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Severe cuts 'will dilute police'

Two officers

A police force set to lose more than 2,500 jobs may not be able to maintain a "quality" service, the police commissioner says.

  • 29 July 2015
  • From the section England

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Today 29.07.2015

12:32

Petition against bus route change

Walsall Advertiser

Angry residents have launched a petition against the cancellation of a bus route which has left them "prisoners" in their home.

12:21

Wolves 2 Aston Villa 2 - Report and pictures

Express and Star

Benik Afobe struck late to earn Wolves a deserved draw in an end-to-end West Midlands derby against Aston Villa at Molineux.  

12:08

Latest headlines

Alex Homer
BBC Local Live

If you're just catching up on the news this Wednesday, here's what we've been looking into: 

  • England have just picked up their third wicket - Michael Clarke - at Edgbaston as the Ashes continue
  • An appeal is being lodged against a tribunal judgement that saw hundreds of former senior police officers lose their claim for age discrimination over their forced retirements
  • Police have confirmed a Shirley woman died while hiking in a US canyon with initial reports suggesting her death was heat-related
11:51

Cannabis factory uncovered in garage

Tamworth Herald

Police found a "sophisticated" cannabis factory in the garage of an empty house in Tamworth, a judge heard.

11:38

New traveller sites 'barmy'

Adrian Goldberg
Presenter, BBC WM

Councillor John Lines told me the decision to earmark land in Aston for two new travellers' sites was "barmy".  He said the land developed for local families should not be given to what he described as "itinerant people who just pay through and don't pay into the system". 

Former chairman of the Gypsy Council Joe Jones said there was a shortage of permanent and transit sites for travellers across the UK.

11:23

First plans for Great Charles Street Estate

Birmingham Post

Plans have been lodged to refurbish an unloved city office building overlooking the Paradise scheme.  

11:12

Ashes at Edgbaston: Live commentary

BBC Sport

For blow-by-blow commentary of the action from the Ashes bear pit at Edgbaston, visit the BBC Cricket live page .

Australia have won the toss and will bat first.

10:57

Latest headlines

Alex Homer
BBC Local Live

Here are the stories we're looking at in the BBC WM newsroom at the moment:

- The cricketing eyes of the world are on Birmingham as Edgbaston plays host to the third Ashes Test - due to start in just a few minutes time at 11am

- Police have confirmed a Shirley woman  died in a US canyon while hiking

- Land is earmarked for two new traveller sites in inner-city Birmingham

10:41

Not long until the Ashes resumes

Simon Hughes
BBC Test Match Special

The third Ashes Test at Edgbaston will begin at 11:00.

The Edgbaston pitch does not have a lot of bounce so it will be similar to Cardiff in that there will not be massive carry. 

This will slightly nullify the Australian fast bowlers as they will not be able to get the ball whizzing through like at Lord's. 

There is a little bit of grass on it, which will help bowlers like England's Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Follow the action here .

10:26

Bell first to arrive at Ashes Test

Adam Bridge
BBC WM

The first player to arrive at Edgbaston today was the under-pressure Ian Bell, who has been moved up to bat at number three for England.

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