BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Monday 11 August 2014

    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

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

    If you'd like to get in touch and let us know about something happening in your local area - email or tweet me.

    Sunny spells 08:03:

    A bright and breezy day, with a mixture of sunny spells and some showers, which are likely to become more frequent, heavier and perhaps thundery in the afternoon.

    It will feel cool in places exposed to the brisk westerly wind, with a high of 19C (66F).

    Binmen strike 08:11:

    Refuse collectors and street cleaners in Birmingham are on strike until 09:00 in a row over terms and conditions.

    A further three-hour walk out is planned for Friday.

    Residents have been asked to still put their rubbish out, but have been warned it may not be collected.

    Opposition to market move dropped 08:22: Midlands Today

    Traders have dropped their opposition to the closure of Birmingham's wholesale market in the city centre.

    Birmingham's wholesale market

    It's due to move to a site in Whitton in 2016 but some traders had fiercely opposed the plans. They now believe the new facilities will help them grow their businesses.

    This summer, the market is reporting record sales and they're hopeful this will continue at the new site.

    Penn Road closure 08:31:

    Penn Road in Wolverhampton is closed for the next two weeks from 09:30 to allow BT to carry out repairs, leaving hundreds without phone lines for almost a month.

    Read more on Penn Now blog.

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    Amazon expansion plans 08:41:

    Internet shopping site Amazon wants to increase the number of people it employs at its Rugeley base to 3,000 by next year.

    Amazon packages being processed by Royal Mail

    The company wants to do more from Tower Business Park, which it says will create another 350 full time jobs.

    The plans are due to go in front of Cannock Chase District Council on Wednesday.

    Row over beauty queen title 08:53: Birmingham Mail

    A beauty queen bust-up has led to frayed tempers among the tiaras after rival organisations bestowed the coveted title of 'Miss Birmingham' on two separate city stunners.

    News on the hour 08:56: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 09:00: The FA has agreed to look into the effects of heading footballs following a campaign by the family of West Brom legend Jeff Astle.

    Jeff Astle, the former West Bromwich Albion striker

    Jeff's daughter Dawn met with FA Chairman Greg Dyke yesterday to discuss their calls for better research.

    Hear more on this story in the news on BBC WM shortly.

    A38 lanes closed 09:00:

    Two lanes are closed on the A38(M) Aston Expressway inbound in Birmingham city centre because of an accident involving a lorry.

    Read the latest on BBC Travel News.

    MEP 'targeted' over Hitler comments 09:10: BBC WM

    One of the West Midlands' UKIP MEPs is accusing a Sunday paper of deliberately trying to discredit him.

    The Mail on Sunday claimed Bill Etheridge had told delegates at the Birmingham Young Independence Conference to copy Hitler.

    He was giving a class on public speaking and claims he's been deliberately targeted. Hear more on this story on BBC WM.

    Windy day ahead 09:22: Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    It's been a windy start in the West Midlands, with gusts of up to 40mph.

    Weather outlook for this week

    Winds will settle down through the week but it'll be cooler. Here's the outlook. Get your latest forecast.

    Flybe launches new route 09:30: Birmingham Post

    Birmingham Airport's largest schedules airliner Flybe has launched a new route from the city to Berlin Tegel as part of its 2014/15 winter schedule.

    Tell us what you think 09:42: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service which we write from the BBC in Birmingham.

    News on the hour 09:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    There's claims cigarette-style health warnings should be placed on alcohol to tackle binge drinking.

    In the news we'll hear from Conservative MP Tracey Crouch who chairs the all party parliamentary group on alcohol misuse. Listen live.

    Driver trapped in car 10:08: Express and Star

    A trapped woman had to be cut free from her car today after it collided with another vehicle in Smethwick.

    Wolves interested in Wood 10:17:

    Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has confirmed he is interested in bringing Leicester City striker Chris Wood to Molineux.

    Chris Wood

    Jackett tells BBC Sport: "We have made an approach, but we have got a long way to go in terms of sealing him as a Wolves player."

    Taxi crash 10:33:

    Three men are in hospital after a taxi crashed on Bloxwich High Street in the early hours, West Midlands Ambulance Service says.

    The driver was cut free and taken with a broken arm to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. His passengers were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

    A&E queues 10:49: Smitha Mundasad Health reporter

    About 300,000 ambulances were left queuing outside hospitals last year with patients waiting to be seen in A&E, according to research by Labour.


    The longest recorded delay was more than eight hours, in the West Midlands, despite the 15-minute nationally agreed standard.

    Though national guidelines say the handover process should take no longer than 15 minutes, in every ambulance trust in the country some patients waited more than an hour. Read more from BBC Health.

    News on the hour 10:56: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    A protest is being held outside the Crown Prosecution Service in Birmingham by the family of man who died after being arrested.

    The CPS decided no-one should face charges over the death of Kingsley Burrell, from Hockley. Listen live to the news.

    Meeting to decide leadership 11:12:

    The leadership of Walsall Council could change this evening.

    A special meeting's been called after a by-election gave Labour 30 seats - exactly half the total on the authority.

