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  1. Updates for Monday 2 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Good evening

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

    We'll also have live updates ahead of the funeral and service for former Wolves chairman and owner Sir Jack Hayward.

  2. BBC One at 18:30

    Elizabeth Glinka

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We're bringing you an NHS special tonight with Mary Rhodes live from New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. We'll be taking a closer look at A&E departments, waiting times and dementia care.

    Back in the studio I'll have the rest of the day's news, including the latest on any signings made by our local football clubs before the transfer window closes later tonight.

  3. Long delays on M42

    There are still big delays on the M42 following an accident near J10, for the A5 (Tamworth), says BBC Travel.

    BBC Travel screengrab
  4. Deadline signings

    BBC Sport

    Cheltenham Town have signed Eliot Richards on an 18-month contract along, with fellow forwards Denny Johnstone and Wes Burns. Read more here.

  5. Coverage of Sir Jack's funeral

    Adam Bridge

    BBC WM

    BBC WM will have extensive coverage of Sir Jack Hayward's funeral in Wolverhampton throughout the day tomorrow.

    Wolves fans hold placards which read 'Sir Jack'

    We'll have a reporter at Molineux as fans say their goodbyes to Sir Jack as the cortege leaves the stadium. We'll follow the procession to Queen's Square and on to the church, before joining fans gathered by the big screen for the relay of the service.

    Then, after 16:00, Paul Franks will be live from Molineux as friends, family and former players gather to pay their respects and reflect on the life of Sir Jack Hayward.

  6. Revised timetable

    Chiltern Railways tweets: Due to a landslip between Leamington and Banbury we are currently running a revised timetable. See here:

  7. 'Nothing to see here'

    Nick Clitheroe

    Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    The message coming out of Aston Villa is "nothing to see here" on transfer deadline day.

    It's all quiet too at Wolves and Walsall. In fact, the biggest news so far today has been Birmingham City's steadfast refusal to sell Demarai Gray, no matter how much Bournemouth offer.

    The latest bid was £5m but the message from St Andrew's is Gray is "not for sale" - and that will be music to the ears of the fans.

  8. 'Represents the Black Country'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    "Honourable member for somewhere in Birmingham" - Liberal Democrat MP and care minister Norman Lamb got in a muddle while referencing a Conservative MP in the Commons earlier.

    Jamie Morris replied: "I think it's important to place it on the record that as the member for Halesowen and Rowley Regis I am a member that represents the Black Country in the West Midlands.

  9. Health special: Getting ready

    Nadine Towell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Here's Mary Rhodes and TV director Mel getting ready for the outside broadcast at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital.

    Sat truck outside New Cross Hospital

    The satellite truck and cameramen Toby and Joe (pictured) are busy preparing.

    See more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  10. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    A government minister has caused a bit of a stir for mixing up Birmingham with the Black Country.

    Lib Dem Norman Lamb got in a muddle in the Commons saying the Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris, was from "somewhere in Birmingham".

    Hear what happened in the news bulletin on BBC WM at 17:00.

  11. Cinema to open in Mailbox

    Rewired PR tweets: .@Everymancinema is heading to the Midlands for the first time, as it opens at @Mailboxlife on 27th February!

  12. Health special: Cruel dementia

    Giles Latcham

    Reporter, Midlands Today

    In a quiet corner sister Samantha sits down with Beryl (pictured bottom right), aged 72 and helps her unlock her memories.

    Dementia patients and a doctor who works at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton

    The number of people with dementia is expected to double by 2040. It's a cruel and incurable condition, but one staff here believe can be made more tolerable by communication and kindness.

    We'll have more on this story after I visited the dementia ward at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton, on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  13. M42 completely shut

    Highways Agency tweets: #M42 closed both directions within J10 due to an incident, Emergency services on scene. Your patience is appreciated.

  14. Underwhelming transfer day

    Nick Clitheroe

    Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    It's been a distinctly underwhelming transfer deadline day so far.

    West Bromwich Albion were expected to be very busy and they've been linked with everyone from Carlton Cole to Darren Fletcher via Rickie Lambert.

    So far though Tony Pulis has not added to his squad, but there's plenty of time for that to change. It does seem though that both Graham Dorrans and record signing Brown Ideye are on the way out.

  15. Bag snatcher jailed

    A pickpocketer with 77 convictions has been jailed after robbing pensioners just days after being released from prison.

    Margaret Johnson

    West Midlands Police says Margaret Johnson, of no fixed address, stole from a number of people including a 90-year-old woman with a walking frame.

    The 38-year-old admitted five counts of theft and was jailed for 43 weeks.

  16. Dorrans deal?

    BBC WM Sport

    tweets: #wba Samaras' move to Al Hilal is expected to go through within the next hour. Loan until end of the season with view to a permanent deal.

    We believe West bromwich Albion have agreed a fee of £4m with Norwich City for Graham Dorrans. He's currently undergoing a medical at Carrow Road.

