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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    We've had snow in the north of the region today but for this afternoon we're most likely to see rain.

    Lows of 6C (43F).

    Find out more about tonight and tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the weather forecast for Wednesday in the West Midlands
  3. Cricket: Moeen costly but among the wickets against South Africa

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham-born Moeen Ali has picked up three of the South African wickets to fall as the Proteas try to chase down England's 399-9 in the first One Day International of the series.

    Follow all the action live.

  4. Staffordshire Hoard pommel cap revealed

    The team based at Birmingham Museum working on the Staffordshire Hoard are continuing to make discoveries, almost seven years after it was uncovered.  

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  5. Former head did not take any indecent images of children from Dudley school

    Jenny Birchall, head teacher at Oldswinford CE Primary School, has stressed there was no suggestion anyone from the school was involved in the indecent images of children taken by its former head Ross Workman - which he admitted before magistrates today.

    She said: "We are aware of the court case involving a former employee, who resigned over a year ago. I would stress that there is no suggestion that the school, its staff, or the pupils of our school are involved in any way.”

    Councillor Ian Cooper, Dudley's cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Mr Workman resigned from his post in January last year and therefore is no longer employed by the local authority.”

  6. Travel: Halesowen delays warning

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on the exit slip road at J3 of the M5 for Halesowen northbound because of a crash, drivers are warned.

  7. Walsall mum 'planned to reunite three children with their jihadi father' in Syria, court hears

    A Muslim convert planned to take her three young children to Syria to be reunited with their jihadi father, a court has heard.

    Trainee maths teacher Lorna Moore, 33, from Glebe Street, Walsall, allegedly failed to tell authorities her supply teacher husband Sajid Aslam was poised to join Islamic State fighters.

    Jurors at the Old Bailey were told Moore's husband was one of a group of friends who had left Walsall to join the terrorist organisation between July and December 2014.

    Within months of her husband's arrival in Syria, Moore had booked flights to Palma, Majorca, but her final destination was given away in a text from another couple who had embarked on a journey towards the war-ridden state saying "see you there", jurors were told.

    Moore denies failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism on or before 24 August 2014 that might be of assistance in securing the apprehension of Aslam. 

    The trial continues.

  8. Latest: 'jihadi' daddy reunion plan; officer cleared of misconduct; policeman shot and blinded in one eye

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

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

      - A Muslim convert planned to take her three young children to Syria to be reunited with their jihadi father, a court has heard  

    - A police officer has been cleared of misconduct in the "plebgate" affair over his account of meeting with Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell  

    - A man with mental health problems shot and blinded an ex-police sergeant from Rugeley in one eye, jurors have found

  9. Birmingham Pride has raised nearly £100k for charity in three years

    Birmingham Pride organisers say they have given almost £100,000 to good causes across the city from fundraising at the event, which attracts thousands of people every year.

    More than £140,000 has been raised over the past three years as a result of the generosity of Birmingham Pride festival-goers and sponsors, they said today.

    Birmingham Pride 2013

    To date, 21 organisations ranging from St John Ambulance, Birmingham LGBT Centre, the Rainbow Voices Choir and Parkfield Community School have been given money from Birmingham Pride.

    Other charities include St Basils, Birmingham to help its work tackling youth homelessness and SIFA Fireside helping elderly homelessness.

  10. Watch: Former police officer hailed for bravery after being blinded in shooting

    Joanne Writtle

    BBC Midlands Today

    A judge has commended a former police sergeant for his bravery after he was shot and blinded in one eye in Staffordshire by a man with mental health issues.  

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    Video caption: Staffordshire ex-policeman Jon King talks about being blinded in a shooting

    Today a jury concluded Matthew Tearle, 35, fired a rubber ball from a paintball gun through the front door of his flat in Wat Tyler Close, Rugeley, hitting Jon King's eye.

    Tearle, who has schizophrenia and Asperger's syndrome, was given a hospital order following the conclusion of a special finding of fact hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

    In court, Judge Mark Eades commended Mr King, his colleagues and Tearle's mother and brother for their actions and awarded each of them a £250 High Sheriff of Staffordshire Award for their bravery.

  11. BreakingStourbridge headteacher admits making indecent photos of children

    A former head teacher at a Stourbridge school has admitted six charges of making indecent photographs of a child.

    Ross Workman, aged 50, was arrested in November 2014 and was immediately suspended from Oldswinford C of E Primary school. Dudley Council said he resigned after charges were made against him.

    He appeared before Dudley Magistrates' Court today and is due to be sentenced on 2 March. He has been conditionally bailed until then.

    Police previously said there was no evidence of any inappropriate contact between the teacher and pupils at the school - and that letters were sent out to parents. 

  12. 'Plebgate' row: Officer cleared of giving misleading account of Mitchell meeting

    A highly commended officer has been cleared of misconduct in the "plebgate" row over his account of meeting with Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell.

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton and two other Police Federation representatives met Mr Mitchell at his constituency office in October 2012, three weeks after the politician was involved in a well-publicised spat with Metropolitan Police officers at the Downing Street gates.

    Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton

    Following that meeting, the serving Warwickshire Police officer had been accused of giving a false impression of Mr Mitchell's explanation of the incident, in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live on 13 October. 

    A misconduct panel convened at the force's former headquarters found his on-air comments did not amount to dishonesty, discreditable conduct or a breach of integrity.

  13. Latest: Plebgate officer cleared; policeman blinded in one eye; Walsall wife planned 'jihadi' reunion

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we are covering on Wednesday afternoon:

    - Police officer has been cleared of misconduct in the "plebgate" affair over his account of meeting with Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell  

    - A man with mental health problems shot and blinded an ex-police sergeant from Rugeley in one eye, jurors have found

    - A Muslim convert planned to take her three young children to Syria to be reunited with their jihadi father, a court has heard

  14. Wolverhampton resident rejects ONS report it is the least happy place to live in England

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Francis Botchway, 17, from Bushbury, has hit back against the finding of an Office for National Statistics report suggesting Wolverhampton was the least happy place to live in England.

    He insisted the city had a “friendly environment” and “good people around”.

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    Video caption: Wolverhampton resident rejects ONS report naming it as the least happy place to live
  15. BreakingOfficer cleared in 'Plebgate' misconduct hearing

    A police officer has been cleared of professional misconduct following the so-called Plebgate row involving Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell.

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton, of Warwickshire Police, had been accused of giving a misleading account of a meeting with Mr Mitchell, weeks after the incident in Downing Street.

    Mr Hinton denied breaching police standards on honesty.

  16. Retrial ordered for Birmingham terror-accused

    Dominic Casciani

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    A judge has ordered a retrial in the case of two men from Birmingham who are accused of trying to smuggle themselves out of the UK to fight in Syria. 

    Anas Abdalla and Mahamuud Diini, both of Birmingham, had been on trial for almost a month at the Old Bailey when the case was stopped this morning. 

    The men, both 26, deny preparation for acts of terrorism by seeking to secretly leave the UK in the back of a lorry in April last year. 

    Discharging the jury, Judge Christopher Moss QC said that a matter had arisen that required him to restart proceedings.

  17. Football: Mixed fortunes for Wolves and Walsall

    BBC Sport

    Walsall are within one point of League One leaders Burton after two goals in four minutes saw them defeat Doncaster and climb back into second place.

    Meanwhile late goals from Wellington Silva and Stephen Dobbie helped Championship strugglers Bolton come from behind to draw at Wolves - two points dropped according to manager Kenny Jackett.