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  1. Updates for Monday 15 June 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Local Live has finished for the day. Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Overcast tonight, brighter tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It is looking like a cloudy night, with perhaps the odd spot of rain, otherwise most places should remain dry. Lows of 13C (55F).


    Read more about the forecast for the week.

  3. Coming up on TV

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    There's been a 38% increase in the number of cyclists killed or injured on the roads in the past decade, according to police figures.

    Every year around 19,000 people are involved in accidents, meaning the roadside tributes are becoming more common as a way for families to channel their grief. I'll have more on this for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Did you see the RAF Red Arrows?

    Midlands Today

    Did you see the RAF Red Arrows in action over Shropshire yesterday?

    The Red Arrows in action

    The performance included the last appearance by a Vulcan at the Cosford Air Show. Have a look at our picture gallery.

  5. Elmdon delays warning

    BBC Travel

    The A45 Coventry Road in Elmdon is blocked and there is slow traffic eastbound near the Damson Parkway junction, because of an accident.

    Congestion is back to The Wheatsheaf, drivers are warned.

  6. Daughter pocketed dad's pension after his death

    Express and Star

    A daughter illegally pocketed more than £20,000 from her father's pension - for more than seven years after his death.

  7. Latest headlines

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of some of the stories we've been looking at this afternoon:

  8. Second name for "Trojan Horse" school

    Jerry Chester

    BBC News Online

    A Birmingham school investigated after the so-called "Trojan Horse" plot allegations has decided on a name.

    Park View Academy had planned to become known as Alum Rock Academy - but "positive and honest" discussions with students and parents revealed this name would leave it "open to derision", the academy said in a letter to parents.

    Park View School

    Parents preferred the name 'Rockwood Academy'. New uniforms, bearing this name are are now been designed, the letter says.

  9. Drill over 'unexploded bomb'

    Lichfield Mercury

    Lichfield District Council staged an practice exercise, setting up an emergency rest centre, which was used to shelter role-playing evacuees caught up in a simulated event involving an unexploded World War II bomb.

    People pose for a photo after the emergency planning exercise
  10. Twenty new jobs for Walsall

    Walsall Advertiser

    Ribbons were cut to mark the official opening of two stores at a Walsall shopping centre, which have brought 20 new jobs to the borough.

    Councillor Angela Underhill, Mayor of Walsall, officially opens Burger King at Saddlers Shopping Centre.
  11. Tributes to Sandwell councillor

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    More reaction to the news of Sandwell Labour councillor Malcolm Bridges, who passed away overnight.

    Fellow councillor, Kerrie Carmichael paid tribute to Mr Bridges calling him a "stalwart campaigner".

    She said: "He will be a big loss to Blackheath. He was very popular with people and had a lovely personality, he was very good at communicating with people on the doorstep."

  12. BreakingSandwell councillor dies

    Sandwell Labour councillor Malcolm Bridges, who represented the Blackheath ward, has died overnight.

    Councillor Malcolm Bridges

    The authority's deputy leader councillor Steve Eling says: "It's come as a hell of a shock. He had an illness for some time but I thought he was on the mend. He worked very hard for people on the ground and will be missed."

  13. Pick up pooches' poop

    Michelle Dawes

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A campaign launches today to encourage dog walkers and owners to pick up their pooches' poop and dispose of it responsibly to help keep public spaces clean.

    A Big Scoop advertising board

    The Big Scoop is being run by Keep Britain Tidy and the Dogs Trust, and Birmingham City Council dog wardens will be promoting the campaign's message that dog mess affects everyone.

    Signage alerting people to the campaign has been put up in Kings Heath Park.

  14. Duran Duran announce new album


    Birmingham-band Duran Duran have confirmed they are to release a new album, Paper Gods, later this year.

    Duran Duran

    It will be their first in nearly five years - and big names including Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson are in the production credits.

    Read more on this story.

  15. Star opens free tennis courts

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    I've just been chatting to British star Heather Watson (pictured here behind the ceremonial ribbon) who has helped open new free tennis courts at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham.

    Heather Watson pictured behind the ribbon
  16. Birmingham's tornado risk

    Scientists say an area including Birmingham is the second most likely hotspot for tornadoes in Britain, with a 5 per cent chance per year.

    Birmingham tornado 2005

    A twister hit Birmingham's 'Balti Belt' in July 2005 when 130mph winds struck through the Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath areas injuring 19 people. It caused £40m of damage and uprooted more than 1,000 trees.

