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Summary

  1. Lorry drivers jailed for fatal minibus crash
  2. Family jailed for ammunition supply ring
  3. Men murdered dad after 'money row'
  4. 'Frenzied' double stabbing knifeman jailed
  5. Three teens stabbed outside school
  6. Ambulance abuse note woman evicted
  7. Tumour survivor breaks Atlantic record
  8. HS2 payments still unclaimed
  9. Arrest after knifepoint taxi robberies
  10. Updates on Friday 23 March
  11. Click on Related Stories to view stories from your area

Live Reporting

By Trystan Jones

All times stated are UK

Two taken to hospital after crash

A man suffered a cardiac arrest after a two-car crash in Walsall last night.

The ambulance service said paramedics treated the man, in his 50s, for serious injuries after the incident on Wednesbury Road at 21:45.

The driver of a second car, a woman in her 40s, was also taken to hospital.

Stretch of A38 still shut

BBC News Travel

Part of the A38 in Staffordshire's still shut northbound this afternoon due to a burst water main.

Highways England says it's happened in the early hours of this morning between Alrewas and Barton under Needwood and engineers are still working to fix it.

Workmen
Highways England

Severe disruption: A452 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A452 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between B4152 Lindon Road and B5011 Ogley Road.

A452 West Midlands - A452 Chester Road in Brownhills closed in both directions between the B4152 Lindon Road junction and the B5011 Ogley Road junction, because of a car fire.

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

Two hurt after car smashed into house as family watched TV

Tim Race

Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

A man says it's nothing short of a miracle that he and his family are still alive after a car ploughed into his house as they sat in the living room.

The car smashed through the house's wall
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Robert Beattie, his wife Mel and teenage daughter Tash were watching TV on Friday night when the car came crashing through the front of the house in Battenhall Rise, Worcester, missing Robert by inches.

He told BBC Hereford and Worcester that Mel and Tash suffered broken bones and are recovering in hospital.

West Mercia Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Worcester on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and he's been released under investigation.

I got my wife out into the kitchen area as best I could, she was very dazed and confused. I then had to go back outside, through the opening, to rescue my daughter from the other side of the car who was again shocked and confused and I carried her back round to the kitchen."

Robert BeattieHomeowner

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 queuing 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

In photos: Spring arrives at last

BBC Weather Watchers

Spring looks to have well and truly arrived from the photos uploaded by our BBC Weather Watcher volunteers.

These are from users Raineyjane in Great Alne, Snow Crystals in Newcastle under Lyme and Frodo Baggins in Bromyard:

Great Alne
Raineyjane
Newcastle under Lyme
Snow Crystals
Bromyard
Frodo Baggins

Pothole repair: Councils awarded funding

An extra £100m is being shared among councils to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms, the transport secretary has announced.

Chris Grayling said the money would help patch up nearly two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather conditions.

pothole
Department for Transport

Staffordshire was among the areas awarded the most with £2.2m funding.

Warwickshire will receive £1.4m and Herefordshire £1.2m.

Transport for the West Midlands has also been awarded £1.7m funding for road conditions monitoring innovations.

Crime commissioner takes over fire service

Allen Cook

BBC News

Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner (PCC) is to take on responsibility for the county's fire and rescue service too.

Staffordshire fire engine
BBC

PCC Matthew Ellis proposed the move last year claiming that by collaborating they could save £2m a year.

The plans were opposed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and members of the fire authority but the Home Office has approved the move.

It says the changeover, with the abolition of the current fire authority, will happen "over the coming weeks and months".

Last year, Essex became the first place in the UK to combine responsibility for the county's police and fire services under their PCC.

Michelin Ballymena

The Michelin tyre factory in Ballymena, County Antrim, is to close in 2018 with the loss of 860 jobs.

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Murder charge over Paddy Power stabbing

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man's been charged with murder after a fatal stabbing at a Paddy Power betting shop.

Khalid Yousef
West Midlands Police

Khalid Yousef, 28, from Handsworth was pronounced dead at the scene on Rookery Road, Handsworth on 4 January.

Mustafa Hassan, 35, has this morning been charged with his murder and appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.

