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At exactly 06:00 BST it was confirmed that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. The first thing to stress is that the UK will not leave immediately. The UK will still be a member of the European Union at this stage. The process of leaving will begin, however.

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A university graduate has been jailed  after lying to police over a speeding fine, all to avoid three points on her licence.

Ayesha Ahmed, was caught speeding in her BMW twice inside five minutes by the same mobile camera parked  in St Peter’s Road, close to her Netherton home.

But rather than accept a driver awareness course, a fine and three-points on her licence she paid £450 to a man who claimed he could exploit a 'legal loophole' that would enable her to escape punishment.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Chancellor to hand over greater powers and more funds to deliver more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills in the West Midlands.

Speaking at Treasury Questions, Austin urged George Osborne to free the West Midlands from the control of bureaucrats in Whitehall to give the new combined authority greater powers over job creation, housing, transport and training.

The Chancellor promised to continue working with local leaders to push for an agreement that devolved “very significant powers” to the Midlands.

The emerging West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is consulting on its proposed role and functions.

A survey can be found on the WMCA website - from Monday 18 January until 8 February 2016 and people are encouraged to take part and leave feedback.

The survey into the ‘Scheme’ document, which was submitted to ministers in October, will help inform the government’s decision on whether it is appropriate and in the region’s best interests to formally establish a Combined Authority (WMCA) ahead of Parliament being asked to approve it.

Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Leasowes High school in Halesowen was evacuated this morning after receiving a call which turned out to be a bomb hoax.

“We are working with West Midlands Police on this incident but there is no suggestion of any other threat to other schools in Dudley borough.

“We can reassure parents that the situation was dealt with quickly and safely.”