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  1. Updates on Friday 11 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Monday

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    That's it for Local Live on Friday. Join us for more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend, from all of us in the newsroom.

  2. Anger after hospital 'breaks promises' to cancer patients

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Patients have reacted angrily after a Birmingham hospital trust stopped funding a support group for people mistreated by breast surgeon Ian Paterson - leaving them with greater risk of their cancer returning. 

    Mr Paterson was suspended in 2012 after a review found he performed "unnecessary or incomplete operations" at Heartlands Hospital.

    Ann Butler

    A patient support group was set up for those affected, with promises of compensation and follow-up support. The trust says it has now withdrawn funding for the group because it wants to be impartial. 

    Chair of the patient group, Ann Butler, said the trust's actions had caused "immense anxiety and stress" to patients who feared the return of the disease.

  3. Travel: M6 northbound delays warning

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J9 for Wednesbury and J10 for Wolverhampton because of an earlier breakdown even though all lanes have been reopened, drivers are warned.

  4. Coming up on TV

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    We find out why Black County children are buzzing about a new fitness game, and scholars from across Birmingham's mosques have come together to publish a new guide to what Islam says about issues to do with terrorism, the conduct of war and what the Koran says about suicide bombings.

    We will have more on these stories and more on BBC One from 18:30.

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  5. Analysis: Brian Little and David Bernstein to join Villa board

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Steve Hollis has acted to bring the boardroom some much-needed football experience and knowledge.

    The club has slumped to the foot of the Premier League table after spending upwards of £50m last summer on players whose potential was never realised on the field for then manager Tim Sherwood and current boss Remi Garde.

    Little is fondly remembered at Villa Park, both as player and manager - he's still the last manager to win a trophy, beating Leeds to win the League Cup in 1996, so his input will be both invaluable and warmly greeted by the fans.

    David Bernstein is no stranger to being involved with a struggling big club, having been at Maine Road when Manchester City were in the third tier of English football. His involvement with Wembley and as chairman of the FA further underline his credentials as a football administrator of the highest calibre.

  6. Latest: Castle Bromwich carjacking; Villa boardroom appointments; cancer patients' anger

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a quick recap of the stories we've been covering on Friday afternoon:

    - CCTV footage captures the moment a man was carjacked moments after kissing his wife goodbye 

    - Aston Villa's boardroom looks set for two new appointments - Brian Little and David Bernstein

    - Patients have vented their anger after a Birmingham hospital trust stopped funding a support group for people mistreated by breast surgeon

  7. Castle Bromwich carjacking: Information appeal

    Police in Solihull have released CCTV stills of the Castle Bromwich carjacking suspects.

    People with information are asked to call Det Con Jon Rankin at Solihull police station on 101 or email

  8. Armed carjackers strike moments after a man kisses his wife goodbye

    Carjackers struck in the West Midlands moments after a man kissed his wife goodbye - captured in this footage. 

    A 57-year-old man was standing on his driveway with his wife in Stoneymore Drive, Castle Bromwich, at about 09:00 GMT on 25 February when a white Ford Kuga pulled up. 

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    Video caption: Carjackers strike in Castle Bromwich moments after a man kissed his wife goodbye

    Two armed, masked men jumped out and demanded the victim hand over keys to an Audi Q7, said police. 

    When he refused, one of the men hit him several times with a metal bar.  

  9. New boardroom appointments lined up at Aston Villa

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Former Aston Villa player Brian Little and Manchester City chairman David Bernstein are lined up to become the latest additions to Villa's boardroom, we understand.

    It follows Steve Hollis appointing former Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, Baron King of Lothbury.

    Brian Little
  10. Dudley Taxi Watch set for revival after brutal Brierley Hill attack on driver Mohammed Ahmed

    Stourbridge News

    Dudley Taxi Watch is set to be revived following the brutal attack on a Brierley Hill driver who was left for dead in the town centre.  

  11. Mistreated cancer patients say hospital revoked promise

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Breast cancer patients mistreated by a surgeon have claimed the trust that runs the hospital has gone back on promises and put lives at risk.

    The GMC suspended Ian Paterson in 2012 after a review found he performed unnecessary or incomplete operations.

    Ian Paterson

    A patients' support group claims 3,500 patients will not be recalled after funding for them is withdrawn.

    The Heart of England NHS trust, which runs Heartlands Hospital, said support had ended so it could stay independent.

  12. Football shock for Nick Owen

    Birmingham youngster Lorenzo Greer appeared on BBC Midlands Today last night to show off the football skills that have made the seven-year-old an internet hit.

    And after chatting to presenter Nick Owen, Lorenzo carried on playing – much to Nick's surprise as he introduced the next report.

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    Video caption: Lorenzo's ball skills
  13. Cricket: Bears' Dougie Brown backs plans for slimline top division

    Warwickshire's Director of Cricket Dougie Brown has backed plans to reduce the number of teams in division one of the county championship.

    From 2017, the number of matches being played by the top teams is being cut from 16 to 14 and Brown says it gives players more time to recover.

    Dougie Brown
  14. New crossing for Walsall school concerned about road safety

    Walsall Advertiser

    A school worried about road safety after a spate of near misses involving pupils and cars has had a new crossing installed.

    Whitehall School crossing
  15. Why are teen pregnancy rates in the West Midlands so high?

    Five areas in the West Midlands - including Sandwell and Walsall - are statistically among the highest in the UK for teenage pregnancy. Not a single town or city in the south of England appears at the top of the list. Why?

    The BBC approached some experts to try to explain the region's position in the table.

    Pregnant women

    Simon Walker, the West Midlands sexual health lead for Public Health England, said a lack of information in schools, inadequate support systems and problems accessing health services were all contributing factors to the rates.

  16. More children are coming forward to report abuse in the West Midlands, say police

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we told you how a BBC investigation discovered there was one police charge for every eight complaints of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the West Midlands.

    Insp Julie Woods, from West Midlands Police's public protection unit, has been speaking about the stat. 

    She said more children were reporting abuse, but added: "Children are often very reluctant to talk and where there is evidence to support a criminal justice route we will always proceed with a victimless prosecution, obviously with the support of CPS."

    Number of CSE complaints compared to number of charges by police force infographic

    She said the force had invested a significant amount of resources and training into the service it provided and "awareness and understanding of CSE had increased significantly."

  17. Coming up on TV

    Satnam Rana

    BBC Midlands Today

    Twenty years ago, Black Country artist Richard Billingham shot to fame when his family photographs led to a Turner Prize nomination. Now he's returned to his early years in Cradley Heath to make a film.

    I'll have more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  18. Latest: M6 Toll charges; mosques battling misconceptions; policing child sex abuse

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Friday's news, here are the headlines: 

    - The government "is considering lifting M6 Toll charges" in exceptional cases of problems on surrounding motorways

    - A total of 18 Birmingham mosques have printed a handbook to clear any misconceptions about Islam

    - For every eight child sexual exploitation (CSE) complaints in the West Midlands, there has been one criminal charge, the BBC has discovered