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Alex Homer

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

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

  2. Dave Edwards: Euro 2016 fitness race for Wales midfielder

    Wolves' Dave Edwards says it will be difficult for him to secure a place in Wales' Euro 2016 squad following a recent foot injury.

    The 29-year-old midfielder has had surgery on a fractured metatarsal which is likely to keep him out for 12 weeks.

    Dave Edwards
  3. Man who died after being hit by a white van named as Bromsgrove man

    A man who died after he was hit by a white van while out running has been named by police as David Wood from Bromsgrove.  

    West Midlands Police is appealing for information about the crash on Fillongley Road in Meriden just before 14:00 on Thursday which cost Mr Wood's life.

    Family paid tribute to him as a "loving father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and husband". David's wife Hayley said he was a keen tri-athlete who enjoyed keeping fit.

    David Wood
  4. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Gusts of around 50mph still but we should expect a few spells of sunshine tomorrow. Temperatures around 11C (52F).

    Find out more about the outlook tonight and over the weekend.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Tommy Robinson: The man behind the British version of Pegida

    Adrian Goldberg

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Tommy Robinson, who founded the English Defence League (EDL) and who is now behind the English version of the anti-Islamist movement Pegida, says it will not be like the EDL when it launches next week in Birmingham.

    In the city of Dresden, where "anti-Islamisation" group Pegida originated, weekly demonstrations attract thousands of middle-class Germans.

    Tommy Robinson

    Now, 33-year-old Robinson is hoping the movement can attract a similar demographic in Britain, in contrast to the EDL, whose events became notorious for loutish behaviour and alcohol-fuelled violence.  

    The latest initiative is not being welcomed in Birmingham.  

  6. Birmingham MP stands by comments likening Cologne sex attacks to Birmingham night out

    Paul Franks

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Yardley MP Jess Phillips has stood by her comments likening sex attacks in Cologne and a night out on Birmingham's Broad Street, despite criticism.

    She said she "regretted singling out Birmingham" because the treatment of women was an "everywhere issue".

    She said: "It's just a sadness it only seems to be upsetting to people if it is linked to refugees."

  7. Travel: West Bromwich delays warning

    BBC Travel

    Trinity Way in West Bromwich in West Bromwich is partially blocked and there is slow traffic at the junction with High Street because of a burst water main, drivers are warned.

  8. Watch: Tareena Shakil - 'It wasn't my intention to enter Syria'

    Tareena Shakil gave her account of what happened in Syria to police during an interview, after she had been arrested by counter-terrorism officers at Heathrow.  

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    Video caption: Tareena Shakil:'It wasn't my intention to enter Syria'

    She is expected to be sentenced on Monday.

  9. Two charged over mobile phone thefts at Libertines gig in Birmingham

    Two men arrested at a Libertines concert in Birmingham over mobile phone thefts have been charged with conspiracy to steal.

    West Midlands Police said its officers recovered 38 mobile phones which were suspected of having been stolen during the gig at the Barclaycard Arena in the city on Wednesday.

  10. In a word: The Jaguar Land Rover Defender

    Utilitarian, historic, timeless - just a few of the words used to describe the Land Rover Defender after the model ceased production earlier.

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    Video caption: In a word: Fans pay tribute to Land Rover Defender
  11. Latest: British woman guilty of joining IS; MP criticised for Cologne comparison

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a quick recap of the news we have been reporting in the past few hours:

    - UK mother Tareena Shakil, who took her toddler son to Syria, has been found guilty of membership of so-called Islamic State

    - An MP has been accused of downplaying the Cologne sex attacks by comparing them to harassment of women during a typical night out in Birmingham

    - Church services will be held this weekend to mark the centenary of the deaths of dozens of people killed in Zeppelin raids during World War One

  12. Tareena Shakil radicalised after marriage broke down

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    Tareena Shakil was radicalised after she moved to Birmingham, soon after her young son was born and her marriage began to break down. 

    She was groomed by an extremist on Facebook.

    The court heard heard that before going to Syria, Shakil had chatted online with "prominent IS member" Fabio Pocas.

    She was also in touch with Sally Ann Jones, the British widow of Birmingham jihadi Junaid Hussain who was killed in a drone strike in Syria last year.

