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  1. Updates for Monday 12 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Updates have now finished for the day, but you will be able to get the latest news, sport, travel and weather from tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Midlands Today at 18:30

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    There've been some quizzical smiles and raised eyebrows in our newsroom today over the remarks by a terror expert on American television who described Birmingham as a no-go area for non Muslims.

    There are indeed around 230,000 Muslim people in Birmingham but there nearly three quarters of a million people from other races, cultures and backgrounds.

    His remarks and the reaction here makes one of our top stories tonight on Midlands Today.

  3. BBC One at 19:30

    Inside Out

    Inside Out West Midlands returns tonight at 1930 on BBC One.

    Matt Lodge is 23 and has cystic fibrosis. He desperately needs a new set of lungs.

    Matt Lodge

    Matt allowed us to follow his search in the hope that his plight will increase organ donors.

    With just six months to live Matt is called for the third time to hospital for a lung transplant.

  4. Headteacher suspended

    BBC WM

    The headteacher at a technology college in Birmingham has been suspended after allegations he was having an affair with the colleges chair of governments when he should have been at work.

    Birmingham City Council are investigating the claims about Richard Tattersfield, the head at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury College.

    He's denied any wrong doing and described the investigation as a witch hunt.

  5. Will tourism take a hit?

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Birmingham has had a number of good tourism boosts in recent years, including being lauded by US publications as an "eclectic" destination. But how will claims on Fox News that it is a "no-go city" for non-Muslims affect its image?

    Gas Street basin

    The city has been hailed in top ten lists as a "place to go" so how might Birmingham be affected by American terrorism commentator but will the comments affect the perception of the city?

  6. #RealBrumFacts: BT Tower

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    It's an iconic part of Birmingham's skyline - The BT Tower.

    Birmingham's BT Tower

    It's in the city's Jewellery Quarter and stands 191 metres tall.

    So that's almost 13 double decker buses if they were stacked on top of each other!

    Frankly we've not had time today to do that, but with some simple maths we've worked it out on a calculator!

  7. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The Prime Minister says an American TV pundit who described Birmingham as a no go area for non-Muslims, is "a complete idiot."

    Moazzam Begg from Birmingham spent time in Guantanamo Bay says we shouldn't take the comments to seriously.

    Hear more on our top story in the news at 17:00 on BBC WM.

  8. Listen live

    Paul Franks

    Presenter, BBC WM

    The Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be giving his reaction to the comments on Fox News that the city is a no go area for non-Muslims.

    The former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg will also be speaking to me about the comments made by Steven Emerson. Hear more on BBC WM after 17:00.

  9. PM brands Emerson an 'idiot'

    The Prime Minister has branded American TV commentator Steven Emerson "a complete idiot" after branding Birmingham a "no-go" area and a "Muslim-only city".

    David Cameron told ITV News: "When I heard this I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool's Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.

    "What he should do is look at Birmingham and see what a fantastic example it is of bringing people together of different faiths, different backgrounds and actually building a world-class, brilliant city with a great and strong economy."

  10. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 16:00: Steven Emerson has said sorry to the people of Birmingham for making a terrible and inexcusable error in a statement given to BBC WM.

    He says he's giving a donation to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

  11. Villa to sign Gil?

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa are set to sign Valencia attacker Carles Gil, 22, for £3.2m in a bid to end their scoring crisis, according to the BBC Football Gossip page.

    carles gil
  12. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In our 15:00 bulletin, Birmingham City Council invites Fox News to visit the city after an American terrorism commentator described it as a Muslim-only area.

  13. Council response

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Birmingham City Council have responded to the comments by terrorism commentator Steven Emerson on Fox News in America.

    He said Birmingham is a no go area for non-muslims.

    Councillor James McKay from Birmingham City Council says: "These curious comments clearly have no foundation, and it's good to see an apology has been issued."

    He adds: "Maybe Fox News could come and visit sometime, and see for themselves what a great city we have here?"

  14. Outrage as Cadbury's owner changes Creme Egg recipe

    The Daily Telegraph

    Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate is no longer used for Creme Eggs' shell.

    Fans of the sickly-sweet fondant-filled snack may be shocked to learn, however, that the company's US owner has quietly changed the recipe.

    Kraft Foods has stopped using Cadbury's Dairy Milk for the shell, and instead is using a "standard cocoa mix chocolate."

  15. #RealBrumFacts: A-list support

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Hollywood actor Tom Hanks (pictured), Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William are among Aston Villa's supporters.

    Tom Hanks holding an Aston Villa scarf

    So if you spot David Cameron with a cup of Bovril on the Holte End, don't be surprised.

  16. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Birmingham City Council has invited Fox News to visit the city after a commentator described it as a Muslim-only area.

    You can hear more on this and today's other big stories in our 14:00 bulletin.

  17. 'Big fan' of Birmingham

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    I'm in Kings Heath speaking to people about their thoughts on Birmingham after a Fox News TV commentator said the city was "a no-go area for non Muslims".

    Shopkeeper Shabir Vanat

    Shopkeeper Shabir Vanat says: "People come to this city from all over to have our famous baltis. It's well known for that, it must be saying something about the city.

    "I am a Muslim and I've been in this shop for 29 years and I've never had one single problem. I am a big fan of Birmingham."

  18. Man jumps to escape fire

    A man had to jump out of a first floor window from a house fire in Birmingham.

    Two people were injured in the blaze on Edendale Road, in Sheldon, shortly after 01.50. Both were treated for burn injuries and the effects of smoke inhalation.

