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  1. Sikh Youth UK: Two released on police bail

    Two people arrested over the alleged misuse of donated charitable funds at a national anti-grooming organisation have been released on police bail.


    Sikh Youth UK is being investigated over its "receipt and use of charitable funds" which has raised "a number of regulatory concerns", the Charity Commission said.

    A 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested in Birmingham in connection with alleged fraud offences, West Midlands Police said.

    West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit made the arrests after examining items taken during property searches in September.

  2. Food bank initiative to combat 'school holiday' hunger

    A new summer food bank appeal has been launched today to try and tackle hunger over the school summer holidays.


    According to new figures, more than 280,000 children across the West Midlands are currently living in child poverty.

    Birmingham has one of the highest rates in the country, with 41% of children living in poverty, recent research by Loughborough University found.

    Food banks often see a rise in demand during summer holidays from families who see the safety net of free school meals removed.

    Central England Co-op will host special collection points in all of its local stores and is encouraging customers to donate items.

  3. Town centre flats plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gurdip Thandi

    Planners are set to give the green light to plans to create 12 apartments in three Walsall town centre buildings.

    Site set for development

    The council’s planning committee will meet and discuss the application at a meeting on Thursday.

    The development would see the conversion of an empty shop on Freer Street into seven flats, while a warehouse connected to the property will be demolished and replaced with a two-storey building featuring two apartments.

    The existing buildings fall within the Bridge Street Conservation Area and the developer says only a small amount of work will be carried out to the outside of the Freer Street property.

  4. Door halts fire

    A fire at a property in Smethwick on Sunday was confined to one room on the ground floor - thanks mainly to a closed door, said the fire service.

    Crews were called to the blaze on Cheshire Road shortly before 16:30.

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    About 90% of the room, where the fire started, was damaged, said West Midlands Fire Service, but little outside.

  5. Your photos: Roses and cycling

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers have been sending us photos today of the sights of the West Midlands, from flowers to cycling.

    These three are from users Margrose in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Laura and Glenn in Delph, Dudley and Liam Ball in Dawley, Shropshire:

  6. Video content

    Video caption: 'Netball made me the person I was before depression'

    Shaharun Nessa took up netball after suffering postnatal depression and now runs a group for women.

  7. Referendum held on neighbourhood development plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    Thousands of villagers will have the chance to vote on plans that could help shape development in a large part of rural Solihull.

    Bear at Berkswell pub

    The borough council has confirmed that a referendum on the Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan is now scheduled for Thursday, 18 July.

    If a majority of eligible voters support the document – which offers a blueprint for future development in Berkswell parish – then it will be formally adopted.

    Over 18s who lives in Berkswell parish, which covers the village itself and part of neighbouring Balsall Common, are entitled to have their say – although residents must be registered to vote.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J4A for M42 J8.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J4a M42 J8, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Man arrested as van ends up on roof in garden

    A man has been arrested after a van crashed into the garden of a property in Dudley.


    The 38-year-old from Dudley was taken to hospital after the incident on the corner of St Peter's and St Paul's Road in Netherton shortly after 22:30 on Sunday, police said.

  10. Man dragged from van as thieves ram raid shop

    Two people have been arrested after a ram raid attack on a motorcycle shop involving a van that had been carjacked in Birmingham.

    A van driver was dragged from his vehicle by two men who then assaulted him before making off with the van in Umberslade Road, Selly Oak at about 06:00 on Sunday.

    The van was then used to ram the shop on Chester Road in Sutton Coldfield, causing extensive damage, said West Midlands Police.

    Three vehicles were stolen in the raid.

    A man and a woman were later arrested in Stirchley and remain in police custody.

  11. Women's World Cup: Lionesses return

    The England Women's team have arrived back in the UK following the Women's World Cup in France.

    England Women's World Cup squad
    England Women's World Cup squad

    The Lionesses arrived at Birmingham Airport on Sunday after losing a third-place play-off to Sweden the previous day.

    The team had arrived in France with hopes of going all the way but were beaten by the USA in the semi-final.

    England Women's World Cup squad

    Midfielder Karen Carney, who made her final England appearance as a late substitute after announcing her retirement from football on Friday, believes losing the game could turn out to be a good thing for England.

    "If we want to go and win the Olympics in 2020 and the Euros in 2021, we have to have a fire in the belly. We have to dig deeper."

  12. 'Children's lives cut short by air pollution'

    A child's life could be shortened by seven months by air pollution, a study focusing on Birmingham has suggested.


    The research by Kings College London found the impact of air pollution would lead to a higher loss of life in the city than others such as Manchester.

    An eight-year-old child born in 2011 may die between two to seven months early if exposed over their lifetime to projected future pollution concentrations, it said.

    The study looked at the combined impact of two pollutants - particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide - two of the leading causes of poor health from air pollution.

    It calculated the annual health cost of air pollution in Birmingham as between £190m to £470m per year.

    A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: "Air quality has improved significantly in recent years, but air pollution continues to shorten lives which is why we are taking concerted action to tackle it".