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Summary

  1. Girl. 14, dead in Castle Vale crash
  2. She was on a school trip
  3. Collision between mini bus and bin lorry
  4. Eyewitness heard 'massive bang'
  5. Twenty other pupils involved
  6. Girl attended school in Staffordshire
  7. Crews called at 09:00 on Friday
  8. Updates from Friday 7 July 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Shot man in 'serious' condition

A man is in a "serious but stable condition" after he was shot in Quinton yesterday evening, police say.

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@Snappersk

West Midlands Police were called to Bourne Green at 18:30 and a 26-year-old man was taken to hospital.

The area is cordoned off while forensic experts examine the scene.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) 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 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34 affecting J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle. Travel time is around 15 minute. Congestion to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway.

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

Girl, 3, treated after flat fire

A three-year-old girl is being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in Weoley Castle.

Weoley Castle
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West Midlands Ambulance Service said staff were called to Weoley Castle Road at 10:15 and treated the child before taking her to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

West Midlands Fire Service tweeted that 20 firefighters went to the kitchen fire in a flat above a shop.

Teenager remanded after murder charge

Lisa Wright

Journalist, BBC News Online

A 15-year-old boy charged with murder has appeared in court.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded at Birmingham Youth Court and will appear before a crown court later this week.

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A fight reportedly broke out in Twickenham Road, Kingstanding, at about 13:00 on Saturday. A 23-year-old man suffered fatal stab injuries.

Electrical fire 'beneath' pavement

The fire service is dealing with a "severe fire" in an "electricity chamber beneath a pavement" in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Fire Service said two crews are there. Stratford Road is currently closed.

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Bus crash investigations continue

Investigations are continuing into how a Staffordshire school girl died in a mini-bus crash on Friday.

Map of A38 where crash took place
BBC

The 14-year-old, named locally as Holly Brown, was on a bus carrying pupils from John Taylor High School in Barton Under Needwood, when it collided with a bin lorry on the A38 North of Birmingham.

Flowers laid after Holly Brown dies in bus crash
BBC

Wolves sign keeper John Ruddy

BBC Sport

Wolves have signed once-capped England goalkeeper John Ruddy on a two-year contract after his exit from Norwich.

The 30-year-old's arrival comes four days after Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

However, a statement on the club website made it clear they had been pursuing Ruddy "throughout the summer".

Ruddy sent his best wishes to Ikeme and his family.

John Ruddy
Getty Images

First and foremost I want to send my best wishes to Carl and his family at this difficult time. This is a bittersweet feeling for me - it is good to be here but the circumstances could have been better.

Having played against Carl over a number of years, I know what a good goalkeeper he is so it would have been fantastic for the club to have had us competing and bringing out the best in each other.

John RuddyGoalkeeper
Birmingham pub bombings: An unfinished story
BBC News looks back at the Birmingham pub bombings, which killed 21 people in November 1974.

Birmingham stabbings: More resources needed to combat recent attacks

BBC WM

Four men have died in a week of stabbings in the West Midlands.

The first of the four separate attacks happened last Monday, with the latest on Saturday afternoon.

The offences in Birmingham and Solihull are not linked, but have raised fears about knife crime in the area. Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson told BBC WM, there has been some progress made with knife crime.

Knives
BBC

We had this awful zombie knives last year, horrible, viscous knives, I worked to get those banned... at least we're not seeing those around, there is progress but there is a lot to do and we need the resources to do it."

David JamiesonPolice and Crime Commissioner

Woman pulled from burning car by off-duty ambulance worker

An off-duty ambulance worker has been praised for pulling a woman from a burning car in Worcestershire.

The technician was in traffic just behind a fatal crash involving a lorry and four cars on the M42 shortly before 21:00 on Sunday.

The woman was treated for minor burns and an arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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BBC

An off-duty technician... immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars. The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries."

