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    Coach crash driver to be charged 17:10:

    The driver of a coach carrying Black Country children that crashed on the M5, is to be charged with driving without due care and attention.

    The coach after the crash
    'Blue sky and rainbows' 17:01:

    Helen Carver tweets: @bbcwm @BhamUpdates what's everyone going on about...flash floods!Blue sky and rainbows in the Royal town!! #sutton

    Rainbow in Sutton Coldfield
    News on the hour 16:55: BBC WM

    In the 17:00 news bulletin: A Birmingham woman's been banned from having any contact with animals for 15 years after a dog was found at her house unable to stand, emaciated and bleeding.

    Flooded roads 16:52:

    Here's the main roads BBC Travel says are currently flooded:

    • M5 entry slip road at J3, for the A456 (Halesowen)
    • B4551 Grange Hill, in Hunnington, Worcestershire
    • A456 Hagley Road, Bearwood, near King's Head Cross
    • A4034 Bromford Road, Oldbury, near the Fountain Lane junction
    Hagley Road floods 16:40: Birmingham Updates

    tweets: Travel Update - Flash flooding on Hagley Road (out of city) near the Barnsley Road junction. AVOID!

    Flood on Hagley Road
    Flood in Kingstanding 16:38: BBC WM

    There's flash flooding across the region this evening.

    Flooding in Kingstanding

    This was the scene on Kings Road, in Kingstanding, at 16:15, courtesy of Alan Walsh.

    Major problems on roads 16:36:

    There's severe delays on the M6 through the West Midlands at the moment, reports BBC Travel, with a closure in both directions between J6 and J7 due to an accident and a lane shut southbound at J8 because of another crash.

    And a lane is closed on the M5 entry slip road at J3, Halesowen, because of flooding.

    A number of A-roads are also affected by flash flooding.

    Flooding in Oldbury 16:27:

    Travel Tom tweets: Flooding in #Oldbury on A4034 Bromford Road is slowing traffic at Fountain Lane under bridge (via @MasterMonkeyMon)

    Flooding under bridge
    M6 closed due to accident 16:22:

    The M6 is closed and there's stationary traffic in both directions between J6 A38(M), for the Aston Expressway, and J7, at the A34 (Great Barr), because of an accident, says BBC Travel.

    Business picking up for independents 16:17: BBC WM

    Independent traders in Stourbridge say business is picking up again as shoppers come out in support of local firms.

    The chamber of commerce said investment in the town had also helped to improve the fortunes of independent high street shops.

    Localised flooding warning 16:12:

    Drivers are warned to be aware of localised flooding after heavy showers across the region.

    Central Motorway Policing Group warns of standing water on main roads and motorways around Birmingham.

    'Warnings' over inmate's condition 16:08:

    Lawyers for the family of a man who hanged himself in prison say he was not monitored closely enough, despite several warnings.

    Mohammed Naveed Zaber

    Mohammed Naveed Zaber's (pictured) family said he had harmed himself with shards from a broken TV and had drunk washing-up liquid in the run-up to his death.

    They further alleged the 26-year-old had previously been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and had sought medical help, but had not received it.

    News on the hour 15:55: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    Firefighters in England are to strike for four days from 31 October in row over pensions, their union says.

    Hear more on this story in the news at 16:00 on BBC WM.

    Man jailed for Broad Street death 15:52: Birmingham Updates

    A man has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment after causing the death of student on Broad Street last December.

    Weekend forecast 15:40: Rebecca Wood BBC Weather

    After a drizzly start this morning things have brightened up a little in some areas this afternoon. Clear spells overnight mean it will be a little cooler than it has been lately.

    Weekend weather round-up

    But a dry and bright start is forecast for Saturday, although a keen breeze will freshen things up. There'll be a little more cloud about on Sunday.

    Prison team failed to monitor inmate 15:33: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    An inquest has found a prison's mental health team failed to properly monitor an inmate with "serious" mental illnesses who hanged himself.

    Mohammed Naveed Zaber, from Birmingham, displayed various warning signs in the run-up to his death on 25 March last year, including smashing a TV and using it to harm himself, his family's solicitor said.

