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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country. 

BreakingThree charged after terror probe

Two men and a woman have been charged with terror offences following a probe launched after the Paris and Brussels attacks.

They were among five people arrested in Birmingham and at Gatwick Airport earlier this month.

Birmingham International Marathon provisional route

Birmingham is to hold an International Marathon in 2017 - the provisional route includes the following city landmarks:

  • Starting at Alexander Stadium
  • Villa Park
  • Aston Hall
  • Barton Arms
  • Selfridges Building
  • Digbeth
  • Cannon Hill Park
  • Selly Park
  • Bournville
  • Edgbaston
  • Finishing on Broad Street
Birmingham landscape
BBC

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election debate

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

All four candidates for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election will appear in a debate on BBC WM tomorrow at 11:00 with Danny Kelly.

The current PCC David Jamieson represents Labour; Les Jones, the Conservatives; Pete Durnell for the United Kingdom Independence Party; and Andy Flynn, an independent. The Liberal Democrats and Greens have decided not to field candidates.

Hear more on BBC WM tomorrow.

Lichfield Mercury front page

Lichfield Mercury

"Baby saved my life says mum," is the lead story on the front of this week's Lichfield Mercury.

Lichfield Mercury front page
Lichfield Mercury

Walsall focused on promotion

Mikey Burrows

BBC WM Sport

Walsall captain Adam Chambers (pictured) says they're only focused on their own results as they chase promotion to the championship. 

The Saddlers are three points behind the top two in League One with two games to play and Chambers says that whatever happens, he's proud of his teammates.

Adam Chambers
Getty Images

We believe in the group we've got here. There's some really talented players. All in all they're a great bunch of lads to work with day in and day out.

Adam ChambersWalsall captain

This week's Dudley News front page

Dudley News

"Devastated by loss of dad" - is the top story on this week's Dudley News.

Dudley News front page
Dudley News

Steel boss 'killed himself', inquest hears

A steel company boss jumped to his death from the balcony of his apartment after suffering with depression following the family company's collapse, an inquest heard.

The court was told Angad Paul of Caparo "killed himself" as his children played in their bedroom because he thought he was to blame for the business' downfall.

More than 400 redundancies were announced at the West Midlands company in October 2015, one month before he died.

Airline surprises 'wrong Birmingham' couple with free holiday

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

There's a happy ending for a couple who booked a dream holiday to Las Vegas, only to discover when they arrived at Birmingham Airport they had mistakenly booked to fly from Birmingham Alabama.

They've been given a free holiday courtesy of Virgin Airlines, which says it's treating the couple to flights to Vegas from Manchester, plus five nights accommodation.

 I guess all they need to do is make sure Manchester in New Hampshire hasn't been booked.  

Richella Heekin and boyfriend Ben Marlow
Stuart Edrop

Weather: Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Agbonlahor insight: 'The striker has only scored one goal this campaign'

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

Agbonlahor was pictured partying in London on the night Villa's relegation was confirmed after a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

He was suspended while the club mounted an investigation into the incident and have today confirmed that the former England striker has had a “substantial fine” imposed. He is now available for selection from Monday.

Agbonlahor's Instgram account
Instagram

Separately Agbonlahor issued a statement via his Instagram account saying that he had stood down from his role as club captain. He went on to ask fans for forgiveness after he became the subject of their anger on social media.

This is the latest episode in a disappointing season for both Agbonlahor and Aston Villa. The striker has only scored one goal this campaign and has been placed on a fitness regime by caretaker manager Eric Black after being declared unfit for Premier League football in mid April.

Man's body found in Kings Norton 'unexplained'

The death of a man whose body found on a street in Kings Norton this morning is being treated as "unexplained".

West Mercia Police says the body was discovered in the Middle Lane area at about 10:00.

An investigation into how he died is under way.

West Midlands Police 'aware' of Hillsborough high court proceedings

West Midlands Police has released a statement saying it is "aware of the ongoing proceedings" after some of the Hillsborough families say they are starting High Court proceedings against the force.

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of loved ones who died and were injured in the Hillsborough tragedy. We recognise the impact the inquests have brought upon them

Louisa RolfeDetective Chief Constable, West Midlands Police

Jury to consider verdicts on police officer accused of making hoax 999 call

A jury has retired to consider verdicts on a police officer accused of making a hoax 999 call claiming a colleague would be kidnapped by a radical Muslim, which sparked a terror alert.

PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, is one of three men accused of conspiring to make a bogus call to West Midlands Police in December 2014.  

Stafford Crown Court heard West Midlands Police put a hostage negotiator on call and stepped up security measures.

All three defendants deny two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.  

Tamworth Herald front page: 'Help us to save lives'

Tamworth Herald

This week's Tamworth Herald front page.  

Tamworth Herald front page
Tamworth Herald

BreakingAgbonlahor steps down as Villa captain

BBC Sport

Gabriel Agbonlahor steps down as Aston Villa club captain and apologises for his "actions in recent weeks".

He says: "I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore."

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Getty Images

I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I'm hurting as well, despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise. I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!"

Why people are celebrating Ed Balls Day

BBC News UK

In case you wondered what was going on on Twitter today: Happy Ed Balls Day! Who knew that five years ago, a Twitter fail would still be remembered. So what is it all about?

Ed Balls
Edballsmp/Twitter

On 28 April 2011 Ed Balls, who was shadow chancellor at the time, was urged by his aide to search Twitter for articles mentioning his name, but instead of doing a search he tweeted his own name in error.

So on 28 April, Twitter rejoices in the madness and celebrates Ed Balls.

At the time of writing, the hashtag #EdBallsDay has been the top trend in the UK and has been used more than 10,000 times.

Launch of the Birmingham International Marathon

Charlotte Harriman

Journalist, BBC WM

A new Birmingham marathon has been announced more than 30 years after the city held its last 26-mile run.

Organisers say the Birmingham International Marathon and half marathon will be held in October 2017.

Brendan Foster
BBC

It is expected to follow in the footsteps the People's Marathon, which ran between 1980 and 1985.

British Athletics legend Brendan Foster was at the launch this morning.

Stourbridge News front page

Stourbridge News

The front page of the Stourbridge News leads with the story "Goodnight, sweetheart".

Stourbridge News front page
Stourbridge News

CPS to 'formally consider' police charges over Hillsborough

The CPS says it will "formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body".

It comes as some of the Hillsborough families say they are starting High Court proceedings against South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces.

West Midlands Police was tasked after the 1989 disaster with gathering evidence for the Taylor Inquiry, the original inquest and the criminal investigation. 

Justice 96 families
Getty Images

The BBC has contacted both West Midlands Police and South Yorkshire Police for a response to the legal claims being brought.    

BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

BBC Midlands Today

Anthony Bartram, Producer

After a frosty start there’s a warm welcome awaiting you on Midlands Today. We’re investigating proposals for so-called Clean Air Zones. MPs suggest cities like Birmingham should be given the powers to charge high-polluting vehicles. 

It hasn’t been a particularly popular idea on the ground for Brummies but the city is a pollution hotspot and we’re out with a team of scientists who measure what’s in the air we breathe. 

Cars driving into Birmingham
BBC

We’re also waiting to hear about ambitious plans to put Birmingham on the marathon map with a new road race to attract tens of thousands.   

You can see more on Midlands Today on BBC One now, then at 18:30 and 22:30.

Doorman jailed for killing guest punched at charity event

A bouncer who punched and killed a man at a charity event has been jailed for six years and eight months.

Inderjit Singh Dhariwal (pictured), 49, died in hospital the day after being injured at Samsons Banqueting Suite in Oldbury.

Inderjit Singh Dhariwal
West Midlands Police

Nicolas Salhan, 37, from Stourbridge, admitted manslaughter following the attack in the early hours of 22 November.

A second doorman, Jonathan Davies, 43, from Rowley Regis, admitted affray and was jailed for two years and four months.

Latest headlines: Hillsborough families launch High Court claim against West Midlands Police; investigation into recycling plant fire begins

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this lunchtime include:

Families of some of the Hillsborough victims have revealed they've begun High Court proceedings against the South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police forces

- An investigation into how a fire started at a recycling plant in Oldbury has begun

- A man from Walsall has been jailed for more than two years for smashing up a taxi with a hammer and punching the driver after he was asked to clean up his own vomit

Hillsborough: West Midlands Police faces High Court Action

A law firm representing some of the Hillsborough families has tweeted a statement saying it is bringing a class action against South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police.

