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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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That's it from Local Live on Wednesday. Join us from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Deadline to register to vote draws closer

BBC News England

There are elections taking place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you’ve registered to do so – and the deadline is next Monday.

If you are not already registered, you can do so by visiting this government website.  

And, if you want to find out more about the elections then you can visit the voter information website or the BBC News elections homepage.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A trial has been hearing how a Birmingham teenager was killed, after a row over a stolen bag of cannabis worth £50. We will have the latest from court.

And Birmingham City's hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs look to be over, after their home defeat by Leeds last night. But in League One Walsall are now chasing Burton Albion for automatic promotion. 

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Citizen Khan prepares for national tour

The self-appointed fictional community leader Citizen Khan is leaving the streets of Sparkhill and going on a national tour. 

The comedy character's creator, Adil Ray, has been filmed undergoing his make-up transformation into his bumbling alter ego. 

The actor and writer, from Birmingham, has been doing warm-up gigs in preparation for the tour, Citizen Khan: They All Know Me!, which starts on 25 April in Bradford.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We will have some showers this afternoon which fade away later.

Lows of 8C (46F). Find out more about what is in store for us tonight.

Travel: Sutton Coldfield crash warning

BBC Travel

Brassington Avenue in Sutton Coldfield is blocked and there is slow traffic northbound from the Park Road junction to the Mill Street junction because of a crash

Latest: Second teen held over disabled man mugging; woman hit by bus; relegation-threatened Villa cancels awards

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

- A second teen has been arrested over the mugging of a disabled man in a Wolverhampton subway

- A woman believed to be in her 70s has been taken to hospital with a head injury after being hit by a bus at Walsall bus station earlier

- Aston Villa has cancelled its player of the year awards as it faces relegation from the Premier League

Paramedics proving they have a head for heights

Fancy a job rescuing people from danger?

Well, if you want to prove you are up to becoming a paramedic for the hazardous area response team for West Midlands Ambulance Service, you have to have a head for heights.

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Second teen arrested after Wolverhampton subway mugging

A second teenager has been arrested after a disabled man was mugged following a night out in Wolverhampton.

The 20-year-old victim, who is partially sighted and has cerebral palsy, was attacked in an underpass on Wulfruna Street.

A mobile phone and cash were stolen in the attack at about 02:30 on Friday, 9 April, West Midlands Police said.

Wulfruna Street

A 14-year-old has already been charged with robbery and having a blade in public. A 17-year-old has now also been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is in custody.  

Walsall bus station reopens after crash

Arriva in the West Midlands says Walsall bus station has reopened after the collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent two ambulances to the scene and an elderly woman was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a head injury.

The bus station after the crash
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Man in court over Sutton Coldfield pregnant woman stabbing

A man accused of stabbing a pregnant woman has appeared in court.

Babur Karamat Raja, 41, from Sutton Coldfield, is likely to face trial in August, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Raja was arrested last month in the Trinity Hill area of Sutton Coldfield after a woman suffered multiple wounds to her abdomen.

Sutton Coldfield stabbing
Warwick Kay

Woman hit by a bus at Walsall Bus Station

Walsall Bus Station has been closed after an elderly woman was hit by a bus.

West Midlands Police said officers were called at 12:25 to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian believed to be in her 70s.

The woman has been taken to hospital but the extent of her injuries is unknown at this stage.

It's been dubbed the 'Brownhills Banksy' but it's not the artist's work

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Some mysterious art work has turned up on a wall near Brownhills High Street and it has caused quite a debate in the town.

It's been dubbed the Brownhills Banksy but representatives of the mysterious artist have confirmed to us that it's not the work of the man himself.

Piece of art

Old Wolverhampton pub site set to become housing

Express and Star

Plans to transform a former pub site into housing are set to be approved by planners at Wolverhampton council, despite a number of objections from nearby residents.

Villa scrap end-of-season awards

BBC Sport

Aston Villa have cancelled this season's player of the year awards with the club facing Premier League relegation.

Villa are nine points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League having won just three games all campaign and could go down on Saturday.  

Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott

The Queen and me: Share your stories

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

She's been on the throne for the past 64 years. 

With her 90th birthday approaching, a number of events are being held to celebrate the Queen's birthday on 21 April. 

As part of our coverage, we'd like to hear your stories and see pictures of when you met the Queen. Please email

Solihull Moors: Marcus Bignot's side win promotion to the National League

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Solihull Moors have secured promotion to the National League - and they did it with three games still left to play.

Marcus Bignot's (pictured) side celebrated without having to play a game as third-placed rivals North Ferriby United lost 2-0 on Tuesday night at Stalybridge Celtic.

That secured the National League North title, ensuring their rise to English football's fifth division for the first time - nine years after the club was formed.

Marcus Bignot

West Midlands Police seized 559 'dangerous dogs' over three years

Almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years - including 559 in the West Midlands - the BBC has found.

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

Breeds banned under the 1991 act include pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas and Argentine mastiffs.

Chart showing numbers of dangerous dogs seized

Vaisakhi: Special broadcast from Handsworth


Join Sunny & Shay for a special Vaisakhi broadcast at Chand Ni Chowk on Soho Road in Handsworth from 14:00.

Inside the shop

Watch: Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

We will have all the latest from the trial of three men for the alleged murder of Birmingham teenager Connor Smith.

And self-appointed fictional community leader Citizen Khan has been doing some gigs in his home city.