    HMP Stoke Heath prisoner Mr Zaber had a history of mental health problems, but the inquest jury found the In-Reach team, which deals with vulnerable prisoners, failed to access his full medical history.

    Historic former pub fails to sell 15:24: Birmingham Post

    A historic Birmingham pub which has lain empty and derelict for seven years has failed to sell at auction.

    M6 accident 15:09:

    The M6 is blocked northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr) because of an accident, BBC Travel reports.

    News on the hour 14:58: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    A retired priest has been cleared of indecently assaulting a young girl.

    Father Edward Simpson of Olton Friary, Solihul was acquitted of indecently touching the girl during the mid-1980s.

    Hear more on the BBC WM news bulletin shortly.

    Walsall have fully fit squad 14:48:

    BBC WM Sport tweets: #Walsall manager Dean Smith says he has a fully-fit squad for tomorrow's home game against Chesterfield. @bbcwm@WFCOfficial

    Autumn ramble in the hills 14:41:

    The National Trust is running an autumn colour ramble around the Clent Hills on Sunday, says BBC Things To Do.

    The six-mile walk starts at 10:00 and is expected to finish at about 15:00.

    Chip shop 'fly infestation' 14:18: Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    A Walsall takeaway's been closed after environmental health officers found swarms of flies, filthy conditions and evidence of rats.

    Chipmasters in Walsall

    Chipmasters, in Lower Hall Lane, has been given a hygiene emergency prohibition notice.

    It's the fourth business in Walsall to be closed in a fortnight because of environmental health issues.

    Leeds v Birmingham 14:05: Richard Wilford BBC WM Sport

    Kenny Jackett and Wolves moved up into the top four of the Championship with their fine midweek win over in-form Middlesbrough - now they hit the road to Leeds looking for a first away win in five matches.

    Championship league table on 24 October 2014

    Jackett has shored the defence up since surrendering a 3-0 lead at Millwall last week, Tuesday's clean sheet was very welcome.

    You can hear the whole match live from Elland Road on BBC WM 95.6FM from 15:00 tomorrow.

    News on the hour 13:55: BBC WM

    In the 14:00 news bulletin: As a report says violence in British jails is out of control, the justice secretary has told BBC WM there'll always be a culture of violence inside our prisons.

    Multi-storey car park plan 13:40: Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

    Plans to build a multi-storey car park at Good Hope Hospital have been announced as concerns by members of the public were raised at a meeting to discuss proposed hospital changes.

    More on ambulance crash 13:23:

    BBC News Online has more on the three people taken to hospital after an ambulance on an emergency call was in a crash with a car in Birmingham.

    Wrong name on VC hero sign 13:08: Black Country Bugle

    A mix-up over a West Bromwich road sign in honour of the town's only Victoria Cross winner left the council addressing a difficult problem with the residents.

    News on the hour 12:56: BBC WM

    In the 13:00 news bulletin: Three people have been taken to hospital after they were involved in a crash between a car and ambulance in Birmingham this morning.

    'Welcome to city' stickers put up 12:46: Express and Star

    Road signs directing traffic towards Wolverhampton TOWN centre have finally been updated 14 years after it became a city - with a set of cheap cut-out stickers.

    Coming up on TV 12:35: Amy Cole Reporter, Midlands Today

    At lunchtime, we're looking at how almost 100 former MG Rover workers are finally getting a pension payout, almost 10 years after the company crashed.

    Longbridge protest in Birmingham city centre in the 1990s

    About £8m is being set aside for the workers after a deal was struck between the Pensions Regulator and the former Longbridge firm MGR Capital Ltd.

    We'll have more from our business correspondent Peter Plisner at Longbridge at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Shark moved to Birmingham 12:25:

    A shark has been transported more than 120 miles across England in a bid to encourage him to breed.

    Male nurse shark Albi and female nurse shark Florence Nightingale

    Albi, a two metre-long (6ft) nurse shark, was taken from the National Sea Life Centre Blackpool to the attraction's sister site in Birmingham.

