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  1. Updates from Tuesday 25 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Local Live has finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    A young woman from the West Midlands has been recalling the moment she had acid thrown in her face. Vikki Horsman suffered 8% burns in what's alleged to be a revenge attack orchestrated by her elderly Muslim ex-boyfriend.

    Mohammed Rafiq, aged 80, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, alongside two other men he allegedly employed to carry it out.

    Join us on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Rain arriving

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    It's been a cold and foggy day but we're going to start to see the weather changing from this afternoon. Rain is working its way up from the south.

    Lows of 4C (39F). More information about the rest of the week is available here.

  4. Tinsel problems avoided

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The glittering Christmas tree in The Cube in Birmingham is nearly finished too - a novel way to avoid bits of tinsel on the carpet.

    Christmas tree in The Cube
  5. Feast for the eyes

    via Facebook

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, posts Cadbury World.

    Faux chocolate Christmas tree
  6. Sinkhole investigated

    Birmingham Updates

    Firefighters, Police and BCC Highways Team are looking into a sinkhole in Kings Norton.

    The sinkhole shown twice in a splitscreen image

    Firefighters, from Kings Norton Fire Station, discovered the small but deep sinkhole on Middleton Hall Road, near the Selly Oak Road junction, at around 15:30 today.

  7. M6 jams after breakdown

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    There is slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J7 at Great Barr and J6 for the Aston Expressway. It's 20 minutes to get through there at the moment due to the ongoing delays following an earlier broken down vehicle.

    The latest information is available from BBC Travel.

  8. Listen: How do you dial 101?

    via Facebook

    West Midlands Police has released this recording of a man who rang police to clarify how to call 101.

    A force spokesperson said: "It may not sound like much, but if someone is trying to get through to report a genuine life or death emergency, every second counts.

    "Please remember, 999 is for emergency calls only."

  9. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A woman left burned and disfigured after being doused with acid in the Black Country has told a court about the moment she saw the eyes of her attacker.

    Our news editor Chris Blakemore has been following the story. Hear more from him in our 17:00 bulletin. We will also be reporting live from outside Wolverhampton Crown Court soon so stay tuned for that.

  10. Crackdown on illegal vehicles

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    A total of 134 foreign vehicles have been seized in the first few weeks of a pilot clamping down on overseas drivers flouting UK road rules.

    West Midlands Police is one of six forces across the country taking part in a pilot project that sees officers handed devolved powers to impound vehicles being driven illegally on the country's roads.

    A car being seized during the pilot project

    Supt Paul Keasey said 134 vehicles had been seized across the West Midlands and West Mercia - one of the other forces involved - since the project launched on 3 November.

  11. Foodies day out

    via Facebook

    Native Monster, the entertainment website run by the Express & Star, has posted a handy guide for what to do at Birmingham's Good Food Show Winter, which kicks off on Thursday, including the BBC Good Food Kitchen.

    Recipes from the BBC Good Food Kitchen
  12. December gym closure

    Sandwell Leisure Trust, which runs leisure facilities on behalf of Sandwell Council, tweets it is upgrading facilities at Haden Hill Leisure Centre in December and the sauna, steam room and gym will all be temporarily closed at some point in the month.

    The lower dance studio will also be affected by the renovations. More details here.

  13. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    It's thought the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is on course for a record year.

    About five million people are set to visit what's said to be the biggest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria and it's expected to bring in more than £90m to the local economy.

    Listen live to BBC WM for more on this and other stories.

  14. Heavy traffic after M6 crash

    via Facebook

    Birmingham Updates posts to warns drivers one lane was closed northbound on the M6 between J10 (Wolverhampton) and J10A due to a collision.

    The lane closure on the M6

    BBC Travel has since said all of the lanes have reopened but congestion is still back to J8, for the M5 interchange.

  15. Birthday plea

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Kruchowski admitted drinking at driving at Walsall Magistrates' Court earlier - on his birthday - and was jailed for eight weeks.

    The 36-year-old, from Edukacji, Poland, was also ordered to pay £80 and banned from driving for three years.

  16. Wrong-way driver jailed

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    A lorry driver has been jailed for drinking and driving after taking an HGV along the wrong side of a dual carriageway.

