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  1. Updates for Monday 8 December 2014
  2. News, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Today's Local Live updates have now come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Hospitals and GPs are under pressure from flu outbreaks, with extended hours and additional staff to cope, but what should you do if you come down with flu? We'll have advice from a doctor.

    99-year-old woman who had to climb steps after her lift broke down

    We meet the 99-year-old (pictured) who was forced to climb stairs on her hands and knees to reach her second floor flat because the lift was broken.

    All that, plus a roundup of the weekend's footballing action. Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. CCTV released in phone theft probe

    British Transport Police has released CCTV images of a group of men they want to speak to after a woman had her mobile phone stolen at Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station on 13 November.

    CCTV image of men at Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station
  4. Football memorial

    Jennifer Scott

    Journalist, BBC News Online

    Earlier I spoke to St Brigid's Primary School, in Birmingham, where staff are very proud of pupil Chelsea Parkinson.

    Chelsea, 10, was shortlisted in a national competition run by the Football Association and the British Council to design a memorial for the World War One Christmas truce football match.

    Pupil Chelsea Parkinson

    The school says Chelsea believes her great-great grandfather may have played in the famous football match.

    "We know he was in the war at that time," history co-ordinator Jenny Taggart told me.

  5. Dudley gritters out

    Dudley Council tweets: Our gritters are treating the roads and motorists still need to drive carefully Visit our Weather Watch pages #wmgrit

  6. £10m for science students

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    About £10m is being ploughed into addressing the shortage of young people studying the so-called STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths - at Birmingham City University.

    The money will be spent in a bid to remedy the shortfall of 80,000 skilled workers predicted in industry within the next two years.

  7. An illustrated story of Birmingham

    A stop-motion video showing two artists create an illustration telling the story of Birmingham's past, present and future has been released.

    Stop-motion video image

    The video, created by local artists, was commissioned by Marketing Birmingham for its annual general meeting.

  8. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    In the news at 17:00 on BBC WM: Police in Wolverhampton are appealing for anyone who's had a memorial stolen from Bushbury Crematorium to get in touch with them.

    Memorial stolen from Bushbury Crematorium

    It's after a 47-year old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and about 32 items have been recovered..

  9. Watch: Crackdown on drink-driving

    Nicola Beckford

    Journalist, BBC Midlands Today

    More than 30 drivers have been charged with drink or drugs offences in the first week of the annual Christmas crackdown by West Midlands Police. Watch the piece on the Midlands Today Facebook page.

    Police breathalysing drivers
  10. M5 lane closure

    One lane is closed on the M5 southbound between J3, for the A456 in Halesowen, and J4, for the A38 in Lydiate Ash, warns BBC Travel.

  11. Man charged over attack

    A man has been charged with wounding after a 36-year-old woman was left with broken bones and a fractured eye socket when she was assaulted in her home in Sandwell on Friday.

  12. Birmingham buskers banned

    Buskers were banned from parts of Birmingham city centre over the weekend because of the number of shoppers.

    Birmingham Christmas market 2014

    Leaflets from Birmingham City Council were given to buskers on Saturday banning them from the High Street, New Street and four city squares.

    The decision was taken after "a significant increase in footfall" on previous weekends, the council said.

  13. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    In the news at 16:00 on BBC WM: There are fears a flu epidemic could be under way with some doctors saying appointments have doubled.

    We'll hear from a GP in Kings Norton in the news bulletin.

  14. Ornaments 'stolen' from crematorium

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    These items are suspected of being stolen from memorials at Bushbury Crematorium and police are trying to reunite them with their owners.

    Some of the ornaments stolen

    The officers' appeal comes after a 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft following a number of reports over the past six months about ornaments being stolen from the crematorium.

    Thirty two items were recovered from an address in the Scotlands area of Wolverhampton - searched as a result of the arrest - and officers are currently trying to establish where they may have come from.

  15. Birmingham bin collections reminder

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Residents are being reminded, as is normally the case, there are no bin collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

    Anyone due a collection of general household waste on those days will instead have their collection on 1 or 2 January, says the city council.

