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  1. Updates for Wednesday 10 December 2014
  2. News, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday,

  2. Terror arrest update

    West Midlands Police tweets: BREAKING NEWS: 31-year-old eliminated from police enquiries following inquiry into threats to police officers.

  3. Overnight showers

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today Weather

    We've been feeling the ripple effects of the weather bomb that has been moving across the north of the UK but the winds are now tending to ease.

    Screen grab of Shefali Oza weather report

    This evening we'll see a few showers rattling in from the west and those will continue into Thursday with a minimum overnight temperature of 3C (37F).

  4. Coming up on TV

    Sian Lloyd

    Correspondent, BBC News, Midlands Bureau

    I've been reporting for Midlands Today from Norway on the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Malala Yousafzai in Oslo

    Midlands Today will also be looking at the enormous impact Malala Yousafzai has made in such a short time.

    The Birmingham-based education activist collected the award with fellow winner Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony in Oslo earlier.

    Tune into BBC One at 18:30.

  5. Library opening hours

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I was just out walking past the Library of Birmingham and heard the leader of a photography course outside say: "Isn't it great how it looks open at this time with the lights on."

    Photographers outside Library of Birmingham

    It struck me as a bit ironic given the announcement of the proposal to cut opening hours today. Read more about the planned cuts to the library here.

  6. Problems on the roads

    There is severe disruption on the M42 Northbound between junction 6 and junction 7 because of debris on the road earlier, BBC Travel reports.

  7. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    We will hear from the Conservative opposition leader on Birmingham City Council, Robert Alden, with his reaction to the cuts announced earlier today.

    More on this and other stories in our 17:00 bulletin.

  8. Toddler bean death

    Express and Star

    An 18-month-old boy died six days after a black-eyed bean become lodged in his right lung, an inquest hears.

  9. Eyes on Coventry

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Could Coventry be on the verge of joining Birmingham and the Black Country as part of a single combined authority?

    Man of the Midlands

    When I attended a regional business debate involving firms, academic and political leaders, the majority believed the city should join up with its West Midlands neighbours.

    Read more about the debate and what effect this could have on devolution in England here.

  10. 'Mock execution' jail terms

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Three men have been jailed after holding a young family at gunpoint and staging a mock execution to scare them into handing over cash and jewellery.

    Anthony Campbell, Isa Rahman and John Woodfield, pictured here from left to right

    Anthony Campbell, Isa Rahman and John Woodfield, pictured here from left to right, broke into an address in Wyrley Way, Erdington, in the early hours of 13 June brandishing a pistol and sawn-off shotgun before tying up the family and threatening to shoot them - including two children.

  11. Woakes wonder

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire's Chris Woakes took 6-47 for England in the fifth One Day International to help dismiss Sri Lanka for 239. Live commentary is here.

    Chris Woakes
  12. Mother denies methadone killing

    Tom Richardson

    BBC News Online

    A Birmingham mother has denied killing her two-year-old son through methadone poisoning.

    Fenton Hogan was found collapsed at his home in Cotswold Close, Frankley

    Kelly Emery, 32, pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Fenton Hogan, who was found collapsed at his home in Cotswold Close (pictured), Frankley, in July last year.

  13. Event subsidies to go

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    The Birmingham City Council budget proposals include removing subsidies from all community events, including:

    • Fireworks spectacular, New Year's Eve
    • St George's Day outdoor event
    • Holocaust Memorial Day
    • Trafalgar Day
    • Eid Mela
    • Christmas Parade
    • Armed Forces Day
    • Birmingham Carnival
    • Diwali
    • Vaisakhi
    • Chinese New Year
    • St Patrick's Day
    • Pride
    • The Road Relay championships
  14. How to program Mars Rover

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    One of the video tutorials has told us the applications of coding, including programming the Mars Rover to navigate around the planet independently.

    On a smaller scale, the same principles allow you to navigate a sphere with a robotic gyroscope inside, around this MDF maze.

  15. 'Cowardly' bus attack appeal

    This is the man police want to speak to following a "cowardly attack" on an elderly man on a bus.

    The 78-year-old got on the 11C bus on Wellington Road, in Aston, at about 18:45 on 17 October and − due to his arthritis − went to sit on one of the raised seats towards the back of the bus.

    The man police want to speak to

    A younger man (pictured) refused to move, forcing the gentleman to stand - before he punched him once to the face before getting off the bus at the job centre.

  16. Hour of coding

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I've been taking part in an hour of coding as part of an international initiative to introduce people to how it works.

