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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Thursday

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That's it from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country. We're back from 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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One man's search for a vintage Sunbeam car

One man's search for a vintage car - which was his father's prized possession in the 1930s - has brought him to the Midlands.

It involved an old photo album, the internet, and a magnifying glass.

And you can see the story on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30. 

The Sunbeam car
Bob Hockenhull in the car

'Breakthrough' diabetes treatment

A trial run of a type 2 diabetes treatment by a West Midlands hospital trust has been hailed as a major breakthrough.

The two-year programme involved putting a latex tube, known as an Endobarrier device, into the patient's small intestine to reduce the rate at which food is absorbed.

Around 100 people took part in the project at City and Sandwell hospitals, losing on average two stone in weight and drastically reducing their blood sugar levels.

Nick Pharhani, 52, who lost four and a half stone (28kg), said: "I do feel a lot more positive about myself". 

Type 2 diabetes treatment hailed as major breakthrough

Blog: Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

The British Chambers of Commerce's figures suggest the West Midlands is the most Euro-sceptic region of all.

According to their survey, 45.2% of West Midlands businesses would vote to Remain in the EU, closely followed by 44.8% who would vote to Leave if the referendum were to be held tomorrow. As many as 9.7% are still undecided.

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Latest: Academy trust head resigns; BBC presenters in court; Deputy PCC's 'misconduct'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Wednesday, here are the headlines:

- The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned

- Two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with sex offences against four children

- The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner "damaged the relationship" between a shooting victim's family and police during a "sensitive murder investigation", a disciplinary panel found

Birmingham pupil suspended 'for Peaky Blinders haircut'

Joshua Reape, eight, was sent home from his Birmingham school and told not to return for a week because of his "Peaky Blinders haircut", his mum says.His short back and sides is similar to that of Tommy Shelby, a character in the BBC drama played by Cillian Murphy - a style the schoolboy says he has worn for seven months.

Birmingham pupil suspended 'for Peaky Blinders haircut'

Joshua's mother Claire said the school had "gone too far" and suggested she could have been given a warning instead.She said a full explanation had not been given by Erdington's Abbey Catholic Primary School, which was unavailable for comment.    

Manufacturing goes back into recession

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC WM

UK industry fell back into recession as it shrank for the second quarter in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is the third time UK industry has been in recession in eight years.

Although industrial production rose 0.3% from February to March, it fell 0.4% both in the first three months of 2016 and in the last three of 2015.

Power struggle at Dudley council house

Dudley News

A big question mark was this week hanging over Dudley Council’s leadership after the local election saw Labour lose control of the authority - here's our front page story.

Dudley News frontpage
Dudley News

£40k watch stolen from man threatened with gun during Sedgley robbery

Robbers hit a man around the head with a hammer before threatening him with a gun and making off with a £40,000 watch he'd been given for his birthday.

The 21-year-old man was approached by two hooded robbers as he walked down Charles Hayward Drive, Sedgley, with a friend. 

Police, who have today appealed for information, said the victim was not seriously injured and was treated in hospital for minor cuts, bruising and swelling.

He was released on the same day of the attack which happened about 20:30 on Thursday 28 April.

The watch
West Midlands Police
Edgbaston in the rain

Warwickshire's home game with Somerset is abandoned as a draw after a second successive washed-out day at Edgbaston.

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Head of under-fire academy trust in Birmingham resigns

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News Online

The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned, leaving its five schools with an uncertain future.

Chief executive of Birmingham's Perry Beeches Academy Trust Liam Nolan is stepping aside so the trust "can move forward", staff have been told.

Two free schools to be run by the trust are not going ahead, the Guardian says.

The Department for Education said interim governance arrangements to ensure the schools' management had been put in place. The existing governing body is reported to be stepping down.  

Prime Minister David Cameron and then Education Secretary Michael Gove were at the opening of Perry Beeches III free school in 2013

Rugeley dog on the mend after swallowing 6cm long stone

Cannock Mercury

Barry Lee knew that as soon as his beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier stopped pestering for his toast in the morning that something was up.  

