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  1. Nursery nurse Lisa Potts forgives school knife attacker
  2. Travel firm closes 'due to terrorism'
  3. Ex-MEP fake claims case 'makes no sense'

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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.  

Turkish travel agent closes down

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The owner of a Turkish travel company based in Solihull has thanked his customers for their loyalty, but says the recent terrorist attacks in the country have left him with no choice than to close the company down. 

Find out more on Midlands Today on BBC1 at 18:30.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A fine end to the day, with some late sunshine and light winds.

Dry and clear overnight with lows of 11C (52F).

Teachers' strike 'politically motivated' says minister

Today's strike by members of the National Union of Teachers is being condemned as unjustified and "politically motivated" by Schools Minister Nick Gibb. 

The NUT, which earlier held a rally in Birmingham, says schools are facing their worst funding crisis since the 1970s, resulting in staff cuts and bigger class sizes. 

But Mr Gibb insists school spending is being protected and he says it's the strike action that's damaging education.

Nick Gibb
BBC

Latest: Ex- MEP fake claims case 'makes no sense'; and travel firm closes 'due to terrorism'

Here's a recap of some of our headlining stories:

- Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire tell court she "would not make false claims after fraud briefing"

- Solihull travel firm closes over 'political instability' in Turkey

- Schools across Birmingham and the Black Country affected by teacher strike

Watch: Why We Voted To Leave

BBC Panorama

Investigative TV show

Did you watch BBC One last night? Adrian Chiles presented a special Panorama in the West Midlands. 

He met Leave voters from both sides of the political divide to find out why Britain voted for Brexit. 

A5127 closed by accident

BBC Travel

The A5127 Birmingham Road in Lichfield is closed in both directions between the Falkland Road junction and Lichfield, because of an accident, BBC Travel reports.  

Nikki Sinclaire

An ex-MEP urges jurors to consider why she would have falsely claimed expenses shortly after being warned of similar allegations about a colleague.

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Nouha Dicko

Wolves striker Nouha Dicko will miss some pre-season friendlies following his return from a cruciate ligament injury.

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More jobs set for JLR's Ryton site

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

A £22m investment from Jaguar Land Rover will see bespoke cars made at the new Special Vehicle Operations plant at Coventry's Ryton site.

The company has already created 200 jobs with another 250 being recruited this year.

Jaguar Land Rover building bespoke cars at Ryton

Tamworth's sporting stars revealed on underpass

BBC Radio Stoke

Tamworth's sporting stars have been depicted on a town underpass.

A section of the mural
Tamworth Borough Council

The artwork shows snowboarder Adam Gendle, footballer Marc Albrighton, athlete Meghan Beesley and boxer Ryan Hatton and was spray-painted by local artists on the underpass under River Drive bridge, between the SnowDome and the bowling alley.

Last year, the Ladybridge underpass was painted with a mural based on borough history, which included Second World War hero Colin Grazier, Sir Robert Peel, Tamworth Castle, swans, a Reliant Robin and a Tamworth pig.

Birmingham hosts rally for striking teachers

Teachers from across the West Midlands gathered in the centre of Birmingham today for a rally as part of their one day strike. 

The National Union of Teachers called the action in protest over school funding, pay and workloads which the government describes as "unnecessary."

Police committed to rooting out rogue officers

There's "no hiding place" for rogue officers who abuse their positions, West Midlands Police say.

It's after the publication of a Disapproved Register detailing the number of UK police officers who have been sacked or resigned or retired while under investigation for serious breaches of the police code of conduct. 

The total of 833 officers includes 25 dismissed by the West Midlands force for gross misconduct, along with another three who resigned before gross misconduct hearings were finalised but who were believed to have had a case to answer.

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West Midlands Police

Warwickshire's Varun Chopra to leave for a 'fresh challenge'

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire Cricket Club has announced former captain Varun Chopra will be leaving at the end of the season. 

