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  1. More news, travel and weather from Wednesday at 08:00

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By Alex Homer

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

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

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Showers will steadily clear overnight. Lows of 2C (36F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

Aston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov training to play again after cancer fight

BBC Sport

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is in training with a view to coming out of retirement four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

The Bulgarian, 36, wants to play professionally again and says the relegated club is his "priority".

Petrov played for Wychall Wanderers in the West Midlands Central League in 2014 having retired the previous year.

Stiliyan Petrov
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Stiliyan Petrov

Petrov hoping to play again as a pro

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov plans to play professionally again, four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

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Reason for Susan Whiting's murder 'is a mystery'

Susan Whiting had been invited to dinner and to stay overnight at her friend Julie Beards' home, Leicester Crown Court heard.

Prosecuting, Gareth Evans said Mrs Beard and her husband Stephen killed her by hitting her on the head with a blunt object.

 "Why she was killed remains a mystery. Was it all about sex or was it a grudge also being settled?" he asked.

Steven Beards, 34, of Bentley, West Midlands, is accused of murdering and raping Ms Whiting in Bloxwich last August while wife Julie Beards, 35, of Walsall, is also accused of murder. Both deny the charges. 

Watch Peter Wilson's report on Midlands Today, BBC One at 18:30.

Trial of murder-accused Walsall couple begins

A husband and wife have gone on trial accused of the murder of a woman with learning difficulties in Walsall. 

Stephen Beards aged 34 and 35-year-old Julie Beards both deny the charges. 

The prosecution said 20-year-old Susan Whiting had been drugged, raped and killed after being a guest at the couple's Bloxwich home in August last year.

Susan Whiting
West Midlands Police

Latest: Historic junior doctors' strike; Austin Reed administration; LDV vans now made in China

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our top stories this afternoon:

- Today marks the first all-out junior doctors' strike in NHS history

- Clothing chain Austin Reed, with stores in Birmingham and Walsall, has appointed administrators

- LDV vans - once made in Birmingham - are back but are now being made in China

Running the rule over new LDV vans

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

For years, Leyland Daf and LDV were British brands. Their vans were amongst the most popular on the market.

When the firm went bust seven years ago, it looked like the make had gone forever.

But LDV is back. The Maxus isn't made in Birmingham anymore, but in China.

And BBC Midlands Today has taken two former workers to run the rule over the new vehicle.

LDV is back

Former Birmingham man who shot DJ in the face is jailed

A former Birmingham man who shot a DJ in the face after being asked to leave a pub 20 years ago has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of wounding.

Anthony Stephens, who police said was a member of biker gang The Outlaws, fired the bullet which became lodged in his victim's brain at The Plough on London Road, Coventry, on the morning of Sunday 20 October 1996.

Anthony Stephens
West Midlands Police

Stephens fled to Ireland immediately after the shooting where he went into hiding, said the West Midlands force. He was arrested when he came back to the UK on 22 November 2013 and landed at Birmingham Airport.

The tattoo artist, now 49, who was formerly of Cranberry Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, was cleared of attempted murder and wounding with intent but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm yesterday.

Jon Whitney: Walsall interim boss wants Saddlers players to 'man up'

BBC Sport

Walsall boss Jon Whitney wants his players to react positively when they host League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.

The Saddlers shipped four second-half goals to suffer their heaviest league defeat of the season at Bradford City on Saturday - and Whitney is looking to them to "man up" after the 4-0 loss.

Walsall head coach Jon Whitney
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Austin Reed in administration: A failed turnaround

Retail specialists Alteri Investors purchased the struggling firm Austin Reed, a firm which once dressed Winston Churchill, for an undisclosed sum last week.

The firm had closed 31 of its more than 200 locations last year, at the start of a major reorganisation.

shirts on Austin Reed hangers
PA

New owner Alteri Investors loaned £6m to Austin Reed last year, to improve its online operations and purchase new stock.

They appointed administrators from Alix Partners, a global advisory company that had originally been brought in to help Austin Reed's turnaround.

Skilled builders shortage holding up Midlands work, it is claimed

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

A shortage of skilled builders is holding up work and pushing up prices. That's according to the Midlands construction industry.

Wages rose by 6% last year which is well ahead of the national average of 2%. 