Eric the dog and the stone and his Xray
Number 1 Vets in Rugeley

Latest: Academy trust head resigns; accused radio presenters in court; Deputy PCC's 'misconduct'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Wednesday so far:

- The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned, leaving its five schools with an uncertain future

- Two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with sex offences against four children

- The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner committed "serious misconduct" by visiting a murder victim's family without informing officers, a disciplinary hearing found

Disciplinary hearing into conduct of West Midlands Deputy PCC Yvonne Mosquito 'handled very badly'

Earlier we told you a disciplinary hearing found that Ms Mosquito's visit to a murder victim's family amounted to "serious misconduct" and, according to the office of the PCC, made "the already complex job" of investigating police "more difficult".  

Maxie Hayles, pictured second right as he chaired a public meeting in support of the suspended Ms Mosquito in April, today said it was an "injustice" that the hearing over "such a serious accusation" had proceeded in Ms Mosquito's absence.  

Peter Pennant, Sara Myers, Maxie Hayles, Brother Andrew of the Birmingham Study Group

Conservative Councillor Andrew Hardie, of Sutton Vesey ward, who also attended last month's meeting, said the disciplinary process had "been handled very badly in view of the tragedy involved." The office of the PCC says the hearing, overseen by an independent panel, considered a "substantial statement" from Ms Mosquito.  

Hours after announcing the panel's finding, the office of the PCC said it would be recruiting two new Assistant PCCs instead of a single Deputy PCC.

County Championship: Prospects of play bleak at Edgbaston

Mike Taylor


A mopping-up exercise is under way at Edgbaston in the hope of salvaging some play between Warwickshire and Somerset on day four of their County Championship clash.

An inspection is due to be held into conditions at 14:00.

Follow the state of play.

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Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

The head of a chain of academy schools held up by the government as an example of good practice has resigned. 

A weight loss trial run by a Midlands hospital trust has proved such a success it could now be rolled out across the NHS.

And two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with historical child sex offences. 

We'll have more on these stories and others in the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Kings Norton Boys School teachers striking

Teachers are striking at a school in Birmingham today. 

The one-day protest at Kings Norton Boys School is in response to what they see as the unfair selection of staff for redundancy.

Anne Brimacombe is from the NASUWT teachers' union and says members are concerned about staffing cuts to subjects like PE and Art.

Kings Norton Boys School

A spokesperson for Kings Norton Boys said: “The dispute relates to a restructure that is taking place in the school. We will continue to work towards a resolution.”

Jon Whitney and Paul Downing

Walsall interim boss Jon Whitney is keen to get the chance to bury a few Wembley ghosts in the League One play-offs.

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BBC presenters appear in court over child sex offence charges

BBC presenters have appeared in court accused of committing sex offences against four boys in the 1990s.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth - local radio presenters who have both worked for BBC WM among other BBC stations - spoke before magistrates in Leamington Spa only to confirm their names and address. They are currently both off-air.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth
The couple make their way to court

The couple, aged 68 and 58 respectively, are charged with a string of offences said to have been committed in Warwickshire between 1995 and 1999. Mr Wadsworth is accused of five counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency, while Mrs Wadsworth - who broadcasts as Julie Mayer - is charged with seven counts of the same alleged offence.

The case has been adjourned to Warwick Crown Court until June 10. Conditional bail was granted to the pair who are also accused of an act of gross public indecency.

Union dubs disciplinary hearing against suspended Deputy PCC 'deplorable'

Ms Mosquito's union Unite had rejected the allegations against her before the hearing. 

The union said it was "deplorable" the hearing went ahead without Ms Mosquito nor her union representative who was on holiday, despite their suggestion of alternative dates.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - Labour's David Jamieson who was re-elected last week - said an independent panel considered the evidence including a "substantial statement" from Ms Mosquito.

Exclusive: Sally W-Jones Interviews Hal Cruttenden

Grapevine Birmingham

Comedian Hal Cruttenden is currently touring the UK after returning from Australia with his new tour. Sally W-Jones caught up with him to chat about shocking comedy, getting attacked after gigs and the stress of TV.  

