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3 March 2015 Last updated at 18:00

Breast op women in hospital protestProtesters outside Spire Parkway Hospital

About 40 women given unnecessary or incomplete breast operations by a surgeon who has since been suspended protest at a private hospital.


Airbus and Shakespeare posterChinese wooed by Shakespeare airport

Charter flights are to be introduced between Beijing and Birmingham over the summer, with a push to brand the destination as "Shakespeare's airport".

Kelly SothertonNew lead in Sotherton medal search

Police say they are investigating a new lead in their search for a Commonwealth Games gold medal stolen from the home of heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.

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After nearly disappearing from some parts of the country it's good news for the nation's favourite bird of prey.

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BBC Local Live

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    18:00: Good evening

    That's all for today. Local Live will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

     
  2.  
    17:46: Local derby commentary Mark Regan BBC WM Sport

    Aston Villa face West Bromwich Albion in a huge West Midlands derby this evening. There'll be full coverage of that game on BBC WM 95.6FM, with build-up starting at 19:00.

    The former Villa striker Peter Withe and ex-Baggies coach Keith Downing will be part of our team.

     
  3.  
    17:35: Rain expected overnight

    It will be largely dry overnight with some clear spells. There will be one or two showers across the far north, wintry on hills, but mostly rain and these will ease by dawn.

    Sara Blizzard

    Temperatures will drop and icy patches will form on untreated surfaces. Feeling breezy with a minimum temperature of 0C (32F).

     
  4.  
    17:26: Brothers divided Ian Winter BBC Midlands Today

    Aston Villa FC take on West Bromwich Albion tonight.

    Brothers divided

    It's a game that not only separates a region but a bedroom of brothers. See my report on Facebook now.

     
  5.  
    17:08: Live text updates: Villa host Baggies Ged Scott BBC Sport

    Tonight is the first of two meetings in five days between the West Midlands' two top teams, as they are due to meet again in the FA Cup quarter-final at Villa Park this weekend.

    The prize on Saturday is a place at Wembley, but the bigger financial incentive is staying in the Premier League.

    Villa Park

    BBC Sport Online will be running a full live text page on the website on tonight's West Midlands derby at Villa Park, from 19:30.

     
  6.  
    16:59: News on the hour BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 17:00 on BBC WM: Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy was attacked with a hammer as he walked home with his girlfriend in Birmingham.

     
  7.  
    16:49: Cat found hanged Birmingham Updates

    posts: RSPCA has launched an investigation after a cat was found hanged in Brierley Hill.

    Officers from the RSPCA found the cat hanging from a window frame at a vacant snooker club on High Oak on Friday afternoon.

     
  8.  
    16:40: Surgeon 'personally liable'

    Read more on BBC News about a protest over delayed compensation for women given unnecessary or incomplete breast operations by a surgeon at two private hospitals.

    Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull

    The protesters at Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull, are "disgusted" at the "slow reaction to their cases", a legal representative said.

    They were among some 700 women treated by Dr Ian Paterson from 1993 to 2012. Spire Healthcare said Mr Paterson was "personally liable" for private claims but it had settled some cases.

     
  9.  
    16:28: Police restraint 'necessary'

    Police restraint against a man who sustained a serious head injury during an incident in 2013 was "proportionate and necessary", the IPCC has found.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission has published a report following the incident in Hockley in June 2013, where a 59-year-old man became unresponsive when he was restrained.

    He has subsequently received medical treatment for his head injury. The investigation found no evidence against either of the officers in relation to the injuries the man sustained.

     
  10.  
    16:19: Feedback Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
  11.  
    16:08: 'Shakespeare's airport'

    Birmingham Airport is branding itself in China as "Shakespeare's airport" to promote links to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Airbus and Shakespeare poster

    Hainan Airlines is to introduce two weekly flights between Birmingham and Beijing from July.

    The flights are expected to carry almost 4,000 Chinese tourists to the UK.

     
  12.  
    15:58: News on the hour BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 16:00 on BBC WM: It's emerged that the bill for policing last month's EDL protest in Dudley was £321,000.

    Dudley Council has already said it cost it £25,000 in staffing and to clean up after event, which happened on 7 February.

