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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 8:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

    Local Live has finished for Wednesday. We're back from 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. New Blues signing wants to stay until the end of the season

    Mikey Burrows

    BBC WM Sport

    Blues' new loan signing Will Buckley has confirmed he would like to stay until the end of the season. 

    The wide man arrived from Sunderland on Friday on an initial one-month deal, though Buckley says he already hopes it will be extended.

    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
  3. Wolves game moved to fit in with Bolton's cup run

    BBC WM Sport

    Wolves have rearranged their home game with Bolton for Tuesday 2 February. 

    It was due to be played the previous Saturday, but Bolton are now involved in the FA Cup fourth round. 

  4. 'Prolific' Birmingham beggars banned from asking for money

    Two beggars in Birmingham City Centre dubbed "prolific" by police have been banned from asking people for money. 

    Criminal Behaviour Orders have been granted against 34-year-old Peter Greatrex and 36-year-old Lee Pearce. 

    The West Midlands force said it took action because the men were seen as a "nuisance".

    Composite image showing Peter Greatrex and Lee Pearce.

    Officers said they had been working with housing and care provider Midland Heart and Birmingham City Council to help rough sleepers and beggars found on the streets.

    They said it included offers of emergency accommodation − but had now taken a tough stance against those who rejected offers of support and ignored begging warnings.

  5. 'Record year' for Warwickshire

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    Warwickshire has described the last financial year as a record one for the club. 

    Year-on-year turnover at Edgbaston is up 47% to £18.3m, with earnings before interest, tax, and related issues, more than doubling to £3.7m. 

    England won the Third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston inside three days
  6. Latest: Beggars 'ban for asking for cash'; airport security probe; unemployment down

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of some of the stories we have been covering on Wednesday afternoon:

    - Two beggars dubbed "prolific" by police have been banned from asking people for money

    - Birmingham Airport is investigating how a man managed to board a flight without "correct documentation"

    - Unemployment has dropped by 8,000 in the last quarter, according to figures released today

  7. Hit-and-run driver never found after Rowley Regis dad killed

    Dudley News

    A grieving father condemned a hit-and-run driver for failing to stop to help his dying son after running over him on an Oldbury dual-carriageway.  

    Anthony Maskell
  8. Video: West Midlands fall in unemployment is welcomed

    BBC Midlands Today

    Employment Minister Priti Patel has welcomed the news that fewer people in the West Midlands are out of work, according to the latest official figures.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Employment Minister Priti Patel has welcomed West Midlands unemployment figures.

    The Office for National Statistics said the number of people out of work in the region fell by 8,000 to 157,000 between September and November.  

  9. West Midlands blood donors falling behind national average

    BBC WM

    The number of blood donors here in the West Midlands is falling behind the rest of the country. 

    Around 26,000 people in our region regularly donate. That's just 1.6% of those who are eligible and it is below the national average. 

    Natasha Penney's son Seb has a rare form of Cancer and relies on blood donors to keep him alive.

  10. Motive for Wolverhampton city centre stabbing 'unknown'

    The motive for the stabbing of a 19-year-old in Wolverhampton city centre last night  is "unknown", says a police inspector.

    West Midlands Police said it was called to the scene in Queen Street just after 19:10 and officers were now combing CCTV footage to see if the attack was captured.

    The force is appealing for information.

  11. Watch: Frankley ram-raids prompts police CCTV appeal

    CCTV footage has been released by police investigating two ram-raid robberies in Frankley, near Birmingham.

    The Heritage Supermarket in Arden Road was hit by four suspects in a stolen blue flatbed Ford Transit Tipper at around 23:15 on 1 November 2015. 

    A "large amount" of cash and cigarettes was stolen, according to the West Midlands force.

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    Video caption: CCTV appeal over Frankley ram-raids

    A stolen white Ford Transit Tipper was used to reverse into shutters at Martins Newsagents on Arden Road on 9 December at 02:55 before thieves failed in a bid to pull a free standing cash machine out of the store.

    The force is appealing for any information.

  12. Black Country school bomb hoax: Links to Bristol investigated

    Bomb hoax calls to schools in Bristol are being investigated to see if there are links to similar calls made in the West Midlands.

    Three schools in the Sandwell area were evacuated and lessons halted at a school in Halesowen after the hoax calls were made on Tuesday.

    Map pinpointing the locations of the four Black Country schools which received bomb scares on Tuesday

    Calls were made to four schools in the Bristol area during the same morning, Avon and Somerset Police said.

  13. Ex-Afghanistan soldier flys to Australia for operation to help with prosthetics

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    A former soldier from Walsall has flown to Australia to have a life-changing operation. 

    Clive Smith from Pelsall lost both his legs in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010 and has struggled to get prosthetic limbs to fit him properly. 

    He has now had rods attached to the bones in his stumps which means the legs can be connected directly to them. 

    The operation has cost around £100,000 pounds.

    Clive Smith taking part in the Invictus Games
  14. School defends decision to keep pupils in sports hall until all clear after bomb scare

    A Black Country head teacher at a school that received a bomb scare call has defended the decision to keep pupils inside a sports hall on site until police gave the all clear, despite some parents' anger.

    Leasowes High School in Halesowen was affected by what are now suspected to be hoax calls on Tuesday, as were Holly Lodge in Smethwick, Bristnall Hall Academy and Oldbury Academy, both in Oldbury.

    Composite image showing from top left to bottom right, Bristnall Hall Academy, Leasowes High School, Holly Lodge and Oldbury Academy

    Neil Shaw, Leasowes head teacher, said students were brought into the sports hall after it had been searched and declared safe by officers.

    "Social networking resulted in a number of concerned parents arriving at the school gates and the lead police officer addressed their worries and tried to reassure them that the building was safe and that there was no risk to their children," he said.

  15. Latest: Airport security 'breached'; bomb hoaxs investigation; unemployment down

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Wednesday's news, here are our headlines:

    - Birmingham Airport is investigating how a man managed to board a flight without "correct documentation"

    - Bomb hoax calls to schools in Bristol are being investigated to see if there are links to similar calls made in the Black Country

    - Unemployment has dropped by 8,000 in the last quarter, according to figures released today