    People at coding event

    I've learnt the basic‎ principles of writing code by watching video tutorials including a presentation by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) explaining concepts I've then played out through instructing characters in a game of Angry Birds.

    The aim is to get 100 million people to have a go for an hour to plug the looming skills shortage in the coding sector.

  17. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    A total of 6,000 more jobs will be lost at Birmingham City Council by 2018.

    We'll bring you the details in our 15:00 bulletin.

  18. Malala's diary

    Matthew Eltringham, from the BBC's College of Journalism, tweets: As #Malala receives her Nobel Prize, here's her diary for the BBC as an unnamed schoolgirl from Swat in 2009

  19. Smith explains Walsall's comeback

    BBC WM

    Manager Dean Smith spoke to us about Walsall's remarkable comeback win, after penalties, at Tranmere in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as they continued on the road to Wembley.

    Dean Smith

    "After five or six minutes of the second half we had to go for it, we went to 4/3/3 and it worked for us," he said.

  20. Union view on cuts

    Unison regional secretary Ravi Subramanian said Birmingham City Council "was not to blame" for the position in which it found itself.

    He said the previous administration had failed to deal with the Equal Pay bill and the other major factor was the reduction in government grant.

    He added: "People will be spending Christmas wondering if they have a job to come back to."

  21. 'Three times worse off'

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Sir Albert Bore, Labour leader of Birmingham City Council, says the cut in government grant means a 5.7% reduction on spending power for the city, which is three times the average of 2% among most councils.

  22. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    By 2018 the number of people working for Birmingham City Council will have fallen by 13,000 compared to 2010.

    We'll hear from its Labour leader Sir Albert Bore in our 14:00 bulletin.

  23. Car key burglar jailed

    Express and Star

    A prolific burglar has been locked up for four years after escaping with thousands of pounds worth of cash and property during break-ins at three more homes.

  24. Police 'not revealing where they are'

    Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams for Wellington and Telford in Shropshire have tweeted: "Due to the current increased threat to the Police, officers will no longer be able to post updates of where they are, whilst on patrol."

    It comes in the wake of the arrest of a 31-year-old man after a reported threat to kidnap and kill a serving West Midlands Police officer.

    West Midlands and West Mercia police forces both said officers had not been forbidden from revealing their locations, but had been advised to "remain vigilant".

  25. Malala accepts peace prize

    Malala Yousafzai has thanked her family and teachers as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

    Malala Yousafzai

    The 17-year-old, who lives in Birmingham, has been jointly awarded the prize alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.

  26. Coming up on TV

    Satnam Rana

    Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Coming up on Midlands Today, how Malala Yousafzai's campaign for education is boosting literacy levels in one Birmingham School.

    I've been to Nelson Primary in Ladywood where pupils have been inspired by the Pakistan school girl who is now a student in the city. Tune into BBC One at 13:30 for more on this.

  27. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    At 13:00: Sir Albert Bore, Labour leader of Birmingham City Council, says he has "no choice" but to move forward with savings plans including 1,100 job losses.

    Listen live here.

  28. Your Views

    Tweets us @bbcwm

    A few people are getting in touch about our story that the former Central Library will be demolished in January.

    Julie Futcher tweets: "sometimes I think we only want the pretty things and overlook the beautiful!"

    Nik Profitt meanwhile tweets: "#bhamcuts how much money could have been paid from Birmingham's debt and jobs saved if the un-needed new library hadn't been built!,"

  29. Malala becomes Nobel laureate

    Malala Yousafzai has been awarded her Nobel Peace Prize at a service in Oslo alongside joint winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner.

    Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi receive their awards
  30. Watch: 'I want to serve my country'

    Stephen Sackur


    Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai told the BBC: "If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister then I would definitely choose that."

    Malala Yousafzai

    The 17 year-old, who goes to school in Birmingham, was speaking ahead of becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

  31. Aerosmith surprise

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    tweets: Watching #MalalaYousafzai get the #NobelPeacePrize & spotted #steventyler off #Aerosmitih in the audience. What's he won?

  32. Where cuts are being made

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    My BBC colleague David Lumb is poring through the report which spells out which services Birmingham council plans to cut. Find out more by following him on Twitter.

    Screengrab of tweets
  33. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the 12:00 news bulletin: It cost £189m and only opened 15 months ago - but the Library of Birmingham's already having its opening hours cut.

  34. 'Toughest budget'

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Sir Albert Bore said it was "as tough a budget" as he'd dealt with. "This is the consequence of cuts, we will be doing less.

