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Summary

  1. Man jailed for life for Stourbridge neighbour's killing
  2. Details emerge of a possible Birmingham City takeover
  3. Nightclub defends itself on response to drunk student
  4. EU Referendum: Deadline to register to vote is midnight
  5. Updates on Tuesday 7 June 2016

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By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Late freight train causing delays

A late running freight train at Warwick Parkway is causing delays of up to 30 minutes between Leamington Spa and Birmingham / Stratford-upon-Avon, Network Rail reports.

This is expected to continue until approximately 10:00.  

Flash flooding in Kinver, Staffordshire

There was flash flooding near Kinver yesterday, according to Staffordshire Police, who tweeted this picture.

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The weather for the West Midlands

The weather for the West Midlands.
Sam Hain

Sam Hain's century helps Warwickshire secure a nine-wicket victory over Leicestershire in the One-Day Cup.

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Snobs nightclub

A nightclub accused by a judge of "abandoning" a drunk student who was later raped said it previously raised concerns about an unofficial taxi rank outside.

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Murder scene at Forge Road, Stourbridge

A man who inflicted more than 80 injuries on a neighbour on New Year's Day is jailed for life.

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Good evening from Local Live for 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.

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The deadline for registering to vote in the EU Referendum closes tonight at midnight. 

And as part of a final push to encourage people to sign-up the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke has been visiting Birmingham's Balti Triangle to campaign to Remain in the EU. Roger Godsiff, MP makes the case for the Leave campaign.

And we'll have more on the reaction following the criticism of Snobs nightclub in Birmingham for its treatment of a drunk student who was later raped, and find out more about a possible takeover of Blues.

The Midlands Today is on BBC One at 18:30.

Tributes to widow of former Blues and England footballer who promoted the polio vaccination

Dawn Clements, a woman who inspired the nation to get vaccinated against polio following the death of her husband, England and Birmingham City footballer Jeff Hall, has died, aged 79.

Take up of the polio vaccine had been slow in the 1950s, but following Hall's unexpected death Ms Clements put herself in the spotlight and encouraged people to be vaccinated. Her work has been recognised as a key factor in helping the nation wipe out the disease.

Jeff Hall
BBC

The British Polio Fellowship has paid tribute to Mrs Clements, who lived in Kidderminster but was born in Birmingham, commending her efforts to shine a light on post-polio syndrome (PPS).  

'Unofficial taxi rank' reported to city council before attack

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A Birmingham nightclub and a group of nearby businesses claim they reported an unofficial taxi rank to the city council.

Snobs in the city centre was criticised by a judge for its actions in February 2015 when a drunk student who left the premises was later abducted and raped.

Rapist Zaheer Abbas, 30, was jailed for 11 years and Sajad Hussain, 35 - whom the court heard was a taxi marshall - was jailed for six years for sexual assault.

Snobs and Southside Business Improvement District said they reported an unofficial taxi rank on Smallbrook Queensway to the council before the rape took place. A spokesman for Snobs said the council had been investigating.

There were now three official taxi ranks in nearby Inge Street, Hurst Street and outside Snobs - all of which have marshalls who have had DBS checks, the spokesman said.

The city council has been contacted for comment.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

We have a yellow weather warning in place for rain and with it comes the risk of potentially heavy showers.

Showers around in the first part of the evening. Lows of 15C (59F).

It is expected to be quite a muggy night. Find out more.

Lucy Martin has the West Midlands weather forecast

Football: 'Important and significant step for Blues' future' - Pavlakis

The man who has been effectively running Birmingham City's operations in the UK has issued a statement to supporters heralding last night's Hong Kong stock exchange announcement as "one of the important and significant steps" for the club's future.

Blues' club director Panos Pavlakis said that while it was a "very long and complicated announcement", it paved for the way to bringing in a "steady,strong but always honest team ready to progress the club back to where it belonged". 

The 61-page announcement set out restructuring plans and the terms for selling the club, valuing it at £37m. Prospective new owners also promised not to sell the club for at least two years and to make money available to buy players.

Football: Birmingham-born Sturridge says young England can win Euro 2016

BBC Sport

Birmingham-born England striker Daniel Sturridge says age is no barrier to success at Euro 2016, which gets under way this week.  

With an average age of 25, England have the youngest squad at the tournament, but Sturridge, who once played for Cadbury Atheltic juniors in Bournville, says that doesn't mean England can not win.

