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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 20 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.

Overnight weather

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Dry this evening and overnight with largely clear skies.

Charlie Slater with overnight forecast
BBC

Turning cold in rural locations with a touch of frost and some isolated mist and fog patches - lows of 0C (32F).

Midlands Today at 18.30

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

There's a significant number of very happy Aston Villa fans around today after their epic cup win against Liverpool yesterday. And who can blame them after such a testing season in the Premier League?

Villa supporters with banner
BBC

It's our lead story tonight in

Midlands Today and how good it is to talk about something cheerful!

Well done, Villa, and let's hope they can take it one stage further next month and actually bring home the FA Cup, for the first time since 1957.

Villa's league survival remains focus - Vlaar

BBC Sport

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar says his side

need to stay focused on the Premier League after getting into the FA Cup final.

Ron Vlaar
Getty Images

Villa beat Liverpool 2-1 to seal a place at Wembley against Arsenal on 30 May, but Vlaar says league survival is still the priority.

"We have to be careful - we can enjoy the moment but from Tuesday we focus again on the next game," he told

BBC Midlands Today.

The budget to improve children's care

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Extra social worker jobs and new IT systems are to be introduced in a bid to improve children's care in Birmingham.

Children's services in the city have consistently been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.

Lord Warner was appointed independent commissioner by government last year and is due to publish a report in May.

The council's cabinet has approved plans that will see an extra £94m spent over the next three years.

Extra midwives 'needed' across Wolverhampton

There is a shortage of community midwives across Wolverhampton,

according to the chief executive of the city's New Cross Hospital.

New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
BBC

David Laughton said "we want to provide an outreach service, so we do require more midwives".

Aston Villa: Better days ahead

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Christian Benteke's (pictured) impact was no surprise for Villa but this was also the day that the youthful promise of Jack Grealish became so much more. Cool, composed and full of craft, he added an extra dimension to their play.

Christian Benteke
Getty Images

There is still a relegation battle to fight but the supporters are starting to share Sherwood's belief that better days lie ahead.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

In the news at 17:00 on

BBC WM: While the Aston Villa players were away winning at Wembley, a pregnant cat was giving birth at an empty Villa Park.

Aston
Cramar Cat Rescue & Sanctuary

Trinity gave birth at the stadium to four kittens now named Aston (pictured) Witton, North and Gabby.

They're now being looked after at Cramar Cat Rescue centre on Redditch Road in Hopwood.

Doctor Who musical comes to Birmingham

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Birmingham has been chosen as one of six venues for the debut

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular - featuring Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels alongside a handful of timelords and their assistants.

Three daleks
BBC

Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales and conducted by Ben Foster, the UK shows will be hosted by Peter Davison, who played the fifth doctor.

The spectacular comes to Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena for two performances on 26 May.

'Strain' on midwives

There's a shortage of community midwives across Wolverhampton, according to the chief executive of the city's New Cross Hospital.

Women's & Neonatal unit
BBC

David Laughton says "we want to provide an outreach service, so we do require more midwives".

New Cross deals with 4,200 births a year, but the number could increase by 700 as it takes on more patients.

Rugeley fire savings

Chris King

BBC WM, political reporter

The public can have their say this evening on proposals to remove one of the fire engines

from Rugeley, in a bid to make savings of almost £6m.

Rugeley fire station
Staffordshire Fire Service

There are two options on the table for Rugeley: The first involves removing a fire engine but leaving enough people to man a vehicle with a larger water tank.

The second involves removing both vehicles. A drop-in session is being held at the town's fire station today, so local people can find out more.

You've got until 22 May to have your say.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

In the news at 16:00 on

BBC WM: A former lord mayor of Birmingham has died.

Michael Wilkes retired from the council in 2012 after serving for more than 30 years.

He was a leading expert on Lord of the Rings and chairman of the Birmingham Tolkien Group.

CCTV images released

Detectives have released CCTV images of potential key witnesses they need to speak to following the murder of Birmingham teenager, Sheriff Mbye.

