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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Local Live has finished for the day.

We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

And we'll be running late, until 20:00, to cover BBC WM's hour-long election debate in Birmingham Northfield.

Tonight's forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It will stay dry and clear through the evening and much of the night.

Some mist and fog patches may also develop towards dawn. Lows of 9C (48F).

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Police are investigating a religious hate crime after four pigs' heads were dumped on the doorstep of a new community centre in Solihull.

Our special correspondent Peter Wilson reports for

Midlands Today as politicians call for calm and tolerance.

And officers have been visiting post offices across Birmingham and the Black Country warning pensioners of the dangers of postal scams. Join us on BBC One from 18:30.

Palace fraudster must repay £2m

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A tax fraudster who was building a £2.3m mansion in Pakistan which was as big as Buckingham Palace has been told to repay more than £2m or face a further decade in jail,

according to West Midlands Police.

Mohammed Suleman Khan lived a life of luxury in a £500,000 house in Moseley, Birmingham, despite having no obvious income.

Mohammed Suleman Khan
West Midlands Police
Khan's mansion in Pakistan
West Midlands Police

Detectives found he was handling

huge amounts of undeclared money.

Photographic memories to go on show

A photographic exhibition showing Sandwell life from the 1970s to 1990s goes on display at Sandwell Arts Café on 16 April.

Photo from exhibition
Unseen Sandwell

Artists from Laundry have been working with Sandwell Council's Heritage and Archive Service and the local community to preserve and share the collection of 20,000 images.


website of the archive will go live during the launch event.

Row over traveller sites

Express and Star

A council in Staffordshire has been accused of trying to

"dump a problem" on Walsall's doorstep by proposing to build three new travellers' sites on its border.

Car-jacking witness appeal

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A 67-year-old woman was car-jacked after pulling over when she was flagged down by a man in Birmingham.

At about 10:00 in Kingshurst Way, Kingshurst, yesterday, a man grabbed the keys from the victim and pushed her over as she tried to stop him jumping in her car.

The woman received a leg injury in the fall. Police are

appealing for information.

Resurgent bingo industry

Laura May McMullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

There were fears the bingo industry was in decline following the smoking ban. Now, since the cut in bingo tax, there's been a resurgence in people attending.

Laura playing Bingo

Did you know that 40% of people playing bingo are men?

M6 lane closure

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M6 northbound at J6, at the A38(M) Aston Expressway,

because of a breakdown.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

The owners of Solihull Community Hub have appealed for calm - after it says it was wrongly labelled as a mosque.

Police are investigating after

four pigs' heads were left outside the building.

We will hear from the West Midlands deputy police and crime commissioner Yvonne Mosquito in the next few minutes on this story

on BBC WM.

Brumvotes: What would win your vote?

TV Presenters Sam and Mark have been in Birmingham to tell us what politicians can do to persuade them to vote.

YouTube video

You can watch the

YouTube video. What matters to you? Follow
@brumvotes on Twitter and tell us using #ifyouwantmyvote

Fewer West Midlands firefighters

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

The number of firefighters

could be cut in the West Midlands in a bid to save up to £3.8m.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has announced two trials to see how services could be protected with fewer staff.

Wednesbury community fire station

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), warned it would mean fewer firefighters working more hours.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

A charity working to make people more aware of postal scams say pensioners in the West Midlands are being conned out of as much of £2bn a year.

We will have more on this story in

the 16:00 bulletin.

How police-chase driver captured

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Yassir Ali, from Russell Road, Hall Green, was jailed for 14 months on 30 March for dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

The car wedged by a shop
West Midlands Police

He was eventually apprehended on Bristol Road when he drove on to a pavement and became wedged between a bollard and the front of a shop. Watch

how the drama unfolded.

Lenny's Game of Thrones 'quest'

Birmingham Mail

It's got dragons so why not a Dudley accent?

Lenny Henry

Mega fan Lenny Henry has revealed his

"desperate" quest to land a role in hit TV show Game of Thrones.

A history of social housing

From Lloyd George's promise of "homes fit for heroes" to Margaret Thatcher's dream of a property-owning democracy, housing has been at the centre of British politics for more than a century.

social housing
Getty Images

Key pledges ahead of the 2015 general election show it's rarely mattered more.

BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler looks at why.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

It's claimed postal scams could be costing pensioners in the West Midlands as much as £2bn a year. More in

the bulletin at 15:00

Championship will be close - Chopra

BBC WM Sport

Warwickshire captain Varun Chopra believes that this season's County Championship title race could once again

prove a close-run thing.

Only twice in the 15 years since the Championship was split into two divisions in 2000 has the title outcome proved a one-horse race.

Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra
Getty Images

"It's going to be close again," Chopra said, ahead of the Bears' opener at home to promoted Hampshire on Sunday.

"I think the standard in Division One will be even higher," he told BBC WM.

Work on Wordsley eyesore begins

Stourbridge News

Work has begun to revamp a derelict Wordsley shop which was once described as

a blot on the landscape.

Kings Norton delays warning

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on Lifford Lane in Kings Norton, Birmingham, at the Melchett Road junction,

because of drivers heading to the recycling centre.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Our top local story at 14:00: Police in Solihull say they are confident they'll find whoever dumped four pigs heads on the doorstep of a community training and education centre which some people claim has been used as a mosque.

