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Good evening: End of live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country

That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

The Glee Club v Glee: Birmingham comedy club wins court battle

Chris Blakemore


A Birmingham comedy club has won a court battle with 20th Century Fox over the name Glee.

The Glee Club had already successfully sued Fox for infringing their UK trade mark - which they registered 10 years before the programme Glee made it onto TV. 

Fox appealed but they've lost again.

Charity appeal to trace slum families

An appeal is launched to trace the families featured in a series of pictures taken in some of England's poorest and most deprived areas including Birmingham.

The images were taken by photographer Nick Hedges in the 1960s and 1970s for housing charity Shelter.  

Click here to see more Birmingham photos.

Child living in slum area of Birmingham, 1969
Nick Hedges

Overnight forecast: Chance of showers overnight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will continue this evening and overnight, perhaps turning wintry on high ground. 

Rain will become more isolated with clear spells following, leading to icy patches in some sheltered locations with lows of 1C (34F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Latest headlines: Two people questioned over car boot death and photos of Birmingham slums from the 1960s released

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

- A man and woman are being questioned on suspicion of murdering a Smethwick music shop owner, who was found dead in his car boot a week ago

- Homeless charity Shelter appeals to trace slum families in Birmingham from photos of 1960s and 1970s

Wolves agree new contracts with 20-year olds Jordan Graham and Kortney Hawes

Handsworth man admits causing deaths of two sisters aged six and seven in Grove Lane collision

Great Barr Observer

A man has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after two sisters were killed as they crossed a Handsworth road last year.  

Michael Junior, aged 35 from Copthall Road, Handsworth, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today
Great Barr Observer

Rugeley Power Station closure: 'Bitter blow' for local people

The closure of Rugeley Power Station is described as a "bitter blow" for the town as it's announced 150 jobs are under threat.

Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, Amanda Milling, says she's had urgent talks with the Secretary of State to find out what package of support will be offered to those facing redundancy.

Rugeley Power Station

Is Rowett heading to Derby?

Richard Wilford

Presenter, BBC WM

Rowett and his trusted coaching staff have recently been rewarded with new deals at Blues and have received the financial backing to bring in Diego Fabbrini, Will Buckley, Ryan Shotton and James Vaughan over the winter transfer window.

Perhaps the most intriguing element of Derby’s statement when Paul Clement was relieved of his duties was the placing of Darren Wassall in temporary charge for the rest of the season.

It may not be until then that they decide to recruit Clement’s full-time successor, whoever that may be.

Have your say on Facebook and watch reaction on Facebook.

Richard Wilford

Is Rowett heading to Derby: Will he see out the season?

Richard Wilford

Presenter, BBC WM

To see Gary Rowett’s name linked with the Derby County vacancy is absolutely inevitable – he played there for several seasons, he lives near the city and his son is a big-time Rams fan. 

He will also have impressed the Derby hierarchy with the manner of Blues’ 3-0 triumph in the East Midlands last month.

Gary Rowett
Getty Images

However, Rowett may well feel obliged to see out the full season at St Andrew’s, not least given his current squad’s continuing flirtation with the play-off places, and given his pledge to stay on after considering the Fulham job late last year.

'Less security' on drug death night

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A Birmingham club where a teenager took a "bad batch" of drugs and later died had a shortfall in security staff working on the night, a report says.

The Rainbow's event manual said 78 Security Industry Authority (SIA) staff would be on duty on New Year's Eve, but according to the document, only 38 worked.

Rainbow in Digbeth

Dylan Booth, 18, died after taking a class A pill at the club, said police.

Clubbers' mouths and long hair must be checked for drugs under new conditions imposed by Birmingham City Council.

Date set for work on one-way system in "chaotic" Walsall area

Walsall Advertiser

Much-needed work on a new one-way system which will address congestion issues, parking problems and road safety in a "chaotic" part of Walsall will begin this weekend.

Improvements to Caldmore Road in Walsall will start this weekend
Walsall Advertiser

HSBC move to Birmingham: Time capsule buried in the HQ today

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Today HSBC will bury a time capsule on the site of its new HQ. It’s the first ceremony to mark the construction, taking place at Arena Central (pictured) in the heart of Birmingham. 

The bank is moving around 1,000 staff to the city over the next two years and it’s now in the process of showing some of those who will relocate what the city has to offer.

Arena Central

Staff are being brought up from London and given tours. 

