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  1. Updates on Tues 11 Nov 2014

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday.

  2. Temperatures still mild

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today Weather

    Amid a grey and sombre backdrop to this week's weather, there are some bright moments and temperatures are still on the mild side. Get your local forecast.

    Shefali in front of today's weather photo

    Temperatures around 10C (50F).

  3. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Please join us at 18:30 on BBC One tonight, live from the National Memorial Arboretum with a special programme to mark Armistice Day.

    Our health correspondent Michele Paduano will also be reporting on the resignation of the chief executive of a hospital trust after stinging criticism from its regulator.

  4. Problems on the M42

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Two lanes are blocked and there is slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident, warns BBC Travel.

  5. Children 'must be able to relate'

    Tom Richardson

    BBC News Online

    Alison Cope, who has appeared at schools around Birmingham to speak to pupils about her son's stabbing death, said it was important to give young people something they could relate to.

    Alison Cope

    "If I go into the schools in an area, I can guarantee the children will walk into that assembly with an attitude but come out crying by the end of it," she said.

  6. Knife bins 'not enough'

    Tom Richardson

    BBC News Online

    The mother of a murdered Birmingham rapper has told councillors surrender bins alone are not enough to combat knife crime in the city.

    Alison Cope's son Joshua Ribera, also known as Depzman, was stabbed to death outside a Selly Oak nightclub last September.

  7. Digital speed camera progress

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Plans to replace "wet film" speed cameras with digital technology have taken a step forward, says Birmingham City Council.

    The authority, working with Solihull council and West Midlands Police, will be introducing up to seven cameras in Birmingham and three in Solihull, with one average-speed enforcement unit for each area.

    Speed camera (generic)

    They will replace the fixed "wet film" sites which the force turned off last April.

  8. Fewer speeding fines

    Tom Richardson

    BBC News Online

    In September, I found out that West Midlands Police issued fewer fines in the year after it switched off its speed cameras, despite predictions it would catch more motorists.

    The force had said a move from fixed "wet film" sites to mobile digital cameras in March 2013 would increase the number of speeding tickets issued.

    Figures released after a request under the Freedom of Information Act show nearly 15,000 fewer fines were issued in the following year.

  9. Resignation letter

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Mark Newbold, Heart of England NHS Trust chief executive who has quit after criticism from regulator Monitor, has published on his blog the message that went out to the trust's staff today.

    It includes the resignation letter he wrote to the chair of the trust's board Les Lawrence.

  10. Rising from the ashes

    Express and Star

    While the rubble and ashes of the old Carvers warehouse were still smouldering after a devastating fire, the directors of the decades-old company were determined the company would carry on.

  11. News on the hour

    Victoria Bourne

    Journalist, BBC WM

    West Midlands Police says it's treating the stabbing of a chip shop worker in Birmingham as attempted murder.

    More on this story and others in our 17:00 bulletin. Listen live here.

  12. Stabbing victim named

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    A woman killed in a stabbing has been named as Staffordshire University crime science student Eni Mevish.

    The 20-year-old died after suffering stab wounds on Sunday in the Shelton area of Stoke, in an incident in which a 22-year-old Wolverhampton man was also injured.

    A 68-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been charged with murder and wounding.

  13. Festive joke supply

    Tom Richardson

    BBC News Online

    The figure seen by many as the face and voice of Birmingham's Frankfurt Market, the Chris Moose, has his own Twitter account for anyone keen to stock up on festive jokes in advance.

    I can't vouch for how a-moosing they will be. Ahem.

  14. Lord mayor to open markets

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Shafique Shah will officially open the city's Christmas markets, it has been announced.

    The popular Frankfurt market will be opened in Victoria Square from 17:30 on Thursday.

    The craft market, ice rink and big wheel in Centenary Square will open at 12:00 on Saturday. They will then be open from 10:00-21:00 every day until 22 December.

  15. Inspired by nature reserve

    Dudley News

    A Birmingham musician who got his inspiration from Wren's Nest nature reserve has won a major music competition.

    Louis Clark's composition "Siluria - the Dudley Bug" came out on top of the competition organised by well-known Hagley composer Andrew Downes.

  16. News on the hour

    Victoria Bourne

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The chief executive of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has resigned following criticism from its regulator.

    We will hear from Midlands Today's health correspondent Michele Paduano in the 16:00 bulletin. Listen live here.

  17. Chip shop stabbing appeal

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Detectives are treating the stabbing of a Birmingham chip shop worker as attempted murder and have released CCTV footage in their hunt for the attacker.

    The man walked into the shop and ordered food from the 51-year-old worker at Simply Fish and Chips, in Hagley Road West, Quinton, on 6 November.

    The main suspect

    The shop worker was stabbed several times after asking the man why he had kicked the glass in the door as he left the shop following a dispute about his order.

