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  1. Abandoned baby 'doing well' in foster care

    An abandoned baby found by a dog walker in a park has left hospital, police say.


    Named George by hospital staff, he was found on 22 April, wrapped in a blanket at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

    Officers are trying to trace his mother and have released CCTV images of a woman walking along Shannon Road earlier in the day.

    In a statement the West Midlands force said "baby George is now in foster care and doing well."

  2. Too much for the great escape artist

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport

    Defeat at the Emirates confirmed Sam Allardyce's first relegation from the Premier League as a manager, although the experienced 66-year-old had all but accepted their fate before the match.

    Sam Allerdyce

    The division's great escape artist replaced Slaven Bilic in December when the Baggies were 19th in the table and accepted the task of trying to guide them to survival.

    Allardyce has previously kept Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the English top flight after taking control in similar circumstances, but the rescue mission at the Hawthorns proved too big with West Brom managing just four wins in the 22 league games he oversaw.

    The Baggies return to the Championship at the first time of asking and join Norwich City as the only sides to be relegated from the Premier League on five occasions.

  3. Joint venture to build HS2 station announced

    A construction partnership working on HS2's London terminus at Euston has been appointed to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street Station.

    Curzon Street station designs

    The £570m deal will see the Mace and Dragados jointly working on the landmark station which is set to connect Birmingham to both the capital and Manchester in under an hour.

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    Video caption: Drone footage of Curzon Street railway station

    Work to create a new intercity terminus on Curzon Street is well underway, with archaeologists excavating the historic site.

    The venture will be a "major shot in the arm" for the construction sector and bring in "hundreds" of jobs, the region's mayor Andy Street has said.

  4. West Brom relegated: Will Sam Allardyce stay on?

    BBC Sport

    West Bromwich Albion boss Sam Allardyce says "words cannot describe" how much it hurts to suffer his first relegation from the Premier League.

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    Video caption: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom: 'The inevitable has happened' - Allardyce on West Brom relegation

    Defeat at Arsenal on Sunday confirmed the Baggies will be heading back to the Championship, sitting 10 points from safety with three games to play.

    But whether the 66-year-old will lead their bid to be promoted straight back to the top flight remains unclear. He said afterwards it is "too early to consider or talk about" his future.

    "I am not going to answer a question on whether I am staying or going - it will just be a waste of time because I won't be saying," he said.

  5. Human remains found near station development site

    Human remains have been found during building work in Birmingham, police say.

    A short section of pavement has been cordoned off near Birmingham's Curzon Street Station development.

    It's believed the remains have been at the site for a some time, said West Midlands Police.

    "Tests are being carried out to identify the victim and establish the cause of death," the force said in a statement.

    Archaeologists have previously excavated 6,500 skeletons from a 19th Century burial ground at the site to make way for the HS2 high speed rail station.

  6. Around the web: Man threatened with Clean Air Zone fine

    Birmingham Live

    Some of the Birmingham Mail headlines today include:

  7. Mahmood: Labour has lost emotional connection with voters

    Labour's new election strategy boss, Shabana Mahmood, said the party needs to focus on moving forward after a "very difficult few days".

    She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We need a calm and reflective look" at some of the terrible results, she adds, but says there were wins in parts of the country too and lessons can be learned.

    "We have lost touch with people we should be trying to represent," she says, and "lost that emotional connection".

    the challenge for the party is to "find a way to rebuild it", she added.

    Labour will now embark on a policy review process to find a way to reconnect with the public and bridge the geographical and age divide, she says.

  8. Labour reshuffle: Birmingham MP takes on new role

    Sir Keir Starmer has sacked his shadow chancellor in a shake-up of his team after poor election results in England.

    Shabana Mahmood

    Anneliese Dodds will now become the Labour Party's chair - replacing deputy leader Angela Rayner, who Sir Keir fired from the role on Saturday.

    Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood, has taken on Ms Rayner's other former role as campaign coordinator.

    The Labour leader said he had faith in his "refreshed and renewed team".

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich.

    M5 West Midlands - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a van which has broken down. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury and J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

    M5 West Midlands - Two lanes blocked on M5 southbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time