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  1. Judge blasts club after student raped
  2. Hospital trust to cut 450 jobs
  3. Di Matteo 'honoured' to be Villa boss
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Lancashire and England wicketkeeper/batsman Jos Buttler

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A 19-year-old student dies after being hit by a car in Sandwell, as another man is arrested on suspicion of driving while on drugs.

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Have a good weekend from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

We're back at 08:00 on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates until then.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We will have more information on fires in white goods which have caused frefighters to warn the public, and plans for hundreds of job losses at a hospital trust.

And we will be looking back on events across the West Midlands for the BBC's Music Day 2016.

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Tonight we'll steadily see cloud thicken, but it should be a mild night with lows of 13C (55F).

Find out more about the weekend.

Warning over fires in white goods

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

This is what the aftermath of a washing machine which overheated, looks like.

Firefighters across the region are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year. 

In some cases houses have been partially destroyed by tumble driers and washing machines over-heating. 

Exploding white goods warning from region's fire services.

Travel: Delays on both M6 carriageways

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J6 for the Aston Expressway and J7 for Great Barr because of a breakdown.

And there is very slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J9 for Wednesbury and J8 for the M5 interchange because of an earlier breakdown even though all lanes have been reopened.

Here's the latest.

Sandwell £5m historic house restoration project under way

A clock which is more than 100 years old has been restored to its former glory as part of a £5m restoration project in Sandwell, West Midlands.

Lightwoods House, in Bearwood, dates back to the 18th Century and has been empty for the past eight years.

Work to restore the building began in 2010, with Sandwell Council managing to secure a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work is due to be finished this summer.

Sandwell £5m historic house restoration project under way

Super-slimming Tamworth couple shed 15 stone in weight

Tamworth Herald

A Tamworth couple have lost the equivalent of a third person in their marriage after shedding more than 15 stone between them.

Craig and Sarah Sterling's transformation
Tamworth Herald

Man in his 70s seriously injured in 20ft fall while cleaning his guttering in Dudley

A man has fallen 20 feet from a ladder while cleaning his guttering in Brierley Hill, says West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The man, believed to be in his 70s, was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after suffering a serious chest injury and a facial injury, said the service.

It happened on Pensnett Road at about 11:30, and the air ambulance landed in a nearby field.

Latest: Snobs nightclub criticised; new Villa manager; hospital job losses

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Friday's news, here are our headlines:

- Birmingham nightclub Snobs has been criticised by a judge for throwing out a drunk student who was later raped

- Roberto di Matteo has been officially confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa

- Sandwell hospital trust has revealed a plan to cut 450 jobs to save £30m

Birmingham nightclub criticised after drunk student it ejected was raped

A Birmingham nightclub has been criticised by a judge for ejecting a drunk student who was later abducted and raped, whom the court heard had been a virgin.

Snobs nightclub kicked out the 19-year-old after she collapsed in the Birmingham city centre venue, the city's Crown court heard.

Separated from friends, she was lured into a van and driven to an industrial estate where she was raped and sexually assaulted.


Rapist Zaheer Abbas, 30, of St Aidan's Walk, Birmingham, was jailed for 11 years while taxi marshall Sajad Hussain, 35, of Azalea Grove, Birmingham, was jailed for six years for sexual assault.

After sentencing the pair, Judge Mary Stacy accused Snobs of "abandoning" the victim on the street, allowing her attackers to prey on her.

The judge said the case called into question the club's fitness to hold a licence and referred the venue to licensing chiefs at Birmingham City Council.

Legal challenges delay pursuit of alleged misconduct by Sandwell Councillor Mahboob Hussain

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Efforts to consider misconduct alleged against a former deputy council leader have been delayed by legal challenges, the authority says.

Sandwell Councillor Mahboob Hussain is accused of six alleged council code of conduct breaches, according to solicitors Gowling WLG.

The law firm was brought in 15 months ago to investigate alleged irregularities in the sale of the authority's former properties.

Sandwell Council House

Mr Hussain, now suspended by Labour, denies any wrongdoing. 

The council says it has referred the allegations to its internal discipinary watchdog, its standards committee, but that process may be held up because the authority says Mr Hussain is challenging the legality of the council publishing the accusations alleged by Gowling WLG and the judge refusing him permission to seek a judicial review.

Festival in memory of musician Nick Drake

BBC Music

A festival dedicated to the memory of musician Nick Drake gets under way today.

