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Summary

  1. Woman found guilty of murdering 18-month-old
  2. Police officer convicted over kidnap hoax
  3. Parents pledge to keep children off school in Sats row
  4. Formal bid to be submitted for Tata Steel's UK assets
  5. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016

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By Stephanie Barnard

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End of live updates

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

Watch: Overnight weather forecast

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry, with patchy cloud at first. 

This cloud is expected to melt away overnight to leave lengthy clear spells through the early hours with lows of 1C (34F).

Alex Hamilton with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Video: Killer guardian is 'barbaric, inhuman'

A senior police officer has described child killer Kandyce Downer's treatment of her adopted daughter as "downright evil".

Det Insp Harry Harrison, of West Midlands Police, described the case as "harrowing".

Keegan was found to have a leg fracture which had gone untreated

The NSPCC said no child should have to suffer what Keegan Downer went through in her short life.

A spokesman said: "It defies belief that this abuse could happen at the hands of a woman who was entrusted with bringing up Keegan."

Steps must be taken to prevent this from happening again, he said.

Statue of Walsall author to be unveiled

BBC WM

After 20 years of campaigning Walsall is to get a statue to honour author Jerome. K Jerome.

The borough born writer is most well known for writing Three Men in a Boat.

The statue, which will be in Walsall Arboretum, will be unveiled in June. 

Jerome. K Jerome
BBC

Disturbance causes delays on Cross City rail line

A disturbance on a train at Duddeston is causing delays to the Cross City and Walsall lines, London Midland says.

Police have been called.

#Duddeston: The #NewStreet bound line is currently blocked whilst we await police attention to a disturbance aboard a train.

Keegan Downer: Short, sad life of murdered baby

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

The legal guardian of 18-month-old Keegan Downer has been found guilty of murdering her in Birmingham. Kandyce Downer was meant to love and protect her ward, but instead, over a period of months, battered her to death. As a court heard, the only protective instinct she showed was toward herself when she tried to destroy evidence later used to convict her.

Keegan was lying dead in the family home in Weoley Castle when Kandyce Downer drove another child to church and disposed of a blood-stained mattress and pillow in a rubbish bag at the side of a road.

Read the full news story online.

Keegan Downer: Short, sad life of murdered baby
BBC

Birmingham landmarks inspires Peaky Blinders

Satnam Rana

BBC Midlands Today

BBC Drama Peaky Blinders set in 1920s Birmingham returns to BBC Two later this week. 

Grant Montgomery, set designer for series one and two,says the show has been a career highlight.

Much of his work was "inspired" by visits to the city, including his visit to the real The Garrison pub in Bordsley (pictured).

The Garrison pub in Bordsley
BBC

The home of main character Thomas Shelby was inspired by the city's only surviving back to backs.

You can see more on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.

Tyre fire in Wednesbury

Firefighters are tackling a blaze in Wednesbury. 

West Midlands Fire Service says it received a 999 call to Potters Lane after about 40 tyres caught fire.

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Mother of four blamed her children for the death of toddler in her care

Sian Lloyd

BBC News Correspondent

Before Keegan (pictured) died Kandyce Downer left the toddler alone and dumped bin bags on a road nearby. The bags are believed to have contained the toddler's blood stained bedding.

Keegan Downer
West Midlands Police

During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court Kandyce Downer blamed her son and other children. She said they looked after the toddler because she was four months pregnant and had high blood pressure. 

The jury didn't believe her - finding Kandyce Downer guilty of murder.

Kandyce Downer due to be sentenced tomorrow

Kandyce Downer, 34, will be sentenced for the murder of 18-month-old Keegan tomorrow.

West Midlands Police says the toddler suffered multiple injuries and blunt force trauma for months before, leading to infection and blood poisoning which eventually led to her death.

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Whilst we have today seen justice done, it does not change the tragic fact that an innocent child has lost her life in heart-breaking circumstances.

Det Insp Harry Harrison

Independent inquiry after toddler's murder

A serious case review has been set-up after a mother of four was found guilty of the murder of 18-month-old Keegan Downer who was in her care.

The chair of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board says an independent inquiry will "establish what lessons could be learned by the agencies involved in this sad case".

Now that the criminal trial has ended the Serious Case Review can be completed, reflecting on information disclosed during the trial. The Serious Case Review report findings will be published in the summer.”

Penny Thompson CBEChair of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
Keegan Downer injuries
BBC

Listen: Child killer's 999 call released 'She's not breathing'

The 999 call made by Kandyce Downer, found guilty of killing Keegan Downer, has been made public.

