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  1. Updates on Friday 18 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage from across the day

    That's it from Local Live on Friday. We're back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Man arrested after appeal over serious sexual assault in Walsall town centre

    A man, 27, has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in Walsall.

    It follows a police appeal for information about the attack which happened behind Flan O’Brien’s in the town centre on Sunday 21 February.

    The West Midlands force says inquiries are continuing.

  3. Pottering about on brooms is wizard

    May the best house - sorry team - win. It's Quidditch but there's less flying and it's in Rugeley.

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    Video caption: Pottering about on brooms is wizard at Quidditch Cup
  4. Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be a cloudy picture overnight. Lows of 3C (37F).

    Find out what the weekend should look like.

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast from BBC Midlands Today
  5. Birmingham shooting: The victim was from Birmingham but moved away

    Earlier we told you how a teenager had been shot dead in a Birmingham street.

    A man, 22, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the 18-year-old was found in St Marks Crescent, Ladywood, at 18:45 GMT on Thursday.

    The victim, named locally as Kenichi Phillips (pictured), was from Birmingham but had moved away, said police.

    Kenichi Phillips
  6. Cricket: Moeen Ali sees England home in biggest World T20 run chase in history

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham-born Moeen Ali has hit the winning runs as England pulled off the biggest successful run chase in the short history of the ICC World T20 tournament.

    Joe Root earlier stole the show in the match against South Africa, with 83 runs from 44 balls. Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen earlier took two wickets as well.

  7. Failing Walsall Manor Hospital unit to send births to Wolverhampton

    A failing maternity unit is to send births to a hospital nine miles away as it struggles to cope with demand.

    Around 500 births will be moved from Walsall Manor Hospital to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton after its maternity unit was judged "inadequate" by inspectors.

    The hospital said the measures were needed "to ensure the safety and stability of maternity services".

    Walsall Manor Hospital
  8. Travel: Slow traffic on the M42 northbound

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M42 northbound at J8 M6 because of a broken-down coach. 

    Congestion is back to J6 for Birmingham Airport, drivers are warned.

  9. Football: Blues playmaker's injury could rule him out of Fulham visit

    Birmingham City playmaker Diego Fabbrini may miss out on tomorrow's visit of Fulham with a bruised toe, an injury he has carried since he signed for the Blues in January.  

    Diego Fabbrini
  10. England's least deprived areas include two local towns

    Earlier we told you how three areas in Birmingham and the Black Country were among the ten most deprived towns and cities in England.

    The West Midlands also accounted for areas among England's least deprived places - Sutton Coldfield and Solihull.

  11. Latest: Arrest over shooting; explosive found at building site; M6 disruption hearing

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a quick recap of the stories we have been covering on Friday:

    - A man has been arrested after an 18-year-old man was shot dead in Birmingham

    - An undetonated explosive has been found at a site where 370 homes are being built in Chasetown

    - Highways England admits it should have declared a major incident during a 24-hour closure of the M6 following a fatal crash

  12. Football: Recalled loanee Wallace straight into Wolves squad

    Midfielder Jed Wallace has been recalled from his loan spell at Millwall and is in the Wolves squad for the trip to Burnley.

    Jed Wallace
  13. Lichfield MP says bogus disability allowance claimants are 'taking taxpayers for a ride'

    The Conservative MP for Lichfield says people unfairly claiming disability allowance are costing the country more than £500m.

    Michael Fabricant says certain people claiming benefits are "taking the British taxpayer for a ride" and could work if they wanted.

    Michael Fabricant

    On Wednesday, George Osborne announced in the Budget a further £1bn to be spent on disability benefits - more than ever before. 

  14. Great Barr teen pleads guilty for involvement in fatal nightclub stabbing

    Great Barr Observer

    Here's today's frontpage - a Great Barr teenager was among a group who pleaded guilty to being involved in violent disorder leading to the death of an 18-year-old.

  15. Chasetown explosive discovery: More from the scene

    Daz Hale

    BBC WM

    Bomb disposal experts were called to Chasetown yesterday after an undetonated explosive device was discovered at a building site.

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    Video caption: Building halted after explosive device found
  16. BBC WM Takeover: Jamelia loved growing up in inner city Birmingham

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Jamelia joined our BBC WM Takeover reporter for a chat in Handsworth Park earlier about her enjoyment growing up in inner city Birmingham.

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  17. Cricket: Moeen Ali strikes to slow South Africa's charge

    Birmingham-born Moeen Ali has picked up his second wicket in the World T20 against South Africa - removing the dangerous Hashim Amla for 58 LBW.

    Follow the action here.

    Moeen Ali
  18. Half an animal carcass discovered in Hall Green garden

    Daz Hale

    BBC WM

    Listener Sarah Ramji contacted BBC WM after finding this 3ft long carcass - which appeared to be sheared in two - on her lawn in Hall Green, Birmingham, on Thursday morning. 

    She said she was "quite scared and amazed" to make the discovery and she was "still not sure what kind of animal" it was.  

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    Video caption: Mystery of how half a carcass made its way into a Hall Green garden