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Summary

  1. Bomb disposal team sent to Birmingham after 'terror' arrests
  2. 'Nonsense' claim A&E will close at hospital yet to open
  3. Man had cocaine worth £185k with him on 'day out'
  4. Two stabbed in Wednesbury
  5. Custody death protesters occupy CPS offices
  6. 'Lack of proper' records checks cancels kids' activities
  7. 'Unsafe' A&E services' knock-on effect in Black Country
  8. Updates from Friday 26 August 2016

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  1. Good evening from Local Live for Birmingham and the Black Country

    That's it from us here at Local Live. Join us again from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather, but keep checking here this evening for further updates, including the latest on today's arrests by anti-terror police.

  2. Picture: 'Terror' arrests - police presence remains as bomb disposal team called

    Rebecca Woods

    BBC News Online, Journalist

    This was the scene on Holloway Head in central Birmingham just a few minutes ago. Police cordon is still in place.

    Police cordon
  3. Road disruption following arrests by anti-terror police

    BBC Travel

    Here's the knock-on effect on the roads following the arrests by anti-terror police today that earlier this evening sent an army bomb disposal team to central Birmingham in Florence Street.

    BBC Travel website screen grab
  4. Video: Police cordon as 'precautionary' bomb disposal team called in

    Here's the scene on Holloway Head in Birmingham city centre.

    There's a street presence from West Midlands Police who this evening confirms an army bomb disposal team has been called - "as a precautionary measure" - to a nearby location in the Lee Bank area of the city.

    It follows arrests in Birmingham and Stoke of five men on suspicion of terrorism offences.

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  5. BreakingArmy bomb disposal team called to central Birmingham amid 'terror' arrests

    West Midlands Police has confirmed an army bomb disposal team has been called to central Birmingham and three men arrested in the city on suspicion of terrorism offences.

    Two men, aged 18 and 24, were arrested from their home addresses in Birmingham and another, aged 28, was arrested at a further location in the city. 

    Two other men, aged 32 and 37, were arrested in the Stoke area of Staffordshire. 

    As a result of one of the arrests, police say, an Army bomb disposal team has been called in as a precautionary measure to the Lee Bank area of Birmingham.  

    Searches at a number of properties in Birmingham and Stoke are continuing.

  6. Coming up on TV

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    Claims that the A&E department at a new West Midlands hospital is to be scrapped before it has even opened have been dismissed as "complete nonsense"  

    We look at the great Bank Holiday getaway and the situation on the roads.

    And we hear the latest in the Birmingham pub bombings families' battle for answers 

    Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  7. Long-running roadworks finish before Bank Holiday getaway

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    Record numbers of people are due to be flying out of Birmingham Airport this weekend for a bank holiday break. 

    Back home, there's also good news on the roads - with long-running roadworks on the A38(M) in Birmingham ending earlier than expected.  

    Aston Expressway
  8. Travel: 'Police incident' blocks city centre roads

    Bath Row in Birmingham is closed between the A4540 Islington Row junction and Holloway Circus because of what has been described as a police incident, drivers are warned.

    We will bring you more information as we have it.

    the cordon
    The cordon