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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

We're back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather. Join us then.

Royal birthday party at Dudley Zoo too

Dudley Zoological Gardens has been holding royal celebrations for two milestone birthdays - the Queen’s 90th and that of its own regal resident, Asiatic lioness Kyra, who turns 10 today.

Keepers helped the lion into the patriotic spirit.

Kyra
DZG

Complaint of parents wrongly suspected of death of baby dismissed by West Mercia Police

Express and Star

Grieving parents who were wrongly put under suspicion of causing their baby’s death have had their complaint against West Mercia Police dismissed.

Mother Naomi Stamps cradles baby Jude
Express & Star

Q&A: Police and crime commissioners

Election 2016

Elections for police and crime commissioners will take place in the West Midlands on 5 May. 

Here is a guide to what PCCs do and how the system, introduced in 2012, works.  

police
bbc

Coming up on TV

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

A plan to build more than 50,000 homes in Birmingham has been approved by the government, with 6,000 being destined for greenbelt land. 

A man is at the centre of a planning row after coming up with an unusual solution to his housing problem.

And you have probably heard by now Her Majesty the Queen is 90 years old today. Cadbury came up with its own way to mark the occasion. 

More on these stories and others on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

More cloud is on our way as well as some light, patchy rain.

Lows of 6C (43F). Find out more.

Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

Birmingham homes plan approved amid greenbelt row

A plan to build more than 50,000 homes in Birmingham has been approved by government, despite anger that 6,000 are destined for greenbelt land in Sutton Coldfield.

The blueprint earmarks land for 51,100 homes, 300 hectares (740 acres) for business premises, 350,000 sqm of retail floor space and 745,000 sqm of office space across the city. Birmingham's population is expected to rise by 150,000 by 2031.

Suzanne Webb joined MP Andrew Mitchell to campaign against building on greenbelt land
Suzanne Webb

Suzanne Webb, spokeswoman for campaign group Project Fields, said members were "absolutely devastated" by the decision.

But builder Kris Henscoe, said: "The greenbelt is the only place you're going to find land substantial enough to take the number of houses the area needs."

Latest: Greenbelt homes row; hole in robber's plan; Handsworth derelict pub fire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Thursday's news, here are some of the stories we have been covering:

- A plan earmarking where homes will be built across Birmingham has been approved by government despite a row over homes on greenbelt land near Sutton Coldfield

- A robber fashioned a balaclava out of trousers but was rumbled when police found a one-legged pair at his house.

- A major road through Handsworth remains closed after a fire in a derelict pub

Second arrest over Kenichi Phillips shooting

A second person has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager shot dead in a car in Birmingham, police say.

Expectant father Kenichi Phillips, 18, was killed as he sat in a Seat Leon on St Marks Crescent shortly before 19:00 GMT on 17 March.

Kenichi Phillips
West Midlands Police

Police said they detained a 17-year-old at around 07:00 today at a Smethwick address and he remains in custody.

A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder the day after the shooting is still on police bail pending further inquiries.

Handsworth delays persist after derelict pub fire

Soho Road remains closed while firefighters damp down at the scene of the fire in a derelict pub, The Beehive, we reported earlier.

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Lloyds Bank cuts: 'Too early to say if Wolverhampton affected'

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Lloyds Bank has told us it is "too early to say" whether staff at their Wolverhampton office will be affected by plans to axe 430 jobs.

The Unite union claims the cuts will affect several of the bank's divisions, including consumer finance, commercial banking and legal.

The bank has also confirmed today it will be closing 21 branches during July.

Blues: Rowett rant understandable - Morrison

BBC WM Sport

Captain Michael Morrison says the Birmingham City players have accepted the criticism aimed at them by manager Gary Rowett after their draw with Preston North End.

Rowett was furious after his side lost a two-goal lead to be held 2-2 at St Andrew's to end any hope of making the Championship play-offs.

Watch: New cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

BBC Midlands Today

Work starts today on a new cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

The £37m building also includes the UK's first centre for rare diseases.

The unit will provide care for about 250 cancer patients a year, from across the Midlands. It's expected to open by the end of next year.  