    The Conservatives are still in charge and their leader Mike Bird is still overall council leader, but this is expected to change this evening.

    Ali at heart of England revival 11:22: Jonathan Agnew BBC cricket correspondent

    The England cricket team has completed a remarkable turnaround in recent weeks and at the heart of the revival has been Birmingham born off-spinner Moeen Ali. Against the odds, he has now taken more than 20 wickets.

    Moeen Ali

    In terms of days, it has been 58 since his debut, which makes him the quickest England spinner ever to get to that mark.

    Alleged racism investigated 11:29: BBC Sport

    Norwich City have confirmed they are investigating allegations of racist behaviour by a small group of their fans during the Wolverhampton Wanderers game yesterday.

    Wolves beat the Canaries 1-0 with a goal in the second half by Dave Edwards.

    'Racism will not be tolerated' 11:39:

    Two Norwich City fans are believed to have been ordered to leave Molineux yesterday for alleged racist behaviour, according to the East Anglian club.

    Insp Howard Lewis-Jones, from West Midlands Police, says: "We have not received any official complaints in relation to the match. However, we are aware of these allegations and that officials at Wolves and Norwich are investigating.

    "I would encourage anyone who has witnessed abusive behaviour to report it as soon as possible so we can act on it. Racism on the terraces will not be tolerated."

    Fire strike 11:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    A two-hour strike by firefighters has just got under way in the West Midlands.

    Fire Brigades Union members walked out as part of their row with the government over pensions. Hear more in the news on BBC WM shortly.

    Brain injury campaigner meets FA boss 12:19:

    The daughter of former footballer Jeff Astle has met the chairman of the FA about carrying out more research into the effects of head injuries in sport.

    The ex-West Bromwich Albion and England forward died in 2002 from brain trauma caused by heading heavy leather balls.

    Dawn Astle says Greg Dyke said he would contact the Professional Footballers' Association about carrying out research on former players and the effects.

    Dispute over pensions 12:37:

    A series of strikes by firefighters across England and Wales are taking place in a dispute over pensions.

    Sign outside Euston fire station in May 2014

    The walkouts are being held at the same times each day until 16 August.

    The government has accused the Fire Brigades Union of an "illogical" approach, but the union accused it of "walking away". Read more on BBC News.

    'Contingency plans' in place 12:50:

    West Midlands Fire Service tweets: Our contingency plans are in place for today's two strikes by firefighters - 12-2pm and the hour up to midnight:…

    Members of the Fire Bridges Union are walking out every day between 12:00 and 14:00 and 22:59-23:59 until 16 August.

    News on the hour 12:57: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    The Walsall hippo is going to get a makeover from the council.

    The grey concrete statue - nicknamed George - has been in the town centre since 1972. Find out more in the news at 13:00 on BBC WM.

    Chocolate in WW1 13:20: Bob Hockenhull Reporter, Midlands Today

    During World War One, factories across the West Midlands were busy producing military hardware for the war effort. But for some the conflict was an opportunity to show their compassionate side.

    Old photo of soldiers

    Cadbury Brothers, of Birmingham, not only supplied chocolate to its soldiers in the trenches but the company also gave away some of its milk supply to the poor and handed over some of its buildings to be used as hospitals.

    You can see my report on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30.

    Strike action 'could affect bin collections' 13:40: via Facebook

    B14 News posts: "Birmingham City Council refuse collections could be effected today due to strike action despite extensive talks with representatives from Unite."

    A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: "Despite continued talks with representatives from Unite, which have seen some significant movement in negotiations, we have still not been able at this point to reach an agreement over issues that have been raised about terms and conditions for refuse collection staff." Read the full post.

    News on the hour 13:56: BBC WM

    In the 14:00 news bulletin: Three robbers who targeted expensive cars and cash-and-carry staff in the West Midlands have been jailed.

    Robbers targeted homes with expensive cars 14:05:

    Three robbers who targeted houses with expensive cars on the driveways have been jailed, police say.

    Three men jailed in West Midlands
    Afternoon weather 14:18:

    It will be a bright afternoon with occasional sunny spells, but also a scattering of showers.

    One or two may be heavy and thundery. It will be windy, especially over the Lickey Hills and a maximum temperature of 20C (68F) is forecast.

    Fire strike ends 14:28:

    A two-hour strike by firefighters has now come to end.

    The strike was part of their continuing row with the government over pensions. Another is due to take place at 23:00 tonight.

    Allegations of racism 14:44: Express and Star

    Allegations of racism have been made against Norwich fans after Wolves' opening game of the season.

    News on the hour 14:57: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    Double Commonwealth gold medal winner Jodie Stimpson will be an official starter at this year's Great Birmingham Run.

    Hear that story and others in the news at 15:00 on BBC WM.

    Sons of Pitches in Edinburgh 15:08: Louise Brierley Presenter on BBC WM Introducing

    The Sons of Pitches are a seven piece a capella group championed by myself and Jack on our BBC WM Introducing show.

    Sons of Pitches, a seven piece a capella group

    They got together at the University of Birmingham in 2010 and in the past year have competed in New York and Hong Kong. They are at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival all this month.

