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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Today's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Tonight's weather

    Any isolated sleet or snow showers will soon ease, this evening to leave a cold and dry night.

    A widespread frost is likely to develop with the risk of isolated icy patches where any surfaces remain damp.

  3. Rock star pays his respects

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant was among the well-known faces paying tribute to Sir Jack Hayward at his funeral.

    Robert Plant

    His eulogy was relayed back to crowds watching on a big screen in Wolverhampton's Queen Square.

  4. New Lord Mayor

    Birmingham Mail

    Birmingham Lord Mayor: Coun Ray Hassall to become First Citizen in May.

  5. 'Not enough officers'

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC West Midlands political reporter

    West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says the force no longer has enough officers to deliver non-emergency policing, when the force is required to help police large public order events elsewhere.

    David Jamieson is calling on the government to provide an extra £43m a year he says the force should be getting.

    I'll have more on BBC WM and Midlands Today from 18:30.

  6. BBC One at 18:30

    Elizabeth Glinka

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight Nick Owen will be broadcasting live from Molineux following the funeral of former Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward.

    We'll be hearing reaction to the day's events and speaking to club legend Steve Bull amongst others.

    Meanwhile, I'll be in the studio bringing you the rest of the day's news from across the region including the continued disruption to the Chiltern line - following a major landslip on rail tracks in Warwickshire.

  7. Wolves says 'thank you'

    Wolves tweets: Whether you were at the church, lining the streets, watching in queens sq or following on twitter THANK YOU. #SirJack would have been proud

  8. Patriotic Jack

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Speaking at Sir Jack Hayward's funeral service Wolves vice-President Rachael Heyhoe Flint said: "He only drove British cars. He was chuffed Jaguar Land Rover was based just down the road at i54.

    "He'd say there's nothing wrong with being proud of your country. He asked me to check what tyres the Queen had when she visited once."

  9. Sick horse left to die

    A severely diseased and starving horse was left to die on land in Tipton.

    The ill horse had been deliberately led to a patch near The Cracker and left alone without food, water or shelter.

    Sandwell Council said public health could have been put at risk as the animal was found to have severe worm damage, caused by neglect and failure to worm correctly.

  10. Landslip on Chiltern Line

    The Chiltern Line is expected to remain shut for "several weeks" after a landslide at Harbury Tunnel on Saturday.

    Aerial view of the landslide

    Network Rail said the land was still moving and the area was simply too dangerous to carry out repairs at the moment.

    Instead, remote sensors have been set up to monitor the bank.

  11. Cold and dry

    Any isolated sleet or snow showers will soon ease this evening to leave a cold and dry night.

    Sara Blizzard

    A widespread frost is likely to develop, locally severe, with the risk of isolated icy patches where any surfaces remain damp. Low of -3C (27F).

  12. 'A great Wulfrunian'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Roger Newton is Wolverhampton born and bred but although he's not been to a match for a while he said he wanted to come down and pay his respects.

    Roger Newton

    He said: "The weather is right and it's very impressive. People are showing the proper respect.

    "He was a great Wulfrunian. Wolverhampton hasn't got many heroes but he was one."

  13. M42 lane closed

    One lane is closed and there's heavy traffic on the M42 northbound between J5, A451 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle, BBC Travel News reports.

  14. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Thousands of people have lined the streets of Wolverhampton for the funeral of former Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward.

    Hear the latest in our 17:00 bulletin.

  15. Erdington burglaries

    The Sutton Coldfield Observer warns Erdington residents after two burglaries in two weeks.

  16. Service 'lasted 90 minutes'

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Sir Jack sold the club to Steve Morgan for £10 in 2007 and the current Wolves chairman has been speaking to Paul Franks on BBC WM.

    He said: "Fittingly the service lasted exactly 90 minutes and Sir Jack must have organised that."

  17. 'I'm grateful'

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    Sir Jack speaking about his investment at the club after selling it in 2007 for £10.

    "I always say this. Every fan if they had been given my opportunities in life, my good luck, my good fortune - and believe me I have been lucky - would have done the same.

