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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Raj Kaur Bilkhu and Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    We're back in the newsroom from 08:00 tomorrow with more on today's accident, but keep an eye out here for updates to our main story during the evening and into the morning.

  2. Community rallies to help bereaved families

    It started with a handful of people heading to Nechells, Birmingham, when reports first broke that five people had been killed at Hawkeswood Metal, a recycling centre in Aston Church Road.  

    But as news spread, the crowds grew - and by Thursday evening up to 50 people were gathered near the scene of the cordoned-off tragedy.  

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  3. Watch: Recap of today's events

    Here's a recap of the story so far. This video contains footage of emergency workers at the scene of the collapse ahead of their "careful, delicate work" that "may last several days".  

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    Video caption: Wall collapse kills five in Birmingham
  4. Plant was ablaze earlier this year

    Rebecca Woods

    BBC News Online, Journalist

    The recycling plant was the scene of a major fire in February this year, when 700 tonnes of scrap metal went up in flames.  

  5. Watch: People gather at scene of men's deaths

    Friends of five men who died when a wall collapsed in Birmingham have gathered at the site to pay their respects.  

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    Video caption: People have gathered in Birmingham at the plant where five men died
  6. 'Worst accident' in the region for years

    Ben Sidwell

    BBC Midlands Today

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, 144 people were killed in industrial accidents. 

    Twelve of those were in the West Midlands. 

    In terms of the number of people killed, this morning's wall collapse is the worst industrial accident in the region for many years.

  7. 'I can't break the news to his wife'

    BBC Midlands Today

    Among those gathered at the plant's gates is Lang Dampha, who says he's lost a childhood friend in the accident.

    He said of the deceased: "He's a very hardworking man; very caring."

    The man's wife has been informed, but Mr Dampha said he'd found it too hard emotionally to contact her in person. "I can't break the news to his wife, it's very difficult."

  8. A community's 'shock and disbelief'

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    The deaths have sent shockwaves through the Gambian community in Birmingham.

    Five men, originally from Gambia, died in this morning's wall collapse, with members of the community coming to the plant when they heard the news. They arrived in disbelief.

  9. Company fined £50,000 in 2012 over health and safety breach

    Rebecca Woods

    BBC News Online, Journalist

    In 2012, the company was fined £50,000 after a worker's arm became trapped in machinery.  

    Hawkeswood Metal Recycling Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety law at Birmingham Crown Court.

    According to its website, the company processes more than 500,000 tonnes of scrap metal each year.

    The firm began trading more than 40 years ago and has a customer base that includes local authorities, major PLCs and smaller independent companies.

  10. Live from the scene: 'Need for religious burial'

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    I've been speaking to friends and relatives of the deceased workers outside the recycling plant.

    There are concerns that as all five men are Muslim, they must be buried as soon as possible in accordance with their faith.

    The bodies are yet to be recovered.

  11. Emergency crews' operation: Latest

    West Midlands Fire Service says 15 firefighters remain at the Nechells recycling plant where five workers have been "crushed" under a concrete wall.

    Crews have been at the scene since around 09:00.

    They must wait for police to complete their examination before recovering bodies.

    It adds "there is no possibility of anyone being alive under the rubble".  

  12. Family of one victim to 'arrive in UK tomorrow'

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    Dozens of friends and relatives of the victims have been anxiously waiting outside the plant during the recovery operation.

    Among them was Lang Dampha who said two of the dead were his lodgers - and he had known one of them since childhood.

    "I feel sad about it. We come from the same town - Noo-Kunda in Gambia."

    He says the man's wife and family are due to arrive in the UK tomorrow.

  13. Fatal wall collapse: Midlands Today is live from the scene

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Join me at 18:30 live from the Nechells recycling plant where I'll bring you the latest on the accident that's killed five workers.

    Tune in to Midlands Today on BBC One.

  14. Families of deceased offered support

    Ansumana Barrow, 63, is President of the Gambian Association, based in the Ladywood area of Birmingham.

    He said he was notified about the wall collapse at Hawkeswood Metal, Nechells, while at work. Five men have died - they are believed to be Spanish nationals originally from Gambia.

    "Everybody is sad," he said.

    "[The deceased] are feeding their families - that's why they are here. 

    "We'll see how best we can help [their families] with counselling, or helping them financially. It all depends on what they need."

    Ansumana Barrow
  15. Latest headlines: Nechells industrial accident - five dead

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what we know so far:

    • Five men have been killed after a wall collapsed on them at a recycling site in Birmingham
    • They were 'crushed'
    • Work is under way to recover their bodies from the 'challenging' scene
    • The operation is expected to last all day
    • Emergency crews are trying to stabilise the debris
    • The wall was 15ft high and comprised of concrete blocks each weighing 1.5 tonnes 
    • The victims are believed to be Spanish nationals originally from Gambia
    • Concerned people have gathered at the site for news of the dead
    • A sixth man has been taken to hospital with leg injuries
  16. Deceased workers 'worshiped together'

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    I have spoken to friends and relatives outside the recycling plant who say some of the deceased men worshiped at Cape Hill Community Mosque.

    Many of those gathered here say they know some of the men from the place of worship.

  17. Recovery operation to be carried out with 'utmost respect'

    Ben Brook from West Midlands Fire Service has been speaking about the task at hand:

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    Video caption: Rescue teams in Birmingham try to recover five bodies
  18. Wall collapse victims were 'Spanish nationals'

    The men were working next to a "large concrete structure containing metal" when it fell on them. They are believed to be Spanish nationals, originally from Gambia.

    People wait outside the site for news
    Image caption: People wait outside the site for news