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  1. News updates for Monday 7 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. West Midlands manufacturing suffers slump

    Bob Hockenhull

    BBC Midlands Today

    West Midlands' manufacturers are experiencing a difficult end to the year, according to a new survey. 

    Of the firms questioned in the region, 8% told the manufacturer's organisation EEF there had been a decline in their output this quarter. 

    Generic steelworks picture

    The survey showed 12% of businesses said orders were down and 10% said recruitment had declined this quarter.

    EEF chief economist Lee Hopley said that the findings were a "disappointing end to the year".

    She said the collapse in the oil price, slower world trade growth and weaker-than-expected construction activity had all contributed to weaker manufacturing activity.

  3. Dinner lady sacked for burka joke overwhelmed by 'fantastic' show of support

    Birmingham Mail

    The school dinner lady sacked for sharing afalse Facebook burka joke has dubbed the flood of support from Mail readers “fantastic”.  

  4. Appeal to track down hit-and-run driver

    Police are appealing for help in tracking down the driver of a car that killed a woman in a hit-and-run in Handsworth.

    Surinder Kaur, 61, died after being hit on Soho Road at about 17:50 on 4 December.

    CCTV image of the car, Surinder Kar and example of the car (clockwise from to left)

    Sgt Paul Hughes said the vehicle was believed to be a limited edition Vauxhall Astra VXR Artic.

    "I would appeal to anyone who saw the vehicle on that day or has seen one since that day with similar damage to contact either myself or my team,” he said.

  5. Black Country among worst for youth careers support

    Young people in the Black Country face some of the worst provision of careers and enterprise support, according to a report.

    A study by the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) identified the area as one of their "cold spots" in England.


    Chief executive Claudio Harris said "Our report reveals the provision of enterprise and career skills is not consistent for all young people in England. 

     "With youth unemployment stubbornly remaining three times the average national rate, this must change."

  6. Latest: Man arrested after woman and child 'deliberately' targetted and Cadbury corporation tax row

    These are some of our headlining stories today:

    - Police say a man's been arrested after a woman and child were "deliberately driven at" 

    - Unions react with anger over Cadbury corporation tax avoidance

    - The Duke of Cambridge has missed a penalty during a kick-about with pupils at Saltley Academy in Birmingham.

  7. Funeral held for boy who raised £100k for hospital

    The funeral's been taking place this morning of a schoolboy who raised thousands of pounds for charity before dying of cancer. 

    Finlay Church, 11, from Alvechurch, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. 

    Since then, more than £100,000 has been raised for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Brain Tumour Research. 

    Finlay Church
  8. Anger over Cadbury tax avoidance

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    Theunion representing workers at Cadbury's chocolate factory reacts with angeras its parent company has not paid UK corporation tax.

    The Sunday Times reported Mondelez International "lawfully avoided tens of millions of pounds" of tax since its takeover of Cadbury five years ago.

    Cadbury factory

    Mondelez announced 200 job losses at its Bournville plant in January and in 2011 reneged on a promise to keep its Somerdale plant open.

    Unite union regional officer Joe Clarke said: "Nifty footwork by clever accountants meant that the Treasury was denied millions of pounds in corporation tax that could have been spent on the NHS and other much-needed public services.

    Anger over Cadbury tax avoidance

    Cadbury factory

    The union representing workers at Cadbury's chocolate factory reacts with anger as its parent company has not paid UK corporation tax.

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  9. Latest: Woman and child 'deliberately' targeted; hit-and-run victim named

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    - West Midlands Police say a woman and an 11-year-old boy who were hit by a car were "deliberately driven at"

    - Police have named a woman who died in a hit and run in Handsworth on Friday night as Surinder Kaur

    - The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William is visiting Birmingham

  10. Watch: A wet and windy start to the week

    A wet and windy Monday, find out what the rest of the week holds.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  11. Midland Metro warns pedestrians to be aware of trams

    A tram hasn't run through Birmingham city centre since 1953 so understandably it's taking some time to adjust.

    Midland Metro warns pedestrians to be careful after a number of people are walking in front of them without realising. 

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  12. Duke of Cambridge: Children give toys for Princess and Prince

    Rob Mayor

    Reporter, BBC WM

    The Duke of Cambridge was at Birmingham’s Centenary Square earlier today, for the unveiling of 10 slabs laid in memory of Victoria Cross recipients in the city.

    Prince William also met some relatives of those VC winners, who were all awarded for their actions in the first world war.

    The Duke was introduced to pupils from Cofton Primary School (pictured), who presented him with a picture and home-made toys for his children Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

    The Duke of Cambridge introduced to pupils from Cofton Primary Schoo