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Summary

  1. Charity in memory of Black Country referee killed in Tunisia
  2. Man charged after EDL protest outside mosque
  3. Birmingham to host BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  4. Tom Watson tells Corbyn he has 'no authority'
  5. News updates on Monday 27 June 2016

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Courtney Senior and Denny Johnstone

Colchester sign Birmingham's Denny Johnstone for an undisclosed fee and Brentford's Courtney Senior on a free transfer.

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'Better, more frequent services' for Bromsgrove railway station

Bromgrove's new railway station, which was set to open eight months ago, will open in July, officials say.

Bromsgrove station before its refurbishment
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A more reliable signalling system is being installed and the line between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green will be electrified, which will provide passengers with better, more frequent and reliable services.

Martin BallArea director for Network Rail

Police investigate attack on halal butchers

Detectives believe an attack on a Walsall shop could be a racist incident
A bottle of "ignited liquid" thrown at an employee of a halal butchers is being treated as a potential racist attack.

West Midlands Police said the incident took place on Wednesbury Road in Pleck, Walsall, at about 17:20 BST on Monday.

The worker was bruised by the bottle, while the shop suffered fire damage.

Officers are looking for a man described as white and about 6ft tall who was seen on CCTV entering the shop.

Analysis of report criticising HS2

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

I've been looking at the National Audit Office report which says the HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable".

It was written before the Brexit vote, so it doesn't speculate on what effect, if any, it could have on HS2.

Train on railway
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The Department for Transport's very keen to send out a "business as usual" message, promising that planned investment in our roads and railways won't suffer.

MPs are due to vote on phase one of HS2 later this year. If they approve the bill, that's effectively the green light to start building the line from London to Birmingham. And MPs approved the project overwhelmingly the last time they had a vote.

More from me on the BBC website here.

Weather update

Alex Hamilton has your forecast

Guns Village School: New name shot down

Guns Village School: Parents upset at proposed name change
A Black Country school wants to remove the word guns from its title - but the plan has upset some parents.

Guns Village Primary in West Bromwich dates back to 1878, and the name is thought to have been linked to the manufacture of gun parts.

But a recent spike in gun crime across the Birmingham area has prompted governors to question whether guns is appropriate in the school name.

A petition against the plan to change the name has so far attracted nearly 300 signatures.

Head teacher Dawn Cooper said: "Several people over the years have expressed some surprise that a primary school has the word guns in its name.

"Obviously there is a historic link with the old area of Guns Village but we decided to ask the school and the wider community if they would like to consider a name change for the school."

Travel: One lane closed on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle is blocking one lane of the M6 northbound between J3, for the A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Delayed railway station set to open

Bromsgrove's new railway station is set to open next month, officials have confirmed.

The £24m site, which has longer platforms, a waiting room and a 350-space car park, was expected to open to passengers last November.

Artist's impression of proposed site
WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Plans for the station were approved in 2013

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Joe Edwards

Colchester United midfielder Joe Edwards signs for League One side Walsall on a two-year deal.

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Nikki Sinclaire

A former MEP for the West Midlands fraudulently claimed "significantly higher sums" for travel "not undertaken at all", a court hears.

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Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke

Rikki Clarke follows a three-wicket haul with an unbeaten half-century as Warwickshire build a lead against Notts.

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Paul Downing

MK Dons sign defender Paul Downing on a two-year deal after he rejected a new contract at League One rivals Walsall.

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Our coverage across the day

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.

Hate crime concerns 'particularly since the EU Referendum'

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands David Jamieson has said he has been approached with concern over reports of hate crime "in particular since the result of the EU Referendum".

He said tackling hate crime was a "priority" and officers were "monitoring the situation closely" for any upsurge.

Here's information about reporting hate crimes.

UK will not leave the EU for another two years - Lichfield MP

Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield, says he believes the UK will not leave the European Union until around 31 December 2018.

He said: "At present, we expect Article 50 (formal notice to leave the EU according to the Lisbon Treaty) to be invoked by whoever replaces David Cameron as Prime Minister.  

"That will lead to a further two years of negotiation. 

Michael Fabricant MP
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"We will then be free to sign pre-agreed trade agreements with the EU and other nations. Forget the political rhetoric: the United States Department of Commerce, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea are but the first to have announced they want trade agreements with us."  

