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Summary

  1. Villa's new backroom staff are named
  2. Britain's 'oldest defendant' - 101 - pleads not guilty to catalogue of child sex offence charges
  3. Police appeal over fatal Sandwell crash
  4. A man has been charged with a double murder bid in the Black Country
  5. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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New driverless vehicles launched at Birmingham auto show

A Coventry-based firm is set to unveil its latest autonomous pods at a major exhibition in Birmingham later today. 

Pod Zero
RDM Group

RDM Group will reveal its new Pod Zero range at the Automechanika event, which takes place at the NEC. 

The company says the vehicles, which are being developed to carry from two to eight people, have had interest from airports, universities, shopping centres and theme parks.

Speedway: Coventry lose out to Wolves in local derby

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Chris Harris top scored for the Coventry Bees in their Elite League match against Wolverhampton, but it wasn't enough to see the side to a win.

They were beaten 51-41, with Wolves moving level with leaders Lakeside on points.

Weather warning issued for Coventry and Warwickshire

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office for Coventry and Warwickshire from 13:00 today.

Weather warning
Met Office

It says there's the potential for heavy, thundery showers which could turn locally torrential with the risk of hail.

While most places will miss the worst, they're warning about the risk of localised flooding.

Travel: Severe congestion on M42 southbound

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J9, for the M6 Toll (Coleshill), and J8, at the M6, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

Congestion goes to J10, at the A5 (Tamworth), with travel time at least 80 minutes. 

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Latest weather for the West Midlands
Birmingham Crown Court

A taxi driver who claimed to have used an illegal canister of pepper spray on himself to test his pain threshold is handed a suspended jail term.

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

We're back at 08:00 on Tuesday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.

Speedway: Wolves take on Coventry in a local derby tonight

BBC WM Sport

In speedway, Wolverhampton aim to continue their impressive start to the Elite League season in tonight's local derby against Coventry at Monmore Green. 

Wolves have four matches in hand on the leaders Lakeside, but will move level with them on points if they win tonight.

Brierley Hill GP's practice dubbed 'inadequate' by regulator

BBC WM

A GP practice in Brierley Hill has been placed in special measures by regulator the Care Quality Commission. 

Inspectors visited Quincy Rise Surgery, Sandringham Way, and rated it as inadequate. They gave the practice ratings in five areas, according to a four-point scale.

For the categories "safe" and "well-led", the surgery was dubbed inadequate and in terms of whether it was "effective", the regulator said it required improvement. For how caring and responsive it was, inspectors said the surgery was good.

Inspectors said there was a "friendly atmosphere" and members of staff were "courteous and helpful to patients" both at the reception desk and on the telephone.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's been a warm, clear day. As we move into the evening there's a bigger chance of cloud.

Lows of 13C (55F) overnight.

Find out more about the next few days.

The weather for the West Midlands.

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A father is to sue a council because he believes his son's death was caused by a road cat's eye. 

Photographs showing unknown soldiers from the First World War are being carefully restored in an effort to identify the men.

And we find out more about the backroom team taking over at Aston Villa.

Join us for these stories and more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30. 

Teenage mini moto rider suffers 'nasty' injuries after collision with car in Longbridge

Halesowen News

A teenage boy in Longbridge suffered "nasty" injuries after his mini motorbike was involved in a smash with a car late on Sunday night.

Former MP wants to become West Midlands mayor

The former MP Sean Simon says he wants to be the Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor, the role to be created as part of devolution plans for the region including a Combined Authority - a region-wide super council.

He used to be the MP for Birmingham Erdington and now he's an MEP for the region. He will formally launch his campaign after the EU referendum, which takes place on 23 June.

Sion Simon in 2001
Labour party

Latest: Murder bid accused in court; Britain's 'oldest defendant'; Villa manager's staff named

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Monday's news, here are our top stories:

- A man accused of a double murder bid has appeared before magistrates

- Britain's "oldest defendant" has denied a string of child sex offences at Birmingham Crown Court

- Aston Villa have appointed former Tottenham and QPR first-team coach Kevin Bond to work alongside new manager Roberto di Matteo

Alcester man Daniel Watkins in court charged with double murder bid in the Black Country

A man has appeared in court charged with a double murder bid.

