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Summary

  1. Aston Villa: Roberto di Matteo is the new manager, Steve Clarke is assistant
  2. Rail delays after man 'struck by train'
  3. 'Difficult days ahead' for the families of the Birmingham pub bombing victims
  4. Half a million calls to the police 101 number 'have gone unanswered', data suggests
  5. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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    Video caption: Two women affected by Birmingham pub bombings and Hillsborough meet for the first time

    Two women who lost family in the Birmingham pub bombings and Hillsborough tragedy have met for the first time.

  2. Our coverage across the day

    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.

  3. "Time to get behind them" - Nigel Spink on Di Matteo and Clarke

    Mikey Burrows

    BBC WM Sport

    Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink has backed the impending appointments of Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Clarke.

    Di Matteo is expected to be officially announced as Villa’s new manager in the next 24 hours, with the former Albion Head Coach joined by another former Baggies boss in Clarke as his assistant.

    Spink has been telling BBC WM it’s time for the fans to leave last season in the past and unite behind the new management team. Listen to the interview in full here.

    "Time to get behind them" Nigel Spink on Di Matteo & Clarke
  4. Mo Farah coming to Brum: 'Home crowd will be a great motivator for me'

    BBC Sport

    Olympic champion Mo Farah is among 21 world champions set to compete in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.  

    Quote Message: This will be my first big European track race of 2016 and a great platform to test myself on the road to the Olympic Games in Rio. I know that having the support of that passionate home crowd will be a great motivator for me on the day and going into the Games. from Mo Farah
    Mo Farah
  5. Boy treated for serious head injury after falling off scooter

    A 10-year-old boy is being treated for a serious head injury after falling from a motorised scooter in Tamworth this afternoon.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says it received a 999-call to the Castle Grounds at about 12:30 after the boy fell from the scooter while going down hill.

    The boy was flown by air ambulance to Birmingham Children's Hospital -  his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

  6. Watch: Overnight forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    For many places it will stay fine and dry this eveningand tonight, and with some lengthy clear spells and light winds it may get rather chilly in sheltered western parts.

    Cloud will build in eastern parts, spreading westwards later with lows of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. 'Di Matteo/Clarke partnership could give Villa fans the success they’ve been craving for years'

    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    Di Matteo’s appointment has been on the cards for a while, particularly since the other leading candidate for the Villa job, Nigel Pearson, joined Derby.

    But it’s the recruitment of Steve Clarke as Di Matteo’s number two that could really work in Villa’s favour.

    There’s plenty of symmetry to their respective careers too. The pair played together at Chelsea, and Clarke worked successfully as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Stamford Bridge too, while Di Matteo won the Champions League when in charge of the Londoners four years ago.  

    Di Matteo/Clarke

    Clearly getting Villa out of the Championship at the first attempt will be a wholly different proposition for Clarke, with Di Matteo alongside him.

    Intriguingly, of course, both worked separately as head coach at West Bromwich Albion, where Di Matteo DID get The Baggies promoted back into the Premier League in his first season in charge in 2009/10. So as long as their ideas mesh, the Di Matteo/Clarke partnership could give the Villa fans the success they’ve been craving for years.

  8. Dudley News front page: Tributes paid to crash victim

    Dudley News

    The front page of this week's newspaper includes the story about a motorcyclist who was killed after his bike hit a car.

    Dudley News front page
  9. Star-crossed lovers get twinkle-toed treatment thanks to hip hop dancer

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    A teenage hip hop dancer will perform in a ballet adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at Birmingham's Aston Hall tonight. 

    Hip hop dancer Blessing from Birmingham

    Blessing Adedayo (pictured) is part of an after-school hip hop club at Hodge Hill in Birmingham. She's one of 60 youngsters from across the West Midlands who've trained with Birmingham Royal Ballet for the last three months. 

    It's part of a drive to make ballet more accessible to people from all backgrounds.

  10. BHS to be wound down as rescue attempt fails

    BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs after efforts to find a buyer failed.  

    Locally the chain has stores in Birmingham city centre, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Redditch, and Sutton Coldfield.

    All 163 BHS stores across the country will be holding closing sales over the coming weeks.  

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    Video caption: 'Sadness and shock' as BHS rescue bid fails
  11. Watch: Pub bombers 'will never be convicted'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    This video was one of the most-watched on the BBC News website yesterday following the announcement that inquests into the Birmingham pub bombings dead are to reopen.

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

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    Video caption: Ex IRA man: Birmingham pub bombers will never be convicted
  12. Clothes bank fire

    Firefighters say they're shocked to have been called to a fire at a clothes bank yesterday in Solihull.

    The fire service said it received a 999-call to a deposit bank on Station Road in Marston Green at about 15:30.

    Clothes bank fire in Solihull
    Quote Message: Not big, and definitely not clever. With a number of people relying on the funds and items from these clothes banks, we can't believe people would even consider setting them on fire. from West Midlands Fire Service Spokesperson
    West Midlands Fire ServiceSpokesperson
  13. Tamworth rail delays: 'Man dead at scene', police say

    British Transport Police says officers attended Tamworth railway station following a report a person had been hit by a train.

    A spokesperson says "a man has been pronounced dead at the scene".

    The incident was reported at 14:26 and police are working to identify the man and inform his family.

  14. Travel: Tamworth train delays expected until 17:00

    BBC Travel

    More on the disruption to rail services through Tamworth this afternoon - National Rail Enquiries say emergency services are dealing with an incident near Tamworth.

    They say that's causing disruptions to journeys between Birmingham New Street and Derby, affecting Cross County trains.

    National Rail Enquiries say the disruption's expected to last until 17:00 and some services could be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.

    The BBC Travel website has the latest information