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  1. Updates for Thursday 10 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's it for live updates today - we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. Watch: Second lottery win for lucky trucker

    A lorry driver from Featherstone in Staffordshire has won the lottery for the second time.  

    Stuart Powell won £1m on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw almost four years to the day of his previous Lotto win of £55,464. 

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    Video caption: Second lottery win for Staffordshire lucky trucker
  3. Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: BBC One at 18:30

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Who hasn't dreamt of winning the lottery? It'd be nice wouldn't it? Well a trucker from Staffordshire has done just that, not once but twice...

    And our reporter Satnam Rana will be live at the BBC Music Awards in Birmingham tonight.

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  4. Christmas trees stolen from Birmingham garden charity

    A garden centre run by a charity for people with disabilities has had 10 Christmas trees stolen by thieves who broke in to the premises.

    The trees were stolen on Tuesday evening from Umberslade Nurseries, in Stirchley, Birmingham, which is run by Queen Alexandra College.

    Christmas trees
  5. Force 'offers support to officers'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    West Midlands Police says it has put measures in place to support its staff as figures show its officers have taken a combined 213 years of sick leave in the past financial year.

    Chris Rowson, head of human resources at West Midlands Police, said various measures were in place, "including counselling support for those dealing with traumatic incidents, a physiotherapy service and general health checks".

  6. Garde hopes Grealish has learned

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa boss Remi Garde hopes Jack Grealish has learned his lesson after being dropped from the first team.

    The 20-year-old midfielder had to train with Villa's Under-21s after reports he visited a Manchester nightclub  after a 4-0 defeat at Everton.

    Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish

    He has since been restored to the first team set-up and is in contention to face Arsenal on Sunday.

    "He is a talented young player but only Jack knows if he has learned," said Frenchman Garde.

  7. Latest headlines: Man jailed for botched drug deal death; Birmingham set for BBC Music Awards

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the newsroom at 17:00 include: 

    - A Wolverhampton man, who went on the run after stabbing a man to death after a botched drug deal, has been jailed for life today

    - New figures show the economy grew slower in the West Midlands last year than in any other area of England

    - BBC Music Awards takes place in Birmingham

  8. Man jailed for former music teacher’s murder

    A Wolverhampton man, who went on the run after stabbing a man to death after a botched drug deal, has been jailed for life today.

    Dylan Jackson, 20, from Whitmore Reans was convicted of the murder of 46-year-old Herman Simpson. 

    He was stabbed in the living room of his Wolverhampton home in April, in a pre-arranged drugs deal for heroin worth £3,000, police said. 

  9. Police sick days: 'There's only so much the thin blue line can do'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Deputy chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation Tom Cuddeford said the loss of thousands of staff since 2010 amid multimillion-pound savings had "taken its toll" on the force.

    He said: "There's only so much the thin blue line can do. Officers are working harder and workloads are increasing."

    Police car

    He said data collected by the federation suggested there was a 70% increase in stress-related sickness since January among its members.

    The federation said it had suggested capping overtime for police, recommended continuing clinical support for staff returning to work from absence and reviews of allocated work for people returning after stress.

  10. BBC Music Awards: 'Fantastic to be in Birmingham'

    Thousands of people are getting ready to attend the BBC Music Awards this afternoon at the NEC's Genting Arena. 

    James Stirling from BBC Music said it was "fantastic to bring it to Birmingham".                   

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    Video caption: BBC Music Awards: 'Fanastic to be in Birmingham'
  11. Council savings 'due to central government cuts'

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    This morning, the Conservative group in Birmingham criticised the Labour-led council for financial mismanagement, leading to cuts worth £250m over four years.

    Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington Jack Dromey told BBC WM: "Birmingham has been the city most hard hit in local government history, in what are the biggest cuts in local government history. 

    "The problem is not Birmingham City Council. The problem is George Osborne, the sheer scale of the cuts being imposed on Birmingham City Council is wrong."

  12. Latest headlines: Man jailed for life for murder and knife surrender bin unveiled

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom at 15:00 include:

    - A Wolverhampton man who went on the run after stabbing a man to death in a botched drug deal, has been jailed for life today

    - Anger's growing over the latest round of cuts and job losses at Birmingham City Council

    - A new knife surrender bin is due to be unveiled in the Black Country as part of an ongoing crackdown on knife crime

  13. BBC Music Awards: 1D Direction arrive

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Uh-oh... One Direction have arrived. Word of warning - if you don't like high pitched screaming - watch without the sound!

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