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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016
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Harris Hawk sightings at Bearwood park

David Lumb

BBC News Online

I’ve just spoken to Viv Cole at Warley Woods park and she says there have been a number of sightings of a Harris Hawk in the past few weeks.

Harris Hawk
Neil Davies

The bird is native to America. It’s not known where it’s come from but it’s believed it may have escaped from captivity. She says it’s not doing any harm so she’s happy for it to be there.

Watch: Cracking down on 'car cruising' in the West Midlands

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Police say so called "car cruising" is becoming an increasing problem in the region. 

All four forces in the West Midlands have been involved in trying to tackle the issue. You can see more in Midlands Today on BBC One tonight from 18:30.

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Cracking down on "car cruising".

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It looks like we're in for a showery afternoon. We're in for an unsettled week too. Tonight expect lows of 6C (43F). 

Find out more about what is in store for us.

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Charlie Slater with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

Travel: M6 severe delays warning

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic still on the M6 southbound between J7 for Great Barr and J6 for the Aston Expressway because of the overturned van we reported earlier.

Drivers are being warned travel time is around 70 minutes with congestion back to J10a for the M54.

Latest: Hostel murder investigation; Birmingham woman drowned on holiday; jobs at risk

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our top stories on Monday afternoon:

- Nine people are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a Birmingham hostel on Sunday

- A Birmingham woman died trying to save her friend who drowned during "a quick dip after a night out", a court hears

- Dozens of jobs are at risk at a vehicle leasing business which has earmarked a Black Country site to close

Jobs at risk as leasing firm says it will close two sites

Vehicle-leasing business Lex Autolease says 98 jobs are at risk across its sites in Coventry and Oldbury, both of which will close, it has confirmed.

It says it will "outsource the remaining elements of our vehicle remarketing operation within Lex Autolease to BCA [British Car Auctions]", with 29 posts thought to be transferred.

Cricket: Thrilling climax to World T20 may spark wider interest in the sport

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

Utterly devastated - no more words were needed for the pain on Ben Stokes face as Carlos Brathwaite dispatched the first four balls of the final over for sixes to wrench the World T20 trophy out of England's hands. 

It was cruel but brilliant drama and it was the talk of this morning's Warwickshire CCC photo call. Those who've played with Stokes for England are confident he will bounce back.

Ben Stokes
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Despite England's defeat there's real positivity to come out of their run to the final. Warwickshire have already announced plans to allow under-16s in for free to T20 matches this season, while two of their games will be double headers with the women's side. 

It may be little consolation to Ben Stokes now but the thrilling climax to the World T20 could be just what cricket around the world needs.

Walsall man died after choking on a chip

Walsall Advertiser

A Walsall man tragically died from choking on a chip after eating tea with his family, an inquest heard.

Travel: Van overturns on the M6 southbound near Birmingham

BBC Travel

Two lanes of the M6 southbound are currently closed while firefighters, alongside police and paramedics, work to free the driver of a van that has overturned, between J7 for Great Barr and J6 for Spaghetti Junction.

Overturned van
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Vintage Jewellery Quarter photos are just diamond

Pictures of a bustling Birmingham Jewellery Quarter in 1983 have gone on show.

Colin Shaw photographed the area for a college project and is now sharing the fruits of his labour, from more than 30 years ago, at a new exhibition.

It runs until 30 April at Calumet Photographic, Hagley Road, Birmingham.

Jewellery Quarter pic
Colin Shaw

Watch: Police across the West Midlands putting the brakes on 'car cruising'

Louise Brierley

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Our video here explains how a father driving his young family spotted a so-called car cruising event - and decided to join in.

It's just one in a series of street racing episodes that police say are becoming an increasing problem in the region.

More than 100 cars have been targeted by West Midlands forces as part of a major crackdown. 

Just a warning, this film has some flashing images.

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Midlands police forces unite to crackdown on car cruising

Latest: Hostel 'murder probe'; Birmingham women drowned on Spanish holiday; Cannabis arrests down

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Monday's news, here are our top stories:

- Nine people are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a Birmingham hostel on Sunday

- A Birmingham woman died trying to save her friend who drowned during "a quick dip after a night out", a court hears

- Arrests for cannabis possession in the West Midlands have fallen, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest

Spanish holiday deaths inquest: 'Two very young boys lost their mum, their world'

Here's more on today's inquest story: Tina Tysall, Tracey Aston's mother, told the court: "She was just a lovely girl. Every photo we have of Tracey is by a beach, she absolutely loved the water."

Speaking after the inquest, Ms Tysall said it was "Tracey's first ever girlie holiday abroad with her friends. 

"It was a four-day break that Tracey was looking forward to very much before she was to return home to her husband, two beautiful sons and the rest of her adoring family. This was never to happen. 

"This heart-breaking tragedy has resulted in two very young boys losing their mum, their world."

Woman died trying to save friend who drowned during 'a quick dip after a night out', a court hears

A mother-of-two who "loved the water" drowned at sea when she went for a "quick dip" following a night out on a Spanish holiday, an inquest heard.

Tracey Aston, 32, had been talking to four friends about "how nice" the holiday at Lloret de Mar had been moments before entering the sea. 

Lisa Coggins and Tracey Aston
BBC

Birmingham Coroner's Court was told hairdresser Tracey was swept into the water in the early hours of 1 October 2015, along with friend Lisa Coggins, 35, who was trying to save her. They were walking along the beach after visiting a nightclub.

