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  1. Updates on Friday 8 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a good weekend from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

    That's it from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country on Friday. Join us for more news, sport, travel and weather updates on Monday from 08:00.

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Sunshine and showers this weekend after some breaks in the cloud this afternoon. Find out what else is in store for us.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Man jailed for grooming 'naive' girl

    A paedophile who groomed and abducted a schoolgirl was dubbed "cold and calculated" by a judge as he was sentenced to 13 years.

    Mark Cope targeted the "quiet, shy and naive" girl online and travelled from his home in Birmingham to meet her.

    Mark Cope

    Police found the pair at a hotel and arrested Cope, who had twice had sex with the girl, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    The 26-year-old, of Shirrall Grove, was sentenced to seven years in prison and a further six on licence.

  4. Police appeal after female attacked by man in Tamworth park

    Tamworth Herald

    Police are appealing for information after a female was attacked by a man in a Tamworth park.

  5. Foster could return in goal for West Bromwich Albion against Bristol City

    BBC Sport

    Ben Foster could feature for West Bromwich Albion for the first time since March last year after the goalkeeper recovered from a knee injury.  

    Striker Salomon Rondon and winger James McClean are back after bans ahead of the visit of Bristol City.

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster
  6. Ayew and Westwood return for Villa

    BBC Sport

    As the potential banana skin of the FA Cup tie at Wycombe Wanderers looms tomorrow, Aston Villa are missing winger Adama Traore  with a broken foot, but striker Jordan Ayew and midfielder Ashley Westwood are back from suspensions.

    Adama Traore (Aston Villa)
  7. Travel: Castle Bromwich delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There is heavy traffic on the A452 in both directions between Castle Bromwich and Spitfire Island in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

  8. Football: Birmingham City injury news

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham may have David Cotterill back from his knee injury and and Neal Eardley is close to recovering from his groin problem, but both face late tests.

    Koby Arthur is almost certainly out and boss Gary Rowett must also replace Leicester signing Demarai Gray.

    David Cotterill
  9. Latest: Gun crime crackdown; Paedophile jailed; Daylight stabbing

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of the stories we've been covering across Birmingham and the Black Country:

    - A police chief is promising to stop a wave of gun crime across Birmingham after three Ladywood brothers were served gang injunctions

    - A Birmingham man who abducted and had sex with a schoolgirl has been sentenced to 13 years

    - A man is in hospital after being stabbed in Tipton in broad daylight earlier

  10. Standing as a candidate at the Sutton Coldfield Parish Council Elections

    Sutton Coldfield Local

    In May of this year the people of Sutton Coldfield will have the opportunity to vote for members of the newly formed Parish/Town Council.  

  11. Wedding rings found after train theft

    A woman has been reunited with her wedding and engagement rings after she lost them on a train.

    Alex McLoughlin, from Liverpool, accidentally left the rings, worth £5,500, behind when she got off at Birmingham New Street.

    Alex McLoughlin with her rings and PC Rob Kelly

    They were tracked down by British Transport Police, who checked through CCTV footage and found a cleaner had taken them.

    He was later found guilty of theft.

  12. Hijab attack ‘victim’ fined for wasting police time

    Birmingham Updates

    A woman, aged 18, who claimed she was subjected to a racist assault – telling the police and media she’d been targeted for wearing a hijab head covering – has been fined for wasting police time after CCTV enquiries showed she made up the attack.  

  13. Tipton's Hughes through to darts semi-finals

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Tipton's Jamie Hughes is into the semi-finals of the BDO World Darts Championships for the first time in his career.

    The 29-year-old, who is the fourth seed at Lakeside, defeated Dutch thrower Wesley Harms 5-1 in his quarter-final match.

    Hughes will play either 2013 champion Scott Waites or world number one Glen Durrant in the semi-finals on Saturday.

  14. Man dies after being hit by a car in Kings Heath

    A man has died after being hit by a car in Kings Heath in Birmingham this morning.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to Hollybank Road shortly after 04:30 but the man was confirmed dead at the scene, despite efforts to give him advanced life support.

  15. Latest: Gun crime crackdown vow; Ladywood gang injunctions; Birmingham paedophile jailed

    Here are the top stories on Friday afternoon:

    - A police chief is promising to stop a wave of gun crime across Birmingham

    - Three members of the same Birmingham family have been served gang injunctions

    - A Birmingham man who abducted and had sex with a schoolgirl has been sentenced to 13 years

  16. High winds, flash flooding and a tree down in Kingstanding

    Great Barr Observer

    Kingstanding was battered by high winds on Thursday as a huge tree fell onto a public pathway.  

    The tree that blew over
  17. Vaughan extends loan with Birmingham

    Richard Wilford

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Birmingham City have extended striker James Vaughan's loan from fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town until the end of the season.  

    James Vaughan
  18. Police pledge to halt wave of gun crime in Birmingham

    A senior police officer has pledged to halt the current wave of gun crime across Birmingham and warned offenders they can expect to feel the "full weight of the law".

    Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes

    The West Midlands force's figures show in the past three months more than 60 people have been arrested for firearms-related offences and at least 23 weapons have been seized.

    Quote Message: Whilst this spike is a real concern it’s important it is seen in the context of dramatically falling levels of gun crime across the city over the last decade. The number of firearms related incidents last year is less than half the number it was during the same period 10 years ago from Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes West Midlands Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Carl FoulkesWest Midlands Police