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  1. Rugby-born actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies
  2. Jaguar Land Rover posts record sales
  3. Updates from Friday 7 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

Jonathan Trott squints into The Oval sunshine after reaching the 41st first-class century of his career

Jonathan Trott's excellent unbeaten 141 helps Warwickshire fight back to take their game with Surrey into a fourth day.

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Wasps celebrate victory

Jimmy Gopperth converts Matt Mullan's last-minute try to earn Premiership leaders Wasps victory over Northampton.

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Bell and Trott gets heads down

Surrey 454 v Warwickshire 91 & 113-2 - Lunch

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A 76-run partnership between Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell will have settled the Warwickshire dressing room. 

Bell, who looks utterly determined to put his stamp on the game is 50 not out and Trott is unbeaten on 24.

The stand was needed after Sam Curran and Jade Dernbach reduced the visitors to 37-2. Remember that Warwickshire are following on after being dismissed for 91 yesterday.

Surrey fast bowler Mark Footitt

England hopeful Mark Footitt takes 6-14, dismissing five Warwickshire batsmen for ducks, as the Bears follow on at The Oval.

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Ruben Lameiras

Ruben Lameiras hits the winner as League One bottom club Coventry beat Peterborough to delay the prospect of relegation.

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Footitt causes chaos

Surrey 454 v Warwickshire 39-4 - Tea

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Mark Footitt produced a devastating spell to put Surrey in complete control, taking three wickets without conceding a run. 

The left-armer dismissed Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell in the space of three balls and then removed Sam Hain on the stroke of tea.

The sun continues to shine at The Oval, but the Warwickshire dressing room will be feeling a little chilly at tea.

Chris Wright takes four after lunch

Surrey 454 v Warwickshire 7-0

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A clatter of wickets after lunch and Chris Wright finishes with 5-113. 

Surrey lost six wickets for 49 after the break and now Warwickshire have the opportunity to bat in the sun, a little earlier than they probably expected.

William Porterfield and Alex Mellor are opening for the Bears.

Good morning for Surrey

Surrey 405-4 v Warwickshire - Lunch

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A very good morning for Surrey as they continue to bat under the blue skies of London. Kumar Sangakkara and Dominic Sibley added 55 until Sangakkara fell to Oliver Hannon-Dalby for a graceful 71.

Sibley has looked rock solid and once again Surrey looked booked in to bat all afternoon.

The record attendance at a County Championship match at Edgbaston is 28,000 against Lancashire in the championship-winning season of 1951

You have been using Your Questions to ask about the West Midlands - here are some of our answers.

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Mark Stoneman

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman hits 165 on his debut as the hosts close on 327-3 against Warwickshire at The Oval.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J3A for M6 Toll and Corley Services.

M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and Corley Services, because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday. 

Have a great weekend whatever you have planned - the weather forecast looks good.

West Midlands mayor: Send us your questions

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Mayoral Debate

BreakingActor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70

Rugby-born actor Tim Pigott-Smith has died at the age of 70 , his agent John Grant has said. 

Tim Pigott-Smith
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Weather: A sunny weekend ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to be sunny and warm this weekend, with temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

Dare we say it could be time for the first barbeque of the year?

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Happy Birthday Valley House

BBC Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes hosted a special screening of a 1978 film about the Valley House community hostel in Coventry, which brought back lots of memories for locals.

Open Door: The Family House tells the story of the centre, which provided a temporary roof for local people.

Valley House birthday celebrations

Coventry Rugby: Team news

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Twenty-year-old prop Jake Byrne makes his first start for Coventry Rugby Club tomorrow when they take on Old Albanian.

Butts Park Arena

There's just one player change to the side that beat Rosslyn Park last time out - Darrel Dyer returns from illness at number 8,  replacing Freddie Tuilagi.

Station Street West: Controlled explosion

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

A controlled explosion has been carried out at Station Street West in Foleshill, Coventry, police say.

A small number of homes were evacuated.

Police close Coventry street after suspect package found

Station Street West in the Foleshill are of Coventry, is closed after reportsa suspicious package was found.

Police said the street's been closed as a precaution while specialist officers examine the item. 

JLR posts record sales

Jaguar Land Rover has reported record retail sales, exceeding 600,000 for the first time in the company's history, the firm says.

Jaguar Land Rover vehicles
Jaguar Land Rover

Figures show year-on-year sales are up by 16% overall, with a 32% rise in China and 24% in North America.

March was a record month for new car sales, with more than half a million new vehicles registered, as people looked to buy cars  before changes to car tax come into force.

Andy Sullivan: 'Amazing' to finish under par at Masters

BBC Sport

Nuneaton's Andy Sullivan said he's happy with his play at the Masters, which involved battling against difficult weather conditions.

"To get around it under par is amazing" he said.

