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  1. Updates for Thursday 11 June 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

  2. Dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    Dry this evening with some sunshine, then staying dry overnight with some patchy cloud and prolonged clear spells. Winds staying light but milder than recent nights with a low of 10C (50F).

    Shefali Oza

    Tomorrow will stay largely fine with further spells of sunshine although cloud thickening through the afternoon.

  3. Aegon Classic attracts big names

    Dan Pallett

    Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Last year's winner Ana Ivanovic, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Word Number 3 Simona Halep are among the favourites for next week's Aegon Classic Tennis Championships in Birmingham.

    Heather Watson (pictured) provides the British challenge.

    Heather Watson

    An extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon has certainly helped attract the big names.

    Qualifying gets underway on Saturday with the main completion stating on Monday.

  4. A&E plans 'raise patient safety concerns'

    Michele Paduano

    BBC Midlands health correspondent

    Planned changes to A&E services at Worcestershire hospitals have left a panel of experts concerned over patient safety.

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    The West Midlands Clinical Senate said it "does not support" plans for a downgraded emergency department at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

    Their review was carried out ahead of a public consultation on the plans.

    The hospital trust said it will now try to find a model for A&E which has "widespread clinical support".

  5. Enjoying the sun?

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The sun is shining here in Birmingham... While I was in the city centre taking my lunch break photographers were out taking photos of people enjoying the sunshine.

    Photographer in Birminghamn

    I can only image there will be some summer pics in the newspapers tomorrow of people in sunglasses enjoying the heat!

  6. Vintage safety posters to be published

    A collection of vintage safety posters found in a Birmingham warehouse are to be published in a book celebrating the centenary of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa).


    Tufty Fluffytail advised children on safety, joined by his friends Policeman Badger, Willy Weasel and Minnie Mole.

    Hazards associated with roads, the home, work and play are highlighted in the artwork, which dates from between the 1930s and 1970s and which Rospa insists are "still valid today".

  7. Villa's Delph on injury

    BBC Sport

    Fabian Delph, who picked up a minor injury Aston Villa's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal:

    Fabian Delph

    "I am fully fit now, I had a knock but have managed to settle it down and have trained every day since the last game.

    "I am not a fan of being injured, it has been nice to get out there on the pitch and train."

    Read more on the BBC Sportsday Live page.

  8. Bastion memorial unveiled

    Prince Harry unveils a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum dedicated to the hundreds of British servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

    Prince Harry has unveiled a memorial near Lichfield

    Around 3,500 people were at the National Memorial Arboretum to see the Dedication ceremony.

    Among them were friends and family of those who died during the conflict.

  9. Terror arrest 'pre-planned'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The 37-year-old man from Sparkbrook was arrested at about 15:00 today after arriving on a flight from Istanbul on suspicion of engaging in terrorism in Syria.

    West Midlands Police says the arrest was pre-planned and intelligence-led and there was no risk public safety.

  10. Bastion memorial: "By soldiers, for soldiers"

    Midlands Today

    The father of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan says it's been a day of mixed emotions as Prince Harry unveiled a memorial in Staffordshire.

    Tony Lewis

    The monument at the National Memorial Arboretum is to the hundreds of British service men who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

    Tony Lewis' son Paratrooper Conrad Lewis was killed in Afghanistan four years ago; he says it's been a day of "extreme pride" and "incredible sadness".

  11. Aegon Classic preview

    Dan Pallett

    Sports presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Four of the world's top ten. Ten of the world's top 20.

    It doesn't matter how you look at it, next week's Aegon Classic Tennis Championship in Birmingham's attracted a top class field.

    Jelena Jankovic

    The latest to commit to the Edgbaston Priory Club is the former world number one Jelena Jankovic (pictured).

    She's now slipped to number 30 in the world but still adds a big name to the lie-up.

  12. Police puppy walkers wanted

    via Facebook

    Solihull Police posts: PUPPY WALKERS WANTED: Are you interested in becoming a foster carer for our police puppies for 12-15 months? Do you live in the West Midlands? Then we want to hear from YOU!

    Police dogs
  13. Pottinger criticises speedway authority

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Cradley Heathens team manager Will Pottinger has criticised the speedway authorities' decision not to give the National League Fours on Sunday priority over Premier League fixtures.

    The Heathens defend their title at Coventry but will be without their number one rider Max Clegg, who is required to ride for his Premier League club Edinburgh at Glasgow instead.

  14. Letting agent fined over safety issues

    Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

    A letting company firm in Erdington that failed to maintain fire escapes and safety equipment at properties in the town and neighbouring Sutton Coldfield has been fined £8,000.

