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Summary

  1. Care worker admits attempted murders
  2. Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford get ready for the indoor competition at the Barclaycard Arena
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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.

    Whatever you've got planned this weekend, we hope it's good!

  2. Walsall get extra Wembley tickets

    Nick Clitheroe

    Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    Walsall have sold their initial allocation of 20,000 tickets for Wembley.

    They have now been given some extra tickets.

  3. Scattered showers

    Scattered showers will push down from the northwest this evening and overnight.

    Saturday forecast

    The showers will be wintry at times, particularly over the hills. Clear periods in between the showers will allow a frost and perhaps some icy patches to form. Low of 0C (32F).

  4. Streets where you live

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we asked you what the streets are like in the area you live as a number of councils looks to cut street cleaning budgets.

    Dark Archer ‏tweets: "The road i live on is trash free....we pick up after ourselves we know better than to rely on the state or fed govt".

    Ian James ‏adds: "West High street is also awful, with people spitting on the pavements every couple of yards. Disgusting".

    You can see more on this on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Fire near Dudley Road

    Mark Samuels sent through this footage of the fire just off Dudley Road in Birmingham, near the junction with Western Road.

    Fire near Dudley Road, Birmingham

    The fire is across the road from City Hospital and Dudley Road is partially blocked to traffic.

  6. 'Exactly what I need'

    BBC Sport

    More on BBC Sport about Aston Villa appointing Kevin MacDonald to the post of assistant manager as new boss Tim Sherwood bolsters his staff.

    Kevin MacDonald

    "He is diligent, organised and gives me exactly what I need in the role I want him to play," said Sherwood.

  7. Fire blocks Dudley Road

    The A457 Dudley Road in Birmingham partially blocked in both directions near the Western Road junction, because of a building fire, BBC Travel News reports.

  8. Dudley Road fire

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    The station commander at Handsworth fire station has just told me crews were called to a report of smoke coming from a derelict building in Dudley Road at 4.50pm.

    Four crews are en route. The building is near to City Hospital.

  9. 'Evil and disturbing'

    Peter Wilson

    West Midlands Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

    The sister of Melissa Swift, the former care worker found guilty of trying to murder three of her colleagues describes her as "evil and disturbing"

    Lulla Swift told me: "My sister deserves the consequences that she's going to face. She is evil and disturbing.

    "The fact that my sister was a police officer [special constable] is shocking and I cannot understand her motives.

    "She threatened to kill me, sent a letter stained with her own blood. She threatened to cut my throat, cook and eat my body. The whole incident has been very disturbing and frightening."

  10. News on the hour

    Charlotte Harriman

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 17:00 on BBC WM: A Birmingham man's been jailed for 30 years for the attempted murder of a man who was left paralysed after being shot in the back.

  11. Canal businesses 'still open'

    Jennifer Harby

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    Businesses along a city centre canal in Birmingham that is being drained will remain open despite the work.

    Gas Street Basin

    A section of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, at Gas Street Basin, is being drained because water is leaking close to a railway line.

    The route has been closed to boats while the work takes place.

    The area is a key site for tourism in the city and businesses have said they are still open, although some services have been reduced.

  12. Bail extended after stabbings

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Seven men arrested after six people were stabbed during New Year celebrations at The Belfry have had their bail extended until 12 March, Warwickshire Police has told me.

    The entrance to the hotel

    Officers were called to the Bel Air nightclub at 00:50. The force says the suspects are aged between 20 and 27 and from the Birmingham area.

  13. Man jailed for arson

    A Birmingham man's been jailed for five years after setting fire to an arts centre in the city a day after getting out of prison.

    Leon Smythe

    Leon Smythe (pictured) set fire to Ulfah Arts Centre in Highgate Square in May 2014.

    West Midlands Police say the 40-year-old "had only been released from prison the day before starting the fire".

