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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 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'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Tonight's forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Showers dying away tonight with lows of 4C (39F). More about the next few days is


Help for troubled families?

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

They've been dubbed "troubled families" - households with deep-rooted social problems, such as anti-social behaviour or truancy.

Three years ago, councils in the West Midlands began "turning around" such families, backed up with millions from the government.

Distressed victim picture in the background of an infographic

But the BBC's discovered almost quarter of the cash - £10m - still hasn't been spent and critics say the scheme isn't working. I'll reveal more on

Midlands Today later.

Coming up on TV

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

In the run-up to next week's general election, there's one campaign issue in which our part of the country's played a unique part: Welfare and benefits.

The Conservatives talk about hardworking people leaving home early, while benefits claimants are still asleep in their beds.

James Turner Street sign

Meanwhile, Labour condemn the hardship caused by what they call "the bedroom tax". I've been to the street made internationally famous by one controversial television series. Watch

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Historic firm shutting up shop

Express and Star

One of the most established names in Wolverhampton city centre is shutting up shop due to the ongoing roadworks nightmare.

E. Marsh has traded since 1913 but bosses said they had now been

pushed "past breaking point".

Wolves 'will fight to the end'

BBC Sport

Wolves will fight for a play-off place

until the very last moment, says defender Richard Stearman.

Richard Stearman
Getty Images

Kenny Jackett's men, eighth in the Championship, are two points outside the play-off places and must win their final game at home against Millwall to stand any chance of going up.

Birmingham delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A4540 eastbound in Birmingham, between Lucas Circus and the A38 Aston Road junction,

drivers are warned.

Marathon man's missing motor mystery

It's taken eight days, an advert in a local newspaper and a good Samaritan's detective skills - but now

a marathon runner has been reunited with his car after forgetting where he parked it before the race.

Jason Matthews, 40, of Wolverhampton, parked his Saab before the Greater Manchester Marathon on 19 April.

Jason Matthews
Jason Matthews

He said he went back at the weekend and spent the "best part of five or six hours looking around Trafford Park".

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Just to recap, some of the stories we've looked at this afternoon have been:

You only sing when you're winning, right?

via Facebook

There have been lots of comments after BBC News

posted Brum Votes' video of Birmingham parliamentary candidates "auditioning" for former The Voice UK runner-up Sasha Simone to explain why she should vote on 7 May.

UKIP PPC for Ladywood Clair Braund

Cynthia Price posted: "Was off politics before I watched this. Havnt changed my mind lol."

Stephan Bee posted: "As long as they issues free hearing aids, I'll vote! :)"

Warehouse closure affecting hundreds mooted

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A mobile phone warehouse which employs 500 people in Wednesbury

will close under plans being considered by bosses.

The plan is to relocate the jobs from the Dixons Carphone warehouse to Newark in Nottinghamshire.

People working in Wednesbury will be offered the chance to move to Newark, which is almost 90 miles away.

More on custody suite evacuation

Caroline Gall

BBC News

The custody suite at Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham reopened at about 15:00. Twelve prisoners and eight members of staff were evacuated, said police.

All went to Aston Police Station.

Constituency battles mapped

Election 2015

BBC News has

produced a map of constituency opinion polls across the country, including some from here in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Constituency polling map

These are, of course, just snapshots and in no way predict entirely accurately what could happen on 7 May, but if you want to see how things may unfold next week, why not

have a click.

Blues Ladies host Bristol

BBC Sport

Birmingham City Ladies

entertain bottom side Bristol Academy tomorrow - the only other team yet to register a Women's Super League win this season.

Birmingham City Ladies
The FA

Blues boss David Parker again has Karen Carney and Kirsty Linnett

to choose from after they both featured as substitutes in the loss to Chelsea.

To be or not to be Shakespeare's Airport?

A decision to rebrand Birmingham Airport as "Shakespeare's Airport" for flights to the US and China has been

called ridiculous by marketing experts.

Airbus and Shakespeare poster

The airport's commercial director Jo Lloyd says: "It's about getting people to remember us."

But experts said it was "ridiculous" to rebrand it for "two flights a week".

Motorcyclist in fatal crash named

A father-of-three who died following a collision on a Birmingham dual carriageway has been

named by police.

Stephen Crisp
Family handout

Stephen Crisp, from Sheldon, suffered fatal injuries when his motorbike was in collision with a car on 1 April.

BreakingCustody suite evacuated

Michele Paduano

BBC Midlands health correspondent

The custody suite of Birmingham Central Police Station, at Steelhouse Lane, has been evacuated and is being decontaminated.

It is after a 53-year-old man who was in police detention was taken to hospital with ongoing symptoms of Tuberculosis.

'Despicable' carer avoids jail

Birmingham Mail

A carer who preyed on vulnerable people she was supposed to be looking after has

dodged an immediate jail term.

Heartless Melissa Phillips took £7,650 from three victims in offences the judge described as "despicable".

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Some of the big stories we've been looking at today include:

  • More than 100 police officers have taken part in raids in Sandwell targeting suspected Class A drug dealers
  • Two part-time firefighters have appeared in court charged in connection with a series of fires last summer
  • A marathon runner from Wolverhampton has lost his car after forgetting where he parked it at the event in Manchester

Hippodrome rescue deal collapses

Express and Star

An £8 million deal to save Dudley Hippodrome has collapsed after

talks over a rescue bid broke down leaving the landmark theatre facing a bleak future.

Dudley Hippodrome

'Idiotic' situation with escalators

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC News Online

Independent users group Rail Future says the situation is "idiotic" at Birmingham's New Street Station, after hearing

every escalator there is failing.

