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  1. Conservatives take the Labour seat of Walsall North
  2. After two recounts Labour holds Dudley North by 22 votes
  3. Preet Gill becomes first female Sikh MP
  4. Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson holds West Bromwich East
  5. Updates from Friday 9 June 2017

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Pedestrian named following fatal crash

A man who died following a crash in Walsall has been named as John Hickinbottom, 74.

He was hit by a BMW last Friday and died on Monday in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the car overturned and after landing on its roof, the occupants left the scene.

John Hickinbottom
West Midlands Police

A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision and has been released pending investigation.

Severe disruption: A458 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between Hungary Hill and Stamford Road.

A458 West Midlands - A458 Birmingham Street in Birmingham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Hungary Hill junction and the Stamford Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

BreakingIslamic State recruiter living in Birmingham found guilty of terror offences

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

An Islamic State recruiter who helped two British would-be jihadis in their attempt to join fighters in Syria is facing years behind bars.

Iraqi Kurd Awat Hamasalih, 35, came to the UK in 2002, became a British citizen in 2008 then went on to launch an "active and committed" campaign for IS from his home in Birmingham.

He helped the terror group through speeches, social media, crowdfunding and even tipping off an IS commander in Iraq of imminent attack.

Hamasalih was also found in possession of a military document containing information about the identities of Peshmerga fighters resisting IS expansion.

The jury found Hamasalih, of Finchley Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, guilty by a majority of 10 to two after 15 hours' deliberation.

Jo Cox: drone camera captures tribute to murdered MP
More than 200 school pupils take part in the tribute to the murdered MP.

Weather: Scorchio

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast a hot weekend and a muggy night tonight.

Temperatures could reach as high as 27C (81F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Council 'to axe fifth of its waste collection jobs'

More than 120 waste collection jobs are being axed at Birmingham City Council, says the union Unite which estimates it amounts to a fifth of "the actual refuse collection squad".

The BBC has contacted the local authority for comment on the number quoted by the union - 122 - and the claim it is 20% of the provision.

It has so far said that it has consulted extensively on a "new waste services operating model", with "alternative employment within the council" offered for those affected. An additional £10m per year, it said, would need to be found if its proposed changes were not made to an operation it called inefficient and outdated.

Industrial action is now being considered by members of Unite which also says the jobs will go "in the next fortnight".

Man who 'drove at traffic marshal to avoid queue' avoids jail

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man who drove his car into a marshal at a car boot sale in Staffordshire has been given a suspended sentence and a driving ban.

Martin Wiggin from Stourbridge had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Stafford Crown Court

The Crown Prosecution Service says he hit the traffic marshal's legs as he tried to avoid the long queue leaving the car boot sale in Wombourne in May 2015.

The 48-year-old was given a two month suspended prison sentence at Stafford Crown Court, banned from driving for 18 months and told he would have to pass an extended driving test.

Gardener's World 50th anniversary show in Birmingham

It's been 50 years since Percy Thrower launched Gardener's World, one of the first BBC programmes to be shot in colour.

The show was produced for many years in Birmingham.

A special edition filmed at Gardener's World Live at the NEC is being shown tonight on BBC Two in celebration.

Gardener's World

Dudley man charged with attempted murder in Worcester

A man from Dudley has been charged with attempted murder following an incident on George Street, Worcester on Sunday night.

West Mercia Police
West Mercia Police

Ethan Bell-Milne, 19, from Himley Street in Dudley was charged with attempted murder, wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

He has been detained and will appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court later today.

A 33-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, both from Worcester, who were arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting attempted murder have been released without charge.

Road closures warning for Staffordshire triathlon

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

People in Lichfield, Burton, Cannock Chase and the surrounding areas are being warned of road closures and diversions this Sunday.

Last year's Staffordshire Ironman
Staffordshire County Council

Lichfield Police says it's because of the Staffordshire Ironman race which will see more than 2,000 people take on the course.

They'll be running, swimming and biking through the area and the county council's released a list of the roads affected on their website here.

Brummie boxers in amateur champion bid

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Four West Midlands boxers will attempt to become European amateur champions in Ukraine over the next week.


Galal Yafai, who's the younger brother of world professional champion Kal, is joined in the team by fellow Brummie Niall Farrell.

