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  1. Updates on Friday 10 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Monday

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That's it for live updates today.

We're back at 08:00 on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Before then, we'll have live coverage of Midlands Today's special EU referendum debate - from just before 22:35 on Sunday.  

Better In or Out? Special Midlands Today debate on the EU Referendum

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Join us on BBC One on Sunday at 22:35.

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BBC Midlands Today EU referendum special is on Sunday night

Farewell tour for Black Sabbath takes in the band's birthplace - Birmingham

Black Sabbath has announced its final Birmingham appearances will be on 2 and 4 February 2017 at The Genting Arena.

Black Sabbath members from left to right: Geezer, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne
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Choir sings Queen's anthem

I Love All Beauteous Things is a new anthem written especially for the Queen's 90th birthday.

A choir at St Alphege Church, Solihull, is among choirs around the country that will perform it this weekend.

Among those taking part is Michael Palmer who joined in 1953, the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

He said: "She's been a constant theme and when you think of all the things that have happened over all these years, she's always been there."  

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Solihull choir sings Queen's anthem for 90th birthday

Weather warning for the West Midlands

There are more predictions about heavy rain this afternoon and evening as the Met Office has put out another yellow weather warning for the West Midlands.

It says slow-moving, heavy showers could become more widespread and could lead to localised surface water flooding.

The alert runs until 21:00 tonight.

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Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We'll have all the latest on what devolution means for the West Midlands economy.

Could Tom Cruise be heading to Birmingham later this year? Deals have apparently been talked about in Digbeth over filming a major blockbuster in the city.  

And anticipation is building ahead of Sir Tom Jones appearing in Lichfield.

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

Travel: Handsworth delay warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A41 Soho Road in both directions in Handsworth between the junction at Thornhill Road and the Nineveh Road junction because of an earlier crash.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There could be a rumble of thunder as showers continue. Lows of 15C (59F) overnight.

Find out more about the weekend ahead.

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The weather for the West Midlands.

Latest: Driver killed her daughter in crash; flooding in Cannock

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a quick recap of our top stories on Friday:

- A mother has been jailed for five years for crashing her car and killing her own daughter while under the influence of drugs

- Plans for how the West Midlands economy will look by 2030 have been revealed by the region's new Combined Authority despite an eleventh-hour objection to its formation

- Localised flash flooding hits Cannock

Plans for the West Midlands economy tied into devolution deal

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

A blueprint for how the economy of the West Midlands will look by 2030 has been revealed by the region's newly-formed Combined Authority.

Despite an eleventh-hour challenge to its formation by Warley MP John Spellar, the super council has pressed ahead and announced its economic strategy today, though it is still awaiting a rubber stamp from government to officially come into existence.

The plan is to create half a million jobs over the next 14 years and for the region to become home to more than 20,000 new businesses.

The first AGM for the Combined Authority was held in Birmingham's ICC today and its proposals also included the ambition to spend £4bn on improving transport. A free M6 Toll however was not on the agenda.

Kathryn Stanczyszyn outside the ICC
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Power cut in Smethwick

Western Power Distribution hopes to restore the supply in around an hour's time.

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Localised flooding in Cannock - warning to take care

Be careful on the roads in Cannock as the town is seeing some localised flooding.

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It is unusual - Sir Tom is in Lichfield

Music fans from across the world are heading to Lichfield this weekend to hear Sir Tom Jones perform. 

He's the headline act at the Beacon Park Show which also features the town's own Tony Christie. 

Sir Tom Jones
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Fast food for thought: Politicians dish up referendum message in takeaway

Two West Midlands politicians have taken the battle to win EU referendum votes to the takeaway counter.Birmingham Labour MP Jack Dromey and West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver extended the campaign trail at two city takeaways.  

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West Midlands politicians put EU referendum campaign on the menu

Birmingham Central Mosque hosts prayers for Muhammad Ali

Birmingham Central Mosque is holding special prayers today as they pay tribute to Muhammad Ali. 