West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson

After fire crews put out the fires, one person was found dead in a burnt out car. Two others were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Woman charged over Chelmsley Wood car stab death

A woman has been charged with murdering a man who was found with stab wounds in his car, police said.

Philip Rolph, 65, was found with serious injuries in Alder Drive in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, at about 01:00 on Friday.

Philip Rolph
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police said he died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Georgina Henshaw, 35, of Alder Drive, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court later.

Paying tribute to Mr Rolph, his family said the chef and grandfather was "a family man, who was caring, helpful, kind, loving and generous, who loved his life and his work".

Severe disruption: A41 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A41 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between A4540 Highgate Middleway and A4540 Highgate Road.

A41 West Midlands - A41 Stratford Road in In Sparkbrook,Birmingham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Camp Hill Circus and the A4540 Highgate Road junction, because of a serious fire.

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

Attempted murder charge following 'machete' attack

A man has been arrested following reports another man had been attacked with a bladed weapon which was "thought to be a machete", police said.

West Midlands Police officers were called to Friar Park Road in Wednesbury yesterday evening.

Friar Park Road
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A stretch of Friar Park Road

A 35-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 53-year-old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.

Teenager charged with murder

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a man in Kingstanding.

West Midlands Police say the teenager was arrested on Saturday as they were called to an address in Twickenham Road to reports of fighting. A 23-year-old man died.

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The teen will appear before Birmingham youth court today.

Two men, aged 20 and 24, that were also arrested in connection with the enquiry have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Football gossip: Baggies in talks with Bournemouth

BBC Sport

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West Brom are in talks with Bournemouth to sign defender Marc Wilson, 29, who would cost around £1m. (Birmingham Mail)

Aston Villa should expect to have to battle for promotion to the Premier League this season, despite signing defender John Terry, says Harry Redknapp, manager of Villa's rivals Birmingham. (Daily Star)

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), 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 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic 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

Merry Hill stabbing accused to appear before court

BBC Midlands Today

A teenager will appear before magistrates in Dudley today after a man was attacked at Merry Hill Shopping Centre.

Merry Hill
BBC

The 19-year-old victim remains in hospital in a stable condition after he was stabbed on Saturday morning.

A 19-year-old has been charged with wounding.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) 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

Judges visit city ahead of Commonwealth decision

The judges who will decide whether Birmingham should be England's choice to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 are looking at the city this week.

Their visit to the West Midlands is likely to include tours of venues like the Alexander Athletics Stadium in Perry Barr and the University of Birmingham which would host hockey and squash.

Birmingham is up against Liverpool to go through to the international stages.

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Birmingham City Council

Birmingham pub stabbing victim named

A man has died after two men were stabbed outside a pub on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has been named as Daniel Baird, he was fatally stabbed at about 04:30 outside The Forge Tavern in Digbeth.

Daniel Baird
West Midlands Police

The second man is still being treated in hospital.

The men were stabbed after a "substantial disorder" at the pub, police have said, where they believe 60-100 people were in attendance.

Former Norwich City goalkeeper signs for Wolves

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

John Ruddy may well line-up against Norwich City in The Championship this season after leaving the club in May.

His move to Wolverhampton Wanderers has been confirmed this morning.

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The 30-year-old spent seven years at Carrow Road and was given an emotional send-off by supporters when it was announced that he would not be getting a new contract.

Carl Ikeme thanks fans for support

Wolves player Carl Ikeme has tweeted for the first time since his acute leukaemia diagnosis last week.

Pictured in a hospital bed, the 31-year-old thanked his Twitter followers for their "kindness and love".

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

After a bright and clear start it will become cloudier with the chance of some showers this afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - Heavier than usual traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of an accident earlier on.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J10 for A454 and J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A444 and J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), 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: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J7 for M6 affecting J5 for A41.

M42 West Midlands - Lane closed and very slow traffic on M42 northbound at J7 M6, because of an accident. Congestion to J5, A41 (Solihull).

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