The bank has also introduced its movers to ‘Birmingham Buddies’ to help with the decision-making process. 

The majority of staff will move here, although some won’t want to come.  

Lescott on Villa survival hopes: 'We've got a fighting spirit'

BBC WM Sport

Villa defender Joleon Lescott (pictured) says they won't give up on survival even though he admits everyone has already written them off. 

Villa are still eight points from safety with 13 games to go.

Joleon Lescott
Getty Images

We've got a fighting spirit. We believe if we put that attitude and desire into every day we'll be close. There's still a long way to go so we'll keep fighting

BBC WM Takeover: Sisters to join Danny Kelly's show

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

We're starting to introduce you to members of Team BBC WM Takeover, who are members of the public.

They will be taking over the radio station for one week in March, as presenters, producers and reporters on the radio station.

Among them are sisters Shirley and Loretta Parnell, who will be taking over Danny Kelly's programme on one of the days between 09:00 and 12:00. They told us what they want to talk about...

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Council staff pay: 'Savings will go towards protecting jobs and services'


The GMB Union is warning that staff at two West Midlands councils are willing to strike over proposed changes to their pay and conditions. 

Birmingham City Council is considering cutting sick pay for the first three days of work, along with ending extra payments for working weekends. 

In Walsall, a 2% pay cut is on the cards, in addition to forcing workers to take three days unpaid leave a year.

If this leads to saving jobs as I sincerely hope it will, then I think it's an exercise that we should go down and make sure the £3m which it will save will go towards protecting jobs and services

Mike BirdWalsall Council leader

Biking through Brum: Would you cycle through the city?

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

Now do you shun the car in favour of using a bicycle to get to work? You're in a minority. 

The sustainable transport charity Sustrans says it would like to see the introduction of Scandinavian-style cycling routes in Birmingham to help tackle obesity and cut traffic congestion.

Birmingham cycle path

At the moment just 1% of people cycle to work in Birmingham compared to 45% in Denmark's capital.  

See more on this story on Midlands Today at 18:30, BBC One.

Watch: Paradise Square demolition in progress

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Come wind, rain or shine - the demolition of Paradise Square is taking place.

Developers have released this video showing the progress made in January.

View more on youtube

If you've not driven in the city centre lately, a reminder that the work is affecting the Paradise Circus Queensway junctions with Broad Street, Sand Pits and Summer Row.

The project is expected to be completed in 2025 and could create up to 15,000 jobs, the council says.

Man admits his dangerous driving killed two sisters

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

A man has admitted causing the deaths of two sisters by dangerous driving.

Shelly Wu, six, and Lily, seven, (pictured) were hit near the Grove Lane and Antrobus Road junction, Handsworth, in June last year.

Shelly Wu, six, and Lily, seven
Wilkes Green Infant School

Michael Junior, from Handsworth, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court this morning to causing their deaths and causing serious injury by driving dangerously.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Thursday.

Wolves extend Graham and Hawes contract

Wolves have agreed new extended contracts with winger Jordan Graham and defender Kortney Hawes. 

Graham's deal runs until the summer of 2020, with Hawes through until 2019.

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Coming up on BBC One at 13:30

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

Coming up at 13:30 - HSBC is moving 1,000 jobs from its Canary Wharf base (pictured) in London to the second city.

Our business correspondent Peter Plisner has been chatting to some of the potential movers and also the man in charge of relocating everyone.

More on this story and others on BBC One this lunchtime.

HSBC HQ in London

Latest headlines: Two arrested after man found dead in car boot and Wolves agree extended contracts with two players

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country this lunchtime include:

- Two people arrested on suspicion of murdering a man found dead in the boot of his own car

- A man has admitted his dangerous driving killed two young sisters

- Wolves have agreed new extended contracts with winger Jordan Graham and defender Kortney Hawes

Birmingham man charged after M62 fatal crash

A Birmingham man has been charged with causing the death of a woman in an M62 crash.

Joetta Shumba, 25, died in an Audi that was in collision with a lorry - which overturned - on 24 January near the Eccles Interchange, Greater Manchester.

Martin Grant, 29, of Jacey Road, Birmingham, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and is due in court later today.

Crash on M62 near to the Eccles Interchange

Tanveer Iqbal: Man and woman arrested on suspicion of murder

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a missing music shop owner was discovered in Birmingham earlier this month.

