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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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 for Birmingham and the Black Country.

  2. Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    A few showers are likely at first but these will die out later this evening.

    The rest of the night will then be dry with clear spells allowing a widespread frost with lows of  -1C (30F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Travel: Delays on M42

    BBC Travel

    There are problems on the M42 northbound near J6 for Birmingham Airport. 

    One lane is blocked, due to an accident, and there's congestion to J5 for the A41 (Solihull).

  4. Midlands families split in immigration clampdown

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    It remains the hottest talking point on the doorsteps and it's showing no sign of cooling down.

    The government's target of bringing net immigration down below 100,000 a year looks further away than ever, and the EU migration crisis is threatening to turn this into a perfect storm. 

    If ministers have limited powers to stem the flow of people from around the EU, is it any wonder they clamp down extra hard on immigration from elsewhere in the world? Read my blog in full on BBC News.

  5. Train station car park opens in Lichfield

    BBC WM

    After being closed for almost two years motorists who use Lichfield Trent Valley railway station are now able to park there again.

    Lichfield Trent Valley railway station

    London Midland says they've finally restored power to its car park. 

    It was shut a few months after being opened in 2014 while a bridge was demolished.  

  6. 40% of drivers stopped by police over Christmas tested positive for drugs

    More than 40% of drivers tested positive for drugs after being stopped as part of the West Midlands Police Christmas crackdown. 

    Of the 130 motorists stopped 54 tested positive. 

    The youngest who tested positive for alcohol was 18 and the oldest 75. 

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  7. Latest headlines: Jury in Tareena Shakil trial sent home and stolen pie van discovered in Rugby after BBC appeal

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom at the moment include:

    - The jury in the trial of a Birmingham mother accused of taking her toddler to Syria and joining Islamic State has been sent home for the night

    A stolen 1960s van, used as gourmet pie shop, has been found thanks to a social media appeal

    - More than 40% of drivers tested positive for drugs after being stopped as part of the West Midlands Police Christmas crackdown

  8. Walsall match rearranged for March

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Walsall's away match with Fleetwood Town has been rearranged for Tuesday, 15 March (kick-off 19:45). 

    The Saddlers were due to play Fleetwood last night but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Highbury Stadium.    

  9. Wolves make bid for Cardiff's Mason

    BBC Sport

    Read more on BBC Sport as Wolves confirm that they are "in advanced discussions with Cardiff" after making a bid for striker Joe Mason.

    A senior Cardiff source indicated last week that they would want "at least £5m or £6m" for the player.

    Mason, 24, has scored 22 goals in 60 league starts since joining Cardiff from Plymouth in 2011 for £250,000.

    Joe Mason
  10. Relegation 'a nightmare' for Villa

    BBC Sport

    Former Aston Villa assistant manager Peter Grant believes relegation from the Premier League would be a "nightmare".

    New chairman Steven Hollis has said the club do not fear the drop and will come back "on a stronger footing" if they find themselves in the Championship next season.  

    Alex McLeish (left), Peter Grant (right)
    Quote Message: In one respect you have a chance to rebuild, but there is a different pressure to the Championship. Fans will expect you to win every match and it is not a simple as that. from Peter Grant Former Aston Villa assistant boss
    Peter GrantFormer Aston Villa assistant boss
  11. Tareena Shakil trial: Jury sent out to consider verdicts

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A jury has been sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of a Birmingham mother accused of heading to Syria with her toddler son to join the so-called Islamic State (IS).   

    Tareena Shakil was filmed at East Midlands Airport on 20 October 2014 before she made her way to Syria

    Tareena Shakil has admitted travelling to the country but denies becoming a member of IS. 

    The 26-year-old also denies encouraging acts of terror on Twitter.

  12. Stolen pie van seized in Rugby

    A van used for selling pies which was stolen from Birmingham at the weekend has been found in a car park.

    The van called Claude is used by a company called Pietanic.

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    West Midlands Police said the van had been seized after it was discovered in a pub car park in Rugby.

    Police say forensics are now being carried out.

  13. Birmingham sign Watford's Fabbrini

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham City sign Watford midfielder Diego Fabbrini, who has been on loan at Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

    Diego Fabbrini

    The Italian spent two months with Birmingham last season, playing five league games, since when boss Gary Rowett has been keen to arrange a more permanent deal.  

  14. Statues of young meningitis survivors to feature at RHS Chelsea

    A five-year-old from Solihull is one of four young meningitis survivors who will be portrayed as statues for a garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

    Charity Meningitis Now is creating a Futures Garden inspired by the bravery of families affected by the disease.  

    Liam Doyle

    Liam Doyle, from Earlswood, caught bacterial meningitis in July 2010 at just seven weeks old and went on to contract it twice more.

    The son of ex-Birmingham City goalkeeper Colin Doyle now suffers deafness, epilepsy and ataxia.