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22 July 2014 Last updated at 08:53

Birmingham's first flights to ChinaAeroplane

A new flight route between Birmingham and China, the first UK service to operate outside London, lands at the city's airport.

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A West Midlands Police officer is referred to the force's professional standards department after "sexist and offensive" tweet.

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BBC Local Live

    Why bigger planes can land 09:28:

    The first direct flight between China and Birmingham landed this morning.

    • Birmingham's runway was extended by 400m, at a cost of £40m
    • It now measures 3km (1.86 miles) and means larger planes can take off and land
    • The extra length brings in range flights from China and the USA's west coast
    • Chinese tourism has tripled over the past 10 years
    • It is estimated to be worth about £15m to the West Midlands economy
    Birmingham to China and LA flight routes
    Have your say 09:17:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Your pictures: Knowle sunrise 09:07: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Paul Hampson for sending us this picture, taken very early this morning over Knowle. "The chorus was impressive too", says Paul.

    Knowle at dawn

    If you've taken any pictures you'd like to share you can email or tweet us @bbcwm.

    News on the hour 08:57: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00:

    • A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has handed over the two flight data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian officials
    • A government-ordered inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations is expected to say there was a "sustained and co-ordinated agenda" to impose hardline Muslim views in some Birmingham schools, when it is published later today
    • The police watchdog for England and Wales says it's concerned that officers are using Tasers at point-blank range, even though they are no longer trained to do so
    Trojan Horse report 08:48: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    The government-commissioned report into alleged attempts by hardline Muslims to influence how a number of Birmingham schools are run will be officially released later today.

    The content of the report into the so-called Trojan Horse plot, expected to be damning, was leaked to the Guardian last week, so there are unlikely to be many surprises.

    We'll bring you updates as soon as possible.

    Police officer referred after 'sexist' tweet 08:36:

    A West Midlands Police officer has been referred to the force's professional standards department over a "sexist and offensive" tweet.

    Picture of the tweet

    It shows a picture of a man in a car with a woman who has her mouth covered. The accompanying message says: "A car designer has won an award for designing a seat belt which helps cut down on vehicle noise pollution #IWantOne"

    First flight from China lands 08:27:

    The first flight between China and Birmingham has landed. It is the only UK to China air route to operate from outside London and was made possible by a runway extension. The aircraft was met by fire engines spraying an arch of water in welcome.

    First China flight lands in Birmingham

    The 248-seat A330-200 aircraft is due to begin its outbound flight at 12:00 and will fly between Beijing and Birmingham on three dates up to 6 August.

    From racing cars to gridlock 08:20: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Two topics we're featuring a lot on Local Live this week are both to do with driving on Birmingham's roads, but at polar ends of the scale.

    Birmingham Super Prix

    One is the mooted return of the Birmingham Super Prix, the other is the gridlock caused by the tunnel closures.

    M6 issues 08:06:

    In addition to the delays caused by the closure of the tunnels in Birmingham, an earlier accident has caused problems on the M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).

    All lanes have reopened but travel time is about 45 minutes. Congestion to J10, A454.

    See BBC Travel News for more information.

    Warm again 08:03:

    Any patches of mist or low cloud will soon disperse through the morning. Otherwise it will be another dry and fine day across the region, with some good sunny spells and it will become very warm in many places. Highs of 25C (77F).

    Good morning 08:00: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates throughout the day for Birmingham and the Black Country.

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