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  1. Man raped woman on birthday night out
  2. Driver jailed for killing pedestrian while on phone
  3. Extra security for Birmingham Pride
  4. Police call to hospital made in 'good faith'
  5. First music event in Birmingham since Manchester attack
  6. Olympian Laura Kenny visits Birmingham school
  7. Updates from Friday 26 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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    Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport and J7 for M6 affecting J4 for A34.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J7 M6, because of an accident involving five cars. Congestion to J4, A34 (Shirley).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, before J16 for A3400 affecting J15 for A46.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 northbound before J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a broken down vehicle. Travel time is around 30 minute. Congestion to J15, A46 (Longbridge Island).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Enjoy the bank holiday.

  4. Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Extra security at Birmingham Pride

    BBC Midlands Today

    Armed police and extra security will be at a number of events across the region this bank holiday weekend.

    Birmingham Pride

    Seen as the unofficial start of the festival season, security measures are being stepped up at events across the region.

    In Birmingham, West Midlands Police say a "large number" of officers, specials and staff will be on hand to keep visitors to the city's Pride event, safe.

    Our reporter Ben Sidwell will have more on BBC1 from 18:30.

  5. Man raped woman after her 21st birthday celebrations in Birmingham

    Lisa Wright

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    A man who raped a woman in a doorway as she made her way home from her 21st birthday celebrations has been jailed.

    Florian Lupu dragged the woman, who was with two friends, across a road before the "sickening" attack, police said.

    Florian Lupu

    Lupu fled when her friends shouted at him. He was arrested by officers three months later.

    The 29-year-old, of Headingley Road, Handsworth admitted raping the woman in Birmingham last July and was jailed for five years and four months.

  6. Birmingham Pride gets extra security

    At Birmingham Pride, which is due to go ahead on Saturday and Sunday, security arrangements have been reviewed and a remembrance silence will be held before the start of the festival's Carnival Parade in Victoria Square.

    Organisers say: "Birmingham is a great city and, like Manchester, we shall be showing the world our true spirit of love, unity, and support for one another whilst honouring the victims of Monday night's attack."


    Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, of West Midlands Police, said they were expecting tens of thousands of visitors to the city.

    "I appreciate that people planning to attend may feel a sense of nervousness - I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reassurance that a full policing operation is in place and is subject to ongoing reviews," he added.

    "We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe - this isn't only for the Pride event, but also for anyone visiting the city to enjoy all it has to offer."

  7. Your pictures: Costa del Sutton

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watcher Di's Walk has been out in sunny Sutton Coldfield.

    Even these cows need to take a moment to cool down.


    If you have a picture you'd like to share, sign up here.

  8. BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on housing

    The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

    We wanted to know: What should we be doing to address the need for more low cost housing? Does any party have policies you think would help?


    Tarz, Birmingham: "Use up all avaliable brownfield sites. If landowners do no build within three years of purchase, then the councils should buy them back at the price that was paid. The council then gets houses built on the sites. This stops land-hoarding. Trouble is, each individual is responsible for his/hers situation, and should not rely on others to house them. All parties talk the talk then do sod all when in power."

    Beatrice, Shrewsbury: "Use greenbelt areas to build more houses, decrease demand."

    Carol, Stoke: "I think derelict buildings could be used. They could be renovated and either rented or sold at a reduced rate to people who would benefit from low cost houses. There are some old derelict factory buildings near where I live, they have been unused for years now, but could be put to good used if turned into flats."

  9. Birmingham school children win railway artwork competition

    Five school children from Birmingham have had their artwork featured on railway timetables and at Birmingham Moor Street station.

    They have been announced as winners of a competition run by Chiltern Railways to design the cover of the 2017 summer/autumn timetable.

    The winners are:

    • Daream Adu, 10
    • Hafsa Anwar, 11
    • Rizwan Sattar, 10
    • Rebecca Whitehouse, 10
    • Kshaf Javed,13
    Competition winners

    A presentation took place at Birmingham Moor Street station on Wednesday.

    Competition winner

    The winners' work can be seen in a temporary exhibition at the station for the next six months.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4 for A34 and J5 for A41 affecting J3 for A435 Portway.

    M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M42 northbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident. Travel time is around 40 minute. Congestion to J3, A435 (Portway).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A41 and J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Bank holiday getaways: Busiest roads for four years

    Highways England have suspended 150 miles of roadworks across the West Midlands in anticipation of today's Bank Holiday getaway.

    The RAC are warning drivers to expect the busiest spring bank holiday weekend for traffic in four years.

    It estimates that 16.5m leisure journeys will be taken between today and Monday because of soaring temperatures.

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  13. Undercover officer accused of 'planting bomb' described as 'absolutely professional'

    An undercover officer accused of planting a pipe bomb to frame the alleged "Three Musketeers" terror cell has been described in court by his friend and colleague as "absolutely professional, honest and committed".

    The anonymous officer, known only as Vincent, was cross-examined for days over his role in the discovery of an explosive device in the car of convicted terrorist Naweed Ali.

    Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz
    Image caption: Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz (L-R) deny preparing terrorist acts

    Vincent has repeatedly denied the allegation of Mr Ali's defence team that he planted the incriminating evidence in the car before MI5 arrived to bug it.

    The officer, who has around 35 years of experience in law enforcement, told jurors he had never been involved in any impropriety or had any disciplinary findings against him.

    Mr Ali and Mr Hussain, 25, both of Sparkhill in Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 32, and Tahir Aziz, 38, of Stoke-on-Trent, deny preparing terrorist acts. The trial continues.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Birmingham Pride: Increased security measures in place

    Extra security measures in place following Manchester bomb attack.

  15. BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on defence

    The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

    We asked:

    What should we do about defence? Do you support Trident? Which party’s policies do you think best look after our defence needs?"


    Shah, Birmingham: "I don't support Trident. None of the party's have any viable long term financially savvy solution."

    Barry, Telford: "Trident must be supported and we should have four submarines and not just three please do not let corbyn near them."

    Harold, Coventry: "I would oppose Trident if there is a viable alternative. It's difficult to say which party best looks after our security but I would go with Labour."

    Daniel, Walsall: "I support a strong defence but am not an interventionist. I don't find much to like in Labour's mixed stance on the nuclear deterrent but do not like how the Conservatives have steadlily cut the military either. No party really fully reflect my views I don't think."

  16. Former Redditch MP says counter-terror strategy needs reviewing

    Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says the Prevent programme, aimed at stopping people becoming involved in extremism, must be reviewed.

    The ex-Redditch MP was involved in strengthening the programme in 2008, but told BBC WM one of its main aims is still not happening.

    Jacqui Smith
    Quote Message: The government were right to say that they should be reviewing it, but wrong to not have already done it, I think it needs to be looked at in more detail alongside other elements of the counter-terror strategy." from Jacqui Smith Politician
    Jacqui SmithPolitician
  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, after J2 for A4123 Oldbury affecting J3 for A456 Halesowen.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound after J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of an accident involving a lorry. Congestion to J3, A456 (Halesowen).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time