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Summary

  1. Updates for 30 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Today's updates have now finished.

Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Tonight's forecast

It will become very windy tonight with gales throughout the night.

Evening rain will soon clear away east, with clearer spells and blustery showers following.

Get your local forecast.

Video: Family's pride in soldier

The family of a soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in World War One say they are proud to take part in centenary commemorations to mark his bravery.

Sgt Harold John Colley
Other

Sgt Harold John Colley from Tipton, who died in battle in Normandy, will be

remembered on a special stone.

It will be unveiled in the borough of Sandwell on the 100th anniversary of his death in August 2018.

Severe disruption on M6

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

On the M6, one lane is closed northbound between J6, for the A38(M) Aston Expressway, and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

Best retires from cricket

BBC Sport

Warwickshire all-rounder Paul Best has

retired from cricket at the age of 24 after failing to recover from a persistent back injury.

Paul Best
Empics

Best made the decision after travelling to the Caribbean for Warwickshire's pre-season tour.

Slow traffic

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There's no major problems on the roads in Birmingham and the Black Country at the moment, but there is

congestion on:

  • The A4540 Watery Lane Middleway northbound in Birmingham, between Garrison Circus and the A38 Aston Road junction
  • A4123 New Birmingham Road in Dudley, at Burnt Tree traffic lights
  • A38(M) Aston Expressway outbound in Birmingham

Election battleground

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Ben Brown

BBC News

I'm in Birmingham today speaking to candidates ahead of the election, including Lib Dem John Hemming, the party's candidate in the Birmingham Yardley seat.

He says: "We need a fairer society and we need to look after people at the bottom of society - we can't just ignore that."

John Hemming
BBC

Mr Hemming also says it's not sensible to give Labour total control and we also need to have a strong economy.

Political week in 60 seconds

Sunday Politics

HSBC is to relocate the head office of its retail business to Birmingham bringing about 1,000 jobs to the city from London.

HSBC building
BBC

Catch up with the rest of the political week

reviewed in 60 seconds.

Battle for the marginals

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

With Parliament dissolved, the Midlands awaits a procession of political big beasts.

Read my full blog post about the battle for the marginals.

News on the hour

BBC WM

In the

17:00 bulletin: Police say they're
following up a number of calls, after a teenager was killed in a hit-and-run in West Bromwich.

Video: Sahara marathon training

Blind runner Dave Heeley is set to take on another marathon challenge -

running 160 miles through the Sahara Desert.

Dave Heeley
BBC

"Blind Dave", from West Bromwich, is hoping to compete the challenge with his team in six days.

Robber spotted in pub counting cash

Birmingham Mail

A knife-wielding masked robber threatened staff at a Birmingham hairdresser before immediately

going down a nearby pub to spend the snatched takings.

Carney to miss China match

BBC Sport

Forward Ellen White (pictured right) looks set to win her 50th cap when England face China in their final home match before this summer's World Cup in Canada.

Ellen White
Getty Images

Birmingham forward Karen Carney must wait to add to her 100 caps as

she misses out through injury.

News on the hour

BBC WM

In the 16:00 bulletin: Members of the British Legion in Kingswinford say £2,500 has been stolen.

Time to decide

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Ben Brown

BBC News

I've been speaking to the Green Party candidate for Birmingham Ladywood, Margaret Okole, in the city centre this afternoon.

MARGARET OKOLE
BBC

She says her party offers a choice to those disaffected by the bigger parties, adding: "I do feel there will be a higher turnout than last time.

"Both the Conservative and Labour governments have not addressed the needs of the urban poor basically, which is the majority of this constituency."

Mood of the voters

BBC News

UK

Towns and cities across England will be visited by politicians of all persuasions in the run-up to the general election.

While they do that, we will be visiting offices, factories and other workplaces to gauge

the mood of the voters.

David Caro
BBC

We went to see Birmingham-based Qualpast, which offers flock coating services, putting the fabric-style finishing into cars' glove boxes before they roll off the production line.

Its managing director David Caro was looking for improved access to finance and better employment legislation to allow companies to flourish.

New project 'Brum Votes' launches

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

A new BBC project which aims to engage young people in the election begins today. We'll be looking at three key election issues: immigration, health and the cost of living and showing how they look in the England's second city.

Pictures of voters saying what issues matters most to them in elections
BBC

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our website and follow
us on Twitter and Instagram Brumvotes. You can also
email.

News on the hour

Gareth Ford-Lloyd

BBC WM

Members of the British Legion club in Kingswinford say a safe with £2,500 in cash has been stolen. More details in

the news at 15:00.

Birmingham-Madrid flights begin

Birmingham Post

The first ever scheduled service to Madrid out of Birmingham Airport

has launched - one of three new Spanish routes to open for business this year.

Time to decide

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Ben Brown

BBC News

I've been speaking to Shabana Mahmood, Labour candidate for Birmingham Ladywood, outside the city's library.

Shabana Mahmood
BBC

She said her party was campaigning hard and now was the time "when people had to make their choice about the country they wanted to live in".

Harli Reid death: father 'was responsible'

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Ten-week-old Harli Reid suffered significant brain damage in December 2010 when she was shaken by her father Kurt Delves (pictured) from Birmingham, who later admitted manslaughter.

kurt delves
West Midlands Police

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board said: "The person responsible for Harli's death is her father."

