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Jaskaran Kang

Police were called to a flat in Stourbridge Road, Dudley at about 02:30 GMT on Saturday.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound 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: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), 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: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dominique Bruinenberg

Sunderland beat Birmingham City in Women's Super League One with goals from Dominique Bruinenberg, Hayley Sharp and Abbey Joice.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Sam Gallagher

Birmingham edge a scrappy FA Cup tie against fellow Championship strugglers Burton thanks to Sam Gallagher's strike.

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Red card shown to Vinagre

Matthew Henry

BBC Sport

Both sides are reduced to 10 men as Swansea and Wolves play out a goalless draw in the FA Cup third round.

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West Brom

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at St James Park

West Brom ease into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory at League Two side Exeter City.

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National League

National League leaders Macclesfield are held to a goalless draw by struggling Solihull at Moss Rose.

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Jack Marriott

League One Peterborough score three goals in the final 15 minutes to knock Championship side Aston Villa out of the FA Cup.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

Kwame Thomas

Goalkeeper Max O'Leary and striker Kwame Thomas extend their loan deals with National League side Solihull Moors.

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Our live coverage across the week

Andy Giddings

BBC News

We'll be back with the latest updates from 07:00 on Monday.

Aoife Mannion

England Under-23 defender Aoife Mannion signs a new contract with Birmingham City Ladies until June 2019.

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Cold weather alert issued

A cold weather alert has been issued for the West Midlands, warning of a prolonged period of low temperatures starting tomorrow until 18:00 on Tuesday 9 January.

The Met Office said colder conditions would spread south across much of the country during Saturday, with widespread frosts expected during Sunday.

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BBC's Ambulance series to return to West Midlands

The BBC's 'Ambulance' programme is going to follow West Midlands Ambulance Service again for its new series.

The last series, which showed what the job is like for ambulance crews and call centre staff, attracted more than four million viewers a week.

Paramedics
WMAS

Camera crews have already started filming and were out with the ambulances all through December - one of the busiest months of the year.

Call centre
WMAS

It is expected to broadcast later this year.

In the papers: Mum's plea to catch hit and run driver

Birmingham Mail

Some of the headlining stories on the Birmingham Mail website today are:

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J9 for A461 and J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

Gavin Milgate and Scott Stretton

The men threatened shop staff with a carving knife and a machete before stealing cash and cigarettes.

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Theodore Johnson

Johnson met his third victim, Angela Best, while on unescorted leave from a secure mental hospital.

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M74

The men are charged after the hauls were found in a car on the A74(M) and in a south of Scotland village.

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Theodore Johnson: Woman predicted killer would strike again
Former healthcare assistant Sandra Davis says triple killer Theodore Johnson played the system.

Theodore Johnson expected to die in prison

A brutal killer of three women is unlikely ever to leave prison after admitting beating a former girlfriend over the head with a hammer and throttling her with a dressing gown cord.

Theodore Johnson, 64, admitted murdering Angela Best after she met another man, and today was told he would serve at least 26 years behind bars.

Yvonne Johnson
Express and Star

He was previously convicted of the manslaughter of his first wife Yvonne Johnson in Wolverhampton (pictured) and mother to his two sons in 1981.

In 1993 he admitted the manslaughter of his then partner Yvonne Bennett.

He was sent to a secure mental health unit and conditionally discharged from secure accommodation in 1997.

BreakingSerial killer Theodore Johnson jailed for 26 years

Serial killer Theodore Johnson, 64, who met his third victim while on day release from a secure mental hospital has been jailed at the Old Bailey for a minimum of 26 years.

He'd previously been found guilty of killing his wife by throwing her off a Wolverhampton balcony in 1981, and of strangling another former partner in 1993.

Wooden plates serve up £50k fine

A Birmingham restaurant's refusal to stop serving food on wooden plates has landed it with a £50,000 fine after a case was brought by the city council.

Ibrahim's Grill and Steak House, on Warwick Road in Acocks Green, admitted health and safety breaches and were fined at Birmingham Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Chopping boards condemmed
Birmingham City Council

The council said its environmental health team was first called in to investigate after an alleged food poisoning outbreak affecting 14 people, and subsequently served improvement notices requiring them to change the wooden platters.

Wooden platter
Birmingham City Council

On a return visit in December 2016, the council said the team found that while food handling had improved, the wooden plates were still being used.

The council said "wooden plates could pose a risk of food poisoning to anyone eating from them", and the owners had been given "sound advice which they chose to ignore".

Rubbish collections missed

Waste crews will be working over the weekend in Birmingham to catch up on recent missed collections, the city council said.

Bins in Birmingham
BBC

It apologised for the inconvenience of recent missed waste collections and reassured residents it was doing everything it could to get things back to normal.

Crews will be out on Saturday and Sunday to places that have had "whole road" missed collections it said.

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Find out all the details about the competition here - and you'll be able to see Jesse Lingard, Jack Butland and Harry Maguire try our five-a-side challenge on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

Man suffers broken leg in crash

A passenger suffered a broken leg and had to be cut free from a vehicle after it was involved in a crash with another car, ending up in a wood.

Crash scene
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The crash happened at the junction of Table Oak Lane and Holly Lane in Balsall, Warwickshire, at about 15:30 yesterday.

The 21-year-old driver escaped with only minor injuries, as did the driver of the other vehicle.

Crash scene
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Patients face 'horrendous' journey to merged surgeries

Plans to merge four doctor's surgeries into one purpose-built health centre are completely inappropriate according to a councillor in Walsall.

Sycamore House surgery
Google

The proposal from Walsall Care Commissioning Group means that Lichfield Street, Sycamore House, The Limes and Saddlers Medical Centre would all have to relocate to the former Jabez Cliff leather works site on Lower Forster Street.

No decision has yet been made for the site, but concerns have been raised about access for those without cars.

Health bosses say they will be consulting with the public before making a decision.

There's no buses to the site. If they operated a ring-and ride service it would be unmanageable, it's surrounded by hills so for the elderly who have to walk it's going to be a horrendous journey."

Rose MartinConservative Councillor, Paddock Ward

Mayor's office could add £12 to tax bill

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

A new precept on the council tax could be introduced to pay for the running of the West Midlands Mayor office and boost congestion schemes in the region.

Cycle superhighway
BBC

Raising £7.5m, if approved it would mean £12 extra next year on a Band D rated property.

The bulk of the additional money raised would be used on investment to encourage cycling, park and ride facilities and developing "Sprint" bus schemes.

The Mayor's precept is subject to approval by the West Midlands Combined Authority next week.

In the papers: Health bosses vow to reduce A&E waits

Express and Star

Here are some of the stories making the headlines on the Express & Star website this morning:

Clean air zone 'must be fair to consumers'

Clean air zone proposals for the West Midlands would "probably lead to" increasing taxes for polluting vehicles, said the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.

But, he said any new proposals "mustn't be blunt" as it "doesn't reflect the science and it's not also fair to consumers".

Andy Street
BBC

Last year, Birmingham was advised by the government to impose charges for some polluting vehicles by 2020.

There are believed to be almost 900 deaths from air pollution in the city every year.

Reacting to today's falling car sales figures he said he hopes the government will approve a new scrappage scheme for old diesels.

"We're got to act on this but we have to do it in a way in which looks at the real pollutants which are the old vehicles and actually my view is that the public want this to happen as well".

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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