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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Good evening

Local live has finished for the day. We're back on Wednesday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather. Join us then.

Tonight's forecast

BBC Weather

It's going to be a mild and windy night with lows of 6C (43F).

You can find out more about the next few days

here.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Death threats and intimidation - the fallout from the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham is still being felt,

according to one head teacher. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson has the details.

And as we know, the number of marginal seats in our region is crucial to all the main parties. Jeremy Vine brings us more on the West Midlands battleground.

Join us for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

View pictures: Birmingham 10k

Any of the 6,500 people who took part in the

inaugural 10km race through Birmingham on Sunday can search for pictures of themselves at the event and even watch a video clip of themselves crossing the finishing line
at this link.

10K competitors
Great Birmingham 10K

Glassboys to double capacity

Stourbridge News

Ambitious Stourbridge Football Club has been given the green light to increase the crowd capacity of its War Memorial Athletic Ground.

Plans have now been approved to allow the Glassboys to

double the size of their existing capacity from 2,087 to just over 4,000.

Delays after third tree fall

BBC Travel

A third fallen tree is causing delays today - this time partially blocking the Lichfield Road in Sutton Coldfield,

drivers are warned.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we've been looking at today:

  • More
    pictures have been released of men, to whom police wish to speak following trouble at the Blues versus Wolves game last month
  • A worker had to be
    rescued from 30 feet off the ground on an elevated section of the M6 after suffering back spasms
  • A diseased tree has fallen on to three cars in Edgbaston, causing the road to be closed by emergency services

More disorder suspects identified

Three more men have been identified following an appeal into

disorder at a football match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Seven men have been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation and four others have been identified and will be spoken to at a later date.

Suspects
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police today re-issued pictures of five suspects, who were among a number identified by the force earlier in the investigation.

Motorway worker's rescue

A worker who was part of the team renovating the aerial section of the M6/M5 motorway link has had to be rescued by ambulance staff and firefighters after suffering back spasms

while almost 30 feet off the ground, says West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The rescue
@OFFICIALWMAS

The drama unfolded at about 11:50 today on the section of the southbound carriageway of the M6 on to the M5, near Ray Hall Lane, Great Barr.

Not your ordinary polling station

Birmingham Mail

We're taking a look back at some of the weird and wonderful places in Birmingham and the Midlands

where we have cast our votes in the past, including a caravan and a shed in an allotment.

Canvassing: Is it still relevant?

Caroline Gall

BBC News

The age-old tradition of canvassing is a mainstay of every election, so what is it like pounding the streets and knocking hundreds of doors? And with social media playing an ever-increasing role,

is it still relevant?

Michelle Edinburgh
BBC

I spoke to Michelle Edinburgh, who lives in Shirley and is standing for the Green party for the first time in local elections in the town this week.

"Is all that work worth it? Yes, I feel it is.

"There's nothing like meeting someone to get a sense of character from them."

Another fallen tree blocks road

BBC Travel

The Kenilworth Road in Knowle is blocked and there is very slow traffic in both directions because of a fallen tree,

drivers are warned.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of the stories we've been looking at today:

  • Labour has defended an election rally in Birmingham where Muslim men and women sat separately at the weekend
  • Former Warwickshire and England cricketer Dennis Amiss says Jonathan Trott's decision to
    retire from the international game is a brave one
  • There have been long delays in Edgbaston today after a diseased tree fell in high winds - damaging three cars

Candidates pack a punch

Noel Phillips

Brum Votes

We have had candidates singing for their votes and today, well they're battling for them as they've got just 48 hours of campaigning left.

Lee Dargue, running for the Liberal Democrats in Edgbaston and Joe Belcher, Greens candidate in Erdington, boxing
BBC

Here are Lee Dargue, running for the Liberal Democrats in Edgbaston, and Joe Belcher, Green candidate in Erdington, taking the battle quite literally to each other.

Albion eye Wolves aces

The Daily Mail

West Bromwich Albion are keen on Wolves striker Benik Afobe (pictured) but team-mate Bakary Sako could

price himself out of a move to the Hawthorns.

Benik Afobe
Empics

Cash injection for school

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

A project to expand the oldest school in Sutton Coldfield has been

given a multi-million pound boost ahead of the start of building works later this month.

Political landscape

David Lumb

Brum Votes

This map shows Labour (red), Conservative (blue) & Lib Dem (yellow) controlled Birmingham after the General Election in 2010. How will it look on Friday?

Brum Votes map of Birmingham after General Election 2010
BBC

Fears re-offending will increase

BBC WM

We have been told the number of criminals re-offending in the West Midlands will increase as a result of community rehabilitation being privatised.

Sandwell and Dudley have some of the country's lowest re-offending rates, according to the most recent figures - from 2013.

Private companies are now dealing with offenders who have been released from prison and ex-prisoner Jonathan Robinson says more needs to be done while inmates are still behind bars.

