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  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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

Have a great bank holiday weekend.

Weekend weather: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Showers tending to ease through this evening with a dry night then following. 

Clearer spells developing for many and with winds easing, some patchy mist or fog may form. A cold night with widespread frost and lows of 0C (32F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

Watch: Why a Blues fan made a coffin to mark Villa's relegation

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

A Birmingham City supporter explains why he made a coffin to mark the relegation from the Premier League of local rival Aston Villa. The handiwork of Chris Browne was carried by Blues fans at their away game against Huddersfield at the weekend; an online video of which has been seen by more than five million people.                       

'Why I created a Villa coffin' - Birmingham City fan explains why he marked the relegation

Peaky Friday: Birmingham gets ready for Peaky Blinders

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Today Birmingham has marked the return of Peaky Blinders by donning the trademark cap across the city.

The bull outside the Bullring shopping centre doffed its cap, as did a scuba diver at the Sealife Centre and train guards at Birmingham Moor Street.

The Birmingham-based gangster drama is screened next Thursday on BBC Two, but a special ticket-only screening for local fans and cast is taking place next week in the city ahead of the broadcast. 

Peaky Friday - Birmingham bull, scuba diver and train guards wear a flat cap to mark the return of Peaky Blinders
Stonehouse Photographic

For more, follow the hashtag #PeakyFriday and the official @thePeakyBlinder account.

Wolves 'close, but not close enough'

BBC WM Sport

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has admitted that setting an unwanted club record of four consecutive goalless draws at Molineux is not the ideal way to end a frustrating season.

The up-for-sale club, who are 14th in the Championship, have not scored at home since 8 March.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett
Getty Images

We're close, but not close enough. We've been competitive. We want to be playing well, creating chances and scoring goals. But four 0-0 draws is better than four defeats.

Kenny JackettWolves manager

CCTV: Bus stabbing

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with a stabbing on a bus.

A 22-year-old man was injured in the attack, police say, following a row with a fellow passenger on the number 11 service in Church Road, Yardley. He was stabbed in the arm and suffered two deep lacerations.

Detective Sergeant Lisa Jones, from Force CID, said: “This was a serious attack and we believe there were a number of people on the bus at the time that may have witnessed the attack and have not come forward."

The stabbing happened shortly before 21:00 on Friday 8 April.  

CCTV image of bus passenger
West Midlands Police

Get ready for a new series of Peaky Blinders "I don't trust Birmingham"


Series three of Peaky Blinders starts next week.

As excitement builds, you can watch clips of the new series which starts on BBC Two next Thursday at 21:00.

Tommy Shelby meets the Russian in the stables.

Match previews: Wolves and Walsall

Richard Wilford


Wolves go to Nottingham Forest for a game that’s live on BBC WM 95.6fm and on DAB in the Black Country. The up-side of Wolves’ disappointing season has been the emergence of some talented younger players, many of whom will get another chance at the City Ground.

Walsall wait until Monday for their vital home game with Fleetwood, and they will be hoping League One’s second-placed club Burton have slipped up at home to Gillingham before then. 

The Saddlers are three points behind the Brewers with two games to play, and former keeper Jimmy Walker joins the BBC WM team for full commentary on Monday from midday.

Match previews: Blues, Baggies and Villa

Richard Wilford


The footballing weekend on BBC WM starts on Friday night with Birmingham City cast as party-poopers against promotion-chasing Middlesbrough. The Teessiders will go top with one game to play if they avoid defeat at St Andrew’s, although their former loanee Diego Fabbrini may just prove a fly in their ointment. Former Blues striker Paul Devlin is part of our team for that game.

On Saturday, the Baggies' head coach Tony Pulis (pictured) may look to blood a few youngsters as West Brom host West Ham in the Premier League. Pulis has done his job of securing another season in the top flight, and now is pressing ahead with his plans for next season. You can hear the game live on BBC WM’s DAB digital service in Birmingham.

Tony Pulis

Aston Villa will try to avoid equalling the club record of eleven successive league defeats as they head to Watford. The Hornets’ striker Troy Deeney will be motivated to add to Villa’s woes as a lifelong Blues’ fan.  

