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  1. Call for safe ride areas for stunt bikers

    Ayo Akinwolere

    Presenter, BBC Inside Out

    A group of bikers who perform illegal stunts on public roads in the West Midlands are appealing for somewhere safer to ride.

    Stunt bikers

    Bike Life members usually meet on industrial estates and film each other for social media.

    One them told me they'd no longer carry out the stunts on public roads if they were given a legal area to ride on.

    They claim they're not causing trouble but the police say it's "unacceptable and dangerous".

    You can see more on this story on Inside Out at 19:30 tonight on BBC One.

  2. 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 northbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Walsall cancer patient writes book to boost treatment fund

    Isabella Lyttle is fundraising for treatment in the United States.

  4. Father's plea over dangerous driving sentencing

    BBC WM

    A father whose daughter was killed by a dangerous driver says he wants to see much tougher sentencing for the offence.

    Georgie Evans

    Georgie Evans, from Himley, Staffordshire, died in a fatal crash on Priory Road, Dudley in October 2016.

    Kuba Oles, 25, was speeding at a minimum of 80mph (129km/h) when he hit her car splitting it in two.

    He was jailed for six years - a sentence Richard Evans says isn't enough.

    Quote Message: He left my daughter for dead. He got six years, he'll be out in four. We've got the life sentence, every day." from Richard Evans
    Richard Evans
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    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 - One lane closed and heavy 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

  6. Weather: Temperatures set to drop

    Disruption from snow and ice could last into Wednesday morning, the Met Office is warning.

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    Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large parts of the region.

    Forecasters said it was expected to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter so far.

    The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been was stockpiled.

  7. Homebase may close up to 40 stores

    BBC Business News

    Up to 40 Homebase stores could be closed across the country putting up to 2,000 jobs at risk.

    Wesfarmers paid £340m for the DIY chain in early 2016 and has been rebranding the stores under the Bunnings name.

    It operates more than 20 stores in the region, across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.

    Homebase staff generic

    But after a "disappointing" performance the Australian firm has put Homebase under review and expects it to lose £97m in the first half of 2018.

    Between 20 and 40 of its stores are performing so poorly that they might have to be closed altogether, it said.

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  9. Your pictures: Stunning sunrise

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The BBC Weather Watchers have been busy uploading pictures of this morning's sunrise.

    Peter Bear Lowe took this image in Birmingham.


    This was also taken in Birmingham by Paulus.


    Fiona D took this in Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire.

  10. BreakingCarillion collapse: Another 452 jobs to be cut

    BBC Business News

    A further 452 workers have lost their jobs as a result of the collapse of Wolverhampton-based company Carillion.

    An update from the Official Receiver confirmed the losses, which came on top of the 377 losses announced last week.

    Carillion worker

    In a statement, it said: “As part of the ongoing liquidation of the Carillion group, we have reviewed additional public and private sector contracts, as well as core divisions of the business.

    “We can confirm that we have safeguarded a further 100 jobs and these roles are linked to public sector contracts. Most staff will be transferring on existing or similar terms."

    “Unfortunately, 452 posts are being made redundant. They cover a variety of roles connected with private and public contracts across different parts of the country, as well as back-office functions."

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    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A41 and M6 J8.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and M6 J8, because of debris on the road.

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

  12. Teen arrested for terror offences

    A 16-year-old boy who has admitted terrorism offences has been charged with breaching his bail conditions, police say.

    The teenager from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested as part of an intelligence-led operation by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

    He was originally arrested at Birmingham Airport on 12 June, after being reported missing by his family.

    He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

  13. Companies chosen to design HS2 stations

    Work to design Birmingham's two new HS2 stations has been awarded to two architecture firms.

    Artist impression of station

    WSP UK will work on the new Birmingham Curzon Street designs, the government has announced.

    Birmingham Interchange will be overseen by Ove Arup & Partners with both companies also working on the London Euston and Old Oak Common stations.

    HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, Mark Thurston said the new landmark buildings would "unlock opportunities for tens of thousands of new jobs and homes".

  14. Club licence suspended after fight

    A nightclub in Birmingham city centre has had its licence suspended for 28 days following serious disorder last weekend.

    Prisma nightclub

    The decision was made following a fight - West Midlands Police said weapons were brandished inside the Prisma club in the early hours of 28 January.

    A 26-year-old man was treated for cuts to his face.

  15. Ice Maiden team returns from Antarctica

    Six female soldiers, four of them from the Midlands, have returned to the UK after becoming the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.

    Ice Maiden team

    A celebration is being held at Sandhurst to celebrate the team completing the 1,000-mile expedition.

    Video content

    Video caption: 'Ice Maiden' team celebrates Antarctica ski record
  16. Birmingham ease to victory at Sheffied

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill was full of praise for his team's first-half performance as they kept up their strong recent form with a comfortable victory at nine-man Sheffield Wednesday.

    The win moves them up to 19th in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone.


    David Davis poked in after the Owls failed to clear a corner before Jota made it 2-0 with a low shot from range that went through keeper Joe Wildsmith.

    Marco Matias saw red for an off-the-ball incident and Jota tapped in his second from a rebound before half-time.

    Quote Message: All in all, we've had some things go against us this season. Maybe in the second half of the season those things are going to come back and be on our side." from Steve Cotterill Birmingham City Manager
    Steve CotterillBirmingham City Manager