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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Dawkins

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Murder 'could have been prevented'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News Online

    The murder of a mother-of-three by her estranged husband could have been prevented, a multi-agency review says.

    Sana Shah suffered years of abuse from her husband, Anwar, who later admitted killing her at the home they had shared in Wolverhampton in March 2014.

    Risk assessments about her welfare were poor, or not picked up resulting in interventions not being made, the report said.

    "The report is clear that professionals worked hard to support the victim but, with the benefit of hindsight, some opportunities for agencies to put in place interventions to protect her were not taken," the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership said.

    The Domestic Homicide Review changed the names of the couple to protect the identity of their children.

  3. Garde targets six points

    BBC WM Sport

    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde (below) says his team need six points from the Christmas fixtures to have a chance of staying in the Premier League.

    Remi Garde

    Villa face Newcastle on Saturday as well as crucial games against Norwich and Sunderland over the festive period. 

    They will be without skipper Micah Richards for the game at St James's Park. He still has a knee injury but is expected to be available. 

  4. Police not searching for anyone else after pair found dead

    Officers say they're not looking for anyone else in connection with two bodies discovered in a house in Birmingham.

    Raglan Way

    Police were alerted after paramedics went to an address in Raglan Way, Chelmsley Wood, at about 09:30 and found the bodies of two women.

    Officers said they were treating their deaths as unexplained.

  5. Gun suppliers may have prison sentences increased

    BBC WM

    Fourteen offenders linked to the Burger Bar Boys gang in Birmingham may have their prison sentences increased after a referral today which saw their cases sent to the Court of Appeal. 

    Earlier this year they received prison terms after being convicted of supplying guns to criminal gangs around the country. 

    Nosakhere Stephenson was the head of the group - he and the rest of them were sentenced in November.

    Today the Solicitor General referred the sentences of all offenders to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

  6. New Walsall manager to be revealed

    The announcement of Walsall's new manager is imminent.

    Dean Smith

    The Saddlers have called a press conference at The Banks's Stadium for 12:30 tomorrow lunchtime where the successor to Dean Smith (above) will be revealed.   

  7. Wolves live on BBC WM 95.6

    Wolves' injured striker Nouha Dicko says his team-mates have what it takes to get back into the Championship promotion battle.

    Nouha Dicko

    Wolves seek a first home win since early October when they take on Leeds at Molineux tonight - they're nine points outside the play-offs. The game is live on BBC WM on 95.6 FM.

    Dicko said: "We are only in December. I'm confident that the team will do well and win, catch up and be up there."

  8. Latest: Bodies found; Men die in crash

    BBC WM

    These are some of the main stories in the newsroom this afternoon:

    - The bodies of two women are discovered at a house in Chelmsley Wood

    - Two men who worked at a Black Country firm die after M6 crash

    - Four men are sentenced after admitting possessing counterfeit goods

  9. Tributes pour in for 'favourite person' Tina as friends name woman who died in Great Barr

    Great Barr Observer

    The community of Great Barr is mourning following the death of a 'lovely lady' yesterday afternoon.

  10. West Midlands 20-year transport plan agreed

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    The Midlands Metro tram line is to be extended from Birmingham city centre to the airport and from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, under a 20-year vision for transport in the West Midlands agreed today.

    West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority have also agreed to introduce a rail service between Walsall and Wolverhampton and build new stations at Willenhall and James Bridge in Darlaston.

    In Birmingham the plan is to have new suburban rail lines and stations for northern suburbs like Castle Vale and Castle Bromwich and Moseley and Kings Heath in the south.

  11. Men die in M6 crash

    BBC WM

    Two men who worked at a company in the Black Country have died after a lorry and a van crashed on the M6 this morning. 


    The collision happened at about 05:30 on the southbound carriageway between junction 1 for Coventry and 2 for Rugby. 

    Insp Julian Smith, from Warwickshire Police, said: "We know that they worked for a local company, we believe in the Walsall area. 

    "They left in the early hours and they were off to make some deliveries prior to being involved in this collision."

  12. Two bodies found in Chelmsley Wood

    The bodies of two women have been found at a home in Chelmsley Wood.

    Police were alerted by ambulance colleagues at about 09:30 to concerns for two women found inside a home in Raglan Way.

    Their deaths were being treated as unexplained, West Midlands Police said.

    Post mortem tests will take place in due course to establish a cause of death. The force said it was not seeking anyone else at this stage.

  13. Latest: Bodies found; Men die in crash

    BBC WM

    These are some of the main stories in the newsroom this afternoon:

    - The bodies of two women are discovered at a house in Chelmsley Wood

    - Two men who worked at a Black Country firm die after M6 crash

    - New children's commissioner appointed for Birmingham