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Live Reporting

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Live updates for the West Midlands

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Good morning, we'll bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

And we'll be covering Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

If you'd like to get in touch to comment or share your photos, visit our BBC Midlands Facebook page, email us, or tweet @BBCMTD.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of flooding.

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

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport and J5 for A41.

M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of debris on the road.

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

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Steve Marshall

BBC Sport

Aston Villa slip out of the Championship play-off places after defeat at Brentford extends their winless run to five games.

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Norwich's first goal scorer Alex Pritchard (far left) was making only his fourth start of the season after four months out with an ankle injury

Norwich City's first away win in two months keeps Birmingham City bottom of the Championship.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

National League

Christian Smith scores the only goal as Maidenhead beat Solihull Moors in the National League.

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Football

Bristol Rovers draw a league game for the first time in 10 months as they are held 0-0 at Walsall.

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West Brom v Everton

Patrick Jennings

BBC Sport

West Brom's winless run now stretches to 18 Premier League matches as they miss the best chances in a goalless draw with Everton.

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Millwall defender Jake Cooper's equaliser was his third goal of the season

Wolves fail to win in London for the third time this season as struggling Millwall come from behind to claim a draw.

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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at M6 J8.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound at M6 J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J1 for A41.

M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J6 for A38 and J4 for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Will Grigg has scored 10 goals for Wigan Athletic this season

Will Grigg's hat-trick, mixed prospects at the bottom, hero boss moved on by steward and other things you may have missed in the EFL.

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Clayton Donaldson

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Aston Villa let a two-goal lead slip as they are held to a draw by fellow Championship play-off contenders Sheffield United.

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Football

Maz Kouhyar scores a late equaliser as Walsall snatch a point on a difficult playing surface at Rochdale.

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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J1 for A41.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work.

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

National League

Boreham Wood are unable to secure a fourth successive league win as they are held a goalless draw at Solihull Moors.

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Maikel Keiftenbeld and Lynden Gooch

Birmingham hold on to deny Sunderland successive home victories despite Sam Gallagher's second-half sending off.

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Ivan Cavaleiro found the net for Wolves for the fifth time in seven games

Wolves record a first win against Ipswich since August 2006 as they move seven points clear at the Championship summit.

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Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A46 and J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A460 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A41 and M6 J8.

M5 West Midlands - Stationary traffic on M5 northbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and M6 J8, because of all traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs.

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

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A41 and J2 for A449.

M54 Shropshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Food banks 'pray' for a Christmas miracle

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Two food banks in a deprived part of Birmingham say they're worried they may have to close after the land they're using was sold.

The Bethany Pentecostal Church and Erdington food banks have been operating from warehouses on an ex-factory site which has now been sold by a supermarket chain.

The Bethany Pentecostal Church food bank
BBC

This has been the busiest year we've ever had. We don't know what the future holds. I have to believe in prayer and we're praying that god will provide a new warehouse to us. Birmingham Council and Jack Dromey [MP] are working on our behalf looking for places."

Kevin WarringtonReverend, Bethany Pentecostal Church
The Bethany Pentecostal Church food bank
BBC

Christmas CARE helps ambulance service

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

It's one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services so any extra help they receive is welcomed.

The West Midlands central accident resuscitation emergency - or CARE Team as it's known - is a charity that responds to serious medical incidents across the region and provides support and back-up to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

CARE team in the West Midlands
BBC

The team of doctors, nurses and paramedics, who all give their time for free to run the service, are often doing it on top of their day jobs.

Earlier this year West Midlands Ambulance Service said it had seen a sharp rise in the number of serious incidents reported.

Christmas Eve disruption for trains

Allen Cook

BBC News

Train passengers planning to use services which will run between Rugeley and Birmingham on Christmas Eve are being warned of disruption.

West Midlands Railway
BBC

West Midlands Railway says there'll be engineering work on the line between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway.

The operator says that'll mean buses replacing trains between Walsall/Rugeley, Trent Valley and Birmingham.

BreakingAttempted murder arrest over teen stabbing

Allen Cook

BBC News

A teenager's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Birmingham.

The 18-year-old victim was found in Staple Lodge Road, Northfield with stab injuries to his chest and leg on 20 December, police say.

Staple Lodge Road
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They say he's still in hospital where he's in a critical but stable condition.

The force says armed police arrested a 15-year-old today in the Weoley Castle area in connection with the attack and he's still in custody.

Prankster gets police help for 'safe getaway' from fans

Allen Cook

BBC News

An internet "prankster" needed help from police in Birmingham today for a "safe getaway" from a large group of his fans.

Jay Swingler, 22, and his YouTube channel co-host Romell Henry had tweeted last week that they would be hiding in the city centre today for a game of hide and seek.

Jay Swingler with police officers
West Midlands Police

They said they were offering £1,000 to the first person who could find them and they'd be filming it for their channel.

This afternoon, West Midlands Police tweeted to say officers had several calls about an incident in Birmingham and added they'd had to help Mr Swingler, saying it was "all good-natured fun while it lasted".

It's not the first time the emergency services have come to the 22-year-old's aide - earlier this month he had to be freed by firefighters from a microwave he'd cemented his head inside.