The boxer worshipped at the mosque when he visited the city in 1983 (pictured). 

Community leaders have invited people from all faiths to the service as they honour the sporting legend who died last week at the age of 74.

Mohammad Ali at Central Mosque
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Last-minute objection to the formation of a West Midlands Combined Authority

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The West Midlands Combined Authority is launching its economic strategy today despite a last-minute objection to its creation.

Warley's Labour MP John Spellar objected in Parliament earlier this week - he said he was not convinced by the way the authority has been formed, particularly the addition of Warwickshire and Shropshire as well as the major metropolitan boroughs.

He also said he was concerned about the fact there would be a metro mayor when there were referendums in Birmingham and Coventry previously in which voters said they did not want one.

Danielle Parsons

A mother who took cocaine before causing a crash which killed her two-year-old daughter and injured a family friend is jailed.

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Floodwater canoeist speaks of helping stranded motorist

Yesterday we shared video of a canoeist paddling through floodwater in Great Barr, but that's not the end of his story amid Wednesday's downpours - he also helped a stranded motorist.

Karl Styles, a gas engineer, aged 36, had been drinking in The Beeches pub and spotted a driver trying to climb out of the window of her Fiesta as her engine died.

He said he waded through the water, which was just under waist height, and helped her back to the venue to dry herself.

When he returned to the watering hole, his friend Mark Worrall, who lives opposite, suggested he should have used the canoe he had at home - and rather than miss the opportunity, he went back into the road to have a paddle.

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Flash flooding in Great Barr: This man stuck his oar in

Latest: Mother killed daughter in car crash after drugs use; devolution progresses; polling cards error

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the top stories in the newsroom in the past few hours:

- A mother has been jailed for five years for crashing her car and killing her own daughter while under the influence of drugs

- An economic strategy for the region has been launched by the new West Midlands Combined Authority despite a last-minute objection to its formation

- Polling cards for the EU Referendum have been sent out by councils to dozens of people who are not eligible to vote

Watch: EU Referendum - better in or out?

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

I'll be presenting the region’s main EU debate programme this Sunday at 22:35 on BBC One. 

It will feature a panel of top guests arguing the case to leave and remain with questions coming from a studio audience. 

Ahead of that big showdown we’ll be hearing from Saqib Bhatti (Vote Leave) and Sir Peter Rigby (Britain Stronger In Europe) as they put the rival cases to Sunday Politics Midlands viewers.

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J421: Our tears of relief - at last we have been heard

Birmingham Mail

Campaigners reflect on the historic ruling by senior coroner, Louise Hunt, when she clarified that she did have the authority to resume the inquests into the Birmingham pub bombings   

Coming up on TV

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

The newly-created West Midlands Combined Authority has set out ambitious targets for the future of the region, despite a last-minute objection in Parliament. We find out the latest. 

Birmingham Central Mosque is also holding special prayers today as people pay tribute to Mohammad Ali.

And music fans from across the world are heading to Lichfield this weekend to hear Sir Tom Jones. 

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Cricket: Maiden Test half century for Warwickshire's Woakes

BBC Sport

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes has made his maiden Test 50 against Sri Lanka, helping centurion Jonny Bairstow build England's first innings at Lord's.

Follow the action live.

Chris Woakes
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Mum jailed for crash which killed her own daughter

A mother who police said took cocaine hours before she crashed her car into a tree, killing her own two-year-old daughter, has been jailed for five years. 

Danielle Parsons, aged 23 from Castle Road, Weoley Castle, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving on 1 April at Birmingham Crown Court. 

Two-year-old Esmee O’Reilly died in hospital after the collision on Gibbins Road, Selly Oak, on 30 April last year. A family friend also suffered serious injuries but has since recovered.

Parsons was jailed yesterday for five years and banned from driving for five-and-a-half years.

Danielle Parsons
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NSPCC calls for improvements in 'inadequate' Sandwell Council children's services

The NSPCC has said it is "vital" Sandwell Council improves its "inadequate" children's services department after years of "continued failures".

