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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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That's it from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country on Thursday.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Join us then for more news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: A window into Birmingham's past

Earlier we told you how a treasure trove of photos showcased bygone Brum.

University of Birmingham staff stumbled across the pictures, taken by amateur photographer Phyllis Nicklin, in a cupboard. After their popularity grew with the website BrumPic, they have been put on display in the city.

Here's a look at some of them:

Previously hidden photos of Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s go on display

Coming up on TV

We are talking about the perennial issue of litter, making Birmingham greener and more.

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More than 100 evicted from Walsall homes

Express and Star

More than 100 people were evicted in two years as rent arrears soared, new figures show.  

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The Met Office has cancelled its warning for ice and snow for our area, instead we can just expect rain, sleet and strong winds. 

Find out more about tonight and tomorrow.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sedgley road closed for repairs after gas leak

A Sedgley road has been closed for emergency repairs after a gas leak.

Dudley Council said it did not yet know how long the work at Greenleigh, between Greenleigh and Wolverhampton Road, could take.

A diversion is in place.

Latest: 'High death rates' after heart surgery; Brunt out of Euro 2016; Shakespeare celebrated

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you're yet to catch up with Thursday's news, here are the headlines:

- Birmingham's QE Hospital has been told it must report the results of its heart surgery operations after investigators found death rates that were too high

- West Bromwich Albion midfielder has undergone surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament injury and will miss the rest of this season and the Euro 2016 finals in France

- A touch-screen map displaying stories about Shakespeare's life and his work has opened at the Library of Birmingham

Living walls around Birmingham are busting pollution, scientists say

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

You may have seen ivy-lined walls around the city, nurtured in a bid to improve the air quality which is worse than open countryside due to the urban sprawl.

Well scientists have been looking into just how much they do to tackle pollution.

Pollution-busting plants tackle diesel emissions on roads

Arctic expedition delayed

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

An expedition to the North Pole, which is being sponsored by a Lichfield businessman, is having to drastically change its route at the 11th hour because of dangerous Arctic conditions.  

Arctic walker
BBC

Mark Tweddle, the managing director of Jupiter Marketing, told us his friend Mark Wood and his team were due to leave on Saturday on their 600-mile journey from the Russian Arctic Coast, but have decided to put it off for a month.

Mr Wood has previously said it could be the last expedition of its kind, because of the effect climate change is having on the Arctic.

Missing Brierley Hill painting returned as mysteriously as it disappeared

Here's today's frontpage - a priceless painting of a Brierley Hill war hero has been mysteriously returned safe and sound - two-and-a-half years after it went missing from the town's library.

frontpage
Stourbridge News

Latest: QE hospital told to record results of heart surgery ops; Edgbaston atmosphere knocks rest for six; Shakespeare's life and legacy

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

- Birmingham's QE Hospital has been told it must report the results of its heart surgery operations after investigators found death rates that were too high

- Edgbaston has been rated as having the best atmosphere among cricket venues in a fans' vote

- A touchtable map displaying stories about Shakespeare's life and his work has opened at the Library of Birmingham

Tennis: Birmingham's Evans to play in Davis Cup tie

BBC Sport

In tennis, there is confirmation that Birmingham's Dan Evans will replace the injured Kyle Edmund for day one's singles in the Davis Cup tie between holders Great Britain and Japan. 

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Hospital's heart surgery results under scrutiny amid high death rates

A hospital has been told it must report the results of its heart surgery operations after investigators found death rates that were too high. 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has stepped in to monitor Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and will receive weekly results about the outcomes for adult heart patients. 

Birmingham QE Hospital
BBC

An independent team from the Royal College of Surgeons is also conducting a review to determine what improvements are needed. 

Calculations by The Guardian suggest that over a three-year period, 17 people may have died who should have survived.

Interactive touchable map telling of Shakespeare's life and works

A touchable map telling of Shakespeare's life and legacy has been officially unveiled today at the Library of Birmingham.

The interactive feature, which is free to use, was opened by BBC Director of England and Director of Radio Helen Boaden and Birmingham councillor Waseem Zaffar.