    Sir Albert Bore

    "We have been saying this for several years."

  35. Amazing night for Saddlers

    Daz Hale

    Presenter, BBC WM

    It was an amazing night for Walsall Football Club last night.

    The Saddlers kept their dream of a first trip to Wembley in their 127-year history alive in the most dramatic way.

    They came from behind at Tranmere to take the game to 2-2 before they won on penalties 5-4.

  36. Library cuts 'not embarrassing'

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Penny Holbrook, council cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, said: "I don't think the Library of Birmingham cuts are embarrassing.

    Library of Birmingham

    "I think it's really, really sad and deeply distressing, but there is no service that will remain untouched given the scale of government cuts we are facing."

  37. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    At 11:00 we will hear from the organiser of the Pride festival after news Birmingham City Council plans to cut its subsidy.

    Listen live to our bulletin.

  38. Never a good time

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    There would never be a good time to announce 100 jobs out of 188 are going at the Library of Birmingham.

    We normally hear budget proposals around this time of year.

    But the fact the news comes on the same day education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who opened the £189m facility, is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize seems a very unfortunate coincidence.

  39. Cuts to city events

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Birmingham's budget proposals for 2015/16 also include a plan to stop funding the city's celebrations for Pride, St Patrick's Day, Handsworth Carnival and Vaisakhi.

    The budget proposals paper
  40. More than half of library jobs to go

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Birmingham City Council needs to save £362m by 2018, which will see 6,000 jobs go - 1,100 in the next year.

    That includes 100 at the Library of Birmingham, where there are 188 staff at the moment.

  41. Former library's chapter closes

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News

    Birmingham City Council has confirmed the demolition of the old Central Library is to start in January.

    A spokesman says the first stage is "stripping out" the internal structure.

    Birmingham Central Library

    Demolition of the external part of the library will follow and is planned to start in February.

  42. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Birmingham City Council's just confirmed it needs to cut 6,000 jobs by 2018 because it says it's not getting enough money from the government.

    A total of 100 are going at the new Library of Birmingham which only opened last September and the opening hours are going down from 73 hours a week to 40.

    More on this and other stories in our bulletin at 10:00.

  43. Concern grows for missing teen

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Concerns are growing for the welfare of a Brierley Hill teenager who has been missing since Saturday.

    Faye Fellows, aged 15, was last seen leaving her home in Lancaster Road to go to the Merry Hill shopping centre with a friend on Saturday at 11:00.

    Faye Fellows

    Police are urgently appealing for sightings or information.

  44. Brummies' place confirmed

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham Brummies will compete in the National League - British speedway's third tier - next season.


    Their application was accepted at the league's AGM on Tuesday.

  45. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The shadow policing minister has told us that West Midlands Police officers shouldn't be armed despite a reported threat to kill them.

    More on this in our 09:00 bulletin.

  46. Murder inquiry police identify woman

    Jennifer Scott

    BBC News

    A woman found dead at a home in Birmingham has been named by police as Andrea Carr.

    Andrea Carr

    The 23-year-old's body was found when officers were called to a property in Nechells Park Road on Thursday. A murder inquiry has begun.

  47. Primary school closed again

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News

    A Smethwick primary school is closed for a second day due to smoke from a fire at an industrial unit.

    Smethwick fire

    Wattville Primary School is shut again as the fire service says there are still hotspots burning after the fire on the Middlemore Industrial Estate which broke out a week ago.

  48. Malala's political dream

    Gary Kitchener

    BBC News

    Education activist Malala Yousafzai, who now lives in Birmingham, has told the BBC she hopes to pursue a career in politics.

    Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai speaks in Birmingham after winning the Nobel Peace Prize - 10 October 2014

    Speaking ahead of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, she said she may even aspire to be prime minister of Pakistan once she has completed her studies in the UK.

  49. Today's forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    It will be a very cold feeling day with some sunny intervals and occasional squally showers, occasionally heavy with a risk of hail. Winds will be strong.

    The maximum temperature will be 6C (43F). More about the outlook for the next few days is here.

  50. Crash causes M6 delays

    There are delays and two lanes are closed on the M6 northbound before J5, for the A452 in Castle Bromwich, because of a crash involving two cars and a lorry.

    Congestion is back to J4a, for the M42, warns BBC Travel.

  51. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    It's feeling milder today in Birmingham - thankfully.

    I'm back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Get in touch with us during the day about our updates over email, Twitter or Facebook.