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  1. Vigils planned for Orlando shooting victims
  2. England fan jailed for bottle throwing in Marseille disorder
  3. Man jailed for attacking dog with pole
  4. Updates on Monday 13 June 2016

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Aston Villa's Villa Park ground

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia succeeds Randy Lerner as chairman of Aston Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.

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Thousands gather at vigils in memory of those killed in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Dr Carl McQueen

A doctor took his own life after West Midlands Ambulance Service failed to follow its own guidelines, an inquest has found.

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Singh holding the pole

A man from Birmingham is jailed for 12 weeks after he is filmed beating his dog with a pole.

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"Revelatory" information has emerged about the murder of a paperboy 40 years ago for police to "reopen" the case, a criminologist claims.

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Our live coverage from Monday

That's it for live updates today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country, but keep an eye out here for news and sport stories through the evening.

Weather: More showers overnight

There will be further scattered heavy and thundery downpours during the evening, but these will gradually ease off overnight, becoming lighter and more isolated by dawn. 

It will remain generally rather cloudy. Winds will be mainly light and variable, with lows of 12C (54F).

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Vigil to 'stand in solidarity with Orlando'

A vigil will be held in Birmingham's gay village later tonight to remember those killed in the Orlando attacks.

The council's LGBT team tweets:

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BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today will be on just after 19:15 tonight for a shorter programme due to the Euros football tournament.

We’re on the road all week with our political editor Patrick Burns as he makes his way from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, to Burton-upon-Trent finding out how people are feeling about the EU referendum . 

He’ll be stopping off in Droitwich, Oldbury and Birmingham.

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And will Staffordshire Police look again at the Carl Bridgewater murder case after a new documentary raises questions over the murder.

Man jailed for bottle throwing in Marseille disorder

A man from Birmingham is among three more England fans jailed for their part in the violence in Marseillle. 

Ashley Kelly, 26, was imprisoned for three months and given a two-year ban from France for throwing seven bottles outside the stadium. 

The court in the French city heard the construction worker is a single father who lives with his parents. 

Man jailed for beating dog with pole

A man has been jailed for 12 weeks for beating his dog with a pole.

Joginder Singh, of Cherry Orchard Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, was caught on film hitting his pet in October last year, causing the dog's ribs to puncture his lungs.

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When RSPCA officers went to his home, the animal could not move and vets feared he would not survive.

Singh, 41, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the Staffordshire bull terrier, now called Samson, and failing to meet the dog's needs.

He was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years, by magistrates in Birmingham.

Man in court after being spotted on TV during Marseille trouble

A man has been summonsed to appear in court after a police officer spotted him in television pictures of the Marseille disorder. 

Daniel Warlow is accused of being involved in the trouble which erupted in the French port city on the opening day of the Euro 2016 football tournament on Friday. 

England fans had gathered in the city ahead of the Three Lions' first match of the tournament against Russia. 

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman confirmed a UK-based "spotter" had seen the 24-year-old, from Spring Meadow, Tipton, who has since returned to the UK. 

He has been summonsed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, where he could face a five-year football banning order. 

Jon Whitney (right)

Walsall boss Jon Whitney says any new signings will notice what a "special" place the League One club can be.

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£3k raised by blinder triathlete

A blind charity fundraiser from West Bromwich has raised more than £3,000 after completing a triathalon in San Francisco.

Dave Heeley was guided through the Alcatraz Triathlon which including a 1.5 mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and eight-mile run.

Blind Dave completing Alcatraz Triathlon
Blind Dave Heeley

The money raised will be donated to the West Bromwich Albion Foundation.

BBC Radio 1 EU debate tomorrow

Tina Daheley

BBC Radio 1

Tomorrow night at 21:00 I'm hosting an EU Referendum debate in Birmingham on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and the BBC News Channel.

Listeners get answers to their questions, nine days before the vote on whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU.  

What are the most important issues/concerns for you?  

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BreakingMan due in court over Euro football disorder

A man from Tipton is due to appear in court accused of being involved in a disorder during the England v Russia European Championships game, police say. Daniel Warlow, 24, from Spring Meadow, is due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates tomorrow.

West Midlands Police says that if he is found guilty the 24-year-old could face a five year football banning order.

Cricket: Coleman and Webb not offered new contracts

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

Warwickshire have allowed batsmen Freddie Coleman and Jonathan Webb to look for new clubs after deciding they would not be offered new contracts at the end of the season.

Freddie Coleman and Jonathan Webb
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The 24-year olds both featured in the Birmingham Bears’ triumphant T20 Blast campaign, but have not really been able to force their way into the county’s first-team plans since then.

With the emergence of Sam Hain and more recently Andy Umeed, along with the return of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott to regular Bears’ duty, Warwickshire’s depth in the batting department made it increasingly difficult for Coleman and Webb to break through.

Orlando attacks: Council flies flags at half mast

As well as a vigil being held in Birmingham's Gay Village tonight, Wolverhampton City Council is flying flags at half mast outside the Civic Centre.

The council tweets: "Our thoughts are with Orlando and everyone affected by the despicable and sickening act of terror."

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Relocated Syrian family welcomed to Birmingham

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Birmingham City Council welcomed a family of four refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme today.

