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Summary

  1. Woman hurt by car that failed to stop for police
  2. Tory conferences to cost police £1.5m
  3. Fire at former school
  4. Alton Towers crash victim calls for ride's closure
  5. More time to question terror suspects
  6. Restaurant fire 'an accident'
  7. Updates from Friday 2 September 2016

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    England spinner Monty Panesar

    Raj Kaur Bilkhu

    Broadcast Journalist

    A culture of shame among South Asians is a barrier to members of the community with mental illness accessing help, says cricketer Monty Panesar.

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  2. Our coverage across the day

    That's it from us on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for a mix of news, sport, travel and weather  - and keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    A Wednesbury woman left with a damaged liver and blood clots after a rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers crashed last year has called for it to be shut indefinitely after 30 people were trapped in a new incident.

    The BBC has found out that West Midlands Police is facing a bill of £1.5m to plan security operations for three Conservative Party conferences in Birmingham.

    And we look at how the weather is set for this weekend's Moseley Folk Festival.

    Join us for these stories and more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Pensioner loses savings in distraction burglary

    Police want to identify this pair in connection with a ruse by con men who talked their way into a pensioner's home and stole handbags containing savings. 

    It happened in Baldwin Street, Bilston; with the callers telling the victim they'd been sent by the council to carry out building work.

    The offence - one of several similar incidents reported recently in the Wolverhampton area - happened on 25 August, police say.

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  5. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    As we head through the latter part of today, we're left with a drier night.

    Lows of 11C (52F).

    Find out more about the weekend ahead.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  6. Wolves left back heads to Nuneaton

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Nuneaton Town have confirmed the signing of 20-year-old left back Ben O'Hanlon on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

    The former England Under-18 international joins on an initial one-month deal.

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  7. Flatpack Launches Birmingham on Film

    Grapevine Birmingham

    Flatpack: Assemble today announces Birmingham on Film - a landmark season (16 September-15 October 2016) exploring how Birmingham has evolved on film and TV over the last decade.   

  8. Lucas and Bartley elected as Green Party co-leaders

    Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley have been elected co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales in a job-sharing arrangement at the party's autumn conference in Birmingham.

    They saw off competition from five others to succeed Natalie Bennett, who is stepping down after four years.

    Ms Lucas, the Greens' only MP, was leader of the party between 2008 and 2012 while Mr Bartley is the party's work and pensions spokesman.

    Mr Bartley said it was a "great pleasure" to be in Birmingham, which was home to the Cadbury family, whose Quaker ways "showed the whole world how decent housing and a green environment were vital to everyone's wellbeing" when they set up Bournville.

    Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley
  9. Latest: Call for rollercoaster's closure; fire at former school; woman fights for her life after crash

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Here is a recap of our headlines on Friday:

    - A victim of the Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has called for the ride to be shut indefinitely after 30 people were trapped in a new incident 

    - Police have been asked to investigate a fire in a former Stourbridge school

    - A woman has been critically injured after her car was hit by another, whose driver moments before had failed to pull over for police

  10. Cricket: Middlesex stretch their lead against the Bears

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire eventually brought to an end Sam Robson's prolonged vigil of 74 for Middlesex at Edgbaston.

    He put on 97 runs in partnership with Stevie Eskinazi as the visitors stretched their lead.

    Follow the action here.  

  11. Discoloured water in Balsall Heath investigated

    Severn Trent says it is looking into discoloured water around Balsall Heath but says "although unappealing, we have no reason to believe there is any risk to your health, however we understand that whilst the supply is discoloured you may choose not to drink the water".

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  12. Birmingham on Film: 100 years of the city in film

    A film festival celebrating Birmingham over the past 100 years starts next month.

    The Flat Pack Festival is hosting "a season of special screenings and events that will take you on a whistle-stop time-machine tour from 1902 right up to the present day."

    The festival runs from 16 September to 15 October.

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