  19. Peaky Blinders


    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Did you know BBC drama Peaky Blinders isn't just filmed in Birmingham but also Liverpool and Manchester.

    For the last series at least three days of filming was in the West Midlands, including at The Black Country Living Museum.

    The other outdoor scenes took place over four months in Liverpool, in Manchester, at a secret location in the South and in rural areas with no pylons getting in the way of the cameras.

  20. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 13:00 on BBC WM: Jaguar Land Rover says it's committed to the West Midlands after announcing it's creating 1,300 new jobs.

    It's invested £1.5bn in the Lode Lane site, but the plant director Alan Volkaerts says it does have an eye elsewhere.

  21. Birmingham's religions


    BBC Trending tweets: As #FoxNewsFacts reaches over 250,000 tweets, here's some #BBCNewsFacts about Birmingham

    Birmingham's religious facts
  22. #RealBrumFacts: Romance novelist from Birmingham

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Prolific romance novelist Dame Barbara Cartland (pictured) was born in Edgbaston in 1901.

    Dame Barbara Cartland

    She died at the age of 98, having written more than 700 books, including titles such as A Dangerous Disguise and The Enchanted Moment.

    Read about the city's other interesting facts online now.

  23. Afobe close to Wolves move

    BBC Sport

    Wolves are close to signing Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe, who has scored 19 times so far this term during his season-long loan at MK Dons.

    Benik Afobe

    Boss Kenny Jackett has told BBC WM 95.6 that the club have agreed a fee for the 21-year-old striker.

    "He has a good scoring record in League One and is ready to step up to Championship football," said Jackett.

  24. #RealBrumFacts

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Today I'm looking at Birmingham's real facts as the city trends on Twitter via #FoxNewsFacts.

    Spaghetti Junction serves 18 routes and was designed to last 120 years. It's supported by more than 500 concrete columns #RealBrumFacts.

    Spaghetti Junction

    You can read about the city's other facts on BBC News now.

  25. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 12:00: Birmingham City Council has invited Fox News to visit the city after an American Terrorism commentator criticised it as being a "Muslim-only city".

  26. Card cloning thieves target Black Country shoppers

    Express and Star

    Fraudsters have targeted shoppers in a spate of card cloning incidents in a Black Country town.

    Victims said they had been contacted by their banks, who told them criminals had attempted to withdraw cash from their accounts in Pakistan.

  27. Nine real facts

    Jennifer Scott

    BBC News Online

    The claim that Birmingham was a "Muslim-only city" has baffled many of those who live here and led to a series of satirical tweets under the Twitter hashtag #FoxNewsFacts.

    Birmingham aerial view

    So what are the facts about the city that likes to position itself as England's second metropolis? Take a look on the BBC website now or look for hashtag #RealBrumFacts on our Twitter page.

  28. Wolves notch another win

    BBC Sport

    Wolves are now within a point of the Championship Play-Off places after their 1-0 win away at Blackburn yesterday.

    Dave Edwards, Wolves

    Dave Edwards' (picture) second-half strike proved enough to defeat Blackburn who remain 10th in the Championship.

  29. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 10:00 on BBC WM: More than 1,500 sign a petition set up calling for Fox New to apologise on-air after one of its guests said Birmingham was a no-go zone for non Muslims.

  30. Petition for Fox News apology

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    More than 1,300 people have signed an online petition calling for Fox News to issue an on-air apology after a journalist says Birmingham was a no go area for non Muslims.

    Online petition
  31. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 10:00 on BBC WM: Huge reaction to a petition set up calling for Fox New to apologise on air after one of its guests said Birmingham was a no go zone for non Muslims.

  32. Sugar treatment

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    Doctors in Wolverhampton are researching an ancient remedy for the treatment of leg ulcers and wounds that won't heal.

    A team at University of Wolverhampton say a traditional African remedy using ordinary sugar has proved to be an effective and cheap treatment with very rapid results.

    You can read more about the research which started last year on BBC Health.

  33. Steven Emerson: 'An apology to every resident'

    "I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry".

    Steven Emerson, the man who said Birmingham is a "Muslim-only city" issues said his comments about the city "were totally in error".

    Still from Fox News broadcast

    He adds: "I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham.

    "I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error."

    He is also making a donation to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

  34. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 09:00 on BBC WM: Hughe reaction to a petition set up calling for Fox New to apologise on air after one of its guests said Birmingham was a no go zone for non Muslims.

  35. Your reaction


    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    We shared the story about Birmingham being branded a Muslim only city on Facebook.

    Rebecca Adderley writes: Just shows how ignorant people can be and how misinformed - i think we should be proud of our diverse Birmingham i wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

    Martin Ketchup Harrison adds: Bet he has never stepped foot in brum, he might as well stay away after saying that, you're not welcome now.

    Have your say on Facebook, Twitter and email.

  36. New JLR jobs

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    Jaguar Land Rover will create 1,300 new jobs in the UK at its plant in Solihull to build Jaguar's first sports utility vehicle (SUV) model.

    Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept

    The luxury car firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, said it had chosen the UK because it was committed to building cars "crafted with that special British flair".

    Business Secretary Vince Cable hailed the decision as a "ringing endorsement" of the UK's car industry.

  37. Today's forecast

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Another windy day with gusts of 30-40mph for most and outbreaks of rain throughout.

    Charlie Slater

    Rain turning particularly heavy through the middle of the afternoon and the top temperature will be 10C (50F).

  38. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I'm in the BBC Birmingham newsroom today bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather.