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  1. Updates for Monday 11 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Tonight's forecast

BBC Weather

It should remain generally dry this evening with further clear spells. Through the night cloud is set to build, bringing the chance of showers through the early hours.

Lows of 10C (50F). More about the next few days is


Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The evacuation of Britain's cities at the start of World War Two was the biggest movement of people in the country's history. Nearly three million people were transported from towns and cities in danger of being bombed to safety in the countryside.

Many children came to the West Midlands, and as Qasa Alom reports - some of them stayed.

qasa alam and evacuee

Join us for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Paradise Works: What you need to know

Here's a map to help plan your route if you are driving out of Birmingham tonight.

Available routes during the development shown as a map
Core Marketing

The changes taking effect because of the

£500m Paradise development in Birmingham city centre.

Fallen tree

Sandwell Council

tweets: "A tree has fallen in Forge Lane near West Brom crematorium. We're getting it cleared up asap. @SandwellPolice @sandwellroads"

Community flag contenders

People are being asked to cast their vote for a new community flag for Birmingham

by the city council.

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Leddy, chair of the Birmingham flag project team, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to create a community flag for Birmingham and help instil civic pride in this great city of ours."

Flag C with L-R Thomas Keogh and Councillor Mike Leddy
Birmingham City Council

People can

view six contending designs for the flag. The deadline is 28 June.

Poor fortunes for ladies teams

BBC Sport

Birmingham City Ladies' poor start to the Women's Super League season continued at the weekend with a

3-0 loss at Sunderland.

Brooke Chaplen (left)
The FA

It means they go into the mid-season break without a win from their opening six games.

Aston Villa Ladies also suffered defeat - losing 1-0 against Watford in


Paradise Circus: Commuters urged to use trains

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Birmingham City Council is urging commuters to use public transport where possible, particularly trains, to

avoid being caught in the effects on traffic of the £500m Paradise development.

Here are some changes to bus routes in the city:

Changes to bus services during the development shown on a map
Core Marketing

M6 crash causing delays

BBC Travel

The M6 exit slip road is closed and there is queuing traffic southbound on the M6 at J9 for Wednesbury because of a crash.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a quick recap of what we've been looking at this afternoon:

Bears in derby driving seat

BBC Sport

Worcestershire have been set a target of 437 to beat Warwickshire in

their LV Country Championship match at Edgbaston.

Varun Chopra

Captain Varun Chopra led the way for the Bears with a century as the Bears declared at tea on 321 for 8 in their second innings.

Labour shadow cabinet: Reynolds promoted

Election 2015

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds has been promoted to Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in a Labour Party reshuffle.

Emma Reynolds MP
Getty Images

She takes on the role from Hilary Benn, who becomes the shadow foreign secretary.

Read more about the

shadow cabinet reshuffle here.

Oldbury fire suspected 'arson'

A fire at a plastics factory that produced a plume of smoke which could be seen for miles across the West Midlands, is being treated as a suspected arson attack.

West Midlands Fire Service says investigators are liaising with police over the blaze,

which broke out in the roof of the Teknor Apex factory on Tat Bank Road in Oldbury on 29 April.

Oldbury factory fire
West Midlands Fire Service

At its peak, 75 firefighters fought the flames and 29 staff had to be evacuated from the site. They escaped uninjured.

Bore v Clancy: The big fight for power in Birmingham is on tonight

The Chamberlain Files

Sir Albert Bore will face a city council leadership challenge from John Clancy tonight, even though Labour's performance in Birmingham at the local elections was one of the best in recent years.

Clancy, a backbench councillor representing Quinton, has decided to press ahead with his fourth attempt to oust Sir Albert, and his supporters insist the result could be very close this time.

Carjacking victim hit by own car

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

A pensioner has serious head injuries after a man jumped into his car and stole it in West Bromwich, hitting the victim with his own car as the thief fled the scene.

The 78-year-old victim was moving his car into a gated drive, on Chapel Street, when a man, jumped into the car as the victim opened a gate, and drove off,

said police.

I've been speaking exclusively to the victim's wife. More details on Midlands Today at 18:30.

England Women's World Cup squad

BBC Sport

Birmingham City Ladies trio Jade Moore, Jo Potter and Karen Carney (pictured left) are all in

England Women's World Cup squad.

England forwards

England play France on 9 June - live across the BBC.

There are more details on the

BBC Sportsday Live page.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of the stories we're covering this afternoon:

30th anniversary of Leeds fan's death at Birmingham City

The father of a teenage fan fatally injured 30 years ago during fighting between Birmingham City and Leeds United fans

has said safety at grounds has come "a very long way" since then.

Riot at Birmingham City v Leeds United in 1985

A wall collapsed on to Ian Hambridge, a 15-year-old Leeds fan, during the trouble at St Andrews on 11 May 1985.

His death was overshadowed by the Bradford City fire on the same day.

Track stars heading to Birmingham

BBC Sport

The all-conqueringMo Farah (pictured), Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford and former Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu are among the athletes confirmed for the

Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix on 7 June.

Getty Images

In what sounds like it will an event well worth going to, world junior champion Dina Asher-Smith goes head to head with Jodie Williams over 200m.

