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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 12 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

One Day Cup: Warwickshire beat leaders Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Despite being out of the running to defend their One-Day Cup title, Warwickshire managed to pull off a win against the group leaders Yorkshire.

Ian Bell
Getty Images

Captain Ian Bell fell two short of a century as the Bears won by five wickets at Edgbaston.  

Yorkshire slip to second and are replaced at the top of the North Group by Worcestershire, who beat Durham, but their 10 points from seven matches means they cannot slip outside the top three.  

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect showers on and off throughout most of the day and the wind will pick up a little too, with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

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

Latest weather for the West Midland

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, before J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound before J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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 J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M6 southbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Ian Bell

Ian Bell falls two short of a century as Warwickshire beat Yorkshire by five wickets in the One-Day Cup.

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Andy Murray

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on tennis world number one Andy Murray in this week's Premier League predictions.

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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J10A for M54 and J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10a M54 and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound at J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A41 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A41 West Midlands both ways severe accident, between M42 J5 and Hampton Lane.

A41 West Midlands - A41 closed and slow traffic in both directions between Solihull and the Hampton Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Manchester City captain Steph Houghton lifts the Women's FA Cup

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

Carli Lloyd is among the scorers as Manchester City cruise past Birmingham to win the Women's FA Cup for the first time.

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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound at J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Jess Carter

Birmingham City will not fear WSL champions Manchester City in Saturday's Women's FA Cup final, says defender Jess Carter.

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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 on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down lorry.

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

#GetsMyVote: What do people at a truckstop want?
What issues really would drive people to the ballot box? We went to a truckstop in Solihull to ask what #GetsMyVote.
West Brom's 'big hearts' make Pulis proud
West Brom manager Tony Pulis is proud of the "big hearts" shown by his players in their 1-0 defeat by Premier League champions Chelsea at the Hawthorns.
Chelsea found right way to be stronger - Conte
Manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea "found the right way to be strong together" after winning the Premier League title with two games to spare.

Stalemate at The Hawthorns

West Brom 0-0 Chelsea

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at The Hawthorns

Pretty much as expected - Chelsea with most of the possession but West Brom well organised and fiercely determined.

Chelsea are seeking the goal that could make them Premier League champions but Tony Pulis's side giving nothing away.

Chelsea not making possession pay

West Brom 0-0 Chelsea

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at The Hawthorns

Chelsea have had some very slick approach work but have been let down by sloppiness in the final third - and their corners have been awful so far.

Cue Chelsea goal from a corner...

Diego Costa and Craig Dawson
Reuters

Chelsea fans taunt Spurs

West Brom 0-0 Chelsea

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at The Hawthorns

"Tottenham Hotspur - It's Happened Again" is the chant from thousands of Chelsea fans behind Thibaut Courtois' goal - a painful reminder of another Premier League title challenge that came to nothing.

Nothing to be ashamed of in Tottenham's season, though.

Chelsea fans
Reuters

Chelsea go for glory

West Brom v Chelsea (20:00 BST)

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at The Hawthorns

It is surely a question of when rather than if Chelsea win the title - and victory tonight at West Brom will finish the job.

What a transformation it has been under Antonio Conte, who has taken a squad that was broken and ended languishing in 10th place at the end of last season to the brink of the title inside a year.

West Brom will present tough opposition but Chelsea were in irrepressible form as Middlesbrough were swept aside at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Will tonight be the night?

Antonio Conte
AFP
Ben Cox

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at New Road

Worcestershire improve their hopes of a One-Day Cup group qualification as they win a classic derby against Warwickshire.

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Our coverage throughout the day

That's all from us on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

In the meantime, any breaking news will be posted here. Have a good weekend.

Record crowd for Birmingham City Ladies' final against league champions

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

A record crowd is expected when Birmingham City Ladies take on league champions Manchester City in tomorrow's FA Cup final at Wembley. 

It's the third time the event has been staged at the stadium and a crowd of 40,000 is expected.

Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

We will bring you the latest on the developing story of the cyber attack on NHS computer systems.

And a one-of-a-kind prequel to the Harry Potter book series - handwritten by J K Rowling on a postcard - has been stolen.

And we look forward to two major sporting clashes tomorrow - Birmingham City Ladies play the league champions Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley and Kal Yafai is making the first defence of his world boxing title. 

More on these stories and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J3A for M6 Toll and Corley Services.

M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and Corley Services, because of an accident.

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

Lias Skidmore: Man jailed for rape and murder of nurse

A man who strangled a nurse and left her in a house fire has been jailed for life - and given a full life term.

Lisa Skidmore, 37, was discovered dead in bed at a property on Mill Croft, Bilston, on 24 November.

Lisa Skidmore
Family handout

Leroy Campbell, 56 from Forest Road, Moseley, Birmingham  admitted raping and murdering Ms Skidmore as well as arson with intent to endanger life and the attempted murder of Ms Skidmore's mother.

Police said Campbell had been released from prison just four months earlier having served 17 years for burglary and indecent assault. 

Leroy Cambell
West Midlands Police

They said he had planned his attack at least three days previously.  

Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Dogs found dead with suspected dog fighting injuries in Sandwell

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Two dogs with injuries believed to be the result of dog fighting have been found dead in Sandwell. 

They were found partially buried in bin bags at the side of a canal in Birchfield Lane, Oldbury, on 2 May by a member of the public.

Both dogs were described as Staffie-type breeds with "swelling to their legs and puncture wounds around their jaw" according to the RSPCA.

The charity is now investigating and are urging anyone with information to come forward. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 bands animal fighting.

Charity football match to honour Tunisia victim Joel Richards

BBC Midlands Today

A young football referee from Wednesbury, who was killed in the Tunisia terror attack, is to be honoured with a charity match at Walsall football club this weekend.

Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards
Evans family

Joel Richards, aged 19, died along with his uncle Adrian and grandfather Pat on the beach in Sousse in 2015. 

The celebrity match at the Banks's Stadium will raise money for the Smile for Joel charity, which was set up by his brother Owen, who survived the attack. 

Joel was a student at the University of Worcester.

Paul Lambert: Wolves head coach's future in doubt over Jorge Mendes involvement

Pat Murphy

5 live Sport

Paul Lambert's role as Wolves head coach is in doubt because of a dispute over who has the final say in signing players, reports BBC Radio 5 live.

Paul Lambert
Getty Images

The 47-year-old, who was appointed in November after Walter Zenga's sacking, has concerns about agent Jorge Mendes' involvement in the recruitment process. 

Wolves started well under Zenga after making 12 summer signings, several of which were arranged by Mendes. 

But the Italian left after 14 games and Wolves finished 15th under Lambert.

The Rise in Homeless People & Begging in Birmingham

Grapevine Birmingham

The last 12 months have been horrendous on the streets of Birmingham with record amounts of rough sleepers and beggars.   

Tram works lasting six months 'will kill trade'

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Traders in Wolverhampton claim that work to replace part of the Midland Metro track could put them out of business.

Ammo Singh
BBC

Repairs to two miles of the track are due to get underway next month and last until Christmas, reducing Bilston Road to one lane of traffic.

Ammo Singh, owner of NES Electrical nearby, said disruption would kill trade and said there had been a lack of consultation. 

Midland Metro Alliance denies it has failed to keep businesses informed about the possible disruption. 

Police hunt after Birmingham carjacker who stole luxury Bentleys escapes from open prison

Birmingham Mail

Police are hunting a violent Birmingham carjacker who has escaped from an open prison where he was serving an eight-year sentence for stealing luxury cars - including Bentleys.  

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of an accident.

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