Daniel Watkins, of Smiths Close, Alcester, appeared before magistrates charged with attempting to murder a woman and a six-year-old girl in connection with a fire in Cradley in the early hours of Friday.

The woman, aged 34, and the girl were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke, police said.

Watkins was remanded into custody ahead of appearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 4 July.

Chapel House Lane
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Flowers and an Arsenal shirt left to remember Sandwell teenager hit by a car

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Tributes have been paid to a 19-year-old student who died after being hit by a car in Sandwell.

Charlie Heywood, from Great Barr, was walking along Birmingham Road near Barhill Close at about 03:35 BST on Saturday when he was knocked down.

In tribute, his family described him as an "endlessly kind young man and a much loved son, brother and grandson".

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs and bailed, West Midlands Police said.

Floral tributes for Sandwell teenager Charlie Heywood who died after being hit by a car

Bogus workmen warning from police in Cannock

A police warning has been issued after bogus workmen struck in Cannock at the weekend.

Two men targeted a house in Cecil Street on Saturday.

Staffordshire Police said two men took a 74-year-old to the bank to withdraw money for gardening work - he gave them £50 but could not take out any more because the branch was closed.

The two men then left in a small yellow van. 

Latest: Double murder bid charges; Britain's 'oldest defendant'; Villa's backroom team named

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Monday's news, here are our stories from this afternoon:

- A man has been charged with attempting to murder a woman and a six-year-old girl following a fire in the Black Country

- Britain's "oldest defendant" has denied a string of child sex offences at Birmingham Crown Court

- Aston Villa have appointed former Tottenham and QPR first-team coach Kevin Bond to work alongside new manager Roberto di Matteo

Kevin Bond

Aston Villa appoint former Tottenham and QPR first-team coach Kevin Bond to work alongside new manager Roberto di Matteo.

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When social media show-offs should have shut up - remembering Birmingham's jailhouse rappers

As a man who kicked a Royal Marine in the head is jailed after boasting online of a suspended sentence, BBC News looks at cases where users of social media have ended up in trouble with the law.  

They include two inmates who admitted recording a selfie rap video using a mobile phone smuggled into a jail, after it was discovered on the internet.

HMP Birmingham prisoners Demehl Thomas and Moysha Shepherd admitted recording the video, in which they bragged about drug dealing and violent assaults on rival gang members.

Jailhouse rappers sentenced for 'selfie' video at HMP Birmingham

Birmingham man, 101, denies 31 child sex charges

Here's the 101-year-old man - thought to be Britain's oldest defendant - arriving at Birmingham Crown Court earlier.

Ralph Clarke, of Holly Lane, Erdington, denies 17 charges of indecent assault and 12 of indecency with a child.

He also denies two counts of trying to commit a serious sexual offence.

Ralph Clarke arrives at court
BBC

Football: New backroom staff at Aston Villa confirmed

BBC WM Sport

Former West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke has been named as Roberto Di Matteo's assistant at Aston Villa, confirming the news we brought you first last week.

He's joined in the new Villa boss's backroom by Kevin Bond as first team coach; Italian Massimo Battara as goalkeeping coach; and countryman Massimiliano Marchesi as fitness coach.

Travel: M42 delays warning

BBC Travel

On the M42, there is a lane blocked on the exit slip road southbound at J5 for Solihull because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

A 101-year-old man thought to be the oldest defendant in British legal history has pleaded not guilty to a string of child sex offences.

We will have more on this case and other stories on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Help sought to trace former Wolverhampton man's relatives

The family of a Wolverhampton man is being sought by the city's council to help arrange his funeral.

John Cooper lived in Chapel Ash and more recently the Whitmore Reans area and was 65 years old.

Relatives, or those with information, are urged to either email Diane Washbrook in the council's court of protection team or phone her on 01902 555333.

Ralph Clarke

A 101-year-old man - believed to be the oldest defendant in British legal history - denies 31 child sex abuse charges.

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Balaclava-clad burglars snatch cash drawer from Tamworth store before dumping it nearby

Tamworth Herald

Two burglars wearing balaclavas targeted a Tamworth store before escaping with a drawer of cash.

