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  1. Is this the look of future-Brum?

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Could the centre of Birmingham look like this by the year 2040?

    The city council has had these drawings created to show how rooftop gardens, avenues of trees, and skyscrapers covered in plants could create a "green oasis" in the future.

    This picture envisions future Digbeth.

    Green Birmingham

    The images have been drawn up as part of a consultation exercise, asking people how the city centre should be in the hope of stimulating discussion.

    Ian Macleod, acting director of inclusive growth at Birmingham City Council, said: “This marks the start of a continuous engagement process to transform central Birmingham into a green, prosperous and fair place."

    You can see the full range of images on the Birmingham City Council website.

    City centre
    Lancaster Gate
  2. Police respond to reports of gunshots

    Police officers have responded to reports of gunshots being fired in Birmingham this morning.

    West Midlands Police said it was called to Hunters Road, Handsworth, at about 08:25, and nobody was injured.

    Crime scene
  3. Chief constable back at work after 'mild' Covid case

    The chief constable of West Midlands Police is back at work after what he said was a "mild" case of Covid-19.

    Sir David Thompson said he had been working remotely during his recovery.

    David Thompson

    A force meeting last week heard West Midlands Police had a combined sickness and self-isolation rate of more than 10% of its total officer and police staff numbers, heading into the end of January.

  4. Weather: Temperatures to remain just above freezing

    BBC Weather

    Temperatures will remain just above freezing for most of the day and are expected to reach no higher than 5C (41F).

    So that means the icy conditions will remain for another day, and we could have some light rain later this morning.

  5. Freezing temperatures to bring gritters back out

    With more freezing temperatures forecast tonight, gritters will be back out in Birmingham.

    The council said it would be gritting from 19:00 and treating key footpaths from 04:00 on Tuesday.

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    Video caption: Keon Lincoln: Mother pleads for information on son's death

    The mother of Keon Lincoln, 15, who was shot and stabbed, pleads for information about his death.

  7. Footpaths prove icy

    Some footpaths will be cleared in Birmingham by city council staff today.

    The local authority said it would be working to treat priority paths including clearing snow as well as sending out gritters.

    Snowy Birmingham
  8. Two more Covid-19 test centres remain closed

    Two Covid-19 testing centres in Birmingham remain closed today because of the icy weather.

    The sites at Castle Vale Stadium and Maypole Youth Centre shut yesterday but the city council said the closure decision would be reviewed each hour.

    However the test centre at the Arcadian Centre has reopened after being closed on Sunday during the snow.

  9. Quad bikes 'causing havoc' in snow

    Quad bike owners are being warned not to use the snow as an excuse to cause "havoc" in their communities.

    West Midlands Police said officers seized multiple bikes on Sunday and warned they would seize and crush other vehicles causing disruption.

    Seized bike
  10. Road conditions 'absolutely horrendous'

    People are being urged to stay inside if they can in the West Midlands as road conditions are described as "absolutely horrendous" by the police.

    Gritters have been out already this morning treating roads in the region.

    A gritter being loaded
  11. Bin collections cancelled in Birmingham

    Bin collections have been cancelled across Birmingham today because of the bad weather.

    Bin lorries

    The city council said it made the move for safety reasons and would try to catch up later in the week.

    It also said Sutton New Hall Cemetery would open to visitors for an extra hour today, until 16:00, to allow funerals to be rescheduled.

  12. Snow on Sunday shuts six Covid testing centres

    Several Covid-19 test centres were forced to close in the West Midlands amid Sunday's heavy snow falls.

    Snow caused treacherous driving conditions on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon

    The sites at Castle Vale Stadium, the Arcadian Centre and Maypole Youth Centre closed, said Birmingham City Council.

    The snow also forced the closure of testing centres on Moat Street, Coventry and The Place in Oakengates in Shropshire along with one in Lichfield, Staffordshire, local MP Michael Fabricant said.