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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live 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 updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. 'End-of-life pathway agreed', says hospital trust after criticism

    The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust has defended its care of an 82-year-old patient, after criticism from her son.

    Wayne Nixon says he had to fight to get his terminally ill mother, who is now home, the fluids she needs to keep her alive.

    The medical director at trust says staff do all they can "to ensure that the end-of-life pathway is as comfortable and caring as it can be".

    Quote Message: Our doctors and nurses worked with Mr Nixon to agree on a pathway he was happy with for his mother, as we always take the views of family and carers into account at this most difficult time. from Dr Jonathan Odum Medical director at The Royal Wolverhampton Trust
    Dr Jonathan OdumMedical director at The Royal Wolverhampton Trust

    Mr Odum described Mr Nixon as a "very caring son" and that he and his partner were being supported by social services and the hospital.

  3. New Villa chairman Steven Hollis promises 'shake-up'

    BBC Sport

    New Aston Villa chairman Steven Hollis says the Premier League's bottom club needs a "shake-up". 

    Hollis, a business leader in the West Midlands, has been appointed by Villa owner Randy Lerner and will work alongside chief executive Tom Fox. 

    Hollis said a strong board would be behind changes needed to "overcome the under-performance Aston Villa has experienced over the last five years". 

    Lerner admitted Villa had "not been on a stable footing" over the same period.   

    Aston Villa: New chairman Steven Hollis promises 'shake-up'
  4. Man stabbed to death 'in row over girl'

    BBC News England

    A teenager out celebrating a friend's birthday was fatally stabbed at a club when a fight broke out after a row over a girl, a court has been told.

    Daniel Kirkwood, 18, was found with knife wounds to his neck outside Society Club, in Coventry, last March.

    At Warwick Justice Centre, five men from Birmingham deny his murder.

    Daniel Kirkwood
  5. Brook contaminated with acid, confirms Environment Agency

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    After a tank containing hydrochloric acid collapsed in Willenhall today the Environment Agency tell me a brook which feeds into the river Tame has been contaminated.

    People living near Watery Lane are being asked to stop inside and dog walkers are being asked to keep their pets away from the water. 

    The tank collapsed at a Galvanising factory in Willenhall this morning. 

    Willenhall factory

    The government agency says inspectors are on site distributing lime along the river and will be monitoring levels over the next 48 hours to ensure the acid doesn't reach the river.

  6. Photo: Lime added to water to neutralise acid

    The fire service posts a photo on social media of one of its crews pouring lime into a nearby brook to neutralise any hydrochloric acid which may have got into the water.

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  7. Listen: Laura Mvula's new single - Overcome

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Birmingham singer-songwriter Laura Mvula is back with new material.

    After the successful album Sing To The Moon in 2013, she's back on the scene.

    She's teamed up with Nile Rodgers on her new single, Overcome which has its first play on BBC Radio One last night. Hear the single and her in conversation with Annie Mac.

  8. Library buildings coming down

    Demolition of Birmingham's old Central Library and its surrounding buildings in Chamberlain Square continues.

    Campaigners had hoped to save the John Madin designed building but demolition work started before Christmas.

    Central Library and surrounding buildings in Chamberlain Square
  9. Environment Agency asses hydrochloric acid spill

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Environment Agency officers are investigating an acid spill that has entered Waddens Brook, near a factory in Willenhall which had a hydrochloric acid spill earlier this morning.

    Officers are accessing a tributary of the River Tame and say the "immediate priority has been to manage the flow of acid and how it is dispersing, to stop it entering the drains and water system".

  10. Latest headlines: Woman accusing of fleeing to Syria stands trial and remains of Oldbury man near M54 identified

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom include:

    - A Sparkbrook woman has gone on trial accused of fleeing to Syria with her young child to join the so-called Islamic State group

    - A man whose remains were discovered close to the M54 last August has been formally identified as Surjit Takhar from Oldbury

    A factory in Willenhall has been evacuated after a tank holding diluted hyhydrochloric acid has leaked

  11. Call for zombie knives ban

    The West Midlands police and crime commissioner has written to the boss of online retailer Amazon and the Home Secretary to ask for so-called zombie knives to be banned. 

    David Jamieson claims the brightly coloured blades are increasingly being used by gangs as a status symbol.

    View more on twitter
  12. Further time to question two men arrested on Syrian terror offences

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Police have been given five more days to question two men arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

    Two men, aged 25 and 32, were arrested on Tuesday at an address in Walsall.

    Two other men, both aged 26 from Walsall were also arrested by counter terrorism officers this morning - West Midlands Police say the arrests are linked.

  13. More on M54 body identification

    The police have released more details about the remains found by maintenance workers by junction four of the M54 last August.

    They say 37-year-old Surjit Takhar was last seen by his family in Oldbury on 29 September 2008 and that a detailed investigation was carried out when he disappeared.

    The cause of his death is still unknown and West Mercia Police are now working with the West Midlands force on the investigation.

    Surjit Takhar
  14. BreakingPolice identify M54 remains as Oldbury man

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    A skeleton found by the side of the M54 motorway in Shropshire has been identified by police as a man from Oldbury.

    They say the remains, discovered in August, belong to Surjit Takhar, who was aged 37 when he was reported missing from his home in October 2008.

    He was identified through DNA tests and dental records.

  15. Sparkbrook mother 'took toddler to join Islamic State'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A woman from Sparkbrook in Birmingham allegedly took her toddler to Syria to join so-called Islamic State, posing the child with guns for photos and wearing clothing branded with the terror group's logo, a trial has heard.    

    Tareena Shakil

    Tareena Shakil, 26, originally from Burton, is also accused of posting messages on Twitter encouraging others to carry out acts of terrorism. 

    She denies all the charges against her - the trial at Birmingham Crown Court continues and is scheduled to last up to three weeks.