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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 17 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

    Local Live has finished for the day. We're back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's forecast

    It will be fine and dry this evening.

    Overnight it will remain dry but turn chilly, with lows of 5C (41F) Get your local forecast.

  3. 'Prisoner in her home'

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Glynis Bensley was one of nine siblings and the court heard from her sister, who still lives in the old family home near the Seven Stars pub in Smethwick, near to which her murder took place.

    Her sister feels like a prisoner in her own home since this happened in September last year.

    Both defendants were also found guilty of robbery after they stole her phone, cash, cigarettes and jewellery before leaving her for dead.

  4. Meet the boy pipped by Sherwood

    Ian Winter

    BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight Midlands Today meets Charlie Pye, aged six-and-three-quarters, and the unsuccessful applicant to be next Aston Villa boss, who lost out to Tim Sherwood.

    Ian Winter with Charlie Pye

    Charlie's tip for the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool is a 4-1 win.

  5. Sherwood: Given starts at Wembley

    Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given will start Aston Villa's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, confirms boss Tim Sherwood.

    Shay Given

    The veteran goalie, who turns 39 on Monday, is behind Brad Guzan in the Premier League but has been Villa's number one choice in the cup competitions.

  6. A very local general election

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Only people with long memories have clear recollections of simpler times when Professor Robert McKenzie's swingometer could tell the story of successive general elections.

    Presenter Robert McKenzie with the swingometer on election night, 1964.

    In this era of multi-party politics, every single seat is more or less a law unto itself.

    Take for example two of our key local marginals, Dudley North and Solihull. Have a read of my latest blog post on the subject.

  7. City centre delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the A38 St Chads Queensway northbound in Birmingham between Lancaster Circus and the A4540 Newtown Middleway junction, drivers are warned.

  8. Ambulance windscreen smashed

    Birmingham Mail

    An ambulance parked in a Birmingham street had its windscreen smashed by vandals while paramedics were treating a seriously ill patient inside a nearby property.

  9. Twitter portraits of leaders

    Jennifer Harby

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    Portraits of five UK political leaders created from the opinions of people on Twitter have been revealed.

    David Cameron

    The portraits of David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Natalie Bennett have been drawn by Birmingham artist Annemarie Wright.

  10. 'A great, great friend'

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    The family of Glynis Bensley, including her brother and sister, attended Wolverhampton Crown Court, to see the sentences handed to Petri Kurti and Zoheb Majid.

    Bensley family

    They provided a statement for the court, which read: "We as individuals and collectively as a family have lost a great, great friend."

  11. Poker player's luck ran out

    One of the UK's most-wanted men has been jailed for 11 years for drug smuggling.

    Robert Knight

    Robert Knight, from Walsall, was captured during a poker game in Benidorm last September.

    West Midlands Police said his "sophisticated drug importation and distribution network" justified the sentence.

  12. News on the hour

    Gareth Ford-Lloyd

    BBC WM

    In the 17:00 news bulletin: A teenager is detained for life for the murder of a woman in Smethwick.

  13. Murderer, 13, is named

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Reporting restrictions on the 13-year-old murderer, who punched Glynis Bensley then stamped on her face, have been lifted by Judge John Warner so we can now reveal he is Petri Kurti.

    Police in Cheshire Road, Smethwick
  14. Post update

  15. Accomplice jailed for 10 years

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Zoheb Majid has been sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter of Glynis Bensley. He was cleared of her murder.

  16. Smethwick murderer's mitigation

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Earlier the court was told the 13-year-old murderer of Glynis Bensley has learning difficulties and is susceptible to influence by others.

    Zoheb Majid, who was found guilty of manslaughter, is "deeply sorry" for his actions and the death, the court was told.

  17. BreakingBreaking News

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    The 13-year-old murderer of Glynis Bensley in Smethwick is detained for life, with a minimum tariff of 12 years before he is eligible for parole.

  18. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    At 16:00 we hear from the brother of a murder victim in Wolverhampton, after detectives released a picture of a suspect in the investigation.

    Listen live to BBC WM.

  19. Baggies winger fit again

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Callum McManaman is fit again for West Bromwich Albion after a foot injury ahead of the trip to in-form Crystal Palace.

    Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis.

    Selhurst Park will be throbbing. Tony Pulis (right) kept Palace up last season with 38 points from 26 games, while Alan Pardew (left) has saved them this campaign with 25 points from 12 matches.

