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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Police appeal for 'callous' attackers of disabled man to hand themselves in

    Police are calling on two young men who befriended and attacked a disabled man in Wolverhampton in the early hours of last Friday to hand themselves in.

    A 20-year-old partially sighted man, who also suffers from cerebral palsy, was pushed to the ground and beaten before the men stole his mobile phone and money.

    CCTV Wolverhampton disabled man attack
  3. Watch: Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Most places dry with some sunshine this evening, though there is a risk of isolated thundery showers at first. 

    All parts dry and clear overnight with lows of 1C (34F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Walsall's Henry on Young Player of Year shortlist

    Gerald Scott

    BBC Sport Online

    Walsall's highly-rated teenage left-back Rico Henry has been nominated as a contender for the Football League's Young Player of the Year award.

    Dean Smith gave Rico Henry his competitive debut at Tranmere in the JPT in December 2014

    Henry,  who's 18, has been nominated along with Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, 19, and Fulham's 19-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele.

    Since making his Saddlers' debut under Dean Smith in December 2014, Henry has flourished this season.

    His early season form, scoring the winner in the League Cup victory over Brighton, earned him September's Young Player of the Month award. The boyhood Birmingham City fan is now just five games short of 50 career appearances and understood to be on the radar of a lot of top clubs. 

  5. Video: Puppy stabbed and dumped in park

    The RSPCA says it's horrified by the attack on the seven-month-old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was found stabbed to death.

    The dog was found by members of the public in Walker Heath Park, in Druids Heath, Birmingham, on Saturday.  

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    Video caption: Puppy stabbed and dumped in Birmingham park
  6. May polls offer first test since general election

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    A year on since the general election, voters across the West Midlands will be going to the polls to elect their local representatives.

    Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Tamworth, Walsall and Wolverhampton will all be electing new councillors next month, but how will the political landscape look after a busy year?

    Read my blog for more analysis.

    Silhouettes of people at lecturns
  7. Watch: Calls for action over the "eyesore of Tamworth"

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's been dubbed the "eyesore of Tamworth" - an empty house that's fallen into a state of disrepair over a decade.

    It's one of more than 3,000 homes in Staffordshire currently sitting unoccupied.  

    Neighbours are demanding action from their local council, after potential sales of homes around the property fell through.

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    Video caption: Derelict house row
  8. Snowdonia death fall walker named

    A walker who died after falling from a mountain in Snowdonia has been named as Kenneth Steven Hands, from Oldbury.

    Mr Hands, who was 35, was killed when he fell while descending the narrow Crib Goch ridge at about 11:00 on Saturday.

    An inquest will be held in future, but a date has not been confirmed.

    Crib Goch ridge
  9. Travel update: Delays after M6 accident

    BBC Travel

    The latest news on the roads in the West Midlands:

    - An accident between junctions 7 and 8 of the southbound M6 carriageway has led to one lane being closed, with congestion stretching back to junction 10 at Wolverhampton

    - Congestion is affecting the northbound A38 Suffolk Street Queensway between Holloway Circus and the A4540 Newtown Middleway junction

    - Traffic is slow along the outbound A38(M) Aston Expressway between Dartmouth Circus and the junction 6 of the M6 (Spaghetti Junction) due to a tidal flow fault

  10. Moors on alert to celebrate

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Solihull Moors could be on course to celebrate promotion to English football's fifth division tonight. 

    If second-placed rivals North Ferriby United fail to win at Stalybridge Celtic, then the Moors would be National League North champions.

    Damson Park stadium

    That would promote them into the National League next season. And, if as expected, they swap places with Kidderminster Harriers, it would make Marcus Bignot's side the highest-ranked non-league side in the Midlands. 

    Higher than Tamworth, Nuneaton Borough, Telford and Hereford - not bad for a club only created in 2007 by the merger of Solihull Borough and Moor Green.

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  11. Tunisia terror attacks: Memorial service for British victims

    BBC News UK

    The prime minister and Prince Harry have attended a memorial service to commemorate the British tourists killed in terror attacks in Tunisia last year.  

    The service for survivors and victims' families was at Westminster Abbey.

    The family of Sue Davey, from Tamworth who was killed alongside her partner, Scott Chalkley, while on holiday in June, went to the private service.

    Prince Harry lays wreath

    David Cameron and Prince Harry both read Bible passages at the service, which was conducted by the Dean of Westminster.  

  12. Latest: Puppy found stabbed to death; police appeal over attack on disabled man; Tunisia attacks remembered

    Corinne Wheatley

    BBC WM, Journalist

    Here is a selection of the main stories in Birmingham and the Black Country this afternoon:

    A puppy has been found dead with suspected stab wounds and a broken leg

    - Prince Harry and the prime minister have joined families of the victims of last year's terror attacks in Tunisia at a memorial service in Westminster Abbey

    - Police are appealing for help after a disabled man was mugged in a subway by two men who offered to walk him home after a night out in Wolverhampton

  13. BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

    BBC Midlands Today

    Anthony Bartram, Producer

    We had a big response to the story of Telford’s Chris Master, who suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Thailand, and today we’ve got a major update for you. He’s on his way home at last. 

    After a long campaign by his family, who were told there were no NHS beds available to bring him back to Telford, he is in the air as I write being med-evac’d back to the UK. We’ll hear more about their ordeal and the wider implications of this story on tonight’s programme. 

    Also, is there an empty home eyesore in your street? We’re off to see a Tamworth mum who’s launched a petition to get the council to buy the run-down house next door to her (pictured) and put it back to good use. 

    Derelict house in Tamworth

    And Mary Rhodes will be talking Dudley’s newly appointed Children’s Commissioner to find out how she plans to keep children safe after a highly critical Ofsted inspection.  

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30 for more on those stories.

  14. Photos: Rushall Manor house fire

    Bloxwich fire crews have tweeted photos of the house fire in Rushall Manor from which a woman in her 70s was rescued.

    A number of firefighters remain at the scene, the fire service says.

    Rushall Manor house fire
  15. Match previews: Walsall and Blues

    BBC WM Sport

    Walsall have a crucial game at fellow League One promotion contenders Gillingham tonight, as they look to revive their hopes of making the top two.

    Back-to-back defeats at Sheffield United and Oldham have put the Saddlers down to sixth, eight points off second place, but a win this evening would move them above the Gills, who are fifth.

    You can hear the whole game live on BBC WM 95.6FM and Saddlers' legend, Jimmy Walker, will be part of the commentary team.

    There's also full match coverage of Birmingham City's game at home to Leeds United, which you can hear on DAB digital radio in Birmingham.