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  1. Updates for Monday 13 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Mild night ahead

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A dry night with clear spells at first. Clouding over for many through the early hours, leading to a fairly mild night.

Charlie Slater

Breezy at first, but the wind should ease later. Low of 5C (41F).

BBC One from 18:30

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today


Midlands Today at 18:30: I'll be talking to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls on the day Labour announce their manifesto - what would his party do to boost the economy here in the West Midlands?

After 70 years of producing Land Rover, Jaguar cars will now be rolling off the production line at Solihull.

And his team might be wilting, but West Brom fan "Blind Dave" Healey is back home after surviving the Marathon de Sables, 160 miles in 50 degree heat. We'll be talking to him live.

M6 crash: Latest

BBC Travel

There's still slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 for Wednesbury.

It's because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on.

All lanes have been re-opened but congestion is back to to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

Wolverhampton Ring Road reopens after woman hit by car

Express and Star

A woman was injured today

when she was hit by a car on Wolverhampton's Ring Road.

Police were called at around 6.10am after the incident, involving a woman in her 40s, on Ring Road St Peter's at its junction with Waterloo Road.

Her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Beautician handed longer jail term for court lies

A Walsall beauty salon owner jailed for conning suppliers out of thousands of pounds and racking up rent arrears

will spend an extra 10 months behind bars, afer trying to trick a judge into believing she'd paid back her debts.


West Midlands Police's Economic Crime Unit found Tina Patel, 38, − who set up Creative Salons in May 2013 from premises in Walsall's Park Place − tricked beauty wholesalers by sending emails purporting to be from bank officials confirming transfer payments.

Patel admitted five counts of fraud at Wolverhampton Crown Court last May and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Aston Martin considers new Birmingham factory to build 4x4 cars

Birmingham Post

The West Midlands could be set for

another car factory with Aston Martin considering a new plant to build 4x4s.

The luxury car brand, headquartered in Gaydon in Warwickshire, is said to be considering Birmingham or Bridgend, in South Wales, for a new factory.

JLR: Benefits for the supply chain

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Jaguar's new XE model is to be built at a 'factory within a factory' at Land Rover's Solihull site.


Alan Volkaerts, plant operations director at JLR's Solihull site says: "This plant has been the home of Land Rover for 70 year so to welcome the Jaguar brand here and these new world class facilities is a tremendous day for us.

Probably 50% upwards of our UK supply base is based right here in the Midlands so the impact is very significant

News on the hour


In the news at 17:00: A Birmingham schoolboy has drowned on holiday - it's understood that Logan Kehoe was with his family in Lanzarote.

He was a year 8 pupil at Bishop Challoner school in Kings Heath.

Birmingham boy drowns

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Birmingham schoolboy has drowned while on holiday.

It's understood that Logan Kehoe, a year eight pupil at Bishop Challoner School in Kings Heath was with his family in Lanzarote.

In a statement the school says thoughts and prayers are with his family in this saddest of times.

M6 reopens

Highways England

tweets: All lanes open again #M6 N/B btwn J8 (#M5) and J9 #Wednesbury. The vehicles involved have been removed. Congestion remains from J6.

M6 Crash

BBC Travel

There is severe congestion on the M6 northbound this afternoon.

Two lanes are closed and there's slow traffic between J8 for the M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a crash involving three vehicles.

Congestion is back to to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

M6 multi-vehicle crash

Highways England

tweets: "We're working with @OfficialWMAS at an accident closing 2 lanes #M6 N/B btwn J8 (#M5) and J9 #Wednesbury. @WestMidsFire also on the way."

WestMidsFireService has also

tweeted: "Crews are still working to release a casualty from their vehicle who is trapped by injuries. @HighwaysWMIDS"

Road closure

Brum Response E

tweets: City Rd closed due to an ongoing police incident. Road closed from Dudley Rd and traffic from Rotton Park Rd is being diverted to Twyning Rd

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 16:00 on

West Midlands Police has defended the way it policed the Blues v Wolves Derby at the weekend.

Chief Superintendent James Andronov says his officers behaved properly.

Baggies relegation scrap

BBC Sport

West Brom midfielder

James Morrison says his team must find greater mental strength to escape the relegation scrap they now find themselves in.

Two of Albion's five defeats in six games have come from last-minute winners after James Morrison has been substituted
Getty Images

After losing just once in their first 10 games under Tony Pulis, four defeats in five Premier League matches have plunged the Baggies back to within seven points of the danger zone.

"We've massive games ahead. It's going to be hard," Morrison told BBC WM 95.6.

TV royalty

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Watching TV on Saturday night and spotted BBC Midlands Today's Nick Owen on Pointless with his TV wife - Anne Diamond.

Nick Owen and Anne Diamond

Always nice to see TV royalty on the screen!

If you missed it's on the BBC iPlayer.

Birmingham City Ladies 'heartless'

BBC Sport

Birmingham City Ladies manager

David Parker admits they gave a "heartless" performance in losing their
Women's FA Cup quarter-final to Manchester City.

Birmingham City Ladies manager David Parker
The FA

Goals from Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris put the hosts in control before substitute Coral-Jade Haines pulled a goal back for Blues only for Jill Scott to seal City's place in the last four.