Months of potential disruption for people driving in and out of Birmingham

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

Drivers who use one of the main routes into and out of Birmingham city centre are facing delays and closures for the next six months. 

Access to the Aston Expressway from Salford Circus and Park Circus will be closed from this weekend for maintenance and inspection work.

Aston Expressway
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The entire expressway will also be closed for seven weekends across the summer including days when Aston Villa and Birmingham City have home matches. 

An estimated 80,000 vehicles use the road every day. I'll have more on this for the Midands Today on BBC One at 19:30.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Suzy Edward's suffered pain and loss a year ago when three of her family died in the shootings in Tunisia. Now she has set up a charity in the Black Country.

Drivers who use one of the main routes into and out of Birmingham city centre are facing delays and closures for the next six months.

And we report from the trial of a former Ukip MEP for the West Midlands.

Join us for more on these stories and others with the Midlands Today on BBC One at 19:30.

Vow to fight Dudley Council plans to end weekly bin collections

Stourbridge News

Opposition leaders have vowed to "fight tooth and nail" against Dudley Council's "ridiculous" plans to end weekly bin collections and charge for the removal of green waste.  

Spaghetti Junction gets major facelift

Motorists using one of the best known motorway junctions in the UK face six months of roadworks - including total weekend closures. Plans for the infrastructure include waterproofing the carriageway and protecting hundreds of concrete columns which support it.

Birmingham's infamous Spaghetti Junction set for six months of delays

Highways England project manager, Jess Kenny, said: “The road was built a considerable number of years ago and has reached the end of its life. We need to work now to ensure this part of Spaghetti Junction is protected for years to come.“If we don’t act now, water will cause more and more damage in the structure, corroding the steel reinforcement bars and causing damage to the concrete itself. Leaving it alone is not really an option - and would mean bigger and more disruptive roadworks in future."    

Travel: M6 northbound delays warning

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J8 for the M5 interchange and J9 for Wednesbury because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

Latest: Second pool shut over bug; former MEP on trial; dog had hook through its neck

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of our top stories on Monday:

- A second Birmingham swimming pool has temporarily closed after a bug, which causes sickness and diarrhoea, was detected in the water

- A dog found tethered with a climbing hook through its neck needs a new home, says the RSPCA

- A former Ukip MEP has gone on trial accused of laundering money and committing misconduct in a public office over her European parliamentary travel expenses

Athletes book places for Rio Olympics

Six Midlands-based athletes are off to Brazil after the Olympic trials in Birmingham at the weekend.They booked their places in the Rio-bound GB squad at the British Championships held at Alexander Stadium.Flying out are Wolverhampton's Matt Hudson-Smith in the 400m; Stratford-upon-Avon's Andy Pozzi in the 110m hurdles; and Stoke-on-Trent long jumper Jazmin Sawyers.

Six Midlands-based athletes are off to Brazil after the Olympic trials in Birmingham

They will be joined by the Birchfield Harriers duo of Danny Talbot in the 200m and Shara Proctor in the long jump, together with Birmingham-based high jumper Robbie Grabarz.The Olympics begin in Rio on August 5.    

Police appeal after several people assaulted in pub fight in Rugeley

Cannock Mercury

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fight in the Rugeley area in the very early hours of Saturday morning. 

Drivers urged to be patient during Spaghetti Junction works

BBC Midlands Today

Spagetti Junction opened in 1972 and highways bosses say it is in urgent need of repair. 

Work will be taking place overnight and on some weekends. 

Engineers hope to be finished by Christmas but say they will not know the scale of the damage until the carriageway is closed. Drivers are being urged to be patient.

Jury sworn in to consider case against money laundering-accused ex-MEP

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a former Ukip MEP accused of laundering money and committing misconduct in a public office, in relation to European parliamentary travel expenses. 

Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands region in Brussels and Strasbourg until 2014, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday for the start of what is estimated to be a three-week trial.

Nikki Sinclaire
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The 47-year-old, of Shirley, Solihull, denies misconduct in a public office between October 1 2009 and July 31 2010 while a serving member of the European Parliament by making or causing to be made false or dishonest claims for travel expenses. 

She also denies a charge between October 14, 2009 and December 31 2010 of fraudulently transferring criminal property into her bank account.

Toddler suffers 'serious head injury' after being hit by a car in Birmingham

A three-year-old girl has been seriously injured after she was hit by a car in Birmingham. 