    Sir Jack Hayward

    "They would have rebuilt the stadium, they would have taken the helm and would have ploughed their money in.

    "I've only done what every fan would do. I really mean that. I'm grateful I could do it."

  18. Sir Jack's lasting legacy

    Ben Sidwell

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Sir Jack Hayward was known to many for being a philanthropist. He gave money so Lundy Island remains in the British Isles, as well as backing smaller projects including money to build a sports hall in Staffordshire.

    Ben Sidwell editing a TV package

    I've been speaking to people about Sir Jack's lasting legacy and what he did outside of football.

    I'm editing a piece which will run on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

  19. Drivetime on BBC WM

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Paul Franks is live from Molineux following the funeral of former Wolves chairman Sir Jack Hayward (pictured) today.

    Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward

    Franksy will be talking to fans and legends of the club on a day when the city has said goodbye to one of his most loved sons. Hear more on BBC WM between now and 18:00.

  20. 'Did a lot for the city'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    I've been in Queen Square speaking to people as they gathered to watch the service on the big screen.

    Barbara Pickering from Wolverhampton said it was important to come down here today because Sir Jack had done a lot for Wolves and for the city.

    Barbara Pickering from Wolverhampton

    She said: "We all know he had a lot of money but he didn't just sit on it he did a lot with it. There's a lot of respect for him here today and I think that's rare in this day an age."

  21. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 16:00 on BBC WM: Thousands of people have gathered in Wolverhampton today, for the funeral of former Wolves chairman Sir Jack Hayward.

    We'll have more from our reporter Rob Gurney who has been in Wolverhampton.

  22. 'No Wolves without you'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    We've been asking you to share your memories of Sir Jack Hayward.

    Pauline Corbett posts on Facebook: RIP Sir Jack, thank you is not enough for what you did for the Wolves, there would be no Wolves without you. Will be there today bless you.

    Kevin Howes adds: R.I.P. Sir Jack. You have done us proud throughout your life. Pity I cannot make it today but I will be with you in spirit

  23. 'Naughty school boy'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Wolves vice-president Rachael Heyhoe Flint addressed the crowds and said Sir Jack paid £500,000 to save the last Vulcan Bomber - to keep it flying. He also helped Joanna Lumley and her Gurkha campaign by paying to set up their website.

    She said: "He reminds me of a naughty school boy. He loved to play tricks too. He would always try and trick me with his Black Country accent - but it was a bit too posh."

  24. Service concludes

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The funeral service of Sir Jack Hayward at St Peter's Collegiate Church has just concluded with the Last Post being played.

    There was a spontaneous applause by the crowds as his coffin was brought outside.

  25. Black and gold

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Amazing scenes across Wolverhampton today as thousands of supporters gathered in the city for the funeral of Sir Jack Hayward.

    Wolves fans in the city centre

    The city was a-wash with black and gold as fans donned their shirts and waved club flags proudly.

    People of all ages lined the route as the coffin of the former chairman passed.

  26. 'Soft landing'

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint gave a touching and humorous eulogy. She said Sir Jack never had a mobile phone or knew how to open a laptop.

    Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint speaking at Sir Jack's funeral

    One of Sir Jack's sons addressed the crowd. He said: "Could I first of all thank you all so much for being here today especially the wonderful people outside who've come to say goodbye to dad.

    "Can I also thank the RAF pallbearers who've delivered dad safely and with a soft landing."

  27. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 15:00 on BBC WM: More than 600 people are inside St Peter's Collegiate Church in the city were Sir Jack is being laid to rest.

    Hear more on our top story in the bulletin shortly.

  28. 'Feeling chilly'

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    We're seeing quite a bit of sunshine after a cloudy morning.

    Sara Blizzard

    It really does feel cold outside with a high of 5C (41F).

    For the latest forecast visit BBC Weather or follow the team on Twitter.

  29. It is a time for family"

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    The service is now underway. It was opened by the Reverend David Wright who is leading the memorial.