"We weren't good enough and it shone throughout the team," Parker said.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

In the news at 15:00:

Police are defending the decision to let Wolves and Blues fans leave the ground at the same time after Saturday's derby match at St Andrews.

Three people were arrested after violent disorder in Birmingham city centre, but fans say the trouble was much worse than the number of arrests suggest

Scrapyard fire

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a scrapyard in Kingswinford thought to involve up to 1,000 tonnes of metal.

Kingswinford scrapyard fire
West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service said the blaze at R Davies Metals Ltd, on Oak Lane, started shortly before 5:30.

At its height, about 25 fire fighters were involved, but that has now been scaled back, with the blaze under control, the service said.

Northfield election debate

Chris King

BBC WM, political reporter

I'm getting things ready for BBC WM's election debate for the Birmingham Northfield constituency on Wednesday-

if you want to be in the audience I'd love to hear from you.


This week we're focusing on the economy.

So if you've got a burning issue - we want you to be part of the audience for the debate at Bournville College.

City Road closed

BBC Travel

City Road in Winson Green is closed at the Dudley Road junction in both directions due to a police incident.

News on the hour


Coming up in the news at 14:00 on

BBC WM: The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority will discuss today whether to bring in new shift patterns for firefighters in the region.

The Fire Brigades Union says it believes the changes will result in fewer firefighters and more hours

Fire scaled down

West Midlands Fire Service

tweets: The scrap yard fire earlier in Kingswinford has now been scaled down - crews are still on site damping down.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll be live at the famous Land Rover factory in Solihull, now producing Jaguars for the first time.

And they aren't a common site around these parts, but the West Midlands could be about to get its first wind farm.

For your next news and weather from Midlands Today join me on BBC One at 13:38.

Staying dry this afternoon

BBC Weather

It will remain dry with

some sunny spells developing this afternoon.


And it will feel pleasantly warm in light winds and any brighter spells.

Stories we're working on today

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes will be interviewing Ed Balls as Labour

launched their manifesto today. What does it mean for the Midlands?

BBC Midlands Today will have a special report from inside the Jaguar plant at Solihull. It marks the completion of a £2bn project to produce the new Jaguar XE model.

And we'll be live at West Bromwich as Blind Dave comes back after

completing the Marathan De Sables.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 13:00 on

BBC WM: West Midlands Police has been criticised for
not adequately policing the Birmingham v Wolves derby at the weekend.

Two men, aged 31 and 47, were arrested in Birmingham city centre on suspicion of causing violent disorder following the match.

Metro service disruption

Birmingham Updates

posts: Public Transport Update - METRO - Services are only running between Wolverhampton and The Hawthorns, due to a tram failure.

Tickets are being accepted on London Midland services until further notice.

JLR's Solihull factory

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

Today we are seeing yet more evidence of the phenomenal growth story that is Jaguar Land Rover.

The company has opened a new state of the art "factory within a factory".

JLR solihull

The project which has cost more than £2bn has been

designed to produce the new Jaguar XE model.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00: on

BBC WM: West Midlands Police says extra officers were on hand to deal with any disorder following the Birmingham City v Wolves derby after violence spilled into the city centre.

Homes Under the Hammer

A different type of debut for former Aston Villa defender/striker Dion Dublin today, as he appears on

Homes Under the Hammer as a presenter for the first time.


It's a confident start from the big man, can he continue the form throughout the series?

Catch up with how he got on

via the BBC iPlayer.

Fans 'escorted' from harm

Danny Gannon tweeted this pic while in Birmingham city centre on Saturday of football supporters being kettled by police.

Football supporters kettled in Birmingham
danny gannon

Chief Superintendent James Andrenov says more officers were on duty because they were aware of tensions between fans near the ground and in the city centre.

He says: "We always try and identify those fans who we think are likely to cause the most problems. So what we do is move them safely away from the area."

Trojan Horse teaching staff could face ban for life

Birmingham Post

Scores of teachers and support workers linked to the Trojan Horse scandal

could be banned from working in schools for life, it has been claimed.

Current and former school staff could face the disciplinary action after being investigated by the professional watchdog, the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

The NCTL is said to be looking at those allegedly involved in the infiltration of Birmingham schools by Islamic hardliners.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

West Midlands Police says extra officers were on hand to deal with any disorder following the Birmingham City v Wolves derby after violence spilled into the city centre at the weekend. More in

the news at 11:00.

Jaguar comes to Solihull

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

There'll be an event in Solihull later to mark the formal arrival of the Jaguar brand to the Land Rover plant.

land rover sign in Solihull

It will celebrate the heritage of two iconic motoring names and the resurgence of West Midlands manufacturing.

In addition they'll be marking the impact XE has had on the UK supply chain, with representatives from Midlands and other UK suppliers in attendance.

Walsall music festival set to see thousands of extra visitors

Express and Star

An annual summer music festival in Walsall

will be open to thousands of extra visitors this year, it has been confirmed.

The Bands On The Beacon is one of the borough's most popular events and is increasing its capacity from 3,000 to 5,000 people.