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  1. Updates for Friday 15 May 2015
  2. Kingsley Burrell inquest: Restraint 'contributed' to death
  3. Mother's plea for Kings Heath attackers to come forward
  4. Carer jailed for abusing 88-year-old Walsall woman

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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Have a good weekend

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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.

BBC One from 18:30

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Goodness, what a busy programme we have on Midlands Today this evening. We're hearing about an entrant and previous winner in the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show - his name? Mr. Gardner! He's got pink hair and pink nails!

And Ben Sidwell has been reporting on Birmingham's first Food Festival… Here's hoping the weather stays dry for them!

Legal highs

More seriously, we also have a warning to people who experiment with drugs. So-called legal highs can be deadly - and a BBC investigation's found they can contain detergent and chemicals that can cause fatal heart attacks.

Overnight forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through the evening with patchy light rain or drizzle spreading east across the area. This patchy rain will clear by the end of the night with the cloud starting to break up with a low of 8C (46F).

Rebecca Wood

Tomorrow will be bright and breezy day with sunny spells and cloud.

Traffic misery

Birmingham Mail

Traffic misery to get worse as new

roadworks are planned for the next five years.

Councillors told existing roadworks are to be escalated to accommodate new public transport schemes and shopping centres.

Pub bombings: Not enough evidence


The chief constable of West Midlands Police has told the sister of a woman killed in the

Birmingham pub bombings that there's still not enough evidence to reopen the case.

Twenty-one people died in explosions at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town in 1974.

Maxine Hambleton was one of the victims - her sister Julie repeated her demand today for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Campaign to bring body home

Noel Phillips

Journalist, BBC WM

The family of a Birmingham woman who died in a car crash in Jamaica earlier this week have had to fly home without her because she didn't have medical insurance.

Fiona Reid
Fiona Reid

Fiona Reid (pictured), 32, from Aston in Birmingham was a passenger in a car which crashed. She was taken to hospital where she later died.

Her step-mother Kay Reid says the family are "shocked and devastated."

The Foreign Office says they are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time. The family are now trying an estimated £15,000 to bring her body back to Birmingham.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is coming

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens its door on Tuesday to the public.

For me - it's always a sign that summer is on its way.

Birmingham City Council and Royal British Legion 2014 RHS Chelsea WWI display
Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council is among the exhibitors and this year it's

celebrating 300 years of Birmingham Cathedral. Last year it partnered with the Royal British Legion for a WWI themed design (pictured).

You can see coverage on BBC One this Sunday from 17:35.

Stephen Sutton: 'Thank you'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Stephen Sutton's mum has posted a thank you to everyone who has supported her son's campaign to raise money for the Teenage Cancer trust over the past 12 months.

Thumb up and Stephen Sutton
Getty/Teenage Cancer Trust

Yesterday marked one year since the 19-year-old's death.

Jane says: "I wanted a fairly quiet day yesterday and other than attending the balloon release I didn't want to have to do any interviews."

Read her message in full on Facebook.

Family's leniency plea

A family pleaded for leniency when a man

appeared in court charged with causing their relative's death.

Haroon Raja, aged 33, was pronounced dead at a crash scene on the M6 near Coleshill last July.

His friend, James Barrett, of Triumph Walk, Castle Bromwich, has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Raja's family said it is something James will have to live with for the rest of his life.

Railway station artwork

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

Artwork based on weather and phone screens has gone on display at Moor Street railway station in Birmingham.

Gunilla Klingberg's exhibition
Chiltern Railways

The station is being used by Chiltern Railways to show work by Samara Scott, who has been commissioned to produce a series of exhibits.

Chiltern Railways said the project aims to "enhance the passenger experience" and to show travel "isn't about just getting from A to B".

The designs will also feature on timetables and information booklets.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the newsroom for Birmingham and the Black Country:

Stories we're working on

Abigail Uden

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Today on Midlands Today we're looking at how easy legal highs are to buy -and how dangerous they might be - when you get them analysed and see what's in them.

