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  1. 'Sickness bug' pool will not reopen for nearly two years
  2. Man suspected of 'a number' of sex assaults
  3. Former Villa captain Gareth Southgate does not want England job
  4. Woman jailed for murdering former lover in stabbing attack
  5. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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Northfield swimming pool

A Birmingham swimming baths closed after the discovery of a sickness and diarrhoea bug will not reopen until 2018, bosses say.

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Birmingham City sign defender Ryan Shotton from Championship rivals Derby County for an undisclosed fee.

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Our coverage across the day

We'll be back from 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.

Labour MP Rob Marris joins string of party resignations

The Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West, Rob Marris, has resigned from his role within the shadow treasury team. 

The BBC understands Angela Eagle MP has delayed her bid to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the party's leadership.  

Rob Marris

Travel: Walsall delays warning

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the Court Way inbound in Walsall at the junction with Green Lane.

Congestion is back to J10 of the M6, drivers are warned.

Midlands business leaders expect the unexpected

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

The launch of the West Midlands Combined Authority had been designed to set out our long-term prospects but instead the day was impaled on the hooks of real and present dangers after the watershed vote for Britain's exit from the European Union.

Should I perhaps turn to astrology for some inspiration as to what this uncertain future might hold?

A local lad who hailed originally from one of the combined authority's "non-constituent" or "associate" local authority areas, Stratford-upon-Avon, once said: "It is not in our stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves."

Read more in my latest blog.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A scheme to allow drivers to use the hard shoulder as a permanent motorway lane has been condemned by MPs as unsafe. 

A man suspected of following a student from a Birmingham railway station and later trying to get into her car is now sought by police in connection with a number of sex assaults.

And Dan Evans from Birmingham will now play Roger Federer in round three of Wimbledon.

More on these stories and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Latest: sex assault suspect sought; MP joins Labour resignations; motorway plans criticised

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up, here are our stories from Thursday afternoon so far:

- A man suspected of following a student from a railway station is being sought by police investigating a "number" of sex assaults in Selly Oak

- Wolverhampton South West's MP has become the latest to resign from a leading role in the Labour opposition

- Plans to convert more hard shoulders into permanent driving lanes to ease motorway congestion should be scrapped, a Commons committee has said

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

As we head into this evening, showers are likely to arrive.

Lows of 13C (55F).

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Sickness bug found in Birmingham pool

A leisure centre at which a sickness and diarrhoea bug was found in one of its two pools will not be reopening them ahead of next month's full site closure - set to last until 2018.

Both pools at Northfield Leisure Centre in Birmingham were temporarily closed two weeks ago while tests for Cryptosporidium were carried out, with the parasite found in its teaching pool but not its main pool.

Northfield pool

The precautionary measure followed the closure of Cocks Moors Wood pool in Kings Heath, Birmingham - shut after several children fell ill. The pool, where Cryptosporidium had been found, reopened on Friday 24 June after being closed for four weeks.

The Northfield pools, however - shut after a separate incident - will not be reopening for nearly two years. That's because a pre-planned £8m redevelopment will now be fast-tracked, with complete closure of the leisure centre set to run from 22 July to 2018. 

Anthony Forde

Championship side Rotherham sign Walsall winger Anthony Forde on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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Drugs ring jailed for 20 years after police find £300k stash at properties across Walsall

Walsall Advertiser

A drugs gang has been jailed for more than 20 years after their dealer operation was busted in Walsall by West Midlands Police.

Walsall Advertiser

Wolves say no update on sale talks despite Spanish media reports

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Wolves Chief Exec Jez Moxey has responded to media speculation relating to a possible sale of the club. 

Moxey says there is ongoing dialogue but nothing to report despite Spanish media linking former Porto boss Julen Lopetegee with the manager's job if a Chinese takeover goes through.

Crimewatch appeal over gunshots in Handsworth

In 2003, Marcia Shakespeare’s 17-year-old daughter Letisha was killed after being caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs in Birmingham. 

