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Fires 'deliberately started' on plane

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A passenger "deliberately started" two fires during a flight carrying 200 passengers from Birmingham to Egypt, police say.

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Today 04.09.2015

18:00

Have a good weekend

Local Live has finished for Friday 4 September. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

17:55

Weather: Cloudy with light rain

Rebecca Wood
BBC Midlands Today

Overnight cloud will tend to thicken bringing some spits and spots of rain. The cloud will gradually break up later in the night.

Lows of 11C (52F).

Find out more about the weekend's outlook.

17:50

Saturday's action from the Saddlers and non-league live on BBC WM

Saddlers fans can follow all the action live as BBC WM will be covering Saturday's League One game between Walsall and Bury as well as updating you on non-league games taking place across Birmingham and the Black Country this weekend.

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17:45

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

In his first broadcast interview since he was run over and left for dead, a pensioner tells the BBC he doesn't believe the "wicked" driver will ever be caught. 

John Rudge was out shopping for his tea, when he was hit by a white van as he crossed a road in the Black Country. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but has now made enough of a recovery to return home.

More on this story and more on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

17:41

Bears draw with Middlesex

BBC Sport

Warwickshire's clash with Middlesex has petered out to a draw

Jeetan Patel finished with eight wickets in the match but the Bears could not dislodge the visitors early enough to set up a quick chase.

17:34

Mum of daughter killed by speeding driver helps set up bereavement unit

Great Barr Observer

A mum from Kingstanding whose daughter was killed by a speeding driver has helped set up a UK police unit that helps bereaved families.  

17:25

CCTV appeal over suspected indecent exposure

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public's help to trace a man (pictured) suspected of exposing himself on the X12 bus travelling from Lichfield to Burton-upon-Trent at around 08:35 on Thursday 2 July.

Image copyright Staffordshire Police

The suspect, who is believed to be aged in his 50s, left the bus in the Burton area, a spokesperson for the force said.

17:21

Major fashion retailer submits plans for flagship store at Ventura Park

Tamworth Herald

Plans have been submitted for a major fashion retailer to take over and extend a store at Ventura Park in Tamworth.

Image copyright Next/Tamworth Herald
17:14

M42 delays warning

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M42 northbound between J5 for Solihull and J6 for Birmingham Airport because of an earlier crash, even though all lanes have since been reopened.

17:00

Latest headlines

Alex Homer
BBC Local Live

Here are some of the stories we've been looking at in Birmingham and the Black Country this Friday afternoon:

- A passenger "deliberately started" two fires during a flight carrying 200 passengers from Birmingham to Egypt, police say

- A man says he has been put off all meat after finding what he thinks may have been a maggot in some chicken he ordered from KFC in Oldbury

- More than 700 people have graduated from Birmingham City University today

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