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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Monday.

  2. Your photos: Local colour

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's not always about the weather for our BBC Weather Watchers and their photos, sometimes it's just great to show you some of the views across the West Midlands.

    These two are from users Dammo in Edgbaston, Birmingham and Toppo in Worcester:

  3. Hundreds of homes given go-ahead for former golf site

    An MP says he's "disappointed" over a government decision to allow the development of up to 800 houses on a former golf course in Birmingham.

    Despite being turned down by the city council the outgoing secretary of state, James Brokenshire, has given permission for the the homes to be built on the site of the former North Worcestershire Golf Club, on Hanging Lane.

    Speaking to community paper B31 Voices, Birmingham Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden said the council should assess whether there were grounds to challenge the decision in court.

    The developers, Bloor Homes, were also awarded partial costs against the council, "on grounds of unreasonable behaviour".

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  4. Carbon-neutral target to cost £40bn

    The West Midlands Combined Authority also approved plans for the region to be carbon-neutral by 2041.

    A meeting today heard the plans could cost an estimated £40bn over the period, and that it would cost even more to bring the target forward.

    Climate protesters

    Interim targets were also set for a 36% reduction by 2022 and 69% by 2027.

    Nationally, the government set a 2050 target to be carbon neutral last month.

  5. Council pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030

    BBC Shropshire

    Telford and Wrekin Council has declared a "climate emergency" and committed to becoming carbon neutral in all its activities by 2030.

    The local authority has also promised to stop using single-use plastics before the next local election in four years' time.

    Councillor Carolyn Healy spoke at the meeting last night. She represents the Ironbridge Gorge - the birthplace of the industrial revolution - and said it was important to recognise "the seriousness of this issue and the urgency of taking action now".

    Quote Message: The industrialisation of our planet is having a catastrophic effect on our climate and this threatens our very existence." from Carolyn Healy Labour councillor for Ironbridge Gorge
    Carolyn HealyLabour councillor for Ironbridge Gorge
  6. Regiment marks 60th birthday with freedom of entry march

    The 30th Signal Regiment has been welcomed in Nuneaton, marking the regiment's 60th birthday by exercising its freedom of entry to the borough.


    The 177 parading soldiers stopped in Market Place, for a welcome by the Mayor June Tandy.


    The march also marked the 70th birthday of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, also based at Bramcote Barracks and part of the 30th Signal Regiment.

    Just four regiments have been given the freedom of the borough since 1907, The Junior Leaders Regiment, the 30th Signal Regiment, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Queen's Gurkha Signals, said the borough council.

  7. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy night with some rain and lows of 14C (57F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  8. T20 Cricket: Birmingham and Worcestershire in action

    BBC Sport

    Birmingham Bears will look to secure their position at the top of their T20 Blast group this evening.

    Birmingham Bears in action in their last match

    They're in joint first position with Lancashire Lightning after three games each and the Bears head to bottom side Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

    While Lancashire are also in action at the same time, hosting third-placed Worcestershire Rapids at Old Trafford.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, after J8 for M6.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queues on M42 northbound after J8 M6, because of a break down.

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

  10. Geese 'covered in oil' rescued from canal

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Twenty geese have been rescued from a canal after they were covered in oil which the RSPCA believes was dumped there deliberately.

    Geese covered in oil

    The birds were spotted struggling on the Coventry Canal, near Fazeley, Tamworth, yesterday morning.

    The charity says the 17 Canada geese and three greylag geese were captured and taken to a centre to be carefully washed to remove the oil.

    Oil on surface of canal
  11. Archaeologists slowly near castle's medieval past

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Fragments of pottery and glass dating back centuries, old flower beds and a 1920s water pipe have been found this week in an archaeological dig at Shrewsbury Castle.

    Archaeologists working at the castle this week

    Work started on Monday at the site and is due to last until 2 August with the aim of revealing its hidden history for the first time.

