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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Elderly woman pinned to the floor and burgled - family appeals for information

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

On tonight’s Midlands Today, we meet the daughters of Joyce Bennett who describe the attack on their mother as "callous". 

The 78-year-old was at home in Halesowen last Wednesday evening when three men forced entry, held her to the floor, breaking her arm – and then stole cash and personal possessions.  

Joyce Bennett
Bennett family

Her daughters Helen and Claire told me their Mum had spent her working life as a carer helping others but now she’s the vulnerable one, facing a slow recovery and fears about how she’ll cope after this horrific attack.  

You can see my report on this story on BBC One at 18:30.

Cancer patient died after Walsall Manor Hospital staff failed to replace IV drip

Walsall Advertiser

The loving wife of a cancer patient who died after Walsall Manor staff failed to replace an IV drip for two days has said she will "never forget" what the hospital did to her "best friend."

George Griffin
Walsall Advertiser

Man seriously injured in 'broad daylight' stabbing

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed on a street in Chelmsley Wood this morning, police say.

Officers were called to Lime Grove just after 11.10 following reports that a 28-year-old man had suffered several stab wounds to the back.

Detectives have launched an investigation and believe a group of between three and five people may have been involved.

DI Jim Colclough, from the West Midlands force, said: “This happened in the middle of a street in broad daylight and we think there would have been a number of people in the area at the time."  

Watch: Overnight forecast the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy with further outbreaks of showery rain through this evening and overnight.

Drier conditions developing in southern parts of the region by the morning, with clear spells and perhaps some mist or fog patches with lows of 3C (37F).

Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

'Heartbreaking' attack on elderly woman

Here's more on the attack on a 78-year-old woman who was pinned down by burglars in her Halesowen home:

Helen Nevil (pictured) says her mum Joyce Bennett has been left injured and vulnerable. The pensioner suffered a fractured arm when men stole cash, purses and a handbag last Wednesday.

Helen Nevil

It's been actually quite heartbreaking to see mum who is usually active, independent and very sociable lady feel very vulnerable and frightened in her own home.

Helen NevilVictim's mum

Latest headlines: Appeal to find men who burgled pensioner; 'vandalism' likely cause of New Street delays

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this evening include:

- Pinned to the floor during a burglary: the family of a 78-year-old woman appeals to find her attackers

- Vandalism is 'likely the cause' of a major power failure that severely disrupted trains at Birmingham New Street, says Network Rail

- The brother of the 2016 Masters champion Danny Willet says he's shot to fame after tweeting about their sibling rivalry

'Crazy week' for new dad and 2016 Masters champion

The brother of US Masters champion Danny Willett says he's received one message from him in the past 24 hours saying "what's just happened?"

Pete Willett, a teacher in Solihull, spoke to BBC News saying it's been a "crazy week" for his brother.

Pete said: "Winning the Masters, he's a new dad and it's his wife's birthday. It's been a decent week for him. It's very surreal. The fact he's actually won - I would've never have predicted it."

Danny gave this interview to BBC Sport after becoming 2016 Masters champion.

Masters 2016: Champion Danny Willett on his 'crazy, crazy day'

Video: Vicious attack on man at a Birmingham petrol station

Footage of a man being repeatedly kicked and punched at a petrol station forecourt has been released.

Two men have been arrested in connection with what police have called a "vicious attack" and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.   

Vicious attack on Birmingham man caught on CCTV

Masters winner's brother praises 'unbelievable' victory

The brother of English golfer Danny Willett who won the US Masters in Augusta says his brother's victory is "unbelievable".

Pete Willett shared the headlines with his brother after a series of tweets about their sibling rivalry

But Pete, a drama teacher at Grace Academy in Solihull, has also told BBC News of his delight.

Pete Willett

We were having a quiet drink and looking forward to Danny hopefully reaching top eight at the Masters. On the 12th, when Spieth did what he did, it was chaos. It was unbelievable. Me and my wife had a drink and a couple more drinks. My phone was going crazy.

Pete WillettBrother of Master champion Danny Willett

Delays following accident

There are severe delays across bus services in Walsall and West Bromwich following an accident, warns Network West Midlands

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Sherwood says 'the future is bright' for Villa

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM Sport

Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood (pictured) thinks the club has got a bright future despite relegation being all but confirmed. 

They're 15 points from safety and there's just 15 points to play for. With the worst goal difference in the league, they are heading for the Championship.