     
  13.  
    15:50: Protest over negligent hospital treatment Amy Cole Reporter, Midlands Today

    Dozens of women who suffered negligent treatment by a breast surgeon have staged a protest outside a private hospital in Solihull.

    Protest outside Spire Healthcare

    Today I've been filming and speaking to some of the campaigners (pictured) who chanted "We want justice".

    A year after a review into his actions by the private Spire Healthcare Group, many patients say they are still waiting for compensation.

     
  14.  
    15:38: Adams back at Blues

    Charlee Adams' loan spell with Conference side Lincoln City has been cut short, Birmingham City announces.

     
  15.  
    15:26: Barcode replacement

    Birmingham City Council tweets: Payment cards to pay rent, council tax & business rates to be replaced with barcodes on bills & letters. Info here: birmingham.gov.uk/barcode

     
  16.  
    15:03: Weather snapshot Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    If you're wondering what the weather's going to be like over the coming couple of days, you can get the latest forecast on BBC Weather.

    Weather forecast

    You can also get updates by following the team @BBCWeather on Twitter.

     
  17.  
    14:59: News on the hour BBC WM

    It's emerged that the bill for policing last month's EDL protest in Dudley was £321,000.

    You can hear more on this story in our 15:00 bulletin.

     
  18.  
    14:52: Event to discuss housing challenges

    An event to look at housing across the West Midlands is being hosted by Wolverhampton City Council today.

    The Local Government Association conference in Wolverhampton discussing housing

    The Local Government Association event is looking at "collaborative working in the region to address the housing challenge".

    Speakers include Sir Michael Lyons (pictured), chairman of the English Cities Fund. You can follow the event via the Twitter hashtag #BuildingBritain and see more on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

     
  19.  
    14:34: Bournemouth v Wolves BBC Sport

    Wolves welcome back striker Kevin Doyle after he missed the 1-0 win at Cardiff for the birth of his daughter.

    Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and midfielder Tommy Rowe (both metatarsal) remain sidelined. Read more on BBC Sport.

    You can hear match updates on BBC WM 95.6FM tonight from 19:00.

     
  20.  
    14:21: BBC Introducing track Louise Brierley BBC Introducing

    Congratulations to Birmingham's Thai Mason, whose song Drunk has been selected for the BBC Introducing slot on BBC 1Xtra in the week starting 16 March.

     
  21.  
    14:09: Cold day Sara Blizzard Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We're starting to see some brighter weather after a wintry start first thing this morning.

    Sara Blizzard

    There are a few showers lingering around and it's pretty blustery out there, making it feel much colder, with a high of of 7C (44F).

     
  22.  
    13:56: News on the hour BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 14:00 on BBC WM: It's emerged that the bill for policing last month's EDL protest in Dudley was £321,000.

    It was the third EDL rally in the town in the past five years and hundreds of police officers were drafted in.

     
  23.  
    13:45: Ex-manager dies aged 80 Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    The former Walsall and Blues manager Dave Mackay has died aged 80. He was the Saddlers boss from March 1977 to August 1978.

    Dave Mackay, manager of Walsall FC

    He was in charge at St Andrew's between 1989 and 1991.

    Paul Franks will be speaking to his official biographer live on Drivetime today on BBC WM.

     
  24.  
    13:33: Mander Centre future Express and Star

    The new owners of the city's Mander Centre, Benson Elliot, have said they want to change the face of shopping in the centre by getting rid of a perceived 'discount store mentality' as it looks ahead to a £25 million revamp. Read more.

     
  25.  
    13:22: Villa v West Brom BBC Sport

    Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar has completed a ban but is "touch and go" to face West Brom because of a calf injury.

    Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho remain unavailable so Matt Lowton could again deputise at left-back.

    Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis (pictured right) has fitness concerns over Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye, who both limped off against Southampton on Saturday with respective foot and knee injuries.

    Fellow striker Victor Anichebe remains sidelined by a groin problem. Read the full match preview on BBC Sport.

     
  26.  
    13:05: Coming up on TV Sarah Falkland BBC Midlands Today presenter

    We'll be hearing from some of the women who were victims of the negligent breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson. They've come out in force in Solihull today demanding answers about compensation.

    Plus, we'll have the latest forecast from Sara Blizzard. Join me and the team this lunchtime.

