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  1. Arrest over Chris Brunt coin throw
  2. Minimum of 21 years for baby death father
  3. Firefighters tackle blaze at tyre factory
  4. Drone, drugs and mobile phone find at HMP Oakwood
  5. Requests for meningitis B vaccine is 'soaring', says GP
  6. Pulis to have chairman talks 'at end of season'
  7. Updates on Tuesday 23 February

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By Stephanie Barnard

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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.

BBC Midlands Today: Coming up on BBC One at 18:30

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Our top story at 18:30: A court's heard how a vulnerable teenager in local authority care was groomed, exploited and sold for sex in a red light district. 

Eleven men from Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry and Staffordshire have gone on trial accused of sexual offences against the boy which the prosecution say have left him "traumatised". 

We'll have more from our reporter Giles Latcham this evening on BBC One.

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Latest headlines: Father jailed for shaking baby daughter to death; children refused entry into school over shoes

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country in the newsroom right now include:

A man who shook his baby daughter to death has been jailed for life after being found guilty of her murder

- Children at an academy in Birmingham were refused entry this morning after claims they were wearing the wrong shoes, say parents

- A Birmingham man who was detained at Guantanamo Bay for three years says he's "excited" to hear about its possible closure

Watch: Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

A cold and largely clear night with a widespread frost. 

It should be mostly dry, but there may be the odd shower in the north towards dawn with lows of -4C (25F).

Weather for the West Midlands

Rush hour delays

BBC Travel

There's a lane blocked and queuing traffic on the  M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident involving a van and a car. Congestion is back to J7a M6, BBC Travel reports.

There's also heavy traffic on the M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an earlier broken down vehicle with congestion to J7, A34 (Great Barr).  

Plus, there's a lane closed on the exit slip road and very slow traffic southbound on the M42 J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle. 

Sex ring trial: 'Teenager subjected to horrifying behaviour'

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

A 14-year-old boy was "pimped out" on the streets of a red light district in Birmingham, a jury has heard.

Prosecuting, Rosina Cottage QC told Warwick Crown Court the boy was in the care of social services when he was subjected to "horrifying and appalling behaviour".

Twelve men from Birmingham, Coventry, the Black Country, Staffordshire, and one from London, deny a total of 80 charges including arranging and facilitating child prostitution and multiple serious sexual assaults.

One defendant, Ronald Potter, 78, of Coventry is also accused of offences in 2001 against a boy then aged 15.

Moazzam Begg 'excited' to hear of plans to close Guantanamo Bay

A Birmingham man who was detained at Guantanamo Bay says he's glad he'll get to see it close. 

The White House has revealed its plans for closing the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention facility, one of the president's long-standing goals.  

Moazzam Begg from Hall Green, who was detained in there for about three years says it's positive news: 

Moazzam Begg
Getty Images

When I heard Obama say he has submited a plan to close Guantanamo I was excited almost that finally change is going to come and I will see that change in my lifetime.

Moazzam BeggFormer Guantanamo Bay detainee

School shoe row: Parent speaks out

A Birmingham mother says the shoes she bought for her children attending Baverstock Academy do comply with the school's new footwear policy.

This morning her two sons were sent home from Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath.

Shoe or trainer?
Anne-Marie Alder

Anne-Marie Alder claims about 50% of pupils are affected.

The school says parents were advised that after half term all children should wear black shoes to improve standards.

Anne Marie says: "The school should be more interested in the fact that they are attending school rather than what they've got on their feet."

Children refused entry into school over shoes, parents say

Parents attending an academy in Birmingham say some children were refused admission this morning because they were wearing the wrong shoes.

Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath sent a letter to parents in January saying the school was tightening its uniform policy. 

Anne-Marie Alder who has four children at the school says she bought new shoes at the weekend but three of her children were sent home today, after a teacher told her they weren't considered "appropriate".

Baverstock Academy

This morning the school released a statement.

A notice was given to all pupils and their parents at the beginning of January that after February half term we would expect all pupils to be in black school shoes as per the school policy. This gave everyone six weeks to prepare for the change. Thank you to all those parents who came to school this morning and spoke positively to me about the improvements we are making to ensure that their children are adequately prepared for life in the workplace.