    Archaeologist Dr Nigel Baker revealed they'd found a large road surface and were slowly stripping away the more modern discoveries to try to get to the medieval surface.

    "We're now beginning to think that maybe 1,000 years of history in the castle is sandwiched into a couple of feet of vertical depth of layed earth," he added.

  12. BreakingAttempted murder arrest after pub fight stabbing

    A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man was stabbed during a fight outside a pub in Walsall.

    Police tent at scene

    West Midlands Police was called to Forge Road, Darlaston on Wednesday, and said the 21-year-old man who was hurt is still in a critical condition in hospital.

    A 19-year-old man handed himself into police today and is still in custody.

    Officers said a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been released while investigations continue.

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J6 for A38 to J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's very slow on M6 northbound from J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction to J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a break down.

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

  14. Boris Johnson in Birmingham to announce new police panel

    BBC Politics

    The new prime minister is in Birmingham this evening to announce the creation of a national policing board chaired by the home secretary and made up of "key police leaders".

    Women take pictures of Britain"s Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he visits Birmingham

    Its role will be to hold police to account in meeting Boris Johnson's pledge of 20,000 extra police officers within three years and to "drive the national response to the most pressing issues that affect communities".

    There is also going to be an urgent government review of a pilot running in seven forces which has relaxed conditions for police use of stop-and-search powers, with a view to rolling it out across all forces.

    Britain"s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel meet with Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Dave Thompson

    The new prime minister arrived in the city with Home Secretary Priti Patel and met with the Chief Constable Dave Thompson ahead his announcement.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 northbound from J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of debris on the road.

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

  16. Hundreds of budgies saved from fire

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Hundreds of budgies have been saved from a fire today.

    Soot covered inside of building

    They were in an aviary in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent when the blaze broke out, Staffordshire Fire Service said, filling the area with smoke.

    But the service said firefighters managed to quickly put the fire out and saved all 200 budgies.

    The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a battery which set fire to a charger.

  17. Skatepark rejection turns attention to external funding

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tom Davis

    Calls to renovate an “unsafe” skatepark in Coventry have been turned down, but campaigners are optimistic of securing external funding.

    Children at Skate park

    Children led a campaign to revamp the War Memorial skatepark due to its age and poor surface, complaining it was causing injury.

    At a meeting on Thursday, parent Susie Cowley-Haselden said it was “dated and dangerous” and led to “more risk of breaking bones”.

    Her daughter, eight-year-old Briony, added: “I love the War Memorial park but I do not like skating there.”

    But the call, backed by a 1,425-name petition, was turned down by the cabinet member in charge, councillor Abdul Khan, citing lack of funds.

    Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Cowley-Haselden said she was optimistic the funding to renovate the skatepark could be found another way.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  19. Man jailed for dumping 65 tonnes of rubbish in garden

    A man who dumped an "astonishing" amount waste in the garden of an empty home has been jailed for five months.


    Local residents contacted the council after witnessing Sean Martin depositing the waste from a "roll-on-roll-off" skip lorry at an address in Church Lane, Handsworth in 2017.

    Contractors eventually removed 65 tonnes of waste from the property.


    The 53-year-old was found guilty of one charge of depositing controlled waste following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, and sentenced to five months in prison.

    Councillor John O-Shea said: "The scale of this criminal fly-tipping is astonishing.

    "This offender had no regard for the people of Handsworth, their neighbourhood or their quality of life."

  20. Micah Richards: Ex-Villa defender retires from football

    BBC Sport

    Former England defender Micah Richards has announced his retirement from professional football.

    Micah Richards

    The 31-year-old has been hampered by a persistent knee injury and last played for Aston Villa in October 2016.

    Villa released him this summer and he is set to combine punditry work with a promotional role at Manchester City, the club where he made his name.

    Richards played 295 games for City, Fiorentina and Villa and won 13 England caps between 2006 and 2012.