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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's it from Local Live for Wednesday. 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

    It was another cracking start to the day and we've got more dry conditions to come over the days ahead. Lows of 2C (36F).

    Winds will fall tonight. Find out more about what's in store for us later.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Latest impact of the junior doctors' strike in Birmingham and the Black Country

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Our latest research shows today's junior doctors' strike has seen 1,198 outpatient appointments postponed across Birmingham and the Black Country, as well as 28 inpatient operations and 50 other procedures such as scans.

  4. West Bromwich Albion's long injury list for Posh trip

    West Bromwich Albion could be without nine first-team players for tonight's FA Cup replay at Peterborough United.

    There will be live coverage on BBC WM 95.6FM from 19:45.

    West Brom head coach Tony Pulis
  5. Latest: Birmingham pub bombings hearing; junior doctors strike; Murder charge over car boot body find

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering in the past few hours:

    - Birmingham's senior coroner has heard submissions why families affected believe the inquest into the deaths of 21 people killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings should resume

     - Junior doctors are on strike today in their continuing row over pay and working hours

    - A woman has been charged with murder after a music shop owner's body was found in the boot of his car

  6. Travel: Aston Expressway delays warning

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A38(M) Aston Expressway northbound in Birmingham between B4132 Park Circus and M6 J6 for Spaghetti Junction because of a crash, drivers are warned.

  7. Birmingham pub bombings hearing: Families campaign 'in sorrow, not in anger'

    Julie Hambleton, whose 18-year-old sister Maxine was killed by a bomb at the Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham in 1974, said after today's hearing was adjourned that the families' campaign had been "done in sorrow, not in anger".

    She said: "We are here on behalf of our families who have been fighting for decades. 

    "All we want is what our loved ones deserve - the senior coroner can answer some of our unanswered questions."

    Julie Hambleton and other families outside Coroner's Court
  8. Walsall 'the Leicester of League One'

    BBC WM Sport

    Walsall defender Jason Demetriou says one of the Saddlers' strengths in this season's promotion bid has been their ability to stay "under the radar".

    And he sees the Saddlers as very much League One's answer to surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City.

    Walsall defender Jason Demetriou
  9. Wolverhampton couple foster 179 children

    A Wolverhampton couple appointed MBEs have reflected on fostering 179 children over 40 years.

    Jackie and Alan Bennett got together when they were 14 and have adopted 10 of the children to spend placements with them. 

    Watch Big Centre TV's report to find out more.

    From left to right: Chloe Bennett, Jackie Bennett and Alan Bennett
  10. New doctors' contracts 'a fair deal'

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has defended the proposed new contracts at the centre of the dispute with junior doctors as "a good deal... a fair deal".

    The key sticking point appears to be payments for working on Saturdays.  

    The British Medical Association wants the whole day to attract an unsociable hours premium, but ministers say the hours between 07:00 and 17:00 should be paid at the basic rate.

    Jeremy Hunt

    The government says it wants to improve staffing at the weekend, although some junior doctors have said patient care would suffer.

    Quote Message: The job of health secretary is to do the right thing for patients and we have now had eight studies in the last five years that have shown that mortality rates at weekends are higher than they should be. And my job is to do something about that." from Jeremy Hunt
    Jeremy Hunt
  11. 'Shocking' and an 'absolute joke': Wolves fans react to £250k fundraising campaign for Sir Jack Hayward statue

    Express and Star

    Wolves fans have overwhelmingly reacted with outrage as it was announced today that the club has launched a £250,000 campaign to erect a statue of Sir Jack Hayward outside Molineux.  

  12. Coroner orders police to provide documents before decision on resuming the pub bombings inquest

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    Senior coroner Louise Hunt said there was an "evidential vacuum" around the claims made by the families' lawyer.

    She made an order requiring West Midlands Police to disclose to her (not publicly) documents and other evidence held by the force connected with the bombings.

    Specifically she wants anything that may show that "the state" had advance warning of the bombings, any evidence regarding the response to the warning call, anything related to whether there was an informant, whether or not all "reasonable steps" were taken, whether records may have been falsified to protect an informant or anyone else, and a summary of investigations into the bombings.

    She gave the police the deadline of 23 March to provide this information but says that date may be flexible. She says she will take a decision on reopening the inquests on 6 April. The hearing has now been adjourned.

  13. Coroner's council believes Birmingham pub bombings inquests could resume

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    Lawyer Clair Dobbin, acting for West Midlands Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, expressed doubt about whether enough evidence existed to resume inquests for the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974. 

    Peter Skelton QC, independent counsel for HM Coroner, said, contrary to submissions from West Midlands Police, that in his view the coroner did have jurisdiction to hear reopened inquests.

    He posed a rhetorical question: "If you don't have powers to investigate these deaths, what function do you have?"

  14. Sentences for gun-dealing ring in Birmingham challenged as 'too lenient'

    Bob Hockenhull

    BBC Midlands Today

    An application to increase the prison sentences of 17 men who were convicted of dealing in guns in Birmingham is being considered today. 

    The Court of Appeal is sitting in the city after the Solicitor General said the sentences were too lenient. 

    The gun-dealing ring was said to have close links to the Burger Bar boys - a notorious gang in Birmingham. 

    Some of the guns seized by police
  15. Five members of staff were tied up and Digbeth company director was shot after refusing to hand over cash

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    Akhtar Javeed's daughter Lilas, aged 30, says "nothing will fill the hole left in our hearts" after he was shot dead in a warehouse raid in Digbeth.

    West Midlands Police say five members of staff were tied up during the attempted robbery. The force said Mr Javeed resisted handing over cash and was shot inside.

    Lilas at the press conference

    The attackers fled empty-handed. Despite a major neck wound, the force said Mr Javeed was able to escape from his assailants and flee outside the unit where he collapsed before he died.

    Officers are now looking for two people who may have vital information - a worker pushing a bike and a private hire driver.

  16. Family's tribute to Digbeth warehouse raid victim Akhtar Javeed

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC WM

    The family of a company director shot and killed during a warehouse raid have paid an emotional tribute to him as a "humble, simple family man".

    Masked men raided Akhtar Javeed's fast food and drink warehouse Direct Source 3 in the Digbeth area of Birmingham on 3 February.  

    His daughter said Mr Javeed, originally from Gujarat in Pakistan, was a father of four and a grandfather and had moved to Birmingham two years ago to establish a new business and "build something to support the family" when a previous venture "did not go so well". Direct Source 3 employed 16 people.

    Akhtar Javeed
  17. Teenage driver rams Birmingham police car in rush-hour chase

    A 16-year-old boy who rammed into a police car has been arrested after leading officers on a 10-minute car chase.

    The teenager drove away when asked to stop by officers on Monday evening in Erdington, Birmingham.

    He then led police on a chase, going over a central reservation and on to the wrong side of a dual carriageway, police said.

    Site of old Showcase Cinema on Kingsbury Road, Erdington, Birmingham