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  1. BBC presenters accused of indecently assaulting boys
  2. More claims in shamed breast surgeon case
  3. Gang 'hid crack cocaine in Kinder eggs'
  4. Panos Pavlakis resigns as Blues director
  5. Three held after man shot in shoulder
  6. Updates from Friday 19 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK


Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium

Fernando Llorente scores his 15th goal of the season as Swansea come back to beat West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.

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#GetsMyVote: Birmingham diners on what MPs should serve up
We asked people at a restaurant in Birmingham what #GetsMyVote ahead of the election.
Darren Fletcher

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is confident that captain Darren Fletcher will sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond this season.

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Jack Price

Wolves take up one-year options on the deals of Jack Price and George Saville, while Mike Williamson is released.

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Our coverage across the day

That's it from the Live team on Friday.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: Sparkbrook shooting

BBC Midlands Today

People living in Sparkbrook say they feel "intimidated" and "uneasy" after a man was shot there last night.


The 22 year old is in a stable condition in hospital after he was shot in the shoulder on Braithwaite Road.

Our reporter has been speaking to residents and will bring you more on BBC One from 18:30.

Your pictures: Sedgley and Stourbridge

BBC Weather Watchers

Despite the dull and overcast sky, our BBC Weather Watchers have managed to snap some lovely pics, brimming with greenery.

This photo came in from tinalouise1969 in Sedgley, Dudley.


Susanne sent us this photo from Stourbridge.

If you have a picture you'd like to share, sign up and become a BBC Weather Watcher and they could be featured here.


Man jailed after fatal bike crash

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's been jailed for his part in a crash between two bikes in which another man died.

Staffordshire Police says Philip Gray, 37, from Oldbury, died after the crash on the A5 in Fazeley near Tamworth in November 2015.

A5 near Fazeley

Steven Porton was found guilty of dangerous driving earlier this month.

Today the 29-year-old from Windrush Close, Walsall was jailed at Stafford Crown Court for 12 months and banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.

Football: Gareth McAuley doubt for Baggies

Gareth McAuley is a doubt for West Brom's final game of the season at Swansea.

Gareth McAuley
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The defender missed Tuesday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City with a knee problem and he will be assessed ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Winger Matt Phillips continues to be sidelined for Albion having missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, while Hal Robson-Kanu is pushing to start after coming off the bench to score at the Etihad Stadium.

Watch your weekend weather forecast

BBC Weather

Showers slowly fading through this evening to leave agenerally dry night with clear spells - lows of 4C (39F).

Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers.

Here's a full forecast looking ahead to what's instore this weekend...

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
West Bromwich field's fence smashed by digger to allow trucks on site
Footage shows the moment a playing field's fence is smashed to bits to allow convoy on to site.

Dinosaurs roar into Edgbaston

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

There will be an invasion of dinosaurs in Birmingham this weekend.

Jurassic Kingdom will be at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston from tomorrow until 4 June.

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Jamie Overton celebrates

Somerset paceman Jamie Overton removes both Warwickshire openers before rain ruins the first day at Taunton.

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Analysis: Conservatives take control of Dudley

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

The Conservatives have taken control of Dudley Council with support from UKIP.

Labour had run a minority administration since elections last year left them two seats short of an overall majority.

Conservative group leader Cllr Patrick Harley told BBC WM there was "no doubt that it was now a Conservative administration" and said that working with UKIP was "part of running a council with no overall control".

Dudley Council

Labour leader Cllr Pete Lowe described the new arrangement as "Blue-kip" while UKIP’s leader Cllr Paul Brothwood said his group was "disappointed with Labour’s legacy" and would work with the Conservatives on regeneration.

The numbers, though, are tight and the new minority Conservative administration could find things tricky over the next 12 months.

Some of their own councillors are uncomfortable with the idea of working with UKIP and it remains to be seen how long they will be willing to sit on their hands.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BBC election panel: Thoughts on transport

In the run-up to 8 June's general election, the BBC has been sharing voters' thoughts.

The BBC's election panel in England is made up of voters with a range of political views drawn from across the nation.

Today it's been asked about transport - in particular, views on whether the railways should be re-nationalised (floated by Labour).

Train on track

Here's a view from the Black Country...

I fully agree with it, with the effectiveness of the rail franchise that was nationalised over here compared to the privately-run ones, it seems like pure stubborn ideology not to attempt it once more. I would also re-nationalise the energy sector in parts."


And a thought from Birmingham...

Railways should not be re-nationalised, they should be left well alone. Whom are the mugs that are going to pay for it?"


Police officers don't have up-to-date background checks

Figures obtained by the BBC reveal more than half of West Midlands Police officers haven't had up-to-date background checks to ensure they are suitable to serve.

They show that 3,702 of the force's 6,325 officers haven't been vetted under current policy which aims to help prevent corruption by checking the background of officers.

Police officer
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Ch Supt Mark Payne said: "All officers and staff are subject to rigorous and intrusive vetting before being allowed to join.

"These figures relate to re-vetting - which is done periodically in line with local policy. We are working hard to reduce backlogs in this process."

