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  1. Parrot 'taken into custody' after found locked in car

    A macaw found locked in a vehicle has been rescued by officers in Birmingham.


    The bird, which officers named Charlie, was found in Golden Hillock Road Small Heath earlier, was now in custody "to be cared for", West Midlands Police said.

    "From the #rainforest to the middle of #SmallHeath", the force tweeted.

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    Video caption: Birmingham school parents vow to continue LGBT protests despite injunction

    Birmingham parents vow to continue LGBT demonstrations despite High Court injunction.

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J4, A3400 (Shirley) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a dry and cool night with clear periods and lows of 8C (46F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  5. Diners disappointed by Tom's Kitchen closure

    The closure of Birmingham's Tom's Kitchen is just the latest high-profile restaurant to close in the city.

    It revealed the move last week after being confronted by disappointed and often confused restaurant-goers on Twitter.

    It said it had been forced to make the "unfortunate decision" to shut in Birmingham and at London's Canary Wharf, and hoped its "awesome" staff would "find new positions quickly".


    There seems to be no reference to the deli's closure in the Mailbox on the restaurant chain's website, but on social media it asked diners to contact it by email.

    In a short statement issued on Friday, the firm said the Mailbox and the operators of Tom’s Kitchen were "in discussions and we hope to be able to provide an update soon".

    Last month, Jamie's Italian in Birmingham was one of 22 Jamie Oliver restaurants to shut as several chains went into administration.

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42 J8.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42 J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Man jailed for 'sickening' attack on dementia patient

    A man who police say carried out a "sickening" attack on a vulnerable woman with dementia in a nursing home has been jailed.

    David Debney

    David Debney, of Grosvenor Road, Aston attacked Denise Crowton in her room at The Ridings Nursing Home in Castle Vale, leaving her with "horrific" facial injuries, police said.

    The 24-year-old then went on to threaten and assault three members of staff during the assault in 2017.

    At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday he was jailed for 12 years after admitting three counts of assault and being found guilty of wounding.

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    Video caption: Birmingham airport parking problems captured on dashcam

    One motorist says he could face speeding and parking fines despite being on holiday.

  9. LGBT protests to continue despite injunction

    Protesters who've been prevented from demonstrating about equality lessons outside a school in Birmingham say they'll fight the injunction.

    Rosina Afsar

    The city council has obtained an interim High Court order to stop the protests at Anderton Park Primary within an exclusion zone around the site.

    At a press conference earlier demonstrators said they would hold another protest on Friday, but not directly outside the school.

    Rosina Afsar, who has two children at the school, said: "We will challenge the injunction in court, we will also judicially review all of the unjust and irresponsible behaviour by the school and council".

  10. Woman admits helping knife-killer

    A woman has admitted supplying a killer with cash and a mobile phone while he was evading capture by the police after stabbing a teenager at a boxing event.

    Melisa Birkinshaw

    Melisa Birkinshaw helped Tyrone Andrew who fatally stabbed 19-year-old Reagan Astbury during an event in Walsall Town Hall.

    Andrew, 22, of St Helen's Street, Derby, fled to Amsterdam and Spain after incident but in August last year was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 14 years.

    At Birmingham Crown Court today 22-year-old Birkinshaw of Cavendish Court, Derby, admitted doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice by permitting her bank account to receive cash intended for Andrew, and giving money and a phone to him in Holland.

    She was told she is "extremely likely" to be jailed

  11. 'No chaos' on day one of Five Ways underpass closure

    The closure of a major underpass in Birmingham for the next two years doesn't appear to have led to major congestion in the area on day one.

    The underpass

    The route under Five Ways roundabout, linking Broad Street and Hagley Road, is shut as part of the Midland Metro tram extension work, set to be completed in 2021.

    There had been warnings from Transport for West Midlands of increased traffic in the area but, on the first day of the closure, it's been busy but no signs of chaos from drivers.

  12. Your photos: Return of blue skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    After some rain and grey skies over the weekend, our local BBC Weather Watchers appear to be revelling in the return of blue skies today over the West Midlands.

    These three are from users Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield, WolgarstonSci in Penkridge, Staffordshire and Foggy in Ludlow, Shropshire:

    Sutton Coldfield
  13. Underpass closure tram line 'worth waiting for'

    Work on a new tram line, which has closed a major underpass in Birmingham, should be completed in time for Birmingham to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022

    Proposed tram extension

    The underpass beneath Five Ways roundabout links Broad Street and Hagley Road - a busy route in and out of the city.

    The new line heading towards Edgbaston could also serve Birmingham Airport if funding can be found in the future, said Transport for West Midlands.

    Phil Hewitt, from Midland Metro Alliance, said the extension would "really transform the accessibility from Birmingham to the Black Country".

    "The opportunities for people to access jobs, to access leisure, will be fundamentally different to where we are today," he said.

    "It will be well worth waiting for."

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    Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, from J2 for A449 Stafford Road to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

    M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Jurors deliberating over murder accused husband

    Jurors will continue deliberating today in the trial of a man accused of soliciting the murder of his first wife and killing his second wife.

    Gurpreet Singh

    The jury of seven women and three men were sent home from Wolverhampton Crown Court on 23 May in the trial of Gurpreet Singh, and have not deliberated since.

    The 43-year-old is accused of killing his second wife Sarbjit Kaur with an "unknown accomplice" in Wolverhampton, in February last year.

    Mr Singh denies both charges.