Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our coverage across the day

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

  2. Watch: Overnight weather forecast

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    A rather cloudy this evening, with some patchy rain or drizzle and also some mist and hill fog in places. 

    Drier and clearer conditions then spreading north overnight, but remaining breezy and very mild for the time of year with lows of 11C (52F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Shefali Oza presents the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. New evidence heard on Marine murder conviction

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    New evidence in the case of a former Royal Marine convicted of murdering a prisoner in Afghanistan is being handed in to the Criminal Cases Review Commission today. 

    Sgt Alexander Blackman

    Sgt Alexander Blackman from Taunton (pictured) is currently serving a prison sentence - but friends and family are in Birmingham to campaign for his release. 

    Among Sgt Blackman's supporters are former military personnel from the Midlands.

  4. Headlines: NHS Trust fined for blunders and women's refuge thank girl for buying 200 gifts

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC WM:

    The NHS trust that ran Stafford Hospital has been fined £500,000 for "basic" blunders linked to the deaths of four patients

     - New evidence in the case of a former Royal Marine convicted of murdering a prisoner in Afghanistan has been handed in to the Criminal Cases Review Commission today in Birmingham

    - A women's refuge worker has thanked a little girl from Bloxwich who's been buying gifts throughout the year to give to children there on Christmas Day

  5. Stephen Sutton mother marks his 21st birthday

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton would have celebrated his 21 birthday today, his mother has posted on Facebook.

    Jane Sutton wrote: "This day is just one of many when more than ever; I miss you not being here. I wish I could give you a big hug and let you know how immensly proud I am of everything you have achieved.

    "The lump in my throat comes back when I think, see or talk about you but my heart feels lighter with every memory relived and every funny story retold. I’m fortunate that there are so many that make me smile.

    "Lots of love on your special day Stephen and hope you’re celebrating in true ‘Ste Style’.

    Stephen Sutton
    Quote Message: Your positivity was inspirational and you live on not only in my heart but also in the hearts of everyone you touched. from Jane Sutton Stephen Sutton's mother
    Jane SuttonStephen Sutton's mother
  6. Fire service cuts right to the wire

    BBC Midlands Today

    The man in charge of the West Midlands Fire Service says further cuts expected to be announced this week will take the service "right down to the wire".

    Phil Loach

    The government is expected to say that our region will have to make £14m worth of savings - on top of £28m already made in the last five years. 

    Phil Loach (pictured) says they have worked hard to come up with a plan to keep the public safe - but any further reductions could mean wholesale closures and people put at risk.

  7. Klopp branded an 'idiot' by Baggies midfielder after long ball comments

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    The West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Mcclean has described Jurgen Klopp (pictured) as an "idiot" after he criticised the Baggies' style of play at the weekend. 

    The Liverpool boss claimed West Brom only play long balls after the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday. 

    Jurgen Klopp
  8. Walsall book their place in the FA Cup tie against Brentford

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Walsall fans, players and staff got the FA Cup tie they wanted last night, as they booked a trip to Brentford, who are managed by the former Saddlers boss Dean Smith.

    Paul Downing converted the winning penalty in their secondround replay against Chesterfield and BBC WM spoke to one of the caretaker bosses at Walsall after the game to get his reaction to the reunion with their old gaffer.

    View more on twitter
  9. Listen: Rowett on Preston v Birmingham

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM Sport

    Blues boss Gary Rowett speaks to BBC WM after the 1-1 draw with Preston at Deepdale.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rowett on Preston v Birmingham
  10. Latest headlines: Mid-Staffs trust fined over deaths and man is 'critical' after Solihull stabbing

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

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

    The former NHS Trust that ran Stafford and Cannock Hospitals has been fined £500,000 for what are described as "basic" blunders linked to the deaths of four elderly patients

    - New evidence in the case of a former Royal Marine convicted of murdering a prisoner in Afghanistan is being handed in to the criminal cases review commission today in Birmingham

    - A 20-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed in Solihull yesterday

  11. Little girl gives the gift of Christmas

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    Emily Clarke from Bloxwich has collected and wrapped up lots of presents for childrenat a women's refuge in Walsall. 

    So she's spent the year gathering presents for children who aren't as fortunate as her. 

    The 12-year-old started off buying them, but then appealed on Facebook for people to donate their unwanted gifts.

    Facebook post

    We shared this story on the BBC WM Facebook page and so many of you love the story, with more than 2,000 shares and 10,000 "likes".

  12. O’Driscoll favourite to get the vacant Walsall job

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM Sport

    Former Doncaster and England Under 19s manager Sean O’Driscoll is now the odds on favourite to get the vacant Walsall job and it looks like he’s already got the backing of one of the players.

    Midfielder Milan Lalkovic worked with the Wolverhampton-born boss during a loan spell at Doncaster and he posted on Twitter yesterday, as speculation mounts that O’Driscoll could be Dean Smith’s replacement at the Banks’s Stadium:

    View more on twitter
  13. Unemployment falls in the West Midlands

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    Unemployment fell by 3,000 in the West Midlands between August and October. 

    It means 153,000 people are now out of work. Nationally figures fell by 110,000 to 1.71 million.

  14. Funeral for 60s Asian 'boy band' star

    The funeral of a 1960s "boy band" member who also helped found one of Birmingham's first Sikh temples has taken place

    The family of Saminder Sagoo, said in a statement: "He will be remembered for being the presenter with the husky voice, always impeccably dressed in suit and tie and his loyalty to the station, as well as being a committed family man." 

    Saminder Sagoo