The BBC has found detergent and even a drug that causes heart attacks in one.

We'll also be talking to the relatives of a man who died after taking a legal high. Their verdict? It destroyed their family and they're now working to tell young people not to take the risk.

Cockroaches in kitchen

Birmingham Mail

Info Shop Sports and Social Cafe in Sparkhill ordered to pay £700 after

cockroaches found by environmental health officers.

Rail delays

There's disruption on the line between Birmingham New Street and Stoke-on-Trent.

The National Rail website is

advising of delays of up to 60 minutes with some services diverted and not calling at Stafford or Stone.

Replacement buses are operating.

Aston Expressway - lane closed

BBC Travel

One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

Weekend snapshot

BBC Weather

Tomorrow we'll see light patchy rain working its way through the Midlands overnight.

Mel Coles

Most places should remain dry but feeling cool.

For the latest forecast follow the

BBC Weather team on Twitter or go

'Unlawful killing verdict would be justice'

The sister of

Kingsley Burrell says she will be approaching the Crown Prosecution Service to review last year's decision not to bring criminal prosecutions against anyone involved in her brother's death.

Kadisha Brown-Burrell

Kadisha Brown-Burrell says: "If we had an unlawful killing verdict I would see that as having justice.

"But having a narrative verdict is like telling a story but not naming any individual in order to prosecute those individuals."

M6 lane closed

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on

the M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

Congestion to J10a M54.

Kingsley Burrell health trust 'lessons'

A health trust says it has conducted an "in-depth investigation" following the death of a 29-year-old Birmingham student.

An inquest

ruled a failure to provide basic medical attention contributed to the death of Kingsley Burrell.

He was detained by police under mental health laws in March 2011.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said it "fully accepts the findings of the inquest".

'We want justice'

Phil Mackie

News Correspondent

Family and friends of Kingsley Burrell gathered outside the coroners office verdict after jury concluded neglect.

They chanted "We want justice justice."

Kingsley's partner Chantelle Graham says: "So happy to know the truth about what happened."

Kingsley Burrell: Family applauds jury

The family of Kingsley Burrell applauded the jury at an inquest into the death of the 29-year-old Birmingham student.

Kingsley Burrell supporters

The inquest ruled there had been a "gross failure to provide or procure" basic medical attention in response to an obvious need.

Mr Burrell died after he was detained by police under mental health laws in March 2011.

Birmingham Coroner Louise Hunt said: "We heard quite a lot of evidence about changes that have been made and the only consolation that any family members have is that lessons can be learned."

Kingsley Burrell 'public inquiry' call

The Kingsley Burrell Campaign for Justice group are calling for a public inquiry after a inquest ruled prolonged restraint and a failure to provide basic medical attention contributed to the death.

Kingsley Burrell supporters

The 29-year-old Birmingham student died after being detained by police in March 2011 under mental health laws.

The group says the family had been on "an emotional roller coaster" as they listened to details of his death during the six-week inquest.

Kingsley Burrell - disciplinary proceedings

Following the death of Kingsley Burrell four serving West Midlands Police officers were subject to an IPCC investigation, which has recommended disciplinary proceedings, police say.

West Midlands Police say the four officers are not suspended, and they "continue to fulfil policing duties outside of the evidential chain".

A misconduct hearing has been fixed for the end of June.

Kingsley Burrell death 'lessons'

David Jamieson also offered his condolences to Kingsley Burrell's family.

"Clearly more lessons need to be learnt by all the agencies involved so that these tragic incidents are not repeated.

"One death is one too many, whatever the circumstances," he said.

A inquest ruled that prolonged restraint and a failure to provide basic medical attention contributed to the death of a 29-year-old after he was detained by police in March 2011.

Kingsley Burrell top cop 'questions'

Jerry Chester

BBC News

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said he will be "asking questions" of the chief constable following

the inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell.

David Jamieson

He said: "In addition I will be asking the force to bring a report to my public board meeting so that my board and I can scrutinise the case in detail and hold the police to account."