    They're at the forefront of a new generation of British a cappella - if you like the film Pitch Perfect you'll be a huge fan of them.

    Person hit by train 15:29:

    There's currently disruption on rail services heading in and out of Birmingham New Street due to a person being hit by a train at Tile Hill, reports BBC Travel News.

    Share your views 15:47: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    News on the hour 15:58: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    One police and crime commissioner candidate in the West Midlands is refusing to do any BBC interviews because of its reporting of the situation in Gaza.

    Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan says he had to "live with his own conscience and refuse to participate with organisations so many people think have acted in an unfair manner".

    Hear more in the news at 16:00.

    Wolves midfielder signs for Blues 16:07:

    Birmingham City have confirmed the signing of Wolves midfielder David Davis on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    PCC candidate not speaking to BBC 16:17: Kath Stanczyszyn Political reporter, BBC WM

    One of four candidates campaigning to become the next West Midlands police and crime commissioner says he is refusing to do any coverage with the BBC in the run-up to next week's election, because of its reporting of the situation in Gaza.

    In an email, Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan says: "One has to live with ones own conscience and I refuse to participate with organisations such as the BBC who, in the view of so many, have acted in such an unfair manner."

    The by-election, which takes place on 21 August, was triggered by the sudden death of Labour's Bob Jones last month. I've spoken to the Liberal Democrats who say this is absolutely not the position of the party.

    Car ploughs into house 16:27: Dudley News

    A man was taken to hospital after the car he was driving ploughed into a house in Gornal.

    From old to gold 16:43:

    Oldbury will be renamed "Goldbury" on 13 September, the council announces.

    Jodie Stimpson crossing the finish line

    The renaming of the town will take place over 24 hours to honour the achievements of triathlete and Commonwealth gold medallist Jodie Stimpson, as part of a civic reception.

    FA agrees to head injury study 16:53:

    The Football Association has agreed to carry out research into head injuries in the sport after a meeting the family of former England striker Jeff Astle.

    Jeff Astle

    The player died in 2002, aged 59, from a brain condition normally linked to boxing.

    His family met FA Chairman Greg Dyke on Sunday after a long-running campaign.

    News on the hour 16:59: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    Conservative Mike Bird could be deposed as the leader of Walsall Council at a special meeting this evening.

    We'll have the latest from our political reporter Kathryn Stanczyszyn in the news on BBC WM shortly.

    Carrs Lane closed 17:04:

    Carrs Lane in Birmingham city centre is closed between the B4100 Moor Street Ringway junction and the High Street junction due to an accident.

    Read the latest disruption on BBC Travel News.

    Network West Midlands says a number of its bus services have been diverted as a consequence.

    Watch: Market move 17:12:

    Traders at one of Europe's biggest wholesale markets have said they are feeling more confident ahead of a move to a new site.

    Birmingham Wholesale Markets, Digbeth

    Plans to move Birmingham Wholesale Markets from Digbeth to a purpose-built site in Witton, outside the city centre, were initially met with resistance from many traders, who said they feared for their future.

    Ben Godfrey went to meet some of the traders.

    Birthday man, 103, remembers zeppelins 17:19: Birmingham Mail

    Joseph Goodrem is one of the few people who can still remember the shadow of German zeppelins over the home front in the First World War.

    Windy week ahead 17:25: Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Things will eventually settle down this week but for the next couple of days it's going to be windy.

    BBC Weather forecast for Wednesday

    See the latest forecast on BBC Weather.

    M42 incident 17:30:

    Police say they are dealing with an incident on the M42 southbound near junction 1.

    There's no access to M42 from M5 south and M42 south junction. Drivers are warned to avoid the area.

    Canal fact 17:33: via Facebook

    The Cube Birmingham posts: ‪"#‎FactOfTheDay‬ ‪#‎Birmingham‬'s first canal was opened in 1769 and linked Birmingham to Wednesbury!"

    'Woman hit by bus' 17:38: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I've spoken to police who say a woman was taken to hospital after she was hit by bus at about 16:30 in Birmingham city centre.

    The woman has been taken to hospital with serious leg injuries which aren't believed to be life-threatening.

    Carrs Lane remains closed to traffic.

    Coming up 17:46: Nick Owen Presenter, Midlands Today

    A young man who could one day be as big a name as Stephen Hendry or Ronnie O'Sullivan is on the programme tonight. Hamim Hussain, from Small Heath, is only 13 but he's just won the English Under 14 Snooker Championship.

    We're also hearing more about the war effort in Birmingham and the Black Country 100 years ago. We've a fascinating feature on Cadbury's and how the company showed its compassionate side. Not only did they supply chocolate for the troops in the trenches in the Great War but also cared for those affected by the fighting back home.

    Join me on BBC One from 18:30.

    Scattered showers overnight 17:54:

    Scattered showers, heavy at times, will continue during the evening before easing away overnight.

    Drier and clearer conditions are then likely to develop for most. Remaining breezy leading to it feeling rather cool, with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

    Good evening 18:00:

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