West Midlands PCC election debate: What happened

Chris Blakemore

BBC WM news editor

Danny Kelly has been talking to the four candidates hoping for your votes in next week's Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in the West Midlands.

Labour's David Jamieson has got the job at the moment and says he wants to keep it. He's pledged that if new information about the Birmingham pub bombings more than 40 years ago comes up, something will be done.

West Midlands PCC candidates

Conservative Les Jones says if he gets the job he will concentrate on making police officers more visible on our streets.

Pete Durnell of UKIP was asked about the role of West Midlands Police into the Hillsborough Disaster and says if he gets in, he will get to the bottom of what happened.

And Independent candidate Andy Flynn says he's the best person to vote for because he is truly Independent and not affiliated to any political party.

PeakyFriday - Scuba diver wears his cap

We promised you flat caps to celebrate #PeakyFriday.

Birmingham Sealife Centre has got involved, with this scuba diver styling out his flat cap for the fish.

View more on twitter

A new series of Peaky Blinders, which is based in Birmingham, is back on BBC Two on Thursday.

Couple facing child sex abuse charges had 'suicide pact', rules coroner

Chris Blakemore


The Black Country coroner has recorded verdicts of suicide for the deaths of a couple from Wolverhampton facing historic child abuse allegations.

The bodies of 41-year-old David Cooke and Cheyevette Cooke, 46, were found in a car on a golf club car park in Bushbury in March.

The couple were due before Cannock magistrates to face charges on the day they died. 

Man behind the Villa coffin says it's 'just banter'

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

I've been to meet one of the Birmingham City fans behind the Aston Villa coffin stunt.

Footage of it being paraded by Blues fans at their game at Huddersfield last weekend to mark Villa's relegation from the Premier League has gone viral online.

Chris Browne says it's "just a bit of banter" and is hoping to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital by selling it on an online auction site.     

Birmingham City fan holding an Aston Villa coffin

Severe delays after M5 smash

Express and Star

A car crash involving a single vehicle has delayed commuters on the M5 today.

M5 crash
West Midlands Highways

Harborne house fire: Surrounding roads remain closed

West Midlands Fire Service remains at the scene of a house fire in Harborne. 

Surrounding roads have been closed while emergency services attend the scene.

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Meeting the maker of the Aston Villa coffin

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

I'm off to see the Birmingham City fan who's created the controversial Aston Villa coffin.

Blues fans carried it above their heads before their away game at Huddersfield last week to mark their rival's relegation from the Premier League.

A video of it has been proving popular on social media.

Aston Villa coffin

Trains between Wolverhampton and Birmingham delayed

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Trains running between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street are delayed after a "problem with lineside equipment".

National Rail says Arriva Train Wales, Cross Country, London Midland and Virgin Train services are all affected by the problem. Delays are expected to last until about 16:00.

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Three terror suspects due to appear at the Old Bailey in May

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

Soumaya Boufassil and Mohammed Ali Ahmed are accused of collecting money for terrorist purposes. 

Soumaya's brother Zakaria Boufassil and Mohammed Ali Ahmed are accused of giving money for terrorist purposes to Mohamed Abrini (pictured) when he was in Birmingham last July - the so-called "man in the hat" suspected of being involved in both the Paris and Brussels attacks.

All three accused, from Small Heath, Birmingham, will next appear at the Old Bailey on 13 May. 

Mohamed Abrini, known as the man in the hat

Brother and sisters Soumaya and Zakaria Boufassil are Belgium nationals and Mohammed Ali Ahmed, British.

BreakingTwo men charged with giving £3k to 'man in hat' terror suspect

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

Two men from Birmingham have appeared in court accused of giving £3k to Mohammed Abrini, the man known as the "man in the hat" suspected of being involved in the Brussels and Paris attacks.

The men, Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil of Small Heath, appeared in the dock along with Boufassil's sister, Soumaya Boufassil. 

Along with Mohammed Ali Ahmed, she is accused of collecting money for terrorist purposes. 

Aston Villa 'losing kudos', says Black

BBC WM Sport

Aston Villa's caretaker manager Eric Black says the club is surrounded by negativity and he's never known a situation like it.

The club is up for sale. There's no permanant manager in place. Most of the players will be losing 50% of their wages. They are losing the kudos of playing in the Premier League to Championship. It's different and some of them may want to leave. There's people here who have lost their jobs which has a big influence on the day to day surroundings."