Downer, a mother of four, killed 18-month-old Keegan months after she became the child's legal guardian.

A post-mortem examination showed Keegan had more than 120 injuries

'Walls and cot splattered with blood'

Forensic officers found evidence of how 18-month-old Keegan Downer was mistreated.  

Her cot and the walls surrounding it were splattered with blood. 

Her treatment of Keegan was barbaric, inhuman and evil. It really does play on my mind how much suffering Keegan must've gone through in the latter part of her life.

Nigel HarrisonDetectic Inspector
Harry Harrison, West Midlands Police
BBC

Toddler murdered by her legal guardian

Keegan Downer was murdered by the woman who had been chosen to be her legal guardian.

Kandyce Downer (pictured), 34, a full time student, became the toddler's sole carer in January 2015. 

Four months later, Keegan was dead, having suffered a raft of injuries.

Kandyce Downer
West Midlands Police

Murdered toddler found with '153 scars and marks'

Sian Lloyd

BBC News Correspondent

Here's more on our breaking court case:

Keegan Downer (pictured) died on 5 September 2015. 

The 18-month-old was found to have 153 scars and marks across her face and body. 

She suffered broken thigh bones, ribs and a serious head injury. It was said she suffered excruciating pain.   

Keegan Downer
West Midlands Police

BreakingWoman found guilty of murdering 18-month-old

Sian Lloyd

BBC News Correspondent

A woman has been found guilty of the murder of 18-month-old Keegan Downer.

The jury took just under three hours to reach its verdict. 

Kandyce Downer was appointed the child's legal guardian in January 2015 following an application backed by Birmingham Social services. 

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew faces FA investigation

BBC Sport

The Football Association says it will investigate striker Jordan Ayew's actions during Aston Villa's 3-2 defeat at Watford on Saturday.

Relegated Villa were leading 2-1 at Vicarage Road before two late goals from Watford captain Troy Deeney.

Jordan Ayew
Getty Images

Listen: PC hoax 999 call - 'He's got some line with ISIS and Syria'

A police officer who was involved in a hoax 999 call claiming a colleague would be kidnapped by a radical Muslim with links to so-called Islamic State has been convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Hussain rang 999 saying: "I have been asked to drive the car which they are going to kidnap the police officer in and put him in the back, I have been told to drive off because I am a very good driver."

Listen to the call he made... 

PC 'sparked bogus IS kidnap alert'

Police hoaxer guilty of a 'vast breach of trust'

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

PC Amar Hussain has been remanded in custody after being convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice along with co-defendants Adil Bashir and Muhammad Ali Sheikh. 

Hussain made a hoax phone call to West Midlands Police claiming he knew of a plot to kidnap a police officer. 

The Recorder of Stafford, His Honour Judge Michael Chambers QC, said Hussain was guilty of a "vast breach of trust."

The three defendants are due to be sentenced on 27 May.

Police staff forced to call in when arriving home after hoax kidnap call

Prosecutor Simon Davis said West Midlands Police put "unprecedented measures" in place following the hoax call which was made on 8 December 2014.

All police staff were forced to report they had got home safely.

PC Amar Hussain is pictured with Adil Bashir, 26, and Muhammad Ali Sheikh, 31, (left to right ) who also denied charges of perverting the course of justice.  

PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, Adil Bashir and Muhammad Sheikh (left to right)
West Midlands Police

Hoax call claimed colleague would be kidnapped

Hussain was involved in a hoax 999 call claiming a colleague would be kidnapped by a radical Muslim with links to so-called Islamic State, Stafford Crown Court heard.  

The police constable, 29, was one of three men accused of conspiring to make a bogus call to West Midlands Police.  

He had denied two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice but was found guilty after a trial.

BreakingPolice officer convicted over terrorist kidnap hoax

PC Amar Hussain, from Birmingham, has been convicted of perverting the course of justice after making a hoax phone call claiming an officer was going to be kidnapped by terrorists.   

Jury retires to consider its verdict in Keegan Downer trial

Sian Lloyd

BBC News Correspondent

The jury in the case of Kandyce Downer has retired to consider their verdict. 

The 34-year-old is accused of the murder of 18-month-old Keegan Downer, after she collapsed at the family home in Birmingham in September last year. 

The alternative charge is causing or allowing the death of Keegan. 

During the trial the jury was told the toddler had 153 scars and bruises across her face and body plus serious injuries to her brain and spine.

Kandyce Downer denies the charges. 

Six more unlikely top-flight titles

BBC Sport

As Leicester City win an unlikely Premier League title, BBC Rewind looks back at some surprise triumphs from years gone by...

