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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May
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Birmingham road closes second time in a year for resurfacing


A street in Bournville is to be closed for resurfacing, for the second time in less than a year. 

Linden Road was previously closed for five nights while essential work was carried out. 

Linden Road in Bournville

Fewer than 12 months later, locals have received a letter from Birmingham City Council saying it will now be closed for another five nights for remedial works.  

Weekend weather forecast: Feeling unsettled with showers expected

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Cloudy overnight, with rain spreading sporadically north-eastwards.

Some heavier and more persistent outbreaks are possible, especially in the south. Turning breezy too, with freshening south-westerly winds with lows of 11C (52F).

BBC Midlands Today weather

Pavilions shopping centre closes for refurb

One of Birmingham's largest shopping centres closes it doors for the final time this afternoon. 

The Pavilions had been home to the Disney Store, HMV and the Gadget Shop in the city when it opened 29 years ago.

The centre will now be transformed into one of Europe's largest Primark stores, which hopes to be open by 2018.  

The Pavilions in Birmingham

Jamelia's step brother charged with murder over Birmingham shooting

The step brother of pop star Jamelia has been charged with murder in connection with a double shooting last year in Soho Hill, Hockley, Birmingham, police say.

Tafarwa Beckford, 33, of Duchess Road, Ladywood, was arrested yesterday. He is accused of killing 25-year-old Derek Junior Myers on October 30 2015.

Earlier today, a Dudley man appeared in court charged with attempted murder in relation to 29-year-old Marvin Duffus who was injured on the same date and remains in hospital nearly seven months on.

Rio Sanchez-Williams, 27, of Orchard Street, was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court again on Monday.

Romaine Sawyers

Walsall midfielder Romaine Sawyers is one of 12 players offered a new deal by the League One club.

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Birmingham sex ring: Convicted should expect prison sentences, warns judge

Nine men, including six from Birmingham, convicted of sex offences against a teenage boy in care have been told to expect prison sentences.

The victim spoke to police in 2009 but his complaints were not fully investigated by the West Midlands force, the jury heard.

But during a subsequent inquiry in 2012, he pointed police towards individuals.

Nick Walton from West Midlands Police

There is an acknowledgment of the occasions that this individual came into contact with the police and other agencies that potentially more could have been done. It's important now that we work with those agencies to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future.

Nick WaltonDetective Superintendent, West Midlands Police
Jon Whitney

Interim head coach Jon Whitney plans to stay at Walsall but is uncertain of his future role after their play-off exit.

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Two men cleared of sexual abuse against teenage boy

Two men from Birmingham have been cleared of charges against a teenage boy who was sold "like goods" in the city's red light district between 2009 and 2010.

Darren Clegg, 28, of Hillside Drive, Great Barr, was found not guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child. 

Peter Lowe, aged 68, of Salisbury Close, Moseley, was cleared of six charges, including arranging prostitution. 

Men found guilty of sex offences against teenage boy

The jury at Warwick Crown Court heard that the victim had been left "traumatised" by the abuse. Here are the details on the two other Birmingham men found guilty of offences against him: 

- Ian Prestleton (pictured left), of High Haden Road, Cradley Heath, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child but cleared of rape. 

- Alan Priest (pictured right), 63, of Mucklow Hill, Halesowen, was convicted of two rapes and one count of sexual activity with a child.

Prestleton and Priest
Prestleton and Priest

Six men from Birmingham convicted of sex offences against teenage boy

Nine men, including six from Birmingham and the Black Country have today been convicted of sex offences against a teenage boy who was in council care. Here are the details:

 Robert Bailey, 27, of Watt Road, Erdington, Birmingham. He was found guilty of arranging or facilitating child prostitution, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, sexual activity with a child, and making indecent photographs. He was cleared of rape. 

- Tahir Hussain, 34, of St Josephs Road, Ward End, Birmingham, was cleared of 15 charges, including trafficking for sexual exploitation, but found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. 

