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  1. Updates for Friday 30 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening.

    BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. BBC One at 18:30

    Elizabeth Glinka

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight on Midlands Today we're reporting on the serious case review into the death of Walsall teenager Kelly Button (pictured) who died after setting her room on fire.

    Walsall teenager Kelly Button

    The report makes over 50 recommendations and concludes her death could have been prevented.

    We're also hearing from a man who was carried out of a Birmingham pub by bouncers, because of health and safety concerns about his wheelchair.

  3. Sunday football

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM Sport

    On Sunday, Aston Villa head to London to take on Arsenal.

    Fortified by their Cup win over Bournemouth last week - a game that many thought they'd lose - Paul Lambert's side should be in better heart for an admittedly difficult Premier League fixture.

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

    Hear the match live on BBC WM on 95.6 FM, DAB and Freeview 722 on Sunday from 13:30.

    Elsewhere, Walsall's home League One game against Gillingham kicks off at the novel time of 18:00 on Sunday. Will this mean more Songs of Praise for the victorious Saddlers players?

  4. Tram line work resumes

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Work laying new tram tracks over "unstable and potentially dangerous" former mine workings in Wolverhampton have resumed.

    Tram line work in Wolverhampton

    Engineers have reinforced ground over the 18th Century mine workings, between Steelhouse Lane and Hospital Street, transport authority Centro said.

    Worked on the £4.5m track improvement scheme stopped in November.

  5. Saturday fixtures

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM Sport

    Wolves renew one of their more fierce rivalries tomorrow when they visit Bolton.

    For all that last weekend's goalless draw with Charlton was frustrating, it kept Wolves' unbeaten run rolling. You can hear the game live on BBC WM 95.6 FM.

    West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City both have home games at 15:00 on Saturday - both commentaries are available to DAB listeners to BBC WM.

  6. Needle attacker: 'Walked off hurriedly'

    There's more on BBC News online about a CCTV image of a man police say might have "important information" after a woman was stabbed with a needle outside Birmingham New Street.

    The 22-year-old victim had just left the station when a man walked past, stabbing her arm in Stephenson Street.

    PC Don Whyte said immediately after the attack the assailant "walked off hurriedly, leaving his victim with a small puncture wound".

  7. Wheelchair user arried

    Noel Phillips

    Journalist, BBC WM

    I'm busy editing a piece which is featuring on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.

    Troy Hitchins

    Yesterday I met Troy Hitchins. He has cerebral palsy and says he feels embarrassed after being carried down a flight of stairs in his wheelchair after a lift broke in a pub in Harbourne. He says "I didn't feel like a human being".

    The pub in question, The King's Head says its staff acted within the rules.

  8. News on the hour

    Charlotte Harriman

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 17:00 on BBC WM: A report into the death of a teenager at a children's home says it could have been avoided.

    Kelly Button (pictured) was in the care of Walsall Children's Services when she set fire to her room at the home in Shropshire.

    Kelly Button

    Robert Lake who chaired the report says: "It is possible that this young lady might be still alive today... if we had worked better together."

  9. Villa fan 'made Nazi salute'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    An Aston Villa supporting ambulance worker "made a Nazi salute" towards a German police officer at Anfield, a court's heard told.

    Jason Southall from Walsall denies making the salute when Liverpool FC hosted the Birmingham side in September.

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman says: "In accordance with Trust procedures, the individual has been suspended whilst an internal investigation into the incident takes place."

    Read more on this story on the Liverpool Echo website.

  10. Bank robber: Taxi getaway failure

    Gregory Dike (pictured) held a hunting knife to a man's neck in a branch of NatWest in Rowley Regis in April 2014.

    Gregory Dike

    Dike ran into nearby gardens after a taxi driver he'd tried to use as a getaway refused to move.

    The 38-year-old removed his boiler suit before emerging in a suit but was spotted by police officers and discovered his boiler suit, crash helmet, handcuffs, hunting knife, and two smoke bombs in a bag.

    You can watch the moment he walked into the bank on the police YouTube page.

  11. Feedback

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Local Live brings news, sport, travel and weather together in one place. What do you think of it?

  12. Bank robber jailed

    A robber who downloaded guides on "how to rob a bank" has been jailed for 11 years after carrying out raids across the country.