The opening batsman has been at the club for seven seasons but a statement said the player and club agreed it's time for him to have a fresh challenge. 

Varun Chopra
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Watch: 'Salon saviours' to cut domestic abuse

Hairdressers are being recruited to help uncover domestic abuse. 

The project called Salon Saviours is based on the idea many women will talk about their home lives while having their hair done. 

Nearly 20,000 cases of domestic abuse were reported in the region in the past year - an increase of 12%.

West Midlands Police is launching the scheme.

Man hurt in Lichfield attack

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's suffered injuries to his head and hands in an attack in Lichfield, police have revealed.

Stafford Road, Lichfield
Google

Staffordshire Police say the assault happened on Sunday on Stafford Road and the 41-year-old needed hospital treatment.

The force says it's now trying to find suspects who were in two vehicles.

Ex-MEP says it 'defies sense' to claim fake expenses after warning over colleague

An ex-Ukip MEP has told jurors it defied sense to make fake expenses claims in the same month she was warned about a colleague later jailed over the alleged practice. 

Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands until 2014, denies submitting "significant" expenses claims that she knew to be false. 

She said her expenses were submitted by her staff, and alleged that at least one claim was "deliberately corrupted" by a former aide who was acting as a spy for the Ukip hierarchy.

Nikki Sinclaire
PA

She told Birmingham Crown Court today that it made no sense for her to start filing false claims from October 2009, as the prosecution suggests, as this was the same month Ukip briefed all its elected members about wrong-doing by then-MEP Tom Wise.

Wise admitted fiddling £36,000 of his Brussels travel expenses at his trial the following month.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering cloud should break up this afternoon, giving some good spells of sunshine lasting late into the evening. Top temperatures of 20C (68F).

On Midlands Today: Car production returns to Ryton in Coventry

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Car production is to return to the former Peugeot factory at Ryton in Coventry.

It's part of a £22m investment plan from Jaguar land Rover which has already created 200 jobs with another 250 being recruited this year.

The new business will make speciality vehicles to order.

You can see my report on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Special Vehicles Operations
Jaguar Land Rover

Ambulance worker 'attacked' by patient in Cannock

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

An ambulance technician has been assaulted by a patient in Cannock, the ambulance service says. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service has highlighted several cases of abuse towards their staff in the past few days, saying it wants the public to "show their disgust" at people who attack them. 

Ambulances
WMAS

In the Cannock case, the service says the technician was attacked on Friday and left with bruises and scratches.

Man charged with series of Birmingham robberies

A man has been charged in connection with a series of robberies in Birmingham including that of robbing a 74-year-old woman in Rookery Road, Handsworth.

Michael Edwards, 39, of Antrobus Road was also charged with separate offences of an attempted robbery.

He appeared before Birmingham Magistrates on 1 July and was remanded in custody to appear before Birmingham Crown Court on 29 July.

St Chad's Queensway shut for an hour

Motorists heading into the city should take note.

ALERT: Due to a broken down car, St Chad's Queensway heading into the city in #Birmingham is currently CLOSED for one hour. Please RT.

Wolves set to offer new deals

BBC WM Sport

Wolves are set to offer new contracts to captain Danny Batth, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and midfielder Dave Edwards (pictured left to right).

All three deals run out at the end of the season.

Danny Batth, Carl Ikeme and Dave Edwards
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Teachers expected to take part in Birmgham rally

Teachers are expected to join a regional rally in Victoria Square, Birmingham this lunchtime as members of the National Union of Teachers take industrial action over school funding.

The Department for Education says this action is counterproductive and will harm childrens' education.

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Football: Petrov trains with Villa for the first time in four years

Mikey Burrows

BBC WM Sport

It's understood Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola. 

He's travelled to the Midlands to discuss personal terms. 

Stiliyan Petrov trained with Villa yesterday for the first time in four years.

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The former captain is hoping to make his return after battling leukaemia.

Jordan Amavi also trained after missing the past eight months through injury.  