It has meanwhile emerged that the English Defence league will be in Solihull town centre on Saturday, handing out leaflets opposing plans for a Muslim cemetery in Catherine De Barnes.

Listen live.

Cadbury's 'lose two Fingers'

The Daily Mail

Cadbury has snatched two chocolate Fingers from its famous packs - reducing the number to 22.

The move is the latest evidence of how the nation's favourite brands and supermarkets are cutting back on pack sizes without a corresponding cut in prices.

The ploy means shoppers are being subject to stealth price rises in what

economists have dubbed "shrinkflation".

Watch: High-speed police chase

Caroline Gall

BBC News

Police have released a video of a

high-speed chase through Birmingham.

Officers tried to a stop a silver BMW 1 Series that was believed to have been stolen on Weoley Castle Road in February.

The chase
West Midlands Police

A passenger first tried to stand in the way of the police car before the beginning of the pursuit, which saw the driver jump red lights and travel on the wrong side of the road. The driver was jailed for 14 months in March.

Driver in fatal crash 'had faulty brakes'

Express and Star

A delivery driver who was killed in a crash with a police car at a crossroads was

driving a van with faulty brakes, an inquest has heard.

West Midlands 'bingo hotspot'

Laura May McMullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The Bingo Association says the West Midlands is a "bingo hotspot". Every week more than 200,000 people are playing bingo.

And it's not just for the older generation. Young people aged 25-34 are the fastest growing group now attending.

Bingo hall

We filmed at Mecca Oldbury last night, the biggest club in the West Midlands. They host nearly 5,000 people every week.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

The number of firefighters on shifts is to be reduced across the West Midlands to try to save nearly £4m.

West Midlands Fire Service has also said a separate cost-cutting trial will see fire station watches being merged.

More on this story and others in

our 13:00 bulletin.

Northfield election debate

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Tomorrow from 19:00-20:00 we've got live coverage of a BBC WM debate with the candidates standing in Northfield, who'll be focusing on issues surrounding the economy.

Northfield candidates in the 2015 General Election - Richard Burden, Rachel Mclean, Steve Haynes, Keith Rowe and Anna Masters

The five candidates are Richard Burden, who is trying to retain the seat for Labour, Conservative Rachel Mclean, Lib Dem Steve Haynes, Keith Rowe from UKIP and Green party candidate Anna Masters.

If you'd like to be in the audience

you can read more details here.

Villa fan said he'd take a Twix per win

Daily Star

Soccer-mad schoolboy Charlie Pye has received an apology from Tim Sherwood for

pipping him to the Aston Villa manager's job.

Tim Sherwood
Getty Images

The six-year-old missed out on the plum Premier League post despite offering to do the job for a win bonus of a Twix.

Masked raiders strike at supermarket

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Masked raiders stormed a Birmingham supermarket last night, one armed with a shotgun,

police have revealed.

The three robbers targeted Aldi, in College Road, Kingstanding, at about 21:00.

The Aldi store

They threatened staff and customers and tried to force the store manager to open the safe, but left without stealing any cash.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00: Hear education activist Malala Yousafzai's message to the 200

schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram a year ago today.

Listen live to


'Save hospital services' rallying call

Stourbridge News

A final push is being made for supporters of Redditch's Alexandra Hospital

to join a "Save Our Services" rally and march.

Not sure who to vote for?

BBC Brumvotes

tweets: Not sure who you're voting for yet? Can't decide whether to vote at all? This might help:

Bag examined after pigs' heads dumped

A carrier bag believed to have been used to carry the four pigs' heads which were dumped outside the former Solihull ambulance station has been seized by forensic experts,

says West Midlands Police.

The pigs' heads dumped at the centre

CCTV footage also appears to show a man putting a package on the Hermitage Road centre's doorstep before driving away, the force said.

Ch Supt Alex Murray, from Solihull police station, has called upon those behind

the hate crime to come forward.

Clearing ex-stamping works' land 'important'

Express and Star

The development of a derelict former industrial estate is

an "important part" of Wolverhampton's regeneration, a council chief has said.

The former Edward Vaughan stamping works site in Lower Horseley Fields is being decontaminated in work that will take five years, with cyanide, asbestos and Japanese Knotweed prevalent on site.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

A school in Birmingham's offering support to pupils after a

young boy died on holiday in Lanzarote.

We will have more on this story and others in

our 11:00 bulletin.

'Pedigree' kittens rescued from canal

Jennifer Harby

Journalist, BBC News Online

Two kittens, believed to be pedigrees,

have been rescued from a canal in Birmingham.

One of the kittens
West Midlands Police

The animals were found on Friday, after a man saw them in a box on the canal.

'Terror' suspect arrested at Birmingham Airport

A 21-year-old man has been

arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of terrorism, police say.

Waheed Ahmed (pictured), a Labour councillor's son, was held in Turkey on suspicion of trying to enter Syria illegally.

Waheed Ahmed

He was detained along with eight other Britons in Hatay, near the Syrian border, on 1 April. He has now returned to the UK after being deported from Turkey.

Fire staff to get living wage

Birmingham Updates

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority

vote unanimously to pay staff the Living Wage.

62 members of staff at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) have had their pay elevated to the Living Wage - currently £7.85 per hour.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Police in Solihull are investigating after four pigs heads were dumped on the doorstep of a community training and education centre which some people claim has been used as a mosque.

Join us on

BBC WM at 10:00.