The Lunar Festival takes place in Tanworth in Arden, the Warwickshire village where the musician spent much of his life. 

When Drake died in 1974 at the age of 26, his music wasn't widely recognised. But now artists including Coldplay and REM site him as a major influence. 

Sandwell hospital trust job losses: Unite the union 'deplores' the announcement

Unite has hit out at a plan to axe 450 jobs to save £350m at Sandwell's hospital trust, which we reported earlier.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, City Hospital in Birmingham and Rowley Regis Hospital, said it needed to "deliver safe care within a budget".  

Unite regional officer Frank Keogh said: “At a time when the population is growing and the demand for new treatments rising, we strongly deplore the announcement that up to 450 jobs are under threat at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

“Unite will work with the trust’s management at this challenging time to mitigate any job losses and to ensure that patient safety is not compromised in any way."

2016 Sutton Coldfield Expo promises to be the biggest yet

Sutton Coldfield Local

Organisers of the Sutton Coldfield town centre Expo are recommending those wishing to take part in 2016 get in touch early, with the event looking to be a sell-out.  

Jonah Drive fire in Tipton: Eyewitness footage

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Thanks to John Kennett for sending us eyewitness footage capturing the full scale of last night's fire in Jonah Drive, Tipton, we reported earlier.

The cause of the blaze, which affected 100 pallets topped with plastic plant pots, is being investigated.

Jonah Drive fire in Tipton: Eyewitness footage shows scale of the flames

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Latest: New Villa boss; pool to remain closed for weeks; huge fire in Tipton

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of some of the stories we have covered in the past few hours:

- Roberto di Matteo has been officially confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa

- A Birmingham swimming pool which shut after a chlorine-resistant bug was found, will remain closed for several more weeks

- About 70 firefighters battled a fire engulfing around 100 pallets topped with plastic plant pots in Tipton overnight

Sandwell hospital trust to axe 450 jobs

A hospital trust is to axe 450 jobs to save £30m, it has been announced.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust said it needed to "deliver safe care within a budget".

The trust runs Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, City Hospital in Birmingham and Rowley Regis Hospital.

A consultation into the job cuts, which will affect 250 permanent staff and 200 temporary roles across all departments, will start next month.

Sandwell General Hospital

450 jobs to be axed at Sandwell hospitals trust

Express and Star

Hundreds of jobs are to be axed at the NHS trust that runs Sandwell General Hospital in a bid to claw back more than £30m, it has been revealed.

Coming up on Midlands Today

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Firefighters across the region are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year. 

In some cases houses have been partially destroyed by tumble driers and washing machines over-heating. 

I'll have more on Midlands Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

RDM at Villa: 'The job is quite simple'

BBC WM Sport

Former Aston Villa striker Garry Thompson says new manager Roberto di Matteo's mission could not be clearer.

He told last night's special BBC WM football phone-in: "The job is quite simple - turn the thing around and get us back into the Premiership [Premier League]."

BHS collapse 'fuels public distrust of business'

A business leader has accused the former owners of BHS of "lamentable failures", saying its collapse has fuelled public distrust of UK PLC.

Simon Walker, head of the Institute of Directors (IoD), told the BBC Sir Philip Green had a moral responsibility to the retailer's staff.

A total of 11,000 people are losing their jobs with the collapse of the retailer BHS. 

A last-minute deal to save the firm fell through - meaning all 163 stores - including in Birmingham, Redditch, Solihull, Merry Hill, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton - will hold closing down sales before shutting for good.

BHS store
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EU Data Rave to take place at Millennium Point

Birmingham Eastside

The UK’s first Data Rave is to take place this Saturday, as a Birmingham-based youth engagement agency hope to educate young adults in the city about the upcoming European Union Referendum.  

Di Matteo at Villa: 'Initially underwhelmed by the appointment' - former striker Thompson

BBC WM Sport

The news BBC Sport first brought you on Thursday has been confirmed; Roberto di Matteo is taking charge at Aston Villa.

On a special BBC WM football phone in last night, former Villa striker Garry Thompson spoke to us about the new management team, which is expected to include Steve Clarke as di Matteo's assistant.

He said: "Initially I was underwhelmed when you have been talking about the likes of David Moyes and then turn to Roberto.

Roberto di Matteo
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"But the more you think about it, he has experience in the Premier League and the Championship and he has a Champions League under his belt, which is the thing that probably entices the chairman."  

Ruby Turner surprises Birmingham's commuters

Ruby Turner performs for BBC Music Day

Travellers at Birmingham's New Street Station have just been ambushed by a 30-piece band as part of BBC Music Day.

