Live BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Thursday 21 August 2014

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STANDARD 08:00 Good morning

Ed Barlow, BBC Local Live

Morning all, I'll be bringing you news, sport, travel and weather from the region from now until 18:00.

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STANDARD 08:04 Wolverhampton travel issues

The A449 Penn Road in Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton, is closed inbound between the Pennhouse Avenue junction and the B4161 Rookery Lane junction, because of emergency repairs and telecoms work.

Traffic heading into Wolverhampton from the south of the city will be diverted from the roundabout at Lloyd Hill along Warstones Rd. Expect delays.

See BBC Travel News for more information.

STANDARD 08:10 Chilly but bright

A chilly but bright start, particularly in the south. It is going to turn cloudier through the day as some outbreaks of rain slowly spread their way southwards this afternoon. Temperatures still slightly below average for the time of year.


STANDARD 08:17 PCC by-election under way

Voting in the by-election for the West Midlands police and crime commissioner (PCC) has begun, to appoint a successor to Bob Jones, who died in July.

pcc candidates WM 2014

The candidates are David Jamieson (Labour); Les Jones (Conservative); Keith Rowe (Ukip); and Ayoub Khan (Liberal Democrat). Voting began at 07:00 and polling stations will remain open until 22:00.

STANDARD 08:25 Nine-year-old's letter to grave thieves

Birmingham Mail

A nine-year-old girl left heartbroken after thieves stole keepsakes from her sister's grave has written to culprits in a desperate plea for them to return the items.

STANDARD 08:36 Drug arrests in Birmingham

Three men have been arrested as part of an ongoing operation to tackle drug dealers.

Officers from Birmingham along with the Serious and Organised Crime Unit searched houses and businesses across Rowley Regis, Bordesley Green and Kitts Green as part of the long-standing operation to tackle the importation and supply of drugs.

STANDARD 08:48 Farah to race in Birmingham

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has confirmed he will race over two miles at the Birmingham Diamond League.

The Birmingham meet on 24 August will be the newly-crowned European 10,000m champion's first race in Britain since his London Marathon debut in April.

Mo farah

Farah, 31, has endured a troubled year, withdrawing from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of fitness concerns.

"I was gutted to withdraw," said Farah. "But I'm really pleased I'll be back on the track at Birmingham."

STANDARD 08:58 News on the hour

Kevin Pashby, Journalist, BBC WM

The BBC understands two Birmingham schools at the centre of the alleged Trojan Horse plot have seen a sharp dip in GCSE results.

Hear more in the 09:00 bulletin.

STANDARD 09:08 EDL protestors in court

Six men appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday accused of violent disorder at a protest by the English Defence League last year.

The group were charged last month with crimes that allegedly took place when the EDL staged a demonstration in Centenary Square on 20 July 2013.