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- Updates for Wednesday 6 January 2016
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BBC Midlands Today
After a dry but rather cloudy evening, a band of rain, heavy at times, will move northeastwards affecting all parts by midnight.
Winds strengthening as rain approaches with lows of 3C (37F).
One lane's blocked on the M6 southbound at J10 for Wolverhampton and Walsall due to a broken down vehicle.
Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley is calling for people only to go to Accident and Emergency if it's a real emergency as it's facing extreme pressure after the festive period.
The trust which runs it says yesterday there was a 50% increase in the number of patients being admitted.
A 24-year-old man, jailed for 10 years for admitting killing a father-of-six, was traced by a stolen mobile phone, found hidden in a slow cooker, police said.
Stephen Phillips's body was discovered in his flat on Dudley Road in Blakenhall in March 2014.
Officers realised the 54-year-old's mobile phones were missing and were able to trace one of them to an address in All Saints Road where Lewis Thornton (pictured) had been staying.Copyright: West Midlands PoliceQuote Message: Once we had determined the movements of the phone we were then able to track both men on CCTV on the night of the robbery. The exact location of the attack remains unclear to this day but we were able to build a strong case against Thornton regardless. from Detective Inspector Justin Spanner West Midlands Police CID
Read more on BBC News about the scavenging stray cat who was rescued by firefighters and the RSPCA after getting stuck in the drainage duct of an industrial bin.Copyright: RSPCA
BBC Midlands Today
Drew Roper of Yamination studios in Birmingham has spent the last three years bringing a puppet called Bartholomew to life.
Now his short film of the wannabe Hollywood star will be premiered on SkyArts tonight with repeats over the next two years.
I went went along to meet him and to find out how it all works.
A fertility clinic twice refused a new licence has won the right to continue operating, following a successful appeal.Copyright: BBC
Dr Jude Adeghe, who runs the St Jude's Women's Hospital, said: "The decision in the report more or less is validation for what we do, so we just wish to look forward.
"We're not bitter as difficult as it has been... and look forward and do what we do best, helping couples out there to make more babies."
Express and Star
Four people were left trapped after a serious crash in Dudley this afternoon.
Emergency services remain at the scene in Clee Road, near the Scotts Green roundabout.Copyright: Express and Star
BBC News Online
A recent spike in gun crime in Birmingham is "very concerning", the police commissioner has said.
Firearms offences had dropped over the past 10 years but the problem was back, said David Jamieson.Copyright: BBC
Dave Thompson, Deputy Chief Constable for West Midlands Police, said he had never known shootings to be as regular.
Official statistics show overall gun crime figures dropped from 524 in 2014 to 357 in 2015.
But a recent spate of attacks in areas such as Handsworth, Lozells and Hockley were causing concern, said police.
West Midlands Fire Service is warning residents in Solihull not to buy fire extinguishers door-to-door.
Solihull Fire says it's received reports that a woman claiming to be from the fire service is selling them on people's doorsteps.
A man has been jailed for 10 years after admitting killing a father-of-six by punching him in the head, causing him to fall and fracture his skull.Copyright: West Midlands Police
The death of Stephen Phillips, 54, at his Wolverhampton flat was at first not thought to be suspicious, but tests proved he was struck before he fell.
Lewis Thornton, 24, went on trial for manslaughter and robbery but changed his pleas to guilty.
Birmingham's local medical committee has been "particularly proactive" in telling GP surgeries they can choose to stop taking new patients, its chairman says.
Dr Robert Morley, chairman of the Birmingham Local Medical Committee, which represents the area's GPs, said practices could decide to stop taking on new patients, without the approval of NHS England.Copyright: Getty Images
He said in Birmingham, the local medical committee had been "particularly proactive" in pointing this out to practices, making them "feel empowered to take appropriate measures".
BBC WM Sport
Wolves have denied receiving any bids for top scorer Benik Afobe (pictured), despite reported interest from Crystal Palace and Derby.Copyright: Getty Images
Meanwhile, Kenny Jackett has confirmed he wants to take a look at returning loanees Lee Evans, Tommy Rowe and George Saville before deciding if they'll be allowed out again.
The future of Rajiv van la Parra is still unclear; he spent the last month with Brighton but there's been no interest yet in extending the deal.
A care service made a kind gesture over the festive period – donating selection boxes to Tamworth's Foodbank.Copyright: Tamworth Herald
A Birmingham animator is to have his short film premiered on TV.
Drew Roper, of Yamination Studios, has been in the business since 2009.
The film At-Issue is based on a character called Bartholomew (pictured) who dreams of Hollywood and makes a last-ditch attempt to become a star.Copyright: BBC
All football matches on council pitches are cancelled this weekend due to poor grass conditions.
The man killed in an explosion and fire at a house in Wolverhampton has been named locally as Avtar Dhensa (pictured).
The fire, which the emergency services say was started by petrol vapours, broke out shortly before 15:15 on Tuesday.Copyright: Supplied by family
Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer
A luxury watch and a rare item of Royal memorabilia which were both found in Sutton Coldfield have fetched thousands of pounds at auction.
An explosion at a house in Wolverhampton, which killed a man, is believed to have been caused by a build up of petrol vapours the fire service says.
The fire started shortly before 15:15 and the victim has been named locally as Avtar Dhensa.Copyright: West Midlands Fire Service
West Midlands Fire Service said it wasn't being treated as suspicious. A report is being prepared for the coroner.