It includes Aston Villa, who took the league title in 1981 before going on to win the European Cup the following season. Oh how things have changed.  

Six unlikely top-flight titles

Airport fault is rectified

Passengers should see queues to get through security at Birmingham Airport start to improve as the IT fault is rectified, the airport says.

The IT fault we experienced in security has now been rectified and the time taken to proceed through security will now begin to improve.

Manual security checks at Birmingham Airport: Passengers 'leave extra time'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Manual security checks are being carried out at Birmingham Airport after a computer fault.

At about 08:00 this morning passengers reported delays of 65 minutes at the security gate after a "technical software issue".

A spokeswoman for the airport is advising passengers to leave extra time if travelling to the airport today.

Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport

Computer fault causes more delays at Birmingham Airport

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Passengers at Birmingham Airport are being warned to expect more delays after a re-occurring technical fault.

Earlier this morning the security check-in desk had delays of more than an hour after the computer system which operates the airport's metal detectors and scanners stopped working.

A spokeswoman for the airport says passengers should leave extra time to check in.

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Liberty to submit bid for Tata's UK business

Liberty House plans to submit a formal bid on Tuesday to buy Tata Steel's UK assets, including those based in the West Midlands.

Liberty, headed by Sanjeev Gupta, was first to express an interest in the assets when they were put up for sale.

Map to show Tata Steel jobs in England and Wales
BBC

A spokesman for Liberty told the BBC the firm had put together a team of advisers and financial backers.

Sir Lenny Henry: Comedian, campaigner... blues singer?

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Black Country funnyman, actor and campaigner Lenny Henry has turned his hand to singing the blues.

Why? BBC Entertainment spoke to him - read the full article online.

BBC Entertainment screen grab - Sir Lenny Henry: Comedian, campaigner... blues singer?
BBC

Because I've been making music and singing and performing since I was 16 and I've always wanted to make an album. I've always loved the blues and I've grown to appreciate it more as I've got older. And I think that's what happens with the blues.

Lenny HenryBlues singer

Walsall still in the frame for automatic promotion

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM Sport

The League One promotion race will go to the final day of the season on Sunday, after Walsall's 3-1 win over Fleetwood. 

Goals from Tom Bradshaw (pictured), Paul Downing and Romaine Sawyers sealed the win. 

To go up automatically, the minimum requirement is a 2-0 win for Walsall at Port Vale and the Saddlers must hope Burton lose at Doncaster. 

Tom Bradshaw
Empics

We're on a bit of momentum now. We're on the crest of that wave and we're going to see if we can carry it forward whether it's for this final game or if it takes us to the play-offs. It's all about consistency and at least finishing third, so it helps us get that away tie in the first leg.

Jon WhitneyHead coach, Walsall FC

Latest headlines: Passengers at Birmingham airport warned to expect delays; primary school children could be kept off school in a protest over exams

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the BBC WM newsroom - the top stories we're looking at today include:

- Passengers at Birmingham Airport warned to expect delays while it works through backlog after computer fault caused delays of more than an hour earlier this morning

- Primary school children from across the West Midlands could be kept off school today in a protest against new exams

- The League One promotion race will go to the final day of the season on Sunday, after Walsall's 3-1 win over Fleetwood

Birmingham Airport computer fault now fixed

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Birmingham Airport reports its computer issue has now been fixed.

Passengers are warned to expect delays while it works through the backlog.

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Sats protest: Parents to keep children off school

Primary school children from across the West Midlands could be kept off school today in a protest against new exams.

Child writing on paper
Thinkstock

Parents are supporting a campaign, which is trying to get the government to scrap the Sats tests for six to seven year olds.

The Department for Education says the tests help teachers identify and provide the support pupils need, as well as giving parents a picture of how their child is doing.   

Birmingham Airport security delays due to 'software issues'

Delays of more than an hour are being reported at Birmingham Airport, following a technical issue at security check-in.

Mike Cleaver, who is travelling to Cork in the Irish Republic, says some airlines are holding back planes for as long as possible to allow delayed passengers to board.

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Delays of more than an hour at Birmingham Airport security

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A "technical fault" at Birmingham Airport is causing delays of more than an hour at the security check point.

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The airport has tweeted some passengers to reassure them "the majority of airlines are holding flights for passengers".

One passenger contacted the BBC to say that the queue time is 66 minutes.

Weather: Sunshine and showers expected

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a bright start across the West Midlands, with lengthy sunny spells at first. 

However, cloud will build through the day, accompanied by the odd shower. Feeling pleasant, especially in the sunshine, with highs of 13C (55F).