Kingsley Burrell inquest

Jerry Chester

BBC News

A six-week inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell found a covering placed over the 29-year-old's face should have been removed by ambulance workers, hospital staff and police.

Mr Burrell, from Birmingham, died at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in March 2011, four days after he was detained by police following a disturbance.

Neglect 'contributed to man's death'

Kingsley Burrell was held under the Mental Health Act in March 2011 after West Midlands Police attended a disturbance in Birmingham.

The 29-year-old was taken to a unit in the city and then moved to hospital

where he died from a cardiac arrest.

Kingsley Burrell death inquest

An inquest rules that prolonged restraint and a failure to provide basic medical attention contributed to the death of a 29-year-old Birmingham man detained by police.

Kingsley Burrell

Kingsley Burrell died four days after being detained by police under the Mental Health Act in March 2011.

Great escape goals

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West Bromwich Albion posts: Ten years ago today, this happened... ‪#‎GreatEscape‬ ‪#‎wba

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West Bromwich Albion

Food & gardening

Abigail Uden

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

Later we're celebrating Birmingham's culinary prowess as a new food festival,

Foodies Festival, comes to Cannon Hill Park this weekend.


And Sarah Falkland has met a man called Gardner (pictured) who is a gardener, and is off to

RHS Chelsea which opens next week.

He has pink hair and nails so maybe it was always written in the stars that Alan Gardner, would become a garden designer.

Delays apology

Chiltern Railways tweet: Delayed this morning? An apology:

Poundland celebrates 25 years

Poundland is celebrating 25 years since it started on a stall in Bilston market selling bits and bobs.

Poundland store
Getty Images

A quarter of a century later it has replaced Woolworth's as the nation's go-to budget store and is valued on the London Stock Exchange at £800m.

It was the brainchild of father and son market traders Keith and Steve Smith, from Willenhall.

Sunday Politics preview

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Joining me in the studio this Sunday (17 May) will be the Conservative MP for Stafford Jeremy Lefroy, the new Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley Jess Phillips and Support Stafford Hospital campaigner Cheryl Porter.

Join me on BBC One this Sunday from 11:00.

Feeling warmer

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

Plenty of dry, bright sunny spells - feeling a touch warmer than yesterday.

Mel Coles

The winds are much lighter today and that's making quite a big difference with a top temperature of between 14C and 17C.

Community funds raided

Express and Star

Up to £24,000 earmarked for

small community groups across Dudley will instead go towards paying for the costs of this year's Black Country Festival.

BBC One from 13:30

Qasa Alom

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today will have the latest on

28-year-old Jason Webb, who was repeatedly kicked in the head, spent weeks in a coma and now has a severe brain injury. His family are desperate for those who know what happened, to get in touch…

And we have an exclusive report into the latest so-called "legal high" to hit the streets of the Midlands, that's been found to have disinfectant as one of the ingredients.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories we're looking at for Birmingham and the Black Country:

Watch: Dirty Dancing

Satnam Rana

Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Black Country actress Jessie Hart has taken on the lead role of Baby in the touring show of Dirty Dancing at Birmingham Hippodrome. It's Jessie's first major outing on stage.

Actors of the touring Dirty Dancing stage performance

I met her parents earlier this week -

see what happened and watch report my report online.

'Lack of humanity'

"A complete lack of respect and humanity."

That is what police said after

a carer was jailed for abusing an 88-year-old woman at her Walsall home.

Julie Hamilton
West Midlands Police

Julie Hamilton, 53, from Hunts Lane in Willenhall, was secretly filmed shouting at and force-feeding dementia sufferer Winifred Stolarski, as well as stealing food.

She was jailed for two months at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Stamp marks on head

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

I've just spoken to the aunt of

Jason Webb, the 28-year-old who was kicked in the head on new year's eve in Birmingham.

Jackie Larden said she could see stamp marks on his head as he lay in his hospital bed.

She said he was found in a street slumped between two cars and had been there for seven-and-a-half-hours.