CCTV images
West Midlands Police

The 18-year-old died in hospital on Friday afternoon after being stabbed several times during a fight in Northfield.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of his murder and they remain in police custody this afternoon.

A 19-year-old man also involved in the incident remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

A very local general election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Only people with long memories have clear recollections of simpler times when Professor Robert McKenzie's swingometer could tell the story of successive general elections.

Presenter Robert McKenzie with the swingometer on election night, 1964.
BBC

Our part of the country has long been a two-party affair to a greater extent than anywhere else in the country, so a straightforward device pointing this way and then that was almost invariably quite good enough to do the job.

But what, I ask myself, would we need to visualise the infinite variety of 2015?

Read my blog in full on the BBC website.

Women's Super League One

BBC Sport

Carly Telford saved a late penalty to ensure

Notts County Ladies shared the spoils with Birmingham City at Solihull Moors.

Birmingham City after missing out on 2014 WSL 1 title
The FA

The England stopper denied Remi Allen from the spot after the Birmingham midfielder was brought down in the box.

The hosts failed to threaten before the penalty, while Blues keeper Rebecca Spencer had to deal with tame efforts from Ellen White and Alex Greenwood.

In the second tier - Aston Villa beat Oxford United 2-0.

Rugby champs

BBC WM Sport

Moseley secured their place in Rugby Union's Championship with a 29-0 win over Plymouth Albion.

The victory at Billesley Common relegated the visitors as a result.

News on the hour

BBC WM

In the

15:00 news bulletin: Detectives have released images of potential key witnesses they need to speak to following the murder of Birmingham teenager, Sheriff Mbye.

Blues fan need some patience

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The wheels in Hong Kong are slowly grinding forward, the receivers are doing their best to get the parent company and/or the club sold.

But it's clear that Blues fans are going to need plenty more patience before that happens.

And if the biggest shareholder Carson Yeung successfully appeals against his money laundering conviction then a sale could be delayed even further.

Money stolen as woman had seizure

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Yesterday West Midlands Police released a CCTV image of a woman officers want to speak to after a

"despicable thief" stole £60 from a woman's handbag while she was having an epileptic seizure.

CCTV image of woman
West Midlands Police

Officers said most passers-by tried to help the woman when she collapsed at a shopping centre in Stourbridge, but one woman reached into the bag and grabbed the money.

I've just put a call into police to see if there's been any update following the appeal.

Award for 'lifelong' Blue

Former England striker Kevin Phillips was handed the Sir Tom Finney Award at

Sunday's Football League Awards.

Birmingham City's Colin Tattum collects award on Brian Murphy's behalf
Empics

Locally,

Brian Murphy, who has carried out a variety of roles behind the scenes at Blues from kitman to security, was given the Club Hero Award.

Birmingham City's Colin Tattum (pictured) collected the award on Brian's behalf.

Zoo gets new boss

Express and Star

A

new boss has been appointed at Dudley Zoo following the retirement of Peter Suddock - as the council's opposition leader calls for details surrounding his sudden departure to be made public.

News on the hour

BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 14:00 on

BBC WM: The public can have their say this evening on
proposals to remove one of the fire engines from Rugeley.

It's part of proposals to help Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service save almost £6m by 2020.

Blues sale 'last resort'

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Ernst & Young has repeatedly said a sale of Birmingham City FC would be a last resort, as the continuing ownership of Blues is critical to Birmingham International Holdings Limited's listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

St Andrew's
Getty Images

However, the receivers have noted

there have been several recent offers made for the football club and/or the parent company in recent months.

Blues meeting called

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

The receivers currently controlling Birmingham City's parent company have

called a meeting on 30 April to gain approval for presenting BIHL's interim results.

Ernst & Young have prepared the figures up to the end of December 2014.

It is worth recalling that BIHL went into voluntary receivership because of something of a civil war within the boardroom, with the receivers aiming to clarify the firm's financial status.

