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  1. Updates from Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Local Live has finished for the day. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

Tonight's forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

There's plenty of sunny spells to end the day. Most places will manage to stay above freezing.

Lows of 3C (37F).

Coming up on TV

Amy Cole

Reporter, Midlands Today

Our political editor Patrick Burns will be telling us the hot topics for an election debate special taking place at 10:50 on BBC One tonight.

We will also have all the latest on the Oldbury fire, and the investigation launched after a body was found at a Birmingham recycling centre earlier today.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

Lure of Birmingham for TV

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Birmingham has become the stage for a British Cold War TV drama titled

The Game, pitching secret services against one another either side of the Iron Curtain.

Scene from The Game

It's among more than 200 films and TV shows shot in the city in the past five years. The economic benefit to the city in the past year was estimated at £10m.

Scene from Hustle
Filming for The Game

Producers for the show says the city boasts a wide variety of locations in a reasonable small area. The Game follows the likes of Hustle and Dancing on the Edge, which were also filmed here.

Singing for votes


If you need proof that politicians will do anything for votes, here are four candidates standing for election across Birmingham

taking part in a sing-off.

Steve McCabe singing

They sang without a backing track in an event organised by the BBC's Brum Votes project and really got into it. It was a bit awkward.

Theatre-saving deal collapses

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC News Online

An £8m bid to save a 1930s theatre site

has collapsed due to "frustrating negotiations", a local business has said.

Midlands-based ROK Group were in talks with Dudley Council to run Dudley Hippodrome, after a 35,000 people signed a petition to save it.

Dudley Hippodrome

The council said requirements, such as car park use and removal of asbestos, "were not deliverable".

Severe Aston Expressway delays

BBC Travel

One lane is is closed and there is very slow traffic on the Aston Expressway outbound because of a broken down car,

drivers are warned.

'Serious crash' involving lorry and boy

West Midlands Police

tweets: TRAFFIC Bushbury Road in Wolverhampton is currently closed following a serious collision between a lorry and a teenage boy.

How fire affected the roof

You can see the damage caused

to the roof of the plastics factory Teknor Apex here, as firefighters douse the building from a hydraulic platform.

The damage to the roof

Your pictures


Thanks to Lee McRobert for sending us this image he captured of

the smoke from near to Birchley Island in Oldbury.

The fire as seen in Oldbury
Lee McRobert

Ex-Albion man jailed for plotting bribes

A former West Bromwich Albion footballer has been

jailed for two-and-a-half years after being convicted of match fixing allegations.

Delroy Facey arrives at court

Delroy Facey, of Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of conspiring to bribe non-league players.

Countryside view of fire

B31 Voices

This was the view of the Oldbury fire from Frankley Beeches.

The view from Frankley Beeches

Closure-threatened centre's contribution

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

The Broadway North Resource Centre is home to the Parkhall Community Association, which has been running adult education courses in the area for almost 40 years.

Stella Spragg has campaigned to keep the centre open and told me earlier: "It's not about keeping people there all the time.

"It's about them getting a support package to get them back into the community where they want to be."

Trio banned from Newtown

Birmingham Mail

A trio of violent men connected to a gang linked to kidnappings and stabbings have been

banned from a Birmingham neighbourhood.

From left to right: Garfield Wright (37) from Newtown, Spencer Senda (24) from Dudley and Simeon Bernard (28) from Rugby
Birmingham Community Safety Partnership

No-one hurt in factory fire

Twenty-nine staff were on site at the factory in Oldbury and the building was safely evacuated with everybody unhurt, West Midlands Fire Service

has tweeted.

The flames started in a storage area and the fire is now being brought under control.

Firefighters at the scene

The service said it had 75 crew on site, 13 fire engines, two response vehicles, two aerial platforms and one high-pumping volume unit using water from the local canal.

Your pictures of Oldbury fire


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Thanks to everyone who has sent us their pictures of the fire in Oldbury.

Ben Gatford captured this image of the plumes of smoke from Birmingham.

The fire could seen from Birmingham city centre
Ben Gatford

Jade Moreira meanwhile sent us this picture of her view of the blaze from Barr Beacon in Walsall.

The view of the fire in Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, from Barr Beacon
Jade Moreira

Dozens of firefighters at blaze

Express and Star

Up to 70 firefighters are tackling a large fire which has

broken out at an Oldbury industrial estate this afternoon.

Plumes seen across the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

This was the view of the fire raging on Tat Bank Road, from Bentley in Willenhall.

The fire seen from Bentley, Willenhall

Fire seen from Rowley Regis


Thanks to Andy Beaton for sending us this photo he captured of the Oldbury fire from his vantage point on Portway Hill, Rowley Regis.

