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  1. Street preacher in court over 'abuse'
  2. Wrong airport couple offered trip to Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Birmingham rail passengers left without seats
  4. MP Phillips 'to report abusive messages to police'
  5. Updates from Friday 29 July 2016

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Joel Richards

A fund in memory of a young referee who was killed with his father and uncle in a terror attack in Tunisia is launched.

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Siobhann Tighe

Today programme

Siobhann Tighe visits a children's home in Birmingham to explore what life is like for those who live in care.

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Greg Stewart celebrates against Forfar

Birmingham City target Greg Stewart is impossible to replace according to the striker's manager at Dundee, Paul Hartley.

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James Brindley

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A new exhibition marking 300 years since the birth of canal pioneer James Brindley has opened. How did his work transform the English landscape and unlock a new era in the Industrial Revolution?

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Olly Stone

Northamptonshire pace bowler Olly Stone agrees to join Warwickshire on a three-year deal at the end of the 2016 season.

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Stephen Kingsley battles for the ball with Wolves' Jed Wallace

Jay Freeman

BBC Sport

Wayne Routledge scores twice as Swansea seal a comfortable 4-0 victory at Wolves, who named Walter Zenga as head coach hours previously.

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Kyle Howkins

League Two side Mansfield Town sign West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Howkins on a six-month loan deal.

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Walter Zenga

Wolves name former Italy international Walter Zenga as their new head coach after Kenny Jackett's sacking.

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Kenny Jackett

Championship side Wolves sack head coach Kenny Jackett after three seasons in charge.

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Scott Sinclair celebrates with Aston Villa

Celtic coach John Kennedy admits Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair is among the Scottish champions' signing targets.

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

That's it for lives updates this week. Join us from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can keep an eye on this stream overnight for news updates.  

Weekend weather forecast

BBC Weather

Isolated showers will die away during the course of the evening to leave dry conditions in all areas overnight.

There will be some clear intervals and it will feel cooler compared to last night with lows of 9C (48F).

Weekend weather forecast

We'll see a mixture of sunny spells and showers over the weekend.

Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew

Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew is to remain with the Championship club, as there is no release clause in his contract.

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Slow traffic on Hagley Road in Birmingham

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A456 Hagley Road West westbound in Bearwood, Birmingham at New Talbot Junction, because of an accident earlier on, BBC Travel reports.

And a lane is blocked and there's heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.  

Chiltern shuts a section of track for the next nine days

Passengers are being warned of disruption on rail links to London from tomorrow.

Chiltern Railways are shutting sections of the track between Leamington Spa, Banbury and Bicester North for nine days. 

Replacement buses will be running. 

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Lorry load of wine stolen after driver tricked by thieves

A lorry driver was kicked and punched to the ground after three men told him his trailer had been broken into.

undefinedThe men approached the driver's cabin on Kenrick Way in Sandwell during the early hours.

As the driver got out he was attacked before the men jumped in the lorry and drove off.

Police say the lorry was found 15 minutes later in Aldridge where the boxed wine was recovered.

Bears to use pink ball for Second XI night game

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Warwickshire have switched next month's Second XI Championship local derby against Worcestershire to Edgbaston to be played under floodlights - with a pink ball.

The game was originally scheduled to be staged from 15-17 August at Barnt Green Cricket Club, but it will now be staged a week later at Edgbaston (22-24 August).

The pink ball was used in English cricket for the first time by Kent and Glamorgan at Canterbury in 2011
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As part of an England & Wales Cricket Board trial, the two teams will use a pink Dukes ball for two innings of the match and a pink Kookaburra ball for two innings.

"We have a long tradition of staging day/night cricket on this ground," said Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball. “The concept of day/night cricket has attracted a large amount of interest around the world and we are keen to support the ECB by exploring the potential for these fixtures."

The pink ball will be in use in England for the first time since Kent and Glamorgan experimented with it in a Country Championship game at Canterbury in September 2011.

BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

BBC Midlands Today

Anthony Bartram, Producer

School’s out and no doubt many of you who commute into Birmingham will welcome a little more room on the trains. But a new UK rail passenger report out today shows you are more likely to stand travelling into the city than any other outside of London.

We’re also finding out how a Wolverhampton teenager overcame her food phobia which had restricted her diet to little more than lemon curd sandwiches, and do you remember English football’s finest hour? 

We’re keen to hear your memories of 1966 - our sports reporter Ian Winter has made a cracking film about West Midlanders who were in the ground and on the pitch at Wembley.

1966 World Cup final ticket

Great Barr Observer front page

Great Barr Observer

Here's this week's front page of the Great Barr Observer.

Great Barr Observer front page
Great Barr Observer

Dicko not fit ahead of the new season, says Wolves

BBC WM Sport

Wolves confirm that striker Nouha Dicko won't be fit for the start of the season.

Dicko had a staple removed from his knee earlier this month and the club say it'll take another 3 to 4 weeks before he's ready for the first team.

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Small gold chip at the heart of brain injury blood test

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Injuries to the brain are impossible to detect at the scene of an accident. 

The end result is either doctors are over cautious and patients have expensive scans they don’t need or, worse, people who appear fine drop dead a day later from a bleed on the brain. 

Researchers in Birmingham hope to change all that with the first blood test for brain injury. It’s a breakthrough that would revolutionise how people are treated saving money and saving lives.