Staffordshire building firm, Cameron Homes, is tackling the issue by hiring more apprentices and has linked up with a new skills centre in Birmingham to recruit staff.

Skilled builders shortage holding up Midlands work, it's claimed.

Flu jabs 'more effective in morning'

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Morning flu jabs provoke a stronger immune response than those given in the afternoon, a study suggests.

The trial at 24 doctors' practices found people vaccinated before lunch produced the most defensive antibodies.

The University of Birmingham team suggested immunising people in tune with the body's natural rhythm could be a cheap way to save lives.

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Dudley carer stole thousands to meet online friend

A carer has been jailed for stealing thousands from a vulnerable man to fund a trip to the United States to see someone she met online.

Sarah Grey was an assistant care co-ordinator for Dudley Council (pictured) entrusted to help a 50-year-old man to manage his finances.

But she encouraged him to take out a loan and pocketed the money herself, said West Midlands Police.

Dudley Council
Google

Three hundred at junior doctors' rally

Up to 300 people are in Victoria Square, Birmingham where junior doctors are holding a rally.

They are joined by members the NUT, NUJ, PCS, UNITE  and  members of Stop the War.

Ministers have said the first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history is a "bleak day.".

Doctors in Victoria Square
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That's a wrap - student prank in Selly Oak?

Someone got a shock when they left the house.

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Junior doctors gather for rally

Junior doctors are holding a rally in Birmingham's Victoria Square.

The doctors went on strike at 08:00 and action, over the imposition of a new contract, will last until 17:00.

Similar action is due to be held tomorrow.

Hundreds of #juniordoctors gathering in #Birmingham for a #strike rally

Hundreds of #juniordoctors gathering in #Birmingham for a #strike rally

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed disappointment that the stoppage was taking place, but said the government would not back down and halt the imposition of the new contract.  

Latest: Junior doctors strike; Austin Reed administration; Bowie 'liked Peaky Blinders'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been running on Tuesday so far:

- The first all-out junior doctors' strike in NHS history is taking place

- Clothing chain Austin Reed, with stores in Birmingham and Walsall, has appointed administrators

- David Bowie was keen for his music to feature in Birmingham gangster series Peaky Blinders

Slow traffic on motorways

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed and slow traffic on the M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of emergency repairs, BBC Travel reports.

There's also slow traffic on A38 St Chads Queensway outbound in Birmingham at Lancaster Circus, because of an accident earlier on and slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened but there's congestion to J2, M69.

Coming up on TV

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BBC Midlands Today

We will have all the latest from the junior doctors' strike and more on a Chinese firm set to relaunch a vehicle  previously made by the collapsed Birmingham van maker LDV.

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

Travel: Severe delay warnings

BBC Travel

A two car crash on St Chads Queensway in Birmingham city centre, is causing tailbacks outbound at Lancaster Circus.

There are also severe delays on the M6 southbound between J9 for Wednesbury and J8 for the M5 interchange, drivers are warned.

Air pollution is 22 times more deadly than car accidents in West Midlands

Birmingham Mail

Air pollution is 22 time more deadly than car accidents in the West Midlands – claiming more than 1,300 lives last year.  

BreakingAustin Reed has appointed administrators

BBC Midlands Today

It has in the past few minutes been confirmed that High Street clothing chain Austin Reed has appointed administrators, putting nearly 1,200 jobs at risk.

They have stand-alone stores in Birmingham, Cheltenham and Gloucester plus outlets at Boundary Mill in Walsall and House of Fraser in Birmingham and Worcester.

Debate over gun banner seen at Birmingham Sikh festival

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

A Birmingham MP has criticised the appearance of a flag featuring a picture of a rifle at a Sikh festival in Birmingham at the weekend. 

A known group called Khalistan Zindabad Force is on the European Union's official list of banned terrorist organisations, but the slogan Khalistan Zinabad means "long live Khalistan" and the gun is seen by some as a symbol for revolution. 

Davinder Singh from the Sikh Federation UK, said this had been "blown out of proportion" and the flag was promoting the movement for a Sikh state of Khalistan, not violence.

The banner
Adrian Goldberg

Birmingham City Council said if anyone had brought this flag to its attention, one of the council officers attending the event in Handsworth Park would have asked for it to be taken down, but nobody did. 

