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Summary

  1. Storm Doris: Dead woman named
  2. Storm Doris: Victim's colleagues 'injured'
  3. Storm Doris: All-day rail disruption
  4. Storm Doris: Power restored to homes
  5. Mother admits killing girl doused in acid
  6. Updates from Friday 24 February 2017

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By Alex Homer

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Gareth McAuley

Defender Gareth McAuley - the oldest outfield player in the Premier League - signs a new one-year deal with West Brom.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Wolves winger Ben Marshall

Wolves winger Ben Marshall says the Championship strugglers will get out of trouble if they keep believing.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J4 for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J4a M42 and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

BreakingWolverhampton stabbing: Two dead named on social media

Chris Blakemore

BBC WM

A woman stabbed to death by her brother in Wolverhampton has been named on social media. 

Tributes have been paid on Facebook to 33-year-old Ann Marie James, who lived in a block of flats in the Merry Hill area. 

Her 36-year-old brother, who stabbed himself, has been named as Melvin James. 

Their mother, who is 59,  is being treated for stab wounds to the stomach at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Football: Bree says Villa will 'take confidence' from loss

Villa defender James Bree says the club will "take confidence" from their midweek performance at Huddersfield, even though they lost 1-0 .

James Bree
Empics

Bree says the team are encouraged by the way they played - especially in the first half.   

Wolverhampton stabbing: Community in shock as brother kills sister and leaves mother fighting for her life

Express and Star

Fear gripped residents in a 16-storey block of flats as dozens of police officers – many of them armed – stormed their high-rise homes .

Jaguar Land Rover factory brawl sees workers sacked or suspended

Birmingham Mail

A worker at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory has allegedly been sacked and another suspended after an astonishing brawl left a man and woman needing hospital treatment.  

Cannabis plants found in police raid

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Several dozen cannabis plants have been found in a police raid in Tamworth.

Cannabis plants
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police say they searched the house on Ridgewood Rise yesterday morning. 

The force says they're continuing to investigate after making the find.

Football: 'Nothing wrong' with Wolves' spirit or performance

BBC WM Sport

Wolves midfielder Ben Marshall says there is "nothing wrong" with their team spirit or performances. 

He made his comments despite the team sitting only one point outside the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's crucial home game against bottom-of-the-table Rotherham. 

Ben Marshall
Getty

Marshall insists everyone is staying upbeat and positive in the dressing room.  

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down van.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Graffiti Gallery - Made in Birmingham report

Renowned graffiti artist Temper has a new exhibition of his work at a local gallery. Watch Made in Birmingham's report .

Pictures in the gallery
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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rachael Heyhoe Flint: ICC announces annual award to honour ex-England captain

An annual award for the best female cricketer will be named after the late Rachael Heyhoe Flint , the International Cricket Council has announced.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint
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The former Baroness, England captain and vice-president of her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers FC  died in January aged 77  after a short illness.

Heyhoe Flint played in 22 Tests and 23 one-day internationals, and became the first woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2010.

The announcement came at Lord's where the launch of this summer's Women's World Cup in England took place.

Wolverhampton stabbing: Man killed sister and injured mother

A man killed his sister and critically injured his mother in a knife attack at a flat in Wolverhampton, police have revealed.

The scene
Express & Star

The 36-year-old attacker is then understood to have turned the knife on himself and died at the scene.

Stun grenades were used as officers stormed a first-floor flat in Leasowes Drive, Merry Hill, at about 09:45 on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old sister also died at the scene. The 59-year-old mother of the man and woman suffered stomach wounds, West Midlands Police said.

Mohammad Ismaeel Ashraf

The nine-year-old suffered a suspected allergic reaction at the Al Hijrah School in Bordesley Green.

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Watch: Weather for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A bright and sunny day ahead, with some scattered cloud and highs of 13C (55F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Breaking Name of schoolboy who died of suspected allergic reaction released by police

The name of a nine-year-old boy who died at a Birmingham school of a suspected allergic reaction has been released by police.

Mohammad Ismaeel Ashraf
West Midlands Police

Mohammad Ismaeel Ashraf (known as Ismaeel) collapsed at Al Hijrah School in Burbridge Road, Bordesley Green, on Friday afternoon.

A post-mortem test will take place and the child’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A444 and M6 J3A affecting J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of an accident and a rolling road-block. Congestion to J2, M69 (Coventry).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rachael Heyhoe Flint

An annual award for the best female player will be named after women's cricket legend Rachael Heyhoe Flint, the ICC announces.

