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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Birmingham mother creates Jay's Helping Hand to help meet funeral bills

    Bereaved mother creates a charity to support low income families facing large funeral bills.

  2. Turning dry and clear tonight

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    The showers we've seen today in the West Midlands should fade as we head into tonight which is expected to be mainly dry and clear:

    Video content

    Video caption: Alex Hamilton

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  3. Wolves fans advised to plan ahead for tonight's match

    Heading to the Molineux Stadium tonight for Wolves v Man Utd? The advice is to plan ahead as your journey is likely to be disrupted due to an earlier crash on the Metro line.

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    Network West Midlands said there would be no trams between The Royal and Wolverhampton St George's.

    Five people were treated at the scene of the crash on the line this morning involving a tram and a car, the driver of which had to be taken to hospital.

  4. Your photos: Showers arrive

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We promised you a mixture of sunshine and showers today and the rain's certainly arrived in parts of the West Midlands, as some pictures from our BBC Weather Watchers show.

    These three are from users Di's walk in Sutton Coldfield, Outwiththedogs in Studley, Warwickshire and Rileyhev in Hereford:

    Sutton Coldfield
    Studley
    Hereford
  5. Woman gets UK’s first in-heart microcomputer implant

    A woman from Birmingham has become the first person in the UK to have a wireless microcomputer implanted into her heart.

    The device, which was implanted into 75-year-old Margaret McDermott's heart, will provide accurate data about its performance, including blood pressure, to doctors in real time.

    The implant
    Image caption: The device, known as a V-LAP, can be implanted in less than an hour

    Mrs McDermott's doctor, Professor Francisco Leyva, said the implant "has the potential to combat three of the biggest problems relating to heart failure disease; low patient quality of life, repeat admissions to hospital and the astronomical cost to the healthcare system of readmissions due to acute heart failure."

    Mrs McDermott, from Moseley, said she "felt honoured" to be the first person in the UK to have the operation.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a break down.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a break down.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a break down.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed, long delays and queues on M6 northbound at J8 M5, because of a break down. Congestion to J6 (Spaghetti Junction). Travel time is 50 minutes.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Congestion to J10 (Wolverhampton / Walsall). Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

  11. Injured PC gets hospital visit from pet dog

    PC Gareth Phillips, who is recovering in hospital after being run over by his own police vehicle when he stopped a suspected stolen car in Birmingham, has had a hospital visit from his pet dog Diesel.

    PC Gareth Phillips with pet dog Diesel

    After regaining consciousness, one of the first things that PC Phillips asked about was how Diesel was, West Midlands Police said.

    His 13-year-old chocolate labrador was allowed to visit the hospital to say hello and lift his spirits.

    “He’s got a shattered pelvis and is in pain, but is taking each day as it comes and is making small steps in his recovery," colleague Supt Dave Twyford said.

    Mubashar Hussain, 29, formerly of Sherwood Road, Hall Green, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court last week charged with Mr Phillips's attempted murder.

  12. JLS star in 'good mental space' after cleared of rape

    Former JLS star Oritse Williams is in "a good mental space" after being acquitted of rape earlier this year, his ex-band mate has said.

    Mr Williams, 32, was cleared of raping a woman in a hotel room after a gig in Wolverhampton in December 2016 after a trial ending in May this year.

    Oritse Williams

    Former band member JB Gill told ITV's Lorraine that the case had had a "profound effect on everything" and had affected Mr Williams.

    He said that he and other band members, Marvin Williams and Aston Merrygold were "there for him" throughout the legal battle but they "didn't know the ins outs of everything that happened".

    Quote Message: This is now time to build, so we're here for him, encouraging him in that, and whatever he decides to do next I'm sure will be a success." from JB Gill JLS
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  13. Erdington shooting: Murder accused appear in court

    Two men charged with murdering 20-year-old James Teer in a drive-by shooting in Erdington have appeared in court.

    Mr Teer died at the scene on Goosemoor Road on 8 August.

    James Teer

    Ty Blake, 18, of Shustoke Road, Shard End and co-accused Sharn Miles, 19, of Gown Road in Alum Rock, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court earlier.

    They were both remanded in custody and are next due to appear on 4 October.

  14. Your photos: Blue sky start to the week

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We have blue skies reported around the region from our local BBC Weather Watchers this morning.

    These three are from users Sayers in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Freckles in Meerbrook, Staffordshire and Dammo in Birmingham:

    Bromsgrove
    Meerbrook
    Birmingham
  15. Stray pig spotted on the loose in city

    Police officers in Birmingham brought home the bacon last night after a stray pig was seen in the Shard End area of the city.

    The lost pig

    Officers responded to reports of the stray pig at about 23:00 on Sunday and are working with the RSPCA to find it a home.

    The West Midlands Police officers said you "couldn't make it up" and asked anyone who may have lost the pig to get in touch.

    Police officer with the missing pig
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and queues northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a break down.

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