  20. Murderer, 13, was on bail

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    A 13-year-old boy is about to be sentenced for the murder of Glynis Bensley in Smethwick at Wolverhampton Crown Court, alongside 20-year-old Zoheb Majib for manslaughter.

    The court hears the 13-year-old murderer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was on bail for a street robbery, committed when he was 12, when he killed the 47-year-old.

  21. Injury-free Saddlers

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Walsall, who beat Crawley 5-0 on Tuesday night to all but guarantee survival, have no injury worries.

    An away win would guarantee League One football at Bescot again next season.

  22. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the news at 15:00:

    Detectives in Wolverhampton have named a man they want to speak to in connection with the murder of Herman 'Louis' Simpson - who was found stabbed to death in a flat on Compton Road on Monday night.

  23. 'Asian gold' burglary probe

    A 39-year-old West Midlands man has been arrested and bailed among six people connected with an investigation into a spate of burglaries targeting the Asian community, according to Wiltshire Police.

    There have been a series of burglaries at homes in Swindon in recent months, including two incidents at separate homes in Rushey Platt on 27 February and 14 March.

  24. Stand 'will benefit community'

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Moseley Rugby Club coach Kevin Maggs believes the new £3.5m stand and its facilities will benefit the community.

    Kevin Maggs in front of the new stand

    He says he hopes it will help the club build for the future and hopefully return to the Premiership one day.

  25. 'Last traditional pub' in Sutton Coldfield up for sale

    Sutton Coldfield Observer

    A traditional pub in Sutton Coldfield is up for sale just in time for a prospective purchaser to make use of its most cherished asset.

    The Duke Inn in Duke Street is on the market for less than £50,000 for its which has 16 years to run.

  26. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Unemployment in the West Midlands has fallen again. It is down by 1,000 with 172,000 people currently out of work.

    For more on this and other news, listen live to BBC WM.

  27. Wombourne delays warning

    BBC Travel

    Pool House Road in Wombourne is blocked in both directions between the Bridgnorth Road junction and the Giggerty Lane junction, because of a crash, an overturned camper van and recovery work.

  28. Suspect 'should not be approached'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    More on the hunt for a suspect in a murder investigation.

    Members of the public have been advised by police that Dylan Jackson should not be approached, but anyone who sees him should contact the force immediately.

  29. Foot golf fans head to Wolverhampton

    Express and Star

    Dozens of sports enthusiasts from all over the country are set to take to a popular Wolverhampton golf club next month to test their skills in the sport's latest craze.

    A foot golf player at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington in East Yorkshire

    Foot golf requires players to kick a full size football into enlarged holes in the fewest number of shots possible.

  30. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    West Midlands Ambulance Service has told us paramedics are regularly caring for patients in hospitals instead of responding to 999 calls because A&E staff can't cope.

    Hear more on this situation in our news at 13:00.

  31. Find out more about candidates

    Sunday Politics

    If you want to find out about more about some of the West Midlands' prospective parliamentary candidates, joining Patrick Burns this Sunday will be four hoping to win a place in the new parliament.

    On the programme will be Caroline Spelman, for the Conservatives in Meriden, Shabana Mahmood, for Labour in Birmingham Ladywood, John Hemming, running for the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham Yardley, and Jim Carver, who is running for UKIP in Stourbridge.

  32. Moseley's new stand to open

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Moseley will officially open their new £3.5m stand before Saturday's Championship home game against relegation rivals Plymouth Albion.

    The 700-seat stand will increase the capacity at their Billesley Common home.

    Moseley Rugby Club's new stand

    Moseley, in 11th place in the Championship, are seven points clear of bottom club Albion. A home win would send the Devon side down to National League One.

  33. Stop-and-search investigated

    BBC WM

    Police in Birmingham say they are investigating complaints a black schoolboy was searched "for no reason" by officers.

    Josh Jaddoo, 16, from Kingstanding, was searched yards from his family home on Saturday evening.

    Josh Jaddoo

    Police initially stopped Josh following reports of a robbery in the area, but continued to search him despite witness claims he was not involved.

    West Midlands Police says the case is being investigated by its professional standards department.

  34. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    In the 12:00 news: Police investigating a murder in Wolverhampton have named a man they want to speak to in connection with it.

