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Summary

  1. Speakers for both Leave and Remain have been in the area ahead of the EU vote
  2. Oldest serving police officer retires
  3. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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    Video caption: Twenty one people were killed in the bombings

    Twenty one people died when bombs devastated two pubs in Birmingham on 21 November 1974.

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    Video caption: Couple caught up in Birmingham pub bombings relive horror

    A couple injured in the Birmingham pub bombings speak of the horror and the fight for justice.

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    Video caption: Ex IRA man: Birmingham pub bombers will never be convicted

    The IRA's former director of intelligence has said the men who bombed Birmingham in 1974 will never be convicted.

  4. Rebecca Woods

    Broadcast Journalist BBC News Online

    Two men walking along a bridge through Smethwick

    Rebecca Woods

    Broadcast Journalist BBC News Online

    Fifty years ago a groundbreaking documentary shone a spotlight on to a West Midlands town as racial tensions reached boiling point.

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  5. The story of Birmingham's pub bombings

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    Video caption: Birmingham pub bombings: An unfinished story

    A coroner is to rule on whether to hold inquests into the deaths of 21 people who died in the Birmingham pub bombings. BBC News looks at the events of that night and after.

  6. Good evening from Birmingham and the Black Country

    We're back at 08:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.  

  7. Latest headlines: FA leads brain injury and ball heading research; oldest West Midlands police officer retires

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country this aftermnoon include:

    - The Football Association has committed to leading a British-based effort to find out if heading the ball is linked to developing brain illnesses

    - The oldest police officer in West Midlands retires today

     - Albion defender James Chester, Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards and Blues winger David Cotterill have all been confirmed in the Wales squad for the Euro's

  8. In or Out: Leaving EU could 'have dangerous consequences for millions'

    Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid, who is part of the campaign to remain in the EU claims it would be bad for small businesses if we voted to leave.

    Mr Javid told the crowd at Innovation Birmingham Campus...

    Quote Message: If we vote to leave the EU small businesses will be hit hard. You may have heard the myth that only massive multi nationals want us to stay in the EU - that small businesses want out but that's just plain wrong. It's a misconception that could have dangerous consequences for millions of people who rely on small businesses for their livelihoods and jobs. from Sajid Javid Bromsgrove MP
    Sajid JavidBromsgrove MP
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  9. FA committed to leading research into heading football injuries

    The Football Association says it is committed to leading a British-based effort to find out if heading the ball is linked to developing brain illnesses.

    It has has been in talks with the Professional Footballers' Association about funding research into the issue since 2014.

    Striker, Jeff Astle, who won five England caps, died in 2002, aged 59, of a brain condition normally linked to boxing.

    The Jeff Astle Foundation was set-up in his memory to promote care of other sufferers and research into the condition and has called on the FA for a number of years for more research.

    Jeff Astle
  10. Euro 2016: Local talent

    Mikey Burrows

    BBC WM Sport

    The last Blues player to represent the home nations at a major tournament was goalkeeper Jack Butland (pictured) who was part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012. 

    Technically Butland was third choice and didn’t play so the last Blues representative to actually get on the pitch was Emile Heskey who signed for Blues just before Euro 2004.

    Jack Butland

    Albion don’t have to go quite so far back, Ben Foster was England’s second choice goalkeeper at the World Cup two years ago and played the third group game against Costa Rica after England had already been knocked out.  

  11. M6 lane closure near Wolverhampton

    BBC Travel

    There's a lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident, BBC Travel News reports.

  12. MP abused after launching anti sexism campaign

    Labour MP Jess Phillips says she is considering taking legal action after receiving thousands of abusive messages on Twitter from men discussing whether or not they'd rape her. 

    Last week, she launched a campaign against sexism, abuse and intimidation online. But Birmingham Yardley MP says the threats against her have increased dramatically over the last few days and she will be contacting Twitter and speaking to the police:

    Jess Phillips speaking to Victoria Derbyshire
    Quote Message: I think that the vast majority of these people who are doing this are in America, so there's very little West Midlands Police can do about it. But, I certainly will be contacting Twitter about some of the ringleaders of this dog-piling. from Jess Phillips Yardley MP
    Jess PhillipsYardley MP

    Twitter has said it doesn't comment on individual cases for privacy and security reasons, adding : "We do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user's voice.

  13. Watch: UKIP's Farage heckled on Birmingham walkabout

    Nigel Farage has been heckled during a visit to Birmingham's Rag Market. 

    The UKIP leader was confronted over a number of issues including his MEP's salary and for "blaming immigrants" for the mistakes of bankers.

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    Video caption: UKIP's Nigel Farage heckled on Birmingham walkabout

    The 19-year-old protester, Labour party activist Luke Holland, said UKIP leader Nigel Farage was a "hypocrite".

    Responding after Mr Holland said he had been pushed Mr Farage said: "Oh the victim. It must be awful." Other campaigners could be heard telling the heckler to "go back to school". 

  14. Wales announce Euro squad: Chester, Edwards and Cotterill

    Mikey Burrows

    BBC WM Sport

    Three West Midlands based players have been named in the Wales squad for Euro 2016. 

    Albion defender James Chester, Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards and Blues winger David Cotterill are all in Chris Coleman's final 23 man party to go to France. 

    Chester, Edwards and Cotterill
    Image caption: Chester, Edwards and Cotterill

    Edwards is the first Wolves player to represent one of the home nations at a major tournament since Steve Bull was part of the England squad at the 1990 World Cup.  

    You can read more on today's BBC Sportsday live page and listen to BBC WM.