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Summary

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

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  1. End of live updates

    That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country on Tuesday.

  2. Elderly woman pinned to the floor and burgled - family appeals for information

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    On tonight’s Midlands Today, we meet the daughters of Joyce Bennett who describe the attack on their mother as "callous". 

    The 78-year-old was at home in Halesowen last Wednesday evening when three men forced entry, held her to the floor, breaking her arm – and then stole cash and personal possessions.  

    Joyce Bennett

    Her daughters Helen and Claire told me their Mum had spent her working life as a carer helping others but now she’s the vulnerable one, facing a slow recovery and fears about how she’ll cope after this horrific attack.  

    You can see my report on this story on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Man seriously injured in 'broad daylight' stabbing

    A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed on a street in Chelmsley Wood this morning, police say.

    Officers were called to Lime Grove just after 11.10 following reports that a 28-year-old man had suffered several stab wounds to the back.

    Detectives have launched an investigation and believe a group of between three and five people may have been involved.

    DI Jim Colclough, from the West Midlands force, said: “This happened in the middle of a street in broad daylight and we think there would have been a number of people in the area at the time."  

  4. Watch: Overnight forecast the West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Rather cloudy with further outbreaks of showery rain through this evening and overnight.

    Drier conditions developing in southern parts of the region by the morning, with clear spells and perhaps some mist or fog patches with lows of 3C (37F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. 'Heartbreaking' attack on elderly woman

    Here's more on the attack on a 78-year-old woman who was pinned down by burglars in her Halesowen home:

    Helen Nevil (pictured) says her mum Joyce Bennett has been left injured and vulnerable. The pensioner suffered a fractured arm when men stole cash, purses and a handbag last Wednesday.

    Helen Nevil
    Quote Message: It's been actually quite heartbreaking to see mum who is usually active, independent and very sociable lady feel very vulnerable and frightened in her own home. from Helen Nevil Victim's mum
    Helen NevilVictim's mum
  6. Latest headlines: Appeal to find men who burgled pensioner; 'vandalism' likely cause of New Street delays

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the BBC WM newsroom this evening include:

    - Pinned to the floor during a burglary: the family of a 78-year-old woman appeals to find her attackers

    - Vandalism is 'likely the cause' of a major power failure that severely disrupted trains at Birmingham New Street, says Network Rail

    - The brother of the 2016 Masters champion Danny Willet says he's shot to fame after tweeting about their sibling rivalry

  7. 'Crazy week' for new dad and 2016 Masters champion

    The brother of US Masters champion Danny Willett says he's received one message from him in the past 24 hours saying "what's just happened?"

    Pete Willett, a teacher in Solihull, spoke to BBC News saying it's been a "crazy week" for his brother.

    Pete said: "Winning the Masters, he's a new dad and it's his wife's birthday. It's been a decent week for him. It's very surreal. The fact he's actually won - I would've never have predicted it."

    Danny gave this interview to BBC Sport after becoming 2016 Masters champion.

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    Video caption: Masters 2016: Champion Danny Willett on his 'crazy, crazy day'
  8. Video: Vicious attack on man at a Birmingham petrol station

    Footage of a man being repeatedly kicked and punched at a petrol station forecourt has been released.

    Two men have been arrested in connection with what police have called a "vicious attack" and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.   

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    Video caption: Vicious attack on Birmingham man caught on CCTV
  9. Masters winner's brother praises 'unbelievable' victory

    The brother of English golfer Danny Willett who won the US Masters in Augusta says his brother's victory is "unbelievable".

    Pete Willett shared the headlines with his brother after a series of tweets about their sibling rivalry

    But Pete, a drama teacher at Grace Academy in Solihull, has also told BBC News of his delight.

    Pete Willett
    Quote Message: We were having a quiet drink and looking forward to Danny hopefully reaching top eight at the Masters. On the 12th, when Spieth did what he did, it was chaos. It was unbelievable. Me and my wife had a drink and a couple more drinks. My phone was going crazy. from Pete Willett Brother of Master champion Danny Willett
    Pete WillettBrother of Master champion Danny Willett
  10. Delays following accident

    There are severe delays across bus services in Walsall and West Bromwich following an accident, warns Network West Midlands

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  11. Sherwood says 'the future is bright' for Villa

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM Sport

    Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood (pictured) thinks the club has got a bright future despite relegation being all but confirmed. 

