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  1. Updates for Monday 9 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

That's it for our updates on Monday. Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

BBC Radio 6 Music: Peaky Blinders star reveals his favourite tunes

Actor Cillian Murphy shares his favourite music, including musical references to his Birmingham-set TV show Peaky Blinders. The show includes tracks from Nick Cave, Led Zeppelin, Fionn Regan, PJ Harvey and an epic from Frank Zappa.  

Special report: Farmer on why he wants to remain in the EU

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Farming accounts for about £1bn worth of business in our part of the country alone. We're often told nobody loves the EU, but farmer Adam Quinner does.

All the lamb produced on his 350 acres at Sambourne in Warwickshire is exported to France. He reckons regulations so often derided as "red tape" are a fact of life, In or Out.

How will farmers vote in next month's EU referendum?

There is, though, a vocal contingent of farmers who believe they would be better off outside the EU.

I'll be speaking to one of them in the next of my special reports.

Football: Wales boss Chris Coleman names 29-man Euro training squad

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Four West Midlands players have been named in the 29-man Wales training squad ahead of Euro 2016 in France this summer.

West Bromwich Albion defender James Chester, Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards, Birmingham City winger David Cotterill and Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw will travel to Portugal for their pre-Euro 2016 training camp.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The BBC has learned that HS2 Ltd is moving its national headquarters from London to Birmingham. 

Despite the prospect of hundreds of new jobs in the city, there are still major concerns about the impact on other parts of our region.

We will have more on this story and on new powers to tackle fly-tipping which come into force today, as well as all the weekend's football action.

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

Suspected illegal money lender arrested in Birmingham

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A 65-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering in a joint sting between police and trading standards officers in Birmingham.

Officers swooped on premises in Wood Lane, Bartley Green, at around 11:00 today, said a spokeswoman for West Midlands Police.

The man, who is still being questioned in custody by detectives, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate.

Walsall skipper Adam Chambers

Walsall captain Adam Chambers signs a new one-year deal, regardless of which division the Saddlers are in next season.

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Latest: Britain's 'oldest ever' defendant faces child sex charges; Birmingham man jailed over death crash; two convicted of shooting

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Monday's headlines, here is a recap:

- A 101-year-old man - thought to be the oldest defendant in British legal history - has appeared in court on historical child sex charges

- A Birmingham man is jailed over a 160mph death crash

- Two men have been found guilty of shooting dead a teenager in Birmingham in a row over a £50 bag of cannabis

HS2 headquarters to move to Birmingham

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Staff at the headquarters of the company overseeing the HS2 high-speed rail plans are being consulted as it prepares to move to Birmingham, the BBC has learned

Currently HS2 Ltd has been run from an office in London's Canary Wharf. 

The construction operation, which will lead to 1,500 jobs, is already based in the city. 

The announcement comes on the same day work starts on the National College for High Speed Rail at Birmingham's Science Park, near Aston University.

high speed trains

Driver jailed for 160mph death crash

A Birmingham man who killed a mother in a 160mph car crash has been jailed for eight years and eight months.

Joetta Shumba, 25, died in January in a crash on the M62 in Greater Manchester.

Martin Grant

The mother-of-one was a passenger in an Audi that hit a lorry which then overturned near the Eccles Interchange.

The car's driver, 30-year-old Martin Grant, of Jacey Road, Birmingham, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

The crash scene

Rugeley homeowners put on alert after break-in

Cannock Mercury

People living in Rugeley have been warned to try to keep all of their doors locked at all times – especially when they leave their home – after a house was broken into over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Travel: M6 crash warning

BBC Travel

Two lanes are blocked and there is queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between J10 for Wolverhampton and J10a for the M54 because of a crash.

Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is to sit down with Kevin McDonald this week to discuss the midfielder's Molineux future.

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Birmingham arrest over 1978 Aberdeen death of Kazi Ahmad

A man has been arrested in Birmingham in connection with a death 38 years ago, the BBC Scotland news website has learned.

The body of Kazi Ahmad was found in his flat in Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, in October 1978.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

The weather is changing this afternoon. There are more showers on the way.

Lows of 13C (55F) overnight.

Weather update

County Championship: Chopra fifty but Bears not out of the woods

Mike Taylor


Varun Chopra has notched his half century but Warwickshire have lost six wickets before lunch on day two against Somerset. 

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Varun Chopra
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Man, aged 101, charged with 29 child sex offences

A 101-year-old Birmingham man - thought to be the oldest defendant in British legal history - has appeared in court charged with a string of historical child sex offences.

Ralph Clarke, who was born in March 1915, is accused of 29 offences alleged to have been committed against three children between 1974 and 1983.

He is charged with 15 counts of indecent assault, two of inciting a girl to commit an act of gross indecency, 10 allegations of gross indecency and two of attempting to commit another sexual offence.

He did not enter formal pleas and was ordered by magistrates to appear at Birmingham Crown Court for a plea hearing on June 6.

Homeless Wolverhampton council tenants put up in B&Bs 196 times in one year

Express and Star

Almost 200 people in Wolverhampton were forced to spend the night in a bed and breakfast as they waited for permanent accommodation to be sorted out by the council, new figures reveal.

Coming up on TV

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC has learned that HS2 Ltd, the company planning a high speed rail line between London and the Midlands, is moving its national headquarters to Birmingham. 

I'll bring you more on this story on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Construction workers win payouts for 'blacklisting'

Workers who say they were blacklisted by construction companies have won millions in compensation after a long-running legal battle. 