    He said: "It is a time for a family, for a club, for a city to pause and to pay tribute. To say goodbye but also to say thank you"

  30. Crowds silent

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Crowds are quiet in Queen Square in Wolverhampton as they watch the service of Sir Jack Hayward on a big screen in the city centre.

    Crowds gather in Queen Square, Wolverahmpton

    Thousands of people have gathered throughout the city to pay their respects.

  31. 'Fantastic genuine man'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    Robert Kostur who has supported Wolves for about 11 years, despite only living in the city for past seven years says Sir Jack was a genuine man who will be missed.

    Wolves fan Robert Kostur

    The 22-year-old says: "The closest I came to meeting him was in a local shop. He was parked across the road and he gave me a little wave and thumbs up, as he does.

    "And that's just how he was. Just a fantastic genuine man. Wolverhampton has lost a true great. He spoke to you whoever you were, not like many other football chairmen."

  32. Order of service

    Sir Jack's service takes place at St Peter's Collegiate Church at 14:00.

    The order of service leads with a quote from Rudyard Kipling's "The Explorer". It starts "There's no sense in going further - it's the edge of cultivation".

    Order of service for the funeral of Sir Jack Hayward

    This is the image of the front cover - a young Sir Jack Hayward as a Flight Lieutenant in the 671 Squadron Army Air Corps.

    His former squadron conducted a flypast as a mark of respect earlier.

  33. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    You can hear coverage on BBC WM of the funeral service of Sir Jack Hayward.

    The service is being led by Reverend David Wright and relayed on big screens outside. We'll have more from our reporter Rob Gurney who is there.

  34. 'Thank you for everything'

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    Wolves fans applauded as Sir Jack Hayward's cortege passed Molineux.

    Sir Jack cortege outside Molineux

    The cortege paused for a moment as a mark of respect. One group of fans held up a banner which read "Thank you for everything!"

  35. Flag for Sir Jack

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    A flag for Sir Jack has been put up outside the church were the service will be held.

    Union Jack paying tribute to Sir Jack

    Hundreds of people are queuing in Queen Square in Wolverhampton getting ready to watch the big screen in the city.

  36. Fans gather outside stadium

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    Wolves supporters gathered around Billy Wright statue on Waterloo Road ahead of the funeral cortege leaving the stadium.

    Fans outside Billy Wright statue

    Fans also queued inside to sign a book of condolence.

  37. 'He saved the club'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    A flag signed by fans will be shown as the cortège passes by Molineux.

    Wolves fan Stuart Rawson

    Stuart Lawson (pictured) from Wolverhampton says: "I wanted to come down and pay my respects.

    'He saved the club. He really did. We really feared liquidation but god bless him he did it."

  38. Inside Molineux

    Wolves tweets: Supporters look on as Sir Jack waits to depart Molineux for the last time. #ThankYouSirJack

    Coffin of Sir jack Hayward
  39. BBC One at lunch

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today presenter

    It's a big day for Wolverhampton as the city pays its respects to Sir Jack Hayward.

    We're there live in the city and we're also looking at Stoke's "pound homes" Remember them? So cheap you could get one for £1.

    We'll be live on BBC One from 13:30.

  40. News on the hour

    Live at Molineux

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    News on the hour at 13:00 on BBC WM: Fans are gathering here at Molineux ahead of Sir Jack Hayward's funeral cortege leaving the stadium he built.

  41. Stories we're working on

    Dave Hart

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    As well as the coverage of Sir Jack's funeral our arts reporter Satnam Rana will be looking at the cuts to the Library of Birmingham.

    It cost hundreds of millions-of-pounds so does it make sense to reduce hours and facilities?

    We'll have more on BBC Midlands Today at 13:38, 18:30 and 22:25.

  42. Outside broadcast: Sir Jack's funeral

    Dave Hart

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Sir Jack Hayward was the man who saved Wolverhampton Wanderers in its darkest hour. It was the city where he was born and although he lived most of his life away from Wolverhampton it will today be the setting for his funeral service.

    Book of condolence for Sir Jack Hayward

    Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects to "Union" Jack as he was known because of his love for his country as well as Wolves.