  15. Prince Harry hails fallen at Bastion Memorial service

    Prince Harry said those who lost their lives during the Afghanistan conflict will be "forever in our hearts" as he unveiled a memorial to their sacrifice.

    David Cameron & Prince Harry

    The Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, bears the names of all 453 UK personnel who died in Afghanistan.

    Some 3,500 people, including Prime Minister David Cameron, attended.

  16. Eating disorder unit re-opens

    Joan Cummins

    BBC Midlands Today

    Birmingham Children's Hospital has re-opened it's eating disorder unit following a £2m refurbishment.

    Eating disorder unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital

    Fifteen-hundred children and young people are affected by eating disorders in the West Midlands.

    The Irwin Unit, in Moseley, now has improved facilities for those receiving treatment.

  17. Alton Towers: Two more rides close

    Burton Mail

    Alton Towers bosses have shut two rollercoasters after a large metal clip was feared to have dropped off one of the white-knuckle rides.

    Alton Towers entrance

    Air and Runaway Mine Train were shut just minutes after the Staffordshire theme park opened yesterday.

  18. Stephen Sutton’s pal loses 4 stone to join record-breaking skydive

    Lichfield Mercury

    A close friend of Stephen Sutton MBE has shed four stone in a bid to take part in a record-breaking skydive.

    Stephen Sutton's friend - before and after weight loss
  19. Birmingham Improvement Panel latest

    Birmingham City Council tweets: Webcast: Bham Independent Improvement Panel is live here: #bcclive #localgov

    Bham Independent Improvement Panel
  20. Need to show 'frontline support'

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    While there is support for the plan in general - concerns have been raised. The report said it opposed the current plans to change the A&E in Redditch to an Emergency Care Centre because of concerns over patient safety.

    It also said there needed to be more children's services in Worcester to cope with a downgrade in Redditch.

    It also highlighted problems with staff morale at the trust. Five senior doctors resigned in Worcestershire earlier this year. The report said hospital bosses needed to show they had strong support from frontline clinicians before moving this plan to the next stage.

  21. 'Reorganise services'

    Chris Blakemore

    News editor, BBC WM

    Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust has been struggling to balance its books in recent years and says it needs to reorganise services to stay financially viable.

    The current plans involve moving some children's, maternity and emergency services out of Redditch and down to Worcester.

    This report from the West Midlands Clinical Senate is the most recent hurdle that has to be cleared.

  22. BBC One from 13:30

    Qasa Alom

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Prince Harry has unveiled a memorial in Staffordshire to the hundreds of British servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

    About 3,500 people were at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas to see the dedication ceremony. We'll have a full report from Liz Copper shortly.

    Join us for this story and others on BBC One this lunchtime.

  23. Latest headlines

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the newsroom that we're looking at at the moment include:

    • A report into plans to reorganise hospital services in Worcestershire has criticised proposals to downgrade the Accident and Emergency Department in Redditch
    • A second person has been charged with murder after a double stabbing in Birmingham
    • Weather: Feeling warm this afternoon with highs of 23C (73F)
  24. Edwards promoted at Wolves

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Rob Edwards has been promoted to the role of Wolves first-team coach in Kenny Jackett's backroom staff at the Championship club.

    The 32-year-old former Wolves and Wales defender, from Telford, rejoined the club last summer as part of the youth coaching team.

    He will now work with the first team alongside head coach Jackett and his assistant Joe Gallen.

  25. Second man charged over double stabbing

    A second person has been charged with murder after a double stabbing in Birmingham.

    West Midlands Police says a 15-year-old from Small Heath is due to appear at Birmingham Youth Court later.

    Lukasz Furmanek, 24, was found unconscious and bleeding in the Handsworth area in the early hours of 31 May and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  26. Proposals to downgrade A&E at Redditch

    Michele Paduano

    BBC Midlands health correspondent

    A report into plans to reorganise hospital services in Worcestershire is criticising proposals to downgrade the accident and emergency department in Redditch.

    The West Midlands Clinical Senate says it has concerns about how changes to A&E would affect patient safety at the Alexandra Hospital.

    It also raises concerns about plans to move some children's services to Worcester.

  27. High pollen levels

    BBC Weather

    Bad news if you suffer from hay fever. Pollen levels are high today.

    Sara Blizzard

    For the latest weather forecast go online or follow @BBCWeather team on Twitter.

  28. Benteke at Spurs?

    BBC Sport

    Tottenham midfielder Nacer Chadli (pictured left) says he hopes Belgian teammate Christian Bentekejoins him at Spurs this summer.

    Nacer Chadli and Christian Benteke

    Chadli told Sky Sports News he would love to play alongside the Aston Villa striker at White Hart Lane.

