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  1. Injuries as ceiling collapses at school prom
  2. Terror trial juror discharged over 'attractive' policeman
  3. 'Street race' killers jailed
  4. 'Sleeping' teacher barred from food fight school
  5. Block of flats declared fire risk
  6. Second arrest over fake acid attack
  7. Updates from Friday 21 July 2017

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Woman in a street in Alum Rock surrounded by piles of uncollected rubbish bags

Workers suspend industrial action after the High Court grants an interim injunction against the council.

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Fire damage at the club

Pelsall Villa FC will not be able to repair the damage in time for the start of the season.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident earlier on. 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 J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

The woman aiming to write 'a million lovely letters'
Jodi Ann Bickley gets requests from people around the world who want a morale-boosting letter.

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J4 for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident.

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

Allan Nyom (left) and Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha received rough treatment from West Brom during Saturday's friendly, says Eagles boss Frank de Boer.

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Severe congestion: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe congestion, between M6 J8 and M5 Southbound affecting J10 for A454.

M5 West Midlands - Queuing traffic on M5 Link Road southbound in Birmingham between M6 J8 and M5 Southbound. In the roadworks area. Congestion on M6 to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton).

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

Riki Wessels

Riki Wessels becomes the first Nottinghamshire player to score a Twenty20 century, while Kevin Pietersen injures a calf off the first ball he faces.

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Gang operating 'drugs hotline' jailed

A drugs gang had more than 800 customer contacts on its "hotline", allowing it to get heroin and cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of pounds onto the streets, West Midlands Police says.

The force said an expert witness in the case called it the biggest drugs customer list he had seen in 25 years.

Steven Narwain, from Sutton Road in Walsall, was the boss - police say he imported drugs from Amsterdam for distribution in the Black Country.

Steven Narwain, Barinderpal Malhi, Randip Daley, Hardip Daley
West Midlands Police
(L-R) Steven Narwain, Barinderpal Malhi, Randip Daley, Hardip Daley

It happened over a 10-month period, with Narwain supported by Barinderpal Malhi and brothers Randip and Hardip Daley.

Narwain admitted conspiracy to supply drugs and possesion of a disguised firearm. At Wolverhampton Crown Court he was jailed for a total of 13 years.

Malhi was handed an eight-year jail term.

Randip Daley admitted conspiracy to supply drugs and was jailed for seven years - the sentence also given to his brother, who was found guilty by a jury.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, before J10 for A454 affecting J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound before J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Congestion to J10a M54.

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

Panic as ceiling collapses at school party
Footage from people caught in the aftermath shows the "panic" when a school party went wrong.

Academies planned to bridge skills gap

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

New technical academies are planned in Warwickshire and Birmingham as part of a £6m plan to help train engineering apprentices.


Warwickshire-based machine tool maker Engineering Technology Group said it was working with bike manufacturer Norton to help train 300 young engineers over the next two or three years.

The companies are hoping to open a total of 15 centres across the UK to train and supply the next generation of engineering apprentices for the British motorcycle industry.

The first facility has just launched at Norton Motorcycles in Castle Donington.

The current education platform is broken and not relevant to the world we operate in. Instead of bemoaning our luck and lack of support, we’ve decided to do something about it with the launch of our national network."

Martin DoyleMD, Engineering Technology Group

Watch: Warnings of heavy rain and high winds for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The heavy rain will clear eastwards through the early hours on Saturday. By dawn clear spells will develop, with light winds.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Juror discharged in four-month terror trial for asking 'is that policeman single'?

A juror in the four-month trial of the alleged Three Musketeers terror cell accused of plotting a Lee Rigby-style attack has been discharged - for asking whether a police officer in the case was single.

The Old Bailey trial of four West Midlands men was halted as Mr Justice Globe was about to finish his summing up and send jurors out to begin deliberating verdicts.

He told the remaining jury members the female juror was discharged after she was overheard asking a court usher about the marital status of a policeman who had been criticised by the defence during proceedings.

Old Bailey
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The judge said the inquiry was made "jokingly" and did not come at the behest of another jury member who said she found the officer "attractive". That juror said she would remain true to her oath, the judge said.

Naweed Ali, 29, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, both of Sparkhill in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent men Mohibur Rahman, 32, and Tahir Aziz, 38, have denied preparing terrorist acts.

Director of banqueting suite 'very upset' over ceiling collapse

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

Gaus Uddin, the director of the Al Miraj Banqueting Suite, has been speaking to me about the ceiling collapse which injured people including two children.

"Suddenly we heard a noise and one of the suspended ceilings came down. We managed to get everyone out of the venue."

Gaus Uddin

He said: "I'm very upset with what happened and my condolences to the people who [were] here."

Mr Uddin added he was waiting for a health and safety officer to assess the site.

He said functions scheduled for the next few days had been allocated different venues.

West Midlands Fire Service

'Street race' killers jailed

Two men who held "an impromptu street race" in which a man was killed have been jailed, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says.

In December 2014, Mohammed Kamran, 27, from Kitts Green, Birmingham, was driving along Stratford Road in the city. Kaesar Ali, 27, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, was also driving on the same road in a stolen car.

The two cars accelerated away from a set of traffic lights at the junction of Stratford Road and Shaftmoor Road, with Ali seen on CCTV to be driving on the wrong side of the street.

The vehicles touched, the CPS said, causing the drivers to lose control. A pedestrian was hit and the passenger in Ali's car, Asim Shaikh, was killed. He was 29.

Ali pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 10 years and four months in prison.

