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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Local Live has finished for Monday. Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

Man V Fat football league - the biggest losers are the biggest winners

The final match in a football league set up to tackle obesity in the West Midlands takes place tonight. 

Man V Fat was launched in Birmingham for anyone with a body mass index of more than 30. 

Over the past 14 weeks, the league's 80 players have lost 1,700lb between them. It's been decided not just on points won - but pounds of fat lost. 

Man v Fat

Sentencing of disgraced Black Country driving instructor delayed again

Stourbridge News

A disgraced Black Country driving instructor has been told that if his legal aid is not transferred he will have to foot the bill himself for a lawyer to represent him when he is sentenced.  

Trams returning to Birmingham New Street

The Midland Metro will start running from Birmingham New Street Station on 22 May. 

Footage released by Centro shows testing underway on the section of track that runs along Corporation Street in the city centre.

The opening of the new section will allow commuters to finally travel directly from Wolverhampton to New Street.

Tram testing

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It has been a chilly afternoon with some drizzle.

Overnight, many showers will clear as will the clouds so temperatures should drop. Lows of 1C (34F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

Travel: M6 delays warning

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J5 for Castle Bromwich and J6 for the A38(M) Aston Expressway because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

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

BBC Midlands Today preview

Faeces bacteria found in KFC ice: How can you tell the restaurant you're eating in is clean?

BBC News Magazine

A BBC investigation found bacteria with traces of faeces on the ice served in a branch of a well-known fast food chain. 

Since most UK restaurants don't have to display their hygiene rating, how can you tell you're not at risk of food poisoning?

Find out more.

waiter and food

Susan Whiting: Walsall murder accused deny the charges

A jury has been sworn to try the case of a husband and wife accused of murdering a woman with learning difficulties.

Steven Beards, aged 34, of Rowland Avenue, Bentley, and 35-year-old Julie Beards, of Heather Close in Walsall are accused of murdering 20-year-old Susan Whiting last August in Bloxwich. Both deny the charges.

Susan Whiting
West Midlands Police

The pair appeared today at Leicester Crown Court for the opening of their trial, which is due to last up to three weeks.

The prosecution is expected to start on Tuesday morning.

Rugeley train delays as vehicle collides with bridge

Cannock Mercury

Train services to and from Rugeley and also those that run through the town have faced delays after a vehicle struck a bridge.  

The bridge

CCTV: Police seeking pair in connection with theft from dementia sufferer

Police investigating the theft of £250 from an elderly dementia sufferer have issued CCTV stills of two men they want to trace. The 76-year-old victim was stopped in an alleyway near Market Street, Kingswinford, on the afternoon of Saturday 2 April. He was shown a map and asked for directions and, while distracted, the cash was stolen from his pocket.

CCTV still of the two men police want to trace
West Midlands Police

Fatal car crash in Redditch

A car driver has died after a crash with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Alders Drive, Redditch, just before 8:00 this morning. When the crew arrived, they found a police officer carrying out CPR on the car driver.

A spokesperson said: “The ambulance staff took over, but it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

The man driving the lorry was unhurt.  

Latest: Faeces bacteria found at KFC; BHS jobs at risk; teacher banned indefinitely

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our top stories:

- Faeces bacteria was found on ice at a Birmingham KFC which was served to an undercover researcher

- Hundreds of jobs are at risk at BHS after the retailer filed for administration

- A former Birmingham primary school teacher has been banned from the profession indefinitely after touching pupils

County Championship: Bears pick up key wickets

BBC Sport

It's day two of the County Championship match between Warwickshire and Yorkshire. The Bears have picked up the key wickets of Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning leaving the reigning champions six wickets down.

A few moments ago, Worcestershire were 115/1, trailing Gloucestershire by 265 runs with nine wickets remaining. 

Follow the action.

Hundreds of Midlands staff face the axe as BHS files for administration

Express and Star

Hundreds of British Home Stores staff face the axe in the Black Country with the company confirming they will file for administration today.

P-p-p-p-pick up a penguin (and hand-rear it) in Dudley

You may or may not know it’s World Penguin Day but bird keepers at Dudley Zoological Gardens are busy playing mum to an abandoned Humboldt chick. 

Keepers are hand-rearing the chick who they found barely alive on the beach of the attraction's Penguin Bay enclosure.

Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “It was very touch-and-go when we discovered it, as it wasn’t doing well.

Trainee Keeper Jess Jones with the Humboldt penguin chick

“We think it’s about a month old, so has been parent-reared for a few weeks, but we’ve no idea who mum and dad are and why it was abandoned.

“Sometimes if there’s more than one chick the parents will abandon the weaker one, or if it’s the stronger one it may have wandered off on its own and no-one came to get it back.”

Miscarriage: "It can be a very lonely place"

Clare Summan had five miscarriages over nine years

A Black Country woman who has had five miscarriages has welcomed plans to open the UK's first national research centre dedicated to understanding why it happens.

Discarded syringes among hazards faced by firefighters

The Fire Service has this afternoon shared an image of a scene crews came across while tackling a fire in Soho Road, Birmingham, on Thursday.

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Finger lickin' bad: Faeces found on KFC ice in Birmingham

Finger lickin' bad: Faeces found on KFC ice in Birmingham

The KFC chain has said it is investigating after bacteria from faeces was found on ice served at a restaurant in Birmingham.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

We will have more on the discovery of bacteria from faeces which has been found on ice that was served to an undercover researcher at a KFC restaurant in Birmingham.

And we round up the weekend's football. Join us on BBC One at 13:30.

Retailer BHS files for administration

High Street retailer British Home Stores (BHS) has now filed for administration, putting 164 shops and almost 11,000 jobs at risk.