The scandal came to light in 2009 following a raid by the information commissioner's office on an organisation called The Consulting Association, which was based in Droitwich. 

The union Unite has reached a settlement with construction firms that will mean 256 workers share more than £10m in compensation.

Some claim they were refused work because of their political beliefs or union activities.

Construction site
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Latest: HS2 firm relocating; large fly-tipping fines; man critical after stabbing

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our top stories so far today:

- Birmingham will become home to the headquarters of HS2 Ltd, the firm behind the proposed high speed rail line

- Fines of £400 are being introduced for fly-tipping in the West Midlands

- A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed as he got off a Birmingham bus

'Louis defies his advancing years' – popular PCSO from Great Barr still cracking crime at 71

Great Barr Observer

At the age of 71 he could be forgiven for putting his feet up – but it is quite the opposite for PCSO Louis Martindale-Vale from Great Barr.  

PCSO Louis Martindale-Vale from Great Barr
West Midlands Police

Connor Smith shooting: Two guilty of killing teenager

Two men have been found guilty of shooting dead a teenager in Birmingham in a row over a £50 bag of cannabis.

A jury found Leon Frye guilty of murdering Connor Smith and Philip Baillie guilty of manslaughter.

Leon Frye and Philip Baillie
West Midlands Police

A third man, Marcus Jones, 27, of Gildas Avenue, was found not guilty of all charges at Birmingham Crown Court.

Frye and Baillie clashed with Connor and his friends in an alleyway in the Hawkesley area of the city, said West Midlands Police.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

We're sticking with warm temperatures today but there should be some showers later. Highs of 23C (73F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Aldridge woman missing for weeks

Police say they are becoming "desperately concerned" for the welfare of an Aldridge woman missing for almost four weeks. 

Ruth Smith, aged 42, was last seen leaving her home on Friday 15 April. 

The West Midlands force thinks local people could hold the key to finding her and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or spoken to her.

Officers said she was regularly spotted in and around Aldridge, particularly at the library and The Croft. She is also a keen walker, who crosses fields near to Longwood Road, Aldridge Cricket Club, Aldridge Airport, Walsall Arboretum and Hobs Hole Lane.  

Ruth Smith
West Midlands Police

Speedway: Wolves travel to Coventry

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Wolves are away at Coventry in the Elite League tonight, but there is action at Monmore as Cradley host the Isle of Wight in the National League. 

Tapes are up at 19:30.

Football: Blues boss insists on progress despite same points tally as last year

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham City have improved according to boss Gary Rowett, despite finishing in the same place and on the same points as last season. 

They ended their Championship campaign on Saturday in 10th with 63 points.

Speaking to us after their final game - a 1-1 draw at Cardiff - Rowett said they had competed more this year but needed to learn to win when they were not playing at their best.

Gary Rowett
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Fines of £400 for fly-tipping introduced

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

New penalties are being brought in today to help prevent fly-tipping.

Here in the West Midlands there were fewer than 2,000 prosecutions last year. 

Now offenders will be fined £400 if they are caught dumping rubbish. 

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs says 900,000 incidents were dealt with in England in 2014-15. 

Football: Saddlers honour Adam Chambers

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Walsall midfielder Adam Chambers was named the Player of the Season and Player's Player at their end of season awards dinner. 

Rico Henry picked up the Young Player Award and credit to the Saddlers for handing a special Pride of Walsall Award to Owen Richards (pictured left) - the teenage fan who survived last year's terrorist attack in Tunisia which killed his uncle, grandad and brother

Owen Richards next to his uncle Adrian Evans (second left) grandfather Charles Evans (second right) and brother Joel Richards (far right)

County Championship: Abell century gives Somerset platform against Warwickshire

BBC Sport

Somerset youngster Tom Abell made his second first-class century to help his side post 295 against Warwickshire.

But most of the Somerset batsmen failed to exploit good batting conditions, with Keith Barker and Chris Woakes both picking up three wickets, backed by two from Jonathan Trott.

Somerset batsman Tom Abell
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HS2 headquarters will relocate to Birmingham

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC has learned that HS2 Ltd is moving its headquarters to Birmingham. 

The company, which is in charge of developing the proposed high speed rail line between London and the Midlands, already has a construction office in the city. 

It's now consulting staff in London on relocation plans.

The news comes as work starts in Birmingham to build the National College for High Speed Rail which will train the engineers needed to construct and operate the line.


Latest: Action on fly-tipping; man stabbed as he got off bus; HS2 firm's HQ moving

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories in the BBC WM newsroom on Monday:

- Fines of £400 are being introduced for fly-tipping in the West Midlands

- A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed as he got off a Birmingham bus

- The headquarters of HS2 Ltd, the firm behind the proposed high speed rail line, is relocating to Birmingham

Man stabbed getting off Birmingham bus

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed several times getting off a Birmingham bus.

It happened as two men became involved in an argument as they disembarked in Vyse Street, in the city's Jewellery Quarter, on Saturday evening, West Midlands Police said.

The force is appealing for information

Vyse Street

Football: Five-star Walsall miss out on automatic promotion but claim play-off spot

BBC Sport

Walsall missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship, despite a comprehensive final-day win at Port Vale.

Walsall celebrate

Travel: Willenhall delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A454 Willenhall Road in Willenhall at the junction with Neachalls Lane, in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I'm back with the news, sport, travel and weather updates on Monday.

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