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Summary

  1. Murder probe under way after stabbing in Birmingham park
  2. A Banksy-style mural of Muhammad Ali has been stolen
  3. Help to Buy Isa scheme 'helping lucky few'
  4. JLR 'backs Remain'
  5. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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David Malin

Police apologise to a business owner whose firm was burgled five times in the space of a fortnight.

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Lancashire captain Steven Croft

Captain Steven Croft shares an unbroken century stand with Karl Brown to help Lancashire team fight back against Warwickshire.

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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.

Five-times burgled business could quit Birmingham

A Birmingham businessman whose company has been burgled five times in just over a week says he's so fed up he's looking at leaving the city.

David Malin, whose father set up Sabre Jettings in the 1980s, says he's so far lost £8,000 in equipment from the yard in Tyseley.  

Five-times burgled business could quit Birmingham
Milan Lalkovic

Walsall winger Milan Lalkovic exits Bescot after publicly rejecting a new one-year Saddlers deal on his Facebook page.

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Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A businessman says he's so fed up with the police response to his company being repeatedly burgled, he's planning to move out of Birmingham.

And Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest major firm in our region to write to its staff today about its stance on the EU referendum.

More on these stories and others on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Wolverhampton begins preparations for Armed Forces Day

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay, has joined the public and members of the Forces to raise the Armed Forces Day flag.

People from across the city will join national commemorations on Saturday in paying tribute to serving troops, veterans and their families.

Ceremonial display
City of Wolverhampton Council

Councillor Findlay was joined by local Army Reservist Luke Cole who was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving in Afghanistan.

Wolverhampton will mark Armed Forces Day with a parade of serving and former military personnel through the city centre.

Travel: Delays continue after burst water pipe

BBC Travel

The delays we reported earlier around Winson Green Road - where a water pipe has burst between the junctions for Heath Street and Aberdeen Street - are continuing.

That section of road is closed, drivers are warned.

Latest: Murder investigation launched; buyers 'priced out' of homes; JLR backs Remain

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this afternoon:

- Police are treating a stabbing in a Handsworth park as a murder investigation

- The BBC can reveal would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers

- Bosses at Jaguar Land Rover, which has an engineering plant and bases across the West Midlands, have backed Remain ahead of Thursday's EU vote

EU Referendum: Bosses at JLR back Remain ahead of vote

Directors at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are among industry leaders voicing support for staying in the EU, but Vote Leave says Brexit would boost industry.

Meanwhile, Sir Richard Branson warned a British exit from the EU would be "devastating" for the UK's long-term prosperity.

Vote Leave rejected the comments.

JLR has an engineering plant near Wolverhampton and bases in Castle Bromwich and Solihull.

Union jacks and EU flags
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Jo Cox death: MPs return to Parliament to pay tribute

Andrew Mitchell, Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield, has paid tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox after the House of Commons was recalled.

He said the pair made "common cause" as co-chairs of the All-party Friends of Syria, adding they were allies despite him being a "crusty old Tory" and he was inspired by her bravery and "energy and effectiveness".

Flowers on Commons benches
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Seven-screen cinema for Lichfield in Friarsgate shopping complex

Lichfield Mercury

Lichfield is to get a new seven-screen cinema in the city centre.

Friarsgate artist's impressions
Lichfield Mercury

Four cars vandalised in same Codsall street in one night

Four cars had their windows damaged in the same South Staffordshire street, prompting a police warning.

They were vandalised at around 22:30 on Saturday in Bilbrook Road, Codsall.

Staffordshire Police said a "blunt instrument" was used to damage windows on a blue Vauxhall Insignia, a black Hyundai IX35, a grey Audi A4 and a white Volvo C30 - which were all parked in the road.

Officers are appealing to anyone with information to call their non-emergency 101 number.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're on the lookout tonight for a so-called "strawberry moon".

Through this evening there should be some clear skies. Lows of 13C (55F).

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The weather for the West Midlands.

Chief executive Keith Wyness: Aston Villa in talks to buy foreign clubs

Express and Star

Incoming chief executive Keith Wyness has confirmed Tony Xia is in active discussions to buy other clubs as the new owner aims to make Villa a global force.

Latest: Stabbing believed to be 'murder'; homes 'too expensive' for Help to Buy Isa; Ali mural stolen

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Monday's news, here are the headlines:

- A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in a Birmingham park

- Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found

- A Banksy-style mural of Muhammad Ali that appeared after his death has been stolen from a site that the boxing legend once opened

Severn Trent 'working as quickly as possible' to reopen Birmingham road

Severn Trent has now told us the traffic problems on Winson Green Road, Winson Green, which we reported earlier, are down to a burst water pipe.

The company said: “We’re sorry to any of our customers affected by the burst water pipe on Winson Green Road today. 

"Our teams are working hard to move water around our network of pipes to get water supply back on for everyone while we fix the burst pipe. 

“We’ve had to close Winson Green Road to make sure we keep our team and road users safe while we fix the pipe. We’re working as quickly as possible get everything back to normal."

