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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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

Moseley reveal next term's coaching team

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Moseley director of rugby Kevin Maggs has committed his future to the club, despite their relegation from the Championship to National League One.

"We have given Kevin our full backing," said Moseley chairman Dave Warren. "He is passionate about the club. We feel that he is the right person to assemble a strong squad capable of challenging for top spot next year.”

Billesley Common, home of Moseley RFC
Moseley RFC

Former Leicester and England lock Louis Deacon is retained in the increased role of forwards coach, while Greg Sammons stays on as skills and conditioning coach.

Moseley finished bottom of the Championship table for 2015-16, winning just four of their 22 matches. 

Woman, 84, dies following Erdington crash

An 84-year-old women who was critically injured in a crash in Erdington has died. 

West Midlands Police said the white Hyundai in which the woman was a passenger was travelling on Court Lane in Erdington at about 15:00 on Sunday when it collided with a white Seat Leon.

Both cars mounted the kerb and hit a lamppost.

Those who run illegal schools will be prosecuted, says Ofsted chief

The chief inspector of schools says any illegal schools found in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire will be prosecuted.

Sir Michael Wilshaw told the BBC he was "worried about a growing number" of unregistered schools across the country and was "particularly worried about what's happening in Birmingham". Late last year, three such schools were discovered in the city and Birmingham is one of several areas named today as having more suspected unregistered schools - to which warning notices have been sent.  

Sir Michael Wilshaw
BBC

We've issued warnings and they say that we plan to prosecute and we are in the process.

Sir Michael WilshawHM Chief Inspector of Schools

In a national crackdown, more than 100 suspected illegal schools have been found. Half are religious in nature, Ofsted says.   

Delays on the roads

BBC Travel

- M6 lane blocked southbound on entry slip road at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken-down lorry

- A41 The Expressway (Underpass) in West Bromwich remains closed northbound at the A4031 All Saints Way junction, because of emergency repairs. Diversions are in operation

- Walsall Road in Stone Cross, West Bromwich, is partially blocked near Beverley Road because of a broken-down vehicle

For the latest on delays in your area - visit BBC Travel. 

Paralympic Games: Tully Kearney in Team GB Rio squad

Boldmere swimmer Tully Kearney has been included in Team GB's Paralympic squad for 2016, alongside Ellie Simmonds.

Kearney was nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2015 and will be competing at her first Paralympics.

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Hollywood comes to Brum

Filming for a Hollywood movie is taking place in Birmingham city centre today.

An area near Colmore Row is shut off so scenes for a follow-up to spoof spy movie Kingsman can be filmed there.

Movie studio's production van in Birmingham city centre
BBC

Cornwall Street in the city centre will be closed between 20:00 and 06:00 until Wednesday while filming takes place.

You can also read more about the filming on the Birmingham Mail website.

Man found in caravan doorway after fire

Read more on BBC News as a man's body is discovered following a caravan fire in south Staffordshire.  

Illegal schools: Ofsted chief warns of health and safety risks

Read more in BBC Education on the story about unregistered schools we've been covering today.

Many more children than previously thought are hidden from the authorities in illegal classrooms across England, Ofsted's chief inspector says.

More pupils than expected in 'illegal schools'
BBC

HM Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw says health and safety risks include:

  • serious fire hazards such as obstructed exits
  • unsafe and unhygienic premises
  • staff and volunteers who had not been properly checked or cleared to work with children.

Paralympic Games: Ellie Simmonds heading to Rio

Walsall's Ellie Simmonds is heading to Rio for her third Paralympic Games.

Simmonds, who made her debut in Beijing at the age of 13, has won four Gold Medals and is part of a 31-strong team.

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Susan Whiting rape and murder accused 'kept sperm sample'

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

A man accused of raping and murdering a woman with learning difficulties told a court he had no idea why his sperm was found inside the victim.

Steven Beards, 34, said he intended on being a sperm donor and had a sample in the bathroom.

The charges - which he denies - relate to 20-year-old Walsall woman Susan Whiting. His wife Julie Beards, 35, denies a charge of murder.