It happened at a time when gun crime levels in the city were notoriously high. Since then, incidents have been falling significantly until a spike in the six months to January. A total of 47 gunshots were recorded in the West Midlands in that period - compared to 48 in the whole of 2014.

Thirteen years on, Marcia has a special investigation for Crimewatch, which looks at why incidents of gun crime have risen recently and what the police are doing about it.  

She spoke to the head of West Midlands Police CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, who took her to the scene of a January shooting and showed her CCTV footage of the police’s prime suspect. 

CCTV from Regent Road

Collapse of long-running Stourbridge law firm Sanders & Co

Stourbridge News

Today's frontpage: A long-running Stourbridge law firm is due to close its doors today after 41 years in business amid accusations the company became embroiled in an overseas housing scheme that collapsed owing an estimated £21m to investors.  

Stourbridge News
Frisbee frolics de-stress Birmingham students before exams
A Birmingham school has started teaching pupils the sport of 'Ultimate Frisbee' to help relieve exam stress.

Man suspected of 'a number of assaults on women'

A man suspected of following a student from a railway station and trying to get into her car is now sought by police in connection with a number of sex assaults in the area. 

CCTV footage had been released of the suspect at Selly Oak railway station on 3 September 2015. 

The suspect
British Transport Police

British Transport Police now says it has been made aware of an investigation into assaults on women in Selly Oak by a man of the same description.

- On 5 September, a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down Exeter Road- On 18 September, a woman was touched inappropriately as she walked home with a friend along Hubert Road 

- On 27 September, a 19-year-old was assaulted when she answered the door of a student house in Bournbrook Road

A trainee sniffer dog is called Bobby in honour of a Birmingham youngster

A trainee police sniffer dog has been named after a boy from Birmingham who is fighting a brain tumour.Bobby Humphries, who is three, visited West Midlands Police's dog training unit at Balsall Common to meet his namesake - an eight-week-old springer spaniel.A police officer came up with the idea after meeting Bobby's family on a ward at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.  

A trainee sniffer dog is called Bobby in honour of a Birmingham youngster

Heartbreak as Tamworth family's puppy put to sleep after assault

A Tamworth family has been left devastated after their puppy was viciously attacked at their home – resulting in it being put down.

Tamworth Herald

Coming up on TV

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

A new report shows that Birmingham's record on child poverty remains among the worst in the country. 

An independent commission says nearly one in four of the city's children are living in poverty, with low pay and overcrowded homes persistent problems. 

It calls for a named city councillor to take responsibility for the issue and more free school meals. 

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

Latest: Warning on motorway expansions; woman murdered her ex; fox cub rescued

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the headlines so far on Thursday:

- Plans to convert more hard shoulders into permanent driving lanes to ease motorway congestion should be scrapped, a Commons committee has said

- A woman who stabbed her former lover to death after a drunken argument has been jailed for 13 years and four months

- A fox cub who was "slowly suffocating" in the netting of a football goal has been rescued by the RSPCA

Football: Stoke City legend keen on Berahino move

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Stoke City cult hero Denis Smith thinks Saido Berahino would be a great addition to the team this summer. 

Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion
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The West Bromwich Albion player has been linked with a move to the club over the last few months. 

Smith told BBC Radio Stoke he'll add a lot to the team, despite some people questioning his attitude.

He didn't have the best of seasons last season but when he did play, you look at some of the goals he put in, his finishing is excellent, his movement is good - the kid's a good player. "

Denis SmithFormer Stoke City player

Blues Ladies stay in third after Arsenal draw

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

Birmingham City Ladies remain third in Women's Super League 1 after a goalless draw with Arsenal at Solihull Moors last night. 

Blues' best effort was a header from new Norwegian signing Andrine Hegerberg which flew over the crossbar.

Traffic misery expected when authorities close road to prepare for major Lichfield housing scheme

Lichfield Mercury

Highways and sewerage work to prepare for a new 750-house development at Streethay is set to cause disruption to residents and motorists following confirmation that the A5127 will be shut there for 12 weeks.

