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Summary

  1. Drunk passenger jailed over 'air rage'
  2. Man arrested after Nat West incident
  3. Jacqueline Oakes' murder - 19 police staff have 'case to answer'
  4. Spaghetti Junction workers identified after world wide appeal
  5. Metro mayor candidate will open old railway lines
  6. Updates from Friday March 17 2017

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

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

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tony Pulis has me fit for Wales - Hal Robson-Kanu

Tony Pulis has me fit for Wales - Hal Robson-Kanu
West Brom goalscorer Hal Robson-Kanu tells ex-Wales striker Dean Saunders that Tony Pulis' fitness regime has him fit and firing.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - M6 in Birmingham lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr).

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

Severe disruption: A47 West Midlands eastbound

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A47 West Midlands eastbound severe disruption, between Bloomsbury Street and B4114 Saltley Viaduct.

A47 West Midlands - A47 Nechells Parkway in Birmingham closed eastbound between the Bloomsbury Street junction and the B4114 Saltley Viaduct junction, because of a burst water main.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

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M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A4123 Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - M5 in Birmingham lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - M6 exit slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A459 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A459 West Midlands both ways severe accident, between Cole Street and Chapel Street.

A459 West Midlands - A459 Halesowen Road in Dudley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cole Street junction and the Chapel Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane blocked on entry slip road southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Light fitting blaze closes Ann Summers

Fire breaks out in Ann Summers in Solihull
Things were a little hotter than usual in one Ann Summers store - after an electrical light fitting caused a fire.

Crews were called to the branch in Mell Square Shopping Centre, Solihull, West Midlands, on Saturday and used a small extinguisher to put out the blaze.

The managers had already evacuated the store before crews arrived and no-one was injured.

'We're not getting carried away'

West Brom 3-1 Arsenal

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom manager Tony Pulis speaking to Match of the Day: "I think everybody's got to calm down. You're always going to have runs of games where you don’t pick points up. You raise the expectation and people get carried away. 

"The lads have worked so hard in all the games. I thought we’d never play as well as what we have played. They’ve never given anything but their best.

"The lads were a bit disappointed with two defeats. They’ve done fantastically well. They’ve carried on working so hard together as a group. I thought on the counter we always looked dangerous.

"We’ve got 43 points. We know where we are as a football club. We’re not getting carried away. 

"We’ll do the best we possibly can. If we win games, brilliant. If we don’t we’ve still got a group of honest players who give everything."

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J11A for M6 Toll.

M6 Staffordshire - Lane closed on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) in Dunston and J12, A5 (Gailey) in Staffordshire, because of a broken down vehicle and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

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M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

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

Our coverage across the day

That's it from the BBC Local Live team for the week. Please join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Keep an eye out here for breaking news before then.

Ian Paterson case: Breast cut 27 times for no reason, court hears

Ian Paterson cut into a patient's breast 27 times to take biopsies in an operation which, prosecutors allege, was entirely unjustified, a jury has heard.

Giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, Frances Perks of Burntwood, Staffordshire said after that particular operation the surgeon recommended a double mastectomy as her breast was "becoming unstable".

She went on to have a single mastectomy under Mr Paterson, which resulted in complications and further surgery by a different team. 

Ian Paterson
Trinity Mirror

Mr Paterson, 58, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, is expected to claim none of the operations were unnecessary when his defence begins next week.

He denies 20 counts of wounding with intent, relating to procedures carried out between 1997 and 2011.

He was formerly employed by Heart of England NHS Trust and practised at Spire Healthcare. 

Metro Mayor: Conservative Andy Street 'the man with a plan to sort things out'

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

Andy Street, the conservative candidate for the West Midlands Metro Mayor election in May, has pledged to ensure wages here rise quicker than any other part of the country.

Launching his manifesto, the former John Lewis boss told supporters the West Midlands had been "left behind" and that he was "the man with a plan to sort things out".

Other key pledges include a plan to build 25 thousand new houses, eradicate youth unemployment and reduce crowding on public transport.

Andy Street launching his manifesto
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Andy Street is making a pitch based around his Midlands roots and background in business.

He says he’s still getting used to the switch from business to politics, but likes to reinforce the point that he is not a career politician unlike his main rival Labour MEP Sion Simon.  

Mr Street acknowledges he loses some of his ‘non politician’ status by standing under the banner of the Conservative Party, though it’s no mistake that there were no Tory grandees or Party branding at his manifesto launch today.

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Bankrupt lawyer transferred home to his daughter

A lawyer who brought false claims against Iraq War veterans has been declared bankrupt.

Solicitor Phil Shiner was struck off in February after being found to have acted dishonestly in bringing murder and torture claims against British war veterans.

Mr Shiner ran the now-defunct Public Interest Lawyers and 12 charges of misconduct, which he had denied or partially admitted, were found proved against him by a panel of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Phil Shiner
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The Insolvency Service website states Mr Shiner, 60, from Birmingham, was made bankrupt on Tuesday.

A property in Birmingham, which the Insolvency Service lists as his address, was transferred to his daughters for £300,000 in January.

The service said the sale of the house and any other transfer of assets would be subject to investigation to ensure his creditors recoup as much of the money owed to them as possible.

Pulling out the red card: Number of sendings off double

More than 200 red cards were handed to players in grassroots football across Birmingham in December.

Birmingham Country FA says it is a rise of 50% on the previous year and calls the situation "shameful". 

It also calls on players to improve their behaviour.

Referee holding up a red card
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However, whilst the onus is on players and clubs, the Birmingham County FA wants to help any way it can. We are dedicated to working with clubs to ensure that they have the information and support they need to ensure they are improved for the benefit of all and we have a collective responsibility to do so and set examples to the current crop and the next generation of players, officials and volunteers.”

Kevin Shoemake Chief executive at Birmingham County FA