Birmingham street sleeper attacks ambulance crew

A man sleeping rough in the street attacked two paramedics and three vehicles when he was woken up.

He was found asleep in the Digbeth area of Birmingham at 07:30 BST.

When the paramedics eventually roused him, he assaulted the pair and then turned on nearby vehicles including an ambulance.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage and is being quizzed by police.

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    Read a full match preview on BBC Sport.

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    Karl Robinson tweets he "wasn't able to get a ticket (sold like hot cakes)" to the Walsall game tonight.

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    There are reports in the Birmingham Mail that Carson Yeung's brother in law has been appointed as chief executive and managing director of Birmingham City's parent company. He replaces Peter Pannu.

    Mr Yeung's brother in law was already on the board of Birmingham International Holdings Ltd.

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    17:27: Council 'cuts and savings' Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    The leader of Walsall Council says people won't now be charged for garden waste and some car park charging - but five libraries in the town will close.

    The council needs to save £86m over the next four years.

    The council's Labour leader Sean Coughlin says while plans to charge for garden waste collection have been scrapped, libraries in Streetly, Pheasey, Beechdale, Walsall Wood and Walsall South will shut.

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    Warwickshire have recorded a £230,000 profit for 2014, the season in which the Birmingham Bears won the T20 Blast.

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    16:58: News on the hour Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 17:00 on BBC WM: Walsall FC chief executive says he's "hardly slept" since the Johnston Paint Trophy first-round against Preston.

    We'll hear from Stefan Gamble ahead of the second-round taking place tonight.

    16:47: Streets won this battle Susana Mendonca BBC West Midlands political reporter

    "Tough choices" - it's the phrase that local councils talk about daily to journalists like me.

    In Walsall the choice this time was between keeping streets clean or keeping libraries open. Or so council leader Sean Coughlan told me.

    The streets won this battle, so residents will continue to get free garden waste collection, but five libraries will close.

    16:39: Not as it seems? Mike Taylor BBC WM Sport

    What a chance there now is for middle-ranking Premier League clubs in this year's FA Cup through-the-looking-glass, where all is apparently not as it seems?

    It would be strangely in keeping with the bizarre tone set at the weekend if the two West Midlands neighbours, whose fans have spent so much of this season in despair, made it to Wembley.

    16:29: Train timetable change

    London Midland tweets: Tonight there will be an altered timetable from 2135 including bus replacements on XCity. Info here -…

    16:19: Free Birmingham bikes via Facebook

    Birmingham City Council posts: "Want a FREE bike? Last chance to apply for cycle giveaway.

    "Would-be cyclists have just days left to apply for the first stage of a FREE bike giveaway in Birmingham." Read more.

    16:08: FA Cup draw reaction Mike Taylor BBC WM Sport

    Villa and Albion have reached the fifth round together for only the second time in 25 years and both should reflect favourably on how Gary Lineker scooped them out of the FA's goldfish bowl.

    FA Cup fifth round draw 2015

    A home fixture against Leicester is certainly winnable for Villa, notwithstanding their defeat away to the Foxes earlier this month.

    Albion's task against West Ham is more difficult, but with Tony Pulis working hard to make the Baggies work harder, they should have a reasonable chance.

    15:58: News on the hour Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    The leader of Walsall Council says people won't now be charged for garden waste and some car park charging has been dropped - but five libraries in the town will close.

    Hear more on this story and others in the news at 16:00 on BBC WM.

    15:39: Cricket club turnover rises Birmingham Post

    Warwickshire CCC have reported increased turnover and a more positive financial picture as they prepare for a big summer of cricket in Birmingham.

    15:22: Support for the Saddlers Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Walsall FC will be heading to Wembley if they beat Preston tonight.

    Banks's Stadium

    The Saddlers have a 2-0 lead going into the second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final.

    You can hear full match build-up and commentary on BBC WM 95.6 FM from 19:00.

    15:11: Boxer switches camp Dan Pallett Sports reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin has switched to the Eddie Hearn stable and will headline a night of city fighters at the Barclaycard Arena on 9 May.

    Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin

    Gavin will be joined by the Yafai brothers Kal and Gamal, Matthew Macklin and Sam Eggington.

    The promoter says he's hoping for an 8,000 sell out at the arena.

    14:58: News on the hour Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 15:00 on BBC WM: A cannabis user from Birmingham wept in court today as he was jailed for seven years for killing a teenage girl in a hit-and-run.

    14:47: Walsall preview Mike Taylor BBC WM Sport

    Only four of the current 92 Premier and Football League clubs have never played at Wembley. Is tonight the night that Walsall finally remove themselves from that list?

    The Banks's Stadium is rarely full, but when it is, as it will be tonight, it generates a formidable atmosphere.

    Preston are too strong to take lightly; Dean Smith and his staff are too scientific in their approach to allow their players to do that, but there is an interesting tactical puzzle to solve. Be cautious, and back themselves to defend the 2-0 lead? Or attack and seek the early goal that would surely settle the issue?

    14:27: Crash death driver had snorted cocaine Birmingham Mail

    A Birmingham driver who snorted cocaine before he killed a 14-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years amid emotional scenes.

    14:07: Discovery of planets David Gregory-Kumar Environment correspondent, BBC News

    Astronomers from the University of Birmingham have discovered five planets orbiting a star that was formed 11.2 billion years ago.

    Simulation of five planets orbiting a star that was formed 11.2 billion years ago

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    It could have huge implications for our understanding of when planets began to form in our galaxy and could even tell us more about the scope for ancient alien life.

    13:56: News on the hour Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news on BBC WM at 14:00, we'll hear from the leader of Walsall Council, who has announced some libraries in the town will still close.

    Labour's Sean Coughlan says a public consultation was held asking for people's views.

    13:44: Aeroplane to classroom? Midlands Today

    Design students at Staffordshire University could soon be getting lectures on board an aeroplane.

    Site in Rugeley where an aeroplane could be based

    A Boeing 737 has been bought by Rugeley-based design firm, GMP, which is now seeking permission to park it opposite the town's power station.

    The former commercial liner will then be converted to a classroom.

    13:31: Rail passengers face long delays Birmingham Mail

    Rail passengers heading for London from the West Midlands faced lengthy delays to their journeys following a major power failure to the north of the capital.

    13:19: Churchill's state funeral Birmingham Post

    A Birmingham company played a key role in the funeral of the man considered by many to be Britain's greatest ever leader.

    13:05: BBC One at 13:38 Sarah Falkland BBC Midlands Today presenter

    We'll be looking ahead to Walsall's big game against Preston tonight as the club looks to end its 127-year wait for a first ever Wembley cup final appearance.

    Join me for latest news and weather forecast in the Midlands on BBC One this lunchtime.

    12:56: News on the hour Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    A Birmingham man has been jailed for causing the death of a 14-year-old girl in a hit-and-run accident.

    We'll bring you the full story in our 13:00 bulletin. Listen live.

    12:43: Fears allayed over £10m scheme Express and Star

    Wolverhampton City Council has moved to allay fears that work on the £10.6million i10 development has stalled after concerns were raised over a lack of progress on the scheme.

    12:33: Construction growth Sarah Falkland BBC Midlands Today presenter

    New research suggests the West Midlands construction industry is expected to create 2,500 jobs over the next five years.

    Construction workers

    Figures from the Construction Industry Training Board suggest schemes such as Help to Buy and changes to stamp duty have helped the industry to grow.

    Work on Birmingham city centre's £500m regeneration has also meant more skilled workers are needed year on year.

    12:21: FA Cup Draw: Baggies Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Valentine's Day - not just for the lovers out there but also FA Cup fans.

    West Brom and West Ham fans shake hands

    West Ham United are preparing to travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion in the fifth-round of the FA Cup on 14 February.

    If you missed the draw you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer.

    12:10: Man jailed for hit-and-run death

    A Birmingham man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for killing a teenage girl in a hit-and-run crash.

    Naseeb Ellahi

    Jasmyn Chan, 14, died when she was hit by a car in Sheffield on 9 May while crossing a road.

    Naseeb Ellahi, of Ash Road in Birmingham, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving earlier this month.

    11:59: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 12:00 on BBC WM: The disturbing practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is on the increase here in the West Midlands.

    We hear from Priscilla Karim, a victim of FGM when she was just nine years old.

    11:47: Wembley dream Daz Hale BBC WM Sport

    Walsall Football Club are hoping to reach a Wembley final tonight for the first time in the club's history.