  16. Bostin Cuppa Tay

    Av a loff at this Black Country version of 'A partridge in a Pear Tree' - 'A Bostin cuppa Tay', tweets the Black Country Living Museum.

  17. Appeal after sex assault

    Midlands Today

    Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a sexual assault near a church in Birmingham on Saturday night.


    St Nicholas' Church, in Kings Norton, was sealed off as officers from West Midlands Police carried out their investigation.

  18. Have your say

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates in one place. What do you make of it? Let us know.

  19. Clark's Blackpool beat Blues

    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport

    Former Blues boss Lee Clark inflicted the first defeat on his successor as the Championship's bottom club Blackpool held out for just their second win of the season.

  20. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    In the news at 14:00

    Police in Wolverhampton are appealing for anyone who's had a memorial stolen from Bushbury Crematorium to get in touch with them.

  21. Explosion triggered by roadworker throwing spade at flare

    Express and Star

    A shocking video has emerged online showing a worker setting off a flare that exploded near to streams of heavy traffic on the Churchbridge Island in Cannock.

    The 30-second footage shows a male worker repeatedly throwing a spade at a canister before it explodes with red smoke.

  22. 'Sick of stereotyping'

    BBC WM

    Sue Roberts, chair of Wolverhampton Homes, says she was offended by the card saying why Santa lives on a council estate.

    She's told BBC WM "I've been a council tenant for 37 years and I'm sorry but I'm fed up of being stereotyped and this is just another example."

  23. Drink drive operation

    Joanne Malin

    Presenter, Midlands Today

    More than 30 people have been charged to appear before the courts, accused of being under the influence in the first week of West Midlands Police's drink and drug driving crackdown.

    West Midlands Police officer pulls over a driver

    Join us for more on this and other stories on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  24. News on the hour

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    In the news at 13:00.

    The parents of a nine month old girl alleged to have died of pneumonia because of malnourishment in Wolverhampton have denied causing her death.

  25. Firefighter recruitment

    West Midlands Fire Service tweets: "Just over 200 ppl completed the first steps of applying to be a firefighter in first 20 mins of online applications opening this morning! "

  26. Westwood injury

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood will have a knee scan today after being carried off on a stretcher during yesterday's 2-1 win over Leicester.

    Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is carried off on a stretcher during his team's game with Leicester City

    Goals from Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton secured the win for Villa which has taken them up to 11th in the table.

  27. Parents deny baby killing

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Both Brian and Precious Kandare were remanded in custody to face trial at Birmingham Crown Court on 15 April next year.

    Their daughter died shortly after being taken to Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital on 6 January.

  28. BreakingBreaking News

    The parents of a nine-month-old girl alleged to have died of pneumonia as a result of malnourishment have denied causing her death.

    Brian Kandare, 32, and Precious Kandare, 36, of South Avenue in Wednesfield, denied the murder of Rebecca Kandare during a plea hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

    The couple also entered not guilty pleas to alternative charges of manslaughter and causing or allowing the death of a child.

  29. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    A new offence to tackle domestic abuse which covers psychological as well as physical harm will be announced today and has been welcomed by a Birmingham victim.

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

  30. Saddlers injury news

    BBC WM Sport

    Tom Bradshaw is back in the squad for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Tranmere tomorrow night after a hamstring injury. Sam Mantom is to have growth hormone injected in his knee as he looks to return to full fitness.

  31. Controversial Christmas card

    BBC WM

    A Christmas card that's been removed from sale for mocking people who live on a council estate is being criticised.

    The card was being sold by Clintons.

    The card that was criticised

    It has a picture of Santa in front of a block of flats on it - and lists 10 reasons why he must live on a council estate - including that he only works once a year and drinks alcohol during working hours.

    Sue Roberts, the chair of Wolverhampton Homes - which manages 23,000 social homes in the city, said: "It's disrespectful."

  32. Robber blew up cashpoints

    Birmingham Mail

    A Romanian bank robber has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years after he admitted blowing up three Barclays Bank cashpoint machines in the Midlands.