    Landmark to get £1.3m makeover 12:10: Dudley News

    A Dudley landmark is to get a £1.3m makeover which will include the refurbishment of a famous fountain's waterworks.

    News on the hour 11:57: Kevin Pashby Newsreader BBC WM

    A street in the Black Country is getting a new road sign - thanks to a campaign started on BBC WM

    Edwin Phillips Drive

    It's all to do with commemorating a soldier from West Bromwich who won the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour.

    Hear more on this story in the news at 12:00 on BBC WM.

    Student accommodation set for go-ahead 11:37: Birmingham Post

    Proposals for even more student accommodation in Selly Oak look set to be given the green light by city planners next week.

    Passengers cut free from car 11:22:

    Ward End Fire tweets a photo of a car being cut open to remove two passengers, following the crash with an ambulance earlier this morning.

    Fire crew at crash in Yardley
    Car and ambulance crash 11:05:

    Three people have been taken to hospital after a crash involving an ambulance and a car in Yardley this morning.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says the two passengers in the car had to be cut free before being taken to hospital. One crew member was treated at the scene for a shoulder injury.

    The collision happened in Station Road at about 08:20 while the ambulance had its sirens on responding to an emergency call.

    News on the hour 10:56: BBC WM

    In the 11:00 news bulletin: As a report says violence in British jails is out of control, the justice secretary has told BBC WM there'll always be a culture of violence inside our prisons.

    Other workers 'still waiting for payout' 10:34: BBC WM

    Ninety five former Rover workers are getting their pension payout, almost a decade after the car maker collapsed.

    £8m is being set aside for the senior workers. Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield, says while it's good news for some, other ex-employees are still waiting for money from former owners the Pheonix Four.

    Sex assault picture appeal 10:16:

    Police have released photos of a man they want to speak after a woman was sexually assaulted in Birmingham.

    CCTV stills

    The 28-year-old victim was followed along Soho Road in Handsworth and attacked after heading on to Alfred Road shortly after midnight on 19 September.

    Manhunt after heroin seized 10:05: Birmingham Mail
    News on the hour 09:55: BBC WM

    In the 10:00 news bulletin: The justice secretary has told BBC WM there will always be culture of violence in prisons.

    Disabled graduates: Life after university 09:40: Damon Rose BBC News, Ouch

    This week BBC Ouch is revisiting disabled students who we followed in the last decade. Several years later, how are they doing?

    Sara Krishnan and her son

    They include Sara Krishan (pictured), aged 29, who lives in Birmingham.

    Have your say 09:28: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

    West Brom linked with winger 09:17:

    Today's BBC Sport football gossip column features speculation West Bromwich Albion are interested in Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie.

    Prisons 'will always have violent culture' 09:05: BBC WM

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has told BBC WM there will always be culture of violence in prisons.

    Pete Morgan interviewing Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

    It comes as a report says violence in British jails is out of control and they are unsafe, ineffective institutions.

    News on the hour 08:55: Kevin Pashby Newsreader BBC WM

    A report has named Birmingham Prison as the most overcrowded in the region. I'll have more on this in my 09:00 bulletin.

    Chief exec pay criticism 08:41: BBC WM

    Dudley Council has defended plans to pay its new chief executive £8,000 a year more than her predecessor.

    The move, which coincides with the authority having to make £117m worth of budget cuts, has been criticised by the Taxpayers' Alliance.

    MG Rover staff get payout 08:31:

    An £8m pension settlement has been reached with some former MG Rover staff, almost a decade after the car firm collapsed.

    Factory floor

    About 6,000 workers lost their jobs when the Birmingham-based company entered administration in 2005, but the Pension Regulator said a deal had now been reached with 95 former staff, mainly managers.

    Weather outlook 08:21:

    It will be cloudy with heavy rain this morning, but brighter conditions are expected later with highs of 14C (57F). Get your local forecast.

    Delays after accident 08:10:

    A lane is closed on the M6 northbound between J10 and J10a following an accident, reports our travel news team.

    Welcome 08:00:

    Good morning everyone and welcome to Friday's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.



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