Eric BlackAston Villa, caretaker manager
Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black
Getty Images

The latest drama to come out of Villa Park saw Gabby Agbonlahor give up the club captaincy yesterday - following his suspension for being pictured partying in London the night Villa were relegated. 

The striker said in a statement he didn't deserve the role - but he is now available for selection from Monday.

Harborne house fire: No injuries, says ambulance service

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A fire which started in the roof of a terraced house in Harborne has spread to the roof of the property next door.

Gas and electric have been isolated in the area as firefighters remain at the scene to which they were called at about 08:50.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says nobody was injured.

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West Midland PCC election debate: Live on BBC WM at 11am

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

All four candidates for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner elections will appear in a debate on BBC WM 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.

West Midlands PCC election - David Jamison giving speech

M5 delays continue

Delays continue on the M5 as one lane remains open following a crash this morning.

Diesel is yet to be cleaned from the carriageway.

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Photos: Harborne house fire

Harborne High Street is closed as firefighters tackle a blaze at a house.

West Midlands Fire Service says four crews are at the scene.

Harborne house fire
Stacey Clarke
Harborne house fire
Stacey Clarke

M5 re-opens northbound

The M5 has re-opened between junctions 3-2 after an accident.

Delays still remain but should start to ease.

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Birmingham bull doffs his cap to Peaky Blinders

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Peaky Blinders is back on BBC Two next Thursday.

All day today, the bull outside The Bullring will be wearing a signature cloth cap to mark series three of the Birmingham-set programme.

The cap was designed and created by fashion and textile students at Birmingham City University.

Birmingham Bull wearing a cloth cap to celebrate the new series of Peaky Blinders

People around Birmingham will be wearing their flat caps today in honour of the show, which stars Cillian Murphy  - share your pics with us if you want to join in.

You can follow updates on Twitter via @bbcbhampr and by following the hashtag #PeakyFriday.

M5 northbound delays following accident

BBC Travel

Two lanes are blocked on the M5 northbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of an accident.

Drivers are warned to expect severe delays.

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Latest headlines: Three due in court charged with terror offences; woman dies in Stetchford house fire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories we're looking at in the BBC WM newsroom this morning include:

- Three people from Birmingham are due before Westminster Magistrates later charged with terrorism offences

- A 55-year-old woman has died in a house fire in Stechford

- Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black says the club is surrounded by negativity

'Severe' house fire in Harbourne

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are tackling a "severe house fire" in Harborne.

West Midlands Fire Service says four pumps are tackling a blaze on the High Street after receiving a 999 call at 08:47.

We'll bring you more details when we have them. It is not yet known whether anyone has been injured.

Woman dies in Birmingham house fire

A woman has died in a house fire in Birmingham.

About 14 firefighters were called to a property on Mears Drive in Stechford (pictured) at about 20:30 on Thursday after reports of a fire in a bedroom.

Mears Drive in Stechford

West Midlands Fire Service said the 55-year-old died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Investigators have been at scene overnight to try to establish the cause of the fire.

Three due in court over UK terror inquiry

Two men and a woman from Small Heath, Birmingham, are due in court later charged with terror offences as part of a UK probe launched after the Paris and Brussels attacks.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil are both charged with funding terrorism on or before 7 July 2015.

Mr Ahmed and Soumaya Boufassil are separately charged with preparation of acts of terrorism between January 2015 and this month.  

Delays on the roads: M6 lane blocked

BBC Travel

- One lane blocked on the M5 northbound at link road to M6 South carriageway, because of a broken down van. Congestion to J1, A41 (West Bromwich)

- B4138 Thornhill Road in Streetly closed in both directions between the A452 Chester Road junction and the Manor Road junction, because of a serious accident

For the latest disruptions on the roads visit BBC Travel.

Weather: Friday forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A breezy and chilly day with sunny spells and scattered showers, these likely locally heavy and wintry with a risk of hail and thunder. 

However, the showers and wind will tend to ease through the evening with highs of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning: Live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

It's Friday and I'm in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

If you'd like to get in touch with me you can do so by email, tweeting @bbcwm or visiting the BBC WM Facebook page.