Brum’s Big Fat Pizza Festival

Grapevine Birmingham

Pizza fans, pay attention! A festival dedicated entirely to pizza is coming to Lab 11 Complex, in Digbeth, Birmingham. 

Pizza festival
Grapevine Birmingham

Latest: Homes plan approved despite row; new cancer centre; chocolate palace

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the top stories on Thursday so far:

- A blueprint for development in Birmingham has been approved by government amid a row over homes on greenbelt land near Sutton Coldfield

- Work starts today on a new cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

- Chocolatiers at Cadbury World in Bournville crafted a tasty Buckingham Palace to mark The Queen's 90th birthday

Minimum of 5,000 new homes to be developed on Sutton Coldfield Greenbelt

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

Up to 6,000 new homes and a 71-hectare employment site is set to be built on Sutton Coldfield greenbelt after the government planning inspectorate endorsed the Birmingham Development Plan.  

Victoria Wood: Jasper Carrott paid his own tribute earlier

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

Jasper Carrott has today paid his own tribute to Victoria Wood, with whom he toured for about 12 months during the 1970s when she was starting her career.

He said he was "privileged" to help to hone the "remarkable talent" of the former Birmingham University student when she was starting out as a performer and writer.

He said she would "never settle for something that would get a laugh when she knew it could get a big laugh."

victoria wood
PA

Handsworth fire: Neighbours warned to close windows and doors

There are around 25 firefighters at the scene.

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Police find hole in plans of robber who fashioned a mask from his trousers

There was a hole in a robber's plan - in the trousers he used to fashion a homemade balaclava, police have said.

The one-legged garment found by officers at Paul Bartlett's home was enough for police to link him to a DIY mask worn in a string of robberies.

He carried out three shop raids in as many days in Sutton Coldfield where, alongside accomplice Adam Breen, he made off with cash, cigarettes and alcohol.

Paul Bartlett and Adam Breen
West Midlands Police

Bartlett, who had 27 previous convictions for 78 offences, including 45 for theft and burglary, admitted four counts of robbery and was jailed for 13 years. Breen was found guilty of the shop raids and handed a five year and two month prison term.

CCTV collage
West Midlands Police

Coming up on TV

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

The government's controversially sanctioned the release of two swathes of green belt in the Birmingham area and The Queen is rarely seen without her handbag but did you know her favourite brand is made in the Black Country?

More on these stories and more on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Travel: Handsworth delays warning

BBC Travel

Soho Road is blocked in both directions because of the fire in a derelict pub.

Firefighters en route to Handsworth blaze

The "severe" fire is in Soho Road.

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Stourbridge hit-and-run driver jailed for 33 months after leaving schoolgirl critically injured

Stourbridge News

A "callous" Stourbridge hit-and-run driver has been jailed for 33 months after he left a teenaged girl with terrible injuries when he ploughed into her at speed as she crossed the road - here's today's front page.

frontpage
Stourbridge News

M6 northbound delays: Fatality confirmed

West Midlands Ambulance Service has confirmed the man who fell from the motorway bridge on the M6 northbound earlier this morning has died.

A spokesman said: “He was treated at the scene for serious injuries before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at the hospital it became evident nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.”

Greater Birmingham mayor and council 'might be a failure'

Birmingham Mail

Plans for a combined authority and mayor to help govern the West Midlands are “untested” and may not work, an independent financial watchdog has warned.  

Never mind the B'lox - street politics is in rude health

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

For anyone who thinks these local elections are dull and boring, I have this challenge - come to Walsall.  

The saucy "double entendre" that's been enlivening local social media is an appropriate piece of signposting for a town where passions run deep and local politics is anything but the dreary, humdrum business of general repute.  

Walsall really is like a microcosm of the political landscape of our part of the country as a whole.

Abbreviated road signs in Walsall
Karl Rogman

Within the council, where one third of the 60 seats are up for election, the numbers reflect the changeable political weather in a region well-known for swinging back and forth between the two biggest parties. It is a significant weather vane.    

Aston Villa-linked David Moyes to make summer decision on his next move

BBC Sport

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes says he will wait until the summer before deciding what club he will manage next.

Moyes is the favourite with bookmakers to take over at Celtic after the club announced Ronny Deila would be leaving at the end of the season.