Kamran was found guilty of the same offence and was handed a four-year jail term.

'Miracle' no one was seriously injured in ceiling collapse says paramedic

Chris Blakemore


A paramedic at the scene of last night's ceiling collapse has told BBC WM it was "a miracle" no one was seriously injured.

At the Al-Miraj Banqueting Suite in Small Heath, a suspended ceiling collapsed on hundreds of people during a school prom, injuring children and adults.

James Williams, a paramedic from West Midlands Ambulance Service, said when they arrived everyone had managed to get themselves out of the building.

Ceiling collapses at Birmingham wedding venue

Mr Williams added a plan was soon put into place with other emergency services to make sure everyone was accounted for.

"In light of the potential risk it's a miracle that no one was seriously injured.

"The size of the ceiling that had come down and the weight involved would have been significant."

Your pictures: Grey skies and a hint of autumn

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Susanne sent us this picture from Stourbridge - it's looking rather grey and gloomy there.


Surely this picture isn't giving us a taste of autumn already. Laura and Glenn sent it in from Delph.

Laura and Glenn

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The damage

Six people had to be treated when a suspended ceiling fell during a school prom at a banqueting suite.

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Prom ceiling collapse: Building 'made safe'

An investigation is being carried out at the Al Miraj Banqueting Suite in Small Heath, Birmingham, after a suspend ceiling collapsed at a school prom last night injuring people including two children.

The "immediate danger" has been addressed according to investigators.

The remaining ceiling structure is said to be "potentially dangerous" but the building is deemed secure.

Al Miraj Banqueting Suite

BreakingSecond arrest over fake acid attack

A man has been arrested after liquid was squirted in a pub-goer's face with the cry "I've got acid", West Midlands Police says.

According to the force, the arrested man, 23, handed himself in. He is being questioned in custody.

The liquid is thought to have been cleaning fluid, with the targeted person unhurt.

It happened outside The Chalice pub in Dickens Heath, Solihull, on Tuesday. Police said a man was seen running from a car on Main Street before throwing the substance.

The suspected driver of the car, 21, has also been arrested.

The victim used water from a dog's bowl to wash off the liquid with which he was sprayed.

Man abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet in the 1950s meets long-lost brothers
A man who was abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet in the 1950s has met his long-lost brothers in Scotland.

Talks between rubbish collectors and council

Talks have taken place between Birmingham City Council and the union Unite over refuse workers' industrial action, the local authority says.

The council said it would clear up rubbish over the weekend and during next week.

The union says members are set to strike until September, with daily two-hour stoppages increased to three hours from 28 July.


Unite says the council is cutting more than 120 jobs.

Following talks yesterday, Councillor Trickett said: "There will be no job losses for those who wish to remain with the council and there are options ranging from alternatives at the same grade, to promotional opportunities to staying within the refuse service, or taking redundancy."

Broadhurst has work to do at Royal Birkdale

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Birkdale

Warwickshire's other competitor at the Open this week, Atherstone's Paul Broadhurst, teed off his second round at Royal Birkdale four hours after Andy Sullivan.

The former Ryder Cup player's job will be to repair the damage of an opening-day five-over-par 75, knowing he needs to shoot under par to stand any chance of making the halfway cut.

Paul Broadhurst

The 51-year-old reigning British Seniors Open champion might have his best days behind him. But he has done well in the United States this year on their Champions Tour - and he remains a highly competitive individual.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Ceiling collapse

BBC Midlands Today

Six people are recovering after a ceiling collapsed on top of them at a banqueting suite in Small Heath, Birmingham.


The venue was packed with hundreds of guests, among them dozens of primary schoolchildren attending a celebration.

Reporter Giles Latcham will have the latest on BBC1 from 13:30.

Sandwell block of flats declared fire risk

Around 80 people in West Bromwich have been left looking for somewhere to live after a privately-owned block of flats was declared a fire risk, Sandwell Council says.

According to the authority, Metro Court, a three-storey, former office block in High Street, breaches rules on fire doors, smoke alarms and insulation - and has been made subject to a prohibition notice by West Midlands Fire Service.

Metro Court

Fourteen families with children, the council says, have been offered temporary accommodation.

The authority is seeking an order to close the building to prevent anyone else from living there and adds that in conjunction with the fire service it is pursuing prosecution against the leaseholder - First Job Ltd, which it says is responsible for building and fire safety standards when the building's use was converted.

Flights on path to breaking record

BBC Midlands Today

National Air Traffic Services says it expects to handle a record-breaking 8,800 flights today

It comes as Birmingham Airport anticipates a 12% percent rise in passengers over the next three days compared to the same period last year.

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More than 130,000 people are due to fly in and out of the city, with the school holidays playing a part.

'Sleeping' teacher barred from food fight school

A teacher who appeared to be sleeping at a school where earlier this year students threw food at Ofsted inspectors is not welcome back at the site.

The image showing a classroom at "inadequate" Willenhall E-ACT Academy has been shared on social media.

A spokesperson for school sponsor E-ACT said the individual was not an employee but agency staff, adding: "We have expressed our disappointment in the strongest terms directly to the agency, and have informed them that we will not be using their services in the future.

"The individual in question had been drafted in by the academy for one day to help invigilate an exam alongside one other teacher."

Football: Chadli not for sale says Pulis

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says he has no reason to sell Nacer Chadli.

The Baggies boss has dismissed reports linking the Belgian winger with a move to Swansea.

Pulis told BBC WM Sport he's trying to sign players - not sell them.

Nacer Chadli