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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 15 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. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    There is a yellow warning in place for ice. Through the end of today, we're going to see the temperature drop like a stone.  Lows of -1C (30F).

    See what is in store for us tonight and tomorrow. 

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Night Centre in Walsall opening for rough sleepers

    Facebook

    The Glebe Centre, Walsall, has posted: "We have received the really good news that NIGHT SHELTER WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT and SATURDAY. 

    "This is very positive news as it means that we can provide this essential service over a very cold period we are going to be experiencing.

    "As yet we don't know about Sunday as the temperature is fluctuating, but we will post on this page if we are open."

  4. Sporting greats join Walk of Stars

    Two of Birmingham's best-known sporting greats have been honoured with a star each on the city's Walk of Stars. 

    Cricketer Dennis Amiss, who played for Warwickshire and England, and the 1969 Wimbledon champion Ann Jones, said they were "delighted" with the honour.              

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    Video caption: Birmingham sporting greats join Walk of Stars

    Their names will join more than 30 famous Brummies, including musicians Noddy Holder and Jeff Lynne, on the Walk of Stars on Broad Street.  

  5. Travel: M42 and M5 delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There are problems on the M5 northbound between J3 for Halesowen and J2 for Oldbury because of a crash.

    All lanes have now reopened, but there's heavy traffic in the area. 

    There's also congestion on the M42 southbound between J3A for the M40 and J3, because of an accident. Traffic is backing up to J5 for Solihull.

    More details on BBC Travel.

  6. Men arrested on human trafficking offences after raids

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences after raids in Tamworth, Fazeley and Warwickshire, police say.   

    Albert Road, Tamworth

    Staffordshire Police say they carried out five warrants this morning after "concerned" reports from people about suspicious activity at several addresses. 

    They say the two men, both aged 32, have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking - the force also says, following the raids, a man's been taken into care.

  7. Birmingham loan Sunderland's Buckley

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham City have signed Sunderland winger Will Buckley on an initial month's loan.  

    Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City is pursued by Will Buckley of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at The Stadium of Light on December 3, 2014
  8. Teenagers jailed for life for street murder in Handsworth

    Two teenagers have been jailed for life after a man died during a random street attack.

    Lukasz Furmanek, 24, died in May on Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham. Joseph Dudek, 31, was left critically ill, West Midlands Police said.

    Abdullah Atiqzoy, 18, of Oldbury and Sadam Essakhil, 16, of Small Heath, carried out the attack and were convicted of murder and attempted murder at an earlier hearing.

    Lukasz Furmanek
    Pictured left to right: Abdullah Atiqzoy, Feizullah Atiqzoy and Sadam Essakhil

    Atiqzoy was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum tariff of 26 years. Essakhil, meanwhile, was told he would serve at least 19 years in jail.

    Fellow defendant Feizullah Atiqzoy, 24, was found guilty of assisting an offender at an earlier hearing and sentenced to four years imprisonment today.

  9. BBC WM Takeover: Your chance on the airwaves

    BBC WM is giving you the opportunity to take over the radio station for one week in March. 

    You could be a reporter, so to give you a little flavour of what the job is like; we followed BBC WM Breakfast reporter Daz Hale around the West Midlands.

    Find out how to get involved.

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    Video caption: BBC WM Takeover: Your chance on the airwaves
  10. Wolves' Sigurdarson's back injury not as bad as first feared

    BBC Sport

    Bjorn Sigurdarson could feature in attack for Wolves against Cardiff after the back injury he picked up against West Ham proved not to be as severe as first feared.  

    Bjorn Sigurdarson
  11. Latest: Terror-accused dubbed Syria 'hell'; Birmingham stars honoured; plaque at former hospital

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Friday's news, here are the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - A mother accused of taking her toddler to Syria and joining so-called Islamic State told police her time there was "hell" and "horrible", a court heard

     - Ann Jones, Wimbledon winner in 1969, and Dennis Amiss, the former Warwickshire and England batsman, are to be honoured on Birmingham's Walk of Stars

    - A former military hospital that cared for convalescent soldiers in World War One is to be recognised with a blue plaque to mark the centenary of its opening

  12. Terror-accused tells court life under IS was 'hell' and 'horrible'

    A British mother on trial accused of taking her toddler to Syria and joining so-called Islamic State (IS) described her dash for the border to escape the group in a police interview played in court.