  18. NatWest Tower sold

    Birmingham Post

    One of the most long-awaited redevelopments in Birmingham could be set to kick into life after the NatWest Tower was sold.

    Investment firm Rockspring has bought the Colmore Row building - which has been vacant for a decade - and is expected to oversee one of the city's most central office developments.

  19. Once empty homes transformed

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    More than 800 privately-owned homes which were left unoccupied have been brought back into use across Wolverhampton in the past four years.

    The city council has revealed the results of its empty property strategy, which launched in 2010, during West Midlands Private Sector Housing Week of Action which continues until Friday.

  20. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Ten years after plans were first submitted, the Dudley Central Mosque in Castle Hill is going to be replaced.

    The town's Muslim Association says building a bigger mosque will benefit the whole community.

    Listen live for more.

  21. Man critical after crash

    Birmingham Mail

    A man was left critically ill after being hit by a car in a country lane near Wolverhampton.

    He was found at the junction of Burnhill Green Road and Snowdon Road in Burnhill Green, south Staffordshire, at 17:45 yesterday.

  22. Doughnut burger criticised

    "Family friendly" pub chain Hungry Horse has been criticised for creating a burger containing 98% of a woman's recommended daily calorie intake - 1,996 calories, reports BBC Health.

    The doughnut burger

    Mel Wakeman, senior lecturer in applied physiology at Birmingham City University, said: "To me, this is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. I am no killjoy but why is this sort of food available?"

  23. Post update

    Boys, 16, detained for bus fire

    Two 16-year-old boys have been given two-year detention orders for setting fire to a bus in Birmingham.

    The bus fire

    The teenagers, who cannot be named because of their ages, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to causing arson with the intent to endanger life.

  24. 'Safe haven' shops for children

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News, West Midlands

    A scheme where shops and businesses become "havens" for young people who feel unsafe on the streets has been launched in Birmingham.

    It has been set up by the charity Citizens UK, working with the police, local schools, businesses and community groups.

  25. Hit-and-run driver jailed

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    A hit-and-run motorist has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for causing the death by dangerous driving of a 74-year-old cyclist.

    George Searle and Kile Straker

    George Searle (pictured left) was hit by Kile Straker, 24, from Wolverhampton, who was driving at about 60mph in a 40mph zone on the Stafford Road in the city.

    Straker (pictured right), who did not stop or seek help, had "under-taken" a van which had moved into the outside lane to pass Mr Searle, from Dudley.

  26. Via Twitter

    London Midland tweets: #BescotStadium Update: @arrivamidlandsW buses are also now accepting rail tickets on services between Walsall, Cannock and Rugeley TV.

  27. Post update

    Coming up on TV

    Michele Paduano

    BBC Midlands health correspondent

    I will be reporting on the resignation of Mark Newbold, the Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest in the country.

    The organisation includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic.

    We will also be reporting on the tributes paid to the men and women who lost their lives in service. Midlands Today is on BBC One at 13:30.

  28. Via Twitter

    London Midland tweets: Due to a broken down train at Duddeston, services on the Xcity and to Walsall/Rugeley may be delayed or cancelled. More info when known.

  29. News on the hour

    Victoria Bourne

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Dudley's Muslim Association says that approved plans to build a bigger mosque in the town will benefit the whole community.

    There were 370 letters of support for it, but Dudley Councillor David Caunt voted against the plans at the planning meeting last night. We will hear from him in our 13:00 bulletin.

  30. Worshipper numbers 'outgrew' mosque

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    Kurshid Ahmed, from the Dudley Muslim Association, said the number of worshippers had "outgrown" the current Castle Hill building (pictured).

    A larger plan for the Hall Street site was rejected for a second time in 2011.

    Dudley Central Mosque

    Both Dudley Council and the Dudley Muslim Association have lost decisions in the High Court over the row. Read the full story.

  31. Albion begin Berahino talks

    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    West Bromwich Albion have begun talks with Saido Berahino in a bid to extend the striker's current deal beyond 2017.

    Saido Berahino

    The 21-year-old, who has scored eight goals this season, suggested he might have to move away in order to play in the Champions League and World Cup.

  32. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    At 12:00 we hear from Kurshid Ahmed, one of the directors at the Dudley Muslim Association, who says the new mosque plan will lead to an improved site which will have benefits for everyone.

    Listen live to BBC WM for more on this and other stories.

  33. Debate around mosque plans

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    The latest plans, approved by councillors last night, include a community and training centre, sports facilities and a two-storey car park, along with a mosque containing three prayer halls.

    The proposals attracted 885 objection letters and a small number of protesters gathered outside the council house after the decision.

    Some 370 letters supported the project, claiming it would regenerate a derelict site while a 1,718-name petition was also handed in backing the plans.

  34. Dudley mosque plans approved

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    Plans to build a new mosque in Dudley were backed by local councillors at a meeting last night, in the latest twist of a saga lasting nearly 10 years.