The statement says: "The evidence points to abuse on an industrial scale by both South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police".  

Read more on this story on BBC News.

View more on twitter

BreakingHillsborough families launch High Court claim against West Midlands Police

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

Lawyers acting for some of the Hillsborough families are bringing a High Court claim against West Midlands Police. 

Officers from the force investigated South Yorkshire Police's handling of the disaster and since faced allegations they were involved in a cover up. 

Claims have been issued against both forces alleging the misuse or abuse of power in public office.

Wolves not interested in selling Iorfa

BBC WM Sport

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says he's not interested in selling Dominic Iorfa. 

The England under-21 defender has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer but Jackett says he wants to build his team around him.

Dominic Iorfa
Getty Images

Meanwhile, striker Adam Le Fondre is a doubt to face Nottingham Forest this weekend, he's struggling with a side muscle strain.

London Marathon was 'the best experience ever' says Lichfield mum

Lichfield Mercury

A Lichfield woman who raised more than £4,000 for charity participating in the London Marathon on Sunday has described it as "the best experience ever".

Gemma Rhodes, Nicky Elmore and Sarah Clark.
Lichfield Mercury

Refurbished section of Birmingham New Street to reopen

A section of Birmingham New Street which has been closed for refurbishment will reopen on Monday.

Navigation Street Bridge section will allow passengers to exit the station as well as changing platforms.

Turnstiles have been installed, as well as a new floor.

View more on twitter

Follow @NetworkRailBHM for further details.

Oldbury recycling plant blaze tackled by 50 firefighters

Read more on BBC News about a large fire at a recycling plant in Oldbury.

Oldbury recycling plant blaze tackled by 50 firefighters
BBC

Airport mix-up: Couple pick 'wrong' Birmingham

Read more on BBC News about a couple who booked a dream holiday to Las Vegas, only to discover when they arrived at Birmingham Airport they had mistakenly booked to fly from Birmingham Alabama.

Richella Heekin saved for two years for a surprise £1,200 holiday for boyfriend Ben Marlow's 30th birthday last month.

But the excited couple arrived to find the airline's desk closed. Hear what happened...

Airport mix-up: Holidaymakers mistake Alabama airport for its West Midlands namesake

Drunk taxi passenger punched driver and police dog after refusing to clean up vomit

A Walsall man has been jailed for more than two years for smashing up a taxi with a hammer and punching the driver after he was asked to clean up his own vomit.

West Midlands Police says Charlie Jones, 19, (pictured) of Goscote Place, Coalpool, went into a rage after drinking about seven pints of cider.

He was seen jumping up and down on the car bonnet before running away from police officers and jumping in a nearby canal to avoid arrest. After getting out the icy water, Jones was confronted by a police dog which he punched in the head and ribs before the German shepherd brought him down. 

Charlie Jones
West Midlands Police

Jones, who admitted criminal damage, racially-aggravated assault and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, will serve 18 months in a youth offender’s institution for the assault and an additional nine months for attacking the animal. 

Latest headlines: Firefighters tackle recycling plant fire; New Birmingham marathon announced

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country this morning include:

A large fire at a recycling plant has been tackled by more than 50 firefighters

- Scheme to tackle air pollution trialed in cities including Birmingham could be extended to more parts of the country

A new Birmingham marathon has been announced more than 30 years after the city held its last 26.2 mile run

Marathon announced in Birmingham for 2017

A new Birmingham marathon has been announced more than 30 years after the city held its last 26.2 mile run.

The Birmingham International Marathon and half marathon will be held in October 2017, organisers said.

The People's Marathon ran from 1980-1985

It's expected to follow in the footsteps the People's Marathon, which ran between 1980 and 1985.  

Pictures: recycling plant fire

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze which began last night at a recycling plant in Oldbury. 

West Midlands Fire Service says the smoke at the Trinity Street site isn't toxic but is advising people nearby to keep doors and window closed. 

View more on twitter

At its height, 10 pumps attended the fire at Weir Recycling, Trinity Street.

Manhole collapses on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M6 northbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J10a M54, because of a collapsed manhole. Delays are expected.