By Simon Stone
BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
A floral mosaic at a Birmingham medical centre serves as a coronavirus tribute to NHS staff.
By Elizabeth Glinka
BBC West Midlands Political Editor
Filming has begun on an adaptation of Kit de Waal's award-winning debut novel My Name is Leon.Copyright: BBC
Malachi Kirby, Sir Lenny Henry and Christopher Ecclestone are among the cast of the 90-minute film, the BBC has announced.
Set in 1980s Birmingham, My Name is Leon will tell the story of nine-year-old Leon, a mixed-race boy who hopes to reunite his family after being taken into care and separated from his blond and blue-eyed baby brother.
"Set against the backdrop of the race riots in the 1980s, this tender and inspiring tale balances gritty realism with charm and gentle humour, exploring the issues of identity and belonging with both urgency and wit," the BBC press office said.
Some of the Birmingham Live headlines today include:
- Family pays tribute to man killed in hit-and-run
- ‘Bags upon bags of drugs and cash’ seized in Jewellery Quarter tower block raid
- 'Loud boom' heard as massive fireball meteor seen from Birmingham and across UK
Last night’s meteor, visible over the West Midlands, was caused by a piece of asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere, according to scientists from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll).
The fireball sent a sonic boom across southern England, the organisation said.
Dr Luke Daly of the University of Glasgow and UKFAll said: “This meteor fragmented a lot, as you can see in the videos.
"Most of the meteoroid vapourised during the six seconds of visible flight. However, with this one we think quite a few fragments probably reached the ground”.
HMP Birmingham has been described as a “difficult setting” to reduce Covid transmission.Copyright: Google
Birmingham's Covid outbreak engagement board heard there has been a “large number of cases” at the facility which is skewing case rate figures for the area.
Public health director Dr Justin Varney has said the outbreak was responsible for the high case rate currently being seen in the Soho and Jewellery Quarter ward.
The Prison Service has not given numbers of infections at the prison but has said precautionary measures in line with public health guidance are being taken.
What's been reported as a meteor was captured on CCTV and on doorbell cameras last night, an astronomer has said.
The bright streak across the sky was spotted shortly before 22:00 and was visible for around seven seconds, said astronomer Andrew Lound.
The debris which hit the earth's atmosphere was "probably only the size of a pebble," he said.
Posts on social media show it was spotted in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Solihull.
It will be a dull, grey day with lingering patches of fog and cloud with highs of 8°C (46°F).Copyright: BBC
Anthony Williams, who was refused access to work, the NHS or welfare for more than five years describes how he was affected by poverty.