Birmingham New Street delays after trespasser

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A trespasser at Birmingham New Street station has caused long delays and disruption to train services.

Many services were delayed by up to an hour but normal service was expected to resume at about 10:00 BST, London Midland said.

London Midland tweeted that several bus services were accepting train tickets for passengers affected by the disruption.

The trespasser has been moved from the railway, the train operator said.

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    I rang the press office at Royal Mail to see if they had any plans, but the answer is no.

    A spokeswoman says: "Royal Mail will not be creating gold postboxes. We are marking the achievements of our athletes with a special commemorative set of Commonwealth Games stamps."

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    Improvement notice lifted 16:29:

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    The under secretary of state for children and families Edward Timpson wrote to the council to tell them it had been lifted with immediate effect.

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    Woman found dead in burning car named 16:07:

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    A 34-year-old man has been charged with her murder and is due to appear at Crown court next week.

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    Walsall sign striker 15:09:

    Walsall FC have signed striker Ashley Grimes on a one-year deal.

    Dean Smith and striker Ashley Grimes

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    Murder accused remanded 14:27:

    A 34-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of a woman who was discovered in a burning car.

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    Tractor in a field

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    Bus company apologises 14:07: BBC WM

    Bosses at National Express have apologised after a driver asked a boy with dwarfism to "prove he was disabled".

    Kain Francis, from Kingstanding, claims he's been refused travel five times because of the disability bike he uses to get around.

    Spokesman Jack Kelly says the driver did not realise his bike was a mobility aid. Read more on this story on BBC News.

    In the news 13:58: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    A man's been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murder, following the discovery of a woman's body in a burnt our car in Erdington.

    We'll have that story and more in the news on BBC WM at 14:00.

    Buglers at funeral 13:49: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

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    George Dexter's war medals

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    'Scaled zoo wall' 13:36:

    A 22-year-old woman and two men, aged 24 and 26, are being held in custody after allegedly attempting to break into Dudley Zoo.

    Police say they were called before 01:00 after people were seen scaling a perimeter wall.

    A zoo spokesperson says: "The site has been fully checked and there are no signs of damage or access to enclosures."

    Veteran survived two sinkings 13:23: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    I've been speaking to the nephew of Birmingham war veteran George Dexter, whose funeral is due to take place later.

    Andrew Barrett standing by a photo of war veteran George Dexter

    Andrew Barrett (pictured) told me how his uncle, who died this month aged 97, survived two sinkings in the space of a day during World War Two, after the ship he was sailing on - the Dutch passenger ship SS Slamat - was sunk by German Luftwaffe bombers.

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    Celebrating Stimpson 13:12:

    The leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper says it's important to "do our bit" to celebrate Jodie Stimpson's medal success .

    He says: "We want to hold a civic reception for Jodie on her return from the Games and are looking at having special signs put up around Oldbury - or Goldbury - paying tribute to our brilliant gold medallist."

    News on the hour 13:01: BBC WM

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    Oldbury to 'Goldbury' 12:50:

    The town of Oldbury is going to be renamed Goldbury for the day to mark Jodie Stimpson's success at the Commonwealth Games.

    Jodie Stimpson in action in the triathlon

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    Row over council control 12:38: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

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    Labour's Chris Jones took the Birchills-Leamore seat following the death of local party leader Tim Oliver.

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    Council services help 12:16: via Facebook

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    News on the hour 12:02: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM
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    Man 'hit in head with brick' 11:35:

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    Police car in Birmingham city centre

    Police say the man, aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital after being found in Suffolk Street this morning.

    A 26-year-old man was arrested an hour later on suspicion of malicious wounding.

    Walsall by-election 11:21: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

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    Read more on this story on the Express and Star website.

    Two arrests over park stabbing 11:09:

    An 18-year-old and a boy aged 16 have been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in the back in a park in Yardley yesterday afternoon.

    The 16-year-old victim was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

    News headlines 11:02: BBC WM

    The news headlines at 11:00

    Golden start to Games 10:52: BBC WM Sport

    It was an amazing day at the Commonwealth Games yesterday. Competitors from Birmingham and the Black Country grabbed three golds, one silver and a bronze for Team England.