Grrr: There's dinosaurs roaming the city
Thirty life-sized dinosaurs roam Birmingham for a fortnight before going elsewhere.
The group

Eight men are jailed after police seize drugs, money and Rolex watches from their homes and cars.

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Analysis: Birmingham City director steps down from board

Richard Wilford


Panos Pavlakis resigns from the board of directors at Birmingham, having been in charge of the day-to-day running of the club.

For many Birmingham City supporters this season, Panos Pavlakis became the head of blame - the Greek ex-banker is viewed as the man who ended the successful Rowett era at St Andrew's in favour of the shambolic Zola experiment.

Panos Pavlakis

Whatever the intentions of Pavlakis and Trillion Trophy Asia were, the sudden shift in emphasis on the playing side of the club saw them flirt with disaster.

However, history should reflect more kindly on the man who guided a troubled club out of the hands of disgraced imprisoned owner Yeung and into the potentially more stable environment of TTA.

His legacy should be that of a solvent Birmingham City, rather than just as the man who appointed Zola.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Drugs gang leader 'tried to swallow evidence' as police arrested him

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The ringleader of a drugs gang in Staffordshire tried to swallow a sim card to dispose of evidence as police went to arrest him, police say.

All eight of the group (pictured) have been jailed after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in the county.

(clockwise from top left): Andrew Junior Chambers, Christopher Mayers, Daniel Nelson, Dharmesh Patel, Matthew Adderley, Martin Kelly, Leon Morton, Jamaine McFarlane
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police says their leader, 33-year-old Dharmesh Patel from Bilston, tried to run away as they arrested him and threw away parts of a mobile phone.

He received the longest sentence of 12 years and six months at Stafford Crown Court.

Birmingham City: Director resigns to 'pursue other opportunities'

Birmingham City's director Panos Pavlakis has resigned to "pursue other opportunities".

In a statement on the club's website, it says that he has also "relinquished his position on Birmingham City Ladies FC Board of Directors".

Panos Pavlakis

He spent three-and-a-half years at Blues.

The club thanked him for his "service and efforts" and wished him the "very best for the future".

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Your pictures: Delightful Dudley

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Nilly MJ sent in this gorgeous photo from Dudley.

What a lovely sunset.

Nilly MJ

If you have a picture you'd like to share, send them in to us here.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Birmingham-born triplets celebrate 80th birthday
Mary, Margaret and Georgina are thought to be the UK's oldest surviving identical triplets.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - M6 entry slip road closed southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton).

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

Panos Pavlakis

Panos Pavlakis resigns from the board of directors at Birmingham, having been in charge of the day-to-day running of the club.

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Ex-BBC presenters took "delight" in sex in the open, prosecutor claims

Former BBC presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth had sex in the open "knowing and taking delight in the fact that young lads were watching" said prosecutor Miranda Moore QC.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth

The married couple from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, who have worked for BBC Radio Leicester, BBC WM and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, are on trial at Warwick Crown Court. They deny all charges against them of indecent assault and outraging public decency.

The charges pertain to claims of parkland sex in Warwickshire.

It is alleged that Julie Wadsworth would encourage boys to engage in sexual acts with her, with Tony Wadsworth accused of being there "as a look out, encourager and minder".

The activity happened between 1992 and 1996, the court heard, and it was told it involved boys aged about 14 and one aged 11.

Ex-BBC presenters accused of indecently assaulting boys 'had sex in parkland'

At the trial of two former BBC presenters accused of indecent assault against boys a court heard they had sex in parkland in view of a group of them.

Married couple Tony and Julie Wadsworth - who have worked for BBC Radio Leicester, BBC WM in Birmingham and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire - were "partial to having sexual encounters outdoors", Warwick Crown Court was told.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth

The pair - from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire - also face charges of outraging public decency over the alleged activity which, the court was told, happened in Warwickshire.

Tony Wadsworth, 69, denies 10 charges of indecent assault, and 60 year old Julie Wadsworth, denies 12 charges of indecent assault.

They both also deny five counts of outraging public decency.

Hall Green triplets to celebrate 80th birthday

Three women from Hall Green, believed to be the UK's oldest surviving identical triplets, are celebrating their 80th birthdays tomorrow.

Mary, Margaret and Georgina Bloxham were born in May 1937.


The triplet's mother Mabel would put different coloured wool around their wrists to tell them apart.

Family picture

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

Teenager Brookes earns Bears contract

Warwickshire teenager Henry Brookes has signed his first professional contract with the county.

The England Under-19s fast bowler, who began at Olton & West Warwickshire CC before moving to Knowle & Dorridge in 2016 to play in the Birmingham League, is now tied to Edgbaston until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Brookes, 17, a former pupil of Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull, will join the Bears' squad fuill time in July after he has completing a BTEC Level 3 at Aston University Engineering Academy.

“He has been playing second team cricket for the last two years," said Bears Sport Director Ashley Giles. "We’ve been very impressed with him in the time spent around the senior squad, in training and on our pre-season tour of the United Arab Emirates."

Henry Brookes (left) and Ashley Giles
Warwickshire CCC

BreakingPanos Pavlakis resigns as Blues director

Panos Pavlakis has resigned from Birmingham City's board of directors.

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