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  1. Updates for Monday 18 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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

Tonight's forecast

BBC Weather

A breezy night with a mixture of clear spells and some scattered showers, a few of them could be heavy.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Video: Birmingham at the Chelsea Flower Show

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

Birmingham is hoping for more success at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The city council came away with a gold medal last year, while this year's entry pays tribute to 300 years of Birmingham Cathedral, an ornate Anglican church dedicated to St Philip.

The Right Reverend David Urquhart

The Bishop of Birmingham, the Right Reverend David Urquhart, said: "Here we have the most stunning display celebrating our civic pride and our Christian faith in the heart of Birmingham, 300 years of St Philip's."

Watch my report here.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

The starting gun has been fired for a referendum on Europe, but two businessmen are taking different sides.

We'll be talking to two new MPs on arriving at Westminster and also looking ahead to Aston Villa's chances in the FA Cup Final.

Join us for the

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Unseen Sandwell

Midlands Today

"Unseen Sandwell" gives a fascinating photographic insight into the borough's history.

Artists from Laundry have been working with Sandwell Council's Heritage and Archive Service to preserve and share the Jubilee Arts collection of 20,000 images.

An image from the collection
Jubilee Arts

The exhibition runs until May 27 at Sandwell Arts Café, at Sandwell College's Central Sixth campus. Hear

more from Brendan Jackson from Laundry here.

West Brom v Chelsea

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live sports commentator

West Brom host Premier League Champions Chelsea tonight with a near fully-fit squad with their only absentee goalkeeper Ben Foster, who has a long-term injury.

James Morrison
Getty Images

James Morrison (pictured) has recovered from the back problem which meant he was only named as a substitute last week.

Kick-off at The Hawthorns is at 20:00.

Winson Green queues warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on Dudley Road in both directions in Birmingham between the junction with Winson Green Road and Spring Hill Circus because of

roadworks at Sandpits.

£6,000 fines handed out over bogus cigarettes

Express and Star

Hefty fines have been handed to two shop owners from which

hundreds of bogus and incorrectly packaged cigarettes were seized.

The illicit goods were found at the Paper Boys shop in New Street, West Bromwich and at UK Mini Market in High Street, Smethwick, during raids last year.

Watford fan attack: Search widened

Police investigating an attack on a Watford football fan in Wolverhampton say they have widened their search to try and trace one of the suspects still to be identified.

Nic Cruwys suffered "critical" head injuries in the assault on 7 March.

The man still to be identified
West Midlands Police

Detectives investigating the attack, which left the 44-year-old father with potentially life changing injuries,

say they believe the suspect may well be from Telford and have widened their search area.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we've been looking at this afternoon:

Bilston fatal crash appeal

A motorcyclist has died after a collision on the Black Country Route in Bilston.

Police are

appealing for information about the fatal crash just before 19:00 BST last night, near to the Lunt island. The road remained closed for more than three hours while investigations took place.

Arsenal release early plans for victory parade

Birmingham Mail

Aston Villa fans have accused Arsenal of getting ahead of themselves by already revealing detailed

plans for an FA Cup victory parade.

Wolverhampton holidaymaker found dead

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

A Wolverhampton woman on holiday in Thailand has been

found dead in a swimming pool.

Initial reports from Ko Chang indicate Rachel Turner Brown drowned. A full post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

A beach on Ko Chang
Getty Images

Mrs Turner Brown and her husband Stephan Brown, from Wolverhampton, travelled to the country on 12 May.

This afternoon's forecast

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

This afternoon will be drier and brighter, with sunny spells. A few heavy showers developing into the evening.

Feeling rather cool for the time of year.

Highs of 12C (57F).

Mum jailed for child neglect

Dudley News

A Dudley mother broke down in the dock as she was

jailed for keeping her two children in filthy conditions.

The 25-year-old's home had no electricity supply, little or no food and broken glass was strewn across a bedroom floor.

West Brom v Chelsea

BBC Sport

Chelseahave won the title, West Brom are safe... so tonight's meeting at The Hawthorns won't perhaps be the biggest nail-biter in the world.

Still, we know you're interested, so here's some team news ahead of the game.

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

West Brom's only absentee is goalkeeper Ben Foster. James Morrison has recovered from the back problem which meant he was only named as a substitute last week.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa could return after six weeks out with a hamstring injury, but Ramires, Kurt Zouma and Oscar will all be missing.

There'll be full live text coverage of the game on

the BBC Sport website.

Henry spotted filming in Birmingham

Birmingham Updates

The award-winning Dudley comedian and actor, Lenny Henry, was

spotted on Farquhar Road in Moseley with the cast of the new BBC One drama,
Danny and the Human Zoo.

Lenny Henry and fellow cast members
Barry Butler

The 1970′s drama, written by Lenny Henry, is the fictionalised account of his life as a talented teenager in Dudley. The show will be filmed in Birmingham and Dudley.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we've been looking into this afternoon:

Cameron's seven-day NHS plans

Speaking in Birmingham earlier, David Cameron said: "While our hospitals are working hard Monday to Friday to get patients better sometimes it can feel as though Saturdays and Sundays are more about just somehow getting through to Monday.

"Diseases don't work weekdays 9-5 and

neither can we.

David Cameron

"This isn't about NHS staff working seven days a week.

"It's about different shift patterns - so that our doctors and nurses are able to give that incredible care whenever it is needed."

Stab victim's friends seek justice

Express and Star

"We won't give up the fight until justice has been done."