    The first gold of the games was picked up by Jodie Stimpson, from Oldbury, in the Triathlon.

    Last night Nekoda Davis, who trains at the University of Wolverhampton's Walsall campus, won the judo in the 57kg class. Helen Scott, from Halesowen, was the pilot for Sophie Thornhill in the B2 tandem cycling, who took gold.

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    We'll be in Worcestershire where we are hearing tourism is on the up. We're keeping an eye on the Commonwealth Games and we're taking a look at some amazing research from one of our universities examining starling murmurations.

    Children found in car boot 10:33: Birmingham Mail

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    Commonwealth stars 10:23: via Facebook
    M6 delays 10:09:

    BBC Travel News reports delays as two lanes are closed on the M6 northbound between J8, for the M5, and J9, the A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident.

    News on the hour 09:57: Kevin Pashby Journalist, BBC WM

    A bus driver in Birmingham is being investigated after he asked a boy with dwarfism to "prove he was disabled".

    In the news at 10:00, we'll hear from Kain Francis, from Kingstanding, who claims he's been refused travel on National Express Services five times because of the disability bike he uses to get around.

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    Wolverhampton sunshine 09:34: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

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    Sunrise over Wolverhampton

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    Child poverty in Birmingham 09:23: Midlands Today

    A report for the Labour Party claims nearly a third of children in Birmingham are living in poverty.

    The research raises concerns that as a result more young people are self harming, with a 20% increase in cases in the past year.

    The report, commissioned by MP Liam Byrne and Councillor John Cotton, calls for a new Child Poverty Commission to support parents.

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    Every week BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James plays a game and asks his guests to play "Mayor of Where?"

    Greg James and Cheryl Cole and Wolverhampton mayor Michael Heap

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    After three guesses (the first two were Sheffield and Doncaster) she realised he was from Wolverhampton. Hear what happened.

    News headlines 09:00: Kevin Pashby Journalist, BBC WM

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    • A pregnant woman from Nigeria's says she's come to Birmingham to give birth for a second time on the NHS
    • Police in Birmingham have arrested two youths after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the back yesterday
    • Israel has acknowledged its own forces might have fired the missile which hit a United Nations-run school in Gaza, killing at least 15 people
    Zoo break-in 08:55:

    Police say they've arrested three people after a break-in at Dudley Zoo overnight.

    Two men and a woman are in custody being questioned. Police say no animals were injured.

    Boy with dwarfism 'barred from buses' 08:42:

    A boy with a form of dwarfism says he has been barred from Birmingham buses five times in a fortnight in a row over his bike.

    Kain Francis

    Kain Francis, 17, from Kingstanding, says the bike is a "lifeline" to a social life as he does not have much stamina to walk.

    Kain, who is 3ft 5in (1.04m) tall, says one driver asked him for proof he was disabled.

    Teenager stabbed in Yardley 08:35: James Bovill Journalist, BBC WM

    This morning I'm at Oaklands Recreation Ground in Yardley reporting live for BBC WM, following the stabbing of a teenager here yesterday.

    Oaklands Recreation Ground in Yardley

    I've spoken to one dog walker who says he won't let his kids play here after what happened. Hear more shortly.

    Park stabbing 08:27: BBC WM

    A 16-year-old boy's in hospital after being stabbed in the back in a Birmingham park.

    Two youths were arrested after a fight broke out at Oaklands Recreation Ground in Yardley yesterday afternoon, West Midlands Police says.

    It's the same park where Hassan Mahmood, 15, died after being stabbed in the back during a fight last July.

    Car fire murder charge 08:15:

    A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman's body was discovered in a burning car in Erdington earlier this week.

    Damian Dinobewei, of Erdington, is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court later today.

    Warm day ahead 08:06:

    Another fine, dry and warm day is expected with just a little cloud developing in places, mainly during the afternoon.

    Winds will remain light throughout the day, with a high of 27C (81F).

    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'm in Birmingham to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you want to get in touch today, email, tweet or message me via Facebook.



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