Yesterday the council revealed plans to either move children’s social care to a voluntary trust or to appoint an executive commissioner to oversee services. They've been passed on to the Department for Education for consideration.  

The NSPCC said today: “It is clear that serious action is needed to address widespread problems in the department and ensure vulnerable children are protected."

Sandwell Council house
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In June 2015, Ofsted said children remained at risk of harm in the borough and the authority "did not fully understand the scale and prevalence of child sexual exploitation".

Devolution moves forward despite a last-minute hurdle

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The West Midlands Combined Authority has launched its economic strategy this morning despite a last-minute objection to its creation. 

John Spellar, the Labour MP for Warley, had questioned its formation in Parliament.

The government said for the West Midlands to have a combined authority it must have a mayor in charge of it, but Mr Spellar has concerns that it is not what the people of the West Midlands want.

EU referendum: Councils send polling cards to ineligible voters

Polling cards have been sent by councils across England and Wales to more than 3,500 EU citizens who are ineligible to vote.

A software glitch has been blamed on the mistake that meant some postal votes were issued along with the polling cards.

Here's a breakdown of the numbers of people wrongly issued with a card by councils:

Bromsgrove District Council: 1

City of Wolverhampton Council: 1

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council: 3

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: 5

Redditch Borough Council: 10

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: 10

Cannock Chase District Council: 15

CCTV could be key in fake £20 scam in Atherstone

Tamworth Herald

Police in Atherstone have released a CCTV image as they continue to trace victims of a £20 scam that has been operating in the town.

Atherstone Police have released this CCTV image as they continue to trace suspected victims of a cash scam operating in the town. Right: PC Chris Bell is pictured with one of the counterfeit notes
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Walsall FC manager Jon Whitney expects worldwide interest in his players

The Saddlers boss thinks his players could be coveted in "Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East".  

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Walsall FC manager Jon Whitney expects worldwide interest in his players

Wolverhampton gang members jailed over £200k drug smuggling plot

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Members of a Wolverhampton-based crime gang have been jailed for trying to smuggle cocaine worth £200,000 into the UK from the Caribbean.

If the cap fits: Peaky Blinders becomes way of life for Brummie superfans

For two avid Peaky Blinders fans from Birmingham watching the programme isn't enough, it's now a way of life.

Friends Roy Short and John Brophy have 'Peaky' days when they dress up like the characters from the BBC drama and walk the streets of Birmingham.

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Roy Short and John Brophy dressed up as Peaky Blinders characters

Latest: Railway station delayed; plans to reinvigorate Muhammad Ali centre; devolution moves forward

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Friday so far:

- The opening of Bromsgrove's new railway station has been delayed again

- Ideas for a new use for the former Muhammad Ali centre in Birmingham have "poured in" after an appeal

- The West Midlands Combined Authority is set to launch today

Bromsgrove Railway Station delayed again

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

The opening of the new Bromsgrove railway station has been delayed again.

The £17.4m station was originally due to open last November but that was put off until the spring. 

Now Network Rail says it's looking more like later summer because of unexpected works. The company has apologised.  

An artist's impression of how the station could look
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Ideas for Birmingham's Muhammad Ali site pour in as thousands prepare to pay their respects

Ideas for a new use for the site of the former Muhammad Ali Centre in Birmingham have poured in following a public appeal, organisers have said, as about 18,000 people from around the world prepare to pay their last respects to the champion boxer.

Ali, who died on Saturday, opened the centre in 1983 but it was gutted in a fire about 15 years later and has remained unused since then.

Hundreds responded to a plea from community leaders for ideas about how to make use of the derelict site.

A major fundraising push will be needed to reopen it, organisers say.

The centre
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Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A good percentage of today will be dry but showers might be around too. Highs of 21C (70F).

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Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: M42 southbound delays

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on the M42 southbound between J6 for Birmingham Airport and J5 for Solihull because of an earlier breakdown, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I'm back with the usual blend of news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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