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  1. Updates for Thursday 4 December 2014
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Evening

    Our Local Live updates for Thursday have now finished. Join us at 08:00 on Friday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Largely cloudy

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today Weather

    A few clearer spells for a time early in the night may well allow a local frost and patches of fog. Otherwise, largely cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle.

    Shefali Oza reads tonight's forecast

    Lows of 2C (36F) overnight. Hear more about the outlook for tonight and the weekend on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Wolves team news

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM Sport

    I'm told Nouha Dicko, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Scott Golbourne will all miss the Bournemouth game at Molineux on Saturday, but all other players are fit.

    Jack Price

    Jack Price (pictured) is available after returning from loan.

  4. Centro announces reorganisation of bus routes

    Halesowen News

    Bus services in Halesowen, Cradley and Old Hill are set to change with the introduction of four amended routes.

    The Number 12, 13, 14 and 17 services will begin running from January 25, serving Merry Hill shopping centre, Halesowen town centre and Blackheath.

  5. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Inspector Beth Bridges tells us at 17:00 she believes the 79-year-old victim of two thieves at the Poundland at Walsall's Saddlers Centre was targeted because of her vulnerability.

    Listen live to our BBC WM bulletin for more details.

  6. West Bromwich Albion team news

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    It was a busier than usual media conference today at Albion. Head coach Alan Irvine has seen the chairman and says "he continues to be very supportive".

    West Brom's Chris Brunt

    Chris Brunt (pictured) hasn't trained today because of a hamstring injury ahead of Saturday's trip to Hull. Sebastien Pocognoli and James Morrison were involved again, and Brunt may be available for the derby clash with Aston Villa which is on 13 December.

  7. M42 Services: 'Permission won't be easy'

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    Extra MSA has chosen exactly the same site as the last proposal near Birmingham Airport. It's a location that's expected to provide rich pickings if it gets built.

    The M42 through the area is now one of the busiest parts of the motorway network and considering the location of other service areas at Warwick and Tamworth it's seen as an ideal place to take a break.

    Getting planning permission won't be easy, though, local residents are used to campaigning against controversial plans including airport expansion and more recently HS2.

  8. 'Purse dippers' strike in Walsall

    An unsuspecting pensioner's been targeted by "purse dippers" as she browsed shelves in Poundland in the Saddlers Centre in Walsall.

    CCTV footage released today shows one thief cover the actions of the other as she reaches inside the 79-year-old victim's trolley before the duo depart in opposite directions.

    The purse dippers strike

    West Midlands Police is appealing for witnesses to the theft on 4 November.

  9. Mander Centre deal sealed

    Express and Star

    The Mander Centre has changed hands for £59 million and it was also confirmed today that the iconic Barbara Hepworth sculpture, Rock Form, will return.

  10. Nechells murder probe

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    West Midlands Police say "they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the woman's death" in Nechells.

    The Nechells Park Road address where the 23-year-old was found has been sealed off so the scene can be forensically examined.

  11. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Police have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a woman was found in part of Birmingham this morning.

    Listen live to this and other stories in our 16:00 bulletin.

  12. BreakingBreaking News

    A murder probe has been launched after a woman's body was found at a Nechells address today.

    The 23-year-old was found at a property in Nechells Park Road just before 10:15. She was pronounced dead at the scene, said West Midlands Police.

    A 30-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

  13. Police search

    The area where missing woman Lidia Pascale was last seen is being searched in a suspected murder inquiry.

    Lidia Pascale

    Matthew Cherrington, 32, of High Street, West Bromwich, and Thomas Ricketts, 37, of Alderton Drive, Wolverhampton, have been remanded in custody and are due at Birmingham Crown Court on 18 February.

  14. Blues fans react to Zigic return

    Blues fans are taking to social media to react to Birmingham City re-signing striker Nikola Zigic on a deal until the end of the season.

    Birmingham City's Nikola Zigic

    One fan, Louise Hopson tweets: "The big man is BACK! Welcome home Nikola Zigic!"

  15. Men due in court

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I've just spoken to the police about two men who have been charged for dangerous driving after they were caught "swapping seats" while driving a lorry.

    I'm told the incident happened on the M5 between junctions 7-8 at about 16:20 on Wednesday.

    Goran Zaric, 42 and Milos Ravic, 36 are due to appear before Kidderminster Magistrates' Court later today.

  16. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    At 15:00 we hear from Det Ch Insp Caroline Marsh as officers and police dogs continue their search across open land and gardens for a suspected murder victim.

    Listen live to our bulletin here.

  17. 'Formal offer made to Blues'

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    Former Swindon owner Jeremy Wray confirmed to BBC WM yesterday that he has tabled a formal offer for the football club but he has so far been denied the chance to carry out due diligence.

    Wray is eager for 100% ownership and not to deal in smaller tranches that were notionally on offer before.

    So although Blues' fans will have fresh hope that Birmingham International Holdings Limited may be ready to consider a new offer for the sale of the club, it is reasonable to suggest they will believe it when they see it.

  18. Stories we're working on

    Hilary McConnell, Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    We're speaking to the West Midlands Police and Crime commissioner, David Jamieson about the handling of the student protest at Warwick University yesterday.

    Police were called after reports that a university staff member was assaulted but students allege police officers were heavy handed in their response.

    And if you ever wondered how the parcels you order online get from A-to-B, they've been through the West Midlands. We're finding out distribution centres here are gearing up for their busiest period.

  19. Post update

    News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Police are searching an area of West Bromwich for the body of a woman who's been missing since the 19th of November.

    We'll have more from our news editor Chris Blakemore in the news at 14:00 on BBC WM.

  20. Your New Street experience

    James Bovill

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Were you caught up in crowds at New Street Station last weekend?

    We've heard about lots of people visiting the city centre for Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market.

    Let me know about your experience for a piece I'm doing on tomorrow morning's breakfast show on BBC WM - email or tweet @BBCWM.

  21. Midlands prepare for Christmas

    Elizabeth Glinka

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    As shoppers gear up for Christmas - the West Midlands is playing a vital role in packing and delivering goods across the country.

    John Lewis boxes

    At this centre in Redditch 24,000 parcels leave every day during December.

    Many companies including - John Lewis - are choosing to base their warehouses here in the Midlands. More with me on Midlands Today at 13:30

  22. News on the hour

    BBC WM

    Our top story on BBC WM at 13:00: The Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of rape.

    He's the member of parliament for Wrekin in Shropshire.

  23. Service station: 'Only a matter of time'

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Transport Correspondent

    Putting a motorway service area between Hampton in Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes was never going to be anything other than highly controversial.

    It certainly proved that way 15 years ago, when a similar plan was lodged. In the end it didn't go ahead.

    But it was only a matter of time before someone else had a go.

  24. Service station map

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I've just pulled together a map showing the plans for the new M42 service station (left) and what it currently looks like on the proposed site (right) near Solihull between junctions 5 and 6.

    Plan of M42 service station and what it looks like now

    Extra MSA, the company behind the plans, says there will be no access to Solihull Road from the service station. Read more about the plans to build a new service station on BBC News.

  25. Post update

    News on the hour

    BBC WM

    In the news at 12:00: A never seen before letter by a world war general describing the Christmas Day Truce of 1914 has been found by the Staffordshire County Council Archives Service.

  26. Murder probe police search land for body of missing Lidia Pascale

    Express and Star

    Police were today searching an area of West Bromwich in the hunt for the body of missing Lidia Pascale.

    Open land and gardens in and around the High Street were being scoured in the search for clues following the disappearance of the 26-year-old.

  27. Blues announcement expected

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    This morning's news that Birmingham City's owners have suspended trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange should be handled with care.

    St Andrew's

    An announcement will follow, most likely within the next 24 hours, from Birmingham International Holdings Limited - but to suggest what the announcement might contain would be mere speculation.

  28. 'Too much noise'

    Richie Anderson

    BBC WM reporter

    I've been to Catherine-de-Barnes where locals are against proposals to build a service station on the M42 near Solihull.

    Gareth Summers, who owns a shop in the area, says he's "absolutely alarmed and dismayed" by the idea.

    Despite the company behind the plans saying it could create 300 new jobs, local resident Martin Huntley says he's considering selling his house because this new service station combined with the airport "would create too much noise".

  29. 'Benefits' for locals

    BBC WM

    Campaigners say they're disappointed at fresh plans to build a motorway service station on the M42 near Solihull.

    Plans for services near Catherine-De-Barnes and Hampton in Arden were first brought forward 15 years ago but were turned down.

    Andrew Long, chief executive of Extra Motorway Service Group which is behind the plans says: "It will address benefits to the local area and create 300 permanent full time equivalent jobs."

  30. Victimised for meningitis

    BBC WM

    A Black Country mother has told of how she and her daughter were victimised because the girl developed meningitis.

    Christine Carter made sure Eloise had all the usual jabs but the three-year-old was struck by a form of meningitis not covered by the vaccinations.

    Listen back to Breakfast on BBC WM.

  31. Alternative Christmas gift

    An appeal for Christmas presents for a women's refuge in Sandwell has been made by the town's mayor.

    Councillor Derek Rowley is asking people to donate presents to Sandwell Women's Aid which supports victims of domestic violence and abuse.

    The charity is asking for gifts of food, toiletries, toys and books. Anyone interested is asked to email their details.

  32. Plans for new service station

    Plans have been unveiled for a £65m service station on the M42 motorway near Solihull.

    The services

    It would be situated between Hampton-in-Arden and Catherine de Barnes, near to Birmingham Airport.

    Up to 300 jobs could be created and £12m would be spent on a new road for access to the services, according to the company behind the plans, Extra MSA.

  33. Firefighters at the scene

    Birmingham Updates

    posts on Facebook: Firefighters remain on the scene of the fire on Middlemore industrial estate in Smethwick.

    Wattville Road, Bridge Street North and Lewisham Road remain closed. Please AVOID the area until further notice. Read more on Storify.

  34. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Feeling chilly in Birmingham city centre this morning.

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country today.