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  1. Halal butcher hit by flammable object
  2. Controversy over Guns school name change
  3. HS2 rail project has an 'unrealistic timetable'

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Thousands gather at vigils in memory of those killed in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

That's it from us on Tuesday.

We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday but look out for more news, sport, travel and weather updates here until then.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We will have more on the attack at a halal butchers in Walsall and the impact of the EU Referendum on businesses.

And, in a move that has been described as foolish and political correctness gone mad, a school in West Bromwich says it should no longer be called Guns Village Primary because people might associate it with gun crime. 

More on these stories and others on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Victim of halal butcher's attack in Walsall says he's 'lucky to be alive'

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

The victim of a fire bomb attack which gutted a shop in Walsall says he is in "a state of shock" and "lucky to be alive".

I spoke to Bashir Hussain at the scene of the attack in Wednesbury Road in Pleck. His brother Jamil owns Kashmir Meat & Poultry but was not there at the time.

West Midlands Police is keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack, but says it is investigating the possibility that it was "racially-motivated".

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rain clears eastwards through the evening to leave a dry and mostly clear night for most.

Lows of 10C (50F).

Tuesday weather forecast

Get Inspired: Young referee Joel Richards remembered

Simone Stewart

BBC Get Inspired

A year on from the Tunisia beach attacks, friends have been remembering Joel Richards, an inspiring young referee.

The 19-year-old from the Black Country was passionate about football and, after deciding to pursue a career in refereeing, was able - because of his age - to relate to players "on the right level".

His role as chair on the Birmingham County Football Association's Youth Council enabled him to facilitate and participate in workshops aimed at supporting and encouraging more young people to get into refereeing.

Referee remembered in Tunisia attacks

Latest: Halal butcher attacked; parents objects to school name change; terror-accused in court

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Tuesday, here are our headlines:

- A halal butcher in Walsall has a bottle of flaming liquid thrown at him in what an MP has dubbed an 'horrific attack'

- Parents are objecting to plans to change a historic school name linked to the area's manufacture of gun parts

- A Birmingham man accused of preparing to carry out acts of terrorism has appeared before magistrates

Walsall halal butchers attack: Description issued

BBC Midlands Today

Officers are looking for a man, described as white and about 6ft tall, who was seen on CCTV entering a halal butcher's in Walsall before a shopkeeper had "ignited liquid" thrown at him.

Detectives believe an attack on a Walsall shop could be a racist incident

'Horrific' Walsall halal butcher attack 'could have resulted in serious injury or death' - MP

Valerie Vaz has spoken out on the "horrific" attack we reported earlier at a halal butcher in Pleck, where a shopkeeper had "ignited liquid" thrown at him.

The Labour MP for South Walsall said police were keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack but there since the referendum there had been a surge of racially motivated incidents nationally.

"This increase in hate crime is deeply disturbing," she said.

"I have offered my support to the owners of Kashmir Meat & Poultry at this difficult time for them."

West Midlands Police said it had 20 reported hate crime incidents over the weekend, in line with its average of 10 such reports each day since the new financial year began in April.

Courtney Senior and Denny Johnstone

Colchester sign Birmingham's Denny Johnstone for an undisclosed fee and Brentford's Courtney Senior on a free transfer.

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Road blocked in Walsall

BBC Travel

The A4148 Broadway in Walsall is blocked with queuing traffic in both directions at the A34 Birmingham Road junction, because of an accident, BBC Travel reports.

Warwickshire's Woakes singled out for praise for skittling Durham

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes's career-best nine wickets for 36 runs against Durham has been selected as the county performance of the month by The Cricketer magazine.

Chris Woakes
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'Better, more frequent services' for Bromsgrove railway station

Bromgrove's new railway station, which was set to open eight months ago, will open in July, officials say.

Bromsgrove station before its refurbishment

A more reliable signalling system is being installed and the line between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green will be electrified, which will provide passengers with better, more frequent and reliable services.

Martin BallArea director for Network Rail

Wolves: Ongoing hopes to sell could hamper transfers - Jackett

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett says the club still being up for sale will affect their ability to bring in new players. 

It's been nine months since owner Steve Morgan announced his desire to sell, but Jackett says they are still scouting potential talent to improve his squad.

Kenny Jackett

Guns Village School: New name shot down

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Parents have been giving their view on plans to change a school's name which has stood since 1878.

The proposal is for for Guns Village Primary School in West Bromwich.

Critics have pointed to the history of the area and its proximity to Guns Lane, which is not set to be renamed.

Guns Village School: Parents upset at proposed name change

Speedway: Birmingham Brummies crowned champions

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham Brummies have been named the 2016 National Trophy Champions after a 47-43 win at Kent.

The same score as last Wednesday's home leg secured a 94-86 aggregate victory for the Perry Barr team.

Terror-accused Birmingham man appears before magistrates

A 28-year-old Birmingham man has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences. 

It is alleged Zahid Hussain was preparing to carry out acts of terrorism.

He appeared by video link at Westminster Magistrates Court before Judge Jeremy Coleman who remanded him in custody. He will next appear before the Central Criminal Court on 15 July.

County Championship: Last two Warwickshire wickets fall

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire's Mark Adair and Boyd Rankin have both been dismissed to leave the Bears all out for 311, in their Division One clash against Nottinghamshire.

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The damage caused at the halal butchers hit by a lit missile

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

This is the scene outside the halal butchers in Walsall this lunchtime.

West Midlands Police is investigating if the lit missile thrown at the shopkeeper, who suffered bruising, was "racially motivated".

