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Summary

  1. Road workers in Birmingham handle more than 100 callouts after flooding
  2. Warwickshire's One Day Cup clash with Derbyshire is washed out
  3. The Met Office issues another yellow weather warning for heavy rain
  4. Two Birmingham schools are closed and a West Bromwich school is partially closed
  5. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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A disabled man says he plans to sue after a High Court judge gave medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorised using force.

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

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

Attempted child abduction arrests in Walsall

Walsall Advertiser

Police have arrested two people on suspicion of attempted child abduction in Walsall.

Pupils' work ruined at flooded school

Pupils' work at a Birmingham school has been destroyed following flash flooding.

Lea Forest Primary Academy, in Kitts Green, was forced to close on Wednesday because of the effects of Tuesday's downpours. 

Lynsey Hedley, deputy head teacher, said: "It's really upsetting and heartbreaking because everybody loves our school so much". 

Flood at Birmingham school destroys pupils work

Led Zeppelin appear in court over Stairway to Heaven dispute

Members of the rock band Led Zeppelin have appeared in court to deny borrowing from another song for their 1971 hit Stairway To Heaven.

Guitarist Jimmy Page and Black Country-born singer Robert Plant are expected to give evidence at the civil case in Los Angeles.

They are accused of lifting the song's opening notes from Taurus, a 1967 track by the band Spirit.

Page, 72, and Plant, 67, are being sued by a trust acting for a founding member of Spirit who died in 1997.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Page (right) and lead singer Plant say they wrote Stairway to Heaven in a remote cottage in Wales
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Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's only going to get worse unfortunately.

We've got more showers to come today and tomorrow, with the chance of thundery downpours and flash flooding.

Lows of 13C (55F). Find out more.

The weather for the West Midlands.

Nuisance passenger who delayed dozens of trains is jailed

A nuisance passenger who delayed a train into Birmingham by 11 minutes, costing the rail network almost £10,000, has been jailed for 10 months, British Transport Police says.

Aaron Reid, 28, boarded a service at Aston on 10 February and deliberately held open the doors to stop the train leaving - so someone he knew could get on, officers said.

He was confronted by the senior conductor and Reid was asked to leave the service but he refused, further holding up the train at Duddeston. Police met the train at Birmingham New Street, where he was arrested. 

According to British Transport Police, his actions caused knock-on delays to 42 other trains, with one service at Barnt Green being cancelled altogether.

Handsworth man Reid was jailed for 16 weeks for two counts of obstruction - one for holding open the doors and the other for refusing to leave the train. He was found in contempt of court when he argued with the judge, as well as being made subject to a restraining order not to approach the conductor.

Flood alerts in the Black Country and South Staffordshire

A flood alert is in place for the River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire, the Environment Agency says.

It says over the past 24 hours there has been 20mm of rain and more is expected.

Di Matteo: 'Chairman wants promotion'

Aston Villa head coach Roberto Di Matteo says new chairman Tony Xia is "ambitious" after setting immediate promotion target.  

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Weather latest: Busy road workers deal with flash flood fallout; cricket rained off; warnings of new deluge

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top weather stories on Wednesday afternoon:

- Road workers in Birmingham handle more than 100 callouts after flooding

- Warwickshire's One Day match against Derbyshire has been washed out without a ball being bowled

- A yellow weather warning remains in place for heavy rain

Watch: Skiffle group at Walsall school

A school in Walsall has set up a skiffle group. Watch Big Centre TV's report.

The skiffle group
BBC
Edgbaston Rain

Heavy rain sees Warwickshire's One-Day Cup game against Derbyshire at Edgbaston called off without a ball being bowled.

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More than 100 callouts to problems on Birmingham's roads since yesterday's deluge

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The company contracted to look after Birmingham’s roads, Amey, says it has been called out  to problems 102 times since downpours hit the city.

The call-outs included displaced manhole covers or “overwhelmed” drains.

