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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Thursday

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  1. Good evening

    That's it from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country. We're back from 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Join us then.

  2. One man's search for a vintage Sunbeam car

    One man's search for a vintage car - which was his father's prized possession in the 1930s - has brought him to the Midlands.

    It involved an old photo album, the internet, and a magnifying glass.

    And you can see the story on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30. 

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    Bob Hockenhull in the car
  3. 'Breakthrough' diabetes treatment

    A trial run of a type 2 diabetes treatment by a West Midlands hospital trust has been hailed as a major breakthrough.

    The two-year programme involved putting a latex tube, known as an Endobarrier device, into the patient's small intestine to reduce the rate at which food is absorbed.

    Around 100 people took part in the project at City and Sandwell hospitals, losing on average two stone in weight and drastically reducing their blood sugar levels.

    Nick Pharhani, 52, who lost four and a half stone (28kg), said: "I do feel a lot more positive about myself". 

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    Video caption: Type 2 diabetes treatment hailed as major breakthrough
  4. Blog: Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    The British Chambers of Commerce's figures suggest the West Midlands is the most Euro-sceptic region of all.

    According to their survey, 45.2% of West Midlands businesses would vote to Remain in the EU, closely followed by 44.8% who would vote to Leave if the referendum were to be held tomorrow. As many as 9.7% are still undecided.

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  5. Latest: Academy trust head resigns; BBC presenters in court; Deputy PCC's 'misconduct'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    If you are just catching up on Wednesday, here are the headlines:

    - The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned

    - Two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with sex offences against four children

    - The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner "damaged the relationship" between a shooting victim's family and police during a "sensitive murder investigation", a disciplinary panel found

  6. Birmingham pupil suspended 'for Peaky Blinders haircut'

    Joshua Reape, eight, was sent home from his Birmingham school and told not to return for a week because of his "Peaky Blinders haircut", his mum says.His short back and sides is similar to that of Tommy Shelby, a character in the BBC drama played by Cillian Murphy - a style the schoolboy says he has worn for seven months.

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    Video caption: Birmingham pupil suspended 'for Peaky Blinders haircut'

    Joshua's mother Claire said the school had "gone too far" and suggested she could have been given a warning instead.She said a full explanation had not been given by Erdington's Abbey Catholic Primary School, which was unavailable for comment.    

  7. Manufacturing goes back into recession

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC WM

    UK industry fell back into recession as it shrank for the second quarter in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    It is the third time UK industry has been in recession in eight years.

    Although industrial production rose 0.3% from February to March, it fell 0.4% both in the first three months of 2016 and in the last three of 2015.

  8. Power struggle at Dudley council house

    Dudley News

    A big question mark was this week hanging over Dudley Council’s leadership after the local election saw Labour lose control of the authority - here's our front page story.

    Dudley News frontpage
  9. £40k watch stolen from man threatened with gun during Sedgley robbery

    Robbers hit a man around the head with a hammer before threatening him with a gun and making off with a £40,000 watch he'd been given for his birthday.

    The 21-year-old man was approached by two hooded robbers as he walked down Charles Hayward Drive, Sedgley, with a friend. 

    Police, who have today appealed for information, said the victim was not seriously injured and was treated in hospital for minor cuts, bruising and swelling.

    He was released on the same day of the attack which happened about 20:30 on Thursday 28 April.

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  10. Head of under-fire academy trust in Birmingham resigns

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned, leaving its five schools with an uncertain future.

    Chief executive of Birmingham's Perry Beeches Academy Trust Liam Nolan is stepping aside so the trust "can move forward", staff have been told.

    Two free schools to be run by the trust are not going ahead, the Guardian says.

    The Department for Education said interim governance arrangements to ensure the schools' management had been put in place. The existing governing body is reported to be stepping down.  

    Prime Minister David Cameron and then Education Secretary Michael Gove were at the opening of Perry Beeches III free school in 2013
  11. Rugeley dog on the mend after swallowing 6cm long stone

    Cannock Mercury

    Barry Lee knew that as soon as his beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier stopped pestering for his toast in the morning that something was up.  

    Eric the dog and the stone and his Xray
  12. Latest: Academy trust head resigns; accused radio presenters in court; Deputy PCC's 'misconduct'

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories on Wednesday so far:

    - The head of a flagship multi-academy trust praised by the prime minister has resigned, leaving its five schools with an uncertain future

    - Two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with sex offences against four children

    - The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner committed "serious misconduct" by visiting a murder victim's family without informing officers, a disciplinary hearing found

  13. Disciplinary hearing into conduct of West Midlands Deputy PCC Yvonne Mosquito 'handled very badly'

    Earlier we told you a disciplinary hearing found that Ms Mosquito's visit to a murder victim's family amounted to "serious misconduct" and, according to the office of the PCC, made "the already complex job" of investigating police "more difficult".  

    Maxie Hayles, pictured second right as he chaired a public meeting in support of the suspended Ms Mosquito in April, today said it was an "injustice" that the hearing over "such a serious accusation" had proceeded in Ms Mosquito's absence.  

    Peter Pennant, Sara Myers, Maxie Hayles, Brother Andrew of the Birmingham Study Group

    Conservative Councillor Andrew Hardie, of Sutton Vesey ward, who also attended last month's meeting, said the disciplinary process had "been handled very badly in view of the tragedy involved." The office of the PCC says the hearing, overseen by an independent panel, considered a "substantial statement" from Ms Mosquito.  

    Hours after announcing the panel's finding, the office of the PCC said it would be recruiting two new Assistant PCCs instead of a single Deputy PCC.

  14. County Championship: Prospects of play bleak at Edgbaston

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    A mopping-up exercise is under way at Edgbaston in the hope of salvaging some play between Warwickshire and Somerset on day four of their County Championship clash.

    An inspection is due to be held into conditions at 14:00.

    Follow the state of play.

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  15. Coming up on TV

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    The head of a chain of academy schools held up by the government as an example of good practice has resigned. 

    A weight loss trial run by a Midlands hospital trust has proved such a success it could now be rolled out across the NHS.

    And two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with historical child sex offences. 

    We'll have more on these stories and others in the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  16. Kings Norton Boys School teachers striking

    Teachers are striking at a school in Birmingham today. 

    The one-day protest at Kings Norton Boys School is in response to what they see as the unfair selection of staff for redundancy.

    Anne Brimacombe is from the NASUWT teachers' union and says members are concerned about staffing cuts to subjects like PE and Art.

    Kings Norton Boys School

    A spokesperson for Kings Norton Boys said: “The dispute relates to a restructure that is taking place in the school. We will continue to work towards a resolution.”

  17. BBC presenters appear in court over child sex offence charges

    BBC presenters have appeared in court accused of committing sex offences against four boys in the 1990s.

    Tony and Julie Wadsworth - local radio presenters who have both worked for BBC WM among other BBC stations - spoke before magistrates in Leamington Spa only to confirm their names and address. They are currently both off-air.

    Tony and Julie Wadsworth
    Image caption: The couple make their way to court

    The couple, aged 68 and 58 respectively, are charged with a string of offences said to have been committed in Warwickshire between 1995 and 1999. Mr Wadsworth is accused of five counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency, while Mrs Wadsworth - who broadcasts as Julie Mayer - is charged with seven counts of the same alleged offence.

    The case has been adjourned to Warwick Crown Court until June 10. Conditional bail was granted to the pair who are also accused of an act of gross public indecency.