Latest: Double murder bid charges; Britain's 'oldest defendant'; appeal over fatal crash

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have covered in the past few hours:

- A man has been charged with a double murder bid in the Black Country

- Britain's "oldest defendant" has denied a string of child sex offences at Birmingham Crown Court

- Police appeal for information over a fatal crash in Great Barr

Walsall man Nirmal Saund ordered to pay back £2.2m for part in cannabis farm network

Walsall Advertiser

A Walsall resident who posed as a respected businessman has been ordered to pay back more than £2m for co-ordinating a multi-million pound cannabis farm network.

Birmingham Crown Court and inset: Nirmal Saund
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Drama about the man who tried to unseat Blair after his Solihull son was killed in war

Reg, a BBC drama based on the story of Reg Keys, whose son Thomas, from Solihull, was killed in the Iraq War, is being broadcast tonight. 

The show, written by Jimmy McGovern, focuses on how Reg - played by Pulp Fiction actor Tim Roth - and his wife Sally cope with their son's death in 2003 and his decision to stand for election against the then Prime Minster, Tony Blair, in his Sedgefield constituency.

You can watch Reg here.

Tim Roth in Reg
BBC
Tim Roth in BBC drama Reg

BreakingBritain's 'oldest defendant' denies historical child sex offences

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

An Erdington man thought to be the oldest defendant in British history - Ralph Clarke who is 101 years old - has pleaded not guilty to a catalogue of child sex offence charges, alleged to have been committed against three children between 1974 and 1983. He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court. 

BreakingAlcester man charged with double murder bid in the Black Country

A man has been charged with a double murder bid.

Daniel Watkins, of Smiths Close, Alcester, is due to appear before Dudley Magistrates Court today charged with two counts of attempted murder, according to West Midlands Police.

The force said the 34 year old had been charged in connection with a fire on Chapel House Lane, Cradley, in which a 34-year-old woman and a six-year-old girl were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation in the early hours of Friday 3 June.  

One-Day Cup: Jos Buttler inspires Lancashire victory over Warwickshire

BBC Sport

Jos Buttler hit a brilliant 91 off 73 balls as Lancashire made a winning start to their One-Day Cup campaign against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.

The Bears had won their previous four matches at the ground in this format.

Lancashire and England wicketkeeper/batsman Jos Buttler
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Police appeal for information over crash which killed 'endlessly kind' student Charlie Heywood

A 19-year-old student has died after being hit by a car in Sandwell.

Charlie Heywood, from Great Barr, was walking along Birmingham Road near Barhill Close at about 03:35 when he was knocked down.

In tribute, his family described him as an "endlessly kind young man and a much loved son, brother and grandson".

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving while on drugs.  

Charlie Heyward
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West Midlands Police is appealing for people with information to call 101.  

'Oldest defendant', accused of child sex offences, due at Birmingham Crown Court

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

A 101-year-old man thought to be the oldest defendant in British legal history is due before Birmingham Crown Court today charged with a string of historical child sex offences. 

Ralph Clarke is accused of 29 offences alleged to have been committed against three children between 1974 and 1983. 

The centenarian, from Holly Lane, Erdington, appeared for a brief hearing last month when he was granted unconditional bail and was not required to enter any pleas.

Hundreds pray for Muhammad Ali in Birmingham

Adrian Goldberg

Presenter, BBC WM

About 200 people turned out for special funeral prayers for the former champion boxer at the Muslim Student House in Moseley Road, Birmingham, yesterday.   

Ali's funeral will be held on Friday in his home city of Louisville, Kentucky, to where his body has been returned. 

A family spokesman said the coffin was accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, and other family members and friends. He died in hospital in Arizona on Friday. 

Muhammad Ali
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Latest: Prayers for Muhammad Ali; Britain's 'oldest defendant'; appeal over fatal crash

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories so far on Monday:

- Hundreds of people prayed for Muhammad Ali in Birmingham last night

- Britain's "oldest defendant" - accused of a string of child sex offences - is due in Birmingham Crown Court

- Police appeal for information over a fatal crash in Great Barr

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Plenty of blue skies this morning and highs of 25C (77F).

Find out more about the week ahead.

Latest weather for the West Midlands