View of fire from Portway Hill
Andy Beaton

Recap of Oldbury factory fire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's what we now know about the Oldbury fire:

  • The plastics factory at the centre of the fire is Teknor Apex
  • The whole roof of the site was alight
  • About 70 firefighters in 12 fire engines and two hydraulic platforms were sent to the scene
  • West Midlands Fire Service
    tweeted the smoke could be seen as far away as Worcestershire and Staffordshire

Latest details from huge blaze

Birmingham Mail

We bring you all the latest details from the

huge blaze which broke out in Tat Bank Road, Oldbury this afternoon.

Watch: Smoke tower dominates skyline

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Cars were dwarfed by the towering smoke dominating the Black Country skyline, as

this footage from Anthony shows.

Smoke fills the sky in Oldbury

'This is a severe fire'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The flames engulfed the roof of the Oldbury plastics factory,

according to West Midlands Fire Service.

Oldbury factory fire

A spokesperson said: "This is a severe fire in a single storey plastics factory, measuring around 80m by 40m. All of the roof is on fire. All of the emergency services are at the scene."

Video: Plumes of smoke fill sky

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Sonja lives in a nearby estate and captured some footage of the plumes of smoke filling the sky. Watch it


Screengrab from mobile phone footage

Entire roof on fire

About 70 firefighters are currently

tackling the fire at a plastics factory in the Langley area of Oldbury, West Midlands Fire Service says.

All of the roof of the building is on fire and people nearby are being advised to stay inside and keep doors and windows shut.

PCSOs 'doing fantastic job'

Oldbury Police

tweets: Oldbury PCSO's doing fantastic job maintaining cordon at Oldbury Fire. #dedication #keepupdated

PCSOs near scene of the fire
Oldbury Police

'No reported casualties so far'

West Midlands Ambulance Service

tweets: No reported casualties so far from #oldburyfire but ambulance staff remain on scene to support @WestMidsFire. Please avoid the area.

What we know so far

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A large fire has broken out in Oldbury. Here's what we know so far:

  • Firefighters were called at about 13:15
  • The flames are at an industrial premises in Tat Bank Road
  • About 40 firefighters are at the scene in eight engines
  • The cause of the blaze is not yet known

Huge blaze at plastics firm

Dudley News

Around 50 firefighters are

tackling a huge blaze at a plastics firm in Oldbury this afternoon.

Reporter en route to blaze scene

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

We've sent our reporter Richie Anderson out to the scene of the fire in Tat Bank Road to see what he can find out about the blaze.

'Explosions could be heard'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

About 40 firefighters are tackling a fire at Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, according to West Midlands Fire Service.

Smethwick Labour councillor Richard Marshall was driving through Langley when he saw smoke plumes towering in the sky.

He said: "It's just huge. There were explosions I could hear as I passed."

Tat Bank Road closed due to blaze

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Police says

Tat Bank Road is closed at Popes Lane and Wellesley Road, on the Oldbury side of the M5, due to the large-scale fire.

BBC Travel has the latest information on road closures.

'Unbelievable scenes' at fire

Oldbury Police says there are

"unbelievable scenes" at the fire's location and urges people to stay safe.

Fire in Oldbury
Oldbury police

Oldbury fire: Your photos


Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a second photo from Paul Jones of the large smoke plume created by the fire in Oldbury.

Oldbury fire
Paul Jones

Email us if you have any photos or information about the blaze, although please don't put yourself at harm in doing so.

Fire 'is industrial blaze'


say they have started an evacuation and closed roads as fire crews deal with the large blaze in Oldbury.

Oldbury fire
Oldbury Police

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the fire

is an "industrial blaze".

Ambulance service at fire site

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC News Online

West Midlands Ambulance service is attending the industrial blaze in Oldbury. It has

asked people to avoid the area.

'Stay clear of area'

Oldbury Police

tweets: Avoid area of Tat Bank Road Oldbury, large fire at location. Advising public to stay clear of area, residents close to keep windows closed!

Crews head to Oldbury blaze

WMFS Highgate

tweets: Our hydraulic platform is currently en-route to the large #fire in #Oldbury. Some pics will follow soon.

Forty firefighters sent out

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC News Online

There's large plumes of smoke coming from a premises on Tat Bank Road, in Oldbury.

West Midlands Fire Service says eight crews and a total of 40 firefighters have been sent to the area

Fire 'appears to be in Oldbury'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's another view of the fire

from Paul Jones. He said it appeared to be in Oldbury.

Oldbury fire
Paul Jones

Email us if you have any photos or information about the blaze, but please do not risk putting yourself at harm.