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- Woman hurt by car that failed to stop for police
- Tory conferences to cost police £1.5m
- Fire at former school
- Alton Towers crash victim calls for ride's closure
- More time to question terror suspects
- Restaurant fire 'an accident'
- Updates from Friday 2 September 2016
That's it from us on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for a mix of news, sport, travel and weather - and keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.
Have a great weekend.
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today
A Wednesbury woman left with a damaged liver and blood clots after a rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers crashed last year has called for it to be shut indefinitely after 30 people were trapped in a new incident.
The BBC has found out that West Midlands Police is facing a bill of £1.5m to plan security operations for three Conservative Party conferences in Birmingham.
And we look at how the weather is set for this weekend's Moseley Folk Festival.
Join us for these stories and more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.
Police want to identify this pair in connection with a ruse by con men who talked their way into a pensioner's home and stole handbags containing savings.
It happened in Baldwin Street, Bilston; with the callers telling the victim they'd been sent by the council to carry out building work.
The offence - one of several similar incidents reported recently in the Wolverhampton area - happened on 25 August, police say.
BBC Midlands Today
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport
Nuneaton Town have confirmed the signing of 20-year-old left back Ben O'Hanlon on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The former England Under-18 international joins on an initial one-month deal.
Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley have been elected co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales in a job-sharing arrangement at the party's autumn conference in Birmingham.
They saw off competition from five others to succeed Natalie Bennett, who is stepping down after four years.
Ms Lucas, the Greens' only MP, was leader of the party between 2008 and 2012 while Mr Bartley is the party's work and pensions spokesman.
Mr Bartley said it was a "great pleasure" to be in Birmingham, which was home to the Cadbury family, whose Quaker ways "showed the whole world how decent housing and a green environment were vital to everyone's wellbeing" when they set up Bournville.
BBC Local Live
Here is a recap of our headlines on Friday:
- A victim of the Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has called for the ride to be shut indefinitely after 30 people were trapped in a new incident
- Police have been asked to investigate a fire in a former Stourbridge school
- A woman has been critically injured after her car was hit by another, whose driver moments before had failed to pull over for police
West Midlands Fire Service has asked police to investigate the fire at the former Longlands School in Stourbridge.
Warwickshire eventually brought to an end Sam Robson's prolonged vigil of 74 for Middlesex at Edgbaston.
He put on 97 runs in partnership with Stevie Eskinazi as the visitors stretched their lead.
Severn Trent says it is looking into discoloured water around Balsall Heath but says "although unappealing, we have no reason to believe there is any risk to your health, however we understand that whilst the supply is discoloured you may choose not to drink the water".
The Flat Pack Festival is hosting "a season of special screenings and events that will take you on a whistle-stop time-machine tour from 1902 right up to the present day."
The festival runs from 16 September to 15 October.
Express and Star
BBC News Online
Alton Towers has insisted the Smiler rollercoaster is safe after a victim of last year's crash called for it to be shut.
Chanda Chauhan, from Wednesbury, said she wanted the ride closed after 30 people were trapped in the latest incident yesterday.
A spokeswoman for Alton Towers said: "All of the rides undergo extensive testing before they open to the public each day, thorough monthly checks and are also subject to independent, third party accreditation to ensure the highest levels of safety."
BBC WM, Journalist
A fire has broken out across several areas at an abandoned school in Stoubridge.
Three fire crews are tackling the blaze at the former Longlands School on Bowling Green Road.
A chief executive managing Dudley hospitals will move to a trust covering Stafford's County Hospital where children's A&E services have been suspended after they were deemed "not clinically safe".
From 1 October, Paula Clark will become the new chief executive at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
It runsNorth Staffordshire and Stafford's County hospitals. At the latter, A&E is currently closed to under-18 patients.
Ms Clark has been the chief executive at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust for the past seven years.
At 18, Jack Rutter was an aspiring Premier League footballer who had spent eight years with the Birmingham City Academy.
But in 2009, just months before he was due to find out whether he would be offered a professional contract, he was punched to the ground on a night out in Gloucester.
