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  1.  
    15:59: News on the hour Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 16:00 on BBC WM: A 42-year-old rogue trader has been jailed after he coned a Birmingham pensioner out of thousands of pounds for repair work.

     
  2.  
    15:50: Spiderman out filming in Birmingham Abigail Uden Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Breaking news for Midlands Today - we've just had the surreal sight of spiderman in the newsroom.

    Spiderman in Birmingham city centre

    Well the Birmingham one anyway - Brumspiderman has been appearing on social media (pictured) recently handing out food to the homeless.

    He wouldn't tell us his name, or take off the mask but maybe by the time Joanne Writtle finishes interviewing him in the city centre she'll have found out more about the man under the mask.

     
  3.  
    15:42: The dress hits the headlines again Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    The Salvation Army has run a campaign to highlight "often overlooked" victims of domestic violence in South Africa.

    South Africa Salvation Army ad campaign featuring The Dress

    The poster, which says: "Why is it so hard to see black and blue" has featured across social media and many newspapers in the UK.

    The dress, made in Birmingham, hit the headlines last week when an over exposed photo of it appeared to split opinions as to whether people saw it as blue and black, or white and gold.

     
  4.  
    15:26: Sunday Politics this week Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

    Joining me in the studio on Sunday will be the former 'Apprentice' star Jo Cameron, whose Achievers Academy for Women aims to encourage them to get more involved in a variety of walks of life, including politics.

    Sunday Politics West Midlands studio

    Margot James, the Conservative MP for Stourbridge will also be in the studio, she's been a passionate advocate of women in politics ever since she met Margaret Thatcher when she was a teenager.

    Our region's longest-serving woman MP, Joan Walley, is about to stand down. On Monday, she will tell an audience at Staffordshire University that a woman's place is in the House: the House of Commons, of course!

    Join us on Sunday from 11:00 on BBC One.

     
  5.  
    15:13: Walsall preparing for Wembley Nick Clitheroe Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    Yesterday I met the Walsall players who were getting suited and booted ahead of one of the biggest games they'll ever play on 22 March.

    Walsall get ready to head to Wembley - players getting measured for their suits

    They much of their days in track suits and shorts so it's welcome change to be dressing up.

    Designer Luke Roper has been picked who grew up in Walsall Wood and says the outfits will give them confidence in their abilities.

     
  6.  
    14:57: News on the hour BBC WM

    In the news at 15:00, a rogue trader is jailed for conning a Birmingham pensioner out of thousands of pounds.

     
  7.  
    14:46: Trojan Horse: Small Heath School rated 'inadequate' Phil Mackie News Correspondent

    A school rated as outstanding when inspected during the "Trojan Horse" affair in Birmingham is to be put into special measures by Ofsted.

    Small Heath School was now said to be "inadequate", while staff morale was "very low" and tensions were damaging its progress.

    Small Heath School

    However, inspectors also spoke of a "broad and rich" curriculum and robust moves to appoint staff.

    The city council said it was working to "secure leadership".

     
  8.  
    14:26: Derby v Birmingham BBC WM Sport

    Narrow home wins for Birmingham City over Brentford and Blackpool have eased any possible alarms for Blues fans following their nine-match winless run, and they should be set fair for a mid-table finish now.

    So they can head to Derby tomorrow with some of the pressure off, while their hosts may be a little more fretful, having lost twice in a row to surrender the Championship lead.

    gary rowett

    Blues manager Gary Rowett (pictured) enjoyed some of his best playing days at Derby, so can expect a friendly welcome.

    Hear the game live, with analysis from the former Blues striker Paul Devlin, on BBC WM 95.6FM and DAB in the Birmingham area from 3pm.

     
  9.  
    14:08: Temperatures on the rise Rebecca Wood BBC Weather

    There's some lovely sunshine on the way and temperatures are up to double figures this afternoon.

    Weather forecast for Friday afternoon
     
  10.  
    13:57: News on the hour Charlotte Harriman Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

    A suspected hacker, from the West Midlands, has been arrested in connection with an alleged cyber-attack on the Pentagon's computer network in the United States. More in the news at 14:00

     
  11.  
    13:49: Is it a bird? Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Is it a plane? No, it's just another day in the newsroom here at BBC Birmingham.

    Spiderman in the BBC Birmingham newsroom

    Spiderman popped in for a chat with some of the producers at BBC Midlands Today.

    I'm told he's out filming. Why? We'll have more later!

     
  12.  
    13:34: Former factory to make way for student flats Birmingham Post
  13.  
    13:20: Coming up on TV Qasa Alom Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We're looking at research from Oxford University that suggests this region has seen the biggest rise in immigrants in the country.