  14. News on the hour

    Charlotte Harriman

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 16:00 on BBC WM we'll hear from Olympic champion Mo Farah who is in Birmingham ahead of this weekend's Indoor Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena.

  15. Birmingham v Brighton preview

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham have won three of the last five meetings at Brighton, drawing one and losing one.

    BBC Sport previews tomorrow's Championship match.

  16. Charges over university disorder

    Three men, including one from Birmingham, are charged following disorder at a university protest over fees.

    Police said they were called to Senate House at the University of Warwick on 3 December in relation to a reported assault while a protest was being held.

    Daniel Dawson, 24, of Earlsdon, Alistair Robinson, 25, of Birmingham, and Luke Dukinfield, 19, of Leamington, have been charged.

  17. News headlines

    BBC WM

    In the 15:00 bulletin, seven men from Birmingham who were arrested after six people were stabbed at New Year celebrations at the Belfry in Warwickshire have had their bail extended.

    The men were arrested at the golf club's Bel Air nightclub in the early hours of New Year's Day.

  18. Post update

    Halesowen News

    A husband pleaded for his estranged wife to be kept out of jail, so she could continue to milk his cows, despite being beaten by her new boyfriend, the paper reports.

  19. Interview with Mo Farah

    Dan Pallett

    Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    After the media briefing this morning I spoke to Mo Farah ahead of his competition at the NIA - Barclaycard Arena tomorrow.

    Mo Farah

    First question, I'd heard he'd been for a run this morning, he said "it was great but pretty cold - very different to Ethiopia (where he trains)".

    "I'm in pretty good shape and looking forward to racing."

    Mo Farah says he'll be aiming for a British record when he competes in the Birmingham Grand Prix tomorrow.

  20. Stories we're working on

    Hilary McConnell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Dan Pallet will be speaking to Olympic champions Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah ahead of the Indoor Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham this weekend.

    And we'll be keeping an eye on the draining of the canal as well as looking ahead to the Oscars this weekend. Our reporter Sarah Falkland is covering the story and speaking to some of the people connected.

  21. Rubbish on your street?

    Hilary McConnell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Have you got rubbish on your street which is out of control or maybe fly tipping in your local area?

    Midlands Today is investigating whether our streets are getting dirtier. But some of our councils have cut their street cleaning budget for the coming year dramatically - the biggest drop is Birmingham City Council which is cutting £4m over four years.

    Rubbish left on the street

    If you've seen a grot-spot - email, tweet or send us a pic on Facebook of litter issues where you live.

  22. News headlines

    Charlotte Harriman

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC WM

    I'll have more details about the attempted murder of three people at an old people's home in West Bromwich in my 14:00 bulletin on BBC WM

  23. Ones to watch

    Nick Clitheroe

    Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    For Rutherford this will be his only indoor competition of the year in the Long Jump ahead of a season where he'll try to win the only outdoor title missing from his honours list at the World Championships in Beijing this summer.

    British heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson

    Rising British heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson (pictured) will be another one to watch while overseas attractions include the popular sprinter Kim Collins, 60m hurdles world record holder Aries Merritt and the American Carmelita Jeter who's the second quickest woman of all time over 100m.

    You can watch coverage on BBC One from 13:00 tomorrow.

  24. Get ready for Mo

    Nick Clitheroe

    Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

    Fourteen Olympic and 33 World Championship medallists will compete at the Indoor Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday but there's no doubt who will be the main attractions.

    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford both won gold on Super Saturday at the London Olympics and the fans will have high expectations of both men.

    Farah has a great record in Birmingham where he's set three British records in previous years but it's the European two mile record which he broke here in 2012 that will be the target this time.

  25. BBC One this lunch time

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime we're looking at how council cuts and complicated re-cycling are leading to some of the dirtiest streets ever.

    Plus we'll look ahead to the athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham tomorrow where Mo Farah will wow the crowds.

    Join me for the latest this lunch time from 13:30 on BBC One.