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Walsall's on-loan Scunthorpe United left-back Scott Laird

Walsall defender Scott Laird says the Saddlers could be a team to be feared in the push for the League One play-offs.

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Football

Walsall stun League One leaders Sheffield United as they end the Blades' six-game winning run.

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The scene

The 36-year-old attacker is understood to have turned the knife on himself and died at the scene.

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Football: Villa add Hutton to injury list

BBC WM Sport

Aston Villa were beaten 1-0 at promotion-chasing Huddersfield , and defender Alan Hutton is the latest player added to their injury list. 

Alan Hutton
AFP

He's had a scan on a knee problem that kept him out of last night's match.   

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between Corley Services and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between Corley Services and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

You can also get the latest forecasts for your part of the West Midlands by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Shefali Oza

Do you recognise suspects in taxi driver attack?

CCTV images have been released of people police want to speak to about two assaults in the early hours of Saturday morning in Stourbridge.

A taxi driver was attacked by two men and two women inside his cab at around 03:30 GMT after picking up the group on Hagley Road.

The people police wish to speak to
West Midlands Police

They asked to be dropped off on the Wrens Nest Estate in Dudley but had no money even after the driver stopped for them to take some out at the BP petrol station on Pedmore Road. He was attacked as he took the group back into Stourbridge, according to police .

The driver's left arm was grabbed through the plastic divide in the cab and as he tried to fend off his attackers, he crashed into a stationary vehicle. The women ran off while the men opened the driver's door and demanded cash from him before punching him and running away down Pedmore Road.

A 31-year-old man was stabbed three times to his body and suffered two head wounds in another assault on Hagley Road at around 04:10 by a group of two men and women described as white and aged in their 20s. 

Officers are appealing for information to find out if they were carried out by the same group and wish to speak to the people pictured in these CCTV stills.

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola

Under-pressure Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola admits the Championship side are not safe from relegation.

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Wolverhampton stabbing: Watchdog will investigate police response

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will investigate officers' response to the triple stabbing in Wolverhampton earlier , it has confirmed.

The IPCC routinely investigates cases of deaths or serious injuries after people have been in contact with the police and unarmed and armed officers today had to intervene to try and detain the attacker before he turned his knife on himself.

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IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “These were traumatic events in Wolverhampton this morning and my sympathies go out to all those affected. 

"Our investigators are now busy conducting initial inquiries to gather a full picture of the police involvement in what unfolded. 

"It is proper that in such a serious incident as this there is independent scrutiny of what took place.”

Wolverhampton stabbing: Police needed to 'act quickly'

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Unarmed officers were the first on the scene and entered the property "not knowing what they would face". 

Officers used tasers after being confronted by a man armed with a knife, but to begin with the taser was "ineffective", police say. 

Supt Keith Fraser added: "I want to stress that the man was armed so we had to act quickly and officers did that."

Unarmed police broke into a flat where a woman had been stabbed
Two confirmed dead at the scene as stun grenades used to storm the block of flats.

Wolverhampton stabbing: 'Shocking incident' say police

Commenting on the incident itself, Supt Keith Fraser said it was "really shocking" and the force's sympathies "go out to the families and friends of all those involved" . 

Scene
BBC

Wolverhampton stabbing: Woman remains in 'critical condition'

A woman, who is thought to be 59-years-old, remains in a critical condition after suffering "serious stab wounds to her stomach",  West Midlands Police have said .

Police have remained at the scene of the triple stabbing in Wolverhampton since around 09:45 today.

Wolverhampton stabbing: What we know so far

  • A man and a woman have died and a third is critically injured
  • Two officers have sustained "minor injuries" - one suffered a stab wound to the arm and another a leg injury
  • Unarmed officers entered the flat first and were met by a man with a knife, who then turned the knife on himself 
  • Tasers were used but at first were "ineffective"
  • Three air ambulances attended the incident 

Wolverhampton stabbing: Police operation around the block of flats ongoing

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Police have remained at the scene of the triple stabbing in Wolverhampton since around 09:45 today.

Highfield Court
BBC

Forensic experts have pored over the area. This is the scene outside Highfield Court now in Leasowes Drive.

Wolverhampton stabbing: 'Very early stages in the inquiry'

BBC WM

Police have been unable to confirm at this stage of their inquiries if the knifeman or either of the women who were stabbed were in a relationship or had been previously.

Investigations will now look into whether the man was known to police before the attack today.

Supt Keith Fraser said officers were “checking [the knifeman’s] background to understand a little bit more what has happened.”

“It’s very, very early stages in the inquiry.”