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Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

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M54 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, at J1 for A460 Cannock Road Wolverhampton.

M54 Staffordshire - on M54 westbound at J1, A460 (Wolverhampton).

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, from J3 for A444 Nuneaton to M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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, from J6 for A38 to J5 for A452 Newport Road.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Damaged car

Police say criminals selling insurance write-offs are making a hefty profit by stealing cars for parts.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J16 for A3400 Stratford Road to J15 for A46 Warwick Bypass Longbridge Island.

M40 Warwickshire - Heavy traffic on M40 southbound from J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) to J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an overturned vehicle. Congestion to J14.

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

Football

Live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Walsall and Gillingham.

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National League

Live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Solihull Moors and Sutton United.

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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J2 for A4123 Oldbury to J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J2, A4123 (Oldbury) to J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident.

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

Omar Bogle

Birmingham City fail to find a way past Swansea City despite dominating their Championship encounter.

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Police still hunting carjackers who took baby

A police investigation continues after a four-week-old baby girl was taken by carjackers in Birmingham last month.

Officers still do not know who took the Audi A3 off Marie Drive in Acocks Green but want to speak to someone they believe has vital information.

They are asking the driver of a blue VW Golf travelling on Shirley Road, near Robin Hood roundabout about 16:00 on 19 July to come forward.

Clare O'Neill and baby Eliza
West Midlands Police

We have made progress with the recovery of the stolen vehicle but we are still seeking witnesses or anyone with information to help us. We believe the driver of the VW Golf may have vital information and I would urge them to speak to us as soon as possible.”

Det Insp Jim MunroWest Midlands Police CID

The mother of the baby, Clare O'Neill, was pushed to the ground by two men, who made off with the vehicle.

Baby Eliza was found at Small Heath Health Centre in Chapman Road at about 16:45.

The stolen car has since been recovered in Small Heath and is undergoing forensic testing.

Bringing a 'segregated' city back together
Birmingham City Council has told the BBC segregation in the city must be addressed so that communities are no longer living in isolation.

Serious case review to be held into girl's death

Allen Cook

BBC News

A serious case review is to be held into the case of an 11-year-old girl who was bludgeoned to death by her great-uncle.

Yesterday, Delroy Forrester, 51, formerly of Lower Villiers Street in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, was convicted of Jasmine Forrester's manslaughter.

Jasmine Forrester
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The court was told Forrester's daughter, Tyler, was angry that she had approached a crisis team at Penn Hospital in Wolverhampton the day before the attack but was told they could do nothing to help.

West Midlands Police said Forrester had been complaining to his close relatives and friends that he was "getting messages through the TV telling him what to say" and also spoke of demons in his head.

The review will be carried out by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board who've described it as an "horrific case".

Police officer bailed after admitting indecent child images

A police inspector who admitted making indecent images and distributing over 300 images of children has been granted bail.

Lee Bartram, from West Bromwich, who worked for West Midlands Police before being suspended earlier this week appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court for a bail hearing after admitting the offences yesterday.

Lee Bartram, former West Midlands Police
PA

Bartram pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of distributing similar images.

The charges - spanning a period between August 2013 and August 2018 - relate to a total of 328 images, including some found on an iPad and an iPhone.

He’s next due to appear in court on 13 September.

Weather: A mild cloudy weekend ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

A mild start tomorrow and we should see a fair bit of cloud lingering with temperatures around 23C (73F).

It's likely to stay the same way on Sunday too. Here's a full forecast.

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3A for to J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - Broken down vehicle on M6 northbound from J3a to J4, M42 (Coleshill). Traffic is coping well.

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

Mosques attacks 'could be random vandalism'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Damage to two mosques in Birmingham by steel balls fired from catapults could be random acts of vandalism, police say.

Masjid Qamarul Islam, Birmingham, was hit on Wednesday and Al-Hijrah mosque half-a-mile away was damaged 20 minutes later.

Masjid Qamarul Islam in Small Heath
BBC

West Midlands Police had said the attacks were being treated as hate crimes, but today says it's had three more reports of damage from a catapult and pellet gun.

At around the same time as the two mosques in Small Heath were hit, officers say a house and parked car on Bankes Road and a home on Hob Moor Road had windows hit by steel balls.

The force says it's found no links between those attacks and the mosques which makes them believe there "may not be a racial motive".

Chuckle Brothers young mega fan: 'Everybody loves them'

The funeral of Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers has taken place today in Rotherham.

Many fans of the Chuckle Brothers gathered outside the home of Rotherham United, were the pair were honorary life presidents.

A young 10-year-old "mega fan" travelled all the way from Birmingham to pay his respects.

Alfie, 10, a Chuckle Brothers fan
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I first went to see them at the pantomime in Wolverhampton around two years ago and I just became a mega fan of them. I just love their episodes and every morning I'm watching their episodes of Chucklevision, and it has never gotten old. Everybody loves them. They've got a really good comedy, they're funny and they just made people laugh."

AlfieChuckle brothers fan
Barry and Paul Chuckle
PA

The 73-year-old's brother, Paul, the other half of the comedy duo, helped carry the coffin into the New York Stadium earlier.

