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Summary

  1. Birmingham bin strike resumes
  2. Lost Crossroads episodes discovered
  3. Kidnapped estate agent Stephanie Slater dies
  4. Callum Lees death: Man charged with murder
  5. Boy, 11, killed by lorry
  6. Man shot in leg
  7. Updates from Friday 1 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J7 for A34 and J6 for A38.

    M6 West Midlands - Three lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of an accident.

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

  2. Green laser beam shone at plane over Tewkesbury

    Laser pen generic

    Police are investigating reports of a green laser beam shone into the path of a plane over Tewkesbury.

    They were alerted to the incident by London air traffic control.

    The aircraft affected was a commercial flight travelling into Birmingham Airport at about 1.20am on 27 August.

    Gloucestershire Police said it was "extremely dangerous" and "the person responsible hasn’t been traced as yet".

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between Corley Services and M6 J3A.

    M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between Corley Services and M6 J3a, because of an accident involving two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  4. Our coverage across the day

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A452.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic northbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down car.

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

  6. Moseley Folk festival opens

    Moseley Folk festival starts today.

    The three-day event at Moseley Park will welcome artists including Amy MacDonald, Laura Marling and The Magic Numbers.

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  7. Video content

    Video caption: Lost Crossroads soap episodes found in TV vault

    Cans of film found in TV vault after 50 years.

  8. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The West Midlands will have a completely dry and rather chilly night with long clear spells.

    Some mist patches may develop, especially in rural parts of Shropshire and Staffordshire - lows of 10C (50F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  9. Video content

    Video caption: Charity steps in to save Birmingham's post-WW2 prefabs

    A row of 17 pre-fabricated homes in Birmingham, built in 1945, are now the subject of a conservation project.

  10. Video content

    Video caption: Birmingham bin strike: There was no deal, says council leader

    The leader of Birmingham City Council has denied a deal was in place to resolve the bin dispute.

  11. Your pictures: Blue skies and green trees

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Autumn is looming but these two BBC Weather Watcher pictures don't give off any post-summer vibes.

    Di's Walk took this lovely blue sky shot in Kingstanding.

    Kingstanding

    Elle Niño snapped this lovely leafy shot in Sheldon.

    You can sign up to become a BBC Weather Watcher here.

    Sheldon
  12. Stephanie Slater: Her kidnapper 'took everything'

    Stephanie Slater - the woman held captive for eight days in a wooden coffin by kidnapper Michael Sams - has died after a short battle with cancer.

    Speaking in 2011, Ms Slater said of her kidnapping: "Before this happened, I had a boyfriend, a job and a company car. I had loads of friends and a great social life.

    "But he [Sams] took everything and destroyed the next 20 years of my life.

    "But now I am ready to begin again. Most people begin their lives in their 20s or 30s but those years of my life were destroyed."

    Michael Sams

    Sams, now aged 76 and originally from West Yorkshire, was given a life sentence in July 1993 after being found guilty of the murder and kidnap of another woman and two attempts to blackmail police.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10A for M54.

    M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10a M54, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  14. Police cleared over 'berserk' baton-hit student

    Two police officers accused of using excessive force to detain a student who was repeatedly hit with a baton have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    The student, from Nigeria and studying law at Birmingham City University, was also sprayed in the face with CS gas during a struggle with PCs Daniel Attridge and Philip Jones in Birmingham's Hamstead area.

    CCTV footage of the incident was played at a three-day misconduct hearing, after which a panel ruled the officers had not misrepresented the actions of the student in statements made after his arrest in March 2016.

    During proceedings, PC Attridge said a short burst of CS spray and baton strikes were proportionate and necessary after the student went "completely berserk" following a dispute about politics with another Nigerian undergraduate.

  15. Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer window analysis

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    The very late announcement of the defensive midfielder Alfred N'Diaye's arrival at Molineux at least prevented Wolves from drawing a blank on deadline day.

    The 27-year-old Senegalese international has Premier League experience, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull and had a previous spell at Sunderland.

    A solid loan signing - but Wolves did not land the striker they so obviously need.

    Their plans were apparently scuppered by a change of heart from PSV Eindhoven, who were reportedly happy to accept an eight-figure offer for the forward Jurgen Locadia until early evening.

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    Leo Bonatini is therefore the only specialist senior striker available following the sale of Nouha Dicko on Wednesday, although a number of others in the squad can play in that role too.

    Taking the window as a whole, Wolves were certainly busy bringing in players, but arguably they failed - for whatever reason - to fill the most important gap.