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  1. Hospital porters in strike action

    BBC Midlands Today

    Porters at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham are taking industrial action today over changes to their rotas which they say will affect their pay.

    Person on picket

    They've already staged two days of action in October over the plans.

    The trust which runs the hospital wants to bring in a rotating shift pattern for the staff, who are responsible for transporting patients around the site, said the union Unison.

    “Discussions are ongoing to resolve the dispute,” said University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J7 for A34 Birmingham Road and J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of an accident involving three cars. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J9 for A461 Wood Green Road to J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 southbound from J9, A461 (Wednesbury) to J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

  4. Stuck swan freed from railings

    A swan has been rescued after getting her head stuck between some railings in Walsall.

    Swan

    The stricken cygnet was spotted by a member of the public on the corner of Dudley Street and Bath Street and they alerted the RSPCA.

    Animal rescue inspector Vicki Taylor said: “The cygnet must have gone off exploring and flew into the yard but then she would have been unable to have enough room to take flight from the area.

    “She must have decided to put her head through the railings and obviously got stuck."

    The cygnet was taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, for a check-up and is expected to be released back into the wild this week.

  5. Homes approved at bus depot site

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Mark Cardwell

    Plans for 2,000 homes on a current bus depot site have been approved by councillors in Birmingham.

    Proposed development

    Developers HUB were granted permission by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee for outline plans for 1,250 canal-side homes and 950 student apartments at the site today.

    The outline plans include buildings measuring from six to 25 storeys, and public space, including a new canal-side square named Bordesley Wharf.

    Also part of the hybrid application were detailed plans for the first phase – involving the first 213 apartments at the site on Adderley Street, Digbeth which is currently used by National Express.

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    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  7. School looks to build five new classrooms

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Walsall primary school is hoping to get approval for five new classrooms, allowing it to take in another 120 children.

    Christ Church CE Primary in Harden Road, which already teaches 354 pupils, would also look to take on another eight members of staff.

    Christ Church CE Primary

    Some neighbours have objected, complaining it will bring extra noise, traffic and parking issues, but a report going before Walsall Council's planning committee next week recommends the application is approved.

    It said the expansion was needed to cope with the expected increase in student numbers.

  8. Police name man killed in crash

    A man who died after being hit by a car in Quinton last week has been named by police as Nicholas Brown.

    The 46-year-old was struck by a Volkswagen Golf on Hagley Road West, at about 22:00 on Friday.

    Hagley Road

    "Despite the best efforts of emergency services he was sadly confirmed dead at the scene," West Midlands Police said.

    The family of Mr Brown said: “Nicholas was a loving son and brother, a much loved husband and a devoted father to his sons."

    A 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and being unfit through drink or drugs has since been released under investigation.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Video content

    Video caption: Covid: How I found a stranger to tend my loved one's grave at Christmas.

    Travel restrictions meant Jason in Scotland and Christine in England couldn't visit family graves.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J9 for A461 Wood Green Road and J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

  12. Karanka at a loss to explain Birmingham City performance

    BBC Radio WM Sport

    The Birmingham City head coach, Aitor Karanka, said it was "difficult to understand" his team's performance in last night's defeat to Barnsley.

    Blues took the lead but went on to lose the match 2-1 - the sixth game in a row in which they've failed to win.

    Aitor Karanka

    Afterwards, Karanka accepted "they were better than us", but he couldn't explain his player's poor performance.

    He said: "I try pick the best 11 players to try to play good football. Good football players who like to play and we couldn't pass the ball more than two or three times in the first half."

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a breakdown.

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

  14. Police to offer reassurance to Christmas shoppers

    Search dogs, metal detectors, armed officers and drones will all be part of the police operation in Birmingham to make sure Christmas shoppers are safe.

    West Midlands Police said officers would also work with security staff and shop workers and use a knife arch to detect people carrying bladed weapons.

    Policemen

    Insp James Tandy, from the Project Guardian team, said: “With Christmas fast approaching and the shops reopening this week, we’re expecting the city centre to be busy."

  15. Testing pilot to be extended

    BBC Radio WM

    A government backed testing pilot specifically for people without Covid-19 symptoms is being extended in Wolverhampton.

    The testing centre at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, on Sedgley Street, has tested nearly 2,500 people since it opened on 20 November and 5% returned a positive result.

    Testing sign

    It will now stay open until next Tuesday - using tests that can deliver results in under an hour.

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    Video caption: Lockdown: Shoppers queue as stores reopen in Birmingham

    People were waiting outside Primark in the city from 06:00 GMT as England's lockdown was lifted.