  35. Murder probe suspect sought

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    This picture of a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Wolverhampton man Herman 'Louis' Simpson has been released by police.

    Dylan Jackson (pictured), aged 20 and of no fixed address, is being sought by officers after Mr Simpson was stabbed to death on Monday evening at a flat in Compton Road.

    Dylan Jackson

    Det Insp Warren Hines, leading the investigation, says: "Our investigation is moving swiftly and we now have a suspect who we urgently need to trace."

  36. Latest forecast

    BBC Weather

    Brighter weather should develop in the region during the afternoon, with gentle easterly winds. Get your local forecast.

  37. New appeal in hunt for driver's killers

    Birmingham Mail

    Police have issued a new appeal in a bid to snare the brutal killers of a Walsall takeaway delivery driver - two years after his death.

    Yasar Abbas
  38. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    All but four motorists caught using their phones while driving in Staffordshire last year were sent on awareness courses - rather than given a fixed penalty notice.

    West Midlands Police, meanwhile, handed out more than 1,600 in 2014 - the 10th highest amount in the country.

    We will hear from West Midlands Ch Insp Kerry Blakeman in the 11:00 bulletin.

  39. Remembering Germanwings victims

    A state memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash last month will be held later in the German city of Cologne.

    Relatives will join the German chancellor Angela Merkel at the city's cathedral.

    From left to right: Paul Bramley, Greig Friday, Martyn Matthews, Emily Selke. Bottom: Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, Carol Friday, Oleg Bryjak, Maria Radner

    Among the victims was Martyn Matthews, a 50-year-old from Wolverhampton, who was a senior quality manager. He left behind a wife, Sharon, and two children, Jade and Nathan.

  40. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A 13-year-old boy will be sentenced later for the murder of a woman who suffered a bleed on the brain after being mugged in Smethwick.

    In our 10:00 news, we will have more on this case and other stories.

  41. Paedophile pensioner spared jail

    Express and Star

    A perverted pensioner who downloaded thousands of images of children as young as three being sexually abused has been spared jail so that he can receive treatment.

  42. Burglary convict on the run

    A 22-year-old man has spent the night on the run after escaping from a Midlands prison, according to police.

    Joseph Moss

    Joseph Moss, from the Bartley Green area of Birmingham, is serving a sentence for burglary at HMP Featherstone, near Wolverhampton.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  43. Harry Kirkham: The gift of life

    Birmingham Mail

    A teenager knocked down by a police car has helped three people - including a former nurse - to live through the donation of his organs.

    Harry-James Kirkham

    Harry-James Kirkham, from Kingstanding, was fatally injured as he crossed New Sutton Road, Erdington, as leaving a church service last month.

  44. Boys on film

    Bethan Bell

    Journalist, BBC News

    Previously unseen photographs of Duran Duran are to go on display in the band's home city of Birmingham.

    They were taken during the height of the group's fame by rock photographer Denis O'Regan, who joined the Sing Blue Silver tour in 1983 and 1984.

    Duran Duran backstage

    The pictures show Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon on and off stage in France, Japan and North America.

  45. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    West Midlands paramedics are regularly caring for patients in hospitals instead of responding to 999 calls because A&E staff cannot cope.

    We will hear more on this story in the 09:00 bulletin.

  46. Holy Grail tapestries go on display

    Birmingham Museum's set of three tapestries are going on display for the first time since 2008 as part of its Love is Enough exhibition.

    Holy Grail tapestries, Birmingham Museums

    The team's started carefully hanging them up on the wall - this tapestry is called the Failure of Sir Gawaine.

  47. Stalker given restraining order

    A woman who stalked an anti-child abuse campaigner by "bombarding" her with Twitter messages has been given a restraining order for five years.

    Shy Keenan, who founded The Phoenix Chief Advocates Consultancy, received 415 tweets in five months.

    Shy Keenan

    Penelope Mellor, 53, of Coven Mill Close, Coven, Wolverhampton, was convicted of aggravated stalking at Chelmsford Crown Court last month.

  48. Today's forecast

    BBC Weather

    Most places will have a dry day. A fair amount of cloud is likely in the morning, with brighter weather developing during the afternoon.

    Gentle easterly winds and highs of 12C (54F) are forecast. More information about the weekend's outlook is here.

  49. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

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

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