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Latest: Woman suffers miscarriage after crash and a drug dealer had a kilo of cannabis in a paint pot

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

- A woman has suffered a miscarriage after a non-stop crash in Birmingham, police say

- A train passenger texted police about a man they said "smelled of weed" and he was found to have a 1kg of cannabis in a paint pot in his bag

- BBC WM's Sunny & Shay are celebrating Vaisakhi in Handsworth with their listeners later

Woman suffered miscarriage after non-stop collision in Birmingham

A woman suffered a miscarriage after a crash where the driver failed to stop in Birmingham, according to police.

The collision took place on Saturday, 2 April at 15:25 in Eastfield Road, Bordesley Green.  

West Midlands Police is appealing for a driver of a black Vauxhall Astra who the force says ran off on foot from the scene to come forward.

Eastfield Road

The crash left the driver of a red Ford Fiesta, who was eight weeks pregnant, injured along with two young children in her car. 

A two-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries and required surgery. A four-year-old boy also suffered minor injuries.

Vaisakhi: Library of Birmingham to mark Sikh New Year

Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha in Birmingham has produced this picture of what the library should look like later.

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Football: Blues' play-off hopes dashed by Leeds

BBC Sport

Birmingham City's slim Championship play-off hopes were hit as a goal in each half from Stuart Dallas earned Leeds victory.

Stuart Dallas

Listen: Vaisakhi celebrations in Handsworth


This afternoon, Sunny & Shay will be inHandsworth as the Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi.

The parade in 2014

They'll be talking to local residents, businesses and restaurants on one of the most important events in the Sikh calendar.

It all starts at 14:00. Over 100,000 are expected to attend Birmingham's open-air celebrations of the event on 24 April.

Weed smell on train jails 'edgy' dealer

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A drug dealer has been jailed after a train passenger texted police about a man who "smelled of weed" and was acting "on edge".

The passenger described Daniel Sheldon and officers were waiting for him when he got off at Wolverhampton station.

Composite image showing Daniel Sheldon and the cannabis in a paint pot
West Midlands Police

The 33-year-old from Stafford was carrying a kilo of cannabis worth £5,000 inside a paint pot and had £1,000 of cash on him.

He was jailed for 16 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting intent to supply cannabis, said British Transport Police.

Football: Walsall's charge for the Championship boosted by Gillingham win

BBC Sport

Walsall scored two second-half goals to beat League One promotion rivals Gillingham and move up into third

Councillors remember and pay tribute to former Sandwell leader

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

Councillors paid tribute to the former leader of Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper, last night, at the first full council meeting since his death last month

The 52-year-old had been on the council since 1991, becoming leader in 2009, and was expected to try and become the West Midlands' first elected mayor next year. 

Councillor Derek Rowley used to go on holiday with councillor Cooper, and said it was moving to hear people pay their respects to his close friend.

Darren Cooper
Sandwell Council

Tettenhall Regis: 'Error' sees two Tory candidates for same seat

An "administrative error" has been blamed for the Conservatives fielding two council candidates for the same ward.

Incumbent councillor, Mark Evans, and prospective candidate, Udey Singh, have both been named as Tory candidates for the Tettenhall Regis seat in Wolverhampton.

The party said Mr Singh was the official candidate, and Mr Evans said he would lend his support to his colleague's campaign.

ballot box
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Willenhall man charged with killing Robert Bavington outside a bar in Leamington Spa

A Willenhall man has been charged over the death of another man who was assaulted outside a bar in Leamington Spa.

Vijay Masih, 30, of Brook Road, Willenhall, has been remanded in custody accused of manslaughter.

Robert Bavington (pictured), who was 28 and from Rugby, died after suffering serious head injuries outside the Moo Bar on Russell Street at about 01:00 on Sunday, said Warwickshire Police.

Robert Bavington
Family handout

Cricket: Bell century puts Bears in ascendancy

BBC Sport

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell made his first century in 10 months to give the England selectors a nudge and earn a first-innings lead against Hampshire.

Bell's six-hour vigil for an unbeaten 130, his 51st first-class hundred, has given the Bears a slim hope of victory.

BreakingTeen charged with robbing man with cerebral palsy in Wolverhampton

A teenager has been charged with robbery after an attack on a man with cerebral palsy in Wolverhampton city centre on Friday, 8 April.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named due to his age, is due to appear before Wolverhampton magistrates this morning.

He is also accused of possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Police have thanked the public for their help following the response to an appeal for information yesterday.

Latest: Man charged with killing; 'dangerous dogs' seized; severe M6 delays

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the main stories this morning:

- A Willenhall man has been charged with killing a man outside a bar

- A total of 559 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by West Midlands Police in the past three years, the BBC can reveal on the 25th anniversary of the Dangerous Dogs Act

- There are severe delays on the M6

Travel: M6 severe delays

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the M6 southbound - two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic between J10a for the M54 and J10 for Walsall because of a breakdown.

An earlier breakdown is meanwhile causing problems between J8 for the M5 and J7 for Great Barr.

On the northbound carriageway, there is a crash between J5 for Castle Bromwich and J6 for Spaghetti Junction.

Family tribute to crash death motorcyclist Jake Waldron

A motorcyclist who died when he crashed into a telegraph pole was a "beloved son, brother, grandson and partner", his family has said.

Jake Waldron, who was 25, and from south Birmingham, died in Weoley Avenue in the Weoley Castle area of the city in the early hours of Tuesday.

Police investigating his death have arrested a man on suspicion of vehicle theft.

Weoley Avenue - generic image
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Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of dry and sunny weather around this morning. Highs of 14C (57F).

Find out more about what is in store for us later.

Travel: Northfield delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A38 Bristol Road in Northfield, Birmingham, at its junction with Bell Lane in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I'm back with the news, sport, travel and weather updates for Wednesday.

If you see a story you think we should be covering or have taken a photo you want to share, email us, tweet @bbcwm or reach us on the BBC WM Facebook page.