    Gregory Dike raiding a bank

    Gregory Dike, 38, from London carried out robberies in Leeds, Liverpool and Middlesex last year but was stopped in his tracks when he was caught fleeing from a NatWest branch in Rowley Regis.

    West Midlands Police say Dike tried to escape the robbery in a taxi he'd booked, but the driver had refused to move.

  13. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the news at 16:00 on BBC WM: Police are searching for a man who's believed to have stabbed a woman with a needle outside Birmingham New Street Station.

    CCTV of man police want to speak to

    It happened at 08:30am on Christmas Eve. British Transport Police say they are reviewing CCTV from the station.

  14. Black Country roads targeted in boy racer ban

    Express and Star

    Four routes will be targeted in a new clampdown against boy racers in Sandwell including a toy store car park.

    Councillors have linked with the other Black Country boroughs to succeed in gaining orders banning illegal car cruising and meetings.

  15. MP refused to settle libel case

    Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell refused an offer to settle his "Plebgate" libel case just two months before he lost, court papers seen by the BBC show.

    Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell

    The Tory MP could have saved at least £500,000 in legal costs had he accepted a deal from the Sun's publishers, News Group newspapers, last September.

    A judge said the ex-chief whip probably had called a policeman stationed at Downing Street's gates a "pleb".

    Mr Mitchell accepted using bad language but insists he had not used that word.

  16. Nurse found not guilty

    A nurse has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a pensioner he was treating at a Birmingham care home.

    Iris Teale, 91, who lived in the Aston Court Nursing Home near Sutton Coldfield died after a suffering a broken leg in 2011.

    Santhosh Rajan

    Her nurse Santosh Rajan (pictured) was cleared by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court this morning.

  17. Stories we're working on

    Abigail Uden

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    It's been a busy old day on Midlands today so far- we're on ice and snow watch in Stoke and Staffordshire where there have been a few commuting problems this morning.

    Our reporter Sarah Falkland has been looking at a serious case review which has been published into the death of a troubled teenager from Walsall who was moved around seven children's homes in 22-months before she set fire to her room and died from smoke inhalation

    And we're looking into the story about a Birmingham pub which has apologised after a disabled man was carried in his wheelchair, as their lift was broken and deemed a safety risk.

  18. Four men in custody after gun was thrown from car

    Halesowen News

    A gun was thrown from a car in Dudley last night during a high speed car chase through the town.

    Four men are in police custody today (Friday) after the incident in the early hours.

  19. Sinclair 'hoping to play every week'

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan deal - with a view to a permanent transfer.

    The former West Brom, Chelsea and Swansea player, 25, has struggled to break into Manuel Pellegrini's side.

    Scott Sinclair

    Sinclair told Aston Villa's official website: "It's taken a few weeks but I'm happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football.

    "It's nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward."

  20. BBC One this lunchtime

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today at the new time of 13:38 - how the death of a teenager from Walsall in a children's home, could've been avoided and how the latest snow is affecting the region, including the latest forecast from Shefali.

    Join us for the latest on Midlands Today on BBC One at the new later time of 13:38.

  21. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the news at 13:00 on BBC WM: An RAC man from Solihull says he doesn't know if he'll ever be able to go back to work after a lorry ploughed into him on the M6 last April.

  22. Churchill's funeral anniversary

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral.

    Did you know the handles on the coffin for Winston Churchill's funeral 50 years ago were made in Birmingham?

    Coffin handles

    They were made at Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

    The museum that now occupies the former coffin works is holding a special event tonight, where recordings of Churchill's famous wartime speeches, and a film of the state funeral will be shown,

  23. News on the hour

    Jo Tidman

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00 on BBC WM: A report into the death of a teenage girl being looked after by Walsall Council has found it was predictable that she would harm herself.

    We'll hear from Robert Lake who chaired the report, who says more could have been done.

  24. Serious Case Review: Recommendations

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    There are recommendations for nine different organisations including West Midlands and Shropshire as well as Walsall and Shropshire Councils and Health services.

    The report found mental health diagnosis and treatments were delayed and different organisations didn't work closely enough together.

  25. Health and the General Election

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    A survey for the BBC this week by the polling organisation Populus suggests that the health service is now the top election issue for most voters, closely followed by the economy with immigration now in third place.


    Sunday Politics Midlands, at the later time of 12:00, examines Labour's concentration on the NHS and the Conservatives 'counter attack that "you can't have a successful election without a successful economy".

