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Summary

  1. Jail for gorilla mask rapist
  2. Two accused of murder over Aldridge stabbing
  3. Fatal school bus crash investigation "to take months"
  4. Weekend serves Spaghetti closure
  5. Refuse workers on strike
  6. Updates from Friday 14 July 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5127 West Midlands both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5127 West Midlands both ways severe accident, between Barker Road and A453 Tamworth Road.

    A5127 West Midlands - A5127 Lichfield Road in Four Oaks, Birmingham closed in both directions between the Barker Road junction and the A453 Tamworth Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5127 West Midlands both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5127 West Midlands both ways severe accident, at A453 Tamworth Road.

    A5127 West Midlands - A5127 Lichfield Road in Sutton Coldfield blocked in both directions at the A453 Tamworth Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M42 West Midlands - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M42 southbound in Dorridge between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of a broken down car.

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

  4. June Kelly & Naresh Puri

    Home affairs, BBC News

    Alison Cope

    June Kelly & Naresh Puri

    Home affairs, BBC News

    One mother is fighting hard to make sure more young people are protected from the dangers of knives after the death of her son.

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  5. Our coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38 affecting J4A for M42.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of an accident involving a car. Travel time is around 45 minute. Congestion to J4a M42.

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

  7. Gay Muslim and his 'guardian angel' husband

    You may remember a few days ago we shared with you the story of a man thought to be one of the first UK Muslims to have a same-sex marriage.

    This morning, Jahed Choudhury and husband Sean Rogan appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire programme to talk of their experience and some of the difficulties they have faced. Catch up with what they had to say here.

    Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan
    Image caption: (L-R) Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan

    Here's a video we made about their wedding...

    Video content

    Video caption: Gay Muslim's journey to same-sex marriage
  8. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a bright and dry evening with sunny spells, the region will tend to cloud over during the night. Low cloud, rain and drizzle will reach the region by morning. Lows of 14C (57F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  9. Jail for rapist who attacked women while wearing gorilla mask

    A man has today been sentenced to 21 years in prison for a series of attacks on women while wearing what victims described as a gorilla mask or one looking like Yoda from Star Wars.

    West Midlands Police said Elvis Sidaway, 53, of Fountain Road, Edgbaston, "preyed on lone young women" as they made their way home in Birmingham.

    Elvis Sidaway and mask

    He was charged with five counts of sexual assault by touching, for which he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. He pleaded not guilty to rape and three counts of possession of a knife for which he stood trial earlier this week, being found guilty on all charges.

    He preyed on women in Selly Oak, Edgbaston and Quinton.

  10. Mayor celebrates Black Country Day

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Metro Mayor Andy Street has been getting into the Black Country Day spirit.

    Here he is pictured with Dudley South MP Mike Wood at the Brierley Hill market.

    Andy Street & Dudley South MP Mike Wood