The Darlaston middleweight Ben Whittaker and Burton's Super heavyweight Frazer Clarke make up the Midlands quartet.

Man who stabbed dog to death banned from keeping animals

A man who killed his dog and left his body to rot in his flat for several days has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and given 250 hours of community service.

Wayne Bishop, 30, of Weston-Super-Mare admitted killing his dog, General, in a moment of cruelty at his flat in Droitwich when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.

He was banned from keeping animals for life.

The knife recovered from the flat

General was discovered by police officers with a stab wound to his chest after neighbours raised concern of the stench coming from the property.

Bishop initially claimed he stabbed his dog after he attacked him but later admitted this was not true and that he had stabbed General in anger.

General’s death was an absolutely horrific case of animal cruelty at its worst. There is simply no excuse for such extreme cruelty."

Rachel HaywardRSPCA inspector

Severe accident: M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M6 J3A and J4 for M42 affecting Corley Services.

M6 Toll Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll northbound between M6 J3a and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Congestion on M6 to Corley Services.

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

Don't tempt me Frodo: First edition Lord of the Rings trilogy for auction


A rare first edition of The Lord of the Rings trilogy has come up for auction in Wolverhampton.

The novels by JRR Tolkien, who spent much of his childhood in Birmingham, are expected to go for between £500 and £800.


The books are still in their original dust jackets.

Your pictures: Still Stourbridge

BBC Weather Watchers

Despite the grey sky, there's something rather great about this picture.

The picture was taken in Stourbridge by BBC Weather Watcher Susanne.


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Soldier treated in Birmingham after military training deaths

BBC Midlands Today

A soldier is being treated in hospital in Birmingham following an incident at a military firing range in which two soldiers died.

The government says there will be a full investigation into what happened at Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire after a Royal Tank regiment training exercise on Wednesday.

Murdered MP Jo Cox remembered by Birmingham colleagues

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

The Labour MP Jo Cox is being remembered across the country on the first anniversary of her murder.

Events are being held today and over the weekend as part of The Great Get Together.

Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, says Jo achieved more in 12 months than others manage in a lifetime of politics.

Jo Cox

She gathered together with Andrew Mitchell, you might say an unlikely partnership, but they got on very, very well, they put Syria on the map again, people had started to forget how much suffering there was in Syria and she called on the government repeatedly to do more. She brought so much energy and commitment to the role of being an MP."

Emma ReynoldsLabour MP for Wolverhampton North East
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Staffordshire celebrated in five audience pictures

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The southern part of Staffordshire gets well featured in today's pick of pictures you've sent in of the county.

If you want to send in one of your photos, drop us an email or use Instagram (adding #bbcstoke to show you agree to share it).

Your pictures

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J1 for A41 affecting J2 for A4123 Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J2, A4123 (Oldbury).

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

US Open: Aaron Rai as a child golfing prodigy
Flashback to when the sportsman was a child golfing prodigy with designs on being a racing driver.

Saddlers to visit The Blades

Walsall have been drawn away to Sheffield United in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

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Football: Wolves v Yeovil

Wolverhampton Wanderers will host Yeovil in the first round of the League Cup.

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Football: Colchester United v Aston Villa

Villa will travel to Colchester United in the first round of the League Cup.

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Football: Birmingham City v Crawley Town

The Blues will play Crawley Town at home in the first round of the League Cup.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A461 affecting J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

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

Wolverhampton golfer in US Open

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

Wolverhampton's Aaron Rai - the world number 166 - is currently in action in the US Open.

Aaron Rai
Getty Images

It's the 22 year old's first major tournament and he tees off in the second round at about 19:00.

Rai carded a one over 73 in his first appearance at a major, five shots better than Rory McIlroy who's returning from a month out with a rib injury.

Family of seven treated for smoke inhalation after house fire

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

A family of seven have been treated for the effects of smoke inhalation following a fire at their house in Bordesley Green.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it was called to the property in Keeley Street at about 07:50.

West Midlands Ambulance Service

The service said all seven had made it outside the property when it arrived but the building had been badly affected.

They were taken to hopsital, with a 53-year-old father the worst affected after helping his family escape.

Manchester victim's daughter thanks 'guardian angels'

The daughter of a man, from Hagley, injured in the Manchester bomb has written a note thanking nurses "for saving my dad".

