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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 13 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. Mild night ahead

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A dry night with clear spells at first. Clouding over for many through the early hours, leading to a fairly mild night.

    Charlie Slater

    Breezy at first, but the wind should ease later. Low of 5C (41F).

  3. BBC One from 18:30

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today at 18:30: I'll be talking to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls on the day Labour announce their manifesto - what would his party do to boost the economy here in the West Midlands?

    After 70 years of producing Land Rover, Jaguar cars will now be rolling off the production line at Solihull.

    And his team might be wilting, but West Brom fan "Blind Dave" Healey is back home after surviving the Marathon de Sables, 160 miles in 50 degree heat. We'll be talking to him live.

  4. M6 crash: Latest

    BBC Travel

    There's still slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 for Wednesbury.

    It's because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on.

    All lanes have been re-opened but congestion is back to to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

    Stay up to date on the BBC Travel page.

  5. Wolverhampton Ring Road reopens after woman hit by car

    Express and Star

    A woman was injured today when she was hit by a car on Wolverhampton's Ring Road.

    Police were called at around 6.10am after the incident, involving a woman in her 40s, on Ring Road St Peter's at its junction with Waterloo Road.

    Her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

  6. Beautician handed longer jail term for court lies

    A Walsall beauty salon owner jailed for conning suppliers out of thousands of pounds and racking up rent arrears will spend an extra 10 months behind bars, afer trying to trick a judge into believing she'd paid back her debts.

    TINA PATEL

    West Midlands Police's Economic Crime Unit found Tina Patel, 38, − who set up Creative Salons in May 2013 from premises in Walsall's Park Place − tricked beauty wholesalers by sending emails purporting to be from bank officials confirming transfer payments.

    Patel admitted five counts of fraud at Wolverhampton Crown Court last May and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

  7. JLR: Benefits for the supply chain

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    Jaguar's new XE model is to be built at a 'factory within a factory' at Land Rover's Solihull site.

    ALAN VOLKAERTS

    Alan Volkaerts, plant operations director at JLR's Solihull site says: "This plant has been the home of Land Rover for 70 year so to welcome the Jaguar brand here and these new world class facilities is a tremendous day for us.

    Probably 50% upwards of our UK supply base is based right here in the Midlands so the impact is very significant

  8. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the news at 17:00: A Birmingham schoolboy has drowned on holiday - it's understood that Logan Kehoe was with his family in Lanzarote.

    He was a year 8 pupil at Bishop Challoner school in Kings Heath.

  9. Birmingham boy drowns

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    A Birmingham schoolboy has drowned while on holiday.

    It's understood that Logan Kehoe, a year eight pupil at Bishop Challoner School in Kings Heath was with his family in Lanzarote.

    In a statement the school says thoughts and prayers are with his family in this saddest of times.

  10. M6 reopens

    Highways England tweets: All lanes open again #M6 N/B btwn J8 (#M5) and J9 #Wednesbury. The vehicles involved have been removed. Congestion remains from J6.

  11. M6 Crash

    BBC Travel

    There is severe congestion on the M6 northbound this afternoon.

    Two lanes are closed and there's slow traffic between J8 for the M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a crash involving three vehicles.

    Congestion is back to to J7, A34 (Great Barr).

    Stay up to date on the BBC Travel page.

  12. M6 multi-vehicle crash

    Highways England tweets: "We're working with @OfficialWMAS at an accident closing 2 lanes #M6 N/B btwn J8 (#M5) and J9 #Wednesbury. @WestMidsFire also on the way."

    WestMidsFireService has also tweeted: "Crews are still working to release a casualty from their vehicle who is trapped by injuries. @HighwaysWMIDS"

  13. Road closure

    Brum Response E tweets: City Rd closed due to an ongoing police incident. Road closed from Dudley Rd and traffic from Rotton Park Rd is being diverted to Twyning Rd

  14. Baggies relegation scrap

    BBC Sport

    West Brom midfielder James Morrison says his team must find greater mental strength to escape the relegation scrap they now find themselves in.

    Two of Albion's five defeats in six games have come from last-minute winners after James Morrison has been substituted

    After losing just once in their first 10 games under Tony Pulis, four defeats in five Premier League matches have plunged the Baggies back to within seven points of the danger zone.