They are the final group to arrive in Birmingham as part of the initial 50 refugees that the city council, with cross-party support, committed to taking, back in September 2015.

The group, a mother with two sons and a daughter, arrived earlier today.

A number of Birmingham residents held a vigil in September to say they would welcome refugees

Refugee Action, an organisation with a long history of supporting refugees in the UK, will once again be helping to integrate the arrivals into their new home in Birmingham, as was the case with the previous groups.  

Speedway: Heathens aim for Knockout Cup

BBC WM Sport

Cradley Heathens aim to reach the next round of the National League Knockout Cup tonight when they host Buxton at Monmore

The tie is level after a 44-44 draw in the first leg.

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A new British Speedway Champion will be crowned tonight. 

Former Wolves rider and current world champion Tai Woffinden (pictured) has won it for the past three years in a row, but has decided not to compete this year. 

Wolves asset Kyle Howarth is among the 16-strong line up at the National Speedway Stadium in Belle Vue.

Watch: Wildflower meadow mowed by council

Daz Hale


A special wildflower garden in part of Birmingham has been unexpectedly mowed by the city council. 

The grassland outside Fernside Gardens, in Moseley, had been derelict land, so locals decided to take it upon themselves to maintain it. 

In a statement, the city council says it's not received a formal request to plant on the land and is urging anyone who wants to plant on council land to contact it first. 

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Broken Dairy Milk

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

The British are a nation of chocolate lovers but could leaving the EU make our best-loved bars taste bad?

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Boy hit by car suffers 'suspected life-threatening injuries'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A 12-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital with "suspected life-threatening injures" after being hit by a car in Cannock, say police. 

Junction of Hemlock Way and Sidon Hill Way

Staffordshire Police say it happened just before 08:30 at the junction of Hemlock Way and Sidon Hill Way. 

Officers say the boy has been taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Freddie Coleman

Warwickshire release Scotland's Freddie Coleman and fellow batsman after deciding not to offer them new contracts.

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Latest headlines: Vigil for Orlando victims to be held tonight; Syrian family welcomed to Birmingham

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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

- People across Birmingham will gather tonight in the city's Gay Village to remember the victims of the Orlando shootings

- Birmingham City Council welcomed a family of four refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme today

- Warwickshire have announced they're releasing batsmen Freddie Coleman and Jonathan Webb

Blind Dave celebrates Alcatraz triathlon success

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

Black Country fundraiser blind Dave Heeley is celebrating this morning after he completed his toughest fundraising challenge yet. 

He swam from Alcatraz prison back to the San Francisco mainland yesterday. 

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It was part of Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, which included an 18-mile cycle and an eight-mile run.  

Lord Digby Jones and Tristram Hunt

During angry exchanges at the West Midlands EU referendum debate, an MP says we would "pay and have no say" on the likes of immigration if the UK voted to leave.

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Aegon Classic: Wet start

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

The classic British summer weather has meant a frustrating start to the Aegon Classic at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

But the tournament promises much, with many of the world's top players in the draw, making it the strongest field in the 35-year history of the event.

World number three Agnieszka Radwanska heads the list but isn't in action until tomorrow at least, along with defending champion and Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber.

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Today's action, weather permitting, focuses on world number 16 Madison Keys from the USA and two Brits, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady.

British number one Johanna Konta is seeded nine here, although there's been one blow for the tournament with world number five Simona Halep ruled out by an Achilles injury.

Gay village vigil in Birmingham for nightclub shooting victims

A candlelit vigil is being held in Birmingham's Gay Village this evening to remember the 50 people killed in the Orlando nightclub attack.

The gathering will take outside bars and clubs on Hurst Street at 22:00.

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Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 more in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, before being shot dead by police.  

Villa sale expected to be completed today

BBC WM Sport

The £76m sale of Aston Villa to Chinese businessman Tony Xia is expected to be confirmed today.

Xia has proved to the Premier League and the Football League that he has adequate funds and has passed the owners and directors test. 

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Aston Villa should be top six - Dr Tony Xia

He was due to fly in last night to meet Football League chairman Shaun Harvey to get the final seal of approval.  

Sandwell and West Birmingham has one of England's highest levels of locum GPs

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Sandwell and West Birmingham has one of the highest levels of locum GPs in the country, according to data analysis by BBC News. 

Almost 12% of GP posts in that area are filled by temporary staff, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. 

Use Of Locums In Most Deprived NHS Areas  

Data graph showing use Of locums In most deprived NHS areas

Leading doctors say patients in some parts of England now face the prospect of a second-class service because of the difficulty of recruiting.  

Tennis: Aegon Classic begins today in Birmingham

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

The Aegon Classic begins in Birmingham today. 

Fifteen of the world's top 30 female tennis players will be in city,  including world number 16 Madison Keys, who opens the tournament against Hungarian Timea Babos. 

Babos, Watson and Kerber
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Babos, Watson and Kerber

We'll also get to see Brits Heather Watson and Naomi Broady, as well as defending champion and world number four Angelique Kerber, returning as the Australian Open Champion.  

Met Office weather warning issued for heavy downpours

BBC Weather

The Met Office forecasters say it's another day when the June sunshine looks like triggering some heavy and slow-moving downpours across the West Midlands.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Their yellow weather warning for rain is in place from 12:00 to 21:00 today.