He said says that should be viewed as a "strength not a weakness".

Daniel Sturridge
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Latest: Nightclub defends itself; man jailed for life; Blues takeover nears

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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

- A Birmingham nightclub criticised by a judge after a drunk customer left and was raped, has defended its actions

- A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years for beating his neighbour to death

- The takeover of Birmingham City appears closer after an announcement on the Hong Kong stock exchange

Accidents causing motorway delays

BBC Travel

There's a lane blocked and slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of an accident, BBC Travel News reports.

There's also a lane blocked and slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident and another accident has caused a lane to be blocked on the M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden).

Birmingham City were the ninth-best supported team in the Championship last season, attracting average gates to St Andrew's of 17,602

Birmingham City's takeover moves closer after an announcement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on restructuring plans.

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Wolverhampton's population to rise by 32,000 in next 23 years

Express and Star

The population of Wolverhampton is expected to rise 32,000 to 288,000 by 2039 according to new official figures.

Man jailed for life for beating his Stourbridge neighbour to death

A man who beat his neighbour to death after a drinking session, inflicting more than 80 injuries, has been jailed for life.

Paul Tompkins was found in a flat in Forge Road, Stourbridge, by police after they forced the front door open. The 59-year-old, known as "Tonka" was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Daniel Jones, aged 34, admitted killing Mr Tompkins on New Year's Day this year. He will have to serve 18 years before being considered for parole.

Det Ch Insp Martin Slevin said: "The motive for the attack is not known but Jones stole property from Mr Tompkins after the assault which he sold to buy more alcohol."

The home where the body was found
BBC

Symphony Hall 25th anniversary Fun Day!

Grapevine Birmingham

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Symphony Hall will throw open its doors and throw out the rule book and invite you to explore Birmingham’s iconic hall like never before, on Sunday 12 June from 11:00-21:00.  

'Several 999 calls' to Oldbury fire

We will bring you more on this fire as soon as we have it.

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Cannabis factory discovered on same street in Perry Barr just days after first find

Great Barr Observer

For a second time in the matter of days West Midlands Police has discovered yet another cannabis factory in Perry Barr.  

Football: 'A major step forward towards Blues takeover'

Richard Wilford

BBC WM

The Extraordinary General Meeting for Blues we reported earlier is currently scheduled for 22 July. The next step is to get shares in Birmingham International Holdings Ltd operating again on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

They have been suspended since 2014.

St Andrews
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Once those shares are operational and functioning there's the opportunity for the club to change ownership.

We are still in the timeframe where Trillion Trophy Asia Ltd are the preferred bidders for the club and have exclusivity so this is a major step forward.

Snobs nightclub says neither police nor council told it about drunk customer who was raped

A Birmingham nightclub which was criticised by a judge says the first time it knew a drunk student who left its premises had been raped, was when the media contacted managers about the court case.

Wayne Tracey, co-owner of Snobs in the city centre, said neither the police nor the local authority told the club about what had happened to the 19-year-old woman in the early hours of 20 February 2015.

Mr Tracey said: "At no point was she abandoned – she was looked after until she decided to make her own way home. 

"Unfortunately, we are unable to compel members of the public to stay on site and no club can be expected to help visitors into taxis."

Snobs
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Coming up on TV

Sian Grzeszczyk

Staffordshire Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The number of asylum seekers and refugees using the British Red Cross in the West Midlands has risen by more than 60% in the last year. 

I have been to a drop-in centre in Birmingham to find out more. Join me for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Residents saved from blaze by smoke alarm

Walsall Advertiser

The values of a working smoke alarm were highlighted overnight after the occupants of a house in Walsall were alerted to a fire in their property.

Snobs nightclub defends its approach over drunk student who was later raped

The co-owner of a Birmingham nightclub criticised for throwing out a drunk student who was later abducted and raped, has defended its actions.

Snobs co-owner Wayne Tracey said: "The procedure that our staff followed on the evening has been previously outlined in our licensing agreement and is deemed fit by authorities.

"We believe that the issue at hand is the licensing of taxi marshals and set-up of official taxi ranks in the city, which affects all clubs and bars."

Car crashed into parked car sending a second car through a wall

A driver collided with a parked car which sent another parked car through a wall in Solihull.