He's been remanded into custody and will next appear there in May.

BreakingMurder investigation launched after man's death

A murder investigation has been launched after a man found seriously injured later died.

Copland Place
Google

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Copland Place, Tile Hill, at 23:15 yesterday.

A man in his 30s was found with injuries to his chest and died at the scene.

The area remains cordoned off for forensic examinations.

Car crash leaves five with 'serious injuries'

A car crash on the A512 near Ashby-de-la-Zouch left five people with serious injuries, East Midlands Ambulance Service has said.

The two-car collision happened at around 16.07 on the A512 yesterday. Four air ambulances and four ambulances were sent to the scene.

Two patients were taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre, while another two - including a woman in her 40s with "multiple injuries" - were taken to University Hospital Coventry.

A further patient was taken to North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary by air ambulance.

Air ambulance
Magpas

In the papers: Millions more for pothole repairs

Shropshire Star

Telford 'can't move on' without child abuse inquiry

BBC Shropshire

The Labour MP for Rotherham says Telford can't move on unless an inquiry's held into child sex abuse in the town.

Telford
BBC

Sarah Champion's been outspoken on grooming in her constituency and says politics should be put aside for the good of the borough.

In Rotherham, the 2014 Jay report found at least 1,400 children had been abused in the town between 1997 and 2013.

Both Telford's Conservative MP Lucy Allan and the Labour-run council agree the issue in their area needs investigating but they differ on who should do it.

It comes after a Sunday Mirror report on "groups of mainly Asian men" targeting vulnerable white teenagers in the town since the 1980s.

This is about justice, this is about serving people, this is about getting the truth out there and we actually all need to work together to make sure we get that. For me, I would say Rotherham could not have moved on without the inquiry."

Sarah ChampionLabour MP for Rotherham
Max Stainton wants to be the first disabled person to reach Everest base camp on horseback
Max Stainton has cerebral palsy and is practising by spending a lot of time in the saddle.

What will Brexit mean for the North West?

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC North West political editor

In little more than a year's time, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

European flag and the Houses of Parliament
PA

Across the North West, of the 3.67m people who cast their vote in the June 2016 referendum, 53.7% backed Brexit.

People living in the big cities of Liverpool and Manchester were more sympathetic to the EU, though, with 58.2% and 60.4% support respectively for the UK remaining in the bloc.

However, both Remainers and Leavers have one thing in common - they both want to see the North West thrive in the years ahead.

Read more here.

Street closed for car park works

A street shut for a year ahead of construction work on a new 600-space car park.

Shrub Walk
Coventry City Council

Shrub Walk in Coventry will remain closed until completion of the works, expected to be finished in spring 2019.

BreakingMan admits causing brothers' deaths

Robert Brown, 53, has pleaded guilty to causing the death of two brothers by dangerous driving in a hit-and-run in Coventry.

Corey and Casper Platt-May
Family handout

Corey, six, and Casper Platt-May, two, were with their mother when they were hit on 22 February.

In the papers: Rise in number of homeless families

Coventry Telegraph

Grant will allow Charterhouse to reopen for City of Culture

Coventry's 600-year-old monastery is to be restored and opened to the public as a major attraction in time for City of Culture 2021.

Charterhouse
Heritage Lottery Fund

The Grade I-listed Charterhouse, a Carthusian monastery dating from 1381, is set to benefit from a £4.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Impression of restored Charterhouse
Heritage Lottery Fund

Historic Coventry Trust has been working in partnership with Coventry City Council on plans to restore the medieval building, its walled gardens and grounds since 2011.

The grant will lead to the opening of a heritage visitor centre and educational attraction as well as the creation of the first 30 acres of the planned 70 acre Heritage Park.

Severe accident: M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at J8T for A460.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M6 Toll northbound at J8t, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

Northern children 'too often left behind'

BBC News Education

Too many children growing up in the north of England are facing the double disadvantage of entrenched deprivation and poor schools, a report warns.

Girls running
Getty Images

England's Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield says children from poorer homes face an education gap that starts before school and widens over time.

She calls for greater investment for struggling families and a scheme to boost teacher recruitment in the North.

