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Summary

  1. More time for runners to enter half marathon
  2. Blue badge verification trial launches
  3. West Midlands mayor's salary to be agreed
  4. Wasps centre out for rest of Premiership season
  5. Updates from Friday 3 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

Live updates have finished for the day but local stories will be added automatically through the night. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Magic moments from FA People's Cup

Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the  FA People's Cup...... 

FA People's Cup: Top 10 magic moments

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the  nationwide five-a-side competition  on the  iPlayer from 06:00 on Saturday, 4 March  and on the red button from 14:10 on Saturday and throughout the weekend.  

Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will continue for many this evening and for a time overnight, but there will be some drier interludes too

Rain will clear during the early hours. 

Cloudy skies will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing an overnight frost.  Lows of 6C (43F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Discounted Council Tax for care leavers considered

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A Council Tax discount for care leavers in the city is to be considered by the city council when it meets on 7 March.

Coventry City Council
BBC

If the scheme is approved the 100% discount would apply to young people aged 18-21 who have left local authority care, but still live in Coventry.

Cllr Ed Ruane said "as coporate parents" the council has a responsibility to support young people in the "difficult transition from childhood to adulthood".

MoD criticised for crush death

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised after the death of a driver, crushed by a reversing lorry, at their site in Southam.

Ministry of Defence site in Kineton
Google

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a Crown Censure, the maximum sanction for a government body, after agency driver Graham Wood was caught between the lorry and another stationary vehicle at MoD Kineton.

The MoD failed to assess the risks faced by the 55-year-old from Bicester, as he delivered goods to a holding area in November 2013, the HSE said.

The censure doesn't carry a financial penalty, but is an official record of a failure to meet standards in the law. 

Two Wasps named in England U18 squad

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Will Porter and Tom Willis have been named in the England Under 18 squad to take on France on Sunday.

The two, who've signed Senior Academy contracts this week, are in the side, with team-mate Joe Tunney named in the wider 38-man squad.

Will Porter and Tom Willis
Wasps Rugby

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J13 for A452 and J14 for A452.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook) and J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa), because of an accident.

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

Stratford fatberg: 'Only paper, poo and pee down the loo'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A lump of fat has been removed from the sewers beneath Stratford-upon-Avon's streets.

Severn Trent say it's been causing dozens of floods in the area, and is reminding people that only "the three Ps" should be flushed down the loo.

Fatberg removed from Stratford-upon-Avon sewer

Police warn Coventry fans over flares at Shrewsbury Town game

Andy Giddings

BBC Online

The police have warned Coventry fans there will be a "robust searching operation" when they arrive at Shrewsbury Town's stadium tomorrow and they will not be allowed to bring flares into the ground.

It follows protests by Coventry fans at previous games , which have involved flares and other objects being thrown onto the pitch.

Flares
Getty Images

Sky Blues fans are  unhappy at the way their club is run by owners Sisu .  

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for M69 and J1 for A426 Rugby.

M6 Warwickshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J1, A426 (Rugby), because of an incident.

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

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3A for M40 and J4 for A34.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J3a M40 and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident.

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

Man charged with snooker hall attack murder

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged with murder after a pensioner died following an assault at a snooker hall in Coventry earlier this week. 

Rileys snooker hall
BBC

Carl Pinder, 37, of Foster Road in Coventry is accused of killing 68-year-old Patrick Redmond.

Mr Redmond was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, after the altercation at Rileys snooker hall, and his life support machine was switched off on Tuesday.

West Midlands mayor should be paid £79,000 salary, councillors agree

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

Council leaders in the West Midlands have voted to agree a salary of £79,000 a year for the region's first elected mayor.

Birmingham skyline
PA/DAVID JONES

An independent panel, which consists of representatives from the seven authority members, said when it recommended the figure it should be reassessed after a few years, when the responsibilities of the role had become clearer.

Wasps team news ahead of Bath clash

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Kyle Eastmond's injury has forced a change in this weekend's Wasps team to meet Bath Rugby at the Rec tomorrow.

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Jimmy Gopperty will move back to inside centre, with Alapati Leiua wearing the 13 shirt.

Guy Armitage comes onto the bench to take the spot vacated by Leiua's move to the starting 11.

