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  1. Updates on Friday 12 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday, 15 February

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

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

  2. Coming up on TV

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    We'll have all the latest from the celebration of the life of football icon Jimmy Hill in Coventry.

    Join us for Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  3. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We will continue to keep the cold weather over the weekend and into next week. It should be mostly dry.

    Lows of 2C (36F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Willenhall girl's open letter to burglars

    A six-year-old girl from Willenhall has written an open letter to burglars after her home was raided.

    Holly Crabtree said ever since it happened she has not felt safe in her house on Redwood Way.

    Jewellery, electrical goods like an iPad and X-box were all stolen in the break-in on January 23.

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    Video caption: Willenhall girl's open letter to burglars
  5. 'Targeted' shooting of a man in south Birmingham, say police

    A man was shot in his chest and leg in a "targeted attack" in south Birmingham last night, police have revealed.

    A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with two wounds, but is now in a stable condition following the shots at a home in Redhill Road, Hawkesley, at around 22:20 on Thursday.

    The West Midlands force is appealing for information. It said it was thought "there was no threat to the wider community" at this stage of the investigation.

  6. Travel: M6 slip road delays

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on the exit slip road of the M6 northbound at J9 for Wednesbury, because of a breakdown, drivers are warned.

  7. Former Blues and Wolves striker given suspended sentence for affray and cocaine

    Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent has been given a suspended 12-month prison sentence after admitting affray and possession of cocaine. 

    He faced charges after an incident in which he was reportedly Tasered by police responding to a break-in at his home in Esher, Surrey, last September.

    Marcus Bent arriving at court

    Bent was also given a two-month curfew and 200 hours of compulsory unpaid work by the judge at Guildford Crown Court. The 37-year-old striker, who had spells at Birmingham City and on loan at Wolves, had previously denied affray but changed his plea.  

  8. Latest: 'targeted shooting'; lollipop patrols spared; terror suspect freed

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Friday's headlines, here are the stories we have been covering:

    - A man has been shot in his chest and leg in a suspected "targeted" shooting which has sparked an investigation

    - School crossing patrols facing the axe have been given a stay of execution for next year by Birmingham City Council

    - A terror suspect controversially "grabbed" and held in Portugal by the authorities, according to an MP, has been freed

  9. Birmingham lollipop men and women handed reprieve

    School crossing patrols which were facing the axe by Birmingham City Council have been given a reprieve for next year, sparing 180 jobs.

    The authority had mooted cuts to the service in budget proposals announced in December but has instead announced a trust will be launched in a bid to fund the service going forward.

    Leader of the Labour-run council John Clancy said there had been some "recalculations after a very late settlement [of funding] from government”.

    The GMB union welcomed the council's latest stance but called for funding to be guaranteed beyond next year.

    The council says it is continuing talks with "businesses and other potential partners to fund the service".

  10. Football: Villa's Grealish injured for the visit of Liverpool

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa will be without Jack Grealish for the visit of Liverpool, after he twisted his ankle in training.  

    Jack Grealish
  11. Daughter appealed to the public for help over death of Digbeth businessman

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Derby in connection with an attempted robbery in Digbeth that ended in the death of a businessman. 

    Akhtar Javeed, aged 56, died after being shot in the neck during a suspected robbery at his Direct Source 3 warehouse on 3 February. 

    Earlier this week his daughter Lilas Javeed appealed for anyone with information to come forward to help police. It is unclear if the latest arrest is connected with that appeal.

    Akhtar Javeed
  12. Night & Day markets in Birmingham

    Grapevine Birmingham

    Seasonal Markets and Leftfoot are working together to bring you The Night & Day Markets on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March for a two-day festival where you can expect a bespoke banquet of music, entertainment, arts, liquor, ales and the finest street food.  

  13. Warley MP had urged Foreign Office to intervene over terror suspect 'grabbed' while on holiday

    Mr Saini's MP John Spellar had questioned his arrest, saying he was protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.

    The Labour MP for Warley had been urging the Foreign Office to intervene over Mr Saini's case.

    John Spellar

    He said the Indian government should not be trying to "grab" someone while they were on holiday.

    Father-of-four Mr Saini, who came to the UK about 13 years ago, was being held in a Portuguese jail.

  14. BreakingBlack Country terror suspect held controversially has been freed

    In the last few minutes, the MP for Warley John Spellar has told us a man from the Black Country who was facing extradition to India over alleged terror offences, has been freed. 

    Paramjeet Singh Saini - who was being held in Portugal - had always denied his alleged involvement in the murder of a Sikh politician in 2009 and bomb attacks in India in 2010.

    He and his family had earlier been granted refugee status to stay in the UK until 2023. 

    Paramjeet Singh Saini
  15. In pictures: Restored chapels ready for ceremonies

    Express and Star

    Historic chapels which have been given a second chance in life are ready to throw open their doors to soon-to-be-wed couples after undergoing a £1.2m restoration.

    Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels
  16. Gunshots fired in Handsworth prompt investigation

    Gunshots were fired in the early hours of this morning in Handsworth, police have revealed, saying two cars have been damaged but no one has been reported injured.

    West Midlands Police said its officers were called to Thornhill Road, Birmingham just after 00:30.

    The road will remain closed for several hours from the junction of Montague Road up to the junction with Holly Road while forensic experts continue to search the area for evidence, officers said.

  17. Pulis thoughts centred on injury woes ahead of Everton trip

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Tony Pulis's thoughts in advance of tomorrow's game at Everton are centred on the injury problems in his squad.

    Craig Dawson has a chance of recovering to play, but Pulis is still without several key players, and some of the fringe players who battled through the FA Cup tie at Peterborough on Wednesday are feeling the effects, having not had much first-team football this season.

    "We're just resting, cuddling, comforting, hopefully putting people back together to play," Pulis told BBC WM. "We'll have a headcount today... and give them as much rest as we can."

    Tony Pulis
  18. Two men jailed for attacking man after his brother's wake in Solihull

    Two men have been jailed for attacking a mourner after a wake at a Solihull pub. 

    A man who had earlier attended his brother's funeral was waiting for a lift outside the Olton Tavern on Lode Lane with a friend before they were set upon for challenging Reiss Johnson and Daniel Stirling about their anti-social behaviour, said police.

    Daniel Stirling left and Reiss Johnson right

    Johnson and Stirling reacted by throwing a banana skin and a shot glass before punching and kicking the man who had just attended his brother's funeral, the force said.

    The 27-year-old Johnson, of New Summer Street, Newtown, Birmingham, was jailed for 16 months for two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, while Stirling, 22, of Cotesbourne Road, Solihull, was jailed for six months for one similar charge at Birmingham Crown Court.