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  1. Updates for Friday 24 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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

Friday forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy evening with patchy rain at first. Most places will become dry overnight, with a few clear intervals developing. An isolated shower is possible again later. Lows of 7C (45F).

Rebecca Wood

Tomorrow we'll see some warm spells of sunshine. However, showers are likely to break out which could turn heavy during the afternoon.

Read the latest forecast on BBC Weather.

HSBC reaffirms Birmingham move

Birmingham Post

HSBC has

re-affirmed its commitment to move its UK bank to Birmingham - as speculation grows over a return to the Midland Bank brand.

Midland Bank branch in 1992

The banking giant has revealed it will consider moving its global headquarters out London this morning, in response to reforms for the UK finance industry.

Boy, 11, dies after cancer battle

Birmingham Mail

Brave cancer sufferer Lloyd Burton who once met David Beckham during a TV fundraiser

has died, aged just 11.

The youngster, a former patient at Birmingham Children's Hospital, passed away on Wednesday after battling a brain tumour.

Things change everywhere: Rowett

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says he would not be easily lured away from St Andrew's this summer if other clubs were attracted by his success since taking over in October.

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett
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He told me: "I think you can never look into the future and say with 100% conviction what you're going to be doing - things change everywhere.

"We had speculation at Burton for two years, but when I'm working for a club I just do that job with 100% conviction. For me success comes by doing the right things."

Pulis in training

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Tony Pulis has been training early mornings on the rowing machine at the West Bromwich Albion training ground while trying to keep the club in the Premier League.

Tony Pulis on a rowing machine

Last week's victory at Crystal Palace has eased the relegation worries, so Pulis can now throw himself headlong into the last month of training.

But he fears that if the row takes longer than expected he could be in serious trouble. If he misses the flight for their family holiday, his wife might not be talking to him for a good while!

Man City v Aston Villa

Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator

When Aston Villa last visited the Etihad 12 months ago, they were

blown away 4-0 by a rampant Man City side.

Tomorrow, Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured) could return to action having missed the FA Cup semi-final win with a hamstring injury.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor
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Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho are both available, but Ciaran Clark, Alan Hutton and Nathan Baker remain out.

Read the full preview here.

WhatsApp election news

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Do you use WhatsApp on your phone? If so you might be interested to hear that Birmingham City Council is sending voter information, candidate lists, results and other election news via the mobile app.

The council posts on Facebook: WhatsApp the message BrumVotes to 07593 166 117 and add us to your contacts list to sign up for election news, results, pictures and video, delivered straight to your mobile.

Election 2015: Midlands Today Special

Nick Watson

Sunday Politics West Midlands

Mary Rhodes will be hosting a debate featuring five of the leading political figures from the West Midlands next Wednesday.

Election leaflets for the Midlands 2015

Sajid Javid, for the Conservatives, Tristram Hunt, for Labour, Lorely Burt, for the Liberal Democrats, Suzanne Evans, for UKIP, and Will Duckworth, for the Greens, will answer questions from an audience of voters.

With just over a week to go until polling day, who will win your vote? Watch BBC One at 22:50 on Wednesday 29 April.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


Coming up in the news at 17:00 on

Three men, including a former West Midlands Police officer, have been sentenced to over 21 years in prison for drug dealing on a commercial scale.

Richard Sattar (pictured left), 32 from Warwick Road, Olton, was given an eight year three months sentence, and former officer Mark Turner (pictured centre), 30 from Pytman Drive
West Midlands Police

More than 4kg of cocaine with a street value of more than £700,000 was recovered from the men.

'No impact on Birmingham HSBC plans'

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC News Online

Following the news this morning that

HSBC is considering moving its headquarters out of London, I've been speaking to the firm's spokesperson about whether this impacts on the
bank's move to Birmingham, announced last month.

I was told any possible move of the group head office from London is "unrelated to the UK business and will have no impact on our Birmingham plans".

Speedway legend could break record

Wolves legend Peter Karlsson could make a club record 543rd appearance tonight.

The 45-year-old is set to ride for

Wolves at Lakeside in the Elite League. If he does, it will take him past the current record holder Sam Ermolenko.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


In the news at 16:00

A man from Stourbridge has been arrested on suspicion of Syria related terrorism offences.

Birmingham's rats

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Birmingham is among Britain's worst hotspots for rats.


New figures show the city council dealt with nearly 15,000 cases of rodents in the past year.

The study by the British Pest Control Association also found Birmingham tackled nearly 600 problems with bedbugs and cockroaches during the year.

Wolverhampton tram extension stays on track

Express and Star

Plans to extend Wolverhampton's tram line

from St George's to the railway station are progressing.

Centro has sent further environmental information to the Secretary of State for Transport.

Pulis rowing charity challenge

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

He's run two marathons, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End in a non-stop relay. Now the West Brom manager Tony Pulis is at it again.

Tony Pulis

His latest fundraising challenge for the

Donna Louise Children's Hospice, in Stoke-On-Trent, is a tower-to-tower row.

It's a six day non-stop challenge to row from the Tower of Westminster, across the Channel to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd


In the news at 15:00

A £5,000 reward has been offered for information to trace Wolverhampton murder suspect Dylan Jackson.

Black Grape to play Bilston


Newly-reformed 90s indie act Black Grape have announced a UK tour,

featuring a gig in Bilston, reports NME.