The government says it has committed £70m to improve schools in the region.

The commissioners' report - Growing Up North, Look North: A generation of children await the powerhouse promise - is based on 12 months of research and conversations with children, schools, businesses, councils, health professionals and charities.

It says that while many children growing up in the North are thriving, there are huge gaps between the poorest children in the North and the poorest in London.

The commissioner's research also finds:

  • too many children start school far behind where they should be, often with special educational needs that have not been picked up
  • more than half of the secondary schools serving the North's most deprived communities are judged to be less than good
  • large numbers of children drop out of education before they reach the age of 18
  • there is a lack of confidence among children that economic regeneration will mean more jobs or opportunities

Big wheel for city visitors

A big wheel attraction will open in Coventry on Good Friday, organised by the city's Business Improvement District.

Big Wheel
BBC

The ride, at Millennium Place, will be open for a month.

In the papers: Award after man tackled gunman

The Sentinel

Work continues on the A38

Contractors are still trying to fix the burst pipe.

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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

Lack of electric car charging points highlighted

The lack of public charge points for electric vehicles in the West Midlands has been highlighted in a report.

Electric car charging station
BBC

Analysis from HSBC Commercial Banking shows about 27,500 people in the region for every publicly-available charge-point.

That's below average compared to the rest of the UK which is one for every 17,000 people.

The report warns that private sector investment is needed.

In the papers: 239 jobs axed at Carillion's headquarters

Express and Star

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down van. In the roadworks area.

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

Figures show drop in mobile phone prosecutions

There are calls for a new crackdown on drivers who use their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Police officer pulling over a driver
BBC

Figures obtained by BBC Hereford & Worcester under the Freedom of Information Act show the number of motorists being pulled over by West Mercia Police has dropped by a third.

Last year just over 1,000 people were stopped for using their handsets.

Campaigner Paul Carvin, lost his wife Zoe when a lorry driver crashed into her stationary car while he was reading a text message, is calling for harsher penalties for drivers caught using phones.

The force said the fall is down to fewer people using their mobiles at the wheel.

Monastery founded in 1385 to open to the public

The Guardian

The remains of a monastery founded in 1385 by Richard II and the spectacular wall paintings added in later centuries, will open to the public for the first time almost 80 years after being left to the people of Coventry by a wealthy local businessman.

Charterhouse wall painting
Charterhouse Priory

The monastery at Charterhouse will open in 2020, in time for the City of Culture celebrations.

Shakespeare and Margot Robbie

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment reporter

The actress is planning a new TV series, which will give Shakespeare plays a "female perspective".

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Beard ban lift 'will increase diversity in sport'

BBC Midlands Today

A Sikh boxer has welcomed the decision to lift a ban on amateur boxers fighting with beards.

Karam Signh
BBC

England Boxing has announced that bearded amateur boxers will be able to compete in tournaments from 1 June.

It says the decision forms part of its aims to fully embrace inclusivity in the sport.

Karam Singh from Walsall said the decision would now allow more people to box increasing diversity in the sport.

'We feel sympathy for Russians'
Students learning Russian told us what they think of the current ongoing diplomatic crisis between Russia and the UK.

GKN retracts supportive investors statements

BBC Business News

Another day, another extraordinary development in Melrose's £7.9bn hostile bid for Redditch-based GKN.

GKN worker
GKN

In a stock exchange announcement, it says: "GKN notes the articles published by the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times on 25 March 2018 relating to GKN and Melrose Industries PLC.

"The Sunday Telegraph article contained a comment by Anne Stevens, chief executive, that "Stevens says … she's convinced investors will back [GKN].

"The Sunday Times article contained a comment by Jos Sclater, group finance director, that "long-only shareholders are mostly supportive of existing management, and understand that the Dana deal and becoming a pure play aerospace company has, longer term, significantly more value than the Melrose bid".

"GKN confirms that these statements of shareholder support in respect of GKN were not verified and are hereby retracted."

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It should be a generally dry day with spells of sunshine, although the sunshine will turn hazy through the afternoon as high cloud pushes in from the west. Highs of 10C.

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