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  1. Updates for Monday 4 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    We're back with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday. Join us then.

  2. Coming up on TV: Gun crime and Villa fan's woes

    Gun crime is becoming part of everyday life for residents of Birmingham and we meet a Villa fan who has more reason than most to be grumpy.

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  3. John Roberts: Former Wales and Blues defender dies

    Former Wales, Arsenal, Wrexham and Swansea defender John Roberts dies at the age of 69.

    John Roberts

    Roberts also played for Birmingham City, Wrexham and Hull and won 22 caps for Wales between 1971 and 1976.  

  4. Travel: Severe M6 delays near the Aston Expressway

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is heavy traffic on the M6 southbound between J6 for the A38 Aston Expressway and J5 for Castle Bromwich because of a crash, drivers are warned.

  5. Latest: Trojan head banned; 'murder' victim is ex-Wolves striker's dad; train ticket costs rise

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of the stories we've been reporting on Monday afternoon:

    - An acting head teacher has been banned from teaching for five years for Islamicising the education of pupils at a Birmingham school    

    - An assault victim who died after being attacked on New Year's Eve in Wednesfield was the father of former Wolves striker Leon Clarke

    - An 1.1% average increase in the cost of train tickets in England, Wales and Scotland has come into effect

  6. Trojan head in 'wrong place' at 'wrong time'

    The panel, however agreed with Jahangir Akbar that he had been "in the wrong time, wrong place".

    Although it found Mr Akbar agreed to the inclusion of an undue amount of religious influence, the panel did not find Mr Akbar was promoting religious extremism.

  7. 'Trojan Horse' school head banned for five years

    An "inexperienced" head teacher at a Birmingham school investigated after the "Trojan Horse" allegations has been banned from the profession for five years.

    A disciplinary panel previously found Jahangir Akbar, one-time acting head of Oldknow Academy in Small Heath, guilty of professional misconduct and bringing the teaching profession into disrepute.

    Oldknow Academy

    The panel found: "His lack of experience, both as a senior manager and of teaching in a non-faith state school, meant that he was not equipped to challenge the governors [on the school's religious direction], some of whom clearly had their own agenda."

  8. Watch: The impact of Arriva Trains Wales drivers' strike

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    A 24-hour strike by Arriva Trains Wales drivers has cancelled all of the operator's services through Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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    Video caption: A strike by Arriva Trains Wales drivers causes disruption across the Midlands

    Members of the Aslef union have walked out on the day many commuters return to work after the Christmas break.

    The union said a pay deal had been accepted, but a dispute remained with changes to terms and conditions.

  9. The tablet that caused the death of a Birmingham clubber

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    More on the clubber we reported earlier, who died after taking a "bad batch" of drugs.  

    The young man was one of hundreds of clubbers celebrating the new year at The Rainbow.

    Police say they believe four other people who received hospital treatment took the same kind of tablet as the man who died - pale yellow/pale blue with a Versace minerva logo printed on it.

    A tablet
    Image caption: The tablet taken is believed to look similar to this one

    Officers say these kind of tablets are usually some kind of ecstasy. We have not yet been able to talk to anyone from The Rainbow.

  10. Stourbridge murder-accused has appeared before magistrates

    A Stourbridge man has appeared before magistrates accused of murder after a man was found at a flat on New Year's Day stabbed to death.

    Paul Tompkins was found in a flat in Forge Road, Stourbridge, in the West Midlands, by police after they forced the front door open. The 59-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The crime scene

    Daniel Jones, from Forge Road, was remanded in custody by magistrates today and is due to appear at Crown Court on Tuesday.  

  11. Man at heart of murder probe is former Wolves player's father

    An assault victim who died after being attacked on New Year's Eve was the father of League One footballer Leon Clarke, it has emerged. 

    The former Wolves, Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday striker's father, named in reports as 50-year-old Darrell Clarke, died in hospital on Saturday after suffering a head injury at a pub in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton.

    The player's current club, Bury FC, said it was aware of an "incident" that had brought about the death of his father. 

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  12. Christmas tree recycling

    As well as household recycling centres, you can also recycle Christmas trees at Woodgate Country Park, Lickey Hills Country Park, Sheldon Country Park and Sutton Park.

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  13. Rail fares increase by 1.1% in England, Scotland and Wales

    A 1.1% average increase in the cost of train tickets in England, Wales and Scotland has come into effect.

    The rise in regulated fares, including season tickets, is capped at no more than July's RPI inflation rate of 1%.

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    Video caption: Why are UK train tickets so expensive?

    The highest increase found in a Labour party analysis since 2010 was on a Virgin Trains season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston which has risen by £1,984 and now costs more than £10,000 for the first time.  

    Unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets, can go up by as much as train companies like.

  14. Speed and weight limit for cars around part of Wolverhampton

    Speed and weight limits are to be introduced in part of Wolverhampton, City of Wolverhampton Council is warning.

    Traffic calming measures will be introduced in the Perton Road area. 

    The council said it came after concerns from residents about speeding and the size of vehicles using Mill Lane, Pattingham Road, Perton Road and Wightwick Bank.

    A 20mph zone and a 7.5 tonne weight limit are to be implemented, with the first phase of work due to begin on Monday 11 January.

  15. Stourbridge flat death victim named

    A man found dead in a flat in Stourbridge on New Year's Day has been named by police as 59-year-old Paul Tomkins.

    He was discovered at a property on Forge Road after officers were alerted by a worried neighbour.

    A post mortem test revealed he died from wounds consistent with stab injuries.  

    Daniel Jones, 33, from Forge Road, has been charged with murder and is set to appear before Dudley magistrates later.

  16. Birmingham scientists set experiments for astronauts on the International Space Station

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Scientists at the University of Birmingham have been working on a series of experiments for the British Astronaut Tim Peake to carry out in space. 

    He will be spending the next six months gathering data on the International Space Station. 

    Some of the tasks he will be doing have taken months to plan and are a vital part of the mission, as Prof Mike Cruise explains.

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    Video caption: Birmingham scientists set experiments on the International Space Station

    Find out more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.