Muhammad Ali mural painted on gates in derelict site

A Banksy-style mural of Muhammad Ali has been stolen from a site that the late boxing legend opened.

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County Championship: Lancashire v Warwickshire due to start

The toss has been uncontested at Old Trafford and Warwickshire have chosen to bowl first when play starts at 14:00.

Lancashire hand a debut to 19-year-old leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.

Live updates can be found here.

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VR Gallery: Birmingham’s 12 top Instagrammers

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Check out our first virtual-reality gallery with Birmingham’s 12 top Instagrammers

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

A police officer who confronted a dangerous gang and had "acid" thrown in her face has been given an award for her bravery.

More on this story and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Fatal stabbing: Police go door-to-door in information appeal

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Here's more on our earlier story:

Police have been carrying out house-to-house inquires after a man was stabbed to death in a Handsworth park. 

The 34-year-old victim was attacked in Waverhill Park yesterday morning. 

He was taken to hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival.

Travel: Winson Green delays warning

BBC Travel

Winson Green Road in Winson Green is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the junction with Heath Street and the junction with Aberdeen Street because of a collapsed drain, drivers are warned.

Metal thieves steal Muhammad Ali tribute from community centre

Birmingham Mail

Metal thieves have stolen a Banksy-style tribute to Muhammad Ali from the Birmingham community centre that bears the boxing legend’s name.  

County Championship: Rain delays Lancashire v Warwickshire

Rain has delayed the start to Warwickshire's County Championship match against Lancashire.

The forecast is set to brighten up and you can follow live updates here.

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Football: Albion Chinese takeover not imminent despite press reports

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

We understand a takeover of West Bromwich Albion is not imminent.

It follows fresh reports linking the Baggies with a Chinese consortium - just a week after Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia completed his takeover of Aston Villa.

Like last year, there is a lot of interest in the Baggies, including the Far East. But  if you were selling a used car rather than a football club, you would say that interest is from tyre-kickers - that is to say people without a genuine interest in buying.

Latest: Murder probe; Help to Buy Isa scheme a 'letdown'; Albion takeover 'not imminent'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our top stories on Monday:

- A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in a Birmingham park

- Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found

- A Chinese takeover of West Bromwich Albion is far from imminent, BBC WM understands

Plans to allow use of silver hallmark outside UK 'could destroy resident trade'

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Birmingham silversmiths say they will consider mounting a legal challenge over plans to use a traditional city hallmark in India. 

The anchor stamp is planned for use in Mumbai. 

But local jewellers, including John Landford from Braybrook and Britten, says it could wipe them out. 

He said: "Once you say you can take the hallmarking to the producer, and say you can stamp something as UK silver, you have potentially just destroyed the UK silver trade."

Petition claims there is 'discrimination and racism in the Labour party'

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

The BBC has seen a petition addressed to the leader of the Labour party and signed by almost 50 Labour councillors in Sandwell that alleges discrimination and racism in the party. 

It was gathered in March this year and signed in support of two councillors who were subject to an internal investigation into land sales. 

One of those, Mahboob Hussain, is accused of six alleged council code of conduct breaches - the other, Councillor Ian Jones, was found to face no misconduct issue. 

Sandwell Council House
BBC

EU Referendum: The Birmingham Mail nails its colours to the mast

With just three days to go until the EU referendum polling booths open, the Birmingham Mail is encouraging its readers to stay in the EU. 

Never in its recent history has the paper endorsed one party over another in local or general elections, but it says it believes the upcoming referendum on Thursday is different. 

More on both sides of the arguments here.

The Birmingham Mail's frontpage
Birmingham Mail

Help to Buy Isa scheme 'helps lucky few'

Peter Sherlock

Data unit

Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

The Help to Buy Individual Savings Account (HTB Isa) was introduced last year to help people save for a home.

In many areas, the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, or £450,000 in London.

The government said the cap allowed them to focus on first-time buyers. Find out whether the Help to Buy ISA supports people in your area with our postcode search tool.

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Murder probe after man found stabbed in Birmingham park

Police are treating the death of a man found injured in a city park as a suspected murder.

The 34-year-old victim was found with stab wounds in the park in Handsworth, Birmingham just after 10:20 on Sunday, West Midlands Police said

He was taken to hospital, from Waverhill Park, near Waverhill Road, but died shortly afterwards. Officers are appealing for information.

Waverhill Park Handsworth
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Latest: Murder probe; Help to Buy Isa scheme 'helping lucky few'; allegations of racism in Labour party

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Monday so far:

- A murder investigation is under way after a man was stabbed in a Birmingham park

- Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found

- A petition signed by nearly 50 Sandwell Labour councillors claims there is "discrimination and racism in the Labour party"

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We are going to see rain around first thing - quite heavy and persistent but it eases off through the day.

Highs of 20C (68F).

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Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: M6 northbound delays

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J6 for the A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7 for Great Barr because of a crash, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

I'm bringing you Monday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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