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Hospital recruits eight dogs to brighten up patients stay
Patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham can request a visit from a dog.
Specialist wound hub opens in Birmingham
Terror attack victims and injured soldiers will benefit from the specialist wound research centre.

Unemployment rises across region

Unemployment rose across the West Midlands in the three months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The number of people out of work increased by 9,000 to 142,000.

Nationally, employment rose by 21,000 to 1.38m.

Come on feel the toys: Noddy Holder in Lego

So here it is...

No, not Merry Christmas - well, not yet - but a life-sized version of Slade front-man Noddy Holder done in Lego. Tartan waistcoat, check; sideburns, check; platform shoes, check - in 43,000, multi-coloured bricks.

Noddy Lego model

The model of the Walsall man and Christmas pop icon is on display at Birmingham New Street station.

It's been commissioned by the city's Business Improvement District to help promote Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity this festive season.

Noddy Lego model

Man suffers serious head injury in nightclub fight

A man suffered a serious head injury after a fight outside a Birmingham nightclub, police say.

Hurst Street

Officers were called to Glamorous Nightclub in Hurst Street in the early hours of this morning, to reports of a disorder.

It's understood the 20-year-old man was punched to the ground, just before 05:00, and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition, the force said.

A number of witnesses have been spoken to and CCTV is currently being reviewed, said West Midlands Police.

Man admits attacking traffic warden

A man has admitted attacking a traffic warden who was dragged from his moped and kicked and stamped on before his vehicle was stolen.

Hartopp Road

It happened on Hartopp Road in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham in September.

Danyal Bashir, from Hartopp Road, is set to be sentenced later this month after pleading guilty at a hearing today to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Bashir, who was warned he is likely to receive a jail sentence, was granted conditional bail to reappear at Birmingham Crown Court on November 23.

The 'sound baths' rinsing off the day with noise

Could you fall asleep to the sound of a banging gong?

These people can - here's why...

Redknapp joins I'm A Celebrity lineup

Former Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp is among those set to appear in this year's series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

Redknapp, 71, says he has never watched the programme.

The ITV shows starts on 18 November at 21:00 GMT.

The full lineup is here.

Harry Redknapp

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early evening showers should clear leaving a dry night with lows of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Cases of modern slavery rise by 135%


West Midlands Police says it is dealing with more and more cases of modern slavery.

The force says cases of people being trafficked or forced into labour, criminality and sexual exploitation are up 135% in a year - from 140 in 2016 to 330 in 2017.

Staged photo of modern slavery
Home Office

Liisa Wiseman from the Birmingham-based Adavu Project, which offers long-term care to survivors of modern slavery, said: "They are bound by debt and frightened and terrified.

"They don't know what city or country they are in and don't speak the language.

"They don't have documents on them, and they believe they will be jailed or beaten if they escape."

Reality Check: Are more teenagers carrying knives?

Reality Check

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner said a £1.8m government fund would help "end the serious violence that has blighted our communities in recent months and years".

Knife crime statistics

West Midlands Police dealt with more than 2,000 knife crime incidents in the first six months of 2018, nine of which were fatal.

BBC's Reality Check has been looking at knife crime figures to try and find out if more teenagers are now carrying knives.

New 20mph speed limit in parts of Birmingham

From today, several new areas in Birmingham will have 20mph speed limits introduced.

Roads in Bournbrook and Selly Park, and parts of Edgbaston, Harborne, Selly Oak, Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley feature the new slower speed limit.

20 mph signage

Birmingham City Council says lowering speeds to 20mph makes it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme will mainly be on residential streets, and in some selected locations on main roads.

West Midlands gets £43m winter road repairs fund

A £43.5m fund for winter road repairs and local road maintenance has been announced for councils across the West Midlands.

It will cover repairs to pot holes and other maintenance projects.


Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement in the budget, with details of the funding issued today by the Department of Transport (DfT).

Staffordshire will get the most funding with almost £8.9m followed by Shropshire which received £7.2m.

It brings the region's total funding for roads this year to £144m, said the DfT.

Regional breakdown of funding
Department of Transport

Hundreds join Remembrance Day commemorations

Major works in the centre of Birmingham forced the move of Remembrance Day events from Centenary Square to Colmore Row near Cathedral Square.

That didn't stop a parade from several units and the laying of wreaths to remember those who died.

Remembrance Day event
Birmingham City Council

The centenary of the end of World War One brought a particular focus to the occasion and hundreds turned up to pay their respects.

Remembrance Day event
Birmingham City Council

Funding to tackle gangs and violence

The West Midlands Police area has been awarded £1.8m over the next two years to help tackle the problem of gangs and violence.

The news was welcomed by Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, who said it would be used on a range of schemes, including mentoring for young people to steer them away from criminality.

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Food delivery riders to display missing person posters

Online food delivery riders in Birmingham are to display missing persons posters on their backpacks as part of a campaign to find loved ones in time for Christmas.

Deliveroo rider

They'll join hundreds of riders in London, Manchester and Bristol displaying posters on the bags used to carry food as part of the Missing People charity campaign, Deliveroo has announced.

The company's app will also give customers the opportunity to donate to the charity.

It said it would also be encouraging its more than 15,000 riders to sign up to Missing People's Child Rescue alerts, which send out notifications when a child goes missing in their area.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry day with sunny spells with a few scattered showers this afternoon and highs of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Recreated Talisman steam engine preparing for 300-mile tour
Only five Talisman steam engines have been made before this one.

Video: What’s the weather got in store?

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be very wet and windy for a time overnight with heavy rain moving through and lows of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Researchers found many cases of soldiers who lost their lives years after the Armistice
Not all soldiers who died as a result of World War One are recorded as war dead, researchers say.

BreakingThree charged with murder after man 'beaten to death'

Three men have been charged with murder after police say a man was found beaten to death in Birmingham.

The 55-year-old, thought to be from Eastern Europe, was discovered on a road in Sparkbrook on Tuesday evening and died in hospital.

West Midlands Police says a post-mortem examination found he had died from multiple blunt force injuries to his head and body.

The trio, all from Lithuania, are due to appear in court tomorrow.

In the papers: Why city lost Channel 4 bid

Birmingham Live

Some of the main stories on the Birmingham Live site today are:

Peaky Blinders film studio 'could open in two years'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

The creator of Peaky Blinders has confirmed his vision for a Birmingham film studio could be operational in as little as two years.

Steven Knight
Andy Street

Steven Knight said there was no need for a "post-mortem" around Channel 4's decision to relocate its headquarters from London to Leeds – and not the second city.

Speaking to a meeting of professionals involved in the failed bid, he said his Mercian studios plan, to be built near the NEC, was "not close to the line, we’re on the line, we need to push it over".

He revealed he had held talks with the likes of Netflix and other international producers in recent days stating they were keen to come to Birmingham simply because they were desperate for purpose-built, practical studio space.

Naval training centre given city honours

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Sweeney

HMS Forward, the Royal Navy’s Midlands Reservist training centre, has been officially awarded the honour of "Freedom of Entry" to the city of Wolverhampton at a specially convened full council meeting.

HMS Forward

The privilege, which is the services equivalent of being made an honorary freeman or freewoman of the city, was bestowed on the local naval flagship by the Wolverhampton City Council Leader.

Based in Birmingham, the centre employs more than half of its recruits from Wolverhampton and serves the five counties of the Midlands.

The council granted the honour in recognition of HMS Forward’s services to the city over the years.