    Tomasz Kruchowski was stopped on the Black Country Route, in Willenhall, at 02:20 on Monday.

    A breath test revealed he was more than three times over the alcohol limit.

  17. Victim 'saw her skin blister'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The 20-year-old acid attack victim Vikki Horsman today told jurors that she glimpsed her blistering face and neck as she stumbled back into the house, hurriedly dousing her face with cold water from the kitchen tap.

    Earlier, she had described the breakdown of her relationship with 80-year-old Muslim man Mohammed Rafiq - more than 60 years her senior - with whom she had been sleeping since she was 18.

    Rafiq, whom she had known for six years, had bought her a car but became increasingly "very controlling", she told the court.

  18. Tougher punishment call for dog-nappers

    Daz Hale

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Here's Boo the pug dog who was stolen last week from his home during a burglary.

    Boo the pug with owner Mark

    Boo has been reunited with his owner Mark now, but he's backing calls for tough sentences for dog-napping.

  19. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A lorry driver has been jailed for eight weeks after he went the wrong way up the dual carriageway the Black Country Route in Willenhall yesterday morning.

    More on this and other stories in the 15:00 bulletin.

  20. Cyclist injured in crash

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    A cyclist has been taken to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton with leg and head injuries after a collision involving a car.

    It happened on the Snow Hill ring road in the city centre.

    The ring road and Dudley Road are closed. The injured man was in his 20s.

  21. Acid attack victim's experience

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    A woman left horribly burned and disfigured after being doused with corrosive acid has described the moment she saw the eyes of her masked attacker.

    Vikki Horsman had "peeked around the corner of the porch door" to a hooded male caller wearing a bandana across his face who then threw the liquid directly in her face on 15 April this year.

    Ms Horsman, in Wolverhampton Crown Court for the trial of the three men accused of carrying out the attack, described how she was left "screaming" after the attack at a house at MacDonald Close, Tividale.

  22. News on the hour

    Rob Mayor

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A woman left burned and disfigured after being doused with acid in the Black Country has told a court about the moment she saw the eyes of her attacker.

    More on this and other stories in our 14:00 bulletin.

  23. HS2 legal challenge

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Campaigners against the London-Birmingham section of the planned HS2 high-speed rail link say land has been set aside along the route without proper consultation, nor assessment of the environmental impact.

    They are asking the Court of Appeal to rule that the government has unlawfully failed to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

    David Elvin QC, for the campaigners, told three appeal judges "generous" areas of land extending beyond the route were protected and this could all mean a costly planning blight for an indefinite period.

  24. Fatal crash witness appeal

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Police are looking for more information about a crash between a white Mercedes Sprinter van and a marked police car which claimed the life of the van driver.

    Ajay Sagher (pictured), aged 29, died after the collision on Central Drive, at the junction with Martin Close, Coseley, on 21 October at about 11:00.

    Ajay Sagher

    Central Motorways Police Group is investigating.

  25. Coming up on TV

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today presenter

    It's been just over two weeks since Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market officially opened.

    As the biggest authentic German Market outside Germany and Austria it's expected to draw more than five million visitors. And for the city, that's big business, as Shefali Oza reports.

    Watch Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  26. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    The funeral's taking place this lunchtime of a man who died in a fire at a Staffordshire warehouse last month.

    We'll have the details in our 13:00 bulletin.

  27. Delays in Sheldon

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    There is slow traffic on the A45 Coventry Road in Sheldon between Eagle Court business park and The Wheatsheaf, warns BBC Travel.

  28. Royal visit at dance school

    Satnam Rana

    Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    The Duchess of Cornwall, the patron of Elmhurst School of Dance, is meeting students and touring the school.

    The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to students

    She will watch a performance in the auditorium, join a reception and unveil a plaque to mark the school's 10th anniversary at its Birmingham site on Bristol Road.

  29. Bogus cigarettes seized

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    A total of 27,000 illegal cigarettes worth £10,000 have been seized as trading standards officers swooped on 10 shops and off-licences across Birmingham.

    Officers raided the premises with the help of two sniffer dogs yesterday, as part of a crackdown on the sale of illicit tobacco - products which have been smuggle in, illegally produced or for which no duty has been paid.