    And after our reporter Laura May revealed last week her battle against cancer that resulted in her having painful swellings called lymphedema, find out why specialists say treatment for the condition is desperately under-funded.

    Join us for the latest this lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today from 13:40.

     
  14.  
    13:10: Never a dull moment Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

    I wish I had one of those proverbial hot dinners for every time I've been stopped in the street and told how busy I must be.

    It's true of course. And I am about to get busier still.

    Patrick Burns in the Sunday Politics studio in Birmingham

    But not, perhaps in quite the way most people might imagine.

    Relatively little of my time is spent in dramatic chases after our political heavy-hitters on their whistle-stop tours of the key marginals. Read more about what I've been up to on my blog page.

     
  15.  
    12:58: News on the hour Charlotte Harriman Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 13:00: A suspected hacker from the West Midlands has been arrested in connection with an alleged cyber attack on the Pentagon's computer network in the United States.

     
  16.  
    12:41: Feeling nervous? Dan Pallett Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Villa or Baggies? It's the big question on a lot of people's minds.

    Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis

    It's one win apiece so far this season. Albion won 1-0 at the hawthorns, Villa won 2-1 at Villa Park on Tuesday.

    The FA Cup quarter-final will be the decider, with a place at Wembley for the winner. Has anyone got any nerves left?

     
  17.  
    12:32: Laura Mvula Q&A Ben Sidwell Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    I spent yesterday evening with Birmingham singer Laura Mvula at a very special live event in London.

    Laura Mvula

    The show was broadcast simultaneously to hundreds of cinemas around the world, making it the biggest concert of her life.

    She says she was overwhelmed with the amount of people who turned up to see the live Q&A.

     
  18.  
    12:16: Let battle begin.... Dan Pallett Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We've had arguments between fans and players. Remember the meeting of young Moin Younis and Joleon Lescott in December.

    Graffiti spraying Aston Villa v West Brom

    This week we filmed two brothers falling out over who's the best.

    So who will come out on top tomorrow? Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion?

     
  19.  
    12:06: M42 disruption BBC Travel

    Here is the latest information on the accident on the M42 around Birmingham Airport.

    BBC travel

    Stay up to date on the BBC travel page.

     
  20.  
    11:56: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00 on BBC WM: Two men in Birmingham have been caught on camera dumping a gun in front of a house in Balsall Heath.

    Men dumping guns in a Birmingham garden

    They were filmed dropping the firearm after climbing over a wall in Cannon Hill Road just after midnight on 2 November last year.

    Police have released footage appealing to anyone who recognises the men to get in touch.

     
  21.  
    11:42: Hacking arrest: Man detained

    The National Crime Agency says a 23-year-old man was arrested in Sutton Coldfied on Wednesday on suspicion of offences relating to a network intrusion on a US department.

    NCA raid

    The UK's National Crime Agency has mounted a "strike week" against suspected hackers resulting in 56 arrests across the country.

    Investigations about a suspect in Sutton Coldfield was aided by forensic information provided by the FBI.

    Read more on this story here.

     
  22.  
    11:30: M42 accident

    Highways Agency tweets: We're getting reports of an accident closing 2 lanes on the #M42 #WestMidlands N/B J5-J6. Approach with caution. More to follow...

     
  23.  
    11:23: Women and politics Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

    This Sunday is International Women's Day so I'm preparing a discussion on our Sunday Politics programme (11.00 BBC One Midlands) focusing on what's being done to encourage more women to get involved in politics.

    Woman to woman - Labour's battle bus

    More than 800,000 Midlands women did not vote at all in the last general election and in a region with 63 Parliamentary constituencies we have just 11 women MPs.

     
  24.  
    11:12: Have your say Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
  25.  
    11:00: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    A man has been arrested in Sutton Coldfield - believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department.

    More in the news at 11:00

     
  26.  
    10:46: Watch: 'Wrong body' mix-up Peter Wilson West Midlands Correspondent

    A friend of former MEP Philip Bradbourn, whose body has been the subject of a funeral mix-up, has said if some good comes out of reviews into the matter then at least it would be fitting.

    Philip Bradbourn

    Mr Bradbourn died at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, on 20 December. A similarly named man, Philip Bradburn, died at University Hospital Birmingham before Christmas.

    Both bodies were taken to the same mortuary, it is understood. But the wrong body was released in January for the Conservative MEP's cremation at Bushbury crematorium in Wolverhampton on 16 January.

    Watch my report in full online now.

     
  27.  
    10:30: Man arrested over US hacking Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    A 23-year-old man in Sutton Coldfield who is believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department in June 2014, has been arrested by West Midlands Police.