I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Iqbal between closing his shop, Hi-Tech Music in Shireland Road, Smethwick, on Sunday 31 January and the time he was discovered on Monday 1 February. I also want to speak to anyone who had any contact with Mr Iqbal on Sunday 31 January

Detective Inspector Paul JoyceWest Midlands Police

BreakingTwo people arrested after body discovered in car boot

Two people have been arrested after a man's body was discovered in the boot of a car in Birmingham last week.

A 36-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were arrested at an address in Birmingham last night.

Tanveer Iqbal's body was found in his Renault Clio in Portland Road, Edgbaston, on 1 February.

Tanveer Iqbal
West Midlands Police

Albion begin talks with five senior players

BBC WM Sport

Albion have apparently begun contract talks with five of its senior players. 

Craig Dawson, James Morrison, Stephane Sessegnon, Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson (pictured left to right) are all reportedly in discussions over new deals. 

Craig Dawson, James Morrison, Stephane Sessegnon, Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson
Getty Images

Meanwhile, the Baggies could be without up to nine players for tomorrow's FA Cup replay with Peterborough.  

Police officer denies 'kidnap hoax'

Read more on BBC News about a Birmingham police officer charged with involvement in a fake terror kidnap, denying all charges.

PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, Adil Bashir and Muhammad Sheikh

PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy at Stafford Crown Court.

Mr Hussain is charged with involvement in making a false 999 call alleging a fellow officer was to be kidnapped.

Rugeley Power Station to close this Summer

Daz Hale


This morning I'm reporting live from outside Rugeley Power Station which is set to close this Summer leaving 150 jobs at risk. 

The company that runs the station, Engie, says it's because of a fall in power prices and an increase in carbon costs.

Rugeley Power Station

The station had been under threat after the Government announced late last year that all coal-powered energy plants would close by 2025.  

HSBC moves to Birmingham for 'good schools and cheaper homes'

BBC Midlands Today

Cheaper homes, connections to Dubai and good schools were all key factors in persuading HSBC to make Birmingham its UK banking arm. 

Birmingham skyline

The company is moving 1,000 jobs from its Canary Wharf base in London to the second city. 

The site is already under development and a time capsule is due to be buried there later. The move is expected to be completed by 2019. 

Rowett favourite to take Derby job

Mikey Burrows

BBC WM Sport

Blues boss Gary Rowett (pictured) is predictably among bookies' early favourites to replace Paul Clement at Derby. 

Former Blues defender Darren Wassall is in interim charge after Clement was sacked last night after only eight months in charge, his team being fifth in the table and the derby chairman saying promotion was not the primary target.

Gary Rowett
Getty Images

Delays on the M42 and M6

BBC Travel

- One lane is closed on the M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident

- And two lanes are closed on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Spaghetti Junction because of a broken down vehicle

For the latest disruptions on the roads visit BBC Travel.

Rugeley Power Station closure this summer could lead to loss of 150 jobs

Lichfield Mercury

Rugeley Power Station is expected to close this summer due to the "deterioration in market conditions for UK coal-fired power generation".

This is sad news for all the employees at Rugeley Power Station but this closure has been a long time coming. "The Government is moving away from coal fired power stations and although much has been done to clean the emissions from Rugeley there is still some inevitable pollution and this is not the way forward.

Michael FabricantLichfield MP

Latest headlines: Union threatens to strike over possible working conditions changes and Rowett favourite to take Derby job

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this morning include:

- A union's threatening strike action if Birmingham City Council makes changes to worker's terms and conditions

- Rugeley Power Station is set to close this Summer leaving 150 jobs at risk

- Blues boss Gary Rowett is among the favourites to replace Paul Clement at Derby

Council to consider changing worker's terms and conditions to make savings


Our top story this morning: A union's threatening strike action if Birmingham City Council cuts sick pay in half. 

The GMB union says the council is considering changing working conditions which would also extend the working week, as well as changes to sick pay.

The council says it's having to look at all operations to meet the unprecedented level of cuts to funding.

Regrettably one of the areas we are now having to look at is the pay and conditions of city council staff and potential changes were outlined in our budget proposals. We will negotiate with the Trades Unions on the package outlined in our budget proposals and no decisions have yet been made

SpokesmanBirmingham City Council

Watch the latest forecast: Cloudy and rainy day ahead

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cold and perhaps frosty start, but throughout the day it will mainly stay clear, with lighter winds than yesterday. 

There may be the odd light shower for some during the afternoon with highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands