Live BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Friday 1 August 2014

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STANDARD 08:00 Good morning

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

It started off bright and sunny but it's now looking quite cloudy here in Birmingham this morning.

Sunrise this morning

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

STANDARD 08:02 Dry and bright

Mel Coles, BBC Weather

It's a dry start but the cloud will increase from the west and although many places will remain dry with further bright spells, there will be the risk of a few showery outbreaks.

Feeling cooler than it has done, with a high of 20C (68F).

STANDARD 08:14 Schoolboys arrested over fire

Police have arrested three youths aged 12, 14 and 15 following the fire at Northfield Manor House.

West Midlands Police says three schoolboys were arrested on Thursday evening and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

STANDARD 08:27 Reporting from Northfield Manor

Steve Hermon, Journalist, BBC WM

I'm out the entrance to Northfield Manor which is cordoned off this morning.

Entrance to Northfield Manor, Birmingham

The future of this historic building is uncertain. Yesterday when I was here I was told it would have to be demolished.

It's blackened out and destroyed, but thankfully firefighters were able to contain the blaze and stop it spreading. Structural engineers have been on site in the past 24 hours and are more positive about its future.

STANDARD 08:38 Custody death investigated

The death of a woman found collapsed in a police cell in Bloxwich, is to be investigated by the police watchdog.

Bloxwich police station

Sharmila Ullah, 30, died in hospital on 10 July after she was held at the West Midlands Police station.

The IPCC said she had been examined by nurses who said she was "fit to detain" in a cell.

STANDARD 08:52 'University should take responsibility'


A Birmingham councillor is calling on the University of Birmingham to take some responsibility for the fire which destroyed Northfield Manor.

Northfield Manor House fire

Peter Douglas Osbourne says reduced security at the old Cadbury family property, bought by the university more than 60 years ago, made it easy for arsonists to get in.

Hear more on this story on BBC WM.

STANDARD 09:06 Horse chained in canal

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

A horse has been found chained underwater in a canal in Coseley.

West Midlands Fire Service is currently rescuing the horse, which was spotted by police near Walbrook Bridge at 08:00 with only its head above water.


TWEET 09:12 Horse rescue operation

Commander for Sandwell and Dudley fire service Neil Griffiths tweets: This is an interesting horse rescue @tiptonfire @WestMidsFire #rtb

Horse underwater in a canal