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  1. Updates for Friday 1 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

Have a great bank holiday weekend

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.

Whatever you get up to this bank holiday weekend we hope it's a good one!

Chilly night ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It will stay dry overnight but become increasingly cloudy by dawn, with a southeasterly breeze developing.

Beccy Wood

It will be a chilly night but most places will stay frost free though with a low 3C (37F).

Tomorrow it'll be mostly dry and cloudy through the morning but outbreaks of rain are expected to move in.

Birmingham City: Paul Robinson signs new one-year contract

BBC Sport

Birmingham City club captain Paul Robinson

has signed a new one-year contract with the Championship club.

Paul Robinson

The 36-year-old former Watford and West Bromwich Albion defender was without a club when he joined Blues on a one-month trial deal in September 2012.

A commentary triple bill

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

We've got a hat trick of FM commentaries on BBC WM tomorrow.

At 12:00 -

Wolves host Millwall in their final league game of the season - and the question is - can they make the play offs?

That's followed by

Aston Villa at home to Everton and Alan Hutton is back training ahead of that one.

If that wasn't enough - we finish the day with a 17:30 kick-off at

Old Trafford as West Bromwich Albion take on Manchester United.

Drum beats in Midlands election battle

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

My latest blog reflects some of the talking points arising from this week's Midlands Today election special where you can watch the panellists' 15 second manifestos.

Debate audience

In the meantime, I am busy preparing for our final Sunday Politics Midlands programme before polling day.


my latest blog post here.

Your VE Day stories

Adam Bridge


The 70th anniversary of VE Day is just a week away and we'll be marking the event by sharing your stories, photos and cinefilm with the West Midlands.

Please get in touch and tell us your, your parents, your grandparents or friends memories of VE day. As well as hearing your stories and memories we would love to see any photos from the time or even cinefilm.

You can get in touch with us

via email or call 0121 567 6040.

Latest Headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC Birmingham newsroom:

Rail passengers could see London prices slashed

Express and Star

London Midland is reducing a range of ticket prices on its

Birmingham to London services by up to 39.8% from May 17.

A London Midland only Super Off-Peak single will fall from £24.90 to £15.

Wolves play-off hopes

Nick Clitheroe

Sports editor, BBC Midlands Today

The odds are that Wolves will just miss out on the Championship playoffs, but there will be no shame in that.

kenny jackett
Clive Rose/Getty

If you'd said to any fan before the start of the season that Kenny Jackett's side would still be in contention on the final day they would have been delighted.

This was supposed to be a season of consolidation at this level but Wolves have pushed well past that level of performance.

Read more here.

Bank Holiday ideas

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Hip-hip-hooray. It's nearly the Bank Holiday weekend... Looking for something to do over the long weekend?

Hyperlocal blog site Grapevine Birmingham looks at music and club nights in the city over the next month.

You can also visit the BBC Get Inspired page for ideas of things happening in your local area. There's everything from wildlife walks to football.

Great strides for Villa

Bill Wilson

Business reporter, BBC News

Football has been making great strides in tackling discrimination against players from ethnic minority backgrounds, but

there are concerns it has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to other parts of its workforce.

Football boardrooms, as well as executive and administrative posts, remain predominantly white and male, as do most behind-the-scenes roles such as coaching or physiotherapy.

Jores Okore of Aston Villa battles for the ball with Didier Drogba of Chelsea
Getty Images

Aston Villa, Chelsea, and Arsenal are setting a recruitment example, says charity Kick It Out which is calling on clubs to alter their recruiting policies to ensure they give a fair opportunity to people from all backgrounds to be considered for jobs in football.

Lorry hits bridge Lye

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Police and Network Rail are at A458 Stourbridge Rd after a lorry hit the railway bridge.

Lorry hits a bridge in Lye

London Midland

tweets: Please note that due to a vehicle striking a bridge in the Lye area some Snow Hill services are delayed. Apologies to affected customers.

Weather this afternoon

BBC Weather

Things will warm up through the bank holiday weekend but there's a bit of rain to get through first.

Kaye Forster

It will stay dry through the day and we'll see some hazy sunshine due to the cloud. Temperatures will reach about 12C (53F).