BreakingDeputy PCC 'committed serious misconduct' visiting murder victim's family

Suspended West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito "committed serious misconduct" visiting a murder victim’s family during an active investigation without first informing officers, an investigation has found.

She has been ordered to apologise to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and the family of Kenichi Phillips.

The 18-year-old was killed as he sat in a car in St Mark's Crescent, Birmingham, on 17 March. 

Ms Mosquito has been issued with a final written warning. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner says, as she has not yet offered an apology, she remains suspended until her contract ends later today.

Yvonne Mosquito

BBC presenters in court accused of historical child sex offences

Two BBC radio presenters are due to appear in court today accused of committing a series of child sex offences in the 1990s.

Married couple Tony and Julie Wadsworth, who have both worked for Birmingham-based BBC WM and BBC Radio Leicester, were charged by Warwickshire Police earlier this year.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth

Tony Wadsworth, 68, is charged with five counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency. His wife, aged 58, who broadcasts under the name Julie Mayer, is charged with seven counts of the same alleged offence. 

The pair - who are currently off-air - face a further allegation of outraging public decency. The BBC confirmed in April that the charges did not relate to the presenters' positions with the corporation.

Cancer centre in memory of Harry Moseley marks one year

A "drop-in" cancer centre set up in memory of 11-year-old fundraiser and cancer patient Harry Moseley, is marking its first birthday today. 

Harry Moseley became famous for making and selling handmade bracelets. He raised more than £750,000 before his death from a brain tumour in 2011.

Harry Moseley
The cancer centre

Hednesford Park pavilion renovation nears completion

Cannock Mercury

An "American milk bar" will be at the centre of the Hednesford Park pavilion – which is due to be completed by the end of May.

The revamp under way
Cannock Mercury

Latest: Academy trust head resigns; diabetes and obesity treatment success; strike at Birmingham school

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Wednesday so far:

- The under-fire head of a Birmingham academy trust resigns

- A two-year trial of treatments for diabetes and obesity has helped participants lose weight and become healthier

- Teachers at a Birmingham school are striking today

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Make sure you have your umbrella to hand. Showers could turn heavy. Highs of 17C (63F).

Find out more.

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
Dave Edwards

Competition for central midfield places in Wales' Euro 2016 squad is fierce says Wolverhampton Wanderers' Dave Edwards

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Diabetes and obesity trial has seen signs of success in the West Midlands

A two-year trial of treatments for diabetes and obesity run here in the West Midlands has helped participants lose weight and become healthier, hospitals say. 

The treatment involves putting a latex tube into the patient's intestine, which reduces the rate at which food is absorbed. Patients also take drugs to lower blood sugar levels. 

Just under 100 people took part in the project at City and Sandwell Hospitals and they've lost an average of two stone each. 

Type-1 diabetic

BreakingHead of under-fire academy trust in Birmingham resigns, staff told

The head of a flagship academy trust in Birmingham has resigned, the BBC can reveal.

In March, the Education Funding Agency found Perry Beeches The Academy Trust paid its chief executive Liam Nolan a second salary passed through two separate companies and raised serious concerns about the trust's financial management and governance.

The trust was issued with a financial notice to improve following a probe prompted by a whistleblower.

Liam Nolan

And today staff were read a message - seen by the BBC - that Mr Nolan, the trust's CEO and executive headteacher, had resigned "to allow the necessary changes required to move the Trust forward".

The message told staff Mr Nolan had "thoroughly enjoyed his time at Perry Beeches since joining in 2007 and that it had been a privilege to work alongside colleagues, families and young people in the schools".

Consultation on West Coast main line

A public consultation exercise has been launched over the future of the next West Coast main line franchise. 

Passengers are being asked for their views on the key rail route, which runs from London to Birmingham and onto Manchester and Edinburgh. 

Officials at the Department for Transport (DfT) want to see improvements in customer satisfaction, the introduction of innovative ways to improve ticketing, plus services that do more to meet the needs of the communities they serve. 

The new franchise is due to start in April 2018 when the current contract with Virgin Trains comes to an end.

Virgin Train

Travel: M6 southbound delays

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J7 for Great Barr and J6 for the Aston Expressway because of an earlier breakdown even though all lanes have reopened.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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