Miss Sylvia ThomasInterim Executive Principal, Baverstock Academy

Trojan Horse misconduct hearings

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

The misconduct hearings into the leadership team at what was Park View Academy schools have been adjourned.

More evidence will be heard at the end of May and the last week of June. 

A ruling will be given sometime in July. Five senior teachers deny allegations of trying to include undue amount of religious influence in the education of pupils.

Four face claims of appointing staff that might have assisted in the aim of Islamising the non faith schools. They deny the allegations.

Were you stuck on the M6 when it closed earlier this month?

Earlier this month the M6 northbound was closed for almost 24 hours after a fatal collision involving a lorry and a car.

The carriageway was closed at junctions five, Castle Bromwich and six, Spaghetti Junction on Thursday 4 February.

Did you get caught in the delays? West Midlands Police would like to hear about it "to make sure that lessons are learnt".

Were you stuck in the #M6 delays on Feb 4? Share your story as part of the PCC consultation:

Were you stuck in the #M6 delays on Feb 4? Share your story as part of the PCC consultation:

Life sentence for baby murderer: 'You intended her to suffer,' says judge

A 26-year-old man from Birmingham has been jailed for life after he shook his baby daughter, causing her severe brain trauma.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said Driukas had provided no explanation for the killing and it had been a deliberate infliction of force.

"You intended her to suffer," the judge said.

Tomas Driukas jailed for shaking baby daughter to death

She was entirely vulnerable, requiring complete care, love and compassion. "She was just 55cm (21in) tall and weighed less than 9lb (4kg).

Det Sgt Nick BarnesWest Midlands Police

Birmingham markets a 'shadow of their former glory,' says food blogger

Daz Hale


One of the West Midlands best known food writers has launched a stinging attack on the state of the Bullrings markets. 

Paul Fulford, who for more than a decade was the Birmingham Mail's restaurant critic, is now an independent food blogger and says "the city's markets have become a shadow of their former glories", blaming "a lack of interest and vision" from Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham market

At one time full of banter, colour and characters, they’re now in urgent need of a revival. If it’s not too late. What a tragedy and a scandal.

Paul FulfordFood blogger

Wolves head to Brentford

BBC WM Sport

Wolves travel to Griffin Park to take on Dean Smith's Brentford. 

Wolves have only one win in their past seven games, a run of results that's seen them drift away from the play-off places and facing growing criticism from fans. 

The team will still be without Mike Williamson, James Henry and Michael Zyhro. Hear commentary of the game in full on BBC WM 95.6 FM from 19:00.

'Good progress' being made at tyre fire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

There's a blaze at a tyre yard on Little Green Lane in Small Heath.

I'm told a large mound of tyres measuring 20m by 10m is on fire and "good progress" is being made.

Small Heath fire: 'Keep doors and windows closed,' says fire service

More than 25 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a tyre yard in Small Heath.

Steve Bell and Richard Scott tweeted these photos of the black smoke which can be seen from far away.

The fire service is advising people nearby to keep their doors and windows closed.

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Are you affected by the fire in Small Heath? Email your comments and photos or tweet @BBCWM. 

Remember - do not place your self in any danger when taking photos.

Firefighters tackle blaze at tyre factory

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are attending to a blaze at a tyre factory in Birmingham. 

West Midlands Fire Service say they were called to Little Green Lane in Small Heath at 12:05.

People living nearby are being asked to keep their windows and doors closed.

Six crews are currently in attendance

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BreakingFather jailed for life for the murder of his baby daughter

A father has been jailed for life after he violently shook his four-month-old daughter to death.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Tomas Driukas was ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years.  

Tomas Driukas
West Midlands Police

Deimante Driukaite, born three months prematurely, died from significant brain trauma. She also had bruising to her face and body and fractured ribs.

Her 26-year-old father, Driukas (pictured), from Birmingham, denied murder but was convicted at the city's crown court.

BreakingMan arrested after coin thrown at West Bromwich Albion player

A man has been arrested after a coin was thrown at West Bromwich Albion player Chris Brunt at the weekend.

Thames Valley Police say the arrest was made in a joint operation between Hampshire and Thames Valley Police.