For the latest forecast follow the

BBC Weather team on Twitter.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC Birmingham newsroom:

'Close doors & windows'

West Midlands Ambulance Service

tweets: Please avoid Pipers Farm Rd, Redditch due to large fire. Close windows/doors & stay indoors due to smoke @HWFireRedditch @HWFireControl

Redditch fire photos

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service

tweets a selection of photos of the fire on Pipers Road on Park Farm Industrial Estate in Redditch

Photos of fire at ATS tyres in Redditch
Hereford & Worcester Fire Service

These are photos tweeted by the Redditch fire team as they approached the site.

Members of the public are urged to stay away from the scene.

One person treated for facial injuries

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

One person is being treated for facial injuries following a blaze at Park Farm Industrial in Redditch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it's at the scene providing assistance. I'm told the fire started at the rear of a tyre shop ATS after 12:20.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police says Washford Drive is closed near Tesco and a nearby pedestrian path. The force asks people to stay away from the scene.

All people have been accounted for.

Search for valuable coins

Police are searching for a collection of rare,

valuable coins stolen from an elderly man in an Erdington supermarket.

CCTv picture of a woman police want to speak to
West Midlands Police

The 78-year-old realised his bag was missing while he packed his shopping bags after leaving it on the conveyor belt.

He had only just collected the coins, which are worth over £3000.

Police release photos of a woman they want to trace.

Firefighters and police at fire scene

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Emergency services have been sent to a fire at Park Farm Industrial Estate in Redditch this afternoon.

There are no reports of any injuries but details are still coming in.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police tells me they received an emergency call at 12:20 and officers are in the area to provide help to the fire service.

'Large amount of smoke'


Firefighters are reportedly tackling a blaze on Park Farm Industrial estate in Redditch.

An eyewitness, Frank, rang

BBC WM and says: "I can see a large amount of smoke - there's lots of it but it's died down considerably."

BBC One from 13:30

Amy Cole

Presenter, Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we hear from the local leaders of two of the smaller parties standing in next week's Election - Dr Richard Taylor from the National Health Action Party, and Dave Nellist of the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition.

And find out why Burntwood is turning yellow in memory of Stephen Sutton who died a year ago this month.

I'll have those stories and more on BBC One this lunchtime.

Fire breaks out in Redditch

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are tackling a blaze on Pipers Road in Redditch.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service says five crews are in attendance, including two from Warwickshire.

We'll bring you more details on this when we have it.

Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine but cloud will increase a little this afternoon

making the sunshine a little hazy.


Matt Kendall: 'Soaking up the love'

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

This morning we spoke to Matthew Kendal who's been diagnosed with terminal cancer and told he's just got weeks to live.

A tremendous heart warming and gut wrenching story about a man who is "soaking up the love" from loved ones in his final days.

Facebook page for The Matt Kendal Foundation

He says he's dedicated his life and career to supporting young people in Birmingham and decided to set-up

The Matt Kendall Foundation's to continue to help - even when he's not around.

He says: "The foundation's for young disadvantaged people who have got a plan who just for whatever reason need some help. We want to help them and support them for course fees, money to help support them to volunteer and make those final steps into work and be a positive employable citizen.

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Our top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country this lunch time:

  • A 19-year-old man's
    appeared in court in Wolverhampton charged with murdering a music teacher
  • 30 protestors who occupied a section of The Library of Birmingham have been served with three month banning notices
  • Weather: A dry day with plenty of sunshine and cloud lingering

At court: Wolverhampton murder charge

Ben Godfrey

Reporting at Wolverhampton Crown Court

Dylan Jackson appeared in court flanked by two guards. The 19-year-old wearing a t-shirt and jogging bottoms spoke only to confirm his name and address during a two-minute hearing.

The teenager is charged with murdering Herman Simpson in Wolverhampton who died on 13 April after he was stabbed.

Jackson is also charged with possessing a fire arm and offering to supply heroin on the same day. As well as a further charge of possessing cocaine.

He'll reappear at Wolverhampton Crown Court next week.

Yellow ribbons for Stephen Sutton

Cath Mackie

BBC Midlands Today

This morning I'm filming in Burntwood as the town is turning yellow in memory of Stephen Sutton who died a year ago this month.

Yellow ribbon in Burntwood in 2015

Ribbons are being put around the town to mark the one year anniversary on 14 May.