Led by Ruby Turner, the group staged a flashmob in front of commuters, playing gospel classic This Train (Is Bound For Glory) amongst other songs.

The performance, which also featured the Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir, was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, and will be shown on Songs Of Praise this weekend.

Birmingham pool where bug detected to remain closed for 'several more weeks'

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

A Birmingham swimming pool where children fell ill after a chlorine-resistant bug was detected, is to remain closed for “several more weeks” while investigations continue, according to a spokesperson.

Cocks Moors Woods pool closed on 23 May after the parasite Cryptosporidium, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, was found in the water.

It is not yet known if it will reopen in time for the school holidays.

The pool
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Cannock couple banned from keeping animals after causing suffering to dog

Cannock Mercury

A pair of dog owners from Cannock have been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after being convicted of causing suffering to a dog.  

Fire involving caravan and sheds


Firefighters have been dealing with a blaze at a caravan and a number of sheds in Erdington this morning. 

Four crews were sent to Tyburn Road North at 07:20, but the fire is now out. 

An investigation is under way.

T20 Blast cricket: Bears in action tonight

The Birmingham Bears take on Durham in the T20 Blast tonight.

Warwickshire stalwart Ian Bell said earlier this week he was targeting his first T20 century.

The game is live on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire from 18:45.

Ian Bell in the victorious Bears side that beat Surrey and Lancashire on Finals Day at Edgbaston in 2014
Warwickshire CCC
Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto di Matteo says "it's a wonderful honour" to manage Aston Villa as the club officially announce his appointment.

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Latest: BHS collapse; New hope for Dudley Hippodrome; Tipton fire overnight

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Friday so far:

- The collapse of BHS with the potential for 11,000 job losses could be "deeply damaging" to British business says the Institute of Directors

- Renewed hope for Dudley Hippodrome after a five-year lease was agreed to give them more time to develop plans to save it

- About 70 firefighters battled a fire engulfing around 100 pallets topped with plastic plant pots in Tipton overnight

BBC Music Day 2016: Take it to the bridge - the Love Lock Bridge to be precise


Today marks BBC Music Day 2016 with the aim of uniting communities across different generations.

From 09:45 at Birmingham New Street station gospel queen Ruby Turner will lead the 30-strong Birmingham Town Gospel Choir in a performance due to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

BBC Asian Network have arranged for singer Jay Kadn to perform live in the station and multi-cultural dance troupe DesiNach will perform to a mash-up of Bollywood and Urban Music -  both to be broadcast live on Noreen Khan’s show from 13:30.

Love lock bridge at the back of The Mailbox, Birmingham

Richie Anderson will bring his afternoon show on BBC WM live from Birmingham’s Love Lock Bridge at the Mailbox from 14:00, broadcasting live performances from Birmingham singer-songwriter Guy jones, the city’s Homeless Choir, the Azaad Dhol Drummers and a solo performance from Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler.   

New hope for the future of Dudley Hippodrome

There's renewed hope for the future of Dudley Hippodrome, after a deal to lease it to campaigners for the next five years was agreed.

Dudley Council says it will continue with plans to demolish the building which has been empty since 2009, but only as a fallback position if plans to save it fail.

Dudley Hippodrome

Steve Daniels is on the board of Black Country Hippodrome Limited, the company which will look at a way to re-open it as a theatre for the first time since the 1960s. 

He said: "Dudley to me is a sleeping giant. We can make Dudley thrive again. Where the Hippodrome is situated, it is the main route into Dudley."

Dozens of firefighters tackled Tipton flames overnight


Around 70 firefighters dealt with a huge fire overnight in Tipton. Up to 100 pallets containing plastic plant pots set alight in Jonah Drive. 

The fire service said no-one was hurt. 

White watch from Dudley Fire Station dealing with the fire
West Midlands Fire Service
Jonah Drive fire seen from Darbys Hill
West Midlands Fire Service

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

We will start to see some cloud building through the morning and some isolated showers to look out for around midday.

Highs of 16C (61F). Find out more.

Lucy Martin has the Midlands forecast

Travel: Sparkbrook delays warning

BBC Travel

Kyotts Lake Road in Sparkbrook is partially blocked between the A41 Stratford Road junction and the junction with Sampson Road because of a two-car crash.

There is also slow traffic and one lane closed on the M42 southbound between J5 for Solihull and J4 for Shirley because of a crash.