  26. New Villa assistant manager

    Kevin MacDonald is Aston Villa's new assistant manager, the club announces.

    Kevin MacDonald

    In a statement on the club's website, they announce: "MacDonald is back in familiar surroundings, having worked at the club previously as both reserve team manager and caretaker manager."

  27. Trains subject to delays

    National Rail tweets: Lines have now reopened at #Erdington, trains between Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street may still be delayed by up to 30 mins

  28. Mo and Greg on fine form

    Dan Pallett

    Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    The stars of British Athletics are in Birmingham.

    Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford at a media event in Birmingham city centre

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford - Mo Farah on the move - both speaking to the media today ahead to the Grand Prix this weekend.

    Mo even took the time for a quick selfie with a passerby as we filmed in Birmingham city centre earlier.

    I'm now heading to go and film with long distance runner Paula Radcliffe... if I can keep up!

  29. Rutherford Q&A

    BBC Sport

    Posts on Facebook: The Olympic Games long jump champion Greg Rutherford will be answering the best of your questions this lunchtime, so if you have something to ask the Team GB star please comment below.

    Follow him in action, along with other leading British Athletics stars, on BBC One at 13.00 on Saturday, live from Birmingham.

  30. Coverage of Indoor Grand Prix

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    If you haven't got tickets for the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham this weekend, don't worry!

    There's coverage on BBC One tomorrow from 13:00. Jonathan Edwards presents the action and Steve Cram leads the commentary, with Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe providing expert analysis.

  31. Sports stars come to Birmingham

    Dan Pallett

    Sports reporter , BBC Midlands Today

    We've got an array of stars on Midlands Today.

    This morning I went to see Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford ahead of tomorrow's Birmingham Grand Prix.

    Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Paula Radcliffe

    And this evening we'll be live with Paula Radcliffe on why she's inspiring a group of Asian women to take up running.

    It's a busy day - see what happens on BBC Midlands Today from 18:30 for my report.

  32. Swift resigned as special constable

    West Midlands Police say Melissa Swift resigned one-month before she was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

    Police outside Goldfield Court in 2014

    Det Ch Insp Michaela Kerr told the media: "Melissa resigned in July last year and had not been an active special constable for several months before that. She was arrested in August 2014."

    You can also read more on on this story on BBC News.

  33. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00 on BBC WM: A former care worker and special constable with West Midlands Police, has admitted attempting to murder staff at a home for the elderly in West Bromwich.

    In the bulletin we'll hear from DCI Michaela Kerr who lead the investigation.

  34. Twenty five elderly residents affected

    Police says the motive for Melissa Swift's actions are unknown.

    Det Ch Insp Michaela Kerr says: "Police were looking at 32 individuals affected by the poisons of which 25 were residents and seven were care home staff.

    "One of the victims suffered stroke like symptoms fortunately she's made a full recovery. Other victims exhibited a range of symptoms similar to food poisoning."

  35. 'Bleach added to drinks'

    Det Ch Insp Michaela Kerr who led the investigation into Swift said she "hatched a plan to cause ill to those she worked with as a result of some malice, for which we have never truly discovered the cause."

    Detective Chief Inspector Michaela Kerr

    "She not only thought out a way of poisoning her work mates but also followed the plan through and administered bleach to their drinks, leaving them in the usual staff fridge where she knew they would go," she said.

    "The plan was dangerous, reckless and hugely alarming. There is nothing to have stopped anyone from consuming the drinks she tampered with."

  36. Care worker was special constable

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Police say a care worker, who has admitted trying to murder three staff at a care home in West Bromwich, served as a special constable with West Midlands Police.

  37. Due to be sentenced in April

    The 23-year-old care worker pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to three charges of attempting to murder three colleagues at a home for the elderly in West Bromwich (pictured).

    Goldfield Court, West Bromwich

    Swift, of Hambletts Road, West Bromwich, is due to be sentenced on 17 April.