    Officers pose with the sniffer dogs with the haul from the raids

    A further 120 packets of illegal hand-rolling tobacco, worth an estimated £1,800 if they were sold on the streets, were also seized.

  30. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Birmingham's annual Frankfurt Christmas market is now expected to generate a record £90m for the local economy.

    More on this and other stories in our 12:00 bulletin.

  31. Full story on Berahino arrest

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Read the full story on the arrest of West Bromwich Albion and England striker Saido Berahino on suspicion of drink-driving, days after he scored against Manchester United last month.

  32. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    At 11:00 we hear from Paul Dillane, from the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, who says a report carried out for the government shows the process to prove an asylum seeker's sexuality is not fair.

    It comes after a Ugandan man told us his application was rejected by the Home Office because he could not prove he was gay.

    Listen live for more on this and other stories.

  33. Crematorium battle intensifies

    Express and Star

    The battle to build a new crematorium in South Staffordshire has intensified with four developers officially submitting detailed proposals to planners.

    The sites in Essington, Perton, Wergs, and Four Crosses, near Cannock, are now being looked at by officers at South Staffordshire Council with decisions expected early in the new year.

  34. Your pictures


    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Shaukat Abbas for sending in this picture taken in Tudor Grange Park, in Solihull, on Saturday.

    The bridge in the park

    Always feel free to send us your pictures, as long as it is safe for you to do so.

  35. Go back to police station

    The 21-year-old Berahino was reportedly interviewed and bailed and must go back to a police station to speak again with officers next month following his arrest near Lymm, in Cheshire, last month.

  36. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has been arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving.

    It's been revealed the 21-year-old was stopped by police on the M6 near Junction 20 last month after being spotted driving at high speed.

    More on this and other stories in our 10:00 bulletin.

  37. Berahino in drink-drive arrest

    West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino is to be interviewed by police after being arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving.

    West Brom's Saido Berahino

    The Baggies and England striker was stopped for travelling at "high speed" on the M6 motorway in the early hours of the morning on 22 October.

  38. Quick action needed on finances

    Dudley News

    Russells Hall Hospital bosses have admitted the plan to rescue hospital finances is failing and stronger medicine is needed.

  39. Clyne denies Villa

    BBC Sport

    Nathaniel Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side in Paul Lambert's 100th match in charge of Villa.

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Gabriel Agbonlahor scored with Villa's only shot on target in front of a crowd of 25,311 - the lowest league attendance at Villa Park since December 1999.

  40. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 09:00: A Ugandan man living in the West Midlands says he could be killed if he's deported because he's gay.

    Boris has been living here since April, but claims his asylum application was rejected by the Home Office in September because he hasn't proved his sexuality.

    Listen live to BBC WM.

  41. Travellers leave hospital site

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Travellers who moved on to the Selly Oak site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have left after being given a deadline by which to go.

    West Midlands Police said a public order notice had been issued yesterday, after reports of crimes, and hospital chiefs confirmed the travellers had left by 16:00.

  42. Acid burns in 'revenge plot'

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News

    A 19-year-old woman was left with "terrible burns" when she was doused with acid in a revenge attack by her elderly former lover, a court heard.

    Vikki Horsman was attacked at a house in Tividale (pictured), West Midlands in April, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

    The teenage victim suffered 85% burns in the attack in MacDonald Close, Tividale, a court heard

    Mohammed Rafiq, 80, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. Shannon Heaps, of Queens Avenue, Tividale and Steven Holmes, of Allan Close, Smethwick, also deny the charge.

  43. Generally cold

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Some bright or sunny spells will occur once early mist, patchy freezing fog and frost slowly clear.

    This afternoon it will become cloudy from the south with a chance of a little light rain at times and a maximum temperature of 6C (43F).

    More information about the rest of the week is here.

  44. M42 traffic problems

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    An accident means one lane is closed on the M42 southbound at the exit slip road by J5, for the A41 to Solihull, and there is heavy traffic.

    Check out the latest information with BBC Travel.

  45. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    After another nippy, frosty start to the day I'm back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Get in touch with us during the day about our updates over email, Twitter or Facebook.