Recording a verdict of accidental death due to asphyxia for the Birmingham pair, Senior Coroner Louise Hunt said their loss was an "awful tragedy". 

Cricket: Warwickshire announce Woakes as vice captain

BBC WM Sport

Chris Woakes will serve as Warwickshire CCC vice captain in Championship cricket this season if Ian Bell is absent.   

Chris Woakes
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Deadline for voter registration looms

People in Birmingham are being reminded they have two weeks left to ensure they have a voice in May’s elections.

The deadline for people to register to vote is 18 April 2016.

After this date, anyone who has not registered will be unable to vote on 5 May in the local and police and crime commissioner elections.

To register, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Hostel 'murder': The scene at a Birmingham hostel where a man's body was found

This is the scene in Sparkhill where a man's body was discovered at a hostel on Sunday morning.

Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of murder. The eight men and a woman continue to be questioned.

Hostel
BBC
Hostel
BBC

Cannabis arrests down in West Midlands - police figures

Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest.

Cautions fell by 48% and the number of people charged fell by 33%, according to data from police forces released under the Freedom of Information Act.

In the West Midlands, arrests dropped from 3,496 to 2,302, while Staffordshire Police figures fell from 733 to 556.   

Someone smoking
BBC

Crime survey data, however, suggests cannabis use in England and Wales remained roughly level from 2010-15 - leading to suggestions, BBC Breakfast says, that police are turning a blind eye to possession of the drug. 

Latest: Murder probe after body found in hostel; inquest into 'holiday deaths'; Blues deny doping claims

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories so far:

- Nine people are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a Birmingham hostel on Sunday

- An inquest into the deaths of two friends from Birmingham, believed to have drowned while on holiday in Spain, is due to take place today  

- Birmingham City says it has not used the services of a doctor at the centre of doping allegations and has no knowledge or record of any of its players, past or present, doing so

The eagle has landed... on canvas

An artist from Solihull has created an unusual picture of an eagle, using paint and tyres.

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Contemporary artist Ian Cook (as seen on YouTube) took a new tyre made by Birmingham-based Goodyear-Dunlop and started to create the image on a large canvas.

Warwickshire pre-season press call

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

Amazingly the sun is out for Warwickshire's pre-season photo call.  

Warwickshire pre-season press call
BBC

Car cruising clampdown launched

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

Police forces in the West Midlands have launched a clampdown on so-called car cruisers. 

Car cruiser footage
BBC

Since February, the Central Motorway Police Group has stopped more than 50 drivers for various illegal street racing offences and seized 20 vehicles. 

It comes as two men were jailed for breaching an injunction in the Black Country where street racing is banned. 

Nine people arrested after man found dead in Birmingham hostel

Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was discovered at a hostel in Birmingham.

Police say the body of a 52-year-old man was found yesterday morning at a hostel on Durham Road, Sparkhill.

Eight men and a woman continue to be questioned by West Midlands Police.

'Tow be or not tow be?' - that is the question being asked about the Black Country Hamlet

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

You may have heard that Shakespeare is getting a Black Country makeover, as Hamlet becomes 'Yamlet'. 

Over the weekend, the story has been a hit on social media as users made their opinions known.

Don't be left out, join the debate. Here's a quick reminder of the local take on the bard... 

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Hamlet gets Black Country makeover

Gatwick airport arrests: Man and woman questioned by police in the West Midlands

Earlier we told you that according to counter-terror police, properties were being searched in Birmingham. Here's more:

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences before boarding a flight at Gatwick Airport, West Midlands Police says.

A woman, 20, was arrested at an address in west London. Both are being questioned in the West Midlands.

Searches are being carried out at two addresses in Birmingham.  

There was "no risk to any passengers at Gatwick Airport or to the wider public" related to the arrests, police said.  

BreakingCounter-terror police: Birmingham properties searched

Properties in Birmingham are being searched after a man and woman were arrested on suspicion of Syria-related offences, say counter-terror police.

Latest headlines: Blues deny doping doctor allegations; inquest to be held after friends died on holiday

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this morning:

- Birmingham City says it has not used the services of a doctor at the centre of doping allegations and has no knowledge or record of any of its players, past or present, doing so

- An inquest into the deaths of two friends from Birmingham, believed to have drowned while on holiday in Spain, is due to take place today

- More than 20,000 households in flood-hit areas in the West Midlands could get more help with their home insurance from this morning

Blues deny doping allegations

BBC WM

Our top story this morning:

Birmingham City describe claims that a doctor supplied its players with banned, performance-enhancing drugs as "baseless". 

The Championship side was named in the Sunday Times as one of a number of clubs which used Mark Bonar, a private doctor in London.

A spokesman for Birmingham City said: "The club have not used the services of Mark Bonar and has no knowledge or record of any of our players, past or present, doing so."

Dr Bonar says the "allegations are false and very misleading".

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Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

A largely dry but grey start across the region, before showers quickly edge northwards. 

Showers will give some heavy and thundery downpours in places, but there will be some sunny intervals this afternoon. Feeling cooler than yesterday with highs of 12C (54F).

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The weather for the West Midlands

Inquest to be held after women 'drowned' in Spain

Inquest into deaths of two friends from Birmingham believed to have drowned on holiday in Spain are due to take place today.

Lisa Coggins and Tracey Aston
BBC

Lisa Coggins and Tracey Aston died in October last year in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava. 

Delays on the M5 and M6

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the M5 southbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J3, A456 (Halesowen) because of an accident

- One lane on the M6 is blocked southbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down vehicle

Good morning: Live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country between now and 18:00.

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