- Peter Joynes, 58, of Canberra Way, Highgate, Birmingham, was convicted of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and sexual activity with a child. 

- Stephen Kelly, of Elm Road, Bournville, Birmingham, was found guilty of two counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. The 39-year-old was cleared on three other charges.

Joynes and Kelly
Joynes and Kelly

Blood donor drive uses virtual world

The NHS is using virtual reality to encourage more people to donate blood.

Smartphone technology - being used in a volunteering drive in Birmingham and London - detects a hi-tech sticker on a prospective donor's arm.

Blood donation hopes to benefit from virtual reality

The "donor" can then see their virtual blood fill up a bag connected to a patient. While the "recipient" only appears on a digital screen, they have been real-life patients who depended on donors' blood. 

NHS Blood and Transplant says it hopes the campaign encourages more people to become donors for real.  

BreakingNine men convicted of sexual offences against boy in care

Nine men have been convicted of committing sexual offences against a teenage boy who was subjected to a "horrifying" catalogue of abuse while in council care.

A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard that the victim was raped and repeatedly sold for sex in Birmingham's red light district during 2009 and 2010.

Eight defendants from the West Midlands, London and Stoke-on-Trent were convicted of offences involving the boy.

 A ninth man was cleared by the jury of committing offences against the teenager but had previously admitted facilitating child prostitution in relation to him.

Teenage girls detained over baby kidnap plot

Two teenage girls - including one who had been faking a pregnancy - have been detained for conspiring to kidnap three babies.

Among the mothers targeted was one from Wolverhampton.

This week's front page: Great Barr Observer

Great Barr Observer

"Night-long battle of control pub inferno" is among the stories to feature on this week's front page.

Great Barr Observer front page
Great Barr Observer

Latest headlines: Man in court charged with attempted murder; Wallaby stuns breakdown driver

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Private tutor jailed for sexually assaulting pupil

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

A private tutor who sexually assaulted a child during a lesson while his victim’s parents were in another room has been jailed for a year.

The child was at home being taught maths and English by John Cattell, 62, of Eastfield, Wolverhampton, when touched inappropriately.

Police were called after the victim's parents confronted Cattell and he denied doing anything wrong.

He was jailed after being found guilty of sexual assault at Wolverhampton Crown Court and put onto the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Grealish makes U21 debut

BBC WM Sport

Villa midfielder Jack Grealish (pictured) made his debut for England Under 21s in their 1-0 win over Portugal in the Toulon tournament. 

He came off the bench, while Wolves defenders Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause both started the game.

Jack Grealish
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Rugeley B coal-fired power station to close

It's been confirmed that Rugeley B coal-fired power station which employs 150 people is to stop operations at the end of June. 

The company Engie says it's planning a staged reduction in the number of employees at the site. 

The Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, Amanda Milling, says although the announcement was expected, it's still "incredibly disappointing news".

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Body of woman found following Dudley house fire

The body of a woman has been found in a house that was on fire in Dudley. West Midlands Police says the death is currently being treated as unexplained and is appealing for witnesses.

The 67-year-old was found at an address in Spring Road, Netherton, at about 07:40 yesterday.

Another woman, aged 36, was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

Commending neighbours who tried to save the dead woman, Sergeant Richard Narrowmore of Dudley Police said: "They alerted the authorities and assisted one of the occupants of the address while they awaited the arrival of the emergency services. We are at the very early stages of our investigation and we continue to appeal to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed something to come forward."

Sutton Coldfield Observer: Front page

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

The front page of the Sutton Coldfield Observer: "Visitors warned to use Sutton Park properly after fire".

Front page of Sutton Coldfield Observer
Sutton Coldfield Observer

Handsworth shooting: Man charged with attempted murder

A man's been charged with attempted murder after a double shooting in Birmingham last year, West Midlands Police says.

Rio Sanchez-Williams, 27, of Orchard Street in Dudley, was arrested yesterday and later charged with the attempted murder of 29-year-old Marvin Duffus.

Mr Duffus remains in hospital nearly seven months on from the shooting in Soho Hill, Hockley, on 30 October 2015.

