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18 December 2014 Last updated at 11:03

'Severe' workshop fire was arson

A fire at a workshop opposite Birmingham City Football Club was started deliberately, the fire service says.


VigilPakistan vigil 'shows solidarity'

Two events are held in Birmingham to remember the 141 people, mostly children, killed in a Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan.

Sue Smith and SonnyTaxi driver fined for guide dog snub

A taxi driver is fined £2,100 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.

Patrick Burns Article written by Patrick Burns Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

West Midlands councils braced for funding cuts

As councils learn how much money they will have next year to spend on local services, Patrick Burns looks at the situation in the West Midlands.

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Mysterious starling murmuration secrets unlocked?

How you can help scientists learn more about starling murmurations, the wildlife ballet of the skies.

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    12:30: Hagley Road disruption

    Thanks to Tom Packer, who captured this picture of the tree branch falling onto a bus on Hagley Road.

    Tree falls onto a bus
     
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    12:07: 'No passengers injured' BBC WM

    West Midlands Police says it was called at around 11:15 to a report of a tree branch falling onto a bus on the Hagley Road, near the Eaton Hotel.

    No passengers appear to have been injured and officers are at the scene directing traffic.

     
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    11:56: News on the hour Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Councils in the West Midlands are waiting to find out how much they're going to be allowed to spend in the coming year.

    The Government is expected to ask local authorities to freeze Council tax - and funding could reduce by around 12%.

    We will hear from news correspondent Phil Mackie in our 12:00 bulletin.

     
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    11:48: Fire near St Andrews 'was arson' Andrew Dawkins BBC News

    A fire at a workshop opposite Birmingham City Football Club was started deliberately, the fire service said.

    A van, pallets and tyres in the workshop were damaged, but nobody was injured.

     
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    11:37: Levi-Blu: Judge summing up Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    I'm on my way to Birmingham Crown Court, where a judge has begun summing up in the case of a mother and father accused of murdering their 22-month-old son.

    Danielle Cassin and Mark Piper deny murdering Levi-Blu Cassin, who died from "horrific" internal injuries last February in Chelmsley Wood.

    Today, Mr Justice Goss will explain the key issues in the case to jurors, who will then retire to consider their verdict.

    Both Ms Cassin, 27, of Frensham Close, Chelmsley Wood, and Mr Piper, of no fixed abode, also deny causing or allowing the death of Levi and causing him suffering.

     
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    11:21: Ambulance chief carries on second job Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    West Midlands Ambulance Service's Chief Executive, Dr Anthony Marsh, will carry on heading East of England Ambulance Service on an interim basis- until it has recruited a full-time replacement, despite criticism of his salary package and expenses.

    Dr Anthony Marsh

    The BBC also uncovered in August that Dr Marsh claimed up to £30,000 in hotel and transport expenses over the previous 16 months. The ambulance services previously said this combined role actually saved £130,000 in public money.

     
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    11:00: News on the hour Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    The Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service is to carry on doing two jobs.

    More on this on BBC WM.

     
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    10:48: Father 'may not be killer' Caroline Gall BBC News

    A father was not responsible for killing his one-year-old son because he was not with him when the fatal blow was inflicted, a court has heard.

    Mark Piper, 31, is jointly accused of murdering Levi-Blu Cassin along with his mother Danielle Cassin.

    Levi Blu Cassin

    Levi, from Birmingham, died from "horrific" internal injuries in 2013.

    Paul Lewis, defending Mr Piper, said some medical evidence suggested the injury could have been caused when he was not at the home the couple shared.

     
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    10:30: Trader failed to disclose £90k earnings Express and Star

    A father-of-two wrongly claimed more than £30,000 in benefits after failing to disclose that he had earned more than £90,000 from trading in horses and cars, a court heard.

     
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    10:13: Fine for refusing blind woman David Lumb BBC News, West Midlands

    A taxi driver has been fined £2,100 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.

    Shahzad Ahmad, from Hodge Hill in Birmingham, claimed his six-seater people carrier was not big enough to take Sue Smith's Labrador, Sonny (pictured together here).

    Sue Smith and Sonny

    It is an offence for a taxi driver not to take a blind person and their guide dog unless they have a medical exemption certificate for an allergy.

     
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    09:56: News on the hour Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Tesco is being accused of poor corporate citizenship over fears that plans for a new store in Wolverhampton could be cancelled.

    More on this and other stories in our 10:00 bulletin.

     
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    09:46: 'Crude' cutbacks for police Amy Cole Reporter, Midlands Today

    "Crude, inequitable and unfair" - that's how the police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands described funding cuts which will see the region's force miss out on a further £5m on top of the £18m he said the force had expected.

    David Jamieson said the cuts meant the force would need to find savings topping £100m again after previously slashing £120m since 2010.

    PCC David Jamieson

    Forecasts show the officer numbers serving in 2016/17 will be around 6,765 compared to 8,835 in 2010/11.

     
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    09:32: Old bus depot blaze Caroline Gall BBC News

    More than 30 firefighters tackled a "severe" fire at what is believed to be a former bus depot opposite Birmingham City Football Club last night.

    Crews were called to the site on Coventry Road that now contains pallets and paper at 19:45 GMT, West Midlands Fire Service said.

     
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    09:11: 'Lucky escape' after lamppost smash Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    A 17-year-old driver escaped with a head and minor arm injuries after his car overturned in a smash into a lamppost in Brierley Hill last night.

    The crash happened at the junction of Farndale Close and Hillfields Road at 22:05 and left the car with this damage.

    The damage to the car

    The driver was treated and taken to Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, on a stretcher and wearing a neck collar.

     
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    08:58: News on the hour Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    We hear from the organiser of a candle-lit vigil in Birmingham for the 132 children and 9 staff who were murdered on Tuesday in Peshawar.

    Listen live to our 09:00 bulletin.

     
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    08:44: Castle Bromwich road closed BBC WM

    Coleshill Road in Castle Bromwich is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions near The Fox and Goose because of a multi-vehicle accident - one of the vehicles has overturned.

    Police are directing traffic, warns BBC Travel.

     
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    08:31: Black Friday lessened footfall drop Birmingham Post

    The chaos of Black Friday gave Birmingham's high street retailers a much-needed boost, according to new figures, but the region as a whole suffered a drop in footfall over the past three months

     
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    08:19: Pakistan school attacks vigil Caroline Gall BBC News

    Two events have been held in Birmingham to remember the 141 people, mostly children, killed in a Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan.

    A prayer service was held at Birmingham Central Mosque and about 80 to 100 people gathered in the city centre for a candlelight vigil.

    Vigil. About 80 to 100 people gathered in the city centre from 19:00 GMT

    Shah Jehan from Wolverhampton, said it was "the darkest moment in my life" when he learnt his cousins were dead.

     
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    08:02: Today's forecast Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Exceptionally mild in the West Midlands today with highs of 14C (57F) but there are plenty of showers around and it'll be windy too.

    Check out the outlook for the next few days here.

     
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    08:00: Good morning Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    Another mild morning today. I'm back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Get in touch with us during the day about our updates over email, Twitter or Facebook.

     

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