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  1. Updates on Friday 22 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country have now ended.

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The skies should be pretty clear tonight, so you should get a good view.

    And it'll be a lot milder than it has been recently.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. West Brom v Aston Villa team news

    BBC WM Sport

    Aston Villa's Alan Hutton (below) and Carlos Sanchez are set to miss Saturday's derby against West Bromwich Albion, which is live on BBC WM 95.6.

    West Brom striker Saido Berahino, meanwhile, has recovered from a stomach bug, while fit-again goalkeeper Ben Foster could play his first league game this season.  

    Alan Hutton

    Villa manager Remi Garde says he won`t be complaining if there are no new signings in the transfer window. 

    Villa have been linked with several players so far but no deals have been done. 

    Garde says it's not just down to him and that he has to respect and accept what the club decides to do.

  4. Watch: Former soldier takes first steps on replacement legs

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    A former soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan has undergone an operation he hopes will change his life.

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    Video caption: Former soldier Clive Smith hopes surgery will change his life

    Clive Smith, who is originally from Cannock, has travelled to Australia for the surgery which could make it easier for him to walk on prosthetic limbs. 

    It's a procedure not available in the UK and he's had to pay for it himself.

  5. New Grand Central owner 'supporter of Birmingham'

    The new owner of Birmingham's Grand Central shopping centre has said it is a strong supporter of the city and its future.

    Grand Central in numbers

    The centre has been bought by Bullring co-owners Hammerson in a £335m deal.

    An estimated 54,000 people flocked to the opening of Grand Central, above Birmingham's New Street station, in September.

  6. Boy admits attack on football fan Nic Cruwys

    A 14-year-old schoolboy from Wolverhampton has pleaded guilty to wounding a football supporter who was left in a coma after an attack. 

    Nic Cruwys, from Hemel Hempstead, spent around four months in hospital after suffering a serious head injury after he and a group of friends came under attack following a match between Wolves and Watford last March.   

    The teenager, who cannot be named because of legal reasons, was granted bail at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. 

    Five other youths denied the same charge.

  7. Latest: Knives warning; Boy admits fan wounding

    BBC WM

    These are some of our main stories today:   

    -  Police have issued a warning about highlighter pens being turned into knives and taken into schools

    - A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to wounding a football supporter who was left in a coma

    -  Grand Central, Birmingham's newest shopping centre, has been sold for £335m

  8. Blade pen confiscated

    Police have moved to reassure parents in Birmingham after a highlighter pen with a pencil sharpener blade attached to it was confiscated from a student in the city.

    Last Friday, officers were made aware of a student at a school who was found with one of the makeshift items, which was taken away from him and inquiries are ongoing. 

    Police, who received a similar report from another school in November, said on that occasion a 12-year-old boy was found in possession of an item. He was given a police caution.

    The West Midlands force said these "appear to be isolated offences at two unconnected schools".

  9. Ocean Colour Scene album anniversary

    Ben Sidwell

    BBC Midlands Today

    Twenty years ago Birmingham band Ocean Colour Scene released Moseley Shoals, an album that turned them from unknowns into stars.  

    Tonight, they return to the Irish Centre in Birmingham, a venue they haven’t played since the album was first released in 1996, to celebrate the album’s anniversary. 

    On BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 I’ll be catching up with the band to reflect on Moseley Shoals and the impact it’s had on the band.

  10. BBC WM Takeover: Get involved

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    BBC WM is offering you the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the radio station and work as a producer on one of our programmes as part of BBC WM Takeover. You’ll be able to help set the agenda for one week in March.

    To give you an insight into what the role entails, I filmed BBC WM Producer Sophie Calvert, while she worked on the Paul Franks Show.

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    Video caption: Preparing for BBC WM Takeover

    Watch the full video and find out how to get involved in the Takeover by going to our Facebook page.

  11. Grand Central a 'highly prized trophy'

    The new owners of Birmingham's Grand Central shopping centre have described it as a "highly prized trophy".

    The centre has been bought by Bullring co-owners Hammerson in a £335m deal.

    Grand Central food court

    Hammerson CEO David Atkins said contracts had been exchanged with Birmingham City Council.  

    Built above Birmingham New Street station, Grand Central only opened in September after a multimillion-pound project.

  12. Latest: New Amazon jobs; Grand Central sold for £335m

    BBC WM

    These are some of our main stories today:   

    -  Amazon, which has a site in Rugeley, is planning to create more than 2,500 jobs in Britain this year

    -  Grand Central, Birmingham's newest shopping centre, has been sold for £335m

    -  Australian hotel giant Park Regis has chosen Birmingham for its first European investment