Another man, Derek Junior Myers, 25, suffered a fatal gunshot wound. 

Scene on Soho Hill, Hockley in October 2015

Watch: Business owner sees £20k computer kit stolen on live CCTV

A Brierley Hill businessman says he watched on CCTV as computer equipment worth about £20,000 was stolen from his company.

Paul Smart watched two break-ins in real-time - after police said they were "too busy" to come out.

Police "too busy" to attend Brierley Hill burglary, businessman says.

Kangaroo break down

The boss of a zoological park was left in need of a jump-start when his car broke down while transporting a baby kangaroo.

Zachary Hollinshead and four-month-old marsupial Matilda were "stranded in the middle of nowhere" when his aptly-named Renault Kangoo came to a halt.

Kangaroo on car seat
The AA

AA patrolman Andy Jones said he thought Mr Hollinshead was joking when he told him about the unusual passenger.

The pair were soon out back on the road - to Mr Hollinshead's work at the Wild Encounters zoological park in Bobbington, near Wolverhampton.

Watch: Introducing Aston Villa's Dr Tony Xia

BBC Sport

New Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has said the club's next manager will be given up to £50m to spend to get the club back into the Premier League.  

Who is he? He talks about the £100m takeover.

Aston Villa should be top six - Dr Tony Xia

Police apology over firm raided twice

A business owner who says he watched on CCTV at home while his firm was burgled twice in one night, claims police told him they were "too busy" to come out.

Paul Smart said he watched raiders enter his firm, Doodah Creative Ltd in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, and twice called police. 

CCTV from Brierley Hill site
Doodah Creative Limited

Mental health patients travelling for treatment due to bed shortage


More than 200 mental health patients have been forced to travel outside the West Midlands for treatment because of a shortage of specialist beds. 

Figures obtained by the BBC and online journal Community Care show 256 people being treated by Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust were sent to other parts of the country last year.

This is up a third from 197 the previous year.

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Prisoner attacked with studded toilet brush

A prisoner used a toilet brush studded with razor blades to slash and stab another inmate at Swinfen Hall Prison and Young Offenders Institution near Lichfield. 

The victim sustained deep gashes to his head, face and ear before staff intervened. 

The Prison Service said the attack on 11 May - revealed in an internal prison report seen by the BBC - was filmed on a mobile phone that had been smuggled in.

The Ministry of Justice says it has measures in place to tackle violence but it's clear that more needs to done. 

Police outside Swinfen Hall Prison

Latest headlines: Body of woman found following Dudley house fire; Walsall's promotion hopes end

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country:

- Body of woman found following Dudley house fire

Walsall's promotion hopes collapsed last night - losing 6-1 on aggregate in their play-off semi final

- A man's due in court charged with murder after the body of a 32-year-old man was found in a flat in Sandwell earlier this week

Man due in court accused of Sandwell murder

A man's due in court charged with murder after the body of a 32-year-old man was found in a flat in Sandwell earlier this week.  

Darren Lander, 28, of no fixed address, is due to appear before Sandwell magistrates charged with the murder of Richard Groves, at Thompson Road, Warley. 

Watch: Chance of showers through the day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A mostly dry start across the West Midlands this morning, with some sunny spells developing and perhaps the odd shower too. 

It's likely to cloud over during the afternoon, with rain arriving from the southwest later - highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Walsall miss out on Wembley play-off final

BBC WM Sport

Walsall's promotion hopes collapsed last night - losing 6-1 on aggregate in their play-off semi-final.

It finished 3-1 to Barnsley in the second leg at the Banks's and they will face either Millwall or Bradford at Wembley.

Despite the disappointment - interim boss Jon Whitney feels that the season can be still be considered a positive one.

Conor Hourihane of Barnsley is tackled by Adam Chambers of Walsall
Getty Images

We've now tasted how close we have come and we want to do it again. This experience can only be a positive to my players.

Jon WhitneyWalsall interim head coach

Live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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