Tim Sherwood

I think they have a lot of players at the club at the moment who are equipped to play in the Championship. I think they would do very well in the league. They also need to add some players who know the league. They need a core of English players at the club who will help them through. I believe the future could be bright for the club

Tim SherwoodFormer Villa manager

Men jailed after nightclub killing

Three Birmingham men have been jailed after an 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed at Coventry's Society nightclub last year in a row over a girl. 

Ramez Murtaza, 21, from Bordesley Green East, Bordesley Green, who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault and violent disorder, was jailed for eight years at Warwick Crown Court.  

The four jailed men
West Midlands Police
From top left to bottom right: Tobijah Thompson, Ramez Murtaza, Hasham Ali and Ezra Scott

Hasham Ali, 19, from Amberley Green, was sentenced to 29 months in a young offenders' institution and Ezra Scott, 22, from Hawksyard Road, Erdington, was jailed for 28 months. Both had admitted violent disorder over the attack that claimed the life of Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood. 

A fourth man, Tobijah Thompson, 25, of no fixed abode, was jailed for a minimum of 32 years for murder. 

Police issue CCTV library appeal

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

Detectives have released images of a woman they want to trace after Sutton Coldfield Library was flooded, causing a significant amount of damage.

The sinks in the disabled toilets were blocked using paper towels and the taps were left switched on during the incident on 19 March. 

CCTV image released by police
West Midlands Police

Aston Villa relegation: Staff to learn about its impact on jobs

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Staff at Aston Villa are being told today how relegation from the Premier League will affect their jobs. 

Villa will almost certainly drop into the Championship next weekend after suffering an eighth successive defeat on Saturday. It's estimated to cost the club millions of pounds.

'Lerner out' poster held by Villa fan

Villa lost 2-1 to Bournemouth and that was the cue for many fans to leave and others to aim their protests at owner Randy Lerner. 

Hundreds of jobs to be created by software HQ

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

Four hundred jobs are being created in Birmingham as a new software company opens its Midlands headquarters in the city. 

Advanced computer software company

Advanced is the third largest software provider in the country and has more than 20,000 clients including Virgin Trains, Harvey Nichols and Birmingham Children's Hospital. 

The new offices are based in a 45,000 square foot unit in The Mailbox.

As one Willett won the Masters, the other was mastering Twitter

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

As Danny Willett becomes the first Briton in 20 years to win the Masters, it would be easy to assume he's now by far the most famous person in his family. His mum's a mathematician, his dad a vicar and he has three brothers with ordinary jobs.

But his older brother PJ, a teacher in Birmingham, is running Danny close, as his live-tweeting throughout the final round captured international attention. PJ joked, drank and swore through the closing stages with a mixture of fraternal fun-poking and unmistakable - if somewhat bemused - pride.

Read the full story on BBC News.

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Cost of vandalism to power lines 'hundreds of thousands'

Network Rail says the cost to the industry of this morning's disruption will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

They say early indications are that "foul play" caused signalling failure and released pictures showing  apparent attempts to burn and cut cables powering signals at Proof House junction, south of New Street station.

They're appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

Burnt power cables
Network Rail

Watch: New Street power chaos

BBC Midlands Today

There were hours of delays during Monday’s rush hour after a major power failure near Birmingham’s New Street Station.

Power was eventually restored just after 09:00, but it has created big problems across the West Midlands rail network.

Listen: 'We're really sorry' over New Street delays, says Network Rail


A power outage at a signalling box in south Birmingham caused severe delays this morning on the railways. 

"We're really sorry to anyone impacted by this," said Network Rail, which spoke to BBC WM to explain the situation.

After more trouble on the trains, Danny Kelly speaks to Simon Evans from Network Rail

We tried repeatedly to fix it in the small hours of this morning but the problem they had was each time they fixed it and turned the power back on the thing blew up again. Third time lucky it seems to have worked and we are recovering our situation and bringing a normal railway operation back into play.

Simon EvansSpokesman, Network Rail

Victor Nealon compensation bid hits another setback

Here's more on the story we told you about earlier: Three judges at the Court of Appeal have dismissed a human rights challenge from Redditch man Victor Nealon.

He was jailed for attempted rape in 1997 at Hereford Crown Court and spent 17 years in prison - 10 more than the seven-year minimum term, as he continued to protest his innocence. 

Victor Nealon

He was set free, aged 53, in 2013, along with another man, Sam Hallam. Appeal judges ruled that fresh DNA evidence made his conviction unsafe.

In June, a bid for compensation was knocked back by the Ministry of Justice, which said there was no automatic right to compensation. Mr Nealon appealed, arguing that restricting payment to victims of miscarriages of justice was incompatible with human rights law.  