Bus services being diverted

BBC Travel

Harborne Road, in Harborne, is

blocked and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the Richmond Hill Road junction and the Chad Road junction because of the fallen tree we reported earlier.

National Express West Midlands bus services 22, 23, 24, 29 and 29A are all being diverted into the city.

Hospital trust jobs at risk

Express and Star

More than 200

jobs face being axed at Sandwell's hospital trust during the next 12 months to slash more than £16 million from the wage bill.

Blues hope to keep stopper

BBC Sport

Birmingham City have still not given up on

persuading Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph to stay at St Andrew's.

Darren Randolph
Getty Images

The 27-year-old was expected to move on this summer after the end of his contract, but Blues are in "continuing negotiations" with Randolph.

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of the stories we've been looking into today:

Trott's impact before retirement

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

South Africa-born Jonathan Trott made his England debut in a Twenty20 international against West Indies in 2007, his first of seven T20s.

But it would be the longer form of the game where

he made a real impact, coming into the Test side two years later for the fifth Test against Australia and
scoring a second-innings century as the Ashes were regained.

Jonathan Trott in numbers infographic
Getty Images

Trott was part of the team that ended a 24-year wait for a win down under in 2010-11 and reached the top of the world Test rankings later that year.

Coming up on TV

Jo Tidman

BBC Midlands Today

A Birmingham head teacher says she believes the alleged Trojan Horse plot is still active in the city's schools.

And Amazon opens the doors of its Rugeley packing centre to the public.

Join us for

Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:40.

Trott was 'England's rock'

BBC Radio 5 live

"He was the rock in the batting order around which we built a successful team."

Jonathan Trott
Getty Images

That is Graeme Swann's assessment of the peak of Jonathan Trott's international career as the Warwickshire man decides to walk away from England duty.

Hear what the BBC's Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew and former England cricketer and limited overs coach Ashley Giles

had to say.

Villa duo star

Garth Crooks

Football Analyst

Aston Villa's Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke have made it into my team of the week. Have a

read why.

Garth Crooks's team of the week
BBC

Fallen tree damaged cars

Bob Hockenhull

Reporter, Midlands Today

Workmen have been examining the fallen diseased beech tree which has damaged three cars on Harborne Road, Edgbaston.

The scene of the fallen tree
BBC

Hay fever levels

BBC Weather

We've got

moderate pollen levels in the Midlands today.

Pollen levels
BBC

Latest headlines

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the big stories we've been looking at this morning:

Fallen tree closes road

BBC Travel

Church Road in Edgbaston is blocked in both directions because of a fallen tree,

drivers are being warned.

Fallen tree
Simon LeGood

The National Express West Midlands bus service 1 is being diverted.

Spotlight on Midlands marginals

BBC Radio 5 live

Adrian Chiles is out and about on his motorbike in the

Midlands marginals today, starting in Dudley North and going to Birmingham Northfield and then Solihull.

Joe Lycett and Adrian Chiles
@joelycett

He is being joined by comedian Joe Lycett, from Hall Green. You can listen live

here.

Walker's ankle left 'pointing wrong way'

Halesowen News

A walker who ended up

dislocating his ankle whilst in a wood in Halesowen yesterday afternoon called 999 and directed ambulance staff to his location.

Hospital parking row

BBC WM

Neighbours are in a parking row after an expansion of Birmingham Women's Hospital was approved.

The expansion includes eight additional disabled parking bays and residents claim there is already "chaos" with on-street parking nearby, on the boundary between Edgbaston and Harborne.

Phil Stokes, from the Harborne Society, called the situation "ridiculous".

Wolves' Sako targets England stay

Express and Star

Wolves winger Bakary Sako has confirmed he has

offers from Albion and Villa plus other Premier League clubs as he vowed to stay in England.

Bakary Sako
Getty Images

New plans for river in Longbridge

Birmingham Post

New cycleways and footpaths and a temporary re-alignment of the River Rea could all be carried out as part of

the latest phase of regeneration in Longbridge.

Birmingham behemoth nearing completion

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

Resorts World Birmingham, a behemoth housing 17 bars and restaurants, 50 shops, an Imax cinema, a casino, spa and luxury hotel, is

entering the final stages of construction.

A computer-generated image of Resorts World Birmingham
Resorts World

Built on the NEC site, it is the project of Malaysian conglomerate the Genting Group, which owns and runs more than 40 casinos in the UK.

Trojan Horse 'not gone away'

Sean Coughlan

Education correspondent

The spectre of the alleged Trojan Horse plot still hangs over Birmingham,

head teachers have warned.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head at Anderton Park School in Birmingham, told the National Association of Head Teachers' annual conference in Liverpool this weekend she had heard of dead animals being hung on school gates.

Warwickshire's Trott retires from internationals

BBC Sport

England batsman Jonathan Trott has

retired from international cricket.

Jonathan Trott
Getty Images

The 34-year-old returned to the Test side for the tour of the West Indies, 18 months after leaving the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness, but managed only 72 runs in six innings.