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Summary

  1. Report finds improved leadership at council
  2. 24-hr penalty kicking at Molineux for Cure Leukaemia
  3. Pub bomb families crowdfund inquest court challenge
  4. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A449 and J1 for A460 Wolverhampton.

M54 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M54 eastbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J1, A460 (Wolverhampton), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Steven Finn

Middlesex edge into a first-innings lead against Warwickshire as 20 wickets fall on day one at Lord's.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 in both directions between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a police incident.

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, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

Premier League Preview: Part 4

Predicting the Premier League winners and losers for the 2017/18 season
The Sportsworld Premier League Preview panel weighs up the chances of every Premier League team and puts reputations on the line by telling you who will win the league, who is destined for European football and who will be relegated! 

Mike Williams is joined by The New York Times football correspondent Rory Smith, Former Manchester United striker Danny Webber and Sportsworld's football reporter John Bennett to look ahead to the 2017/18 Premier League season. 

We've divided the Premier League into four groups of five teams based on where they are in the table right now... In other words in alphabetical order! 

Group four: S - W

(Photo Harry Kane of Tottenham and Joe Hart of West Ham, Credit: Getty Images)

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport.

M42 West Midlands - M42 lane blocked on exit slip road to one and slow traffic northbound at J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J1 for A41 and J2 for A4123 Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M5 southbound in Birmingham between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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, at J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of an accident involving two cars.

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, at J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - An accident involving two cars on M6 southbound at J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

Football

Jermaine Beckford's goal helps Bury to League One victory over Walsall despite two missed penalty kicks.

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John Terry

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

Jarrod Bowen's first Hull City goal gives the Tigers a hard-fought draw at Aston Villa, who hand a debut to John Terry.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - M6 exit slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident.

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

Joe Garner

Joe Garner marks his return to English football by scoring the winner for Ipswich against Birmingham at Portman Road.

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Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J4 for A34.

M42 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M42 northbound at J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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, after J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound after J9, A461 (Wednesbury), 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 J8 for M5 affecting J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J8 M5, because of flooding. Congestion to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton).

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

Jody Craddock's love of painting began in his playing days as a footballer

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Former footballer turned artist Jody Craddock turns his hand to illustrating the front cover of Wolves' match programme.

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Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Spaghetti Junction closure

A warning if you're travelling on and around the M6 in the coming days.

The Highways Agency will close the M6 exit sliproads at junction 6 for essential repairs, as well as a number of other closures

The following closures will also be in place during the weekends:

  • M6 junction 6 southbound exit slip road closed to all traffic
  • Aston Expressway from Erdington closed southbound
  • M6 junction 6 northbound exit slip road closed to all traffic
  • Park Circus northbound entry slip closed
  • Aston Expressway (Dartmouth Circus) closed northbound
  • Aston Expressway (from city) closed northbound
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Sport headlines: Less than 24-hours to go to a new football season

BBC WM Sport

The new season is nearly upon us... Here are the top stories

  • The Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp says he needs better luck in the transfer market before the window slams shut at the end of this month. Just three deals have been completed over the summer
  • Aston Villa have signed midfielder Josh Onomah on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur
  • The new Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy says he's been made very welcome at the club despite arriving in such unfortunate circumstances
  • The Birmingham Bears and the Worcestershire Rapids go head to head in the T20 Blast Goup game at Edgbaston from 19:00

Weather: A fine night but stormy showers tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be a fine night with some sunshine this evening, but there will be rain tomorrow and maybe some thunder and lightning.

Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands

Birmingham pub bombings: Campaigners 'left to beg' for donations

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Campaigners fighting for justice for the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings say asking for public donations is "the hardest thing we've ever had to do".

The Justice4the21 group has launched a crowdfunding site to try and raise an initial £10,000 which will be used in the first stage of paying for a judicial review into a coronor's decision not to name suspects in the case.

An emotional Julie Hambleton, who lost her sister Maxine in the attacks, says today is a difficult day.

We fight for our loved ones who aren't here to fight for this themselves. We are now in a position where we have to beg for the good people of this country to help us raise money to fight this challenge in the High Court. It is pivotal for us to have a judicial review.

Julie HambletonSister of Maxine Hambleton
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Protests at Birmingham mosque over controversial cleric
A cleric accused of supporting female genital mutilation opens a new mosque in Birmingham sparking protests.

University outpost and cafes set for town centre development

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Three units at the Staffordshire Place development, in Stafford, have been filled.

Staffordshire Place development
BBC

The county council says one of them's been taken by the University of Wolverhampton, which last year said it was moving an outpost to the Shire Hall in the town.

The authority says two cafes have also signed contracts at commercial rates, filling the three units on the ground floor of the development which opened in 2011.

The council occupies most of the site with the town centre library taking the rest of the space, it moved in in 2015.

Carl Ikeme: Fans' leukaemia charity fundraiser for Wolves star
Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last month.
The festival

Organisers have called off a popular community event claiming they need extra security amid terror fears.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 and J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J8 M5, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Police car - generic image

West Midlands Police says it is investigating allegations of electoral fraud during last year's general election.

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Carl Ikeme: Wolves record scorer boots in a goal

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Wolves fans are holding a 24-hour penalty shoot out to support goalkeeper Carl Ikeme after he was diagnosed with leukaemia. The marathon competition which is raising money for Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia will continue until 10am tomorrow, hours before the club's Championship opener against Middlesbrough at a sold out Molineux. Wolves' club record goal scorer Steve Bull took the first two penalties and 2,000 spot kicks are expected to be taken throughout the challenge.

More than £5,000 has already been raised.

Even I had a go. Hmmm......

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It's also trending with fans using #pens4kemes on social media.