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  1. Updates for Monday 27 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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Good evening

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 forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Breezy, with isolated showers clearing away east during the evening to leave a mostly dry and clear night.

Charlie Slater

It will turn cold under prolonged clear periods with a low of 1C (34F).

Midlands Today: Earthquake rescue and young voters

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Nearly 4,000 people have been killed in

the earthquakes in Nepal. Firefighters and paramedics from the West Midlands are among those who've now flown out to help. We'll hear form our reporter Bob Hockenhull who is at the West Midlands fire headquarters this evening for us.

Satnam Rana at a young people's election debate 2015

And with

10 days to go until the general election, many young people are getting ready to vote for the first time. But what are the issues that matter most to them? Satnam Rana (pictured) has been finding out.

Join us on BBC One from 18:30.

Tipton: Quad bike passenger thrown 15ft in horror crash

Birmingham Mail

A quad bike passenger suffered a serious head injury and broken leg

when he was thrown 15ft from the machine after it collided with a car.

The man was not wearing a crash helmet when the crash happened in Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, at 5.25pm on Sunday.

He was taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

Carney return lifts Blues Ladies

BBC Sport

Karen Carney's return from injury

has lifted spirits of winless Women's Super League side Birmingham City, says defender Kerys Harrop.

Karen Carney
The FA

Carney (pictured right), who was the top-flight's leading scorer in 2014, made her first appearance this season a substitute in

Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Chelsea.

Birmingham are second-from-bottom with just two points from four games.

Midland GPs struggle as 50,000 register in two years

Birmingham Post

The number of patients registered at under-pressure GP surgeries has

soared by almost 50,000 in just two years in the West Midlands.

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that south and central Birmingham surgeries have seen patients numbers grow by 8,300 people- and increase of 3.4 per cent.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

These are the top stories across Birmingham and the Black Country tonight:

  • Woman treated for leg injuries after being run over by her own car following carjacking in Kingswinford
  • Police officers in east Staffordshire using new smart phones and tablets from today to free them up on the beat
  • Weather: Breezy, with isolated showers overnight

Clouding over with showers

BBC Weather

Becoming more unsettled into this afternoon as showers develop,

some of these perhaps locally heavy with hail.


Feeling breezier than this morning. Highs of 11C (52F)

Election 2015: A BBC Midlands Today Special

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Later this week I am hosting a special West Midlands election debate featuring voters putting questions to a panel of the region's most prominent politicians.

Midlands Today election special on Midlands Today

The debate, Election 2015: A BBC Midlands Today Special, offers an opportunity for voters to directly quiz candidates from the major political parties on their policies and priorities for the region.

The panel will feature The Culture Secretary Sajid Javid for the Conservatives, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for Labour, Lorely Burt for the Liberal Democrats, Deputy Chairman of UKIP Suzanne Evans and Will Duckworth for the Green Party.

M6 resurfacing works

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The M6 will be closed northbound between junctions 10 and 12 tonight and tomorrow due to resurfacing works, the Highways Agency warns.

The M6 Toll will also be closed after junction T8.

For more details visit the

Highways website and click on the "Journey Impact" tab.

Woman carjacked in Kingswinford

Two Dudley men have been arrested after a woman was run over by her own car and left by the side of the road in Kingswinford.

Police say they received a call at about 00:40 this morning after the woman was pulled from her car. The wreckage of the 26-year-old's Ford Mondeo was found a short time later.

Two men, aged 19 and 20 are being questioned on suspicion of robbery.

Does Birmingham have the running bug?

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Birmingham is

bidding to establish itself as the 'European Capital of Running'.

The aim's to encourage 5,000 people who are currently inactive to start running, especially those from deprived communities.

Feet of someone running

Andy Paul, chairman of Birchfield Harriers running club, who is involved in the project, said the city had a "deep tradition" of running, with seven running clubs already based there.

Read more about Birmingham's bid here.

Sport headlines

BBC WM Sport

  • The West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis says he's delighted to have Callum McManaman back in the squad
  • Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw hopes his recent form has bolstered his chances of an international call up
  • The Birmingham City Ladies manager believes the next few weeks are going to be crucial in the Women's Super League

Hear more in the sports bulletin at 16:30 and 17:30 on


Cameras for hospital security?


Hospital security guards in Walsall could be given body cameras to film drunken behaviour.

It's one of the options being considered by officials who are concerned about the number of people who are drinking too much.

Official estimates suggest up to 43,000 people in the area are classed as binge drinkers, putting severe pressure on both police and local health services.