Lichfield Mercury

Fox cub's neck tangled in netting

A fox cub had to be rescued from football netting which was "slowly suffocating him," according to the RSPCA.

The cub was found with his front paws trapped in netting in a garden in Highfield Road, Hall Green, Birmingham on Wednesday

Despite the animal's body and neck becoming entangled, the rescued fox was uninjured and was able to be released back into the wild.

Fox cub in netting

The RSPCA is asking everyone to keep checking their nets, if they have one, in their gardens and said such incidents tend to increase when big football tournaments, such as Euro 2016, are taking place.

Speedway: Wolves lose Swedish rider to injury for weeks

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

In Speedway, Wolves will be without the Swedish rider Joonas Kylmakorpi for the next month due to injury. 

He's had a fine season so far, but injured his knee in a crash in Poland last weekend. 

Wolves have already booked Scott Nicholls as a guest for their visit to Leicester on Saturday - the first of four meetings in six days. 

Meanwhile, the Cradley Heathens are in action away at Sheffield tonight in a challenge match. Tapes are up at 19:30.

Contactless travel payment en route for West Midlands commuters

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Commuters in the West Midlands will be able to pay for their journeys using contactless cards and smartphones.

National Express West Midlands says it is installing technology on 1,500 buses through its network in the next two years.

A spokesman said the move would speed up routes and make fewer buses over-run.

Bus passenger making a contactless payment on a bus

Long-serving Albion midfielder agrees new deal

Steve Hermon

Journalist, BBC WM

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison has signed a new contract with the club. 

The Scottish international - who's been at the Hawthorns for nine years - has agreed a two-year deal with another year in the club's favour. 

James Morrison
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Gareth Southgate does not want England job

BBC Sport

England Under-21 manager and former Aston Villa captain Gareth Southgate has no interest in succeeding Roy Hodgson as boss of the senior national team.

The 45-year-old has not been offered the role or spoken to the Football Association since the weekend.

Hodgson resigned after four years in charge following the Euro 2016 last-16 defeat by Iceland on Monday.

The FA has been considering Southgate in an interim role as it searches for Hodgson's successor.

Gareth Southgate
Getty Images

Latest: Southgate rules out England; lover turned murderer; motorway expansion criticised

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Thursday:

- Former Villa captain Gareth Southgate does not want the England manager's job

- A woman is jailed for more than 13 years for stabbing her former lover to death

- Scrap dangerous motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs on a Commons committee have warned

Walsall woman jailed for stabbing former lover to death

A woman who stabbed her former lover to death after a drunken argument at his home in Willenhall is starting a 13-year-and-four-month prison sentence this morning, police say.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how 27-year-old Stella Downing, of no fixed address, went to Glyn Evans's house in December and attacked him. She had pleaded guilty to his murder. 

Stella Downing and Glyn Evans
West Midlands Police

A second man, Martin Stokes, aged 49, from St Giles Road, Willenhall, admitted perverting the course of justice and has been sentenced to 12 months. 

Police said he went to the house with Downing and later lied to investigators about how long he had been at the property at the time of the murder.  

Scrap 'dangerous' hard shoulder plans, MPs say

Plans to convert more hard shoulders into permanent driving lanes to ease motorway congestion should be scrapped, a Commons committee has said.

The government intends to turn hundreds of miles of hard shoulder in England into permanent lanes, known as "all-lane running", to expand capacity.


Current "smart motorway" schemes, such as that on the M6, only use the hard shoulder at peak times or during periods of congestion. The Transport Select Committee said the "dramatic change" to using all the lanes, all the time, would be dangerous.

The Department for Transport said "all-lane running" was designed to be as safe as ordinary motorways.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's a dry and slightly misty start. It will cloud over a bit more.

Highs of 18C (64F).

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Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: West Bromwich delays

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A41 Birmingham Road between the junction with Colliery Road and its junction with Halfords Lane in West Bromwich, in the roadworks area.

Good morning from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

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