  17. Incident on M42

    Highways Agency tweets: #M42, Blocked N/bound within J10 due to an incident, 1 lane is closed S/bound, Emergency services are at the scene, Bear with us, Thanks.

  18. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    We'll have the latest news from Birmingham and the Black Country in the bulletin shortly on BBC WM.

    Plus, hear the latest from our sports reporter Mike Taylor who is out and about as it's transfer deadline day.

  19. M42 northbound blocked

    The M42 northbound is currently blocked between J9, for the M6 Toll, and J10, for the A5 (Tamworth), reports BBC Travel.

  20. Ex-UKIP MEP denies money laundering

    Former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and misconduct in public office.

    Nikki Sinclaire

    The 46-year-old, who represented the West Midlands for UKIP then as an independent, denied the charges at Birmingham Crown Court.

    She is accused of committing the offences between 1 October 2009 and 31 July 2010. The case was adjourned and Ms Sinclaire was bailed to reappear for trial on 19 October.

  21. Health special: Live from Wolverhampton

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    I'm in the office getting ready for tonight's outside broadcast.

    At 18:30 I'll be live at New Cross hospital in Wolverhampton, where we'll be taking the temperature of the NHS in the West Midlands. Here's some of the areas we're looking into:

    • On Friday we spent a night in A&E looking at the challenges facing staff
    • We're talking to a GP about whether 24 hour surgeries are realistic
    • And we'll look at bed blocking, as well as examining the role of social care
    • With an increasing ageing population, how do we care for patients with dementia?
  22. Road reopens after stuck lorry moved

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    An update on the lorry stuck under a bridge in Birmingham.

    Dale End, near Priory Circus Queensway, is now open again after being checked for structural damage.

    Police say the vehicle has now been removed.

  23. The face of new ad campaign

    BBC WM

    A Solihull grandfather who beat prostate cancer has become the face of a new Cancer Research UK ad campaign.

    Vinod Malhotra

    Vinod Malhotra will appear on posters on bus shelters and outside shopping centres from today to encourage more people to take part in clinical trials.

  24. Watch: Bionic breakthrough

    A former Royal Marine from Rowley Regis is hoping his life will be improved by some groundbreaking technology.

    Man with bionic hand

    Dom Lovett is paralysed from the chest down with very limited movement in his arms.

    See what happened when he met a British pioneer and his team who are leading the world in the field of specialist prosthetics for quadriplegics.

  25. Blues reject Gray deal

    BBC WM Sport

    tweets: Birmingham City have rejected a £5m bid from Bournemouth for Demarai Gray. The club have reiterated he's not for sale. #BCFC #Blues

  26. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the 14:00 news bulletin: The former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire has appeared in court today and pleaded not guilty to one count of misconduct in a public office and one of money laundering.

  27. Health special: Caring for dementia patients

    Giles Latcham

    Reporter, Midlands Today

    As part of Midlands Today's health special, I'm reporting on the medics at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital who've created a ward dedicated to pioneering ways of looking after elderly patients with dementia.

    Doctor speaking about dementia to a patient
  28. BBC One at 13:38

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    We'll have the latest live from the site of a landslip that could delay some train services to and from Birmingham for a week.

    Plus there's more on how New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton is leading the way in caring for patients with dementia.

    These stories and more on BBC One shortly.

  29. The wedged lorry

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Here's the lorry which is stuck under a bridge on Priory Circus Queensway, in Birmingham.

    Lorry wedged under bridge in Birmingham

    @CPPhoto tweeted this image as people attempted to remove it from the road.

  30. Lorry stuck under bridge

    Brum Response tweets: Priory Circus Queensway will be closed for the time being due to a lorry becoming stuck under a bridge in Dale End.

  31. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    In the news at 13:00: The former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire has appeared in court today.

    She pleaded not guilty to one count misconduct in public offence and one of money laundering.

    Hear more on this story and others in the news bulletin shortly on BBC WM.

  32. Dozens of sex offenders breach orders

    Inside Out

    Read more on BBC News about dozens of sex offenders across the West Midlands who have breached court orders designed to protect the public from harm.

    According to figures obtained by the BBC, there were 97 breaches of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders in the West Midlands in 2013-14.

    Experts say the system, which was introduced in 2003, is open to abuse by offenders and "confusing" for victims.

  33. Health special: Outside broadcast

    Nadine Towell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    I'm producing the outside broadcast from Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital later, fronted by Mary Rhodes.

    New Cross Hospital

    We've got reporters across the area getting ready tonight and we're going to be speaking live to a number of people, including the hospital's chief executive David Loughton.

    We'll also be speaking to Bernadette Garrihy, the region's representative with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and Dr Jonathan Leach, from the Royal College of GPs, about the pressure on A&E departments and the wider service.

