BBC Local Live: Updates from Birmingham and the Black Country on Monday 25 August 2014

    Good morning 08:00: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Hi everyone. I'm here with today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    Email or tweet me if you'd like to get involved with a comment, question or photo.

    Rainy bank holiday 08:08:

    Unsettled and breezy with outbreaks of rain spreading northeastwards, becoming heavy and persistent through the afternoon. Highs of 14C (57F).

    A4040 temporary lights 08:19:

    Traffic is building up due to temporary traffic lights on the A4040 Station Road in Stechford, Birmingham at the B4128 Bordesley Green East junction.

    Library shut 08:36:

    The Library of Birmingham has reminded its users that it won't be open today.

    View from The Mailbox 08:57: Joanne Malin Presenter, Midlands Today

    Not the best start to a bank holiday Monday here in Birmingham.

    View from The Mailbox

    Share your photos of the bank holiday with Local Live: Email or tweet them in.

    Warehouse fire 'started deliberately' 09:19: Birmingham Mail

    A fire at a Digbeth warehouse this weekend is suspected to have been an arson attack.

    Clarke to Palace? 09:37:

    The Croydon Advertiser is linking former West Brom boss Steve Clarke with the vacant manager's job at Crystal Palace, according to the BBC Sport football gossip column.

    Steve Clarke
    Birmingham FBI visit 'likely' 10:01: BBC WM

    A terrorism expert says the FBI is likely to come to Birmingham as part of its investigation into Islamic State militants.

    We know at least one man from Kings Heath has joined the group in Syria and there's speculation the jihadists who beheaded an American journalist could be British.

    As it happened
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    Missing woman reappears 10:21:

    A 58-year-old woman who went missing for nearly a week has returned home.

    Police issued an appeal after Leslie Squire vanished from Chuckery on 18 August but she has now returned safe and well.

    Crash closes road 10:44:

    BBC Travel News warns the M5 southbound is closed between J1 and J2 because of an accident.

    Defeat for Birmingham 11:11:

    Birmingham City lost 3-1 to Chelsea Ladies FC in the Women's Super League yesterday.

    Chelsea goal celebration

    The win sent the Londoners top and keeps Birmingham in third.

    Heavy rain alert 11:23:

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain in the West Midlands for the rest of today.

    It says some areas could see more than 40mm of water.

    Watch: Miraculous snake birth 11:47:

    The arrival of three baby anacondas last week at West Midlands Safari Park is being heralded as a "miraculous virgin birth" by staff.


    Reptile handlers at the park believe they are the first snakes of their kind ever to be born in captivity, without any help from a male. Watch Midlands Today's report.

    Crash kills biker 12:05:

    A motorcylist died in a crash in Birmingham last night.

    The ambulance service said the man was killed in a collision with a car at the junction of Lea Ford Road and Packington Avenue in Kitts Green shortly before 20:00.

    Zoo opens new attraction 12:29: BBC WM

    A new £20,000 section called Baboons on the Bank opens at Dudley Zoo this afternoon.

    The one-acre natural hillside is home to a family group of the last surviving species of grazing primate.

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    Midlands Today 13:09: Joanne Malin Presenter

    A charity which helps women with post-natal depression says it needs to recruit 50 new volunteers because demand for its service is so high. Find out more on BBC One at 13:20.

    Why are you running? 13:31: via Facebook

    With less than eight weeks to go until the Great Birmingham Run, the organisers are asking for people's reasons for taking part.

    Many, like Gemma Reece, are running for charity. Gemma says she's "Running for my niece. Birmingham children hospital saved her life so running for that charity".

    For Laura Hunt, it's simply because "finishing it last year made me smile for about three days".

    Baggies sign winger 13:53:

    West Bromwich Albion have signed Portugal winger Silvestre Varela on a season-long loan deal from Porto.

    Silvestre Varela

    The 29-year-old, who has been capped 26 times, becomes the Baggies' 10th signing of the summer.

    'Horrendous' motorway conditions 14:13:

    Central Motorway Police Group tweets: Horrendous drving conditions on the midlands motorways today, its going to get worse this afternoon. Take my advice stay at home in the warm

    Walsall delays 14:30:

    BBC Travel News warns there are delays on the A461 Bescot Road southbound in Walsall.

    India trade mission 14:49: BBC WM

    Five West Midlands representatives are joining a three-day trade-boosting mission with India.

    The 40-strong delegation is being led by Deputy PM Nick Clegg and includes Bill Panesar, managing director of Tipton-based Panesar Foods.

    Star performer 15:10:

    BBC football pundit Garth Crooks has included Aston Villa defender Phillipe Senderos in his Premier League team of the week.

    Phillipe Senderos in action against Newcastle United
    Road deaths 15:27:

    Britain has one of the best records in the world for road casualties. However, hundreds still die on the roads every year. In 2010, the police recorded 1,850 deaths, 22,660 people seriously injured and 184,138 who received light injuries.

    death map

    Using official data recorded by police in Great Britain between 1999 and 2010, BBC News has plotted every road collision in which someone died. In all, 36,371 fatalities are marked on this interactive map.

    Most desirable postcodes 15:50:

    Royal Mail has looked at a number of factors, including crime rates and employment opportunities, to produce a list of the most desirable postcodes in the UK.

    Man dies after festival 16:21: Birmingham Mail

    A 22-year-old man from the West Midlands has died in hospital after falling ill after attending the Creamfields dance music festival.

    Purkiss back in training 16:32: BBC Sport

    Walsall full-back Ben Purkiss is back in training after an ankle problem and could make his first appearance of the season tomorrow against Crystal Palace.

    Ben Purkiss

    Fellow defender James O'Connor is also available after recovering from injury.

    Sledgehammer attack on PC 16:45:

    A policeman was attacked with a sledgehammer after arriving at an attempted raid on a cash machine in Sandwell last night.

    The 41-year-old officer was hit on the head and arm but escaped serious injury in the attack, at Tesco Express in Hamstead. Police are now seeking three men who fled the scene.

    Beach trips 'a pipe dream' 17:04:

    One in five families in England will be unable to afford a trip to the seaside this bank holiday, says Barnardo's.

    BBC table

    The charity says a "no frills trip" from Birmingham to Rhyl would cost a family with two children about £117.

    Cup win for Bears 17:15:

    BBC Sport's Ged Scott looks back at Birmingham Bears' T20 Blast triumph at the weekend.

    Birmingham Bears celebrate

    He says the celebrations at Edgbaston helped Warwickshire's supporters put a decade of failure behind them.

    Major route to close 17:36: Express and Star

    Overnight closures begin on the M6 through the Black Country and Staffordshire tomorrow and will run for the next two weeks.

    Wet evening 17:48:

    Remaining unsettled through the evening and night with further outbreaks of rain, some of it heavy. Overnight lows of 13C (55F).

    Good evening 18:00:

    Monday's Local Live updates have now finished. We will have more from 08:00 on Tuesday.


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