Election candidates face grilling

Walsall Advertiser

Parliamentary candidates will

face a grilling from residents as part of a community event in Walsall.

Six candidates who are vying for the position of MP for Aldridge-Brownhills have been invited to the husting event at Aldridge Community Centre, in Middlemore Lane, next Friday (April 24).

BBC One from 13:40

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

This lunchtime we're celebrating with Villa fans, as the club get within touching distance of a cup they last won back in 1957.

And our reporter Ben Godfrey will bring more on his story about the need for more midwives in Wolverhampton, after changes in maternity care.

News on the hour

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In my

13:00 bulletin, Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital is facing a midwife shortage after taking on cases from Stafford and Cannock.

Can't wait for cup final: Cameron

Birmingham Mail

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of a date with destiny in May after Aston Villa beat Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final thriller and said: "

I can't wait to watch the final."

The Conservative leader listened to the match on radio as Downing Street does not have BT Sport - and heard his team overcome the odds with a scintillating 2 -1 Wembley win.

Head appointed local leader in education

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

The head teacher of a primary school in Erdington is set to help raise education standards in other city schools after being

appointed as a Local Leader in Education.

Birmingham family stranded in Yemen

Orla Guerin

BBC News

A Birmingham family is stranded in

Yemen where aid agencies are warning of a growing humanitarian crisis as civil war rages.

Abdul Hussein from Birmingham
BBC

The UN says 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting and 12 million left short of food.

Abdul Hussein, from Birmingham, (pictured) is on holiday with his family. He told me: "It's happened. We're here - we're just trying to get out of this situation and we're trying to get home."

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00 on

BBC WM, we'll have the latest on a Birmingham man stranded in Yemen.

Plus our reporter Clive Eakin is following Warwickshire, who are replying to the Hampshire total of 319 all out on the second day of their County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Morning meeting

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

We'll be getting reaction to Aston Villa reaching the FA Cup final.

Ben Godfrey has been finding out why they're increasing the number of midwives at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

And did you know that New Street Station has an artist in residence? Satnam Rana has been to find out more.

Midland Metro delays

Midland Metro

tweets: some delays are expected between Priestfield to Bham Snowhill due to heavy traffic on the street level.

Two shootings a week on West Mids streets

Express and Star

The

shocking level of gun crime in the West Midlands was laid bare today.

A total of 111 shootings where someone was injured took place in just one year - more than two a week.

Rail delays

BBC Travel

There's delays of up to 30 minutes on CrossCountry services between Reading and Birmingham New Street

due to a signalling problem at Oxford.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 11:00 on

BBC WM: Today is the last day to register if you want to vote in the elections on 7 May.

Changes in the rules mean huge numbers of potential voters may miss out, especially young people.

Shortly we'll hear from Birmingham returning officer Mark Rogers.

Former lord mayor dies

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The former Birmingham Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes has died, Birmingham City Council announces.

The current Lord Mayor of Birmingham Shafique Shah says: "Mick was a great servant to the city of Birmingham and made many friends, both as a ward councillor and in his year as lord mayor. Our sympathies go to Vivienne and the family at this extremely sad time."

SNP vows to start HS2 in Scotland

Birmingham Post

The SNP will use its political sway to

demand Labour starts HS2 in Scotland, not Birmingham, according to its deputy leader.

Fight like lions

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

Tim Sherwood's confident personality has performed a remarkable transformation at Aston Villa.

The fans who used to turn up for games full of anxiety now have belief, players previously so meek fight like lions.

Tim Sherwood
Getty Images

The noise from the Villa half of Wembley was deafening at the kick off and the team responded in kind.

The tone was set by the midfield three of Delph, Westwood and Cleverley, who dominated their more illustrious rivals, but there were heroes all over the pitch.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 10:00 on

BBC WM: Nearly half of people living with Parkinson's in the West Midlands have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public because of their condition, according to a charity survey.