The 19-year-old died after launching an appeal in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, raising more than £5m.

Tony Pulis: Stands and delivers

BBC Sport

A standing Tony Pulis isn't giving much away to the waiting media,

as his West Brom team prepare for a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Tony Pulis news conference
WBA Twitter

"We've a few injuries this week but I'm not going to say who is injured and who isn't," he said."

Thanks, Tony. And sit down, will you?

Library cuts 'reducing revision'

Michelle Dawes

Journalist, BBC WM

Thirty of the protestors who occupied a section of the ground floor at The Library of Birmingham keeping it open for an extra 40 minutes last week have been served with three month banning notices.

Library of Birmingham

They were campaigning

against the reduced opening hours at the state of the art building by holding banners and chanting inside the premises.

Damilola Ladipo from King Edwards College in Stourbridge was one of the students to be given bans and says "the cuts are reducing the amount of revision young people can do and disadvantaging students".

Unemployed Brummies offered leg-up for John Lewis jobs

The Chamberlain Files


An attempt to make sure hundreds of

new retail jobs go to unemployed people in Birmingham rather than outsiders is about to have a baptism of fire with the start of a recruitment exercise for a John Lewis store.

The city council has been working for two years with partners at the Grand Central shopping centre above New Street Station to give long term workless applicants the best possible chance of securing employment.

Third man charged over Sheriff Mbye stabbing

A third man has been charged with the murder of a teenager Sheriff Mbye who was stabbed during a fight in Birmingham.

Sheriff Mbye
West Midlands Police

The 18-year-old, of Lee Bank, died in hospital on 17 April after being stabbed several times on Bristol Road South, Northfield, police said.

Music teacher murder

Herman Simpson (pictured), 47, who was a music teacher was found with multiple stab wounds at his home on Compton Road in Wolverhampton on 13 April.

Herman Simpson
West Midlands Police

Unemployed Dylan Jackson is due to appear in court this morning charged with his murder.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said: "Mr Simpson's family have been informed of this latest development. On behalf of West Midlands Police I extend my sympathies to them all those affected by his death."

Latest headlines

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Local Live at the moment:

Benteke 'too expensive for most clubs'

BBC Sport

Aston Villa striker

Christian Benteke will only be allowed to leave if he wants to go and the money is right, manager Tim Sherwood says.

Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke
Getty Images

Benteke has scored 10 Premier League goals in 25 games this season and there has been

speculation about his future.

"It would have to be a lot of money for anyone to take him from us," said Sherwood. "He'd be too expensive for a great deal of clubs in the Premier League."

Terminal cancer to give hope

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

A terminally ill Birmingham man is using his last weeks to set up a foundation to help the city's disadvantaged young people.

Matthew Kendal
Matthew Kendal

Matthew Kendall, 35, from Kings Heath was diagnosed with

Oesophageal cancer in 2014.

He wants to encourage local businesses to become founding partners of the

Matt Kendall Foundation to continue his work in helping 16-to-25-year-olds reach their potential.

Baby dies in Birmingham after car hits wall and tree

A baby has died and four women were injured

after the car they were in hit a wall and a tree in Birmingham yesterday.

The crash happened on just before 16:00 on Gibbons Road, Selly Oak.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the baby was taken to the children's hospital and given CPR en-route. The child was confirmed dead at the hospital.

M42 Accident

BBC Travel

There are long delays, with two lanes closed and very slow traffic on the M42 northbound between J3a M40 and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident involving three cars.

Travel time is around 60 minutes. Congestion to J2, A441 (Alvechurch).

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

West Midlands 'like Rotherham'

A West Midlands Police report on child sexual exploitation says there are similarities here to Rotherham.

Birmingham and Rotherham
Rex / Getty

The report released under a freedom of information request links organised gangs to the abuse and claims young victims in the region are being forced into prostitution.

The West Midlands has "significant similarities" with Rotherham.

An independent report found that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town in South Yorkshire by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013.

HSBC bank office scheme for City Centre approved

Birmingham Mail

Plans for a new 11-storey HSBC office block in Birmingham city centre have been

given an enthusiastic approval despite objections from English Heritage.

The country's historic building watchdog complained that the new offices, on Centenary Square, would ruin views of the listed Alpha Tower and overshadow the Hall of Memory