    There were further signs of growing radicalisation, including searches for videos of an extremist who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

  13. Tareena Shakil trial: Mother 'self radicalised'

    West Midlands Police's Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, who leads on counter-terrorism across the region, said Tareena Shakil had "self-radicalised by viewing extremist material on the internet" before leaving the UK in October 2014.

    “Our assessment is that she was not naïve; she had absolutely clear intentions when she left the UK, sending tweets encouraging the public to commit acts of terrorism here and then taking her young child to join Daesh in Syria," said Ass Ch Con Beale.

  14. Tareena Shakil trial: Why did she face this serious charge?

    Dominic Casciani

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    Tareena Shakil was charged with "membership" of the self-styled Islamic State organisation - but she never had a membership card, says she deeply regrets going to Syria and, in a courtroom twist, told the jury she'd even been debriefed by MI5 on her return.    

    Tareena Shakil with a firearm; an image recovered from her mobile phone by investigators.

    So why did she face this very serious charge? Terrorism legislation basically says that membership of a banned group means to "belong".

    Some organisations, such as Irish paramilitaries, had formal procedures for membership. With IS, men swear an oath, but the situation with women is less clear.

    The jury were told to not think about membership in terms of belonging to a library or a gym. Instead, they had to decide whether Tareena Shakil voluntarily went to be with IS in Syria, knowing its aims, how it would achieve them and, crucially, seeking to associate with like-minded individuals.

  15. Tareena Shakil trial: Family 'tried to persuade her to come home'

    BBC News England

    Relatives tried to convince Tareena Shakil to return home, telling her the terror group's leader was "doing murder" in Syria, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

    Days after arriving in Syria, Shakil justified her decision to travel to there with her young son in a conversation with her brother-in-law - a hafiz, who had memorised the Koran. 

    But he worked to convince Shakil she had made the wrong choice and urged her to return to her family in the UK. 

    Speaking during her trial, Abou Bakker Oualkadi told jurors he had never considered Shakil to be a strict observer of the Muslim faith.

  16. Tareena Shakil trial: Mother described as 'vulnerable victim of domestic violence'

    Tareena Shakil, who admitted she "made a mistake" taking her toddler son to Syria, was a vulnerable victim of domestic violence left isolated by events in her own troubled life, the jury was told.

    Tareena Shakil posed in balaclava

    The 26-year-old was described as a highly intelligent young woman with eight GCSEs and three A levels, who ended up living in the heart of darkness in IS's de facto capital in northern Syria. 

    She was convicted after a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court in which she explained her decision to flee the UK for Syria in October 2014 as a bid to leave a troubled family life behind.

  17. Tareena Shakil trial: Jurors were shown pictures of her with a rifle

    Tareena Shakil, who most recently lived in Birmingham but who is originally from Burton Upon Trent, was arrested when she returned to the UK last January. 

    During the trial the jury was shown pictures of her posing with an assault rifle and a handgun, as well as images of her and her son wearing clothing with IS insignia. 

    When she was first arrested she told detectives that she had travelled to Turkey on holiday, where she said a man had kidnapped her and forced her to travel with her child to the Syrian city of Raqqa.

    Tareena Shakil with a gun
  18. Tareena Shakil trial: Mother found guilty

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    Twenty six-year-old Shakil, from Birmingham, took her young son to Syria in October 2014 and returned three months later.

    She will be sentenced at a later date.

  19. BreakingMother guilty of taking her son to Syria to join IS

    Tareena Shakil has been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of taking her toddler son to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State.

    It means she becomes the first British woman to return from the self-declared caliphate to be convicted of the offence.

    Tareena Shakil
  20. Girl, 14, charged over hoax bomb call to Wednesbury school

    A teenage girl has been charged with making a hoax bomb call to a Wednesbury school.

    The 14-year-old was charged after a threat was made to Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, Wednesbury, on Thursday, said police.

    The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at her West Bromwich home and bailed to appear at Sandwell Youth Court on Monday.

    The West Midlands force said a 14-year-old boy arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of making a hoax call to Great Barr School had been bailed.

    The force said the maximum jail term for people found guilty of communicating a bomb hoax was seven years in prison.