     
  28.  
    10:25: FA Cup: Poet's ode to Aston Villa v West Brom BBC Sport

    Local poet Benjamin Zephaniah delivers his ode to the West Midlands derby in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final between Aston Villa and West Brom.

    Benjamin Zephaniah's ode to Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final

    The Handsworth-born writer explains the ties that made him an Aston Villa fan instead of supporting their local rivals.

    Villa beat their neighbours 2-1 in Tuesday's Premier League game but remain five points and four places below the Baggies.

    Watch the video here.

     
  29.  
    10:09: Calls for Bradbourn death inquiry Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    A West Midlands MEP is calling for a full inquiry after a mix-up at a crematorium which led to the wrong body being cremated during a funeral.

    Yesterday we broke the story that two hospital trusts and a mortuary had to launch investigations after Phillip Bradbourn died late last year.

    MEP Anthea Mcintyre

    MEP Anthea Mcintyre, a long time friend of Phillips' is calling for an inquiry, saying "Nobody should have to go for this. No family of anybody should have to go through this."

     
  30.  
    09:58: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: A charity is warning there are too many delays in diagnosing brain tumours, as a Birmingham mum-of-four says she feels her condition should have been investigated sooner.

     
  31.  
    09:35: Jaguar Land Rover will have a driverless car within a decade Birmingham Mail

    Midland carmaking giant Jaguar Land Rover will produce a driverless car within a decade, the firm has pledged.

    It made the promise in evidence to a House of Commons inquiry into road safety.

    JLR said: "Our vision is to offer a choice of an engaged or autonomous drive.

     
  32.  
    09:22: Schools goes into special measures Phil Mackie News Correspondent

    One of the schools which was part of the so-called Trojan Horse investigations into alleged infiltration by Islamic conservatives in Birmingham, will be put into special measures after being rated "outstanding" a year ago.

    Ofsted inspectors have described Small Heath school's leadership as 'dysfunctional' , saying its governing body is "ineffective", and that staff morale is very low.

     
  33.  
    09:13: Calls for new treatment strategy Qasa Alom Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Clinicians who treat patients with Lymphoedema have met in Birmingham to call for a national strategy for treating the condition.

    Woman being treated patients with Lymphoedema

    Lymphoedema is a swelling that can occur anywhere in the body and effects around a quarter of a million people in the UK.

    The British Lymphology Society has launched petition to get more funding for the service from the NHS.

     
  34.  
    08:58: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00:

    We'll have more on our top story. Figures suggest the number of migrants from Eastern Europe living in Birmingham and the Black Country has gone up by more than half in just three years.

    Shortly we'll hear from Andy Alsop from the Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre.

     
  35.  
    08:53: Escalator failure at New Street

    Birmingham New Street tweets: Apologies for our current escalator failures, we are working along with the manufacturer & maintainer to resolve the escalator issues asap.

     
  36.  
    08:46: Christina Edkins memorial

    A service is being held at Birmingham Cathedral this weekend in memory of the teenager Christina Edkins (pictured).

    Christina Edkins

    The 16-year-old died two years ago after she was stabbed on a bus on her way to school by Phillip Simelane.

    The 23-year-old from Walsall, had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

    A report last year found her death could've been prevented if Simelane had been given mental health treatment. He admitted manslaughter in October 2013.

     
  37.  
    08:36: Discoloured water Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    South Staffs Water warns that some customers in Sutton Coldfield may experience brown water in their supply.

    Customers are told to run their cold water tap for approximately 15 minutes or until the water runs clear.

    The company says the water is not harmful to people's health.

     
  38.  
    08:23: Migrant population increases Inside Out

    The number of migrants from Eastern Europe living in Birmingham and the Black Country has gone up by more than half in just three years, figures suggest.

    It's expected around 22,000 extra migrants will have settled here from places like Poland and Romania compared with 2011.

    A Border Force officer checking passports at Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport in June

    The BBC has seen new projected figures for the whole of England which show that the wider West Midlands region will see the biggest rise in the country an overall jump of 57%.

     
  39.  
    08:12: M6 disruption BBC Travel

    There are delays and slow traffic on the M6 southbound before junction 6 for A38 Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of an earlier overturned vehicle.

    All lanes have reopened but travel time is around 25 minutes.

    Stay up to date on the BBC travel page.

     
  40.  
    08:02: Outlook for today Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Rather cloudy at first, but it will remain dry with increasing amounts of bright or sunny spells developing, especially towards the south and east.

    Charlie Slater

    Breezy with winds strengthening throughout the day but remaining mild with a high of 12C (54F).

     
  41.  
    08:00: Good morning Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you see something which you think we should be covering - email or tweet @BBCWM.

     

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