You can read more about the funeral and the tributes paid to him on BBC News.

Man denies murdering neighbour

A man has pleaded not guilty of murdering his 28-year-old neighbour at a pre-trial hearing at Birmingham Crown Court today.

John Nixon, 54, is accused of fatally stabbing Reece Hipwood in Sandmere Road, Yardley Wood, Birmingham after an argument in the early hours of 15 July.

Reece Hipwood
Family handout

Mr Nixon has been remanded in custody until his trial, which has been set for 7 January.

Barcelona attack: Man who helped dying boy to meet family

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

A year ago today, Harry Athwal from Birmingham was on the front page of newspapers around the world when he was caught up in a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Harry was pictured cradling a dying seven-year-old boy called Julian Cadman who was one of 14 people killed when a lorry driver deliberately ploughed into pedestrians.

Harry Athwal
BBC

Harry has formed a strong bond with the victim's family, who live in Australia, and plans to meet Julian's grandparents when they visit the UK later this month.

I don't think a day goes by when you don't think what happened to Julian. I suppose for peace of mind, they want to meet and I'd like to meet. We share a tragic circumstance and a lot of emotion together. I am looking forward to seeing them."

Harry Athwal
Julian Cadman
PA

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane 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: M5 West Midlands northbound

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

M5 West Midlands - Queuing traffic and delays on M5 northbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of an earlier vehicle fire. All lanes have been re-opened. In the roadworks area.

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

Athletics: Diamond League meet in Birmingham this weekend

Some of the world's best athletes will be in Birmingham tomorrow for the prestigious Diamond League event.

The meet is taking place at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr.

It'll be an opportunity to see rising stars including sprinter Dina Asher-Smith who stormed the European Championships last week, as well as 1500m runner Laura Muir and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

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It will be the last ever event for former Olympic champion long jumper Greg Rutherford, who is retiring due to injuries.

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And if you can't make it down there fear not, you can watch full coverage on BBC One this Saturday from 13:15.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, around J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound around J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an earlier broken down vehicle and an accident involving lorry and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Smartphone traffic lights app being trialled in Birmingham.
The app, being trialled in Birmingham, lets drivers know when traffic lights will change.
Wolves winger Adam Traore

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J10A for M54 to J10 for A454 Wolverhampton.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 partially blocked and slow traffic southbound from J10a M54 to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BreakingTower block to be converted into temporary accommodation

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

A controversial plan to convert a Birmingham tower block into accommodation for homeless families has been given the go-ahead.

The empty Barry Jackson Tower in Aston will now be converted into temporary places to stay after Birmingham City councillors approved plans.

Barry Jackson Tower in Aston
BBC

We are doing a number of different innovative schemes in regards to accommodating different households in the city. It isn't panic this is part of a planned approach. What we want to ensure is that we can provide accommodation as best as we possibly can, suitable temporary emergency accommodation for Birmingham households back in the city.

Jim CrawshawHead of housing options, Birmingham City Council

In the papers: Fury over mosque letter

Birmingham Live

The app that tells you when traffic lights are changing

Kevin Reide

Reporter, Midlands Today

It's a simple mobile phone app that tells you when the traffic lights are going to change.

It allows you to moderate your speed accordingly, and feel less frustrated when they suddenly turn red.

A45 Coventry Road in Birmingham
BBC

At this stage it's being tested on several traffic junctions on the A45 in Birmingham. But the hope is it will eventually become nationwide with the information being integrated into sat navs.

It may also form part of the technological infrastructure that will be needed for driverless cars.

Red/amber traffic light in Birmingham
BBC

It's not able to solve congestion but it could save tens of thousands of pounds for transport companies if they adopt it.

Allan Nyom

West Brom defender Allan Nyom leaves the Championship club to join La Liga side Leganes on a season-long loan deal.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3A for and M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J3a and M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

New traffic app shows 'when lights will change'

Kevin Reide

Reporter, Midlands Today

The A45 in Birmingham is being used to trial a new traffic lights system that tells motorists when lights ahead of them will change via a smart phone app.

New traffic lights mart phone app
BBC

The system is designed to reduce pollution and congestion in cities.

The app lets drivers know when they're approaching green or red lights and is said to encourage them to adjust their speed as they approach a junction.

It helps drivers have a smooth journey and lets them know when the lights are going to change, which means they will use potentially less fuel and braking less so less wear on tyres and breaks too."

Chris LaneTransport for West Midlands
West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers.

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'More research needs to be done' into e-cigarettes

A doctor at the University of Birmingham says e-cigarettes may not be as safe as people think.

A report by a committee of MPs is calling for rules around e-cigarettes to be relaxed so they can be more widely used.

Woman using an e-cigarette
Getty Images

This sweeping statement that e-cigarettes are 95% safer then smoking are quite general and based on estimates really and I think more research needs to be done. Our work from the lung foundation suggests that these e-cigarettes and vaping - the actual vaping process of the e-cigarettes liquids - may not be beneficial and may cause similar effects to smoking."

Dr Dhruv ParekhClinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, University of Birmingham

There is no evidence e-cigarettes are a gateway into smoking for young people, Public Health England says.