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Summary

  1. Man killed in street shooting
  2. Man injured in primary school explosion
  3. Murder arrest over Leneto Kellengbeck stabbing
  4. River death referred to police watchdog
  5. Payout from MG Rover liquidators
  6. NHS shake-up 'may delay new hospital'
  7. Updates on Thursday 18 April
  8. Click related stories for updates from your area

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook and Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

    M6 Warwickshire - M6 entry slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

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

  2. Erdington shooting: Community 'truly shocked'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Birmingham MP Jack Dromey says the entire community of Erdington "is truly shocked" by the fatal shooting of a man this afternoon.

    The 28-year-old was killed on Church Road with West Midlands Police saying they've started a murder inquiry.

    Mr Dromey added that local people would "back the police to track down his killer".

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Erdington shooting: Neighbour 'saw victim lying on ground'

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    I've arrived on Church Road, Erdington, Birmingham this afternoon after a fatal shooting this afternoon was confirmed by police.

    A tent on the street

    A neighbour's told me she saw a victim lying on the ground in front of a silver-coloured car.

    The street has been sealed off and at least two tents have been put up by West Midlands Police.

  5. Erdington shooting: Paramedics fought to save man's life

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The ambulance service has confirmed paramedics treated one patient involved in the fatal shooting in Birmingham this afternoon.

    Tent on street

    They say they had reports of a gunshot incident on Church Road, Erdington, at midday.

    Paramedics found one man who was in cardiac arrest but say, despite performing CPR and giving him advanced life support, he died at the scene.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Erdington murder: Shootings 'are rare'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A Birmingham councillor has moved to try and reassure people living in Erdington this afternoon by saying fatal shootings in the area are "rare".

    Police on Church Road

    It comes after West Midlands Police confirmed it had launched a murder investigation after a 28-year-old man was shot dead on Church Road.

    Local Erdington councillor Robert Alden said: "We are a wonderful community here locally, this kind of event is rare."

  8. BreakingMurder probe launched after fatal shooting in Birmingham

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A murder investigation's under way in Birmingham, police have now confirmed, following a fatal shooting this afternoon.

    West Midlands Police said a 28-year-old man was shot on Church Road, Erdington.

    Officers say his family have been informed and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

  9. Payout from MG Rover liquidators

    workers under a car
    Image caption: The car company entered administration in April 2005

    Liquidators at PwC say they will distribute a further £5.2m to unsecured creditors, including 1,200 former employees, of Powertrain, part of the MG Rover Group which manufactured engines and gearboxes.

    About 6,000 workers lost their jobs when the Longbridge-based firm entered administration in 2005.

    PwC said the 4.74p in the pound payout to a total of 1,700 unsecured creditors brings the total return to date to Powertrain’s unsecured creditors to 39.74p - a total of £43.7m.

    Matthew Hammond, PwC Midlands region chairman, said: "The collapse of the MG Rover Group impacted many families and communities.

    "Our teams working on this case have brought to life one of our key purposes of solving important problems - in this case the size and complexity of the MG Rover Group and enabling a significant return to creditors.”

    Got a claim? Get in touch with PwC at via powertrain.queries@uk.pwc.com

    PwC says that more than £130m has been distributed to all creditors since its appointment in 2005.

  10. Birmingham street 'sealed off' as police flood area

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Emergency services have been called to a road in Birmingham this afternoon.

    The scene in Erdington

    The ambulance service says the incident happened at around midday on Church Road, Erdington.

    A photograph taken by Twitter user @alexhaines123 which he says is of the scene shows several police cars and an ambulance on the street, which has been sealed off.

    Two local councillors have told the BBC they will be working with the police to find out what's happened.

    We'll be updating this story throughout the afternoon.

  11. Envelope update

    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 on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and 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

  12. 'Stick to the plan' Blues boss urges players

    BBC WM Sport

    Birmingham City manager Garry Monk says he's still looking for the points that will secure their status in the Championship for next season.

    Garry Monk

    With four games left, the Blues are six points off the bottom three and host eighth-placed Derby County tomorrow.

    Quote Message: The key is to execute your game plan. Every time we've done that at our maximum, we've either won games or taken points. That's the key for us." from Garry Monk Birmingham City manager
    Garry MonkBirmingham City manager
  13. Firefighters still at scene of school explosion

    Firefighters remain at the scene of a suspected gas explosion at a Coventry primary school, and say they've now managed to isolate the gas and electricity.

    Four engines and 18 firefighters were called to the John Gulson school on George Street at 10:54.

    John Gulson

    West Midlands Fire Service said the explosion happened in a brick building separate from the main classrooms.