The touchtable map
BBC

The resource is a collaboration between the BBC, the University of Birmingham and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Ms Boaden said it would act like "a camp fire" around which people could use digital technology but for one of the oldest traditions - to share stories about and by The Bard.

Football: Knee injury set to rule West Brom defender out of Euro 2016

BBC Sport

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt is set to miss this summer's Euro 2016 finals in France after undergoing knee surgery.

The 31-year-old defender has an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which is expected to rule him out of action for six months.

Chris Brunt
Getty Images

Brunt, capped 54 times, sustained the injury during West Brom's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The left-back played in eight matches during the Euro qualifying campaign but faces a lengthy rehabilitation period.

Cricket: Edgbaston has the best atmosphere - fans vote

The home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club has been officially recognised as having the best atmosphere. 

Spectators at last summer's Ashes Test rated the Edgbaston ground 9.5 out of 10 in a study of UK venues by the England and Wales Cricket Board.  

It may have helped that homegrown hero Ian Bell led England to a crushing eight-wicket win against the old enemy, and such was the dominance, it was temporarily in doubt the game would last beyond two days.

Ian Bell
PA

Burst water main shuts Bilston Outdoor Market

Express and Star

This was the scene at Bilston Outdoor Market this morning after a burst water main caused its closure.  

Flooding at Bilston outdoor market
Lee Nicholls

Trailer full of rubbish dumped in Lichfield layby

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Here's more info about the large trailer packed with rubbish that was dumped on the A38 in Lichfield.  

Trailer full of rubbish
Lichfield District Council

Lichfield District Council says the vehicle, full of baled waste and tyres, was left in a layby in mid-December between Weeford and Bassets Pole. 

It's now been towed to a waste transfer station in Warwickshire and the authority says it's trying to find out who's responsible.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: 'Green walls' cutting Birmingham pollution

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime we'll be hearing claims that a green wall of plants in Birmingham has cut pollution. 

The green "wall" of ivy
BBC

That's according to new research which could see the idea spread further - I'll have more from 13:30 on BBC One.  

Owner hit with £6k court bill for allowing empty home to fall into disrepair

An owner of an eyesore Oldbury home which fell into such a state of disrepair water leaked into the neighbour's house, has been handed a court bill of more than £6,000.

Sandwell Council said it took the owner of the home in Dudley Road West to court after they failed to comply with an improvement notice and an abatement notice.

Debris which fell into the bath in the house
Sandwell Council
A hole in the roof
Sandwell Council

The authority said the roof "failed" and water got into the house next door.  

Man dies after flat fire in Tamworth

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's died after a fire in a flat in Tamworth.  

Edale, Tamworth
Google

Staffordshire Police says it was called last night to the home in Edale, Wilnecote. 

Officers say the man - who has yet to be formally identified - was inside the property. He was taken to Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, where he died. 

The authorities are not treating the fire as suspicious.

News: Dozens of deadly weapons handed in; man dies in flat fire; woman to appeal benefits cut

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

The main headlines this afternoon include:

- A deadly haul of 158 knives and an imitation firearm has been recovered from seven of Birmingham and the Black Country’s 'surrender bins'  

- A man's died after a fire in a flat in Tamworth

- A Wolverhampton woman says she'll appeal a decision to cut her disability benefits

Snow and ice warning

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the West Midlands.

Snow and icy road conditions are forecast this evening and overnight.

Let's see what the next few hours bring.

West Midlands weather map
Met Office

'Horrific' practical joke puts teenager behind bars

Here's this week's front page - a teenager who carried out a "horrific" practical joke on a work colleague at a local wedding venue has been sentenced to 18 months in youth custody.

Today's frontpage
Tamworth Herald

Commissioner welcomes use of weapons surrender bins

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Jamieson has celebrated the success of seven weapons surrender bins across Birmingham and the Black Country, where 158 knives and a imitation pistol have now been recovered.

The imitation firearm found in the
West Mids PCC

Here are the weapons found by location:

- Lozells bin at the New Testament Church of God: 11 knives and one imitation pistol

- Hockley New Testament Church of God: 12 knives

- Edgbaston Tesco Fiveways: 34 knives

- Aston Tesco: nine

- Heath Town New Testament Church of God in Wolverhampton: nine knives

- Whitmore Reans at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wolverhampton: 12 knives

- West Bromwich High Street: 71 knives

Haul of weapons left in surrender bins across Birmingham and the Black Country

A deadly haul of 158 knives and an imitation firearm has been recovered from seven of the region’s weapon surrender bins.

