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Today 07.07.2015


11,300 illegal cigarettes seized during raids across Birmingham.

Birmingham Updates

Officers from Birmingham Police, Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards and HMRC, and two sniffer dogs raided targeted shops , off licences and a cafe in east and north Birmingham on Monday, as part of Operation Henry.


Mock IS prank that cost HSBC workers

This is the prank that prompted the sacking of six HSBC workers .

We reported earlier how they staged a mock beheading in the style of the group Islamic State on a team-building exercise in Birmingham.  


Weather: Sunny spells with a risk of showers

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon but with the risk of some locally heavy and thundery downpours too . Becoming breezy.  


M6 delays

Highways England@HighwaysWMIDS

#M6 closed within J4 as @cmpg_ciu work at the scene of a serious collision. Diversion via exit/entry sliproads of J4 (#A446). Long delays.

12:49 PM – 7 Jul 15

Grand Central and New Street 'will be ready' vows Network Rail chief

Birmingham Post

The new Grand Central shopping centre and New Street station remain a busy building site with just ten weeks to go until the big launch but  bosses of the project have vowed it will be ready on time .  


Man dies in four-vehicle crash on M6

David Lumb
BBC News Online

A man dies after four vehicles crash on the M6 , with one lorry spilling bricks across the carriageway near Coleshill.

Members of the public and paramedics tried to give him first aid but he was declared dead at the scene.  


Father in M6 collision dies

A man seriously injured in a crash on the M6 last week has died, police have said .

John Kamelski, aged 65, from Penkridge, suffered serious injuries when the black Mercedes he was driving was in collision with a HGV at around 08:10 on Thursday 3 July, next to the Hilton Services  entry slip road between junctions 11 and 10a.

His family have issued a photo and say: "To all attending emergency services - your efforts to save such a wonderful man will never be forgotten. You gave his family a chance to say goodbye. A debt that can never be repaid." 


Richards' 'buzz' about Villa

Express and Star

Aston Villa defender Micah Richards today admitted the fans' reaction to his arrival has given him a "buzz" for the club.  


Jobs created by Wolverhampton's regeneration

Alex Homer
BBC Local Live

The planned multi-million pound redevelopment of Wolverhampton's Civic Halls and Grand Theatre is set to generate 100 new jobs, the city claims. 

The Grand Theatre is in line to receive £400,000 for extra seating as well as building an additional stage for extra performances like comedy and live music. 

The Civic Halls will meanwhile benefit from the remainder of £10.4m pot set aside for the refurbishment of the two venues, which includes £6.6m Black Country Growth Deal Funding.


Coming up on TV

Nick Owen
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

HSBC has sacked six members of staff for staging a mock Islamic State-style beheading. 

It happened during a team-building day in Birmingham. The bank has apologised for any offence.

We will have more on this on BBC Midlands Today at 13:30. 

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