  17. BreakingVilla to meet Grealish over 'Tenerife pictures'

    Aston Villa says it will be meeting with Jack Grealish over photos circulating on social media which purportedly show the midfielder lying on the floor in Tenerife.

    The pictures on social media

    The club says any action would remain "an internal matter" and it would make no further comment.

  18. Your WM in Sparkbrook

    BBC WM

    We're in Sparkbrook today for Your WM - we're visiting 10 places over 10 weeks to hear your stories.

    Photographs celebrating document the social history of migrant communities being exhibited on the streets of Birmingham

    There's an amazing series of billboard-sized photographs about the social history of the city's migrant communities on display along Stratford Road itself.

  19. Funding boost for station

    BBC WM

    Centro, the West Midlands public transport authority, has been given the go ahead to borrow almost £22m to invest in a new railway station for Wolverhampton.

    Artist's impression of redeveloped Wolverhampton station

    The move has been welcomed by local Labour MP Emma Reynolds as an important part of the redevelopment of the city centre.

  20. Road closed over concerns over ex-steam mill

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    A section of road is now closed to pedestrians and cyclists in Wolverhampton after fresh concerns about the safety of a fire-ravaged steam mill.

    The road either side of the Grade II-listed JN Miller Ltd building in Corn Hill, Horseley Fields, was already closed to drivers.


    Wolverhampton City Council said it had taken the decision "in the interests of public safety".

  21. Supporting 'Kids Out' fun day

    Sutton Coldfield Local

    Members of Sutton Coldfield's Wylde Green Rotary Club have been active supporters of "Kids Out" - for disabled school age children - for many years, working closely with staff and pupils at Wilson Stuart School and Sports College, in Perry Common Road, Erdington.

    Kids Out
  22. Latest headlines

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the stories we're looking into this morning:

    • A man has been arrested after a double stabbing in Wolverhampton which police believe was a "domestic assault"
    • The average asking price for West Midlands houses is at a record-high, according to latest figures
    • Centro has the green light to borrow £22m towards a new Wolverhampton railway station
  23. Mum can't close eyes after 'botched' operation

    The Daily Mail

    A bungling surgeon has left a mother of two unable to close her eyes - even when she sleeps - after a cosmetic operation in Birmingham in 2012 went "terribly wrong".

  24. Machete-wielding robber strikes

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Armed robbers - one armed with a machete nearly as long as his arm - held up a Birmingham corner shop, demanding cash, cigarettes and vodka before fleeing.

    CCTV still of the robbery taking place

    West Midlands Police today released footage of the raiders, who burst into the Dudley Road store in Winson Green at around 02:10 on 24 May, in a bid to find information.

  25. Police specials stone rededicated

    A memorial stone recognising the role of police specials - which includes the crest of the West Midlands force - has been rededicated at the National Memorial Arboretum.

    Officer lays wreath at memorial stone
  26. Anyone for tennis?

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    The annual Aegon Classic Tennis tournament gets underway here at the Edgbaston Priory Club later.

    The Edgbaston Priory Club courts

    This year they've got their best-ever line-up as the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Jankovic use the grass court event as a warm-up to Wimbledon. Plays gets under way at 11:00 BST.

  27. Prisoners' complaints revealed

    Express and Star

    A string of petty complaints - from a lack of hot drinks to cold prison cells - have been made among a surge of gripes by inmates at a Midlands prison.

    HMP Featherstone
  28. Latest headlines

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of the top stories in the newsroom this morning:

    • Police have arrested a man after a double stabbing in Wolverhampton
    • The average asking price for houses has reached a record high in the West Midlands
    • A new railway station for Wolverhampton is a step closer after Centro gets approval to borrow almost £22m for the scheme
  29. Arrest over double stabbing

    Kevin Pashby

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A 24-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of a double stabbing in Wolverhampton, police have revealed.

    A 57-year-old woman remains in a critical condition with stab wounds to the neck. A 55-year-old man suffered injuries to his back.

  30. March against city library cuts

    David Lumb

    BBC News, West Midlands

    Dozens of people gathered in Birmingham calling for cuts to be reversed at the city's new £189m library.

    Protesters marching

    The demonstration, organised by the Friends of the Library of Birmingham (FLB), saw people march from New Street to Victoria Square from noon yesterday.

  31. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I'm in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Comment on our stories and share your pictures of the region over email, over the BBC WM Facebook page, or tweet @bbcwm.