Live BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Tuesday 5 August 2014

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STANDARD 08:00 Good morning

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

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

If you'd like to get in touch with me and let me know about something happening in your local area, email or tweet @BBCWM.

STANDARD 08:04 Warm sunshine

A fine and dry start with plenty of warm sunshine.

However, it will turn increasingly cloudy from the west during the morning. Showers are then possible at times, mainly in the west, and will perhaps turn heavy in places. A high of 22C (72F).

STANDARD 08:19 Lights Out

Stephanie Barnard, BBC Local Live

Last night thousands of people switched their lights out to mark the time Britain joined World War One 100 years ago and remember those who sacrificed their lives.

BBC Birmingham newsroom

Landmarks across the UK turned off their lights, including the Houses of Parliament and Blackpool Tower.

Here in Birmingham, the lights in the BBC newsroom were switched off and a single bright light shone into the canal outside.

STANDARD 08:27 Ex-boxer shot in legs

Former European light-middleweight boxing champion Jamie Moore (pictured) has been shot twice in the legs, according to the fighter he is training.

Jamie Moore

Birmingham middleweight Matthew Macklin tweeted that his trainer was attacked in the Spanish town of Marbella.

STANDARD 08:38 Mother dies after minor operation

Michele Paduano, BBC Midlands health correspondent

A mother-of-three from Walsall has died two days after being sent home from hospital following a minor operation.

Memorial order of service for Tracey Bannister

Tracey Bannister, 29, was discharged from Walsall Manor Hospital hours after having a gall stone removed.

STANDARD 08:49 'No formal complaint' received

Michele Paduano, BBC Midlands health correspondent

The parents of Tracey Bannister were initially told their daughter had died of septicaemia when she was readmitted two days after undergoing the minor operation.

She died 48 hours later.

Walsall Manor Hospital says it cannot respond because it has not yet received a formal complaint.

STANDARD 08:57 News on the hour

Steve Hermon, Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham City Council has one of the highest numbers of employees of any local authority earning over £100,000.

The Taxpayers' Alliance says that in 2012-13, the city council paid 20 members of staff above that mark - although it's now down to 18 and that's less than 1% of the workforce. Hear more in the news bulletin at 09:00.

STANDARD 09:07 Protesters on roof

Richie Anderson, BBC WM reporter

Protesters are on the roof of a factory in Shenstone.

Police have closed Lynn Lane, which is a busy road in the town as it leads to the train station. Only people with train tickets are being allowed through the police cordon.

STANDARD 09:14 'Peaceful and safe'

Staffordshire police say they are in Shenstone to "ensure the protest remains peaceful and safe" as protesters occupy the roof of a factory.

A spokesperson says: "We are working closely with the business and the protesters.

"As a result of this activity we have cordoned off Lynn Lane."

STANDARD 09:20 Lynn Lane closed

Richie Anderson, BBC WM reporter

This is the police cordon in place at the moment on Lynn lane in Shenstone which is severely affecting traffic through the town.

Lynn Lane, Shenstone

I'm reporting live for BBC WM.