Speedway: Wolves & Heathens

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Wolves host Coventry in a Midlands Derby in the Elite League.

We'll be live at Monmore from 19:00 with coverage on BBC WM DAB digital radio and

online .

We'll keep you up to date with

Cradley Heathens who go to Sittingbourne to take on Kent in the National League.

Accident in Edgbaston

BBC Travel

One lane's closed and there's heavy traffic on the A441 Pershore Road southbound in Edgbaston at the Sir Harrys Road junction, because of an accident.

More details on the

BBC Travel Page.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here are the main headlines for Birmingham and the Black Country this afternoon:

Science Photo Library
  • Birmingham bids to establish itself as the
    European Capital of Running
  • West Midlands firefighters among Nepal earthquake search and rescue teams
  • Weather: Becoming more unsettled into the afternoon as showers develop

Election 2015: Does the heart of England want more say on English matters?

Vanessa Barford

BBC News Magazine

Meriden may be a small place in the West Midlands, but it boasts a pretty big title.

An ancient monument on the village green marks the "traditional centre of England".

Meriden sign

It serves as a suitable spot to survey what the heart of England thinks about whether the English want more controls over their own affairs.

Read more on what people living there think.

M42 crashes

Two people are in hospital after two crashes on the M42 during this morning's rush hour which saw one car slide along on its roof for 100 metres.

The motorway was closed between junctions 1 and 2 near Alvechurch this morning.

As paramedics were treating two people another incident happened 500 metres away on the southbound. A car flipped onto its roof - it's thought the driver of the car was not badly injured.

Vaisakhi celebrations

Midlands Today

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Birmingham yesterday for one of the biggest

Vaisakhi celebrations in the country.

Vaisakhi celebrations in Birmingham

The festival marked the founding of the Sikh nation, but it was also a chance for health professionals to get some vital screenings done.

Watch more here.

Nepal search

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC News Online

At the moment I'm busy I'm trying to contact the

families of those missing and found in the Nepal earthquake.

Evan Mark Williams
Evan Mark Williams

Evan Mark Williams, 51, from Wolverhampton (pictured), is safe and well. He was trekking in North Nepal.

Fiona Lamont, 26, from Leek, is safe. She was holidaying with her partner Darren Smith.

Hillsborough inquests: West Mids force led conduct probe

Cath Mackie

BBC Midlands Today

Back in 1989, shortly after the deaths of 96 football fans, West Midlands police investigated the conduct of the South Yorkshire force, and it's on that investigation that former assistant chief constable Mervyn Jones will face questioning.

Mr Jones is expected to be in the witness stand throughout this afternoon and tomorrow.


Hillsborough inquests themselves are expected to last until next year.

Birmingham - the capital of running?

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Birmingham has launched a bid to

establish itself as the European Capital of Running.


It seems to be a title its created for itself, it's certainly not like the capital of culture.

Last week the council approved £3m, half of which is from Sport England, to fund grassroots projects to encourage 5,000 people from inactive backgrounds take up running. There's a particular focus on deprived communities

Hillsborough inquests interview

Cath Mackie

BBC Midlands Today

It's a brisk, sunny day in Warrington and on a large industrial estate on the outskirts I'm waiting for the former assistant chief constable of West Midlands Police Mervyn Jones to arrive.

He's due to give evidence to the Hillsborough inquests, which are taking place in a purpose-built coroner's court on this site.

Police seek witnesses to five-vehicle crash on A38

Lichfield Police

tweets: Did you witness RTC on A38 at Fradley?

BBC One from 13:30

Amy Cole

Presenter, Midlands Today

Coming up on BBC One this lunch time: We'll be live at Stafford's County Hospital (pictured) after the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the Tories were committed to restoring 24-hour A&E services.

Stafford Hospital

And a campaign's been launched to tackle religious-based homophobia among Asian families and help parents to accept their children's sexuality following the death of a Birmingham man.

And Charlie Slater will be looking ahead to what the weather will be like over the coming days.

'Brain fade' blamed

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

In a speech celebrating Britain's multiculturalism Conservative's David Cameron said: 'Where you can support Man Utd, the Windies and Team GB all at the same time. 'Of course, I'd rather you supported West Ham.'

But the Prime Minister has always claimed to be an Aston Villa fan and has blamed his slip on a "brain fade".

His critics seized upon this claiming he's not a "real" football fan and that proper fans never forget who they support.