The unprovoked assault left him with brain damage and deaf in one ear. His professional football career was over before it had begun.
Four years later, he was given a second footballing chance as the captain of the England Cerebral Palsy (CP) squad and he is now set to be ParalympicsGB's 7-a-side football captain in Rio.
A woman is fighting for her life after the car she was travelling in was hit by another whose driver moments before had failed to pull over for police.
She was travelling with a man and two children, a 12-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy, who also suffered minor injuries, when their Toyota Corolla was hit by a Citroen C3 in Sparkbrook.
West Midlands Police said the driver of the C3 ran from the scene of the crash at the junction of Medlicott Road and Abbotsford Road, and was pursued by police on foot. Officers arrested a man, 34, at a nearby garage.
He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and is currently in custody on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
The force has referred the matter to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, for review.
Political Reporter, BBC WM
The BBC's learned that West Midlands Police is facing a bill of £1.5m to plan safety operations at the next three Conservative Party conferences.
I'll have more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.
Data unit - English regions
Amelia is the most popular girls name in the West Midlands while Muhammad is the most popular for boys, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Only London had Muhammad as the most popular choice in 2014 but the new figures show the West Midlands has joined the capital in 2015 for having the most babies with that name. Oliver was most popular overall across England and Wales.
There were 649 Muhammads born in the West Midlands in 2015 compared with 622 Olivers. An alternative spelling - Mohammed - is also in the top 10.
For girls regionally, the top choice, Amelia, was the same as the overall favourite in England and Wales.
The data also shows the West Midlands to have a higher proportion of girls named Jessica than anywhere else. It ranks third for popularity in the region.
It was an historic night for Solihull's Dan Evans at the US Open tennis as he went through to the third round beating German Alexander Zverev in four sets.
It's the first time since 1968 three British men have got so far.
BBC Local Live
Here is a recap of our headlines so far:
- A crime commissioner has hit out at the £1.5m bill West Midlands Police could face for the Tory party conference
- Officers at the same force have been given more time to question three terror suspects arrested in Birmingham
- And a fire that gutted a Black Country restaurant was an accident, firefighters say
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BBC WM Sport
Aston Villa's new technical director says the ultimate aspect of his job will be to get the club back into the Premier League.
Former Manchester United and Everton assistant Steve Round took up the role officially yesterday.
He will have responsibility for signing and developing players.
Political Reporter, BBC WM
There are three Conservative party conferences coming up in Birmingham - one at end of this month, one in 2018 and one in 2020.
They involve a big policing operation over four days and include sniffer dogs, sometimes bomb squads and armed officers; even a so-called "ring of steel" where the area around the ICC on Broad Street is cordoned off.
When the city has had these conferences in the past, West Midlands Police had to shoulder a little bit of this cost - the last one, in 2014, coming in at about £350,000. But the government pays the majority of the bill - about £2m - and that's how it always works.
That's still the case but the Home Office now wants the force to pay for all of the planning of these huge operations - something that takes senior officers at least 12 months - and this bumps up our police force's share of the cost considerably.
News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke
A woman who was hurt in a crash last year on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers says the rollercoaster should be closed down after its latest incident.
A spokeswoman said a piece of rubber "came away from one of the carriages" but "at no time were any guests at risk".
Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd admitted breaching the Health and Safety Act after an investigation found the crash in June 2015 was caused by human error.
Chanda Chauhan, from Wednesbury, one of five people seriously injured in June 2015's Smiler crash called for it to be "closed completely".
I know it's a business and I do understand they need to make money and whatever but if something is not working right, then it shouldn't put people's lives at risk."
Detectives are continuing to question five men, including three detained in Birmingham, on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The arrests a week ago came as an army bomb disposal team was called to a business in Birmingham city centre.
Police have been granted a further seven days to question the men.
BBC WM Sport
Warwickshire are in trouble going into the third day of their county game with Middlesex at Edgbaston.
The visitors have a second innings lead of 133 with all 10 wickets left.
Live commentary continues online and via the BBC Sport app from 11.