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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Good evening

    BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. Fine and dry overnight

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    After a fine evening with late sunshine across the region, a dry night will follow with clear skies, allowing a touch of frost in some rural locations. Lows of 2C (36F).

    Charlie Slater
  3. Jason Manford in conversation

    Satnam Rana

    Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    This time last year much loved comedian Jason Manford lent his support to the inspiring and much admired Staffordshire teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton.

    Jason Manford

    Now Jason's back in the Midlands - but this time he's swapped the comedy stage for theatre - he's taken up a role in the hit musical The Producers.

    See my interview in full talking comedy, Stephen Sutton and acting from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. 'Lucky escape'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    A wall which collapsed on a propane gas bullet earlier this morning also affected electrical cables in the surrounding area, the first service says.

    A number of people have been evacuated and is being attended by emergency services.

    Handsworth Fire, who were at the scene, tweeted: "Lucky escape with no injuries."

  5. Couple scammed by 'police'

    Peter Wilson

    West Midlands Special Correspondent, BBC News

    They are the fraudsters. Irene, from Quinton, (pictured) calls them "scum". Irene is a pensioner and lost £3,000 after falling victim to the elaborate fraud.

    She like 30 other people in the West Midlands was approached last month by criminals posing as detectives claiming her bank account had been compromised.

    Irene

    The clincher for her was they told her to phone the number on the back of her bank card but they never put the phone down, meaning the line was still open. See my report and interview with Irene on BBC One from 18:30.

  6. Delays on M6 due to accident

    BBC Travel

    There's severe disruption on the M6 southbound at J6 (Aston Expressway) due to an accident.

    The A41 Warwick Road in Tyseley is blocked in both directions between Boscombe Road and Manor Farm Road due to a building fire.

    Read about the latest disruption on BBC Travel.

  7. News on the hour

    Gareth Ford-Lloyd

    BBC WM

    In the news at 17:00 on BBC WM: An inquest opened today into the death of 21 year old West Midlands student who died after taking diet pills she'd bought online.

    Police says they are still investigating where the lethal tablets came from and who made them.

  8. Warning over buying medication online

    BBC WM

    The mother of a West Midlands woman who died after taking diet pills says her daughter didn't stand a chance.

    Eloise Parry

    Fiona Parry says the tablets taken by 21-year-old Eloise Parry (pictured) caused her body to overheat and fail. She experienced kidney failure, her lungs stopped working and her heart stopped.

    She died in Shrewsbury earlier this month after taking eight tablets bought on the internet.

  9. Walsall head to Swindon

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Walsall head to Swindon this evening for a match you can hear live on BBC WM (FM only).

    Walsall have no new injury worries and boss Dean Smith could name the same squad that drew against Crewe.

    The Saddlers are eight points above the relegation zone and could ensure League One survival with a win.

  10. Police identify more FA disorder suspects

    Police have identified three more suspects in an investigation into disorder at an FA Cup match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion last month.

    CCTV images

    The men were traced after a recent appeal to find six people thought to have been involved - bringing the total number of people spoken to about the disorder to 12.

  11. Lifelong rivalry behind Katie Wilkinson's rise

    BBC Sport

    Katie Wilkinson was four when she binned ballet classes to follow her twin brother Ben to football training and continue their sibling rivalry on a new stage.

    Katie and Ben Wilkinson

    It is a rivalry that has helped Katie build a burgeoning career with Aston Villa Ladies and earn international recognition with England's Under-19 team.

    While exact scores of fiercely-contested garden encounters have been forgotten, the really important numbers are recited like title wins. Read the feature in full on BBC Sport.

  12. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the news at 15:00 on BBC WM: Two teenagers from the West Midlands who were thought to have been planning to travel to Syria, have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to carry out terror offences.

  13. HSBC lease agreed

    Banking giant HSBC has formally committed to create its purpose-built headquarters in Birmingham.

    HSBC infographic

    Arena Central will be built on a 1.5m sq ft (139,366 sq m) site occupied by the Alpha Tower and the Crowne Plaza Hotel (pictured).

  14. FA inquire about Grealish

    BBC WM Sport

    It's understood the FA has inquired about the eligibility of Jack Grealish, following the midfielder's breakthrough into the Villa starting line up.

    Jack Grealish

    The Birmingham-born youngster has already played for Ireland's Under 21s but it's thought England want him to feature for their Under 20s in the Toulon Tournament next month.

    His dad Kevin told the BBC he just concentrating on his Villa career after committing his future to the club earlier this season.

  15. News on the hour

    Gareth Ford-Lloyd

    BBC WM

    Police are warning of the dangers of buying medicines or supplements online following the death of a West Midlands woman who'd taken diet pills.

    Find out more in my 15:00 bulletin.

  16. Weather update

    BBC Weather

    The warm sunny weather will continue this afternoon.

    Weather map for Tuesday afternoon

    Check the latest forecast here.

  17. Call for less junk food at checkouts

    Midlands Today

    A senior lecturer of nutrition at Birmingham City University is lobbying the major supermarkets to remove junk food from their checkouts.

    Fruit and vegetables

    Mel Wakeman has been asking big retailers to replace the usual sweets and chocolate with healthier options.

  18. Police investigate fires

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Police tell me they're investigating five fires believed to have been started deliberately in Longbridge overnight.

    West Midlands Police is appealing for information or witnesses to the blazes, which started between midnight and 01:00.

  19. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 14:00 on BBC WM: Two teenagers from the West Midlands have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism.

    The pair, both 17 and from Coventry, were detained by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at their home addresses at about 06:00.