  38. Threatened to kill sister

    Former care home worker Melissa Swift, who has admitted three counts of attempted murder, also threatened to kill her older sister.

    Prosecutor Adrian Keeling told Birmingham Crown Court: "It's the case she intended to poison three of her colleagues at Goldfield Court, and made threats to kill on two other individuals."

  39. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM we'll have more details on the care home worker has admitted attempted to murder three of her colleagues.

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

  40. Care worker admits attempted murder

    Jennifer Harby

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    More on BBC News about the care worker from West Bromwich who has admitted the attempted murder of three of her colleagues.

  41. Sickness and nausea

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Melissa Swift was arrested last August after staff and residents at the home for the elderly in West Bromwich were taken to hospital complaining of sickness and nausea.

    She also admitted two separate counts of making threats to kill, at a short hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

  42. BreakingWoman admits triple murder bid

    BREAKING NEWS

    A care home worker has admitted trying to murder three colleagues at the Goldfield Court home for the elderly in West Bromwich.

    Melissa Swift was arrested last August after staff and residents were taken to hospital complaining of sickness and nausea.

    She also admitted two separate counts of making threats to kill, at a short hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

    Sixteen people at Goldfield Court suffered food poisoning-like symptoms in August last year, police said.

  43. Robbery warning

    Birmingham Police tweets: ALERT- We're alerting people to distraction thefts at cashpoints after more than £9k has been stolen across the West Midlands by swindlers.

  44. Charity quiz

    Stourbridge News

    A quiz to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity is being held tonight.

  45. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: A number of councils across the Midlands are to cut their street cleaning budgets despite the region being one of the worst in the country for rats.

  46. Football and racism

    BBC Sport

    The issue of racism in football has returned to the headlines this week after footage emerged of Chelsea fans preventing a black man from boarding the train on the Paris Metro.

    Football & Racism

    BBC Sport has spoken to fans from black or ethnic minority backgrounds to examine their experience of going to football in 2015.

    Wolves fan Perminder Bassi, 43, said: "I don't think racism is entirely eradicated and I don't think it ever will be, but over the years I've definitely noticed things getting better."

  47. Street cleaning budgets reduced

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    A number of councils across the Midlands are to cut their street cleaning budgets despite the region being one of the worst in the country for rats.

    Rubbish in the streets

    Birmingham City Council is to cut £4m from its budget, Dudley is reducing its by £120,000 while Worcester plans to cut £22,000 by 2018.

  48. Watch: No rights in a divorce

    A campaign group in Birmingham has warned thousands of Muslim women will have no rights if they divorce because their marriages are not recognised by law.

    Woman preparing for her wedding

    Habiba Jaan from Aurat said it impacts on those who have not backed up their religious or Sharia marriage with a civil ceremony.

  49. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00 on BBC WM: The number of working people claiming housing benefit in Birmingham and the Black Country has almost doubled between 2010 and last year.

    In the bulletin we'll hear from Dudley North MP Ian Austin and Conservative James Morris who represents Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

  50. Works starts on retirement village

    Work will start today on a £200m retirement project in Birmingham.

    Artist impression of Extracare home in Longbridge

    Back in 2008 ExtraCare, along with the city council, pledged to build five new retirement villages.

    Work on the final village will now begin with over 1,000 homes set to be developed in Longbridge.

  51. Housing benefit claims double

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC West Midlands political reporter

    The number of working people claiming housing benefit in Birmingham and the Black Country has almost doubled between 2010 and last year.

    Government figures show 23,500 people on low incomes claimed money to help pay for housing in 2010 but that had reached 42,000 in August last year.

  52. M6 delays

    There's delays and queuing traffic on the M6 southbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury) because of an earlier broken down vehicle, BBC Travel News reports.

  53. 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.

    If you've spotted a story that you think we should be covering - email or tweet @BBCWM.