    Nick Owen will be presenting Midlands Today live from Molineux this evening and we've got reporters around the city speaking to people about his life and looking back at some of his achievements.

  43. 'Beast from the East'

    The Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer shows how the 'Beast from the East' is bringing freezing temperatures with the risk of snow.

  44. Your memories

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    We'll bring you updates throughout the day in the lead up to Sir Jack Hayward's funeral service.

    I've only done what every fan would've done, Sir Jack Hayward quote

    If you'd like to share your memories of him with us, email, tweet or get in touch via Facebook.

  45. News on the hour

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    I'm live at Molineux, where Sir Jack's funeral cortege will leave this afternoon. We'll have an extended news bulletin on BBC WM at 12:00 and coverage throughout the day.

    Limousines line up at Molineux

    Six Jaguar limousines have lined up behind the hearse (pictured) on the track preparing for Sir Jack's final journey.

  46. 'I'm coming home'

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Walsall Wood blogger Claire Peters who has been treated for cancer in a London hospital has posted a video to say "I'm coming home".

    Vlogger Claire Peters

    Claire, 42, has been in hospital for five months and in that time she's been blogging to her followers on Facebook.

    She's told Richard Wilford that the first thing she will do when she gets home is "light a Yankee candle".

  47. Sir Jack funeral: Service starts at 2pm

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Tributes, flowers and shirts have been laid outside the Billy Wright stand where Sir Jack Hayward had seat W97.

    Sir Jack Hayward tributes

    The funeral service takes place at St Peter's Collegiate Church, will is due to start at 14:00.

    Reverend David Wright, who is leading the service, said Sir Jack had picked all of the hymns, readings and "hand a big hand in the celebration of his own life".

  48. Bus changes

    NetworkWestMidlands tweets: #Bus: Changes in #Wolverhampton city centre today for Sir Jack Hayward's funeral procession at http://ow.ly/IlOTc

  49. Reporters in Wolverhampton

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    I'm about to head to Wolverhampton to cover the funeral of Sir Jack Hayward.

    I'll be at Molineux, where hundreds of fans are expected to gather in the Billy Wright stand as the funeral cortege will depart.

    Reporter Mike Taylor will be at the service at St Peter's Collegiate Church. We'll have updates throughout the day on BBC WM as well as speaking to some of the key people in Sir Jack's life.

  50. Photos and interviews

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    In a room by the Stan Cullis stand there's about 30 photos of various moments in the club's history involving Sir Jack.

    30 photos of various moments in the clubs history involving Sir Jack.

    There are a handful of fans taking their time looking at photos and taking their own as a recording of classical music plays in between tribute interviews and clips of the man they respect as the former owner of the club.

  51. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 11:00 on BBC WM: A military flypast will take place over Wolverhampton later in tribute to Sir Jack Hayward.

    We'll hear from fans in the news bulletin shortly.

  52. Book of condolence

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News

    I've just arrived at Wolves ground Molineux. There's floral tributes outside the ground and draped around the Billy Wright statue.

    Book of condolence to Sir Jack Hayward

    A room by the Stan Cullis stand has been opened up to fans to pay their respect by signing the book of condolence.

    I'll be in the city throughout the day bringing you a flavour of what's happening and people's memories of Sir Jack.

  53. Spontaneous charity

    Dominic Howell

    BBC News

    The plight of disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, who was mugged outside his Tyneside home, has led to almost £300,000 being raised in his name.

    Stephen Sutton

    BBC News look at the UK's spontaneous charitable causes that go viral including the millions-of-pounds raised by Stephen Sutton.

  54. Johnson contract terminated

    BBC Sport

    Wolves have come to an agreement with former captain Roger Johnson to terminate the remainder of his contract after more than a season and a half out of favour at Molineux.

    The 31-year-old centre-back, signed for £4m by Mick McCarthy from Birmingham City in the summer of 2011, was under contract until the end of this season.

    But Wolves have taken the decision to get him off the payroll now.