Read more about the serious case review into the girl's death

here.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Members of the British Legion in Kingswinford say £2,500 has been stolen.

Thieves also stole more than £2,000 worth of alcohol and caused more than £5,000 worth of damage after disabling the alarm and smashing their way in on Friday night.

More on this story in

our 14:00 bulletin.

Women's Footballer of the Year award

The BBC has announced a new award to celebrate the top female footballers currently competing in one of the world's fastest-growing sports.

BBC Women's footballer of the year
BBC

Fans are being given the chance to vote for the

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year - the first award of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster.

Cuts bite at college

Dudley News

Serious funding cuts mean that

1,000 places will be lost on adult courses at Dudley College.

Around 30 jobs are also at risk.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

Presenter, Midlands Today

Two schoolboys from Wolverhampton are among the first in the UK to benefit from ground-breaking new treatment for diabetics.

They have both been given a new insulin pump which mimics the pancreas and its ability to prevent low blood sugar attacks before they happen.

Join us for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40 to see Ben Sidwell's report.

Enoch Powell named in sex abuse probe

Express and Star

Police are investigating historic sex abuse claims

against former Wolverhampton MP Enoch Powell after his name was supplied to officers by a senior Anglican bishop.

Enoch Powell in front of the Union flag in 1969
Getty Images

Distinguished journalist Simon Heffer, Powell's authorised biographer, said last night that the claims again Powell were "absolute nonsense" and without foundation.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

At 13:00 we will have more on the serious case review into the death of 10-week-old girl, Harli Reid.

Listen live

here.

Appeal after fatal M54 crash

Witnesses to a fatal crash on the M54 in south Staffordshire yesterday morning are being sought by police.

Just before 08:30, a Vauxhall Astra left the carriageway westbound between J2 and 3.

The driver, the sole occupant, a 41-year-old from Birmingham, died at the scene.

Harborne High Street delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on the B4124 High Street in Harborne, between the B4129 Nursery Road junction and the A4040 Harborne Park Road junction in the roadworks area,

drivers are warned.

Watch: How far does loo roll go?

This morning I've been testing out toilet roll with my producers Liz Gameson and Kevin Pashby. It's because we're apparently spending more on posh loo roll, according to new research.

Liz Gameson after being 'mummified' with Danny Kelly and Kevin Pashby to her right
BBC

We wanted to find out how far three rolls would go - a cheaper brand, a medium-priced brand and the most expensive one. We tested it by mummifying expectant mum Liz.

Watch the video.

Disagreement over review findings

Today the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board published

a serious case review into the death of Harli Reid in December 2010.

An initial report had found it was not possible to assess whether the death could have been predicted, but it was possible it could have been prevented. But the Safeguarding Board disagreed with its findings.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Marissa Robson, whose daughter weighed 13 stone when she was aged 11, said she didn't notice, until her daughter asked for help.

Hear more on this story in

the 12:00 bulletin.

Baby-shake death 'not preventable'

The death of a 10-week-old girl who was fatally shaken by her father when she would not stop crying could neither have been predicted nor prevented,

according to Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board.

Harli Reid
West Midlands Police

Kurt Delves, then of Regan Crescent, Birmingham, repeatedly shook Harli Reid "in frustration" causing devastating brain injuries and was

jailed for three years and nine months in November 2013.

Images released in pub attack inquiry

A man who told a child it was not yet his turn to play pool in a Moxley pub was attacked by two men who punched him in the face, smashed pint glasses over his head and threw pool balls and a bar stool at him, says West Midlands Police.

The attackers in CCTV stills
West Midlands Police

Police today released still images of the two men suspected of carrying out the assault in February while in the Fiery Holes pub, Great Bridge Road.

Sherwood's future 'under threat'

BBC Sport

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood's job could be under threat as owner Randy Lerner discusses selling the club to an American consortium for £150m,

reports The Sun.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood
PA

Catch up with the rest of football gossip in

the BBC column.

Your questions answered

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Ben Brown

BBC News

I'm in Birmingham city centre talking to candidates from across the political spectrum as the official campaign begins today, following the dissolution of Parliament.

Keith Rowe, UKIP candidate for Northfield
BBC

I have just been interviewing Keith Rowe, spokesman for UKIP in Birmingham. We will be here all day and want to ask the questions that matter most to you so tweet your question with

#bbcaskthis.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Our top local story at 11:00: A report has found 10,000 10 and 11-year-olds in Birmingham and the Black Country are overweight or obese, but their parents do not realise there is a problem. Listen live

here.

Charity page was 'well meant'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

On Friday we told you how the family of

Harry-James Kirkham, the boy killed in a collision with a police car in Erdington, was warning people to stay away from a Facebook tribute page and "fund me" charity page set up by a stranger, who they say had never met him.

West Midlands Police has clarified the "fund-me" page was "set up by a well-meaning schoolboy with good intent". It adds it has since been closed down, no funds were obtained and no further action has been taken.

Harry-James Kirkham pictured on the right of the picture
Kirkham family

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death of the 15-year-old boy.