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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 4 to Friday 8 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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 - Queuing traffic and one lane closed 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: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A435 Portway and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident.

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 - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway.

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 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. Traffic is coping well.

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 J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident involving 2 cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Black Mamba's 'killing me but I need it'
Darron's been sleeping rough on the streets of Birmingham since he got out of prison in December for shoplifting.
Bin bags piled up in Birmingham

Industrial action costs an estimated £311,000 a week as workers fear losing £5,000 a year each.

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Hughton relieved after Brighton's first Premier League win
Brighton manager Chris Hughton admits to feeling relieved after his team scored their first Premier League goals and recorded their first win as they beat West Brom 3-1.
Brighton 3-1 West Brom: In this league everyone has a go - Tony Pulis
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says Brighton "deserve a lot of credit" for their 3-1 victory, after the Seagulls got their first top-flight win for 34 years.
Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota's superb early strike is enough to give Wolves victory over Millwall in the Championship at Molineux.

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Pascal Gross

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

Brighton record their first top-flight win for 34 years as two goals from Pascal Gross help them to an emphatic victory over West Brom.

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Football

Ollie Clarke scores a late winner as Bristol Rovers beat Walsall despite having keeper Sam Slocombe sent off.

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Sam Johnstone

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone produces an excellent performance to earn Aston Villa a draw with Brentford.

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Nelson Oliveira

Nelson Oliveira's fourth-minute goal is enough to give Norwich a slender victory over Birmingham at Carrow Road.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A461 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Team news

Brighton v West Brom (15:00 BST)

Brighton name the same starting XI that drew 0-0 at Watford.

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West Brom make two changes.

Defender Jonny Evans - who was the subject of bids from Manchester City during the transfer window - replaces Chris Brunt.

And new signing Grzegorz Krychowiak is in for fellow midfielder James Morrison.

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Jonny Evans

West Brom boss Tony Pulis wants Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans to sign a new contract now the possibility of a summer move has ended.

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Jack Reacher creator rescues New York taxi driver
Author Lee Child describes how he fought a drunk man who was refusing to get out of a taxi.
Modest fashion: Why Rima Tadmory has bridal wear covered
Designer Rima Tadmory explains why she creates wedding dresses for fans of modest fashion.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A461 and J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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

End of live updates for the week

That's it for live updates this week. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live updates.

Fizz Friday: Could prosecco become the unfashionable cava?

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

Italian sparkling wine is the "phenomenon of the last five years" according to a fizzy wine expert.

"Wildly popular" prosecco is said to be a hit among woman in their 20s and 30s - not just to drink - but also on social media.

On Instagram, there are almost two million photos tagged #prosecco and a further 12,000 for #FizzFriday.

Glasses of prosecco
Getty Images

Prosecco might be the choice of drink at the moment but will it always be that way? Cava, the Spanish sparkler, was once the tipple of choice for many but fell out of favour.

Paul Creamer, wine buyer at Loki Wines in Birmingham, says they no longer stock cava and believes it would take a marketing miracle for it to get back on the same playing field as its counterparts.

"The problem is that the global image of champagne is very well managed compared to that of cava," Mr Creamer explains.

Labour MPs point the finger of blame at Clancy

Rob Mayor

Political reporter, BBC WM

John Clancy says he "welcomes communications with the MPs" but it’s hard to see how this letter could be seen as welcome.

MPs from his own party are pointing the finger of blame for the resumption of the bin strike at his administration.

John Clancy
BBC

While the leader of the second city says he has no plans to resign over the way negotiations with unions have been handled, behind the scenes some Labour councillors don’t expect him to survive till the end of next week.

Birmingham bin strike: 'We just want to work'
Refuse workers in Birmingham say residents should be angry at the local council as bin strikes resume.

The latest weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease letting through some late sunshine, overnight there's more showers, but it should pass through in the early hours.

West Midlands weather forecast

Keep up-to-date with the forecast where you are on the BBC Weather website.

Man questioned on suspicion of being part of Neo-Nazi group

Alice Rosenthal

BBC WM

West Midlands Counter Terrorism officers are questioning a 24-year-old man arrested in Cyprus as part of an inquiry into banned neo-Nazi group National Action

The man, who is understood to be a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment, is being questioned on suspicion of two offences.

Four serving members of the Army continue to be questioned, including a 22-year-old from Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich and a 24-year-old from Northampton.

Could rehabilitation stop reoffending?

"Deferred prosecution" is being called for by an MP who has led a review into the prison service in England and Wales.

MP David Lammy's review finds the system is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, following a trial in the West Midlands where low-level offenders were allowed to "defer" prosecution and opt for a rehabilitation programme before entering a plea.

Reality Check: Are ethnic minorities treated fairly in the justice system?

Mr Lammy says the trial "produced impressive results and should be rolled out across the country".

Operation Turning Point, was trialled from 2011 for four years, to those facing prosecution who had no more than one conviction.

The government says it will "look carefully" at the recommendations.

Road closed due to gas leak

Golden Hillock Road in Small Heath is closed due to a gas leak.

A spokeswoman for Cadent said a contractor damaged a gas pipe this morning and the road is closed while repairs are being carried out.

A temporary road closure is in place on the A45 between Monk Street and Charles Road, with diversions in place.

City set for electric car charging

BBC Midlands Today

Nearly £500,000 is being spent in Wolverhampton installing electric car charging points.

More than 20 will be created over the next three years throughout the city.

Electric car charge point
BBC

The £478,000 of government funding was intended for 24 charge points for electric taxis, but will also be available to the public.

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4 for A34 and J5 for A41.

M42 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M42 northbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J5, A41 (Solihull), 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 northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

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