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Summary

  1. Birmingham bin strike resumes
  2. Lost Crossroads episodes discovered
  3. Kidnapped estate agent Stephanie Slater dies
  4. Callum Lees death: Man charged with murder
  5. Boy, 11, killed by lorry
  6. Man shot in leg
  7. Updates from Friday 1 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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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Jays Avenue

His death is being treated as unexplained say police who were alerted to the body by firefighters.

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Notts captain Dan Christian gets more than he bargains for as he receives the T20 Blast trophy, the Australian gets hit in the face as the prize is hurriedly handed over.

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 vehicle.

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

Watch the winning moment as Notts Outlaws beat Birmingham Bears by 22 runs to be crowned T20 Blast champions at Edgbaston.
Notts win the T20 Blast

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Notts Outlaws beat Birmingham Bears by 22 runs in the T20 Blast final to become domestic 20-over champions for the first time.

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Notts captain Dan Christian smashes a "searing" six in the final over of the innings as his side make 190-4 against Birmingham in the T20 Blast final.
Football

Deadline-day loan signing Daniel Agyei scores on his debut to set Walsall on their way to victory over Plymouth.

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Watch Birmingham's Chris Woakes dismiss Nottinghamshire's Riki Wessels as he takes three early wickets in the T20 Blast final at Edgbaston.
Statue's feet unearthed so tram plan has legs
Antony Gormley piece has its hidden feet unearthed so tram expansion stays on track.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J8 M5 and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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 - Slow traffic on M6 southbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), 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

Birmingham Bears bowler Aaron Thomason celebrates a wicket

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Birmingham Bears beat Glamorgan by 11 runs in the first semi-final at T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston.

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Severe accident: A462 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A462 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between B4210 Broad Lane and B4156 Hobnock Road.

A462 Staffordshire - A462 Warstone Road in Essington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4210 Broad Lane junction and the B4156 Hobnock Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

James Chester and John Terry

Ian Hunt

BBC Wales Sport

Wales defender James Chester hopes playing alongside John Terry at Aston Villa can help him achieve his World Cup ambitions.

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Severe congestion: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Warwickshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of vehicle having a tyre change.

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 J7 for A34 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - Three lanes closed and 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

John Joyce

The stab victim has been named by police as 20-year-old John Joyce who died in the street.

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Green laser beam shone at plane over Tewkesbury

Laser pen generic
BBC

Police are investigating reports of a green laser beam shone into the path of a plane over Tewkesbury.

They were alerted to the incident by London air traffic control.

The aircraft affected was a commercial flight travelling into Birmingham Airport at about 1.20am on 27 August.

Gloucestershire Police said it was "extremely dangerous" and "the person responsible hasn’t been traced as yet".

Mansoor Mahmood

Niron Parker-Lee is accused of killing Mansoor Mahmood, 24, outside Dixi Chicken in Brierley Hill.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between Corley Services and M6 J3A.

M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between Corley Services and M6 J3a, because of an accident involving two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Our coverage across the day

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic northbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down car.

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

Moseley Folk festival opens

Moseley Folk festival starts today.

The three-day event at Moseley Park will welcome artists including Amy MacDonald, Laura Marling and The Magic Numbers.

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Lost Crossroads soap episodes found in TV vault
It was thought the programmes had been wiped after broadcast, but they were found in an ITV vault in Leeds.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands will have a completely dry and rather chilly night with long clear spells.

Some mist patches may develop, especially in rural parts of Shropshire and Staffordshire - lows of 10C (50F).

Weather for the West Midlands.
Charity steps in to save Birmingham's post-WW2 prefabs
A row of 17 prefab homes in Birmingham, built in 1945, are the subject of a conservation project.
Birmingham bin strike: There was no deal, says council leader
The leader of Birmingham City Council denies a deal was in place to resolve the bin dispute.

Your pictures: Blue skies and green trees

BBC Weather Watchers

Autumn is looming but these two BBC Weather Watcher pictures don't give off any post-summer vibes.

Di's Walk took this lovely blue sky shot in Kingstanding.

Kingstanding
Di's walk

Elle Niño snapped this lovely leafy shot in Sheldon.

You can sign up to become a BBC Weather Watcher here.

Sheldon
Elle Niño.

Stephanie Slater: Her kidnapper 'took everything'

Stephanie Slater - the woman held captive for eight days in a wooden coffin by kidnapper Michael Sams - has died after a short battle with cancer.

Speaking in 2011, Ms Slater said of her kidnapping: "Before this happened, I had a boyfriend, a job and a company car. I had loads of friends and a great social life.

"But he [Sams] took everything and destroyed the next 20 years of my life.

"But now I am ready to begin again. Most people begin their lives in their 20s or 30s but those years of my life were destroyed."

Michael Sams
PA

Sams, now aged 76 and originally from West Yorkshire, was given a life sentence in July 1993 after being found guilty of the murder and kidnap of another woman and two attempts to blackmail police.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10A for M54.

M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10a M54, 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

Police cleared over 'berserk' baton-hit student

Two police officers accused of using excessive force to detain a student who was repeatedly hit with a baton have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

The student, from Nigeria and studying law at Birmingham City University, was also sprayed in the face with CS gas during a struggle with PCs Daniel Attridge and Philip Jones in Birmingham's Hamstead area.

CCTV footage of the incident was played at a three-day misconduct hearing, after which a panel ruled the officers had not misrepresented the actions of the student in statements made after his arrest in March 2016.

During proceedings, PC Attridge said a short burst of CS spray and baton strikes were proportionate and necessary after the student went "completely berserk" following a dispute about politics with another Nigerian undergraduate.

Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer window analysis

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

The very late announcement of the defensive midfielder Alfred N'Diaye's arrival at Molineux at least prevented Wolves from drawing a blank on deadline day.

The 27-year-old Senegalese international has Premier League experience, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull and had a previous spell at Sunderland.

A solid loan signing - but Wolves did not land the striker they so obviously need.

Their plans were apparently scuppered by a change of heart from PSV Eindhoven, who were reportedly happy to accept an eight-figure offer for the forward Jurgen Locadia until early evening.

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Leo Bonatini is therefore the only specialist senior striker available following the sale of Nouha Dicko on Wednesday, although a number of others in the squad can play in that role too.

Taking the window as a whole, Wolves were certainly busy bringing in players, but arguably they failed - for whatever reason - to fill the most important gap.