Two arrests after 'vicious' petrol station attack

Two men have been arrested after what police describe as a "vicious attack" on a man at a Birmingham petrol station.

West Midlands Police says the 25-year-old victim was chased across a petrol forecourt and then punched and kicked after falling on the floor. His injuries, which needed medical treatment, are not believed to be serious.

It happened about 04:00 on Saturday at Golf Street Service Station, Bristol Street.

The arrested pair, aged 19 and 21, have been bailed pending further inquiries. Police are seeking witnesses.

Latest headlines: 'Vandalism likely cause of New Street delays'; man in stable condition after suspected gas explosion

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this lunchtime include:

- Vandalism is the likely cause of this morning's signalling failure at Birmingham New Street - causing significant delays on the rail network

- A man who was hurt in a gas explosion at a house in Edgbaston remains in a stable condition in hospital

- Staff at Aston Villa are being told today what impact relegation from the Premier League could have on their jobs

Pensioner pinned to the floor of her home while robbed

The family of an elderly women who was pinned to the floor and robbed in her Halesowen home are appealing for help to find those who did it.

Joyce Bennett, 78, was held down while three men searched her property in Springfield Drive last Wednesday evening, stealing cash, purses and a handbag. 

The woman suffered a fractured arm and has been left "frightened in her own home".

This was a horrific ordeal for the victim in her own home. The offenders repeatedly tried to get Joyce to open the door and when she eventually did was forcibly pinned to the floor.

Detective Sergeant Richard NarrowmoreWest Midlands Police

New Street delays expected to last until 16:00

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The delays at Birmingham New Street are expected to last until 16:00.

A signal failure causing hours of delays at Birmingham New Street has now been fixed, but train companies are warning many services will still be delayed. 

Vandals are believed to have caused the loss of power affecting the network.

Victim of 'gas explosion' that blew roof off house in 'stable condition'

A man who was hurt in a gas explosion at a house in Edgbaston remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The blast - which blew off the roof at the two-storey home in Wiggin Street, Birmingham, on 5 April - is not thought to be suspicious. It's believed to have been caused by a naked flame igniting gas vapours.

Suspected gas explosion at house

Police are waiting to speak to the injured man, thought to be in his late 30s, once he is well enough. He has not been named.  

He made his own way to City Hospital but his burns were so severe he was taken to the QE Hospital.

Breaking'Vandalism likely cause' of delays at Birmingham New Street

Vandalism was the likely cause of today's signalling failure that caused severe delays at Birmingham New Street, Network Rail says.

Network Rail posted this photo of damaged cables.

Damaged cables
Network Rail

Victor Nealon refused compensation for his unsafe conviction

A Redditch postman who spent 17 years in jail following an attempted rape conviction that was eventually ruled unsafe has been refused compensation.

Victor Nealon had been appealing against a High Court ruling that he was not entitled to compensation from the government.

Victor Nealon

Campaigners call on hospital trust to announce its A&E plans

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Campaigners fighting to save maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are calling on bosses to come clean about plans to turn its A&E into an urgent care centre. 

Alexandra Hospital

The Save the Alex group says it understands Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is drawing up plans which could result in thousands of patients being diverted to Worcester or other hospitals. 

The trust says it is discussing how best to provide services at all their hospitals but that a complete closure of the Alex's emergency unit is not currently being considered.  

Birmingham New Street Station power failure causing long delays

BBC News England

It's been another morning of delays on the trains this morning. This time around, hundreds of commuters have have affected by a major power failure.

Delays are expected to continue until 12:00.

Queues at Coleshill
Harry Ward

Network Rail asked people to avoid the station earlier after signals stopped working properly at Proof House Junction.

Trains have been struggling to get in and out of the south end of the station, with problems affecting Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry Trains, London Midland and Virgin Trains.

Travel: M6 accident

BBC Travel

One lane's closed on the M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38 (Spaghetti Junction) because of an earlier accident. 

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of showery rain with a few brighter intervals possible this morning.

Rail disruption: Signs of normality returning

We have movement:

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Rail disruption: Some services running

There are signs at New Street that things are getting better: 

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Rail disruption: Work begins to restore timetable

Delays predicted as efforts continue to return services to normal:

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Disruption expected until 12:00

Congestion and displaced crews are expected to have a knock-on effect to rail services until at least 12:00.

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Lines due to re-open after power restored at New Street

London Midland says it hopes to open lines within 30 to 40 minutes of the restoration of power to signals.

This was the scene at Birmingham New Street earlier.