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Summary

  1. Parking sit-in man to challenge fine
  2. Man charged after thefts at crematorium
  3. Updates on Wednesday 24 December 2014

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Happy Christmas!

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Whatever you're getting up to on Christmas Day, myself and the BBC Local Live team wish you all the best.

    BBC Local Live will be back with the latest for Birmingham and the Black Country from 08:00 on Monday 29 December.

  2. Socks and chocs

    Midlands Today

    A charity set up by a Birmingham policeman's delivering 15,000 pairs of socks to homeless people across the country this Christmas.

    Socks and chocolates ready to be given to the homeless

    The gifts have now been packed up and sent out.

    PC Ian Northcott, known as the busking bobby, says he knows they won't change the world but hopes they can change someone's world.

  3. Boxing Day football

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    Aston Villa will welcome back Tom Cleverley and Alan Hutton after suspension as they head to Swansea on Boxing Day - that is match you can hear live on BBC WM 95.6 FM. Paul Lambert's side look to build on last weekend's draw at home to Manchester United.

    Alan Irvine needs his team to bounce back from Saturday's heart-breaking defeat at QPR, but next up for West Bromwich Albion are the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. BBC WM's live coverage from the Hawthorns is on DAB in the Black Country and Freeview channel 722.

  4. Where's Santa?

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    This morning I did say we'd be keeping track of where is Santa (as well as the latest news, sport, travel and weather of course!)

    NoradSanta website

    According to NoradSanta website he's busy flying over the Pacific Ocean.

  5. Campaign to promote NHS

    Amy Cole

    Reporter, Midlands Today

    A Midlands hospital consultant is organising a nationwide campaign to promote the hard work done by NHS staff this Christmas - using the power of social media.

    Dr Steve Smith

    Dr Steve Smith (pictured) believes the NHS is falling victim to bad publicity, so he's encouraging staff and patients to share positive stories and photos online, to in his words: "big up the NHS".

    Watch Peter Wilson's report online now.

  6. Blues players visit ward

    Heart of England tweets: Read about how @bcfc brought some festive cheer to the childrens unit at Heartlands Hospital. bit.ly/1zVaZLl

  7. Aston Villa manager Lambert to hold Cleverley talks

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is to hold talks with on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley about his future.

    Tom Cleverley

    Villa have an option to buy the 25-year-old England international (pictured right) in January, with his Manchester United contract due to run out in July.

  8. Rail services disrupted

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    A number of rail routes will be closed for improvement works from this evening.

    Wolverhampton railway station

    The line between Wolverhampton and Stafford is closed until Sunday, as well as the one between Stafford and Crewe. See the alterations online.

    Network Rail is advising people to check before they travel.

  9. Have your say

    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 find out what you think.

  10. Rowett on talent

    BBC WM Sport

    Blues manager Gary Rowett says he's got a list of 30 players he's watching over the next couple of months.

    He says he's also keep an eye on Graeme Shinnie, the younger brother of Birmingham City player Andy. Read more on the club website.

  11. Parking sit-in man: 'I will challenge fine'

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A 34-year-old man who spent much of yesterday sitting in his car on top of a tow truck in Birmingham yesterday says he's going to challenge his parking fine.

    Car on tow truck

    The stand-off happened after Matthew Sanders from Macclesfield was caught illegally parking in a disabled bay on Bennetts Hill.

    He got in the car to stop it being towed away and eventually got out last night when his car was released.

  12. Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

    Pete Morgan

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Birmingham Community Gospel Choir joined me in the studio this morning to sing a few Christmas songs.

    Birmingham Community Gospel Choir singing at BBC WM

    If you missed it you can watch one of their stunning performances in the studio on our Facebook page.

  13. Man charged over crematorium thefts

    A man has been charged after ornaments were stolen from memorials at a crematorium near Wolverhampton, police say.

  14. Happy Christmas Eve!

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country - as well as looking out for Santa!

    If you'd like to get in touch with the BBC Local Live team today - email or tweet @BBCWM