It happened yesterday around 19:15 near to the junction of Brockworth Road and Bells Lane in Druids Heath.

The girl was taken to the city's children's hospital with a "serious head injury", according to West Midlands Ambulance Service. 

Dog found with climbing hook through its neck

A dog was tethered in a Birmingham garden with a climbing hook through his neck, the RSPCA has said, appealing for a new home for the animal.

Rex, a one-year-old Presa Canaria, came into the charity’s care after being rescued in the Stechford area of the city in October last year.

The hook and Rex
RSPCA

Inspectors said he was suffering from an infection after his tether - a large hook with a spring-loaded clasp used in climbing - went through the skin of his neck. Rex is thought to have been trapped like that for at least three days, causing the skin to grow around the device.

The RSPCA says his previous owner has been banned from keeping animals for ten years.

Employers urge politicians to end the chaos

Birmingham Mail

Birmingham’s business leaders have issued a plea to politicians to end the chaos, as Westminster was gripped by another day of turmoil.  

Concert to give send-off to Birmingham music venue

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

A special concert has been held to bid farewell to a Birmingham music venue. 

The 500-seat Adrian Boult Hall is being demolished as part of a major redevelopment in the city centre.

Yardley Labour MP shares her resignation letter on Twitter

Jess Phillips, the MP for Yardley, has shared her resignation letter, from her role as a Parliamentary Private Secretary, on Twitter.

She is now one in a string of Labour MPs to say they no longer have confidence in Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

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Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Showers will tend to die away into the early hours.

Lows of 12C (54F).

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Sara Blizzard has your weather update for the West Midlands

SPOTY coming to Birmingham in December

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Barbara Slater OBE, director of BBC Sport and former Olympic gymnast, joined the Director of BBC Midlands Joe Godwin earlier and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year's executive editor Carl Doran to announce the awards were heading to Birmingham on 18 December.

Gary Lineker appeared via a video message from Paris - where he is on Euro 2016 duty - to say the city would "put on a party we will all enjoy".

Carl Doran (executive editor of SPOTY), Joe Godwin (Director of BBC Midlands), Bailey Matthews, Barbara Slater OBE (Director of BBC Sport), Geoff Thomas
BBC

Two former winners of the Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity, ex-Crystal Palace and England footballer Geoff Thomas and Bailey Matthews, who stole the show at last year's SPOTY awards, were part of the announcement this morning.

Thomas, who calls himself an adopted Midlander, said it was chance for the city to "shout about" being on the up and for sports stars to be up close with their fans.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

A Midlands woman who lost her son, brother and father in the Tunisia beach attack has set up a charity supporting people who have lost loved ones to terrorism.

A Birmingham councillor is appealing for calm following the decision for Britain to leave the EU.

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

Virtual Reality gallery: the week’s best Instagrams

Birmingham Eastside

Last week we presented a VR gallery with Birmingham’s 12 top Instagrammers and announced a new weekly feature every Sunday. Throughout this week, we have been choosing the best posts on Instagram that show the nature, city and people from Birmingham.  

Northfield swimming pool

A second Birmingham swimming pool shuts within weeks after a bug which causes sickness and diarrhoea is found in the water.

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Tom Watson tells Corbyn he has "no authority"

West Bromwich East MP and Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has told Jeremy Corbyn he has "no authority" among Labour MPs and warned him he faces a leadership challenge.

Mr Watson met the party leader after a spate of resignations from the shadow cabinet.

Corbyn and Watson
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Mr Corbyn launched a fightback on Monday morning, unveiling a new top team after a fresh round of walkouts from shadow ministers.

He was elected in September in a landslide victory but faces a vote of no confidence from Labour MPs.

Latest: Charity for in memory of Black Country referee; EDL protest charges; Spaghetti Junction roadworks

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

- Relatives of a young Black Country referee killed in Tunisia have set up a charity to support the loved ones of terror victims

- A man has been charged with a string of offences after a protest by the English Defence League outside a Birmingham mosque

- Six months of roadworks begin at Birmingham's Spagetti Junction today

Labour's new frontline team after resignations in wake of EU ref

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Jeremy Corbyn has appointed 10 new members of his shadow cabinet following a wave of resignations in protest at his leadership.

The Labour leader has so far lost 18 members of his team, including the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley. 

Jess Phillips has stepped down as parliamentary private secretary to Lucy Powell, the shadow education secretary.

Jess Phillips
BBC