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  1. A £128m extension of the Midland Metro in Birmingham could be delayed until May
  2. Gang injunctions served on 18 'known criminals' in Birmingham
  3. Homeless shelter for Wolverhampton after rough sleeper died
  4. Cannabis factory found by firefighters in Bloxwich
  5. Updates on Thursday 18 February 2016

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By Alex Homer

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  1. Our coverage from across the day

    That's it from Local Live on Thursday. Join us from 08:00 on Friday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Shadow Chancellor 'would support' campaign for investigation into pub bombings

    Paul Franks

    Presenter, BBC WM

    Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has told this programme he would support a campaign for a full investigation into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.

    His comments come after a hearing to decide if an inquest into the tragedy should be reopened. Birmingham's Senior Coroner Louise Hunt said she would make a decision on 6 April.

    Asked if he would support reopening inquests and have a full reinvestigation, Mr McDonnell MP said: “I am open to supporting the campaign to ensure the truth comes out about what happened.

    “…They [the families] will never get closure but it might help them come to terms with what happened.”

  3. 'I slept in a skip full of cardboard'

    An emergency night shelter will be opened in Wolverhampton a month after a rough sleeper died from hypothermia.

    Hayley, as she was known, was found in a shop doorway.

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    Video caption: 'I slept in a skip full of cardboard'

    Her death prompted a campaign for a night shelter which is due to open The Church in Broad Street on 22 February.

    One rough sleeper called Nigel, described his life on the streets.

  4. Aston Expressway delays

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the A38(M) Aston Expressway inbound in Birmingham between M6 J6, Spaghetti Junction and B4132, Park Circus, because of an earlier incident.  

  5. Murder law misinterpreted for 30 years - Birmingham mother's fear for victims

    The law which has allowed people to be convicted of murder even if they did not inflict the fatal blow - so-called joint enterprise - has been wrongly interpreted for more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has ruled.

    It is thought today's decision could pave the way for hundreds of prisoners to seek appeals.

    Letisha Shakespeare (left) and Charlene Ellis

    In January 2003, Letisha Shakespeare (pictured left) and Charlene Ellis (pictured right) were shot dead in Aston in Birmingham - victims of a drive-by shooting. Four men were found guilty of their murders and "joint enterprise" was central to securing the convictions. 

    Letisha's mother, Marcia Shakespeare, today said: "I'm not so much worried about my case because my case was not solely based on joint enterprise. 

    "But I'm more worried about the other victims who've gone through the process of law and justice and now you're going to revert and bring heartache."

  6. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Winds are lighter today and temperatures will start to rise. We should stay above freezing this evening with lows of 1C (34F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Men 'linked to gun or gang crime' banned from parts of Birmingham, say police

    Gang injunctions have been served on 18 "known criminals" across Birmingham, according to police.

    Birmingham City Council took action in the city's county court and civil orders were granted on Monday, said the force. Police have not named the subjects of those orders saying these are "interim measures".

    The force said the men had all been "linked to gun or gang crime".

  8. Watch: New homeless shelter for Wolverhampton after rough sleeper Hayley's death

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    When a rough sleeper called Hayley died from hypothermia in a shop doorway in Wolverhampton earlier this year, it sent shock waves through the city. 

    But her death has resulted in a new night shelter opening its doors. It's the first of its kind in Wolverhampton and it's being trialled for just a month. 

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    Video caption: New Wolverhampton homeless shelter after rough sleeper died
  9. Wolverhampton Thai boxer jailed for killing former soldier who was stabbed in the throat

    Express and Star

    A Thai boxer from Wolverhampton has been jailed after being found guilty of killing a former soldier who was stabbed in the throat.  

    Troy Ktori (left) and Charles McInally
  10. Latest: Tram extension delayed; Gang injunctions served; New homeless shelter

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the stories we've been reporting in the past few hours:

    - A £128m extension of the Midland Metro in Birmingham could be delayed until May

    - Gang injunctions have been served on 18 'known criminals' in Birmingham, according to police

    - A new homeless shelter will be opened in Wolverhampton after a rough sleeper died

  11. Delays on the M42 and the M54

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the M42 northbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident involving two vans earlier on. Congestion to J4, A34 (Shirley), BBC Travel reports.

    Motorists also face a lane closure and slow traffic on the M54 westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of emergency repairs.

  12. Motorist clocked at 149mph on M6 Toll

    Thomas Alsopp of Roston Drive, Hinckley, who was uninsured and had a provisional licence, was filmed by police as he crashed through M6 toll barriers.

    He was clocked at 149mph before speeding off along the A38.

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    Video caption: 'Reckless driver' clocked at 149mph on M6 toll

    West Midlands Police said he admitted dangerous driving and other motoring offences at Birmingham Crown Court, and he was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.   

  13. Thousands of domestic violence in a year across the West Midlands

    West Midlands Police has recorded almost 8,000 more cases of domestic violence in the last year. 

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics show just over 41,000 were reported in the year to March 2014, jumping to just over 49,000 for the following year. 

    David Eggins is from Temper, a domestic violence abuse programme in Birmingham and also wanted to see more focus on male victims.

  14. Marathon man 'Blind Dave' on his latest charity challenge

    West Bromwich fundraiser Dave Heeley is planning another charity challenge and this time it's a triathlon but first he had better become more confident swimming.

    Find out why.

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    Video caption: 'Blind Dave' Heeley faces toughest fundraising challenge
  15. Bloxwich cannabis factory discovered by firefighters

    More than 25 firefighters discovered a cannabis factory when tackling flames in Bloxwich last night, according to West Midlands Fire Service.

    A spokesman said sites like this could be "extremely dangerous" to its crews because of "shoddy electrics, large amounts of power and potential booby-traps".

    The scene of the fire in Bloxwich
  16. Men banned from parts of Birmingham in response to gun and gang crime spike

    Orders to ban 18 men from parts of Birmingham were made in response to a spike in gun and gang crime, police say.

  17. Heavy rain at the weekend

    Heavy rain in the West Midlands is expected from Saturday morning, the Met Office warns.

  18. Craig Dawson: WBA defender signs new deal until 2018

    BBC Sport

      Defender Craig Dawson has signed an improved one-year contract extension at West Bromwich Albion.  

    Craig Dawson and Mauro Zarate
  19. Businesses offered compensation due to over-running tram scheme

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    Nearby retailers have been offered compensation due to the over-running of the £128 project to create the first tram route through Birmingham for decades - the project has now being going on for four years.

    Work on the 0.7 mile (1.2km) extension along Corporation Street to New Street was scaled back in December to minimise disruption in the run up to Christmas, but the trams were expected to be tested during that time.

    Tram testing in Birmingham

    Testing is not now due to begin until the end of April with the track being opened a "few weeks after that", Centro said.

    Phil Hewitt, from Centro, said they were at the final stage of construction now but had encountered a number of technical issues - such as pipes and cabling underground - they have had to resolve with contractor Balfour Beatty.

  20. West Bromwich housing estate in the running for awards

    A West Bromwich housing estate is in the running for three regional awards. 

    Charlemont Farm has been nominated in the residential, regeneration and infrastructure categories of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors awards.

    Charlemont Farm estate

    Four high-rise blocks of flats were given an £8m makeover last year. 

    Margaret Whitehouse, chairwoman of the Tenants and Residents Association, said the investment had made a big difference.