  33. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    Our top local story: Birmingham mother Majida Sarwar went to the police when she found out her son was missing and he was arrested on Syria-related terrorism charges when he returned to Britain in January.

    She says she's appalled by his lengthy sentence. More on this and other stories in our 11:00 bulletin.

  34. Apology over referee confrontation

    Ian Winter

    BBC Midlands Today

    Wolves chairman Steve Morgan has apologised for confronting referee Mike Jones on the touchline after two Wolves players were sent off in their defeat to Bournemouth at Molineux.

    Steve Morgan confronts Mike Jones

    Although the club will be appealing against , Morgan acknowledged that he was in the wrong.

  35. Bus fare rises

    Pete Morgan

    Presenter, BBC WM

    National Express has announced that from January 2, an adult single will go up from £2.10 to £2.20, a day-saver goes up from £4 to £4.20, and a monthly travelcard rises from £51 to £52.50. Some child fares have been frozen.

    Will the changes affect you? Will you be glad to see investment in the buses? Tell us what you think over email, Twitter or Facebook.

  36. Mother says she was 'misused'

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    Last year, Majida Sarwar found a letter from her son, in which he said he had gone to "do jihad". He was in Syria with a group allied to al-Qaeda.

    Mrs Sarwar told police, who arrested her son Yusuf (pictured) and his childhood friend, Nahin Ahmed, when they returned to the UK.

    Yusuf Sarwar

    But she says police have let her down and claims her son had travelled to Syria with good intentions.

    She's told the BBC: "If I had known they would put my son behind bars I would not have told them about the letter."

  37. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    A Birmingham mother tells us she feels betrayed by the authorities as her son was jailed for nearly 13 years after she came forward to police with information about him.

    We hear from her at 10:00 in our bulletin.

  38. Wolves lose five running

    BBC Sport

    Wolves slipped to a fifth straight defeat after leading at half-time against Bournemouth.

    Kenny Jackett's side had gone ahead through Danny Graham before Rajiv van La Parra's second-half red card proved the turning point in the game. They eventually lost 2-1.

  39. Mother 'betrayed' by terror sentence

    Phil Mackie

    News Correspondent

    A mother who co-operated with police after her son travelled to Syria to "do jihad" says she feels betrayed by the length of the jail sentence he received.

    On Friday, Yusuf Sarwar was jailed for 12 years and eight months for conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

    Majida and Yusuf Sarwar

    His mother Majida, pictured here with her son, told the BBC she believes the sentence will discourage other Muslims from helping the police.

  40. News on the hour

    Steve Hermon

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    Our top story at 09:00: A mother from Birmingham, who alerted the police after her son went to Syria to fight, says she feels betrayed by the authorities after he's been jailed for nearly 13 years.

    Listen live to our bulletin.

  41. Wolverhampton couple with baby complain over mould-filled house

    Express and Star

    A damp, smelly, mould-filled house has forced a Wolverhampton couple and their 10-week-old baby to sleep in their lounge.

    Carl Price and his partner Lisa Reilly live in the Rowan House property, owned by Midland Heart, with their daughter, Kacey-Mae.

  42. M6 delays

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    The impact of an earlier broken down vehicle is still being felt on the M6 northbound - there's traffic there between J4a for the M42 and J5 for the A452 Castle Bromwich even though all the lanes have re-opened.

    Check the latest information from BBC Travel.

  43. Villa tame Foxes

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa secured back-to-back Premier League wins as Alan Hutton's first goal for the club added to bottom side Leicester City's troubles.

    Alan Hutton celebrates scoring for Aston Villa against Leicester City

    Ciaran Clark was Villa's other goal scorer in the win, which takes Paul Lambert's side up to 11th in the table.

  44. Mostly fine

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A mostly bright day with plenty of sunny spells but feeling cold in the brisk north-westerly wind. A few showers are likely across the northwest Midlands, giving sleet or snow across the Peak District, but these will clear later.

    Highs of 5C (41F). More on the rest of the week's outlook here.

  45. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Another day scraping the ice off the windscreen - boo.

    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.