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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

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

Steel crisis: Morale is low as questions persist at Tata in Wednesfield

Concerns are being raised that the West Midlands is being overlooked in the rush to save jobs at Tata Steel. 

The company has put its UK operations up for sale - although arrangements are being made to sell some sites. 

It is not clear what will happen to Tata businesses at Wednesfield. Hear workers' concerns.

Steel workers in Wednesfield: 'We just want answers'

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We will have all the latest on Tata Steel, job cuts announced at The Royal Bank of Scotland and a football-loving rescue dog.

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

Roary the rabbit helped its owner overcome an eating disorder

Roary the rabbit is helping his owner in all sorts of ways, including her overcoming an eating disorder.

Watch Big Centre TV's report.


Ian Bell: Warwickshire captain 'not thinking about England'

BBC Sport

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell says his century against Hampshire was not meant to prove a point to England's selectors.

Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Warnings have been issued for heavy storms, hail and thunder later.

Lows of 7C (45F). Find out what is in store for us later.

The weather for the West Midlands

Latest: Parents face charges over newborn's death; Agbonlahor sidelined for fitness kick; steel crisis latest

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

- A father and mother have been charged in connection with the death of their newborn baby son

- Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will be unavailable for two weeks as he undergoes a personal fitness programme

- Concerns are being raised that the West Midlands is being overlooked in the rush to save jobs at Tata Steel

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Aston Villa striker absent for two more weeks

BBC Sport

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will be unavailable for two weeks as he undergoes a personal fitness programme.

The 29-year-old missed last Saturday's home defeat by Bournemouth with a virus after a club suspension had ruled him out of the previous match with Chelsea.

He was cleared after an investigation into his conduct on a recent trip to Dubai where he was pictured appearing to hold a shisha pipe.

Gabriel Agbonlahor
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Speedway: Comfortable win for Birmingham Brummies

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

The Birmingham Brummies warmed up for the start of their National League title defence with a thumping home win over Buxton in a Trophy match at Perry Barr last night. 

They won 66-24 and captain Tom Perry led the way with a five-ride maximum. He was impressed with how the team kept pushing even when it was clear they'd won the meeting.

Walsall pensioner's devastation as thieves steal his beloved golf clubs

Walsall Advertiser

A pensioner has spoken of his devastation after callous thieves stole his beloved golf clubs worth thousands of pounds.

Brian Guest
Walsall Advertiser

A father and mother are charged over the death of their newborn son

A father has been accused of murdering his newborn baby son, who died a month after being taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Daniel Sanzone, of Whitburn Close, Wolverhampton, is charged with murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect.

The child's mother, Zoe Howell, is charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect.

Fury as Halesown nursery at Manor Way Primary School given notice to quit

Halesowen News

A highly-regarded pre-school nursery has been given notice to quit after 32 years at a Halesowen school, sparking outrage from bemused parents.  

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Halesowen News

Police putting brakes on quad bike nuisance

Off-road vehicles driven on the streets of Solihull have been annoying residents, say police, who have launched a crackdown.

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Police appeal after woman 'grabbed' by man in Polesworth

Tamworth Herald

A woman received injuries after she was "grabbed" by a man in Polesworth - today's front page.

Tamworth Herald

Second teen charged after mugging of partially-sighted man with cerebral palsy

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

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

Wulfruna Street

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

The 17-year-old, who has been charged with robbery, was due to appear before city magistrates today.

County Championship: Hampshire hold off Warwickshire to claim opening draw

BBC Sport

Hampshire hold out against Warwickshire's attack to draw their Championship game after Bears skipper Ian Bell makes 174.

Ian Bell
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Orchestra hires first female director

Lithuanian conductor, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, has become the first woman to be appointed musical director of Britain's prestigious City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla says she hopes to bring new ideas and inspiration

Wolves won't 'sell to just anybody'- Moxey

Mike Taylor


Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey says selling the Championship club on behalf of owner Steve Morgan is not proving easy as there are so few of the right potential buyers out there.

The club have been up for sale for most of the season, following the revelation of Morgan's intentions in September.

But long-serving Moxey told BBC WM: "We don't just want to sell to anybody.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey left Stoke to come to Molineux in May 2000

BreakingMurder charge over death of baby injured at two weeks of age

Two people are due to appear in court today to face further charges in connection with the death of a baby in Wolverhampton, West Midlands Police says. Unemployed 22-year-old Daniel Sanzone from Whitburn Close, Wolverhampton, has been charged with murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect, the force says. It adds that 18-year-old Zoe Howell, from the same address, is accused of causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect.

Previous charges for the pair - grievous bodily harm, engaging in sexual activity with a child and allowing serious injury to a child - still stand. They were brought after the then two-week-old child was taken to hospital with serious injuries in October last year.

The boy spent almost a month in intensive care before he died. 

