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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 14 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Gall

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our 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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Defibrillator damage 'could cost lives'

    Vandalism to a life-saving device in Lichfield "could potentially end up costing a life", the ambulance service says.

    The broken case

    A cabinet protecting a defibrillator on Breadmarket Street has been damaged, West Midlands Ambulance say.

    It is thought to have happened on Thursday night and the device is now being kept inside a nearby - which they say means it can only be used when it is open.

  3. Coming up on BBC One at 18:30

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On BBC Midlands Today this evening - love it or loathe it, say goodbye to Birmingham Central Library as demolition work gets under way.

    The old library officially opened in 1974 and was once described by Prince Charles as looking like "a place where books are incinerated, not kept".  

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    Video caption: Nick Owen looks ahead to Midlands Today at 18:30.

    But, attempts have been made to save it for future generations.

    Join me for more on this story and others on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Headlines: Sandwell Council's children's services could be put in special measures and demolition of Birmingham's old library begins

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the newsroom right now:

    - The prime minister says a government-appointed commissioner could take over the running of Sandwell Council's failing children's services within a year

    - The demolition of Birmingham's old Central Library has begun

    - Villa fan rips up season ticket in anger at team's performance

  5. The latest weather for the West Midlands

    A mild night with temperatures well above average for mid December.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Listen: 'I haven't got enough money' says hospital chief exec

    BBC Radio 4's Jon Manel spends the day with Dame Julie Moore at the University Hospitals Birmingham Trust to examine financial issues facing the NHS.

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  7. West Brom's Saido Berahino 'ruining his career'

    The Baggies' most-capped and record goalscorer Tony "Bomber" Brown tells @bbcwm that striker Saido Berahino is "ruining his own career".false

    Tony Pulis and Berahino

    The 22-year-old, who made it known in September he wanted to leave the club, has not featured in the last three games.

  8. Redditch murder arrest after woman found dead at house

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a house in Worcestershire.

    The 27-year-old woman was found at Knowle Close, Redditch (pictured), after police were called early on Sunday.

    Knowle Close, Redditch

    The arrested man, a 32-year-old from Redditch, is in police custody.

    The results of a post-mortem examination on the woman, who has not been formally identified, will be released later, a West Mercia Police spokesperson said.

  9. LIVEBLOG: Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel

    Birmingham Eastside

    Follow a Q&A from the public about Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel.

  10. Sandwell Council children's services facing takeover

    Children's services in Sandwell - branded "inadequate" by Ofsted in June - could be taken over within a year.

    Under plans announced by the prime minister, failing departments will have six months to improve or be taken over by high-performing councils or charities.

    Sandwell Council children's services facing takeover

    Sandwell's summer rating came after an equally poor 2013 inspection prompted a director and a cabinet member to quit.

    David Cameron said the plan would mean "not a single child is left behind".

  11. Timeline: Birmingham Central Library

    As demolition work starts on Birmingham Central Library, take a look back at the history of libraries in the city which involves fire, public support and architectural controversy.

    Harold Wilson officially opening the library in 1974

    Did you know three libraries have stood on the same site since 1865?  

  12. Headlines: Sandwell Council's children services could enter special measures and Birmingham library demolition begins

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the newsroom at the moment include: 

    - Government appointed commissioners are being sent into Sandwell with a view to taking over the protection of vulnerable children

    - Big rise in number of babies in care

    The demolition of Birmingham's old Central Library has begun

  13. More babies in care in Birmingham than anywhere else in England

    There has been a "huge" rise in the number of newborns who are subject to care proceedings in England, according to figures compiled for the first time.

    In March, 120 babies were in care in Birmingham - the largest number of babies in care within the country.

    Areas with the largest number of babies in care

    Across England some 2,018 babies were involved in such cases in 2013, compared with 802 in 2008, the University of Lancaster said.  

    Within the West Midlands, 530 children under 12 months old were in care, according to figures from the Department for Education.

  14. Record breaking season for Villa but for all the wrong reasons

    Dan Pallett

    BBC Midlands Today Sport

    It’s certainly turning into a record-breaking season at Villa Park - but for all the wrong reasons.

    They have now gone 15 league games without a win, a club record.

    And nine home league games without a win, another club record.

    But it could yet get worse. No team has ever gone a whole Premier League season without a home win, and Villa have yet to take all three points at Villa Park this season.

    Aston Villa photo
  15. Birmingham Kerslake public meeting review

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    I'm at the Birmingham City Council public meeting which is looking at whether it is improving its services following the Kerslake report.

    Birmingham City Council public meeting

    The Labour leader John Clancy says himself and Brigid Jones, the cabinet member for Childrens Services, have been learning from Newport Council about how to improve the children's services department.