    They are one of only four English clubs never to have made it to the national stadium. Walsall lead Preston 2-0 after the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area final.

    Tonight's game will be played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Banks's stadium.

    11:35: FA Cup Draw: Villa Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Last night Gary Lineker drew the balls for the FA Cup fifth-round draw on The One Show.

    Aston Villa fan and Leicester City fan shake hands

    Aston Villa will take on Leicester City on 14 February. See the full fixture list for the draw on BBC Sport.

    11:20: 'More research needed'

    A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hayfever, to dementia.

    Dr Chris Fox, from the University of East Anglia

    BBC News spoke to Dr Chris Fox, in Birmingham, about the increased risk of dementia.

    He says "there's lots more work to be done" on research and urges people to contact their GP if they are concerned and not to stop taking any medication.

    10:59: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 11:00 on BBC WM: Pupils at a Birmingham school are being praised for their bravery by running to help a mother and her son who'd been horrifically injured.

    We'll hear from the head teacher of Moseley School in the bulletin shortly.

    10:40: Factory jobs at risk Express and Star

    Almost 200 jobs are at risk at a car parts factory in Wednesbury, union bosses claimed today.

    10:25: 'Got to be at our best' BBC Sport

    Walsall boss Dean Smith says it would be a "personal triumph" if the Saddlers can reach the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and play at Wembley for the fist time in the club's history.

    Bank's Stadium, Dean Smith and Wembley Stadium

    Smith warns: "We've done half a job so far and that's all it is. We've got to be at our best." Read the full story on BBC Sport.

    10:10: Stories we're working on Hilary McConnell Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    BBC Midlands Today will have some exciting news about a discovery in space - David Gregory Kumar will reveal all at 18:30 on BBC One.

    And we'll be live at Walsall as they try to win a place at Wembley for the first time in the club's history. They're playing Preston in the second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy semi-final.

    10:00: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: Black Country MP Tom Watson has launched a petition to get bus fares cut to reflect the drop in recent fuel prices.

    And we'll hear from Ed Miliband and David Cameron as the political parties gear up - it's now 100 days until the general election.

    09:38: Have your say Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

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    09:27: Green Party turns to Crowdfunder

    The Green Party's taken the unusual step of using online website Crowdfunder to raise money to field candidates in all 10 Birmingham constituencies at the general election.

    The party says it can only afford to put five candidates up in May, so it's started a campaign to pay for the other five and has nearly reached the target.

    09:11: Horse dies after rescue

    A horse which was rescued last night after becoming stuck in deep mud has had to be put down.

    West Midlands Fire Service says it rescued the four-year-old horse last night in Gornal after it got stuck.

    08:59: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story in the news at 09:00 on BBC WM: Police in the West Midlands are investigating more cases of female genital mutilation than ever before.

    It's as police figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show Birmingham Heartlands hospital has dealt with more than 1,500 cases in the past five years.

    08:40: Watch: Ghost signs discovery Satnam Rana Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    A Birmingham City University student is mapping old slogans which have been painted on to the sides of buildings across the West Midlands in the hope it will help preserve them.

    Ghost signs in Birmingham

    My report was on Midlands Today last night but if you missed it, watch it online now.

    08:29: Train delays to London

    Virgin Trains tweets: #VTUPDATE: We currently have ticket acceptance in place with @chilternrailway on Bham to London services due to power issues

    National Rail reports there's electrical supply problems between Wembley Central and London Euston, causing delays of up to 60 minutes for trains in the area.

    08:20: Watch: Tackling cyber-stalkers Mary Rhodes BBC Inside Out, Presenter

    Advances in technology have led to an increase in cyber-stalking, but what is the best way of tackling the problem?

    What is the best way to tackle cyber-stalkers?

    I spoke to Dr Emma Short, who runs the National Centre for Cyber-stalking Research, about the best ways of deterring stalkers.

    She believes rehabilitation rather than prison is the best deterrent, together with better police training, citing the work of West Midlands Police. Watch my Inside Out report,

    08:08: Today's forecast

    A chilly but mainly dry and bright start, especially in the south. Cloud will tend to build throughout the day, though most places will remain dry.

    Charlie Slater

    There's the chance of the odd spot of light rain or drizzle and a high of 9C (48F).

    08:00: Good morning Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'm in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.



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