Mr Cameron had better not have another "brain fade" and support Arsenal in the FA Cup Final or Villa fans will never forgive him!

Latest updates

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here are the some of main stories on Local Live this lunchtime:

  • Two people are in hospital after two crashes on the M42 during this morning's rush hour
  • The West Midlands has been named the 'boy racer' capital of the country
  • Weather: Becoming more unsettled into the afternoon as showers develop

Birmingham capitalises on running to tackle obesity problem

The Guardian

England's second city steals a march on rival cities to

declare itself 'European capital of running' in bid to inspire 100,000 people to take up activity.

Over the next three years, Birmingham city council and Sport England are planning to plough almost £3m into running, partly as a way of tackling an acute obesity problem.

Birmingham City Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

BBC Sport

Leaders Chelsea secured their fourth win from four Women's Super League games with

a comfortable victory over Birmingham City at Solihull Moors.

Katie Chapman celebrates her goal against Birmingham City
The FA

Chelsea captain Katie Chapman (pictured) scored the game's only goal, lobbing a crowd of players after Birmingham failed to clear a first-half Ji So-Yun corner.

Claret and blue: All the same to me...

Dan Pallett

Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

What do West Ham, Aston Villa, Burnley and Scunthorpe all have in common?

Players from West Ham, Aston Villa, Burnley and Scunthorpe - all wearing claret and blue kits
Getty Images

They all wear claret and blue kits so that might be why Prime Minister David Cameron

got two of them confused over the weekend, blaming a "brain fade".

Morning meeting

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Our health correspondent Michele Paduano is in Stafford after the

Conservatives said they want to restore 24 hour A&E to the County Hospital. We'll be finding out what the town's prospective MPs make of this announcement.

Cath Mackie is at the Hillsborough inquest in Warrington where a former Assistant Chief Constable for West Midlands police is giving evidence.

Join Nick Owen at 18:30, BBC One and Amy Cole will have an update at 13:30.

School in Erdington remains in 'special measures' but receives praise

Sutton Coldfield Observer

A secondary school in Erdington

placed in special measures is not making enough progress - but has been praised for improvements made under its new headteacher.

Kingsbury School and Sports College, in Kingsbury Road, was placed in the measures in December 2013.

Warwickshire cricket: live on BBC Sport

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

There are worse places to be this morning, that's for sure.

Warwickshire at Headingley

Warwickshire resume on 270/4 at Headingley.

Hear commentary on BBC Sport and 5live Sports Extra (DAB digital radio).

Kidnapped Smethwick woman in 40-mile terror ride

Birmingham Mail

A terrified woman was

kidnapped by two men in the Black Country and driven 40 miles to Shropshire where she was dumped outside a sports club.

The frightened victim was forced into a car on Middlemore Road in Smethwick at about 6.30pm on March 13.

Election hackday - What is it?

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I'm at BBC Birmingham's election "hackday" taking place today.


Paul Bradshaw, from Birmingham City University, describes the hackday as an event to bring journalists, students, designers and data experts together to find data related to the key issues this election.

You can follow the day on Twitter with


London Marathon: Well done Jane!

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The mother of Burntwood cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton completed the London Marathon yesterday in six hours and three minutes and 19 seconds.

Jane Sutton after the London marathon 2015
Stephen's Story

Jane Sutton posted on Facebook last night: "My promise has been fulfilled and what a challenge you gave me Stephen!! It was tough going at times but all I had to do was remember why I was doing it. It was also one of the most amazing days of my life. I stopped and spoke to so many wonderful people along the route (other runners and spectators) and what an absolutely incredible atmosphere around the streets of London."

Well done to Jane on completing the 26-mile course.

Yorkshire v Warwickshire

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Ian Westwood (pictured) will head back to the crease for Warwickshire after hitting an unbeaten 151 on the opening day of their County Championship match at Yorkshire.

Ian Westwood
Getty Images

The Bears will resume on 270 for 4 at Headingley.

We'll have ball-by-ball coverage on BBC Sport from 11:00.

Bringing back Midland Bank would be right move

Birmingham Post

Birmingham historian

Carl Chinn has backed the return of the Midland Bank brand when HSBC shifts operations to Birmingham.

Speculation is growing that the banking giant will re-name the new ring-fenced personal and business UK operation Midland Bank.

Latest updates

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Local Live this morning:

  • West Midlands firefighters are among the
    search and rescue teams in Nepal
  • Hospital security guards in Walsall could be given body cameras to film drunken behaviour
  • Weather: Sunny start but becoming unsettled this afternoon