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Alarm bells over no-siren police cars

West Midlands Police car

Police cars with no sirens are being used for emergency responses, delaying officers and potentially helping criminals escape arrest, the Police Federation says.

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Yesterday 01.09.2015

18:00

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That's all of our live updates for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

17:57

Overnight forecast

Charlie Slater
BBC Weather

A mainly dry night with clear spells for many, although a few showers may persist in the north. 

It will be a chilly night under the clear skies, with lows of 8C (46F).

Tomorrow will be bright to start before scattered showers develop.

17:47

Watch: Could you pass a football medical?

There are more medicals done on Transfer Deadline Days than any other days in the footballing calendar.  

BBC Midlands Today's Matt Sandoz decided to see how hard/easy it is to pass one. Watch what happened.

17:40

Transfer headlines: Wolves, Blues & Walsall

Mikey Burrows
BBC WM Sport

Wolves are desperate for a striker, they’ve had an offer rejected by Cardiff for Joe Mason today, Nick Blackman at Reading has also been linked. We’re told Rajiv van la Parra is now staying despite a bid from Leeds.

Birmingham are sending Wes Thomas (pictured) on loan to Swindon, who in turn were one of 3 clubs to bid for Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw.

The Saddlers remain confident their top scorer is going nowhere.

17:38

Thousands inquire about Big Hoot owl auction

Stephanie Barnard
BBC Local Live

The Birmingham Children's Hospital says its had thousands of inquiries from people interested in buying a Big Hoot owl.

Sculptures on the trail, which is free to the public, are to go up for auction in October. The hospital's charity says it expects to raise £500,000 from the sales.

Elinor Eustace, from Birmingham Children's Hospital, says: "The response we've had from the Big Hoot has been unprecedented. Thousands have been in touch and want to bid on the owls."

17:32

Will Saido play for Baggies?

Will Saido Berahino play for West Brom even if he stays at The Hawthorns?

He's just tweeted after Tottenham announce they've had their fourth bid rejected.

Saido Berahino@SBerahino

Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace.

4:03 PM – 1 Sep 15
17:29

Warwickshire wash out

No play is possible on the first day of Warwickshire's Division One match with Middlesex because of rain.

After the morning's play was erased because of a wet outfield at Edgbaston, Middlesex won the toss and chose to bat, but the heavy rain returned before their openers could reach the middle.  

17:29

Change to Virgin Trains railcard rules criticised

BBC News England

Rail passengers in the West Midlands are calling on Virgin Trains to backtrack on new railcard rules which could see a large hike in prices for some.

Virgin West Coast says railcard holders will no longer be able to buy off-peak tickets for peak-time travel.

An intern who travels from Rugby to London has started a petition to stop her fare rising above her daily wage.

Virgin says it's changing the rules to bring it in line with other train companies.

17:27

On your marks for Sutton Coldfield Adventure Unit's park runs

Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer
17:27

Injured Dicko out for nine months

BBC Sport

Wolves striker Nouha Dicko seems certain to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury.

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