The crash happened outside the Old Silhillians Rugby Club on Warwick Road at around 19:00 yesterday. Police said the driver was aged 22 and was believed to have lost consciousness at the wheel.

The region's ambulance service said he was taken to Heartlands Hospital with minor injuries.

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Latest: Blues takeover nears; pub manager robbed; deadline to register to vote

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering on Tuesday:

- An announcement on the Hong Kong stock exchange has hinted at the possible takeover of Birmingham City

- Four men who plotted to rob an Oldbury pub manager as she took takings to the post office are starting jail terms

- EU referendum: The deadline to register to vote is midnight

Speedway: Coventry lose out to Wolves in local derby

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Chris Harris top scored for the Coventry Bees in their Elite League match against Wolverhampton, but it wasn't enough to see the side to a win.

They were beaten 51-41, with Wolves moving level with leaders Lakeside on points.

New driverless vehicles launched at Birmingham auto show

A Coventry-based firm is set to unveil its latest autonomous pods at a major exhibition in Birmingham later today. 

Pod Zero
RDM Group

RDM Group will reveal its new Pod Zero range at the Automechanika event, which takes place at the NEC. 

The company says the vehicles, which are being developed to carry from two to eight people, have had interest from airports, universities, shopping centres and theme parks.

EU Referendum: Deadline to register to vote is midnight tonight

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

The deadline to register to vote in the EU referendum is at midnight tonight.

The Electoral Commission says since the launch of its public awareness campaign last month, more than 1.35 million people have applied to register across the UK - and most of them are 34 or younger. 

Emma Hartley, from the commission, said you would be asked for a National Insurance number, but you could still register without it.

Kitchen worker among men who plotted to rob pub manager

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Four men are today starting jail sentences for plotting to rob a pub manager in Oldbury.

Two of them attacked the woman as she took takings from the Pheasant pub to a post office on 27 October last year, according to West Midlands Police.

One of the men was a kitchen worker at the pub: Kieran Chana (pictured left).

He was linked to the other robbers - Colin Talbot (top), Ayden Cash (middle) and Robert Brady-Ward (bottom) - by texts, phone data and CCTV evidence.

Kieran Chana (left), Colin Talbot (top), Ayden Cash (middle) and Robert Brady-Ward (bottom)
West Midlands Police

Be careful out there: Risk of 'torrential' showers and hail

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office from 13:00 today.  

It says there's the potential for heavy, thundery showers which could turn locally torrential, with the risk of hail and localised flooding.

Lucy Martin warns people as she reads the weather forecast
BBC

Campaigners hope drama will raise awareness over fight for answers on Iraq war

BBC WM

Campaigners say they hope a BBC drama based on the story of a bereaved father from the West Midlands will generate more awareness about the fight for answers over the Iraq war.

Reg, written by Jimmy McGovern, told the story of Reg Keys, whose son L/Cpl Thomas Keys, from Solihull, died in Basra in 2003. 

Rose Gentle lost her son in the conflict the following year and together, she and Reg have spent years campaigning against the Iraq war. 

She says the timing of last night's programme should help, as the Chilcot report is due to be published next month.

Tim Roth in BBC drama Reg
BBC
Tim Roth in BBC drama Reg

Pepper spray 'test' taxi driver given suspended sentence

A taxi driver who claimed to have used an illegal canister of pepper spray on himself to test his pain threshold has been handed a suspended jail term.

Birmingham Crown Court
BBC

Latest: Pepper spray 'test' taxi driver; Birmingham City takeover nears; deadline to register to vote

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Tuesday:

- A taxi driver who "pepper sprayed himself to test his pain threshold" is given a suspended jail term

- Details have emerged of a possible Birmingham City takeover

- EU referendum: The deadline to register to vote is midnight

Football: Blues takeover nears with Hong Kong stock exchange announcement

BBC WM Sport

The potential takeover of Birmingham City has taken another major step forward with an announcement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on restructuring plans and the terms for selling the club, valuing it at £37m. 

In a 61-page document, the prospective new owners promise not to sell the club for at least two years and make money available to buy players.

An Extraordinary General Meeting has been called for next month and the process could be completed by October.

St Andrew's
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Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It looks like we're holding on to the warm temperatures for another day, but there is a yellow warning for potentially heavy rain showers later.

Highs of 25C (77F).

Find out more about the week ahead.