Artist's impression of redeveloped New Street Station
Network Rail

Network Rail says the manufacturer is paying for the repairs and it is "doing everything" it can to fix the faults as soon as possible.

Crackdown on drug dealing

Peter Wilson

West Midlands Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

More than 100 police officers have taken part in a series of early morning raids in Sandwell targeting suspected Class A drug dealers.

Police targeted 10 addresses mainly in the West Bromwich area. Eight people have so far been arrested as part of a West Midlands Police operation called Spring Safer Six.

Peter Wilson reporting from the scenes of the raids for Midlands Today

In one area alone, four neighbours had their doors bashed in and they are now all being questioned.

New parts needed for station escalators

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

It's a gateway to Birmingham and it's being revamped at a cost of £650m.

Yes we're talking about New Street station - but my programme discovered today that all the new escalators need replacement parts.

The new escalators when the new concourse was opened in the background of an infographic

They were only replaced two years ago when

the first phase of the new station was opened.

Guided tours behind Amazon's doors


Amazon has opened the doors of its massive warehouse in Rugeley to the public for guided tours.

Amazon warehouse in Rugeley

People from as far afield as London have travelled to Staffordshire to find out exactly what goes on behind the doors of the one of the country's biggest delivery companies. The site

opened in 2011.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

  • All escalators at New Street station
    are failing
  • Amazon opens up Rugeley warehouse to public
  • No police action over schoolboy's injuries

Person hit by train at Oxford

BBC Travel

On the train network, there's

disruption on CrossCountry rail services between Reading and Birmingham International due to a person being hit by a train at Oxford.

Nepal earthquake appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is appealing for funds to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

DEC website

If you'd like to donate you can do so via the

DEC website.

BBC News reports eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake - more than a quarter of the country's population - the United Nations says.

School injury row explained

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A 14-year-old boy suffered an "accidental injury during break time while playing with two other boys" at Walsall's Mirus Academy, police say.

Officers say they reviewed CCTV footage of the injury, which took place on 24 April and no further action will be taken.

The West Midlands force's comment comes after parents mistakenly believed a child had been stabbed and arrived at the school gates to demand answers from school leaders, with some telling their children to leave.

Coming up on TV

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC has discovered £11m earmarked to help "troubled families" in the West Midlands has yet to be spent.

The programme was introduced three years ago by the government, and local councils in the West Midlands received about £47.5m to steer people away from crime and into jobs.



Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40, I'll be speaking to Kelly, a single mother with children in primary school from Wolverhampton, who is in recovery from an addiction to Class A drugs.

Arrest over 'fuel card cloning scam'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a fuel card cloning scam in which £30,000 of petrol and diesel was stolen from forecourts across Birmingham,

say police.

The 38-year-old, from Hodge Hill, presented himself at a police station on 17 April after CCTV footage was released by West Midlands Police of two men caught on camera using duplicate cards.

The man police wish to speak to
West Midlands Police

Detectives are still appealing for information about this man (pictured above) who is also suspected of being involved in the con and who was caught on a shop camera offering a cloned card as payment.

Appeal for VE Day stories


The 70th anniversary of VE Day is just weeks away and we'll be marking the event by sharing your stories, photos and cinefilm with people in the West Midlands.

Please get in touch and tell us your stories, your parents', grandparents' or friends' memories.

You can get in touch with us

via email or call 0121 567 6040

Birmingham candidates sing for votes

Noel Phillips

Journalist, Brum Votes

Here are four parliamentary candidates showing off their music skills: From John Hemming, to a tender, crooning Steve McCabe.

John Hemming playing guitar

They each had to audition and explain to former The Voice UK runner-up Sasha Simone

why she should vote on 7 May.

Officer 'disturbed' to hear of 'altered police accounts'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The officer leading the police investigation into Hillsborough was "extremely disturbed" when he first heard

police accounts of the disaster had been changed, inquests have heard.

Mervyn Jones was an assistant chief constable at West Midlands Police, whose team supported the public inquiry.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough Inquests

Mr Jones said he did not know officers' statements had been changed until a week after the inquiry into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans had begun.

The first Villa fan to get Cup final ticket

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Dave Lane, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was the first Aston Villa fan to get a ticket for the FA Cup final - and he's pretty made up about it.

Dave Lane

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Some of the news stories we're covering at the moment:

  • Every escalator at Birmingham New Street Station needs new parts, BBC WM is told
  • A man is being treated for serious facial injuries after being
    shot in Sparkbrook
  • Campaigner from Bromsgrove calls for changes to the state pension age to be reversed

Ex-hospital site homes plan

Birmingham Post

The first phase of a major residential project expected to create 1,500 jobs during its lifespan will go before city planning chiefs later this week.

Former Selly Oak hospital site
Connect PR

York-based housebuilder Persimmon lodged plans earlier this year to build 96

homes on the former Selly Oak Hospital site as part of a wider scheme which could eventually see a £100 million investment into the development of 650 new homes.

Reward to catch killer

Express and Star

Reward money will be put up in a bid

to catch the killer of Wolverhampton murder victim Tom Kirwan.

Tom Kirwan
Family handout

The 23-year-old Wolves fan was stabbed outside the Uberra club in 2012.

Help for those hit by Nepal earthquake

The Disasters Emergency Committee member charities are appealing for funds to help those affected by

the Nepal earthquake.

Indian rescue personnel search for survivors in a Kathmandu building 26/05/2015

If you want more information, it is