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  1. Updates from Friday 28 November 2014

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Good evening

Have a great weekend, whatever you get up to.

BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Dry and cloudy overnight

Any patchy drizzle is likely to ease through the evening, with the rest of the night remaining mostly dry but rather cloudy, with hill fog.

The odd shower may develop across the far southwest towards the end of the night. Low of 6C (43F).

Unsung hero award

Midlands Today

Sports stars and coaches came together at Villa Park last night for

The West Midlands Community Sports Awards.

David Neenan presented with BBC Unsung Hero Award

The event saw the announcement of our unsung sporting hero award. It went to Dennis Neenan (pictured) who promotes Gaelic sports and inspires hundreds of people to take up everything from hurling to Gaelic football in Birmingham.

He moved from the Republic of Ireland almost 50 years ago.

Celebrating Trevor Francis

Nick Owen

Presenter, Midlands Today

Tonight on Midlands Today we are celebrating the fact that footballer Trevor Francis will be joining Birmingham's Walk of Stars. He's to receive the award tomorrow when Birmingham City play Nottingham Forest at St Andrews. Appropriate because Trevor became the UK's first million pound footballer when he left Birmingham for Forest in 1979.

We are hoping he'll be with us in the studio this evening, but he's been flying back from a commitment in the Middle East and his flight was delayed by three hours. Will he get to us in time? If he doesn't, we're hoping that his great pal and Blues supporter Jasper Carrott will talk about the impact Trevor has had on Birmingham over the years.

Join me on BBC One from 18:30.

Appeal to trace man

Police are trying to find a man who was seen running from a hairdressers in Small Heath after a 41-year-old man was shot.

Wajid's Corner Hair Cutting shop on Somerville Road, Small Heath

A man seen running from Wajid's Corner Hair Cutting shop (pictured) on Somerville Road was seen wearing a balaclava.

Police urge anyone who saw a silver coloured Volvo car, possibly an S40, at speed should contact police on 101. The car drove off along Benedict's Road towards Coventry Road.

'Very unusual circumstance'

A Birmingham mum of six who flew to Australia leaving her children at home has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence.

John Smitheman, defending the woman, who cannot be named, told the court the children were thriving academically and unaffected by the experience.

He said the woman had been a good mother but had been in an abusive relationship and the stress of bringing the children up alone had led to a "very unusual, almost unique circumstance".

Read more on BBC News.

Trevor Francis Day tomorrow

Trevor Francis is being presented with his Birmingham Walk of Stars tomorrow.

A young Trevor Francis in 1971

The 52-capped ex-England international will be

presented with it at his former club Birmingham City tomorrow.

Francis will be in the studio with Nick Owen on Midlands Today at 18:30.


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News on the hour

Chris Blakemore

News editor, BBC WM

Our top story at 17:00 on

BBC WM: More than 1,200 front-line officers at West Midlands Police are getting specialist training on how to spot the signs of grooming and trafficking.

It comes after a woman said she'd been trafficked around the region from the age of 14 and forced to have sex with more than 200 men.

Football commentaries

Richard Wilford

BBC WM Sport

We've got live football coverage on BBC WM tomorrow starting with the build up to

West Brom v Arsenal, which kicks off at 12:45.

Then we've got commentary on

Burnley v Aston Villa,
Blues v Forest on DAB radio and
Brentford v Wolves on DAB and Freeview.

Join me and the team from 12:00.

Watch: Sports awards round-up

via Facebook

BBC Midlands Today posts: More than 300 guests turned out at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards at Villa Park.

West Midlands Community Sports Awards at Villa Park.

Among them was Denis Neenan, from Birmingham, who was named as the BBC Midlands Sports Unsung Hero for his work with Gaelic sports.

Filming for Inside Out

Qasa Alom

Producer, BBC Inside Out

Inside Out are currently out filming for a story on human waste being ejected from trains on to the lines and the poor conditions it leaves for rail workers on the sides of the tracks.

Human waste being thrown out of a bucket

Here's producer Jonathan Gibson getting to "grips" with the story!

You can follow BBC Inside Out on Twitter for the latest on the new series we're busy filming at the moment.

Lambert 'respects decision'

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he "totally respects" Roy Keane's decision to step down as assistant manager.

Paul Lambert and Roy Keane
Getty Images

"Roy came to me this morning and he informed me that, ultimately, the difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I respect totally," he said.

"In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving."

News on the hour


In the

16:00 news bulletin: A woman from Birmingham's been spared jail after she flew to the other side of the world and
left her six children at home.

Investment in bus service

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today presenter

National Express West Midlands has announced a multimillion-pound investment on new buses in the region.

National Express West Midlands bus

The bus operator will spend more than £34m next year on 171 new buses, including 58 Platinum vehicles.

The Platinum service buses will travel on high-fare premium routes with new bus shelters. Drivers wear suits and their priority is to ensure customers' journeys are quicker than by car.

Terror bill 'step too far' for Ofsted

Plans that require schools to help prevent pupils

becoming radicalised place too much of a burden on education regulator Ofsted, the chief Church of England education officer says.

The Reverend Nigel Genders said asking Ofsted to become a "schoolroom security service" was "a step too far".