The administrators Duff & Phelps will now try to find a buyer for all or part of the 88-year old business, but in the meantime BHS will continue to trade.

They said BHS had "no alternative but to put the group into administration".

If a buyer is not found, it would be the biggest High Street collapse since Woolworths.

Latest: Faeces bacteria found in KFC ice; BHS administration expected; athlete in court on attempted murder charge

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up, here are our headlines so far:

- Staff have received refresher training after faeces bacteria was found on ice at a Birmingham KFC

- BHS, with stores across the Black Country and in Birmingham, is has today filed for administration

- A champion athlete has appeared in court over a triple stabbing at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium

Covers still on at Edgbaston

No play so far today at Edgbaston as Warwickshire take on Yorkshire.

Lunch has been taken early at 12:30 to be followed by an inspection.


Former Birmingham teacher who touched pupils is banned from the profession

A Birmingham primary school teacher who inappropriately touched pupils with a "sexual motivation" has been banned from the profession indefinitely.

Joseph O'Malley, once of Hall Green, was found not guilty of seven counts of sexual touching on boys aged under 13 at Birmingham Crown Court in July 2014.  

Mr O'Malley, who had taught at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School in Billesley and was suspended after the allegations were made, was cleared of five other charges at an earlier trial.  

In findings revealed today, a professional conduct panel concluded he "failed to maintain proper professional boundaries" in touching a pupil's bottom and the top of another pupil's leg while alone in the school toilets and in so doing, abused his position of trust.

The panel noted the allegations were "emphatically denied" by O'Malley in recorded police interviews and heard evidence he was a "good teacher" about whom there had been no previous complaints.

Athlete Lauren Jeska appears in court over Alexander Stadium triple stabbing

A former fell-running champion has appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with attempted murder. 

Lauren Jeska, aged 41, of Wesley Terrace in Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales, has yet to enter a plea to a charge of attempting to murder Ralph Knibbs at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on 22 March.

Lauren Jeska

The athlete is further charged with two counts of unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on two other men, and possession of three knives in a public place. 

Judge Patrick Thomas QC remanded Jeska in custody until a further hearing at the same court on 16 June.

Football: Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion could tip Premier League title race

BBC Sport

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis bemoaned his side's lacklustre display in losing 2-0 at Arsenal on Thursday and could recall Salomon Rondon and Jonas Olsson.

Spurs are eight points behind league leaders Leicester, who beat Swansea 4-0 on Sunday, so tonight's game could be pivotal in deciding the title race.

Tony Pulis and Mauricio Pochettino
Getty Images

Trams to begin running to Birmingham New Street Station

It has been announced that trams will start running to New Street station in Birmingham from next month.

Midlands Metro will be sending drivers out on the route in a "training tram". 

It is hoped passengers will be able to start using the service by 22 May. 


Faeces bacteria found on KFC ice: Birmingham branch now has top marks for hygiene

Rip Off Britain discovered bacteria from faeces on ice in a Birmingham branch of KFC.

Before the find, the store in Martineau Place had temporarily closed for a deep clean following a "zero" hygiene rating out of a possible five, meaning urgent improvement was required.

In a response to the programme's finding, KFC said it was “extremely disappointed” by the ice test results.

The KFC branch where the discovery was made

It had “immediately launched an investigation”, as well as undertaking “a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures”.

The fried chicken giant added that following a re-inspection – which predated the BBC team’s visit – this branch now had “the highest possible mark of 5 out of 5”, and it took “food safety and hygiene extremely seriously”.

County Championship: Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescue wobbling Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescued Yorkshire on a rain-interrupted first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.  

Aims to better understand miscarriage at new West Midlands centre

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

The UK's first national research centre dedicated to understanding miscarriage is opening in the West Midlands. 

It will run across sites in Birmingham and Coventry and aims to find a major breakthrough to reduce rates.

It is being led by Professor Arri Coomarasamy who is based at Birmingham Women's Hospital.

Football: Villa's Okore hits back at claims he does not want to play

Villa defender Jores Okore has hit back at claims he is refusing to play for the club. 

The Danish international took to social media last night to question comments from Caretaker boss Eric Black who told us on Friday he had asked not to be selected. Okore suggested there was "more to it".

On the pitch, Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Southampton was Villa's 10th in a row, one short of the club record.

Fans littered the pitch with protest banners and made their feelings strongly known, including opinion on some of Mr Black's decisions. We tried to link to the tweets in question but they have since been restricted from view.

Rip Off Britain: Faeces bacteria found on KFC ice

Bacteria from faeces have been found on ice that was served to an undercover researcher at a KFC restaurant in Birmingham.

The discovery was made by the BBC's Rip Off Britain, which was investigating food hygiene at branches of several big-name takeaways and coffee shops.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A scientist who examined the results told the programme the presence of the bacteria increased the risk of anyone who consumed the ice becoming ill.

KFC said it was extremely disappointed and had launched an investigation.

BHS expected to file for administration on Monday


The retailer BHS is expected to file for administration on Monday

It has been struggling with debts and a large pension deficit. Eleven thousand jobs are at risk, including those at stores in Birmingham City Centre, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Redditch, and Sutton Coldfield.

Latest: KFC faeces bacteria discovery; BHS administration expected; Villa's Okore hits back

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Monday:

- Faeces bacteria found on ice at a Birmingham KFC

- BHS, with stores across the Black Country and in Birmingham, is expected to file for administration today

- Aston Villa's Jores Okore hits back at claims he does not want to play

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Dull, cloudy and a bit overcast - welcome to Monday.

Highs of 11C (52F). Find out more about what we should expect.

Travel: M6 northbound delays

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J6 for the Spaghetti Junction and J7 for Great Barr because of a breakdown.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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