Mr Beards said he had been sleeping in the woods on the night in question, but his wife told the court she came out of the bathroom to find her husband standing over her friend's body.

Julie Beards, left, court interpreter and Steven Beards right
Helen Tipper

Speedway: Brummies and Wolves

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham picked up another impressive away win to extend their unbeaten run in the National League to 10 meetings. They won 52-37 at Mildenhall.  

Wolves hope to recover from back to back defeats in the Elite League when they host the Leicester Lions at Monmore.

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Kenichi Phillips shooting: Murder accused appear in court

A 37-year-old man and a youth charged with murdering teenager Kenichi Phillips will stand trial in September. 

Dean Silvera, of Stamford Grove in Perry Barr, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today where they were remanded back into custody to appear for a formal plea hearing on July 8.

A trial date of September 26 has been set.

Mr Phillips was shot dead in March as he sat in a car in the Ladywood area of Birmingham.

Video: West Brom's Hillsborough tribute

On Sunday, West Bromwich Albion replaced 96 blue seats in the away end with the red of Liverpool.

Each seat remained unoccupied and carried the name of each one of the Hillsborough victims.  

West Brom's Hillsborough tribute

Man dies in caravan fire overnight

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A man has died in a caravan fire in Staffordshire, the fire service says. 

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call just after midnight. 

A spokesperson said the caravan - in St James' caravan park on New Road, Featherstone - was gutted by the blaze.

A man's body - yet to be identified - was found inside.

Illegal schools: Councils should take 'overall responsibility' for students, Ofsted says

Here's more on our earlier story:

Local councils should take responsibility for the welfare of children in illegal schools, Ofsted says.

In a public letter, HM Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw tells education secretary Nicky Morgan that councils need "to show vigilance and share their local intelligence" as more unregistered schools are found.

An Ofsted taskforce was set up to investigate the issue of illegal schools after three were uncovered in Birmingham last year. 

The letter, published today, says warning notices have been sent recently to seven suspected illegal schools in several locations across England - Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke on Trent, London and Luton.

Susan Whiting murder trial: Steven Beards denies charges

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today, Special correspondent

Steven Beards has appeared in the witness box at Leicester Crown Court.

He's accused of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Susan Whiting (pictured), a woman from Walsall with learning difficulties.

Steven Beards denies murder and having sexual intercourse with her.

When he was asked "did you kill her, striking her over the head with your hammer",  he replied "no".

Susan Whiting
BBC
Susan Whiting

Latest headlines: Crackdown on 'illegal schools'; man on trial for murder of woman with learning difficulties

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

- The chief inspector of schools says more warning notices have been issued to suspected illegal schools in England, including Birmingham and Wolverhampton

- A man on trial for raping and murdering a woman with learning difficulties at his home in Bloxwich has told a jury that he had no sexual interest in her

- It's day two of Warwickshire's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge - follow live commentary

'Blind Dave' prepares for swim in shark-invested water

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

There's one month to go until Black Country adventurer Dave Heeley undertakes one of the world's most gruelling challenges for charity. 

Blind Dave
BBC

The fundraiser, known as Blind Dave, is going to be escaping from Alcatraz by completing a one-and-a-half-mile swim through shark-infested waters.

It's thought he's the first blind person from the UK to attempt the challenge.

Watch: Stephen Sutton mother made Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador

BBC Midlands Today

The mother of Staffordshire teenager Stephen Sutton has been chosen as an ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Stephen died on 14 May 2014, after contracting bowel cancer. 

The 19-year-old, of Burntwood, became well known after posting a picture online of his "final thumbs up" from a hospital bed and raised £1m for the charity before he died.   

Yesterday, Jane Sutton marked the second anniversary of her son's death with a charity ride out in Lichfield, continuing to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Elderly woman in 'critical condition' after car crash

An 84-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a car crash in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Police said the white Hyundai in which the woman was a passenger was travelling down Court Lane in Erdington at about 15:00 when it collided with a white Seat Leon.

Both cars mounted the kerb and hit a lamppost.

The woman is being treated for serious head and internal injuries. Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact the force.