Witnesses to the attack in Wednesbury Road, Pleck, on Monday afternoon are urged to contact police with information.

The scene after the attack
The damage inside the shop afterwards

Coming up on TV

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

Police are investigating after a Walsall shop worker had a fire bomb thrown at him.

More on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30. 

Latest: Halal butcher attacked; school name change plan; HS2 project criticised

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a quick recap of our top stories on Tuesday so far:

- A Halal butcher in Walsall has a lit bottle of flammable liquid thrown at him

- Parents are objecting to plans to change a historic school name linked to the area's manufacture of gun parts

- The HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a new report says

Halal butcher in Walsall hit by lit missile

A lit bottle containing flammable liquid has been thrown at a man inside an Halal butcher's shop in Walsall.

The man was bruised after being struck by the bottle, which ignited and badly damaged the shop.

A police spokesperson said: "One of our lines of investigation is to determine if this is a racially-motivated assault and officers who are investigating will be reviewing CCTV.

The attack happened in Wednesbury Road, Pleck, on Monday afternoon.

Birmingham MP on motion of no confidence in Labour leader

Chris Blakemore


Labour MPs are voting on a motion of no confidence in their leader, Jeremy Corbyn. 

They have until 16:00 to cast their ballots. Mr Corbyn insists he has no intention of stepping down. 

The MP for Birmingham Northfield Richard Burden was among the resignations yesterday. He stood down from his post as a shadow transport minister.

"We need a leader in place who can unify the party," Mr Burden said.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Make the most of the brightness and the good weather around this morning before rain this afternoon.

Highs of 16C (61F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Royal recognition for Walsall MS Society volunteer

Walsall Advertiser

A Walsall volunteer has received royal recognition for his work supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

Andy (right) with Kevin Gunter, chair and volunteer co-ordinator
Walsall Advertiser

Elite tennis players have 'beefed up' say Wolverhampton experts

Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

A Wimbledon win may, at least in part, be down to pumping iron in the gym, according to UK researchers who say the most successful elite male players of modern times tend to be more muscular.

Over four decades, men's champions have morphed from lean endurance sportsmen to brawny power-trained athletes, Wolverhampton University Prof Alan Nevill and PhD student Adam Gale-Watts say.

According to them, bulk gives a competitive edge for stronger shots.

It suggests Andy Murray has a good chance of winning the contest again, but so too does Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray
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Paul Downing: Former Walsall defender joins League One rivals MK Dons

BBC Sport

MK Dons have signed defender Paul Downing on a two-year deal after he rejected a new contract offer from League One rivals Walsall.

Downing, who had only been offered a one-year deal by the Saddlers, made 183 appearances for the club following his release by West Bromwich Albion in August 2012.

Paul Downing
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HS2 has 'unrealistic timetable', says National Audit Office

The HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

The £56bn programme linking London and Birmingham, has too ambitious a schedule and rising costs could mean that not all its intended benefits are delivered, the NAO said.

The NAO said the 2026 target opening date for the first phase was "at risk, despite good progress".

But HS2 Ltd said it was confident that it could achieve its objectives.


Controversy over West Bromwich school name change plan

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

A primary school in West Bromwich says it is consulting parents about plans to change its name, but the idea is causing a bit of concern. 

Governors at Guns Village Primary School claim the name does not represent what they want to say about the school and "the news is too full of guns".

But some parents we spoke to say it's a historic name that's linked to the manufacture of gun parts.

Guns Village Primary School sign

Latest: School name change plan; HS2's 'unrealistic timetable'; ex-MEP 'made fake travel claims'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Tuesday so far:

- Parents are objecting to plans to change a historic school name linked to the area's manufacture of gun parts

- The HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a new report says

- An ex-MEP appears in court accused of making fake travel claims

County Championship: Rikki Clarke puts Warwickshire on top against Nottinghamshire

BBC Sport

Warwickshire built a useful 131-run lead on day two against Nottinghamshire as Rikki Clarke followed up a three-wicket haul with a half-century.  

Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke
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Delayed railway station set to open

Bromsgrove's new railway station is set to open next month, officials have confirmed.

The £24m site, which has longer platforms, a waiting room and a 350-space car park, was expected to open to passengers last November.

Artist's impression of proposed site
Plans for the station were approved in 2013

Birmingham man who allegedly kept explosives at his home due in court

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

A Birmingham man charged with preparing for acts of terrorism is due before magistrates today.

Zahid Hussain, aged 28, of Naseby Road, in Alum Rock, is accused of keeping explosives at his home, West Midlands Police said.

Mr Hussain was arrested in June last year and has been detained under the Mental Health Act since then, the force added.

Ex-UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire 'claimed for trips she did not make'

A former MEP claimed "significantly higher sums" for travel and for trips "not undertaken at all", a court has heard.

Nikki Sinclaire, 47, denies laundering money and committing misconduct in a public office, while representing the West Midlands for UKIP.

One charge alleges she claimed for a Solihull to Stoke-on-Trent journey when records appear to show she was in Cyprus, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Antoine Muller said he would focus on 10 claims from 2009 and 2010.

Nikki Sinclaire

Weather: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

After a dry start for many, rain will spread across the region by lunchtime, turning heavy in places. 

Highs of 16C (61F).

Find out more about the outlook later.

The weather forecast

Travel: M42 tailbacks warning

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the M42 southbound at J3a, for the M40, because of a breakdown and recovery work. Congestion is back to J7 and travel time is 50 minutes.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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