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Summary

  1. Woman hurt by car that failed to stop for police
  2. Tory conferences to cost police £1.5m
  3. Fire at former school
  4. Alton Towers crash victim calls for ride's closure
  5. More time to question terror suspects
  6. Restaurant fire 'an accident'
  7. Updates from Friday 2 September 2016

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Malvern Hill Road

A 19-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after a brawl involving up to 30 men, police say.

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England spinner Monty Panesar

Raj Kaur Bilkhu

Broadcast Journalist

A culture of shame among South Asians is a barrier to members of the community with mental illness accessing help, says cricketer Monty Panesar.

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Ollie Rayner

Middlesex have their lead at the top of Division One cut to four points after rain sees them draw with Warwickshire.

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Two police officers using Taser guns

Police forces are criticised for a "complete lack of consistency" over whether officers armed with Tasers are deployed with body cameras.

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Middlesex paceman Harry Podmore leads his team in an unsuccessful appeal against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

County Championship leaders Middlesex reduce Warwickshire to 74-3 in pursuit of 338 to win, although rain is forecast on Saturday.

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Our coverage across the day

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.

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Nick Owen

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.

Pensioner loses savings in distraction burglary

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.

Suspects
West Midlands Police

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

As we head through the latter part of today, we're left with a drier night.

Lows of 11C (52F).

Find out more about the weekend ahead.

The weather for the West Midlands.

Wolves left back heads to Nuneaton

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.

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Flatpack Launches Birmingham on Film

Grapevine Birmingham

Flatpack: Assemble today announces Birmingham on Film - a landmark season (16 September-15 October 2016) exploring how Birmingham has evolved on film and TV over the last decade.   

Lucas and Bartley elected as Green Party co-leaders

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.

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley
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Latest: Call for rollercoaster's closure; fire at former school; woman fights for her life after crash

Alex Homer

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

Travel: Hodge Hill crash warning

BBC Travel

Coleshill Road in Hodge Hill is blocked and there is slow traffic in both directions near the junction with Ventnor Avenue because of a crash involving a taxi from which people needed cutting free.

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School fire referred to police for investigation

West Midlands Fire Service has asked police to investigate the fire at the former Longlands School in Stourbridge.

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Cricket: Middlesex stretch their lead against the Bears

BBC Sport

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.

Follow the action here.  

Discoloured water in Balsall Heath investigated

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".

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Birmingham on Film: 100 years of the city in film

A film festival celebrating Birmingham over the past 100 years starts next month.

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.

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Bilston Swimming Club in mourning over death of coach Pauline Trout

Express and Star

A swimming coach who developed hundreds of youngsters into competitive swimmers has died aged 66.

Alton Towers reacts to call to shut Smiler

Jennifer Meierhans

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.

Chanda Chauhan
BBC

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."

Fire at former Dudley borough school

Corinne Wheatley

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.

Ruling means more huge skyscrapers could be built in Birmingham

Birmingham Mail

Restrictions on building skyscrapers in the centre of Birmingham could be relaxed in a bid to attract more development.  

Chanda Chauhan

A victim of the Smiler rollercoaster crash calls for the Alton Towers ride to be shut after 30 people are trapped in a new incident.

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Dudley hospital boss leaving for Stafford

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.

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Ex-Blues junior is heading to Rio

BBC Sport

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.

Jack Rutter
ParalympicsGB

Man arrested after woman critically injured in Sparkbrook crash

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.

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Kathryn Stanczyszyn

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.

Amelia and Muhammad are the most popular baby names in the West Midlands

Daniel Wainwright

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.

chart showing most popular boys' names
BBC

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.

Chart showing most popular girl's names
BBC

US Open 2016: Andy Murray and Dan Evans join Edmund in third round

BBC Sport

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. 

Dan Evans
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Latest: Tory conference bill; extra time to quiz 'terror' suspects; restaurant fire 'an accident'

Alex Homer

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

Alex Claridge

A "seriously fed-up" chef has blasted customers who "take the mick" by not showing up to dinner reservations.

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Man airlifted following collision outside Tesco in Shenstone near Sutton Coldfield

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

An elderly man had to be airlifted to hospital following a serious two-car collision near Sutton Coldfield.

Football: Aston Villa technical director says Premier League status is his aim

Mikey Burrows

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.

Steve Round and David Moyes
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Villa's new technical director Steve Round worked with David Moyes (right) at Manchester United

Why West Midlands Police faces a bigger Tory conference bill

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

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.

Crash victim calls for Alton Towers Smiler rollercoaster to be closed down

Sarah Robertson

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. 

About 30 people were stuck on the ride for a short time when it was stopped at midday yesterday, for just over four hours.

A spokeswoman said a piece of rubber "came away from one of the carriages" but "at no time were any guests at risk".

Video of the stuck rollercoaster

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."

Chanda Chauhan

Cricket: Moeen sees England home against Pakistan

BBC Sport

England's cricketers are 4-0 up in the ODI series with Pakistan.

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali, who grew up in Birmingham, smashed a straight six to secure a four-wicket win at Headingley last night.

Moeen hits a six at Headlingley
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West Midlands anti-terror police given more time to question suspects

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

Police cordoned off an area near the Pentahotel on Holloway Head in Birmingham city centre
BBC

Cricket: Bears struggling

Mikey Burrows

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.