Travel: M69 stopped for debris clear up

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Sajid Javid considers rates discount plan

BBC Business News

Plans to help nearly 100,000 small businesses due to be hit by changes to rates next month are being considered by Communities Secretary and Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid.

Out of those, some 25,000 firms face a "cliff edge" under the new revaluation of business rates, according to ratings agency CVS.

It presented a number of proposals to Mr Javid during a meeting on Wednesday.

Sajid Javid
Getty Images

The government is trying to come up with some additional help for small firms after an  outcry from  businesses.

Ministers have said that the revaluation - the first since 2010 - will mean three-quarters of firms will see their rates stay the same or decrease.

But Mr Javid and chancellor Philip Hammond have come under pressure to act to help businesses facing large rises in areas where rental values have increased dramatically.

Critics claim the situation favours large retailers and online firms over high street shops.

Man bailed after £30,000 suspected fraud

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A man's been bailed by police in Leamington Spa on suspicion of fraud after an 81-year woman reported being cheated out of about £30,000.

The 66-year old was arrested in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, on Thursday after the woman called officers saying the suspect was still in her house, near to Shipston.  

Coventry Half Marathon registration deadline extended

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The deadline for registering for the Coventry Half Marathon has been extended to midnight on 12 March, say the organisers.

Coventry Half Marathon
Coventry City Council

So far about 2,700 runners have registered for the event, which takes place on 19 March, and the city council hopes to push that to about 3,000.

Twycross Zoo teaching elephants to walk into transport crates

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Earlier on in the week we told you about Twycross Zoo moving their Asian elephants elsewhere.

Twycross will now begin a year-long training programme to teach the herd to walk into a transport crate.

It's hoped they will breed and ensure the survival of the species.

Elephants
Twycross Zoo

Today I caught up with the zoo's director of life sciences, Dr Charlotte Macdonald.

She said: "They are very attractive animals - because we have two females of reproductive age, plus a young female calf who will then become a breeder in the future.

"I think actually a few zoos will want to take them".

Severe accident: M69 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, between J1 for A5 Hinckley and M6 J2.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M69 southbound between J1, A5 (Hinckley) and M6 J2, Coventry, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Pozzi goes for for 60m hurdles gold

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Hurdler Andrew Pozzi will go for gold at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade today. 

Andrew Pozzi
Getty Images

Pozzi, from Stratford-upon-Avon, is favourite to lift the 60m title having set the three fastest times in the world so far this year. 

The 24-year-old has been hampered by injury in his attempt to win medals at previous championships.

Care home nurse suspended after lying about giving dying resident painkillers

Leamington Observer

A care home nurse who lied about giving a dying resident painkillers has been suspended .  

Wasps centre out for the rest of the Premiership season

BBC Sport

Wasps centre Kyle Eastmond will miss the rest of the Premiership season after tearing an Achilles tendon on Sunday.  

Kyle Eastmond
Getty Images

Eastmond will be out for six months after having surgery on the injury, which he suffered in the first half of the win over Gloucester on 26 February.

The 27-year-old made 16 appearances for Premiership leaders Wasps this season, scoring two tries.

Blue Badge verification trial launches

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A three-month trial allowing holders to renew their Blue Badges online  begins in Warwickshire today.

Disabled badge sign
Getty Images

About 750 people taking part will be asked to prove their identity and eligibility using  a new government verification tool.

The team behind the project says it's the first time a local authority will be able to access central government data to carry out real-time checks.

Travel: Trespassers delay rail services

BBC Travel

Trespassers on the line could delay services between Nuneaton and Coventry, says London Midland.

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West Midlands mayor's salary to be agreed - will it be £79k a year?

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Council leaders in the West Midlands will be asked to agree a salary of £79,000 a year for the region's first elected mayor.

Coventry council house
Coventry City Council

Voters in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Solihull will elect a Metro Mayor on 4 May. 

An independent panel has suggested the winner should be paid around £4,000 more than an MP. 

Video: What's the weather got in store today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain moving in this morning means it will be a thoroughly wet day with lots of showers and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452 affecting J4 for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident. Congestion to J4, M42 (Coleshill).

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

Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the Coventry newsroom.

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Coventry and Warwickshire between now and 18:00.

If you'd like to get in touch, emailtweet  or  visit our Facebook page .

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A435 Portway and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.