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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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  1. End of live updates

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

  2. BreakingThree charged after terror probe

    Two men and a woman have been charged with terror offences following a probe launched after the Paris and Brussels attacks.

    They were among five people arrested in Birmingham and at Gatwick Airport earlier this month.

  3. Birmingham International Marathon provisional route

    Birmingham is to hold an International Marathon in 2017 - the provisional route includes the following city landmarks:

    • Starting at Alexander Stadium
    • Villa Park
    • Aston Hall
    • Barton Arms
    • Selfridges Building
    • Digbeth
    • Cannon Hill Park
    • Selly Park
    • Bournville
    • Edgbaston
    • Finishing on Broad Street
    Birmingham landscape
  4. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election debate

    Rob Mayor

    Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

    All four candidates for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election will appear in a debate on BBC WM tomorrow at 11:00 with Danny Kelly.

    The current PCC David Jamieson represents Labour; Les Jones, the Conservatives; Pete Durnell for the United Kingdom Independence Party; and Andy Flynn, an independent. The Liberal Democrats and Greens have decided not to field candidates.

    Hear more on BBC WM tomorrow.

  5. Lichfield Mercury front page

    Lichfield Mercury

    "Baby saved my life says mum," is the lead story on the front of this week's Lichfield Mercury.

    Lichfield Mercury front page
  6. Walsall focused on promotion

    Mikey Burrows

    BBC WM Sport

    Walsall captain Adam Chambers (pictured) says they're only focused on their own results as they chase promotion to the championship. 

    The Saddlers are three points behind the top two in League One with two games to play and Chambers says that whatever happens, he's proud of his teammates.

    Adam Chambers
    Quote Message: We believe in the group we've got here. There's some really talented players. All in all they're a great bunch of lads to work with day in and day out. from Adam Chambers Walsall captain
    Adam ChambersWalsall captain
  7. This week's Dudley News front page

    Dudley News

    "Devastated by loss of dad" - is the top story on this week's Dudley News.

    Dudley News front page
  8. Steel boss 'killed himself', inquest hears

    A steel company boss jumped to his death from the balcony of his apartment after suffering with depression following the family company's collapse, an inquest heard.

    The court was told Angad Paul of Caparo "killed himself" as his children played in their bedroom because he thought he was to blame for the business' downfall.

    More than 400 redundancies were announced at the West Midlands company in October 2015, one month before he died.

  9. Airline surprises 'wrong Birmingham' couple with free holiday

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    There's a happy ending for a couple who booked a dream holiday to Las Vegas, only to discover when they arrived at Birmingham Airport they had mistakenly booked to fly from Birmingham Alabama.

    They've been given a free holiday courtesy of Virgin Airlines, which says it's treating the couple to flights to Vegas from Manchester, plus five nights accommodation.

     I guess all they need to do is make sure Manchester in New Hampshire hasn't been booked.  

    Richella Heekin and boyfriend Ben Marlow
  10. Weather: Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Rain and hill snow will give way this evening to isolated showers and clear spells, although there's still a risk of sleet and snow over higher ground. 

    It will be windy and feel cold with lows of 1C (34F).

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  11. Agbonlahor insight: 'The striker has only scored one goal this campaign'

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Agbonlahor was pictured partying in London on the night Villa's relegation was confirmed after a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

    He was suspended while the club mounted an investigation into the incident and have today confirmed that the former England striker has had a “substantial fine” imposed. He is now available for selection from Monday.

    Agbonlahor's Instgram account

    Separately Agbonlahor issued a statement via his Instagram account saying that he had stood down from his role as club captain. He went on to ask fans for forgiveness after he became the subject of their anger on social media.

    This is the latest episode in a disappointing season for both Agbonlahor and Aston Villa. The striker has only scored one goal this campaign and has been placed on a fitness regime by caretaker manager Eric Black after being declared unfit for Premier League football in mid April.

  12. Man's body found in Kings Norton 'unexplained'

    The death of a man whose body found on a street in Kings Norton this morning is being treated as "unexplained".

    West Mercia Police says the body was discovered in the Middle Lane area at about 10:00.

    An investigation into how he died is under way.

  13. West Midlands Police 'aware' of Hillsborough high court proceedings

    West Midlands Police has released a statement saying it is "aware of the ongoing proceedings" after some of the Hillsborough families say they are starting High Court proceedings against the force.

    Quote Message: Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of loved ones who died and were injured in the Hillsborough tragedy. We recognise the impact the inquests have brought upon them from Louisa Rolfe Detective Chief Constable, West Midlands Police
    Louisa RolfeDetective Chief Constable, West Midlands Police
  14. Jury to consider verdicts on police officer accused of making hoax 999 call

    A jury has retired to consider verdicts on a police officer accused of making a hoax 999 call claiming a colleague would be kidnapped by a radical Muslim, which sparked a terror alert.

    PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, is one of three men accused of conspiring to make a bogus call to West Midlands Police in December 2014.  

    Stafford Crown Court heard West Midlands Police put a hostage negotiator on call and stepped up security measures.

    All three defendants deny two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.  

  15. Tamworth Herald front page: 'Help us to save lives'

    Tamworth Herald

    This week's Tamworth Herald front page.  

    Tamworth Herald front page
  16. BreakingAgbonlahor steps down as Villa captain

    BBC Sport

    Gabriel Agbonlahor steps down as Aston Villa club captain and apologises for his "actions in recent weeks".

    He says: "I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore."

    Gabriel Agbonlahor
    Quote Message: I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I'm hurting as well, despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise. I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!"
  17. Why people are celebrating Ed Balls Day

    BBC News UK

    In case you wondered what was going on on Twitter today: Happy Ed Balls Day! Who knew that five years ago, a Twitter fail would still be remembered. So what is it all about?

    Ed Balls

    On 28 April 2011 Ed Balls, who was shadow chancellor at the time, was urged by his aide to search Twitter for articles mentioning his name, but instead of doing a search he tweeted his own name in error.

    So on 28 April, Twitter rejoices in the madness and celebrates Ed Balls.

    At the time of writing, the hashtag #EdBallsDay has been the top trend in the UK and has been used more than 10,000 times.

  18. Launch of the Birmingham International Marathon

    Charlotte Harriman

    Journalist, BBC WM

    A new Birmingham marathon has been announced more than 30 years after the city held its last 26-mile run.

    Organisers say the Birmingham International Marathon and half marathon will be held in October 2017.

    Brendan Foster

    It is expected to follow in the footsteps the People's Marathon, which ran between 1980 and 1985.

    British Athletics legend Brendan Foster was at the launch this morning.

  19. Stourbridge News front page

    Stourbridge News

    The front page of the Stourbridge News leads with the story "Goodnight, sweetheart".

    Stourbridge News front page