This is not going to help

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

The timing of Roy Keane's Aston Villa departure is very strange. They face a huge week with vital games and for this to happen on the eve of a crucial match at Burnley seems to create a needless sideshow.

Roy Keane

I'm also not sure how much two meaningful Irish games in the next 10 months impacts on Keane's schedule.

Wood manufacturers to expand

Halesowen News

A Black Country business that makes wooden products for the pub and restaurant trade is

branching out.

Man shot in leg

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A man is being treated for wounds to his leg after he was shot in Small Heath this morning.

Police say the man in his 40s was taken to hospital after the attack at a hairdresser on Somerville Road.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Stechford police on 101.

News on the hour


In the

15:00 news bulletin: A woman from Birmingham has been
given a suspended jail sentence for flying to Australia for six weeks, leaving her six children home alone.

Benefits Street star talks class

Andrew Neil on This Week has been talking class and snobbery with White Dee, from the Birmingham-based documentary Benefits Street.

Andrew Neil and White Dee

You can see the

interview here.

Bin collection 'should be outsourced'

Birmingham Post

Birmingham City Council's official auditor has urged the authority to

consider outsourcing refuse collection as it faces an uphill battle to manage cuts of £400 million over the next four years.

Man shot in hairdressers


A man has been shot at a hairdressers in Birmingham.

The attack happened on Somerville Road, Small Heath, just after 10:00. The man, aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital with a leg injury and is in a stable condition.

News on the hour


In the

14:00 news bulletin: A mother-of-six from Birmingham has been given a suspended jail sentence for leaving her children alone at home while she flew to Australia to stay with a boyfriend.

Grandparents alerted authorities

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, left her 14-year-old son in charge when she left to stay with her boyfriend.

The teenager called his grandparents, who

alerted authorities.

Mum left children and flew to Australia

A mother-of-six from Birmingham who flew to Australia to stay with a boyfriend after telling her son she was going to the supermarket has been

given a suspended jail sentence.

British values guidance

Phil Mackie

News Correspondent

The long awaited

guidance for schools on promoting "British values" has been published.

It comes after the Trojan Horse investigations into allegations of a takeover of the city's schools by hard-line Islamists.

Today's weather

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Hello everybody, it's another cloudy day across the West Midlands. Some drizzle out there too but milder with temps up to 12C.

I'll have the full forecast for you at 1.30pm on

BBC Midlands Today.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

At 13:00 on

BBC WM, West Midlands Police say they're training 1,200 front-line officers so they can spot the signs of grooming and trafficking.

And a senior policemen says the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" saga was blown out of proportion.

Plebgate: Mitchell shouldn't have lost job

A police officer who witnessed the so-called "Plebgate" row has described it as a "nonsense incident" that should not have cost Andrew Mitchell his job, reports

BBC Online.

Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson, speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, said the row was a "nonsense incident"

Mr Mitchell, who quit as chief whip after the incident at Downing Street's gates, lost a libel case on Thursday.

A High Court judge ruled the Tory MP probably had called officers "plebs".

Pakistan murder

Two people from Birmingham have been charged with assisting an offender after the murder of a woman in Pakistan.

Victim Gulam Asia, 49, died after being shot several times outside her home in the country's capital Lahore on 27 July last year.

Nargis Ahmed, 33, and Mohammed Adeel, 35, are due to appear at Hendon Magistrates' Court in north London today alongside Tariq Rana, 30, of no fixed abode, who is accused of killing her.

Coming up on TV

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

We'll have reaction to the news that Roy Keane has quit as assistant manager at Aston Villa.

And we're pulling together a special report on the

West Midlands Community Sports Awards from last night. Watch BBC One from 13:30.

Spurned husband's sentence cut

Express and Star

A spurned husband who sent his ex-wife her wedding dress cut to ribbons as part of a campaign of harassment has

had his jail term halved on appeal.

Broken wrist in pensioner robbery

An 84-year-old woman's wrist was broken when a robber stole her handbag in Yardley, West Midlands Police has said.

Victim's bruised wrist
West Midlands Police

The pensioner also suffered severe bruising, a split lip and face cuts during the attack at 4.15pm Sunday 16 November.

She was targeted in Larch Walk as she walked home from a shopping trip.

News on the hour

Rob Mayor

Journalist, BBC WM

Coming up in the

bulletin at noon, West Midlands Police say they're training 1,200 front-line officers so they can spot the signs of grooming and trafficking.

Plus, one of the policemen who was at the gates of Downing Street during a row with former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell says he feels sorry for him.

Abuse 'like revolving door'


A woman who was a sex trafficking victim from the age of 14 says she was taken to a flat with another victim on one occasion and men were lining up to choose one of them.

"One man would take his turn and then you'd just be held there and then the next man would come.

"It was like a revolving door. Person after person after person."

Timing is appalling

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

All of a sudden Roy Keane wakes up and says "I can't do this job" as well as the ROI role. The timing is appalling.

It's just the latest in a long line of calamities for Villa. They've lost players to injury, the statistics on the field of play are appalling - they are at the bottom of every stat in the Premier League - and now they've got this to deal with.

This is just another blow to Paul Lambert's tenure.