At the heart is this chip (pictured) - it's silicone with a coating of gold. It's a real working prototype of the detector and is being used with the blood of real patients from the QE Hospital. The eventual aim is to shrink this and create a detector which can be used in an ambulance or even used in a battlefield.

Brain trauma chip which is being developed in Birmingham

Arriva Midlands to axe Tamworth bus route

Tamworth Herald

One of Tamworth's main bus routes into Birmingham is to be axed by Arriva Midlands.

Arriva bus in Tamworth
Tamworth Herald
Helder Costa was on loan at Monaco in 2015-16, tangling here with Sochaux's French defender Julien Faussurier

Wolves sign Benfica winger Helder Costa on loan, the Championship club's first signing since their Chinese takeover.

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'Crucial move' for town centre library

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Plans have been approved to move Lichfield library into an old church in the centre of the city. 

St Mary's is already home to a museum, café and tourist information in the market place. 

A petition set up earlier this year against the plans gained over 2,500 signatures.

St Mary's in Lichfield

The thing is about libraries is - they aren't quiet anymore. You've got to give them credit [the council] where we are losing libraries and spaces in our city centre we should be saying well done. They're not taking the library away from us- just moving it. Petition all you like but look at the bigger picture. This move is crucial.

Caroline KerrBusiness development manager for the Guild of St Mary's
Jodie Brown

A teenager fighting a food phobia with hypnotism says her only lunch used to be lemon curd sandwiches.

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Blood test to detect brain trauma developed

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

A new blood test to detect traumatic brain injury has been developed by scientists. 

The test can be done by paramedics at the scene of an accident to see if there's any damage and does not require a brain scan.

The University of Birmingham, which developed the test, says it could save the NHS significant sums of money and wants to get it into the market "within three years".

Scientist at the University of Birmingham

You can read more about this on my blog page and watch BBC Midlands Today.

Sheffield United striker Che Adams

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett outlines his rivals' 'massive' buying potential after being outbid for Che Adams.

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BHS store closes its doors

The BHS in Redditch is due to close this weekend, with all of its staff needing to find new jobs.

The last of the high street chain's other stores are expected to close by 20 August.

BHS logo

M42: Accident and broken down vehicle

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed and slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident, BBC Travel news reports. 

Also on the M42 a lane is closed on the exit slip road northbound at J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle.

On this day: First ever TV weather forecast

BBC Archive

Sixty seven years ago today, the BBC broadcast its first ever TV weather forecast.

Oh dear it appears not much changes... rain is forecast today and there were showers back in 1949 as well.

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Wolves summer signings

BBC WM Sport

Wolves are closing in on their first signings since the takeover by Chinese group Fosun. 

We understand three players have had medicals this week.

They are winger Helder Costa and midfielder Pele from Benfica plus defender Silvio from Atletico Madrid (pictured left to right).

Helder Costa, Pele from Benfica and defender Silvio from Atletico Madrid
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Woman who picked 'wrong' Birmingham to be flown to the US city

A woman who booked a dream holiday to Las Vegas, only to discover she had mistakenly booked to fly from Birmingham, Alabama, instead of Birmingham International, in the UK, is being flown to the US city.

The visitor bureau for Birmingham, Alabama, said it would send Richella Heakin and Ben Marlow on a whirlwind tour to experience the American city that floundered their plans earlier this year.

In April, Virgin Holidays offered the couple, from Sutton Coldfield, a five-day holiday to compensate for the mix up.

Airport mix-up: Booking mistakes Alabama airport for its West Midlands namesake

As an addition, Alabama Tourism offered the couple a guided trip to the city as part of their holiday next month.

Train overcrowding: 17% of evening passengers leaving Birmingham will have to stand

Mike Taylor


You’re more likely to have to stand while travelling on a peak-time train in Birmingham than in any other major city in England and Wales outside London, new figures today show.

Between 08:00 and 09:00, on a “typical autumn weekday”, 20% (1 in 5) of standard class passengers on trains arriving at one of the three main Birmingham stations (New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill) are standing. 

This compares with 30% at the major London terminals, but is higher than the equivalent figure for city centre stations in all the other major cities of England and Wales.                       

In the evening, 17% of passengers leaving one of the three Birmingham stations between 17:00 and 18:00 will be standing – that’s the same proportion as London and again higher than any other city in England and Wales.

The Birmingham figures have increased sharply over the past three years.

Passengers on platform

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

A mixture of sunny spells and showers - here's Alexandra Hamilton with your 24-hour forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Street preacher released on police bail

A man has appeared in court after being charged with verbally abusing a woman in Birmingham city centre.

West Midlands Police say they received a 999-call from a woman saying she feared for her safety after a verbal stand-off with a street preacher.

Krissoni Henderson, 31, of Brook Street, Birmingham appeared before magistrates on 6 July and is due to reappear in September.

Brad Guzan

Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan on a two-year contract.

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BreakingStreet preacher charged over alleged abusive comments

A street preacher has been charged after allegedly shouting at a woman "for wearing tight jeans" and swearing, say police.

Krissoni Henderson, 31, was arrested earlier this month after a 38-year-old woman said she feared for her safety after a verbal confrontation on New Street in Birmingham.

He has been charged with using insulting, threatening words or behaviour and using racially aggravated insulting words and will appear before magistrates on 6 September.