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, said: "I think that at a family event, displaying those sorts of weapons...contravenes basic decency."

Football: Spurs draw with Albion leaves Leicester on the brink

BBC Sport

Tottenham Hotspur's title ambitions were dealt a severe blow as West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson's second-half equaliser put Leicester City within one victory of winning the Premier League.  

Gareth McAuley (left) and Jones Olsson (right) celebrate with Craig Dawson (middle)
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Hillsborough disaster: Police errors led to deaths

Police failures led to the deaths of 96 football fans who were fatally injured in a crush in the Hillsborough disaster, the inquests jury found.

Jurors answered yes to the question about whether any error caused or contributed to a dangerous situation at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it is now focusing on concluding its criminal investigation into the disaster and the role of West Midlands Police. The region's force led the inquiry into how South Yorkshire Police handled its own investigation.

The IPCC says it has made "significant progress" and anticipates it will be finished by the New Year.

£10 million masterplan for historic Smethwick glassworks

Express and Star

A £10m masterplan will see an historic former glassworks site brought back to life after being derelict for years.

The Chances glassworks
Express & Star

The first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history

NHS bosses believe plans are in place to ensure safety during the first-ever all-out doctor strike today, but say the situation will be monitored closely during the stoppage which ends at 17:00 BST.

Further all-out strike action is due to take place on Wednesday, between the same hours.

Here is more about what is behind today's strike.

Why are junior doctors on strike?

County Championship: Yorkshire pile up runs against Warwickshire

BBC Sport

Gary Ballance took his score to 68 among four Yorkshire players to pass 50 on a second weather-hit day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.  

Yorkshire and England batsman Gary Ballance
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Serving soldier charged with supplying cocaine linked to man's death

A serving soldier has been charge with supplying Class A drugs to three men in Wolverhampton last year, one of whom went on to collapse and die in a pub.

Oliver Bramwell, aged 22, of Rosemount Gardens, Ackleton, is accused of providing cocaine to three men on the morning of 13 December 2015 after a night out in the city.

One of the men, Kieran Bainbridge, aged 20, collapsed in the Moon under the Water, in Lichfield Street. He was in a coma at hospital and died three days later.

A coroner subsequently ruled his death was caused by a cocaine-related irregular heartbeat, said West Midlands Police. Mr Bramwell has been bailed to appear before magistrates on 10 June.

David Bowie 'a big fan' of Peaky Blinders show

David Bowie liked Peaky Blinders so much he was apparently keen to have his music featured on the BBC Two crime series, its creator has revealed.

According to writer Steven Knight, the singer's "people" had told him "he was a big, big fan" of the period drama.

Knight said he had been played a copy of Bowie's Blackstar album shortly before the singer's death in January.

David Bowie (left) and Cillian Murphy (right)
Reuters/BBC

Hospitals braced for first all-out junior doctors' strike

Junior doctors are on strike in England this morning in a dispute about a new contract and, for the first time, will not provide emergency care. 

More than 3,500 outpatient appointments and 261 operations have been cancelled across Birmingham and the Black Country because of the nine-hour walkout, which began at 08:00 and will be repeated tomorrow. 

The doctors' union, the British Medical Association, says senior colleagues will provide cover.  

Doctors
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Tottenham 1-1 West Brom: Leicester is such a wonderful story - Tony Pulis
West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he "hopes Leicester will win" the Premier League title following his side's 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

Latest: Junior doctors strike; Bowie 'liked Peaky Blinders'; Albion draw leaves Leicester close

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Tuesday morning:

- The first all-out junior doctors' strike in the history of the NHS is under way

- David Bowie liked Peaky Blinders so much he was apparently keen to have his music featured in the BBC Two crime series, its creator has revealed

- An unlikely draw between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion has left Leicester City one win away from the Premier League title

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom: BBC Football Daily video match report
BBC Football Daily rounds up all the action stats and talking points from Tottenham's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

A bright start, but we're due a few showers later. Highs of 9C (48F).

Find out more about what is in store for us over the next few days.

Travel: M6 southbound delays

BBC Travel

A breakdown means one lane is closed on the M6 southbound between J6, for the A38(M) Aston Expressway, and J5, for Castle Bromwich, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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