    "We've massive games ahead. It's going to be hard," Morrison told BBC WM 95.6.

  15. TV royalty

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Watching TV on Saturday night and spotted BBC Midlands Today's Nick Owen on Pointless with his TV wife - Anne Diamond.

    Nick Owen and Anne Diamond

    Always nice to see TV royalty on the screen! If you missed it's on the BBC iPlayer.

  16. Birmingham City Ladies 'heartless'

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham City Ladies manager David Parker admits they gave a "heartless" performance in losing their Women's FA Cup quarter-final to Manchester City.

    Birmingham City Ladies manager David Parker

    Goals from Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris put the hosts in control before substitute Coral-Jade Haines pulled a goal back for Blues only for Jill Scott to seal City's place in the last four.

    "We weren't good enough and it shone throughout the team," Parker said.

  17. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    In the news at 15:00:

    Police are defending the decision to let Wolves and Blues fans leave the ground at the same time after Saturday's derby match at St Andrews.

    Three people were arrested after violent disorder in Birmingham city centre, but fans say the trouble was much worse than the number of arrests suggest

  18. Scrapyard fire

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a scrapyard in Kingswinford thought to involve up to 1,000 tonnes of metal.

    Kingswinford scrapyard fire

    West Midlands Fire Service said the blaze at R Davies Metals Ltd, on Oak Lane, started shortly before 5:30.

    At its height, about 25 fire fighters were involved, but that has now been scaled back, with the blaze under control, the service said.

  19. Northfield election debate

    Chris King

    BBC WM, political reporter

    I'm getting things ready for BBC WM's election debate for the Birmingham Northfield constituency on Wednesday- if you want to be in the audience I'd love to hear from you.

    ELECTION

    This week we're focusing on the economy.

    So if you've got a burning issue - we want you to be part of the audience for the debate at Bournville College.

  20. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 14:00 on BBC WM: The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority will discuss today whether to bring in new shift patterns for firefighters in the region.

    The Fire Brigades Union says it believes the changes will result in fewer firefighters and more hours

  21. Fire scaled down

    West Midlands Fire Service tweets: The scrap yard fire earlier in Kingswinford has now been scaled down - crews are still on site damping down.

  22. Coming up on TV

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we'll be live at the famous Land Rover factory in Solihull, now producing Jaguars for the first time.

    And they aren't a common site around these parts, but the West Midlands could be about to get its first wind farm.

    For your next news and weather from Midlands Today join me on BBC One at 13:38.

  23. Stories we're working on today

    Hilary McConnell

    Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Mary Rhodes will be interviewing Ed Balls as Labour launched their manifesto today. What does it mean for the Midlands?

    BBC Midlands Today will have a special report from inside the Jaguar plant at Solihull. It marks the completion of a £2bn project to produce the new Jaguar XE model.

    And we'll be live at West Bromwich as Blind Dave comes back after completing the Marathan De Sables.

  24. Metro service disruption

    Birmingham Updates

    posts: Public Transport Update - METRO - Services are only running between Wolverhampton and The Hawthorns, due to a tram failure.

    Tickets are being accepted on London Midland services until further notice.

  25. JLR's Solihull factory

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    Today we are seeing yet more evidence of the phenomenal growth story that is Jaguar Land Rover.

    The company has opened a new state of the art "factory within a factory".

    JLR solihull

    The project which has cost more than £2bn has been designed to produce the new Jaguar XE model.

  26. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00: on BBC WM: West Midlands Police says extra officers were on hand to deal with any disorder following the Birmingham City v Wolves derby after violence spilled into the city centre.

  27. Homes Under the Hammer

    A different type of debut for former Aston Villa defender/striker Dion Dublin today, as he appears on Homes Under the Hammer as a presenter for the first time.

    DION DUBLIN ON HOMES UNDER THE HAMMER

    It's a confident start from the big man, can he continue the form throughout the series?

    Catch up with how he got on via the BBC iPlayer.

  28. Fans 'escorted' from harm

    Danny Gannon tweeted this pic while in Birmingham city centre on Saturday of football supporters being kettled by police.