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Stories we're working on: BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today

Hilary McConnell, Producer

We’ll be finding out about the NFU conference which is taking place in Birmingham today and how innovation in science/farming is helping them deal with pests, especially slugs.

We’re hoping to talk to a student from Coventry who was turned away from a restaurant because of her guide dog.

And we’re speaking to business leaders about their views on the EU Referendum.

Join us for those stories and more on BBC One from 13:30 and 18:30.

Drone, drugs and mobile phone found at HMP Oakwood

Drones are being used to smuggle drugs and phones into prisons, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Figures obtained by the Press Association reveal 33 unmanned drone incidents took place in 2015 in the UK. 

One of the biggest finds recorded was at HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton, in December, when a drone, drugs, a mobile phone, charger and USB cards, were found.


Incidents involving drones are rare, but we remain constantly vigilant to all new threats to prison security. We have introduced new legislation to further strengthen our powers, making it illegal to land a drone in prison or to use a drone to drop in psychoactive substances.

SpokespersonMinistry of Justice

Your photos: Great Western Arcade


Share your Birmingham and Black Country photos with us.

Thanks to Simon MacRiordragh for this pic taken in the great Western Arcade in Birmingham city centre.

Great Western Arcade in Birmingham
Simon MacRiordragh

If you've got a pic you'd like to share with us - emailtweet @BBCWM or get in touch via Facebook.

Blues have their eye on play-off place

BBC WM Sport

Blues aim to narrow the five-point gap to the play-off places in the Championship by beating Bolton at St Andrew's tonight.

James Vaughan and David Cotterill (pictured left to right) are back in Gary Rowett's plans.

Rowett thinks between 72 and 78 points will get them into the top six and is pleased they're still within range.

James Vaughan and David Cotterill
Getty Images

Before kick-off, there will be a minute's applause in memory of former manager Freddie Goodwin, who has died at the age of 82.

Father due to be sentenced over baby murder

A father is due to be sentenced for murder later, after he was found guilty of shaking his four-month-old daughter to death. 

Tomas Driukas (pictured) caused Deimante Driukaite to have a significant brain trauma, bruising to her face and fractured ribs because she wouldn't stop crying, a court heard.

Tomas Driukas
West Midlands Police

Birmingham cuts back on CCTV spending by 60% since 2012

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Birmingham City Council has slashed spending on CCTV, but remains the second highest spending local authority in the country.

Figures obtained by the civil rights group Big Brother Watch show it spent £5.6m over the past three years on its 422 cameras, compared to £14.3m over the previous four. 

The council has not commented on the findings.


Latest headlines: Demand for meningitis B vaccine 'soaring'; man due to sentenced for the murder of his baby daughter

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country this morning:

- The demand for the meningitis B vaccine across Birmingham and the Black Country has soared in the past week, according to a GP

- A man from Birmingham who shook his four-month-old daughter to death is due to be sentenced for her murder later today

- Birmingham City Council has slashed spending on CCTV but remains the second highest spending local authority in the country

Pulis to have chairman talks 'at end of season'

BBC Sport

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he will hold talks about his future with chairman Jeremy Peace at the end of the season.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Let's get through the season and let's sit down and see where we go from there. The most important thing is to try to keep the club in the Premier League.

Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion boss

Requests for meningitis B vaccine is 'soaring', says GP


Our top story: The demand for the meningitis B vaccine across Birmingham and the Black Country has soared in the past week. 

One Birmingham GP says he's had more than 150 requests a day for the jab.

It comes as more than 750,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for a vaccination against meningitis B to be given to all children, highlighted by the stories of two-year-old Faye Burdett and rugby player Matt Dawson's son.

It was made available on the NHS last year, but only for newborns.

Meningitis injection

Watch: A cold start but we'll see plenty of blue skies through the day

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a chilly start, most places should experience a fine, dry day with light winds. 

Early cloud should gradually clear away to the south, leaving plenty of winter sunshine for the afternoon, with highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Accident in Chelmsley Wood causing delays on the roads

BBC Travel

The A452 in Chelmsley Wood is partially blocked eastbound, between the Chester Road junction and the Woodlands Way junction, because of an accident.