The weapons were left in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sandwell, with 71 knives found in the West Bromwich High Street bin. The imitation pistol was left in the Lozells bin - at a church.

There are 13 surrender bins across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Knives found in West Bromwich
West Mids PCC

'Huge' trailer packed with rubbish dumped on A38 near Lichfield

Lichfield Mercury

Lichfield District Council is calling for witnesses after a "huge" trailer jam-packed with rubbish was dumped on the A38.

trailer
Lichfield Mercury

UB40 honorary starters of Great Birmingham Run

UB40 has been announced as the honorary starter for the Great Birmingham Run on 1 May.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets for last year's 10km event, won by Chris Thompson (pictured).

Chris Thompson wins the Great Birmingham Run in 2015
BBC

Latest: 'More armed police needed' says MP; pics of Birmingham past; Wolverhampton 'robbed'

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Thursday's news, here are our top stories so far:

- An MP claims 130 more armed police are needed in the West Midlands to tackle rising gun crime and terrorism

- Hundreds of pictures of Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s - found in a cupboard at a university - have gone on show

- City of Wolverhampton Council feels "robbed" to miss out on government funding to cushion the blow of spending cuts

Wolverhampton feels 'robbed' to miss out on help with spending cuts

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Councils are sharing an extra £300m of government cash to help them cope with impending cuts.

It sparked a political row when Local Government Secretary Greg Clark announced the "transitional" cash in a statement to Parliament last month, saying he had listened to the concerns of councils.

Wolverhampton City Council
Google

Labour accused the government of dishing out the grants for political reasons, which the government denied. The opposition released data suggesting only 5% of Labour-run councils would get relief funding. 

Analysis has found some areas will get up to £50 per resident in support until 2018, while others get none, including Wolverhampton whose finance chief said it felt "robbed".

Plans by Morrisons to extend hours is criticised

A plan by Morrisons supermarket in Coleshill to extend its delivery hours has been condemned by local borough councillor, Dom Ferro. 

The store is located in the middle of a residential area and under proposals, deliveries could be made between 05:00 and 23:00 seven days a week.   

Morrisons Coleshill
Google

Hundreds of hidden Birmingham photos found

Hundreds of pictures discovered in a cupboard which show Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s have gone on display.

The images by amateur photographer Phyllis Nicklin were found last year when University of Birmingham staff were clearing out a building.

Northfield stores in Bristol Road South in 1968
University of Birmingham
Handsworth Soho Road is pictured in March 1968
University of Birmingham

Former Powergen site to become houses and a retirement village

BBC WM

Plans for affordable housing and a retirement village at the former Powergen site in Shirley have been approved. 

Work on the 10-acre site - empty for 20 years - will start by the summer.

The site is set for a 261-apartment ExtraCare retirement village, 113 new homes by Lioncourt Homes and a petrol filling station.

'130 more police officers needed to fight rising gun crime and terrorism' - MP

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

One of Birmingham's MPs claims 130 extra armed police officers are needed by West Midlands Police to effectively deal with the threat of rising gun crime and terrorism. 

Labour's Steve McCabe (pictured), who represents Selly Oak, says that figure has come from Home Office advice and he is concerned about how they will be funded.

Steve McCabe
BBC

The region's Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, told us the force was prepared to deal with any threat  

Latest: 'More armed police needed', says MP; pics of Birmingham's past; Shirley development

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Thursday:

- An MP claims 130 more armed police are needed in the West Midlands to tackle rising gun crime and terrorism

- Hundreds of pictures of Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s - found in a cupboard at a university - have gone on show

- The former Powergen site in Shirley - empty for 20 years - is to be developed

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A fairly chilly start but then it should be mainly dry in the afternoon. Highs of 7C (45F).

Find out more about what's in store for us.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: M6 delays warning

BBC Travel

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

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to more news, sport, travel and weather updates on Thursday.

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