A spokeswoman said its teams also responded to reports of electrical equipment, including traffic lights, being damaged by lightning and flood water.

Amey’s drainage manager in Birmingham, John Hastilow, said highway gullies were routinely cleaned and maintained to prevent blockages, but some disruption during storms was “unavoidable”.

Premier League fixtures: Albion start the season away at Palace

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Next season's Premier League fixtures have been announced.

On the face of it, not a bad start at all for The Baggies, with the campaign beginning at Tony Pulis's old club, Palace, on 13 August.

It's followed by home games with Everton and newly-promoted Middlesbrough, then a trip to Bournemouth.

With Villa relegated, Stoke - another of Pulis's old clubs - is the nearest Albion get to a derby next season. The trip to the Potteries is on 24 September, with the return at The Hawthorns on 4 February.

The toughest spell of the campaign could be a run in October and November of Spurs at home, Liverpool away, Manchester City at home and champions Leicester away.

West Midlands weather: Downpours continue as an inch of rain expected in an hour

Express and Star

Severe weather warnings and flood alerts are in place across the country as another day of rain is expected, including the West Midlands where up to an inch of rain was expected in an hour. 

Return service at tennis Classic after rain subsides... for now

Play under way...

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Speed cameras return in Birmingham and Solihull

Eight new speed cameras are to put up in the West Midlands three years after fixed speed cameras were turned off across Birmingham and the Black Country. 

The new digital cameras will be up for five years and replace the old cameras that used film. 

West Midlands Police says there has been an average of 471 deaths every year since 2010 in Birmingham and Solihull and the cameras will help reduce the number of people killed.

A Gatso speed camera
BBC

Flooding forces Chapel Lane closure in Walsall

Walsall Advertiser

The torrential rain and flooding is causing havoc in Walsall.

Drivers warned of worse conditions due later today

The Met Office is warning drivers to be mindful of the impact of showers that are expected later today.

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Murder investigation begins after death of baby in Wolverhampton

BBC News England

A murder investigation is under way after a six-month old baby boy died following a cardiac arrest.

A 24-year-old man and woman, 23, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, West Midlands Police said.

Officers were called to Walnut Close, in Bilston, shortly before 14:00 on Sunday, following reports of a child in cardiac arrest.

The boy was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Watch: Clean-up begins at flooded school

A clean-up operation has begun after yesterday's flooding at a Birmingham school.

Lea Forest Primary Academy, in Kitts Green, Birmingham, was forced to close today because of the effects.

The water reached depths of up to four inches inside the school. Outside it was nearly a foot deep.  

Clean-up begins after flooding at Birmingham school
Carl Bridgewater

The case of a boy's death nearly 40 years ago is to be "looked at" by the government after claims emerged in a TV documentary.

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WATCH: Tornado-like shapes in Midlands skies

Tornado-like shapes called funnel clouds have been forming in skies above the West Midlands.

These images were captured yesterday by Matthew Lee Hancox in Shrewsbury, Helen Vann in north Rugby and Robert Brooker, east of Coventry. And earlier today, Jason Mason Burns, near Droitwich, spotted the same meteorological phenomenon.  

Funnel clouds: Tornado-like shapes form in West Midlands skies
New Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo and owner Tony Xia held their first press conference at Villa Park

New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia wants the club to become as well known around the world as Real Madrid or Barcelona.

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Coming up on TV

Qasa Alom

BBC Midlands Today

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in Bilston after a baby boy was taken to hospital and died. 

Heavy rain has caused travel problems around the region and the new boss and manager of Aston Villa have been outlining their plans for the club today.

We'll have more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Kitten 'travels 300 miles' in Navy pilot's car bumper

A kitten thought to have climbed inside a car bumper at Birmingham Airport was discovered after a 300-mile journey.

Royal Navy pilot Lt Nick Grimmer heard the kitten meowing, a day after travelling from Birmingham to the Royal Naval Air Station in Culdrose.