Those are

the words of the fiancée of Wolverhampton murder victim Tom Kirwan after she set up a fundraising day in aid of a reward pot to help track his killer.

Woman drowned on holiday

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A Wolverhampton woman has drowned on holiday in Thailand.

Rachel Turner Brown, aged 42, had travelled there with her husband Stefan.

It is reported she was found in a swimming pool in the resort of Ko Chang,

Quarry Bank delays warning

BBC Travel

High Street in Quarry Bank is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the Rose Hill junction and the Merry Hill junction because of a crash,

drivers are warned.

The humble pigeon

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

There's even an homage to the humble pigeon in Birmingham City Council's stand at the

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which marks 300 years of Birmingham Cathedral.

The council's stand

Road closure for station redevelopment

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being warned that a one-way system is now operating on Hill Street in Birmingham city centre to allow for highways work linked to

the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.

The road will now be closed to traffic travelling from the Navigation Street junction to Hinckley Street until the station opens in September. The road will remain open to traffic travelling in the opposite direction and a signed diversion, via Suffolk Street Queensway, will be in place to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Artist's impression of redeveloped New Street Station
Network Rail

Network Rail says the closure is needed to complete new granite footways, install new traffic signals and resurface roads around the station.

Cameron rules out NHS privatisation

Setting out NHS funding pledges in Birmingham today, David Cameron said: "We increased spending in real terms every year in the last Parliament and we'll increase it in real terms every year in this Parliament too rising to at least an extra £8bn a year by 2020."

A doctor's consulting room

He also rebutted suggestions parts of the NHS would be privatised under a Conservative government.

He said: "The founding values of the NHS are my values.

"The NHS will always be free for everyone under a Conservative government."

Dudley Zoo's calendar sales lead to £700 donation for wild tigers

Halesowen News

Sales of Dudley Zoo's 2015 calendar have raised £700

for a charity that supports tigers in the wild.

The zoo has handed the impressive proceeds over to conservation charity 21st Century Tiger after copies of the calendar flew off the shelves.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we've been looking into today:

Three injured after crash

Three people were injured in a two-car collision in Stratford Road, Shirley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a woman was cut free from one car and was taken to Heartlands Hospital as she had suffered an abdominal injury and cut to her head.

The mangled cars after the crash
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Two men in the other car who had chest injuries were taken to the same hospital for precautionary checks after the crash at 22:20 BST,

said the service.

Honouring cathedral's history

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I'm at the

RHS Chelsea Flower Show and have just spotted Birmingham City Council's entry.

The council's stand

The sweet-smelling stand celebrates 300 years of Birmingham Cathedral. Every colour imaginable is represented.

Watch: Cameron on NHS

BBC News Channel

Prime Minister David Cameron is in Birmingham

renewing his vow to boost NHS funding and create a "seven-day" health service in his first major post-election speech.

David Cameron delivering his speech

He is committing to

a pre-election pledge to increase budgets by at least £8bn a year by 2020, during his speech at a GP surgery in the city.

Watch it live here.

Aston Villa: Sherwood 'pleased'

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he's "really pleased" to have kept the team in the Premier League.

Weekend results

guaranteed safety, despite a 6-1 loss to Southampton.

Tim Sherwood
Getty Images

Sherwood told

the club's official website: "The remit when I arrived was to try and keep the football club in the division and I'm really pleased we've managed to achieve that with a game to spare.

"As I've said on many occasions we won't be in this position again and we can now look forward to our final home game of the season against Burnley and the FA Cup final against Arsenal in the knowledge we are safe."

Green-fingered Gardner

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

Alan Gardner from Sutton Coldfield is among those from the West Midlands down in London getting ready for

RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week.

Alan Gardener getting ready for RHS Chelsea Flower Show

He's a previous medal winner and has created a garden for a cruise company.

He's not giving much away about what his exhibition will look like but he says it'll be "typical of his style - stunning in its simplicity".

Off licence robbery appeal

A masked robber threatened off licence staff with a knife in Dudley before helping himself to £500 from the till.

West Midlands Police today appealed for information as it

released this still of the raider, who ran into Caledonia Food and Wine just after 10:30 BST on 5 April.

The robber
West Midlands Police

He then left the store, in Blackacre Road, and walked off towards Rollason Road.

Train delays

London Midlands

tweets: " 09:54 Birmingham New Street to London Euston due 12:17. This train will call additionally at Apsley and Kings Langley."

Villa safe despite beating

BBC Sport

Aston Villa

sealed their Premier League safety this weekend despite being demolished by Southampton 6-1 including the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League by Sadio Mane (pictured).

Sadio Mane

Cameron renews NHS funding pledges


Prime Minister David Cameron is in the West Midlands today to

renew his vow to boost NHS funding and create a "seven-day" health service in his first major post-election speech.

David Cameron
Getty Images

He will commit to

a pre-election pledge to increase budgets by at least £8bn a year by 2020, during his speech at a GP surgery.

The government is also promising to recruit 5,000 new GPs, but doctors' representatives say without detail the announcement is "empty headline-grabbing".

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are a few of the stories we'll be looking at over the next few hours:

Suspects of Blues v Wolves disorder

More pictures have been released of

suspects police wish to speak to, in connection with disorder at a Birmingham City match against local rivals Wolves.

Violence broke out following the derby game on 11 April. In total 15 people have already been spoken to as part of the investigation.

The men police wish to speak to
West Midlands Police

Birmingham City won the game 2-1, before a crowd of 19,330 at their St Andrew's ground.