    Tareena Shakil said she spotted the Turkish border and "just ran, ran, ran" with her child, making herself known to a friendly military patrol who took her into custody. 

    She also described life under IS rule, where she is alleged to have spent three months from October 2014, as "hell" and "horrible".

    Tareena Shakil filmed at East Midlands Airport on 20 October 2014

    The prosecution claims she made up the story, and has showed messages in which she is alleged to have told friends and family she was "happy as Larry" to be living in the IS capital, Raqqa. 

    Ms Shakil denies joining IS and encouraging acts of terror via Twitter. The trial at Birmingham Crown Court continues. 

  13. Junction leading to Bassetts Pole near Lichfield dubbed '£70,000 mistake' by villagers

    Lichfield Mercury

    Action will be taken in a bid to prevent motorists from "illegal driving" at a controversial junction in Canwell, council bosses have vowed.

    The damage from motorists driving over the central reservation of the A453 after right turns were banned. Inset: Canwell villagers Malcolm and Val Jones, Wendy Hussey, Dave and Sandra Putman and Nigel Harrison outside the Jones' home
  14. Edwardian baths given new lease of life

    Bob Hockenhull

    BBC Midlands Today

    They had stood derelict for nearly 30 years, closed because they were too expensive to run. 

    Stirchley Baths were once a symbol of civic pride, not just used for swimming - they were also dance halls at night.

    But now the 1911 building is back in use. A £4m makeover has turned it into a community centre. I caught up with Kate Andrews, a heritage development manager.

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    Video caption: Edwardian baths given new lease of life

    Many of the original features have been kept. The pool can be viewed through a glass-covered hatch. 

  15. Aston Villa v Leicester

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa captain Micah Richards could play against Leicester after being left out of the side in midweek to protect an ankle problem.

    Jack Grealish, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Carlos Sanchez are all in contention to return but Alan Hutton remains out with a hamstring injury.

    Remi Garde

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is expected to name an unchanged matchday squad.

    Injured pair Jeff Schlupp and Matty James remain unavailable

  16. Latest: Terror-accused 'fled Syria in a taxi'; Birmingham's stars honoured; former military hospital tribute

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of the stories we have been reporting on Friday:

    - A British mother accused of taking her toddler to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State, described how she fled Raqqa in a taxi in a police interview played to jurors

    - Ann Jones, Wimbledon winner in 1969, and Dennis Amiss, the former Warwickshire and England batsman, are to be honoured on Birmingham's Walk of Stars

    - A former military hospital that cared for convalescent soldiers in World War One is to be recognised with a blue plaque to mark the centenary of its opening

  17. New names on Birmingham's Walk of Stars

    Ian Winter

    BBC Midlands Today Sport

    Two of Birmingham's most famous sports personalities are to be honoured on the city's Walk of Stars. 

    Ann Jones, Wimbledon winner in 1969, and Dennis Amiss, the former Warwickshire and England batsman, will join an illustrious list of well-known names from the world of sport and entertainment.

    Composite image of Dennis Amiss (left) and Ann Jones (right)
  18. Terror accused Tareena Shakil 'ran for the Turkish border with child and Pampers'

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    A British mother accused of taking her toddler to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State, described how she fled Raqqa in a taxi in a police interview played to jurors.

    Tareena Shakil, 26, originally from Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire and more recently from Birmingham, has insisted she was held by IS against her will after being kidnapped on the Turkish border in October 2014.

    On day two of her trial, Birmingham Crown Court was played a video of a police interview with Ms Shakil on her return from Syria in February 2015.

    Tareena Shakil

    In it, she described taking a taxi to the Turkish border and how she "ran for it grabbing her child and the bag of Pampers from the car".

    The prosecution suggested on Thursday Ms Shakil "did not tell the truth in interview".

    Ms Shakil, thought to be the first British woman to return from the IS heartland to face a terror trial, denies all the charges against her. 

    The trial continues.