    It means the current Dudley Central Mosque on Castle Hill will be replaced by a new one on land off Hall Street.

  35. Have your say

    Alex Homer

    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 hear what you think.

  36. Bus arsonists detained

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Two teenage boys who destroyed a bus in Sparkhill by setting it alight while people were on board have each been detained for two years.

    Bus fire in Sparkbrook

    CCTV footage of the moment the blaze took hold has now been released by West Midlands Police, which says it wants to warn other youngsters of the consequences of starting fires.

    The boys, who cannot be identified due to their ages, admitted causing arson with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing in Birmingham Crown Court.

  37. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Dudley's Muslim Association says that approved plans to build a bigger mosque in the town will benefit the whole community.

    Plans were voted through last night, meaning a new mosque to replace the outdated Dudley Central Mosque in Castle Hill can be built.

    More on this and other stories in our 11:00 bulletin.

  38. We will remember them

    Midlands Today

    Veterans, serving armed forces personnel and mourners will gather at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, at 11:00 to mark a two-minute silence in tribute to those who lost their lives in the two world wars and other military conflicts.

    Poppy cross on armed forces memorial infographic

    BBC Midlands Today will be showing tributes across the region tonight.

  39. Man jailed for cyclist hit-and-run death

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for killing a cyclist as he hit him while undertaking a van.

    Kile Straker (pictured), from Wolverhampton, collided with 74-year-old experienced cyclist George Searle in Stafford Road, leaving him with fatal injuries on 11 July last year.

    Kile Straker

    Straker, 24, from Armstrong Drive, Dunstall Park, failed to stop at the scene of the crash and the damaged car was recovered later that day at a local garage.

  40. No-one injured

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Ch Insp Dean Hatton says no-one was injured in the suspected shooting in Selly Oak.

    He adds: "The area is cordoned off while officers continue to investigate the allegation. Police are working hard to reduce disruption to the public."

    Forensics officers are searching the scene.

  41. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In our 10:00 bulletin we hear from Saidul Haque Saeed, from Citizens UK Birmingham, on why he thinks the CitySafe Havens has been created.

    Listen live to BBC WM.

  42. Man 'shot at' in Selly Oak

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I've just had more information about the police incident that has closed Warwards Lane in Selly Oak.

    Ch Insp Dean Hatton, from West Midlands Police, says: "An area of Selly Oak is closed this morning as officers continue to investigate an allegation that a man was shot at in the early hours.

    "Officers were called to Warwards Lane just before 01:15 following a 999 call by a member of the public."

  43. Plane makes emergency landing

    A Flybe flight from Birmingham to Aberdeen made an emergency landing earlier after a passenger on board fell ill, the airline said.

    The plane landed in Newcastle where the patient received medical help. It was due to continue its journey at 09:00.

  44. Video art in car park

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News

    A Birmingham car park will host a video art show in an exhibition of work in unusual urban spaces.

    Beat Streuli's New Street captures the summer atmosphere of Birmingham's streets

    The Gallan Car Park, in Hurst Street, will display images exploring everyday life, in the About Town exhibition.

  45. News on the hour

    Jay Vydelingum

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Businesses in Birmingham are teaming up with schools and the police to offer children a place to go if they do not feel safe on the streets.

    A total of 16 companies, ranging from a gym to supermarkets, have agreed to become CitySafe Havens - places where children can head to if they feel unsafe or threatened.

    More on this and other stories live on BBC WM.

  46. Drink passed between vans on M5

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News

    Footage has emerged showing the moment two vans risked a motorway crash when a drink was passed between the vehicles.

    One of the vans approaching the other vehicle from the right-hand side

    The footage filmed on the M5 southbound near J3 at Halesowen was captured by another driver using a dashboard camera.

  47. Man charged with murder and wounding

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    A 68-year-old man has been charged with murdering a woman found dead in the street.

    David Marshall, from Stoke-on-Trent, is also accused of wounding a 22-year-old man from Wolverhampton. Both victims had been stabbed, Staffordshire Police says.

    Police and tent outside dead woman's home on Cauldon Road in Stoke-on-Trent

    The woman, who was in her 20s, is thought to have been injured in a house in Cauldon Road in the Shelton area of Stoke-on-Trent.

  48. Today's forecast

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    It's a day of light showers in the West Midlands with some dry weather - but pack a brolly.

    Highs of 10C (50F) are forecast around Birmingham.

  49. Police incident shuts road

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Warwards Lane, in Selly Oak, Birmingham, is closed in both directions between the Raddlebarn road and Milner road junctions because of a police incident. Officers are directing traffic, warns BBC Travel.

    We're expecting a statement from West Midlands Police about what is happening.

  50. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I'm back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather throughout the day.

    Join in the conversation about our updates over email, Facebook or Twitter.