Walsall cancer blogger dies

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

A woman from Walsall Wood who kept a blog throughout her battle with a very rare form of ovarian cancer has died. 

Claire Peters posted videos online talking about her treatment and were shared by hundreds of people. She died on Saturday.

Claire Peters
BBC

Walsall need a 'colossal performance' on Thursday, says boss

Walsall head coach Jon Whitney admits they need a colossal performance to reach the Play Off Final at Wembley. 

They'll go into Thursday's second leg at the Banks's Stadium 3-0 down after a miserable evening at Oakwell on Saturday. 

They need to finish on a high on Thursday and then we'll see where it takes us. If you get that goal... You never know with football. We're good enough to create chances and we'll have to have an incredible, colossal performance on Thursday but it's one I think we can do.

Jon WhitneyWalsall manager

Government warned of more unregistered schools

The chief inspector for education says more warning notices have been issued to suspected illegal schools operating in England, including Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

A special task force was set up after three unregistered schools were found last year in Birmingham teaching a narrow, Islam-focused curriculum.

In a letter to the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, HM Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw says inspectors have issued seven warning notices across the country.

The evidence that they [taskforce] have gathered so far during this short period firmly reinforces my belief that there are many more children hidden away from the view of the authorities in unregistered schools across the country than previously thought.

Sir Michael WilshawHM Chief Inspector of Schools

Decision to be made on freight company build

BBC WM

A decision will be made this week on whether a greenbelt site in the South Staffordshire village of Essington will become the new base of a delivery firm.

Hundreds of Essington residents have been protesting against the plans, raising safety and environmental concerns. 

Plans for DX Freight in Essington
South Staffordshire Council

DX Freight wants to open its new £36m base next summer.

South Staffordshire Council is expected to make a decision on it tomorrow.  

Pollen levels 'very high' today

BBC Weather

Suffer with hay fever? Beware - pollen levels are very high in the West Midlands today.

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Pulis laughs off move to Villa

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM Sport

Albion head coach Tony Pulis has laughed off speculation linking him with the vacancy at Aston Villa. 

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

He's among the names being mentioned after leading the Baggies to another safe season - finishing 14th in the Premier League following a 1-1 result against Liverpool.

Pulis laughed off claims when he was asked about being linked to Villa, saying "brilliant".

The great thing is we're still in the Premier League. You look around this area and we're the only ones in it.

Tony PulisBaggies boss

Latest headlines: Decision due on Staffordshire greenbelt; mum 'proud' to be cancer charity ambassador

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

- A decision will be made this week on whether a greenbelt site in the South Staffordshire village of Essington will become the new base of a delivery firm

- The mother of Stephen Sutton, the teenager who rose to fame after talking about his battle with cancer and raising millions, says she is "proud" to be made an ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust

- Albion head coach Tony Pulis has laughed off speculation linking him with the vacancy at Aston Villa

Stephen Sutton's mum 'proud' to be cancer charity ambassador

BBC Midlands Today

The mother of Stephen Sutton, the teenager who rose to fame after publicly charting his battle with cancer, has been made an ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Jane and Stephen Sutton
PA

Yesterday, Jane Sutton marked the second anniversary of her son's death with a 26-mile charity ride in Lichfield involving 250 motorbikes plus an assortment of vintage cars. 

Since Stephen died, his mum has continued to raise funds for the charity and says she's "proud" to take on the role and spread the word about its work.

Watch: Fine and dry day ahead

It will be a dry and bright day, with plenty of sunny spells. 

Temperatures will be what we expect for the time of year, and it will feel pleasant in the sunshine with highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Disruption on the roads: M69 and A41

BBC Travel

- M69 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound at M6 J2, because of a vehicle fire

- A41 The Expressway (Underpass) in West Bromwich is closed northbound at the A4031 All Saints Way junction, because of emergency repairs. Diversions are in operation

- There's queuing traffic on the A462 Cannock Road southbound in Short Heath between the A4124 Lichfield Road junction and the Coppice Lane junction

For the latest disruptions visit BBC Travel.

Good morning from the BBC WM newsroom.

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I'm here with live news, sport, travel and weather updates on Monday 16 May 2016.

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