In the men's 100m, there's arguably an even tastier showdown between Adam Gemili, world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty and sub-10 second man Chijindu Ujah.

Wednesbury attack: Suspect's image

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live


e-fit image has been released of a serious sex attack suspect, who assaulted a woman in a Wednesbury alleyway.

The E-fit
West Midlands Police

The attack happened as the 26-year-old woman cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road just after 21:00 on Monday 9 March.

City professionals to donate workwear to unemployed

Birmingham Post

Professionals in Birmingham are being called on to

recycle their unwanted workwear as part of a drive to help unemployed people get back into work.

The call comes from a collective of young professionals based in the city's business district who have set up an initiative called Suited for Success.

College evacuated after fire

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Around 800 people have had to be evacuated from a college in Birmingham earlier after a fire.

It started in a room at South & City College's Digbeth Campus in Floodgate Street.

South & City College's Digbeth Campus in Floodgate Street

The fire is now out but we're told the college will be closed to students for the rest of the day. A spokeswoman said "normal service" would resume tomorrow.

Passenger 'brought terror to flight'

Birmingham Mail

A drunk teenage passenger who

brought terror to a Birmingham-bound flight with his abusive and aggressive behaviour is facing jail.

Coming up on TV

Kath Stanczyszyn

Reporter, BBC WM

Four days after the elections, talks are continuing to work out who will run two of the Midlands' biggest local authorities. Labour lost control of both Stoke-on-Trent and Walsall, leaving no party with an overall majority on either council.

I will be on

Midlands Today talking about when we are likely to know who will be running these councils. Join me on BBC One from 13:40.

Warming up this afternoon

BBC Weather

Turning brighter this afternoon,

with spells of sunshine developing.


Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine and light winds.

Paradise Circus: Why work is going on

Trystan Jones

BBC News

The work causing

traffic disruption around Paradise Circus in Birmingham is part of a project to
demolish the old library and create new offices, shops and walkways.

The project is expected to be completed in 2025 and could create up to 15,000 jobs,

the city council said.

Renegotiation with Europe 'prioritised'

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

Andrew Mitchell, Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield, said earlier that a renegotiation with Europe would be among David Cameron's "top priorities".

"Britain has always had an edgy relationship with Europe, even since it joined in the 1970s and this is a real chance to negotiate an easier deal." he said.

Andrew Mitchell MP
Conservative Party

"There's a deal to be done that maintains free movement of people in the European Union, but not free movement to claim benefits. That's something that not only works for Britain, but works for other countries as well."

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of the stories we're covering:

Watch: Armed robbers strike

A woman was threatened at gunpoint in her own home but police believe she may have been targeted by mistake by a trio of robbers.

Three men broke into the 37-year old victim's home in Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood at 23:00 on Thursday 5 February.

The robbery taking place
West Midlands Police

The force today

released CCTV footage of the trio smashing patio doors to gain access to the house and threaten the victim in a bid to find information. The raiders then stole the victim's handbag and made off across rear gardens.

M6 traffic warning

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between J10 for Wolverhampton and J10a for the M54

because of an earlier accident, despite all lanes being re-opened.

Congestion is back to J8 at the M5 interchange.

Canal improvements planned

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A £3m package of improvements for cycle paths along canals and through parks is set to be approved by Birmingham City Council's ruling cabinet next week.

Canal by Deykin Avenue

If approved, it is expected the work will be carried out between June and December at a range of sites, including the completion of towpath works from Deykin Avenue along the Tame Valley Canal,

according to the council.

Historic Jewellery Quarter pub revealed

Birmingham Post

After eight

years of being hidden behind a wall of metal the George and Dragon pub in the Jewellery Quarter starts to take shape ahead of new life as a café and apartments

Albion continue run

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Victor Anichebe's goal saw

West Bromwich Albion draw 1-1 with Newcastle and their four game unbeaten run ensures Tony Pulis' side are safe from relegation.

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

Newcastle United's

relegation fears continue however after the draw.

Tom Watson's bid to be deputy

Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson has announced he's standing for deputy leader of the Labour party.

Tom Watson MP

He launched a fundraising campaign for the bid on social media.

Paradise Circus work: The fallout

Trystan Jones

BBC News

Here is

more information about the impact on traffic from the work on the Paradise development, due to be completed in 2025.

Artist impression of completed scheme
Core Marketing

Some of the key points to the roadworks:

  • Sand Pits/Parade will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic
  • Vehicle access to Broad Street is restricted from Bridge Street to buses and Hackney Carriages only for traffic into the city
  • Summer Row works continue with temporary restrictions

Javid's new Cabinet job

The Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has been promoted to Business Secretary.

saijd javip MP
Getty Images

He was the Culture Secretary in the previous parliament.

Read more about the

Conservative cabinet reshuffle here.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we're looking into:

  • A Birmingham man has been charged with
    assaulting a baby
  • There is disruption around the city as work continues on the £500m Paradise development
  • West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson announces bid to run for deputy leader of the Labour party

Charge over baby 'assault'

A Birmingham man has been charged with assaulting a four-week-old boy in Hall Green.

Unemployed Ben Gilkes, aged 25, from Stratford Road, Sparkhill will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court today charged with an alleged assault on Friday.

A child remains seriously ill in hospital,

said police.