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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Have a good weekend from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

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

Villa chairman Steve Hollis makes his expected departure

BBC Sport

Aston Villa chairman Steve Hollis has made his expected departure from the relegated Premier League club following their takeover by Dr Tony Xia.

Hollis described Villa as being in "crisis" when appointed by previous owner Randy Lerner in January, claiming they were in "the worst position this club has been in for many a decade".

And Hollis has spent his five months at the helm budget-cutting in readiness.

Villa board members Steve Hollis, Brian Little and David Bernstein
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Steve Hollis (left) brought Brian Little and David Bernstein (right) onto the Villa board

Carl Bridgewater case: Murder re-examined by police

New claims in a TV programme about the murder of Carl Bridgewater nearly 40 years ago are being examined by police.

Staffordshire Police said officers are "considering the content" of the documentary about the 1978 shooting.

Carl Bridgewater
BBC

Newspaper boy Carl, 13, died after apparently disturbing a burglary at Yew Tree Farm, near Stourbridge.

Questions about the alibi of initial suspect Bert Spencer, raised in the Channel 4 documentary, are also to be examined by the Home Office.

Travel: M6 southbound delays

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M6 southbound between J10 for Wolverhampton and J9 for Wednesbury because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

Latest: Vigil for Jo Cox MP; man fights for his life after single punch; flash flooding takes its toll

Here are the stories we have been covering on Friday:

- Vigils are due to take place for Jo Cox MP 

- A man is fighting for his life after a single punch in a Walsall bar

- Flash flooding has taken its toll across the region

Dudley teen airlifted from Alton Towers following 'assault'

Four boys have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a teenager from Dudley was airlifted to hospital at Alton Towers.  

The 15-year-old suffered facial injuries in yesterday's incident and is in stable condition in hospital, Staffordshire Police said.  

The arrested boys, a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and two aged 15, all from Liverpool, remain in custody.

Watch: Latest weather

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Is there some welcome relief just around the corner?

Showers dying away this evening, leaving a mostly dry night across the region with some clear spells at times and lows of 13C (55F).  

The weather for the West Midlands.

Flash flooding: Sandwell residents urged to fill in survey about the effects

Residents and businesses affected by flash flooding in Sandwell are being urged to fill in an online survey.

The borough council said it knew 180 council homes were damaged by flash flooding last Wednesday and the survey aimed to find out how many more properties were flooded, how seriously they were affected and whether the problem had happened in the past. To fill in the survey go to: www.sandwell.gov.uk/floodsurvey.

Jo Cox MP: Vigil in Wolverhampton

All of Wolverhampton's Labour MPs are supporting a vigil tonight to pay tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday.

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Flash flooding: Drains failing to cope with the scale of downpours

BBC Midlands Today

This image captures why so many roads and homes have been flooded this week - this drain cover is being lifted out of the ground by the sheer pressure of rising waters.

There is nowhere else for the downfall to go.

Drain cover
Andrews Burns

Flash flooding: The impact on Birmingham and the Black Country

Train stations that looked like canals, roads that resembled rivers - this is the impact of flash flooding on Birmingham and the Black Country since last night.

Birmingham flood lifts cars from roads as houses are deluged

Flash flooding latest: One thousand emergency calls; disabled children rescued; homes flooded

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our latest weather headlines on Friday:

- West Midlands Fire Service received 1,000 emergency calls between 18:00 on Thursday and 03:00 today as flash flooding hit

- Disabled children have been rescued from a care home in Stourbridge

- One hundred homes have been flooded in the Selly Park area of Birmingham

Man critically ill after single punch in Walsall

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being floored by a single punch in a Walsall bar.

It happened around 21:30 in Yates on Leicester Street and West Midlands Police has released pictures of a man it's described as the "prime suspect".   

The victim of the attack, aged 30, suffered a bleed on the brain.

The prime suspect according to police
West Midlands Police

Flash flooding: Stirchley dad packed his trunks for puddle 'swim'

Here's someone making the most of the downpour that hit Birmingham.

Remember, this is a pretend swim in a shallow puddle on a residential street. The Fire Service is warning people not to enter floodwater.

Flash flooding in Stirchley, Birmingham: Making the most of heavy rain

Flash flooding: How people have felt the effects around the region

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We have been hearing more from West Midlands Fire Service of the toll flash flooding has taken around Birmingham and the Black Country.

We've been reporting on various incidents for the last five hours. Here's more:

- Four homes have been flooded on Kirkstone Way in Brierley Hill

- 100 properties in Tibbats Close in Bartley Green are also affected

- Six people were rescued by rafts after being trapped in two cars in waters which flowed down Water Orton Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

We will have all the latest on the clean-up operation taking place across our region after flash flooding.

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

Flash flooding pictures: Our roads when the downpour came

These photographs from Andrew Burns capture the start of the deluge yesterday and how it affected roads around the region.

cyclist caught in floods
Andrew Burns
bus caught in floods
Andrew Burns

Watch: Latest weather

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There will be isolated showers across the West Midlands today, turning heavy with the risk of thunder at times, especially during the afternoon. Top temperatures of 19C (66F).  

Flash flooding: No one was hurt in spite of the 'horrendous' conditions, fire service believes

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Fire Service area commander Ben Brook has warned people to "beware of the likelihood of intense rain with little notice".

He said: “There is also likely to be a lot of standing water on roads, and we would remind people not to enter floor water either in vehicles or on foot. 

"There will also be debris and waste on some roads, so drivers should be alert. 