Bez and Shaun Ryder
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The band, which features Happy Mondays pair Shaun Ryder and Bez, will play The Robin 2 on 10 June.

Stourbridge terror arrest

Read more on BBC News about an 18-year-old man from Lye, in Stourbridge, who has been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Wolves not out of the mix

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Millwall and Wigan are now just one and

two points behind Rotherham.

They've both played a game more than Rotherham but they've both got a fighting chance. And that won't help Wolves at all.

Championship table

Wolves are three points behind sixth placed Ipswich and with a worse goal difference, so they need an absolute minimum of four points from their last two games.

They're not out of it - but destiny is not in their own hands.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 14:00 on

BBC WM: About 25,000 women in Birmingham are the victims of domestic violence every year, with only a third getting help.

The figures come from the Accord Housing Association, which says more needs to be done.

Rotherham deducted points

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Has fate turned against Wolves' promotion push? A few weeks ago it looked as though their last two games could be against two sides already relegated - Wigan and Millwall.

But the two have clung on to hope by gaining four points in their past three games.

And now they've been given a huge boost by

Rotherham being deducted three points by fielding an ineligible player against Brighton.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

Coming up this lunchtime on BBC One: There's calls for more women to get help following domestic violence at a

conference today in Birmingham. There are an estimated 25,000 victims in Birmingham each year, yet only a third ask for support.

And a £5,000 reward is offered in the hunt for the killer of a 47-year-old Wolverhampton man.

Join me on BBC One at 13:38.

'No concerns' over Grealish

BBC Sport

Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he's got no concerns about playing Jack Grealish this weekend -

after a picture of him inhaling nitrous oxide appeared in yesterday's papers.

Jack Grealish in The Sun
The Sun

Year-old pictures of Grealish, 19, seeming to take the legal high - known as laughing gas - were published. The player says he feels ashamed over what happened.

Villa take on Manchester City. You can hear commentary on BBC WM (not available online) from 17:30.

Sunday Politics preview

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This week on

Sunday Politics I'll be joined by Nadhim Zahawi, defending Stratford-on-Avon for the Conservatives; Valerie Vaz, defending Walsall South for Labour; Lucy Hurds, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hereford and South Herefordshire; and Howard Allen, the Green candidate for Solihull.

The programme will also have a report from Redditch, where the argument raging over hospital services at 'The Alex' is influencing the election campaign in a constituency which has had a history of swinging back and forth between Labour and the Conservatives.

Conservative target seats

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

George Osborne is touring three Conservative target seats with a two-fold message.

His manifesto for working people in the West Midlands aims not just to emphasise job creation in the region while he has been chancellor, but to chime with David Cameron's manifesto for England, highlighting what the Conservatives see as the danger of Labour being propped up by the SNP.

And that will be one of our talking points in this weekend's Sunday Politics Midlands at the later time of 14:30 on BBC One, following coverage of the London Marathon.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 12:00, we have more on Dudley, which is facing a fresh protests from a far right group about plans to build a new mosque in the town.

Hear more on this story and others in the news on

BBC WM shortly.

Cup final tickets on sale from Tuesday

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Tickets for Aston Villa's FA Cup final go on sale on Tuesday 28 April,

the club announces.

Getty Images

Villa says it has a ticket allocation of 25,000.

The game will kick-off on Saturday 30 May at 17:30.

'Chaotic emergency departments'

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

A woman from Birmingham who is struggling with severe health issues is calling for the NHS to sort out chaotic emergency departments and employ more front-line staff.

Gwen Pierre

Gwen Pierre (pictured) has heart failure and breathing difficulties. Confined to one room in her home, she relies on the health service daily.

She says she is frightened to go into hospital because staff are under so much pressure.

Stories we're working on

Andy Knowles

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

With 12 days to go to polling day, the Midlands Today cameras are following the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as he tours around three of the West Midlands marginal seats - with Giles Latcham in hot pursuit.

Away from the political battle, we're hearing from the West Brom manager Tony Pulis as he trains for his latest charity challenge - rowing 450 miles from London to Paris.

We'll have the latest on BBC One from 13:40 with Joanne Malin.

Computer equipment seized in terror inquiry

Computer equipment was seized from the house of an 18-year-old in Stourbridge, arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

West Midlands Police says the arrest was pre-planned and adds "there's no immediate threat to public safety".

The teenager is on conditional bail until July, when he is set to face further questions.

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 11:00 on

BBC WM: More needs to be done to raise awareness of domestic violence and support victims of abuse in Birmingham, according to housing organisation the Accord Group, which is
holding a public conference on the issue.

BreakingTerror arrest


An 18-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences,

West Midlands Police says.

The force says the man was arrested yesterday at an address in Lye.

Chip shop owner rammed police in chase

Express and Star

A Wolverhampton fish and chip shop owner

rammed a police vehicle in his BMW before leading officers on a high speed chase, a court has heard.

George Osborne in the West Midlands

Giles Latcham

Reporter, Midlands Today

Today Chancellor George Osborne is touring three Midlands marginals to set out the Tories' plan for "working people in the West Midlands".

George Osborne

More jobs, apprenticeships and school places are some of the chancellor's promises for the region.

Latest updates

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

News on the hour

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 10:00 on

BBC WM we hear from a Dudley market trader over the announcement protests will be held in the town by Britain First.