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  1. Updates from Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Raj Kaur Bilkhu

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day...

    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 throughout the evening.

  2. Midlanders caught up in Nice lorry attack

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Join me on Midlands Today as I report on people from Birmingham and Leamington Spa who have been caught up in the Nice lorry attack.

    Tune in to BBC One at 6.30pm.

  3. Last memorial walk for Rosie Ross

    The parents of Rosie Ross, a teenager who was stabbed to death in Birmingham, are holding a final walk in her memory this weekend. 

    Since Rosie's death at the age of 16 in 2001 more than £350,000 has been raised for local projects which help young people. 

    Karen and Sean Ross will close their charity, Rosie's Helping Hands, following Sunday's event at Aldridge Airfield in Walsall.

    Rosie Ross
  4. Speed cameras switch-on delayed

    Speed cameras in Birmingham are now not being switched on this Monday as planned.

    The city council said "the terrible weather this summer" has "prevented our contractors fitting and testing all of the equipment needed".

    The switch on has been postponed to 8 August.

    Yellow speed camera
  5. Licence suspended at nightclub over violence

    Corinne Wheatley

    BBC WM, Journalist

    A nightclub in Dudley has had its licence suspended after a spate of violence. 

    Police say they've been called to Rock Zombie 32 times so far this year and 13 crimes have been recorded there, with a sharp spike in the last few weeks. 

    The licence is suspended until next month, when a full hearing will take place.

  6. Rush hour motorway delays

    BBC Travel

    There's a lane blocked and slow traffic on the M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J3a M40, because of a broken down vehicle, BBC Travel reports.

    There's also slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. 

  7. Dumped bearded dragon found in shopping bag outside QE

    Birmingham Mail

    A bearded dragon is being nursed back to health after spending a knight on the rep-tiles.

    The lizard was discovered, cold and stressed, inside a shopping bag on a bench opposite Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    Bearded dragon lizard
  8. Birmingham tourist sees Nice attack aftermath

    Raj Kaur Bilkhu

    Broadcast Journalist

    A Birmingham man has spoken about the horror unfolding outside his hotel in Nice where 84 people were killed in an attack yesterday.

    Kevin Harris filmed what was happening on his phone in the aftermath of the attack.

    View from window of people standing near bodies on the road
    Quote Message: After a few minutes they started bringing white towels from the nearby beach club and placing them on top of these poor souls on the ground, which obviously let us know they were not alive." from Kevin Harris
    Kevin Harris

    No organisation has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

  9. Aston Villa fan nets £1m over Eder's Euro 2016 winner

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    A man has netted £1m after placing a bet on Portugal striker Eder to score the first goal in the Euro 2016 final.

    Kitchen fitter Daman Chick, 32, from Birmingham, had predicted a goal in the 84th minute, but Eder scored in the 109th minute as France lost 1-0.

    BetVictor said as the closest bet he won the Million Pound Goal prize.

    Damina Chick
  10. West Midlands MEP announces he is running for leadership of UKIP

    Video content

    Video caption: West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is running for UKIP party leadership
  11. Road bridge strike in Walsall

    Trains are running slowly....

  12. Brexit: A regional insurrection one month after EU referendum

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Nearly one month on from that epic referendum result, I've been sounding out opinions in the part of Britain which voted more enthusiastically than anywhere else for the UK to leave the EU.

    Almost 60% voted leave in the Midlands as a whole. In Stoke-on-Trent the figure was 10% higher even than that. So I wanted to know if Midlanders had stumbled into something they now regret.

    Jigsaw pieces with EU symbol and Union Jack
  13. Heavy traffic on M6 northbound

    BBC Travel

    There's a lane closed and heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of debris on the road, BBC Travel reports. 

  14. Pokémon Go players encouraged to worship

    The Church of England is encouraging players of the new app game, Pokémon Go, to use it as part of their worship. 

    Gamers have been flocking to St Stephen's in Rednal, Birmingham, which been registered on the game as a "pokéstop" - places players visit to get certain items they need to play the game.

    Church communities have been encouraged to place welcome signs outside and hold so-called "Poképarties" for players.

    Pokemon Go app game on a mobile phone
  15. Latest: Man wanted in halal butchers arson probe; Midlands MEP wants to head UKIP; Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off

    Raj Kaur Bilkhu

    Broadcast Journalist

    Some of the stories this hour:

    - Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the arson attack on a halal butchers in Walsall last month

    - West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge has announced interest to be the next leader of UKIP

    - Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off today with 200 performances over 10 days

  16. South Staffs MP new government Chief Whip

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    The MP for South Staffordshire is starting his new role as chief whip of the Conservative Party. 

    The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, promoted Gavin Williamson to the position yesterday in her Cabinet shuffle

    He told us what his job will involve.

    Gavin Williamson MP
    Quote Message: It's not just trying to persuade members of Parliament to do things, its actually sometimes trying to persuade the government to do things and quite often, not to do things. from Gavin Williamson
    Gavin Williamson
  17. Video content

    Video caption: Teenager chooses ambulance for his prom ride

    A teenager with a rare life-limiting condition has been taken to his prom in Birmingham in an ambulance.

  18. Teen charged after gun seized in Nando's

    A teenager has been charged with firearms offences after seven teenagers were arrested and a gun seized at a Nando's restaurant.

    Police were called to Bishopsgate Street in Birmingham on Wednesday evening where it's thought a fight broke out.

    A 17-year-old is due before Birmingham Magistrates this morning.

    Six other teenagers who were arrested have been bailed while investigations continue, said West Midlands Police,

    Nando's restaurant
    Image caption: Police were called to this Nando's restaurant near Broad Street on Wednesday
  19. Jazz and Blues Festival begins in Birmingham

    Raj Kaur Bilkhu

    Broadcast Journalist

    You can't count on the weather but you can count on the Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival entertaining you this weekend.

    More than 200 performances are taking place across the region over the next ten days, most of which will be free.

    Artists from as far as Lithuania and Argentina will be playing at around 40 venues.

    So time to dust off those dancing shoes!

    Saxophonists taking a selfie with three spectators