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  1. Updates from Friday 14 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By David Lumb

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back with more updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Wrap up warm tonight

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Dry this evening. Where skies clear, it'll be chilly with lows of 5C.

Dry weather picture for Midlands at 20:00

A good deal of dry and bright weather is expected on Saturday. Temperatures are very much on our side, at 13C.

'Smart phone, stupid driver'

More than 20 drivers have been

stopped in Sparkbrook to be warned about using their phone at the wheel, or their use of seatbelts and child seats.

'Smart phone, stupid driver' leaflets
West Midlands Fire Service

Crews from Highgate Fire Station and Sparkbrook Police handed out information leaflets about driver distractions.

Javid stays at Edgbaston

BBC Sport

Warwickshire all-rounder Ateeq Javid has signed a new three-year contract at the club.

Ian Bell and Ateeq Javid
Getty Images

The 23-year-old, pictured right, scored two County Championship centuries as he broke into the first team in 2013.


David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

Burst water main

The High Street in Smethwick is closed in both directions between the Stony lane and A4030 High Street junctions because of a burst water main.

BBC Travel reports that a diversion's in place, via Fenton Street, Tollhouse Way and the A4030.

Kilimanjaro challenge

Workers at Sandwell Council have been

climbing the height of Kilimanjaro in six hours for Children in Need, at an indoor climbing wall in Oldbury.

Person on climbing wall
Sandwell Council


tonight's TV extravaganza, there'll be live broadcasts from Thinktank, the science museum in Birmingham, where a choir of almost 200 schoolchildren will perform.

Council budgets £10,000 for free flu jabs

Birmingham City Council has announced it is spending £10,000 so staff can have free flu jabs this winter.

The authority ran the same scheme last year and said the move helped to cut sickness rates by an average of 1.7 days per worker.

Wolves loaned new striker

BBC Sport

Wolves have

signed striker Danny Graham on loan from Premier League side Sunderland until 31 December.

Danny Graham
Danny Graham scored six goals in 18 appearances on loan at Middlesbrough during the second half of last season

The 29-year-old has made only one appearance for Sunderland this season.

"This is a good opportunity for me to try and play some regular football and get back to scoring goals," he said.

Service to help rough sleepers

Birmingham Updates

posts on Facebook: "Have you used Street Link to help a rough sleeper? Please spread the word so others can too.

"Street Link is a service funded by Government as part of their commitment to end rough sleeping that enables the public to alert local authorities about rough sleepers in their area.

Read more."

New appeal after chip shop stabbing


renewed appeal's being made to find a man who stabbed a fast food worker several times in a fish and chip shop in Quinton.

The police say it happened last Thursday, 6 November, at Simply Fish and Chips.

Wanted poster of a man in a hooded top
West Midlands Police

They've released CCTV of the suspect

at the counter, and then
fleeing the scene.

Pudsey out and about

Pudsey Bear's been spotted with

Birmingham Round Table volunteers at Paradise Forum, fundraising for
Children in Need.

Pudsey bear in Paradise Forum, Birmingham

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 17:00, we'll hear how

29 people have been jailed for a total of nearly 100 years after a major operation to target drug dealing in Birmingham.

Montage of faces
West Midlands Police

Scores of police officers carried out dawn raids back in February on addresses across the city.

Your photos: Fancy dress fundraisers

Tweet @bbcwm

Phoenix Collegiate, in West Bromwich,

tweets this Children in Need image.

Teenagers in superhero costumes
Phoenix Collegiate

"Despite the horrible wet weather, spirits were not dampened," the secondary school says.

Do keep your Children in Need pictures coming in, via

Twitter or

Do you know Jimmy's girl?

Inside Out

This picture of Birmingham pub bombing victim Jimmy Craig has been issued as his family attempts to find relatives of a woman he was on a date with before he died.

Jimmy Craig

He had gone to meet the mystery woman when he died in the 1974 explosion at the Tavern in the Town.

Anyone with information is urged to email Watch
Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 on Monday for the full story

M42 delays

On the M42 northbound, congestion's backing up to J9, at the M6 Toll, because of an earlier accident between J10, at Tamworth, and J11 (Burton).

It's adding a half-hour delay to journeys,

reports BBC Travel.

Talent contest for Pudsey

Daz Hale

Presenter, BBC WM

I've been out meeting people doing amazing things to raise money for

Children in Need.

Here are pupils from Joseph Leckie Academy, in Walsall. They're holding a 'Lexfactor' competition.

Crowd of children on school stage wearing Pudsey ears
Joseph Leckie Academy

Let us know what you're up to -

tweet us, post on our
Facebook page or send an email to

Shirley road makes flood blackspot list

A Shirley road has been listed as

one of the worst in England for the number of drivers needing to be rescued from flood water.

Houndsfield Lane

There have been 50 callouts to Houndsfield Lane since 2009, according to research by the AA.