     
  27.  
    12:56: News on the hour BBC WM

    In the news at 13:00 on BBC WM: Sandwell Council is encouraging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to consider adoption to help meet the need for more foster carers in the borough.

     
  28.  
    12:52: Boy attacked walking home with girlfriend

    Read more on BBC News about a teenager who is critically ill in hospital after being attacked with a hammer as he walked home with his girlfriend.

     
  29.  
    12:35: V Festival line-up BBC Newsbeat

    Rock band Kasabian and singer songwriter Calvin Harris will be among the headline acts at this year's V Festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire.

    Sam Smith, Tom Jones, Olly Murs and the Stereophonics will also be on the bill for the two-day event in August. Read more on this story.

     
  30.  
    12:24: Birmingham Digital Week Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Birmingham Digital Week is taking place across the city from 14-20 March.

    It's aimed at developing people's digital skills, sharing knowledge and creating networking opportunities for the city's digital sector.

    Birmingham Digital Week 2015

    Each day is themed, from Games to a Business Day. Take a closer look on the BBC Academy website.

     
  31.  
    12:11: Tributes to Dave Mackay

    Tributes are being paid to Former Walsall and Birmingham City boss Dave Mackay who has died aged 80.

    Dave Mackay

    Mackay was a midfielder during his playing days for Tottenham, Derby, Hearts and Scotland.

    He was only in charge at Fellows Park for just over a year between 1977 and 78 and he managed Blues from 1989 to 1991.

     
  32.  
    12:03: News on the hour BBC WM

    In the 12:00 news bulletin: Hundreds of women who had unnecessary breast operations at a private Solihull hospital are protesting today, because they're still waiting for compensation.

     
  33.  
    11:51: Hammer attack witnesses sought

    Police are appealing for witnesses in Hodge Hill after a 16-year-old was left in a critical condition when he was hit over the head with a hammer.

    Det Con Mike Griffiths says: "From speaking to the boy's girlfriend we know that the couple first encountered the group of suspects outside the Tesco store on Chipperfield Road.

    "The assault then took place by a bus stop outside Hodge Hill United Reformed Church and St Philip & St James Church on Coleshill Road. It was here that a bus passenger handed wet wipes to the boy's girlfriend prior to getting on to a bus and we hope that this person comes forward."

     
  34.  
    11:39: Heptathlete thanks tweeters

    Following the Crimewatch appeal last night Kelly Sotherton tweets: Thank you to everyone who has retweeted or messaged me regarding the medals. It means a lot!

     
  35.  
    11:24: 'I didn't need a mastectomy' Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    This morning I've been speaking with Frances Perks, who had an unnecessary mastectomy at Spire Health Care.

    Frances Perks

    She was told by a consultant in 2012 that all the operations she'd had she didn't need.

    Ms Perks says: "I started seeing Ian Paterson in 1994 and saw him until 2010. He always told me my family was high risk and [I have] since found out that wasn't the case. It's had a dreadful effect on me and my family. I just never thought I'd be in this position."

     
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    11:15: Three arrested and bailed

    Police say the teenager was walking home with his girlfriend in Coleshill Road on Saturday evening when he was approached by three other teenagers before an argument started.

    The victim has been put in an induced coma after he was struck over the head with a hammer.

    Three boys, aged 15 and 16, have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

     
  37.  
    11:10: Boy attacked with hammer

    A 16-year-old is in a critical condition after he was attacked with a hammer in Birmingham on Saturday, police say.

     
  38.  
    11:01: News on the hour BBC WM

    In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM: We'll hear from a woman who says she's still waiting for compensation after unnecessary breast operations at a private Solihull hospital.

     
  39.  
    10:49: Stories we're looking at Hilary McConnell Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    We're speaking to women demonstrating outside the Spire Parkway hospital in Solihull. They were treated by Dr Ian Paterson, who operated unnecessarily on some women who'd seen him privately under the NHS.

    The women will deliver an open letter to management at Spire Health Care - expressing their frustration at the slow reaction to their legal cases.

    And our reporter Ben Sidwell is in Wolverhampton at a special conference looking at housing issues in the region.