Football: Baggies close to signing first summer deal

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion are close to making their first signing of the summer. 

QPR winger Matt Phillips is likely to complete his £5m move to The Hawthorns in time to join up with The Baggies' pre-season trip to Austria on Thursday.

QPR winger Matt Phillips
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Travel agent closes citing terror attacks

A travel agent specialising in holidays to Turkey has closed citing pressure due to "regional political problems" for a loss in business.

Anatolian Sky on Warwick Road in Solihull has operated for 26 years but said Turkey had been under attack by "regional terrorism and global powers".

"Every new attack has had a devastating effect on the company," it said.

The managing director,Akin Koc said: "We tried to divert the business to some new destinations to make up for the lost business from Turkey, but it was not enough to replace it."

Anatolian Sky on Warwick Road in Solihull
Google

BBC News takes a look at Turkey tourism: An industry in crisis.

Watch: Nursery nurse speaks of machete attack 20 years on

"I often think about him and what his life must be like now."

Former nursery nurse Lisa Potts talks about how her life has changed 20 years on from a machete attack in Wolverhampton.

Ms Potts, now Lisa Webb, and her class of three and four-year-olds were enjoying a teddy bears' picnic in the grounds of St Luke's Infant School on 8 July 1996 when a machete-wielding attacker stormed in.

I've forgiven him now for what he did. I had to move on. I never had any hate, even in my darkest moments, when I had to relearn everything [because of my injuries]. I wasn't angry at him. As time went on, I felt sorry for him

Lisa PottsInjured nursery nurse

Taking your calls: Head of Highways England in the BBC WM studio

Danny Kelly

Presenter, BBC WM

The head of Highways England Frank Bird joins me in the studio this morning, taking your calls from 10am. 

He is the man responsible for the running of some of our roads and motorways. 

Have you got a burning question you'd like to ask him?

Call 03453 009956 or tweet @BBCWM.

Latest headlines: Nursery nurse forgives kinfe attacker; body discovered in Tamworth; teachers strike in dispute over pay and workload

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The top stories for Birmingham and the Black Country that we're looking at this morning include:

- A nursery nurse who saved the lives of children from a machete-wielding attacker in Wolverhampton 20 years ago says she has forgiven the assailant

- A road in Tamworth was closed overnight after a body was discovered, police say

- Teachers across the West Midlands are striking in a long-running dispute with the government over school funding, pay and workload

- Stilyan Petrov trained with Villa yesterday for the first time in four years. The former captain's hoping to make his return after battling leukaemia

BreakingBody discovered in Tamworth

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Police say Fazeley Road in Tamworth was closed overnight after a body was discovered.

The road has now been reopened and investigations are continuing into the cause of death and to identify the person. 

No further information has been given by Staffordshire Police.

Teachers' strike: Schools to close because of NUT walkout

Many schools in the West Midlands are closed or partially closed today as teachers walk out in a national row over pay, pensions and conditions.

NUT acting leader Kevin Courtney said school budgets were not keeping pace with rising costs.

Teachers are staging a one-day strike over school funding
Reuters

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".

Lisa Potts

Rebecca Woods

Broadcast Journalist BBC News Online

A nursery nurse who saved the lives of children from a machete-wielding attacker 20 years ago says she has forgiven the assailant.

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Weather: A dull start but it should brighten up later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cloudy start, with perhaps a few spots of light rain at first.

The cloud will soon start to break up, giving some good spells of sunshine by the afternoon, which will last late into the evening.

Highs of 20C (68F).

Road closed in Tamworth due to 'ongoing incident'

Part of the Fazeley Road, in Tamworth, remains closed this morning while police investigate what they describe as an "ongoing incident". 

A stretch between KFC and the bridge over the A5 has been shut since last night.

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Good morning: Live updates for Birmingham and Black Country

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I'm in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country between now and 18:00.

If you see something you think we should be covering, email us, tweet @bbcwm or visit the BBC WM Facebook page.