  34. No emergency call due to 'flat battery'

    Express and Star

    A prison officer who found an inmate hanging in his cell was not able to make an emergency call on his radio because the battery had run out, an inquest heard.

  35. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00 on BBC WM: The family of a Lichfield man who's been fighting to get his heavily pregnant wife a UK visa say they're hopeful an end is in sight.

  36. Johnstone joins Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    Striker Denny Johnstone has joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Birmingham City until the end of the season.

    Denny Johnstone

    The 20-year-old was expected to stay with Conference side Macclesfield, where he has been on loan since November, but has now moved to the League Two Robins instead.

  37. Health special: Adult social care

    Michele Paduano

    BBC Midlands health correspondent

    I've been with Sandwell Council looking at what it does in its adult social care team.

    People I've spoken to include an elderly stroke patient who has been in hospital for nine weeks, as well as social workers.

    I've been looking at the difficulties faced when doing more with less - with new ways of working.

  38. 'Loss of public confidence'

    The MP for Meriden says she and local residents are unhappy with flight path changes around Birmingham Airport and there's "a loss of public confidence".

    Caroline Spelman says: "The aircraft are finding it difficult to stick to the track they're supposed to be trialling."

    She says she's been told by the airport it is looking at options to minimise noise, but adds: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

  39. Your photos: Birmingham sunrise

    Tweet @bbcwm

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    There was a colourful sunrise over Birmingham this morning. I saw it as I headed into work. Damien Walmsley tweeted a selection of photos in the city centre.

    Sunrise over Birmingham

    Remember, if you've taken any photos while around Birmingham and the Black Country - share them with us on Facebook, email or Twitter.

  40. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Councillors in Dudley will hear about plans to protect pubs from being turned into supermarkets.

    Hear more on this story and others in the news bulletin on BBC WM shortly.

  41. M54 eastbound reopens

    Highways Agency tweets: #Staffordshire We've re-opened the #M54 eastbound at J1, but queuing traffic is back to J2. It'll take a little while for delays to ease.

  42. Health special on Midlands Today

    Hilary McConnell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    We're taking a health check of the NHS this evening in a special programme from New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

    Nurses at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

    We'll be finding out why some accident and emergency units are coping better than others with the increasing pressure on their service.

    And as bed blocking increases, we're also spending the day with adult social workers as they try to sort care packages for elderly patients.

  43. M54 eastbound shut

    Highways Agency tweets: #Staffordshire The #M54 eastbound is closed between J1 and the #M6 while @CMPG deal with an incident. Traffic is being diverted off at J1.

  44. 'Prepare for train disruption'

    Read more on BBC News about passengers experiencing disruption after a major landslip blocked the railway line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.


    Thomas Ableman, spokesman for Chiltern Railways, says the line will be open at the earliest next Monday, but advises anyone with travel plans for next week to prepare for the line to remain closed.

  45. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: The deputy chair of the West Midlands Police Federation says the idea of giving all officers Tasers is not much different to when CS spray was brought in.

    The calls to give Tasers to officers have come in response to the increased terror threat.

  46. Airport flight path debate

    MPs will debate the impact of changes to flight paths at Birmingham Airport, following months of arguments between residents living nearby.

    Airport bosses have been trialling different flight paths since extending the runway to allow for more long-haul flights.

    Caroline Spelman

    Conservative MP for Meriden Caroline Spelman is due to speak in the House of Commons from 14:30.

  47. Residents take over pool

    Birmingham Mail

    A Birmingham community has taken over their local swimming pool management in a bid to save it from closure.

    The Castle Vale swimming pool was at risk of being shut with Birmingham City Council admitting it can no longer afford to keep it running.

  48. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00 on BBC WM: MPs will debate the impact of changes to flight paths at Birmingham Airport today, after months of arguments between residents living nearby about who will be worst affected by noise pollution.

  49. High Court compensation sought

    BBC WM

    A man from the West Midlands who spent 17 years in prison before a sex crime conviction was overturned is going to the High Court to try to get compensation.

    Victor Nealon

    Victor Nealon, now aged 53, was convicted of attacking a woman outside a nightclub in Redditch in 1996.

    DNA evidence used in the conviction against the Redditch man was found to be unsound in 2013.

  50. Sex offender orders breached

    Inside Out

    An investigation has found there were more than 800 breaches of so-called sex offender orders last year across the country.

    In the whole of the West Midlands region, 97 orders were breached.

    You can see more on this on the programme on BBC One tonight at 19:30.

  51. Accident on M6

    An accident has led to a lane closure on the M6 southbound between J7, for Great Barr, and J6, at Spaghetti Junction.

    There's also a lane shut northbound because of an obstruction in the road, reports BBC Travel.

  52. Monday forecast

    The day has started very cold with a widespread frost and isolated icy patches.

    Monday morning forecast

    It will remain dry through the day with some sunny spells, although cloud will tend to increase as the day goes on. Winds will be light, with a low of 4C (39F).

  53. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

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