The note written by Mr Farr's daughter

The note, signed with a heart, reads: “Just want to say a big thank you to Liahna and Martin for saving my dad! I’m so thankful to them and they deserve the very best. Also wishing Brogan Jean a speedy recovery".

Garry Farr says his 11-year-old daughter Amy "is generally a bright and bubbly girl" and has managed to maintain that despite the attacks.

"We’ll be keeping an eye on her over the coming weeks because there are things she’s seen that no 11-year-old should see so she may need some help with that as time goes on."

Cricket semi-final beaks Edgbaston attendance record

Edgbaston cricket ground hosted a semi-final of the Champions Trophy yesterday.

The venue's One Day International attendance record was broken, with 24,340 turning up to see India beat Bangladesh.

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Mistakes in Kevin Nunes case a 'terrible' situation - outgoing police chief

The outgoing chief constable of Staffordshire Police says mistakes were made in the investigation of the 2002 murder of Kevin Nunes, a suspected drugs dealer from Wolverhampton.

Jane Sawyers is retiring today after more than 30 years in the force.

She was the head of professional standards there when 20-year-old Mr Nunes was killed in a suspected gangland shooting in Pattingham, Staffordshire. Five men were convicted of his murder but were later cleared.

Kevin Nunes
Staffordshire Police

She said "it is terrible that mistakes were made and no one has been brought to justice".

The mistakes were around disclosure and there was certain national rules that were not in place, those same mistakes would not happen again not because of the case but because things have moved on significantly."

Jane SawyersOutgoing chief constable

In 2017, a report highlighted concerns about officers in relation to looking after protected witnesses.

Watch: Manchester bomb victim father not afraid to go back to gigs

A father caught up in the Manchester bomb attack with his 11-year-old daughter has been speaking for the first time and says he is lucky to be alive.

Garry Farr, from Hagley, had to have surgery the day after the explosion and says he was saved by a trained nurse who made a tourniquet for his leg using two belts.

Manchester bomb victim father not afraid to go back to gigs

Mr Farr says he was extremely lucky not to have been more badly injured and has since been getting on with his life and hasn't been afraid to go out to gigs as he normally would.

Midlands housing group reassures residents

BBC Midlands Today

One of the region's largest social housing providers is reassuring its tenants that fire safety checks are carried out annually in its tower blocks.

The WM Housing Group owns 38 high rises in Coventry and Birmingham.

It says it's double-checked records and none of its buildings have cladding like the type used in Grenfell Tower in West London, where at least seventeen people were killed in a fire.

Cancelling Love Letters means having to say sorry

Chris Blakemore


A performance of Love Letters at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre in November has been cancelled.

It's because the Hollywood lead, Ryan O'Neal, needs to have back surgery and time to recover from the procedure. Ali McGraw - who appeared with O'Neal on screen in the 1970 movie Love Story - was due to also star.

Grand Theatre

The theatre says it'll contact people who've bought tickets.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll.

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

Crowd turns out to see blue plaque unveiled for Lemmy

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

A crowd of heavy metal and rock fans turned out last night for BBC Radio Stoke's unveiling of a blue plaque for the Motörhead founder and frontman Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister.

He was born in Burslem in 1945 and went on to become a legendary figure within the music industry.

Tony Iommi unveils plaque to Lemmy

For BBC Music Day, a blue plaque was unveiled at Port Vale as the club has adopted Motorhead's song Ace of Spades as its unofficial anthem.

The unveiling honours went to Lemmy's friend, Birmingham-born Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Birmingham teens to take part in Jo Cox remembrance events

BBC Midlands Today

More than 200 Birmingham teenagers will today mark the start of a UK-wide weekend of celebrations of the life of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox

The 14 and 15 year olds from Ninestiles School and Cockshut Hill School will form a large heart-shaped chain and spell out her name.

The Labour MP was murdered by a far right extremist days before the EU referendum last year.

DIY SOS heads to West Bromwich

DIY SOS is heading to West Bromwich next month and it needs the help of tradespeople and suppliers who can donate their time or supplies and materials.

If you can help, all the details are below.

DIY SOS poster

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some bright and some cloudy times today, with the potential for sunny spells at times and top temperatures of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll, because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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