  26. Not allowed online

    More details on the Serious case Review by Walsall Council into the death of a 17-year-old girl.

    It emerged she barricaded herself into a room at the home and started a fire two years ago when she was prevented from staying online late at night.

    Staff and firefighters tried to rescue her, but she couldn't be saved.

    Walsall Council, which was responsible for her care, says more consideration should have been given to putting her in secure accommodation; and details numerous occasions when assaults weren't reported.

  27. News on the hour

    Jo Tidman

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM: New research suggests our internal body clock might have a far greater impact on sporting ability than previously thought.

    Scientists at Birmingham University say it might even explain the recent success of the Spanish football team.

  28. Serious case review

    A report's been published by Walsall Council into the death of a 17-year-old girl at a children's home.

    The teenager barricaded herself in her room and started a fire at the Bryn Melyn care home in Bagley Marshin, Shropshire in 2012.

    The Serious Case Review has been carried out by the authorities in Walsall which were responsible for the girl's care.

  29. Yardley playing fields homes battle: Hundreds sign up to fight Co-op plan

    Birmingham Mail

    Residents have collected hundreds of signatures as they fight against plans to build more than 80 homes on playing fields.

    Fay Goodman, from the Yardley Residents' Protection Group, said around 630 people had signed a petition demanding the Central England Co-operative pull the plug on proposals to construct 82 homes off Barrows Lane, in Yardley.

  30. News on the hour

    Jo Tidman

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our lead story in the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: A report into the death of a teenage girl being looked after by Walsall Council has found it was predictable that she would harm herself.

  31. 'Team Thumbs-Up'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Stephen Sutton's mum says she'll be taking part in the Great Midlands Fun Run later this year, in honour of her son who registered to do it.

    Stephen Sutton

    Jane Sutton posts on Facebook "Stephen had registered to participate in this event last year and was due to wear run number 4047. I will not only be starting the event in 2015 but will also be taking part, wearing run number 4047 in memory of Stephen and raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust."

    Entries for the fun run open on Saturday and will take place on 31 May.

  32. 'Acted within the rules'

    BBC WM

    A spokesperson for a Birmingham pub says they acted within the law when bouncers carried a wheelchair user down from an upstairs floor.

    Troy Hitchins speaking to BBC WM's Noel Phillips

    Troy Hitchins (pictured right) who has cerebral palsy was at the King's Head in Harborne on Saturday night.

    Becca Underwood from the pub says she has tried to contact Troy to apologise but they acted within the rules.

  33. News on the hour

    Kath Stanczyszyn

    Reporter, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 09:00 on BBC WM: Cuts to NHS hospital budgets for specialist services and some operations will result in "avoidable deaths" - according to bosses at the QE hospital in Birmingham.

    In the bulletin we'll hear from Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, Gisela Stuart.

  34. 'Relaxed' panto staged

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    People with learning difficulties and autism are being given greater access to the arts thanks to so-called "relaxed performances".

    Birmingham Hippodrome panto

    For the second year running The Birmingham Hippodrome staged a relaxed version of it's panto where lighting and sound levels were reduced and relaxation zones set-up.

  35. Wheelchair user 'fire risk'

    Noel Phillips

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A disabled man says he was made to feel like a "piece of furniture" after he had to be carried out of a Birmingham pub in his wheelchair because of health and safety.

    Troy Hitchins carried downstairs out of a pub

    Troy Hitchins, 20, who has cerebral palsy was at the King's Head in Harborne on Saturday night.

    He'd been carried up the stairs by his friends because the lift was broken but was told by staff he couldn't stay as he was deemed a fire hazard.

  36. Hospital budget cuts

    BBC WM

    There's a warning from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham that budget cuts could lead to "avoidable" deaths.

    Inside the Queen Elizxa

    At a meeting yesterday, the hospital trust chair Jacqui Smith, said that the planned £60m worth' of savings would lead to wards closing, ending services, and making redundancies.

  37. On the roads

    BBC Travel

    There are temporary traffic lights after a manhole collapse on the A457 Sedgley Road East in Tipton.

    BBC Travel warns of delays between Dudley Road West junction and Dudley Port junction.

  38. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

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

    I'll also bring you regular weather updates as we've seen a number of snow showers over the past 24 hours across the West Midlands.