened by two armed men while he was with his four-year-old son.

CCTV footage played to the court showed no sign of armed men in the shop, but Mr Brown looking agitated and gesticulating wildly near the counter.

Wolves now 'like Championship winners'

BBC Sport

Midfielder Dave Edwards believes the current Wolves team is much

like the one that won the Championship in the 2008-09 season.

Dave Edwards

Wales international Edwards, 29, scored a late winner as

Wolves beat Leeds 4-3 on Monday to move up to sixth position.

Watch the chase unfold

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

The men attempted to flee after failing to force a cash machine open at HSBC outside Waitrose, Kenilworth, in the early hours of the 29 September 2014. Pedro Taylor, of no fixed abode, and Jason Hadley, of Harcourt Road, Birmingham, were both given three-year prison sentences for their part.

left to right: Pedro Taylor and Jason Hadley
West Midlands Police
Still from the police video of the chase
West Midlands Police

Watch the

video of the chase.

Force foiled lightning getaway bid

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Four men who were part of a gang who mounted a botched cash machine raid and who led three police forces and a police helicopter on a high speed chase topping 150mph in the West Midlands have been jailed.

Dean Beech and Mark Kirk (pic left to right)
West Midlands Police

Mark Kirk, of Cadbury Drive, Castle Vale, and Dean Beech, of Courtney Road, Great Barr, were convicted of conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.

They were sentenced to 11 years 6 months and 12 years respectively, including 10 years each for also plotting to rob a Birmingham jeweller on the morning of 1 August 2013,

said the force.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Four men have been jailed after a botched robbery led to a high speed car chase across the West Midlands.

I'll have more on this story and others in

the bulletin at 15:00.

Extras for King tribute

Halesowen News

The Halesowen Hound Dog is looking for people to star in

a film tribute to Elvis Presley.

Mark Summers is shooting the film in the Black Country this weekend and needs extras to appear in recreations of the King's most famous films.

Decade since MG Rover's collapse

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

At its biggest, the MG Rover plant covered 400 acres and employed 27,000 people - that's more than the population of Stratford-upon-Avon, which was 25,505 in 2007, according to the Office for National Statistics. The pitch at Villa park would have fitted into it 227 times.

Longbridge plant from the air
The plant once covered 400 acres

Tomorrow we mark 10 years since

MG Rover went into administration with special reports on BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM and BBC News Online.

Wolves remember Germanwings disaster victim

Express and Star

Air disaster victim Martyn Matthews was honoured in emotional scenes at Molineux as Wolves fans

remembered one of their own.

from left to right daughter Jade, Martyn Matthews, his widow Sharon and son Nathan
Matthews family

Widow Sharon led the tributes to the Alps plane crash victim, laying flowers in front of the Steve Bull Stand where he was a season ticket holder.

Traffic problems after mosque collapse

Saima Begum, of Walford Road, Sparkbrook, said she could not park near her house today because of the road closure caused by

the mosque collapse.

She said she was escorted by a police officer instead from her car and that the closure had caused traffic problems in the area.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A prisoner in HMP Birmingham has been sentenced to five years for threatening to kill a woman he had been harassing.

Carlos Boente, aged 33, got her phone number off a cell mate and

sent her thousands of texts and called her repeatedly, according to police.

Hear more on this story and others in

our 14:00 bulletin.

MG Rover workers were 'betrayed'

Birmingham Mail

An MP has claimed MG Rover workers were

''betrayed'' by the Phoenix Four - and are still awaiting justice ten years on.

John Towers, Peter Beale, Nick Stephenson and John Edwards were dubbed the unacceptable face of capitalism after racking up debts of more than £1 billion before the collapse.

High-rise living documented

A new booklet has been published telling the story of multi-storey council flats in Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

Starting in the 1950s, more than 270 blocks of high-rise flats were built in what became the boroughs of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall.

Front cover of the leaflet

Living in the Sky: A History of High-Rise Council Flats in the Black Country is the result of the Heritage Lottery-funded project Block Capital. You can hear some of the interviews from the project


Sherwood: Villa must 'man up'

The Independent

"This is without doubt the biggest game of the season for Villa and possibly one of the biggest in a number of years," says Tim Sherwood, who also suggests

some of his players need to "man up", ahead of tonight's clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Longer hours pledge on Snow Hill

Birmingham Post

The restricted opening hours of a £17 million railway station entrance aimed at easing the life of commuters has been described as an absolute farce as transport bosses

pledged to extend access.

Coming up on TV

Qasa Alom

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

It's 10 years since Rover cars collapsed - six thousand people in and around Longbridge in Birmingham lost their jobs.

This week we'll be looking at the effect it had on the Midlands car industry. Today, our business correspondent Peter Plisner has been back to the factory site to see how the area's recovered.

Tune into the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40 for more.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

The former chair of governors at a school in the centre of the so-called Trojan Horse row has described the allegations as spin and lies.

You can hear more on this story in my

13:00 bulletin.

Crunch Villa showdown

BBC Sport

Aston Villa will be without Alan Hutton, who has an ankle injury, while Scott Sinclair and Ashley Westwood remain sidelined with hamstring problems for the

crunch game with fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers tonight.

Chris Ramsey and Tim Sherwood
Getty Images

Chris Ramsey and Tim Sherwood (pictured), who will lead their clubs tonight, worked together at both academy and first-team level at Tottenham.

Wolves man in Albion revamp plans

Birmingham Mail

Albion boss Tony Pulis remains keen to capture Wolves winger Bakary Sako and Swansea left-back Neil Taylor

as part of a summer revamp.

Afternoon weather update

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's been a cloudy morning, but brightening up with sunny spells later on. Highs of 15C (59F).

ASBO orders on repeat nuisances

Express and Star

Two yobs who threatened shoppers and smoked cannabis have been

banned from parts of Oldbury town centre for three years.

M42 delays warning

BBC Travel

All lanes have re-opened on the M42 northbound after the crash we reported earlier between J3a and J4 but

congestion is still severe, drivers are warned.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

The body of an elderly dementia sufferer who went missing from her care home in Handsworth last week has been found.

We will have more on this and other stories in

the news at 12:00.

Former presenter dies

Midlands Today

The former Midlands Today Presenter Tom Coyne has died at the age of 84.

Tom Coyne

He joined the show in the mid 1960s and

made around 4,000 appearances on the programme.

Indian freedom fighter celebrated

The life of an Indian freedom fighter is to be celebrated with a week of events.

Members of the Wolverhampton-based Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee are staging a range of activities, including an exhibition, film show and musical celebration, in honour of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.

Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

He was a jurist, economist, politician and

social reformer who inspired the Modern Buddhist Movement. More information is

Albion takeover must be quick

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace will only sell the club if a deal can be done early in the summer - otherwise any talks will put on hold for at least another year.

Groups from China and the USA are believed to be interested in buying the club, with Peace asking for £150m.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace
Getty Images

Peace is

keen that the process does not drag on, so that the club can plan properly in the summer transfer window.

Manager Tony Pulis is expected to be part of any new structure.