News on the hour

Victoria Bourne

Journalist, BBC WM

In the news at 16:00: A human rights lawyer acting for one of the Birmingham pub bombings victims is

calling for an inquest into the tragedy.

Kevin Winters also believes the West Midlands Police investigation into the crime, almost 40 years ago, could have breached the Human Rights Act.

How German is the market?

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

While I've been investigating how authentically German Birmingham's Christmas market is, one thing people have commented on is how most of the products are of the type you'd expect to find in Germany.

Kurt Stroscher

Kurt Stroscher, (pictured) who organises the event in Birmingham and its sister city Frankfurt, said everything, from Bratwurst to beer, is imported from Germany where possible.

Holding out for a hero

Matt Hewitt

BBC Local Live

Redditch-based Safety Technology International has taken this year's

Children in Need superhero theme and flown with it.

Workers in superhero fancy dress

We'd love to hear if you're fundraising this afternoon - get in touch via

Twitter, or email

Road closure warning

Solihull Council

tweets: The A45 Eastbound towards Bham at Junction 6 of the M42 will be closed along with the slip road from 8pm tonight until 6am Saturday Morning.

How German is the market?

Tom Richardson

BBC News Online

I'm working on a feature about Birmingham's Christmas market and exploring the question of how German it actually is.

Dr Ruth Whittle, from Birmingham University's German studies department, said she sends students to the market to interview stallholders.

The organisers claim it's the largest authentic German market outside of Germany or Austria. But some people I've spoken to have said the market - which employed only German stallholders when it first opened in 2001 - has seen an increase in workers from other European countries.

Dr Ruth Whittle (pictured), from Birmingham University's German studies department, says she sends students to the market to interview stallholders but in recent years they have struggled to find anyone who spoke German.

News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Coming up in the news at 15:00 on BBC WM:

Twenty-nine people have been jailed for a total of nearly 100 years following a major operation to target drug dealing in Birmingham.

Plus, we hear from people who've been helping raise money for

Children in Need today.

Subway graffiti

Birmingham City Council has received a complaint about graffiti on the walls of the Great Charles Street subway, at the junction of Livery Street.

Getting egged for Children in Need

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

BBC security guard Joshua Brooks is inviting people to crack eggs over his head to raise money for Children in Need today.

Joshua Brooks has an egg cracked over his head

He's in the foyer of the BBC's Mailbox office. It costs £5 to have a go.

News on the hour


In the 14:00 news bulletin: A man's been arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident in Edgbaston this morning.

Your photos: Children in Need


Pupils at Mere Green Primary School in Birmingham have been fundraising for Children in Need today.

Mere Green School supporting Children in Need
Mere Green School

Pistol seized during arrest

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and an air pistol was seized when police attended a "domestic incident" in Edgbaston earlier.

Officers were called to Bullace Croft just after 09:00.

Theft arrest

Wolves CID

tweets: Youth in custody for theft from vehicles. Enquiries ongoing around tracing victims and property.

Defender's promise to fans

Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton says the team is

determined to give supporters something to cheer about after the international break.

Matthew Lowton
Getty Images

Paul Lambert's men have picked up just one point in their past seven matches and take on Southampton a week on Monday.

News on the hour


In the 13:00 news bulletin: Lawyers acting for one of the Birmingham pub bombings victims are

calling for an inquest into the tragedy, which killed 21 people and left about 200 injured.

Do you know Jimmy's girl?

Inside Out

Relatives of a Birmingham pub bombings victim are trying to trace the family of a woman he was on a date with on the day he died.

Jimmy's Girl infographic

Jimmy Craig was in the Tavern in the Town when the bombs exploded in 1974. Anyone who can help is being urged to email

The story will feature on

Inside Out West Midlands on Monday at 19:30 on BBC One.

Landlord wins planning permission

Birmingham Post

A student landlord who was last month ordered to tear down an over-large house extension has

now won planning permission to keep part of it - including a sauna.

News on the hour


In the 12:00 bulletin: A human rights lawyer representing a family of one of the Birmingham pub bombings victims is

calling for an inquest into the 1974 tragedy.

Pub bombings inquest call

Brother and sister Julie and Brian Hambleton, who lost their sister Maxine in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, say they do not understand why inquests have never been held.

Julie Hambleton

"Why hasn't anyone stepped up before now and said anything?," Ms Hambleton said.

Watch: Christmas market opens

Birmingham's 14th

annual Frankfurt Christmas Market has opened, with five million visitors expected over the next six weeks.

Birmingham Christmas market

The market is centred around Victoria Square and Birmingham's Council House and with more than 100 stalls, organisers claim it is the biggest authentic German market anywhere in the world other than in Germany and Austria.

News on the hour

Jay Vydelingum

Journalist, BBC WM

In the bulletin at 11:00: Lawyers acting for one of the Birmingham pub bombing victims are calling for an inquest into the tragedy which killed 21 people.