The 52-year-old is also interested in the vacancy at Aston Villa.

David Moyes
Getty Images

Chocolate Buckingham Palace: It took four days to create, but workers didn't Flake out

Expert chocolatiers at Cadbury World in Bournville have fashioned their own delectable Buckingham Palace to mark The Queen's 90th birthday.

It took four days to craft the detailed stately scene with gates and Beefeaters standing guard. It weighs almost 60kg and stands 70cm tall.

The gold and silver and royal coat of arms are all edible, the attraction has confirmed, and were piped by hand.

Jenny Malenoir and Gail Deeley the chocolatiers with
Cadbury World

County Championship: Robson breaks records in Middlesex-Warwickshire draw

BBC Sport

Middlesex opener Sam Robson broke several long-standing county batting records at Lord's as his side's opening Championship match of the season ended in a dull draw against Warwickshire.  

Travel: Tailbacks to J8 of the M6 from J10

BBC Travel

Congestion remains back to J8 for the M5 interchange after the "police incident" near J10 for Wolverhampton on the northbound carriageway, drivers are warned.

M6 closure: Reports of a fall from bridge

All three lanes of the northbound carriageway were closed at around 09:30, before the southbound carriageway was also closed as an air ambulance attended the scene.

The incident happened between Junction 10 for Wolverhampton and Junction 10a for the M54.

West Midlands Police spokesperson Kate Baker said: "Emergency services are currently responding to reports of a man falling from a bridge over the M6." 

Travel: M6 northbound blocked

BBC Travel

The M6 northbound is blocked between J10 for Wolverhampton and J10a for the M54 because of a "police incident", drivers are warned.

Work begins on new £37.5m centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

BBC Midlands Today

Work starts this morning on a new cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital. 

The £37.5m building also includes the UK's first centre for rare diseases, many of which are not treated anywhere else.

Chief nurse Michelle McLaughlin said it would improve the care they offered.

Planners have given the green light to start work on the Whittall Street building and the hospital has shared an image of how its new clinical building could look.

artist's impression
Birmingham Children's Hospital

McDonald's cut from Labour conference diet

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

The MP for Dudley North is criticising the Labour leader's decision to ban McDonald's from their party conference. 

Ian Austin says the move by Jeremy Corbyn is "juvenile gesture politics" - pointing out that Labour needs to raise cash and cannot afford to alienate people. 

Meanwhile the decision has been ridiculed by Prime Minister David Cameron who aped the fast food giant's slogan by saying he was "lovin' it" that Labour excluded such a big employer.

How to make a handbag fit for the Queen

Louise Brierley

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The Queen is rarely seen without an elegant handbag - and her favourite is made in the Black Country. 

She was seen with a Launer London Traviata on her arm at the start of her 90th birthday celebrations. The bag, which costs £2,000, is handmade at a factory in Holtshill Lane, Walsall. 

Launer London was granted the Royal Warrant in 1968 and has been supplying the Queen with bags ever since.  

The Queen's rarely seen without an elegant handbag but her favourite is made in Walsall.

Birmingham homes plan approved amid greenbelt row

A plan to build more than 50,000 homes in Birmingham has been approved by government, with 6,000 being destined for greenbelt land.

Birmingham's population is expected to rise by 150,000 by 2031 and the city council is planning to create homes and hundreds of acres of employment land.

Fields near the Sutton Coldfield bypass in Peddimore and Langley will have 6,000 homes and 71 hectares (175 acres) of business property built on them.

Peddimore and Langley
Google

Latest: Greenbelt homes row; work starts on new cancer centre; McDonald's ban criticised

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Thursday so far:

- Campaigners say they are devastated after plans for 6,000 new homes on greenbelt land near Sutton Coldfield were approved by the government

- Work starts this morning on a new cancer centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital

- The MP for Dudley North is criticising the Labour leader's decision to ban McDonald's from their party conference

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It might be a bit chilly first thing but plenty of sunshine to come. Highs of 14C (57F).

Find out more.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: M6 delays warning

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the M6 southbound between J6 for the A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5 for Castle Bromwich because of a crash involving four vehicles, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live from Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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