  20. Aston Villa charged by the FA

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa has been charged by the Football Association for crowd disturbances during an FA Cup tie last month.

    Aston Villa fans during FA Cup tie

    It is alleged the club "failed to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch".

    The charges relate to Villa's sixth-round game against West Brom at Villa Park on 7 March. The club has until 23 April to respond. Read more on this story on the BBC Sportsday live page.

  21. BBC One from 13:30

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today presenter

    Our top story on BBC One this lunch time: "It's a one way trip, nothing can be done to save you..." the words of a grieving mother this lunchtime, describing the diet pills that killed her daughter.

    Eloise Parry is believed to have bought the pills on the internet unaware they contained a toxic pesticide called DNP. An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned.

    Our reporter Joanne Writtle has been speaking to Eloise's mum and will be live with us this lunch time.

  22. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Our top story in the news bulletin at 13:00 on BBC WM: Police are warning of the dangers of buying medicines or supplements online, following the death of a West Midlands woman who'd taken diet pills.

  23. Premises evacuated after gas leak

    Fire crews from Smethwick and Handsworth are attending a gas leak at Grove Lane in Smethwick after a wall collapsed on a 2,000-litre propane gas bullet.

    Gas cylinder surrounded by wall debris

    Nearby premises have been evacuated as a safety measure.

    Representatives from the gas board are on the scene.

  24. Road reopening delayed

    Express and Star

    The re-opening of a busy Walsall road after two years has been hit by delays, it emerged today.

  25. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top local story at midday on BBC WM: Police are warning of the dangers of buying medicines or supplements online, following the death of a West Midlands woman who'd taken diet pills.

  26. HSBC formally commits to Birmingham

    BBC WM

    Banking giant HSBC has formally committed to create its purpose-built headquarters in Birmingham city centre.

    Artist's impression of new HSBC building in Birmingham

    The land earmarked for development is for its new "ring fenced" retail division, which it hopes will bring 1,000 jobs to Birmingham .

    All banks are now required to have them as part of measures taken in the wake of the recent bailouts and financial scandals.

  27. Sir John Major in Solihull

    Vicki Young

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Sir John Major is warning of perils of unstable Government with no clear majority. He should know.

  28. Changes to National Express services

    NX West Midlands tweets: There will be a number of service changes in Birmingham and the Black Country from Sunday 26 April.

  29. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    At eleven o'clock on BBC WM, there'll be more about Sir John Major's visit to Solihull this morning.

  30. Slow traffic southbound on Broad Street

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A456 Broad Street in Birmingham, at the Sheepcote Street junction, because of emergency repairs.

  31. Cricket: Warwickshire v Hampshire

    Clive Eakin

    BBC WM, cricket commentator

    Warwickshire's Tim Ambrose says Hampshire are still in control, despite him scoring a century yesterday.

    The Bears were all out for 280 in their first innings but Hampshire will resume on 38 for 1 on Day 3 at Edgbaston - a lead of 77 runs.

    We'll have ball-by-ball commentary online from 11:00 and on the BBC Sport app on your smartphone or tablet.

  32. Great night of speedway for Wolves

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    It was a great night of Speedway at Monmore last night.

    Wolves made it back-to-back wins at home in the Elite League with a 52-38 win over Lakeside.

    It was a tight meeting until Lewis Blackbird flew round the tracks to pick up some crucial points.

  33. Longbridge fires update

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I've just spoken to West Midlands Fire Service which has given me more details on the deliberate fires in Longbridge. I'm told it was five fires not six as we reported earlier.

    Central Avenue, Longbridge

    I'm told the fire service attended the first callout to a car fire at just after midnight.

    • 00:06 Central Avenue (pictured): Car fire
    • 00:14 Conley Green Drive: Two cars on fire
    • 00:18 Hawkesley Mill Lane: Car fire
    • 00:30 Fairfax Road: Skip fire
    • 00:52 Fairfax Road: Motorbike fire near scaffolding
  34. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top local story at 10:00 on BBC WM: The fiancé of a Handsworth man who took his own life after his mother told him to find a "cure" for being gay says many Asians are forced to keep their sexuality a secret.

  35. Slow traffic on West Midlands M6

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are blocked, causing slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J5 (A452 Castle Bromwich) and J6 (A38 Aston Expressway) because of a broken down vehicle.

  36. Young voters online

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today presenter

    With the election just 15 days away, politicians are taking to social media to try to engage with young people.

    People using their phone and tablet

    Only 44% of people aged between 18 and 24 voted in the last general election. This time round politicians are using social media in a bid to win votes.

  37. Midland Metro delays

    Midland Metro tweets: Due to a points failure at Wednesbury Parkway there are delays going towards Birmingham. Midland Metro apologise for the inconvenience

  38. JLR may have to accept Evoque 'copycat'

    Birmingham Post

    Jaguar Land Rover may have to grin and bear an alleged Chinese copycat of its best-selling Evoque model.

    The Midland car-maker had pledged to take legal action against Chinese car-maker LandWind over its proposed X7 model, which Land Rover bosses said bears a striking resemblance to the Range Rover Evoque.

  39. News on the hour

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top local story in the news on BBC WM: The fiancé of a Handsworth man who took his own life after his mother told him to find a "cure" for being gay has started a 130-mile walk from London to Birmingham.

  40. Delays on West Mids motorways

    BBC Travel

    There's very slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J9, at the M6 Toll (Curdworth), and J7a, for the M6.

    And on the M5, a lane is closed on the exit slip road and there's heavy traffic southbound at J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a broken down van. Get the latest information.

  41. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

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

    If you spot a story you think we should be covering, email or tweet @BBCWM.