Watch: Drink-driver's lorry reverses on M6 toll

Here's video of the dangerous, drink-driving that landed a man in prison.

It shows a lorry reversing south on the northbound carriageway near Norton Canes for around 800 metres, veering across the route and blocking all three lanes.

Police say the driver was convicted of dangerous and drink-driving, for which he has been sentenced to six months in prison. He was also banned from driving for a year.

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Images released by police investigating football disorder

Police are looking to identify these men in connection with investigations into "disorder during and after" last month’s football match between Wolves and Birmingham City. 

Officers say the problems at the game on March 13 included bottle-throwing.  

Images of men police hope to trace in connection with football violence
West Midlands Police

Weather warning issued for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

 A weather warning has been issued for heavy rain affecting areas of Birmingham and the Black Country this afternoon.   

Weather warning map
Met Office

The Met Office says hail and lightning as well as heavy rain could have localised impacts, producing standing water on roads and reducing visibility.

The showers should die out by this evening. 

Rail improvements in Bromsgrove not on track

BBC Midlands Today

Major improvements to rail services in Bromsgrove have suffered further delays. 

Electrification work, bringing more frequent services between the station and Birmingham, should have been completed by now but it is understood that the work won't be finished until late next year.

Network Rail maintains that the work can only start after it opens a new station there next month.

Scaffolding collapse

Derelict Birmingham Arms is the site of a scaffolding collapse that shut Dudley Road this morning.

Collapsed scaffold

Police put up road blocks following the incident.

Road blocks and police car in middle of street

Minnie Mouse gloves jail armed robber

An ill-disguised armed robber is jailed after his Minnie Mouse gloves, severe limp and tattoo blow his cover.

Incriminating Minnie Mouse gloves
West Midlands Police
Incriminating Minnie Mouse gloves

Minnie Mouse gloves jail armed robber

An ill-disguised armed robber is jailed after his Minnie Mouse gloves, severe limp and tattoo blow his cover.

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Watch: Unsafe building closes Dudley Road

Latest: Sword attacker jailed; crash victim saved by bystanders


These are some of the headlining stories in the newsroom today:

- Man jailed for sword attack on his wife

- Bystanders save crash motorcyclist from fire

- First time buyers 'priced out' of housing market

Those earning less than £46,000 'set to be priced out region's property market'

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

First time buyers in the West Midlands will need to earn more than £46,000 a year by 2020. 

That's according to new research from the charity Shelter. They say it represents a 15% increase on the current salary needed to afford a home here. 

Man jailed for sword attack on his wife

A "controlling" husband who tried to kill his wife with a ceremonial sword before claiming she was injured by a burglar has been jailed for 19 years.

Harjit Singh struck her over the head with the weapon and tried to strangle her on 22 October last year.

The 46-year-old, of Edward Street, West Bromwich, was convicted of attempted murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Harjit Singh
West Midlands Police

Crash motorcyclist 'saved from fire by bystanders'

A motorcyclist who was in a crash with a car avoided more serious injury because quick-thinking bystanders pulled him away from his bike when it burst into flames, said West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The rider was thrown about 10 metres from the point of impact at the junction of Water Orton Lane and Cottage Lane in Minworth, Sutton Coldfield, on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder, a suspected fracture to his collar bone and hip pain, but a service spokesman said his full leathers, crash helmet and boots prevented more serious injury.

His bike (pictured) was "completely destroyed", the spokesman added.

The crash scene
West Midlands Ambulance Service

'Unsafe building' causes delays near City Hospital, Birmingham

BBC Travel

Dudley Road in Winson Green, Birmingham, is closed in both directions between its junction with Western Road and Heath Street, because of an unsafe building.

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Latest: Harder to buy first homes; criticism of Wolves' new sponsor; rail works behind schedule

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories this morning:

- First time buyers are being steadily priced out of the housing market, according to new research

- Fans have criticised Wolves' choice of new main sponsor The Money Shop

- Rail improvements in Bromsgrove are behind schedule

The Money Shop chosen as new Wolves sponsor

There's controversy over Wolves' new choice of sponsor, the payday loans company The Money Shop. 

It's been involved in sponsorship at Molineux for seven years, and has a massive advert in what is now called the Sir Jack Hayward Stand, formerly the South Bank. Now its branding will appear across the club's shirts as well.

Jez Moxey announces the new sponsor

Club CEO Jex Moxey said the firm had stuck with the club "through thick and thin" and was a "legitimate" lender.

But season ticket holder Jamie Angus, a board member of Wolverhampton City Credit Union, said "serious questions" remained over The Money Shop's "unethical lending".

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We're in for a cloudy and showery day. Highs of 13C (55F).

Find out what is in store for us later.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: Northfield delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A38 Bristol Road in Northfield, Birmingham, at the 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

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