     
  40.  
    10:32: Appeal to find missing woman

    Police say they're concerned for a 22-year-old Syrian woman who was last seen in Birmingham city centre in February.

    Soumia Altaha

    West Midlands Police says Soumia Altaha went missing on Broad Street on 17 February at about 11:00.

    The woman, who does not speak English, is 5ft 5in (1.65m) tall with shoulder length black hair. When last seen, she was wearing a dark blue skirt, pink woollen coat, beige headscarf and black handbag.

     
  41.  
    10:21: 'I want them back'

    Kelly Sotherton told the BBC Crimewatch programme: "The fact that someone came in our house while we were asleep... is a bit creepy.

    Kelly Sotherton

    The former heptathlete and 400m runner says: "My Commonwealth gold medal was my first international medal. When I look back on it now I'm really proud of myself.

    "It's the sentimental reason I want them back so I can treasure them for the rest of my life."

     
  42.  
    10:09: Open letter to hospital Sarah Falkland BBC Midlands Today presenter

    Hundreds of women who suffered negligent treatment by a breast surgeon will stage a protest in Solihull today.

    Dr Ian Paterson

    Dr Ian Paterson (pictured) operated unnecessarily on women who'd seen him privately and under the NHS.

    The women will deliver an open letter to management at Spire Health Care, which has apologised "unreservedly" to all patients.

     
  43.  
    09:57: News on the hour Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news bulletin on BBC WM shortly: A protest is due to take place outside the Library of Birmingham this afternoon over cuts to opening hours and job losses.

    Birmingham City Council says the library, which opened in September 2013, would open 40 hours a week - down from 73 hours.

     
  44.  
    09:51: Meeting over pub bombings

    Campaigners for victims of the Birmingham pub bombings are due to meet the home secretary this week to try to secure a new inquest into the deaths of their loved ones.

    Birmingham pub bombings in 1974

    Twenty-one people died and 182 were injured in the explosions in 1974.

    The group Justice 4 the 21 will ask for the support of Theresa May and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers in a meeting at the Home Office on Wednesday.

     
  45.  
    09:40: Signal failure

    London Midland tweets: #BhamInternational update- Due to a signal failure NX West Midlands are accepting our tickets between #Birmingham & #BirminghamInternational

    For more updates follow @LondonMidland on Twitter.

     
  46.  
    09:23: Have your say Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to find out what you think of the service.

     
  47.  
    09:10: Police investigate medal lead

    Police say they're investigating a new lead in their search for a Commonwealth Gold medal which was stolen from the home of Birmingham heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.

    Kelly Sotherton

    It follows an appeal on Crimewatch last night for information about the burglary at her Sutton Coldfield home last month.

     
  48.  
    09:00: News on the hour BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00 on BBC WM: At least 500 parents in Birmingham and the Black Country were prosecuted for their children's truancy during the past school year.

     
  49.  
    08:43: Charter flights to China Trystan Jones BBC News

    Charter flights are to be introduced between Beijing and Birmingham this summer, the UK airport has revealed.

    Birmingham International Airport

    Hainan Airlines is to operate two flights a week between 3 July and 28 August, expected to pave the way for a regular service.

    Birmingham Airport said it would be branding itself in China as "Shakespeare's airport" and promoting links to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.

     
  50.  
    08:32: Mice found in Poundland branch

    A mice infestation was behind food being removed from shelves of a branch of Poundland in Birmingham city centre, the council has revealed.

    On Friday, Poundland claimed it had been advised to remove food from its Corporation Street store because of nearby roadworks.

    But the council's environmental health team said it had received complaints of mice and, after a visit, concluded there was an "imminent risk". Poundland has yet to comment.

     
  51.  
    08:19: Protest over wait for operation payouts BBC WM

    Hundreds of women who are still waiting for compensation after unnecessary breast operations at a private Solihull hospital will be protesting later.

     
  52.  
    08:07: Today's forecast

    It's a frosty start for many. A mixture of sunshine and showers, heavy, wintry and thundery at times, will ease during the morning and become scattered showers of mostly rain in the afternoon.

    Sara Blizzard

    It will stay windy with a high of 6C (43F).

     
  53.  
    08:00: Good morning Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'm in Birmingham to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day. Get in touch if you have a story or picture you'd like to share.

     

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