He dismantled the car with colleagues and found the kitten hiding inside the bumper of his BMW.

The kitten has been named Tigger by the pilot's colleagues in the 814 Naval Air Squadron, known as the Flying Tigers.

Tigger
Paul A Barrow

Heavy rain takes toll on roads

This gives you some idea of the damage that can be caused by the downpours we've been having.

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Watch: The water on the bus goes slosh, slosh, slosh

BBC Midlands Today

Thanks to Zoe Anne for sending us footage she captured yesterday of a waterlogged Tame Road in Tipton.    

And bus passenger Bill Doherty filmed the scene as water overflowed onto the floor of a number 97 bus in Bordesley Green.

Flooding: Scenes in Tipton and Bordesley Green

Flood warning issued in part of South Staffordshire

A flood warning has been issued for the River Penk in Penkridge, South Staffordshire, by the Environment Agency.

It said over the past 24 hours, there had been 24mm of rainfall.

Tennis: Fans urged to avoid using their cars to get to the Aegon Classic in Edgbaston

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

The heavy rain means the public car park at the Edgbaston Priory Club is closed on what should be the third day of the Aegon Classic.

Tennis fans are being urged to use public transport or taxis, which are still able to drop passengers off outside the club's main entrance in Sir Harry's Road.

Sheer 'volume of water' caused delays on the A34 Walsall Road in Perry Barr earlier

Highways workers from Amey, which works for Birmingham City Council, have been out to the Birchfield underpass at Perry Barr after delays on the carriageway earlier.

They said pumps on the A34 Walsall Road appeared "to all be working" and it appeared "simply to be volume of water" behind the problems.

'Unlikely to be a full service' at the Library of Birmingham today

The Library of Birmingham, which was temporarily closed yesterday when a public stairwell flooded, has opened its express service as normal - but the city council says "it is unlikely there will be a full service" today.

Library of Birmingham
BBC

Travel: Latest on flooded roads

BBC Travel

There is flooding on the Beacon Road in Barr Beacon at the junction with Bridle Lane and on Edgbaston Park Road in Edgbaston. Drivers are warned to approach with care.

Monmouth Drive in Sutton Coldfield is partially blocked between the junction with Chester Road North and the Somerville Road junction because of a loose manhole cover.

Further Birmingham school closure after flood damage

Birmingham City Council has let us know of a further school closure.

Queensbury school in Erdington is closed today due to electrical damage. It's expected to re-open tomorrow.

Householders and businesses count the cost of damage from flooding

Chris Blakemore

BBC WM

Householders and businesses across Birmingham and the Black Country are counting the cost of further flash flooding this morning. 

Heavy rain yesterday afternoon brought parts of the rail and road network to a standstill. 

Heartlands Hospital declared a major incident after 5,000 litres of rain water flooded the A&E department, although the situation was scaled down at 19:00. Meanwhile, parts of the Bullring and Mailbox shopping centres were temporarily closed.

Phil Jones took this picture of the damage to his Great Barr home, which came days after he laid a new floor.

Waterlogging in Phil Jones's Great Barr home
Phil Jones

Drivers warned not to try to plough through standing water on roads

Firefighters are warning of the dangers of trying to drive on waterlogged roads.

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School closures due to effects of flash flooding

Chris Blakemore

BBC WM

We know of one Birmingham school that is closed today due to flooding and one West Bromwich school which is partially closed.

Lea Forest Primary in Kitts Green is completely closed, while The Phoenix Collegiate is closed to Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The school, which had to partially close during last week's flash floods, is open as normal to other year groups and staff. 

Latest: Rain returns after flash flooding; murder probe launched; speed cameras zoom back

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the latest headlines on Wednesday:

- More rain is due to lash down across Birmingham and the Black Country after flash flooding hit yesterday

- A murder investigation has been launched after a six-month-old baby died in Wolverhampton

- Speed cameras have been reintroduced in Birmingham and Solihull