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Live Reporting

Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

  2. Harry Redknapp backed by Blues coach

    BBC WM Sport

    Birmingham City coach Kevin Hitchcock has backed Harry Redknapp to bring in high quality players this summer to push the club where they want to be.

    Hitchcock has confirmed he's staying on at St Andrew's after originally being brought in under Gianfranco Zola and says Redknapp has the experience needed to get Blues up the league.

    Harry Redknapp
  3. 'Nothing found' in Natalie Putt graveyard search

    West Midlands Police have concluded their search of a graveyard as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Natalie Putt.

    Police investigating the graveyard near where Natalie Putt was last seen.

    The search of the graveyard near to where Ms Putt was last seen in Lower Gornal revealed nothing of interest and graves have now been resealed and restored to their original condition.

    Det Insp Ian Illife said: "Unfortunately we found nothing which could give us any clues to Natalie’s whereabouts."

    Ms Putt disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Her sisters released a statement saying they "have never given up hope of finding her safe and well".

  4. Watch: Your weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    For most places today has been dry and sunny - here's how tonight is looking and the start of Thursday.

    Keep updated with the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Shefali Oza
  5. Wilkinson funeral: Father and daughter say a final farewell

    Peter Wilson

    BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

    Peter Wilkinson, who was seriously injured in the stabbing at his home in Oldswinford, Stourbridge which killed his wife and son, has said a final farewell with his daughter Lydia to his murdered family members.

    Peter Wilkinson with daughter Lydia

    The funeral for Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson was taking place today at St Mary's Church in Oldswinford.

    The mother and son are being buried in one coffin.

    Daughter Lydia spoke of her love for her "gorgeous" mother and "happy" brother.

  6. Police officer stabbed in leg at Asda store

    A police officer is recovering at home after being stabbed in the leg when responding to an incident at Asda, in Dudley, last night.

    Asda in Dudley High Street

    Police were called to the store, in High Street, at 20:20 following reports of a woman with a knife.

    A 19-year-old woman was detained and arrested on suspicion of wounding.

    Sgt James Harrison was stabbed in the leg and is now recovering at home after being checked over at hospital.

  7. Cricket: Bears look to T20 warm-up games

    BBC Sport

    With no county championship games until 19 June, Warwickshire's one-day side will be getting some T20 practice this week, with two friendly games against Shropshire.

    The matches are being played back-to-back on Friday at Bridgnorth cricket club, with the first one starting at 11:00.

    Bridnorth cricket club

    The Bears are due to start their T20 Blast campaign away to Worcestershire on 7 July.

  8. Katie Hopkins is 'doing terrorists works for them' says West Midlands PCC

    Chris Blakemore

    BBC WM

    David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, has said tweets from Katie Hopkins accusing West Midlands Police of not allowing its officers into the Birmingham Central Mosque is like "doing the terrorists' work for them".

    Asking for a "formal request" on the claims, Ms Hopkins shared the accusations with her 776,000 followers which has so far been retweeted more than 3,400 times.

    Police said there was "simply no truth" in the rumour and the mosque's chairman said it was "total rubbish".

    Birmingham Central Mosque
    Quote Message: People like Katie Hopkins, what she is saying by making out that other people have said certain things, she is trying to drive us apart and she is doing the terrorists' work for them." from David Jamieson West Midlands Police and Crime Comissioner
    David JamiesonWest Midlands Police and Crime Comissioner
  9. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Rainbows appear after rainfall

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It may have chucked it down with the rain yesterday in Staffordshire but, when things cleared up, it led to some lovely BBC Weather Watcher pictures of rainbows.

    These two are from users Dandy in Wombourne and Happy Spaniels in Barton under Needwood.

    Barton under Needwood
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J5 for A41 and J4 for A34.

    M42 West Midlands - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M42 southbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J1 for A41.

    M5 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M5 northbound in Birmingham between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of an earlier car fire. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 20 minute.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Daughter gives emotional tribute to killed mother and brother

    Lydia Wilkinson has paid an emotional tribute to her mother Tracey and brother Pierce, who died after being stabbed at their home in Oldswinford, Stourbridge.

    Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson

    The 18-year-old said: "I'm so proud of my happy family. My dad and I will miss them for the rest of our lives."

    Of her mother, Tracey, she said: "My mum was gorgeous, not only in terms of looks and fashion but she had a beautiful soul. She was an inspiration."

    She described her younger brother Pierce as "simply the best brother I could ask for. He'll always be my baby brother, and I'll never forget the fantastic times we had together."

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J4 for A34.

    M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Stourbridge knife victims buried in same coffin

    Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson died after being stabbed at their home.

  15. Bishop thanks police for terror response

    The Bishop of Birmingham hand-delivered a giant card to West Midlands Police in recognition of their work following recent terror attacks.

    The Bishop of Birmingham delivering the card to West Midlands Police

    Rt Revd David Urquhart said: “It is a difficult and dangerous time for the police. Their work can go unnoticed and we may take it for granted, but these people make a vital contribution to our security and wellbeing."

    Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray said: “This is a really lovely gesture from Bishop David.

    “The support we’ve had from members of the public has been a real boost to everyone at West Midlands Police.”

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    Video caption: Jeremiah Regis-Ngawah murder:Police speak of 'brutal' treatment

    The toddler was found by police and paramedics at an address in Wolverhampton in November.