    They're 15 points from safety and there's just 15 points to play for. With the worst goal difference in the league, they are heading for the Championship.

    Tim Sherwood
    Quote Message: I think they have a lot of players at the club at the moment who are equipped to play in the Championship. I think they would do very well in the league. They also need to add some players who know the league. They need a core of English players at the club who will help them through. I believe the future could be bright for the club from Tim Sherwood Former Villa manager
    Tim SherwoodFormer Villa manager
  12. Men jailed after nightclub killing

    Three Birmingham men have been jailed after an 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed at Coventry's Society nightclub last year in a row over a girl. 

    Ramez Murtaza, 21, from Bordesley Green East, Bordesley Green, who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault and violent disorder, was jailed for eight years at Warwick Crown Court.  

    The four jailed men
    Image caption: From top left to bottom right: Tobijah Thompson, Ramez Murtaza, Hasham Ali and Ezra Scott

    Hasham Ali, 19, from Amberley Green, was sentenced to 29 months in a young offenders' institution and Ezra Scott, 22, from Hawksyard Road, Erdington, was jailed for 28 months. Both had admitted violent disorder over the attack that claimed the life of Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood. 

    A fourth man, Tobijah Thompson, 25, of no fixed abode, was jailed for a minimum of 32 years for murder. 

  13. Police issue CCTV library appeal

    Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer

    Detectives have released images of a woman they want to trace after Sutton Coldfield Library was flooded, causing a significant amount of damage.

    The sinks in the disabled toilets were blocked using paper towels and the taps were left switched on during the incident on 19 March. 

    CCTV image released by police
  14. Aston Villa relegation: Staff to learn about its impact on jobs

    Nick Clitheroe

    BBC Midlands Today Sport

    Staff at Aston Villa are being told today how relegation from the Premier League will affect their jobs. 

    Villa will almost certainly drop into the Championship next weekend after suffering an eighth successive defeat on Saturday. It's estimated to cost the club millions of pounds.

    'Lerner out' poster held by Villa fan

    Villa lost 2-1 to Bournemouth and that was the cue for many fans to leave and others to aim their protests at owner Randy Lerner. 

  15. Hundreds of jobs to be created by software HQ

    Joanne Malin

    BBC Midlands Today

    Four hundred jobs are being created in Birmingham as a new software company opens its Midlands headquarters in the city. 

    Advanced computer software company

    Advanced is the third largest software provider in the country and has more than 20,000 clients including Virgin Trains, Harvey Nichols and Birmingham Children's Hospital. 

    The new offices are based in a 45,000 square foot unit in The Mailbox.

  16. As one Willett won the Masters, the other was mastering Twitter

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    As Danny Willett becomes the first Briton in 20 years to win the Masters, it would be easy to assume he's now by far the most famous person in his family. His mum's a mathematician, his dad a vicar and he has three brothers with ordinary jobs.

    But his older brother PJ, a teacher in Birmingham, is running Danny close, as his live-tweeting throughout the final round captured international attention. PJ joked, drank and swore through the closing stages with a mixture of fraternal fun-poking and unmistakable - if somewhat bemused - pride.

    Read the full story on BBC News.

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  17. Cost of vandalism to power lines 'hundreds of thousands'

    Network Rail says the cost to the industry of this morning's disruption will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    They say early indications are that "foul play" caused signalling failure and released pictures showing  apparent attempts to burn and cut cables powering signals at Proof House junction, south of New Street station.

    They're appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

    Burnt power cables
  18. Watch: New Street power chaos

    BBC Midlands Today

    There were hours of delays during Monday’s rush hour after a major power failure near Birmingham’s New Street Station.

    Power was eventually restored just after 09:00, but it has created big problems across the West Midlands rail network.

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    Video caption: New Street power chaos
  19. Listen: 'We're really sorry' over New Street delays, says Network Rail

    BBC WM

    A power outage at a signalling box in south Birmingham caused severe delays this morning on the railways. 

    "We're really sorry to anyone impacted by this," said Network Rail, which spoke to BBC WM to explain the situation.

    Quote Message: We tried repeatedly to fix it in the small hours of this morning but the problem they had was each time they fixed it and turned the power back on the thing blew up again. Third time lucky it seems to have worked and we are recovering our situation and bringing a normal railway operation back into play. from Simon Evans Spokesman, Network Rail
    Simon EvansSpokesman, Network Rail