  55. Latest headlines

    BBC WM

    In the news on BBC WM: MPs will vote later on controversial plans to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.

    We'll hear from the Renewal Christian Centre in Solihull.

  56. West Brom 'frustrated'

    Daz Hale

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Baggies' Tony Pulis will be a frustrated man this morning after seeing two deals collapse just before the Transfer Window closed.

    Albion failed in deadline day moves to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole and Norwich defender Martin Olsson, but kept Brown Ideye and Graham Dorrans.

    Darren Fletcher

    They did succeed in signing Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher (pictured) on a free transfer from Manchester United.

  57. Dispute over woodland

    BBC WM

    A dispute's broken out over a proposed housing development on what's believed to be the last piece of natural woodland in Smethwick.

    A plan to build 13 luxury homes on the Thimblemill Recreation Ground which Sandwell Council initially supported was later rejected following objections from residents.

    The developers Selbourne Homes have appealed against the decision. Councillor Richard Marshall says it means the decision is now not theirs to make.

  58. Farewell Sir Jack

    Express and Star

    Wolverhampton bids goodbye to the city's favourite son Sir Jack Hayward

  59. Officers convicted of speeding

    Tom Richardson

    BBC News Online

    In the past three years, 50 officers have been prosecuted for speeding in West Midlands Police vehicles, according to a freedom of information request published on the force's website.

    Between 2012 and 2014, police vehicles triggered speed cameras on 10,010 occasions, with one vehicle clocked travelling at 116 mph, although there's no suggestion from the figures this was inappropriate.

    The force said it had a transparent approach to dealing with police vehicles driving in excess of the speed limit, in line with legislation which exempts emergency services from speed limit restrictions when responding to a 999 call.

  60. Sir Jack funeral: Thousands expected

    Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Wolverhampton later as the city bids farewell to Sir Jack Hayward.

    Sir Jack Hayward

    The former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner, businessman and philanthropist died on 13 January, aged 91.

    A boyhood fan, he bought the club in 1990, spending some £70m of his own money before selling up in 2007.

    Plans for his funeral include a helicopter flypast and a big screen in Queen Square to show the service.

  61. Sunny day

    A cold start, with icy patches. It will be largely dry and a sunny day follows, with light winds, it will stay cold.

    Weather forecast

    Further isolated sleet or snow showers are possible later in the day. Highs of 4C (39F).

  62. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news bulletin at 09:00 on BBC WM: The city of Wolverhampton will pay it's last respects to one of it's greatest sons later today.

    Former Wolves chairman Sir Jack Hayward's funeral service will take place later at St Peter's Collegiate Church.

  63. Traffic news

    There's two lanes closed on the M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down lorry, BBC Travel News reports.

    A lane is also shut on the A454 Black Country Route eastbound in Willenhall because of an accident.

  64. Sir Jack funeral: 'One of a kind'

    As Wolverhampton bids farewell to football club owner Sir Jack Hayward, friends and colleagues pay tribute to "one of a kind".

    Tributes to Sir Jack Hayward

    "I don't think we'll ever see his like again," said Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey. "He was such a fantastic friend to Wolves, to the city, to the UK.

    "This is not about football, this is about a great person, a great philanthropist and a great supporter of the city of Wolverhampton."

  65. 'Fitting tribute'

    The 671 Squadron Army Air Corps, the regiment for which former football club owner Sir Jack Hayward served, is to conduct a flypast with a military Lynx helicopter as a mark of respect later.

    Jez Moxey, Wolves chief exec says the fly over "will be a fitting start to proceedings and will signify the departure of the cortege from Molineux at 13:30".

  66. Tribute to Sir Jack

    Adam Bridge

    BBC WM

    BBC WM 95.6 will have extensive coverage of Sir Jack Hayward's funeral throughout the day.

    Goodbye 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 Queens square and onto the church before joining fans gathered by the big screen for the relay of the service.

    Hear more on BBC WM throughout the day.

  67. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

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

    Today we'll also have live coverage of the funeral and service for former Wolves chairman and owner Sir Jack Hayward.