    Football supporters kettled in Birmingham

    Chief Superintendent James Andrenov says more officers were on duty because they were aware of tensions between fans near the ground and in the city centre.

    He says: "We always try and identify those fans who we think are likely to cause the most problems. So what we do is move them safely away from the area."

  29. Trojan Horse teaching staff could face ban for life

    Birmingham Post

    Scores of teachers and support workers linked to the Trojan Horse scandal could be banned from working in schools for life, it has been claimed.

    Current and former school staff could face the disciplinary action after being investigated by the professional watchdog, the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

    The NCTL is said to be looking at those allegedly involved in the infiltration of Birmingham schools by Islamic hardliners.

  30. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    West Midlands Police says extra officers were on hand to deal with any disorder following the Birmingham City v Wolves derby after violence spilled into the city centre at the weekend. More in the news at 11:00.

  31. Jaguar comes to Solihull

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    There'll be an event in Solihull later to mark the formal arrival of the Jaguar brand to the Land Rover plant.

    land rover sign in Solihull

    It will celebrate the heritage of two iconic motoring names and the resurgence of West Midlands manufacturing.

    In addition they'll be marking the impact XE has had on the UK supply chain, with representatives from Midlands and other UK suppliers in attendance.

  32. Bus stop suspension

    Network West Midlands tweets: From today til 16th April, there is a temporary bus stop suspension at Stratford Road, just after the junction of Church Road towards B'ham

  33. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    West Midlands Police has been defending its operation to contain people during a clash between Birmingham City and Wolves fans at the weekend. More in the news at 10:00

  34. Somalis targetted

    BBC WM

    It's emerged young Somalis from the West Midlands are being targeted to join terror groups abroad.

    In February a Dutch Somali national who'd been living in Birmingham blew herself up, along with another man, in a hotel in Somalia killing 25 people.

    Youth leader Omar Ahmed says the authorities need to do more to stop young people joining terror groups.

  35. Mum and baby flee Solihull blaze sparked by faulty TV

    Birmingham Mail

    A mum and baby fled a blaze caused by a faulty TV in the lounge of their Solihull home.

    Crews from Solihull station were called to the terraced house in Wharf Lane at 1.35pm yesterday.

    The woman and her baby had escaped and were standing outside when firefighters arrived.

  36. Blind Dave's desert challenge

    The Black Country fundraiser "Blind Dave" Heeley is celebrating after completing his toughest challenge to date running 160 miles across a desert.

    Blind Dave

    The 58-year-old who trained for the gruelling event in the heat chamber at Birmingham University will return to West Bromwich today.

    He ran attached to a guide runner for six days in temperatures of around 50C to cross the line in this years Marathon des Sables. "Blind Dave" is trying to raise £30,000 for charity.

  37. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 09:00 we'll have more on West Midlands Police who have been criticised for not policing the Birmingham Wolves derby at the weekend.

    And we'll hear from Chief Superintendent James Andrenov who has just spoken to Adrian Goldberg moments ago,

  38. New firefighter shift patterns

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority will discuss whether to bring in new shift patterns for firefighters in the region, when it meets today.

    West Midlands Service firefighters

    The Fire Brigades Union says it believes the changes will result in fewer firefighters and more hours.

    In a separate proposal the service may also move to pay all staff at least the living wage.

  39. Police 'underprepared' for derby game

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Police have been criticised for not policing the Birmingham City v Wolves derby at the weekend.

    Three people arrested have been released on bail after violent disorder in Birmingham city centre but fans say the trouble was much worse than the number of arrests suggest.

    Birmingham city centre on Saturday

    A number of fans have contacted BBC WM to say West Midlands Police was under prepared.

    Read more about the disorder here.

  40. M5 delays

    BBC Travel

    There's heavy traffic on the M5 northbound between junction 1 (West Bromwich) and junction 3 following an accident, closing two lanes.

    Stay up to date on the BBC Travel page.

  41. Chance of rain

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    A cold and frosty start for many this morning with occasional sunny spells.

    Charlie Slater

    More cloud moves in through the middle of the day which could produce the odd spot of drizzle, however further sunny spells are likely later in the afternoon. Highs of 14C (57F).

  42. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I'm in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you'd like to comment on any of the updates we're featuring today please email or tweet @BBCWM.