    "I hope it's going to happen but first they have to attract him and there are a lot of clubs who want him - and Christian has to make his choice. Hopefully he's going to choose for us."

    Read more on the BBC Sportsday Live page.

  29. Prince Harry to visit National Memorial Arboretum

    Prince Harry will join the family and friends of those who lost their lives during the conflict in Afghanistan at a service later.

    Prince Harry

    About 3,500 people are expected at the service of dedication to inaugurate the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield later.

  30. Claregate pub: Company to hold another public meeting

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Crown Care Group, which is behind proposals to turn a Wolverhampton pub into a care home, says it understands the strength of feeling from the community following a public meeting to save the Claregate pub.

    Visual plans of care home in Wolverhampton which could replace the Claregate pub

    The company told campaigners it will try to arrange another meeting following criticism that yesterday's consultation was held in the afternoon, which meant many local residents couldn't go.

  31. Aeroplane could be buried in Birmingham

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News

    A Boeing 737 jet could be buried in Birmingham under plans by a Turner Prize-nominated artist.

    Generic image of a Boeing 737 being built in Washington

    Birmingham-born Roger Hiorns is collaborating with the city's Ikon Gallery and hopes to secure a £250,000 grant alongside sponsorship.

    The project would see the aircraft buried at Icknield Port Loop.

  32. Latest headlines

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the big stories we are covering this morning:

    • A care home developer's to meet with residents over plans for the Claregate pub in Wolverhampton
    • A man's due at Birmingham Magistrates Court after four pigs heads were dumped in Solihull
    • Birmingham's to host an underground jet artwork
  33. Speedway: Search for a track continues

    BBC WM Sport

    A group of Heathens supporters are meeting in Cradley Heath tonight to discuss forming a supporters trust to help their search for a permanent track.

    Monmore Green

    It's as Heathens club management are set to meet with Dudley Council again later this month for more talks over possible sites in the borough.

    A representative from the supporters direct organisation, which has helped to set up supporters trusts at a number of football clubs will be at tonight's meeting.

  34. Man charged over pigs heads

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    A 34-year-old man's due in court later after being charged by police over four pigs heads that were left on the doorstep of community centre in Solihull.

    West Midlands Police says Carl Stephens, of The Radleys, Marston Green, has been charged with causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress.

  35. Kerslake recommendations discussed

    via Facebook

    Birmingham City Council posts: Webcast: We're streaming the first public meeting of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel today from 12:00.

    This is to discuss the council's progress against the Kerslake recommendations. Join us live or watch the archive from tomorrow:

    A study led by Sir Bob Kerslake was commissioned after a series of reports focused on the council during an inquiry into the so-called Trojan Horse letter.

  36. Claregate pub: 'No comment' from Marton's

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    There was a public meeting in Wolverhampton yesterday about proposals to turn the Claregate Pub into a care home.

    Campaign poster to save Claregate pub

    I spoke to plenty of passionate people who don't want their local pub demolished, and are demanding answers from Marston's which owns it.

    The company declined to comment when BBC WM approached them.

  37. Latest headlines

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the newsroom at the moment include:

    • About 100 people packed into a public meeting yesterday over potential plans to demolish a popular Wolverhampton pub
    • A mother who went missing with her three-year-old son has contacted a newspaper to say they are safe
    • Travel: Slow traffic on the A34 Birmingham Road southbound in Walsall due to the M6 J7 sliproad being closed
  38. Missing mum and son 'safe and happy'

    A mother who went missing with her three-year-old son has contacted a newspaper to say they are safe.

    Rebecca Minnock and Ethan

    Rebecca Minnock, 35, and Ethan disappeared from their home in Highbridge, Somerset, on 26 May.

    Ms Minnock told The Sun she had "lost all trust and faith in the system completely" following a custody battle in which a judge ruled Ethan should live with his father.

    Police say Ms Minnock may have been spotted in Cheltenham or Birmingham.

  39. Plans to demolish pub

    BBC WM

    About 100 people packed into a public meeting yesterday over plans to demolish the Claregate pub in Wolverhampton.

    Claregate pub in Wolverhampton

    It's owned by Black Country-based Marston's at the moment but they've been approached by a developer who wants to build a care home.

    More than 800 people have signed a petition against it.

  40. Bright day ahead

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    After a cool start, it will be another fine day with plenty of bright or sunny spells, particularly through the afternoon, with winds staying light.

    Sara Blizzard

    Temperatures will quickly recover and it will feel very warm for many by the afternoon with a high of 23C (73F).

  41. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    A bright start and it looks set to get warmer.

    I'm in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you'd like to get in touch with me today email or tweet @BBCWM.