“In spite of the horrendous spate conditions, we believe that no-one was seriously hurt and would like to thank people for their patience and support throughout.” 

Watch: Flooding hits parts of the West Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

Heavy rain yesterday evening and overnight caused flash flooding in parts of Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry and Staffordshire. 

Many roads were flooded and the area's fire services took hundreds of calls about the impact of the bad weather. 

There are several Environment Agency flood warnings and alerts in place for parts of the West Midlands this morning.

Flash flooding: Thousands of homes were at risk overnight

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Fire Service has now told us it took around 1,000 calls relating to flash flooding from 18:00 on Thursday to 03:00 today.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of 91 so-called "priority incidents" across the region - 45 were flood-related.

Among the worst-affected places were Selly Park, Pershore Road, parts of Harborne and Woodgate Valley. 

A total of around 1,000 West Midlands homes were at risk of flooding throughout the night, a spokesperson said. 

Birmingham floods: Sixteen flood alerts in place as Midlands braced for more rain

Birmingham Mail

Flash flooding has left parts of Birmingham and the Black Country under water after heavy rain fell overnight.  

The Delph in Brierley Hill hit by flash flooding

Dudley News

Heavy rain has been causing flash flooding across the Black Country.

The Delph in Brierley Hill by The Tenth Lock was among the areas affected.

Watch: Flooding leaves car on garden wall

One hundred homes have been flooded in Sir John's Road in the Selly Park area of Birmingham following the latest downpours to hit the city.

The scene on Friday morning after Thursday night's deluge included bins on top of hedges and a car stuck on a garden wall - just feet from a property's front room.  

Birmingham road closure warning

Pedestrians and drivers are being warned of a temporary road closure in Birmingham city centre.

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Three cars under water

Flash flooding across the West Midlands causes chaos with hundreds of houses, businesses, cars and main roads becoming submerged under water.

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Picture: Tracks at Lye railway station completely submerged

"Mind the gap" says the warning on the platform - that was the least of the problems amid yesterday's downpour.

Lye railway station
Network Rail

Flash flooding: Schools closed after impact

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

A number of Birmingham schools are closed today due to the impact of flash flooding, including Moor Green Primary School in Moseley, Oaks Primary School in Druids Heath and St Mary's Primary School in Selly Oak.  

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Flash flooding: Trapped motorists and lightning strike

Here's a roundup of more emergencies to which fire crews were called during the downpours that hit Birmingham yesterday:

- Four people were trapped in a car near to Garrison Circus

- Another was trapped in a car on Pershore Road, Edgbaston

- There was flooding to the basement of an eight-storey student block in Edgbaston

- And a lightning strike to a gas power station - which then caught fire 

Flash flooding: Rail services affected

Bournville's railway station was hit hard, as this image shows.

Network Rail says lines have been cleared, but passengers should expect some delays.

Flooded train track
Birmingham New Street

This play area in Bournville took a soaking too.

Play equipment under water
Adrian Goldberg

Flash Flooding: One hundred homes hit in Selly Park street

Homes in the Selly Park area of Birmingham have been flooded.

Residents in Sir John's Road had to move upstairs when 100 homes were hit. The nearby Selly Park Tavern was also forced to close when water poured into its cellar.

Flash flooding: Thousands of litres of water in hospital's radiotherapy department

The Radiotherapy section at the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital flooded yesterday - no patients were present as 5,000 litres of water got in, West Midlands Fire Service says.

Flash flooding: Strain on fire crews

Here's more on the overnight situation in Birmingham.

Ben Brook, West Midlands Fire Service's area commander for emergency response, said: “Flooding seems to be a more regular occurrence across the West Midlands, and we’ve responded to hundreds of weather-related incidents over the past eight days."

Flooded road
West Midlands Fire Service

"Whilst our careful planning provides resilience for our communities, the large number of calls from flash flooding over the past week have placed a strain on our Fire Control and crews.

"We’d like to thank the general public and our partner agencies for their support over the past week.”

Video: Flooding in Selly Park

Andy Charrington filmed this flooding in Selly Park, Birmingham, yesterday evening.

Flash flooding: More pictures

Here's more images, this time from West Midlands Fire Service's Facebook page:

Flooded roads in Birmingham
West Midlands Fire Service

Flash flooding: Children rescued from care home

We'll be bringing you information on the individual emergencies that crews attended during yesterday evening's downpours. 

For now, here's what Stourbridge Fire had to say shortly before 21:00. "Eight disabled and vulnerable children" were placed in alternative accommodation, West Midlands Fire Service said.

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Flash flooding: General advice

And here's the fire service's general advice to the public:

  • If you’re in an area where flooding is likely to occur, move valuable and electrical items upstairs.
  • Keep up-to-date with the local situation by listening to local radio and following official accounts on Twitter. 
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable people – make sure they have a phone they can use should they need to call for help.
  • People who have already called the emergency services for assistance but no longer need us should call back to let us know.
  • Don’t let children play in flood waters as there may be hidden dangers below the surface.

Flash flooding: Advice for drivers

We showed you photos of submerged cars a little while ago. Here's the fire service's reminder to motorists:

  • Six inches of water is enough to reach the bottom of most passenger cars, enough to cause a loss of control or possible stalling.
  • Two feet of flowing water can sweep away most vehicles, including large four-wheel drive cars. Don’t try driving through.
  • Even in areas which appear as though there’s a limited impact, there’s still the potential for surface water.
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