Here Justin Rose, Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick give their summaries of the first day's play.

Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Andy Sullivan & Matt Fitzpatrick all on -1

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A435 Portway and J3A for M40.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J3a M40, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Surrey in healthy position at tea

Surrey 239-2 v Warwickshire - Tea

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A better session from Warwickshire with the ball but Surrey are still in a fine position. Rory Burns fell to Keith Barker for 71 breaking an opening stand of 154 with Mark Stoneman.

Stoneman dominated the afternoon and moved to a century on his Surrey debut with his 17th boundary. Rikki Clarke bowled an excellent spell from the Pavilion End and Warwickshire were rewarded with the wicket of Scott Borthwick for 23, caught by Clarke off Hannon-Dalby.

Kumar Sangakkara joined Stoneman just before tea and Surrey will look to push on during the final session. Warwickshire may still wish they had given themselves the chance to bat first.

Your questions: Why do Warwickshire play in Birmingham?

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

With the start of the County Cricket season underway, we've been asked using our Your Questions tool why Warwickshire County Cricket Club play at Edgbaston in Birmingham?

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The record attendance at a County Championship match at Edgbaston is 28,000 against Lancashire in the championship-winning season of 1951

Despite playing in Birmingham, the links with Warwickshire go way back to the club's foundation in Leamington Spa in 1882. 

According to the ground's website,  Warwickshire had considered Rugby and Leamington Spa for their headquarters but then club secretary William Ansell believed that Birmigham's large population and rail connections made a city-base more preferable.   

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West Indian supporters outside Edgbaston before the third test match versus England.

The Birmingham links don't always go down well with the fans however, with many of them unhappy with the decision, in 2013, to change the name of their  T20 side to the Birmingham Bears

And now details of a new city-based T20 competition have been revealed, which could stretch county links even further.

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Premiership rugby: Wasps team news

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps director of Rugby Dai Young has dropped Danny Cipriani to the the bench for Sunday's clash with Northampton Saints at the Ricoh. 

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England star Elliot Daly starts on the wing along with Christian Wade, who won the player of the month for March. 

Kurtley Beale moves to centre, with Willie Le Roux moving to full back. 

Whitmore Park Road

Gary Jones, of Chandos Street, Coventry is jailed for "violent" attack on two members of the public.

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Man jailed for attempted murder

A Coventry man has been jailed for 30 years for the attempted murder of a passer by. 

Whitmore Park Road

Gary Jones, 27, was found guilty of the attack which took place on 16 July at a house on Whitmore Park Road, at Warwick Crown Court today. 

Jones, of Chandos Street, also admitted two charges of wounding with intent and was given 12 year and seven year sentences, to run concurrently. 

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A34 and J5 for A41 affecting J3 for A435 Portway.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a broken down vehicle. Travel time is around 15 minute. Congestion to J3, A435 (Portway).

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

Man arrested after sexual assault

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A 17-year-old man from Bedworth's been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after a woman was attacked in Nuneaton, police say. 

It happened in Pool Bank Recreation ground on Tuesday night.

Good toss not to have had

Surrey 133-0 v Warwickshire - Lunch

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Surrey will be delighted with the opening session of 2017...Warwickshire will wonder whether they should have asked for the coin to go up.

Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman have played immaculately. Both have played some handsome shots on either side of the wicket and have taken full advantage of the conditions.

Stoneman was the first to fifty, quickly followed by Burns but Ian Bell must be worried. Neither batsman has looked in too much difficulty and Warwickshire will be hoping something happens after the lunch break or this could be a very long opening day of the season for them.

Jail ‘inevitable’ for retired woodwork teacher from Southam who abused two boys at Kineton High School

Kenilworth Weekly News

A retired woodwork teacher from Southam is facing an ‘inevitable’ jail sentence after he was convicted of sexually abusing two boys in his room at Kineton High School in the 1980s.

Two charged in Gregory Kelly murder probe

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged with the murder of  Gregory Kelly, who died after being struck by a vehicle in Atherstone last month, police say.

Scene of incident

Phillip Picken, 55 of Manor Road in Atherstone, and 33-year-old Neil Barnes of no fixed address are due to appear before Warwickshire magistrates later.

A 56-year-old from Tamworth, arrested yesterday, has been released under investigation.

A 41-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, remains in custody and a 38-year old man from Astherstone is on bail after being arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

'Burns has played some lovely shots'

Surrey 43-0 v Warwickshire

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Rory Burns
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A solid start from Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns for Surrey. Both have been tested by Keith Barker and Chris Wright but runs have started to flow from the bats of the Surrey opening pair.

Burns has played a couple of lovely shots off the back foot but there is enough there to keep the bowlers interested.

Recovery work will keep A426 closed

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The A426 near Rugby is likely to remain closed for the next few hours, say police, after a lorry overturned.

Recovery of lorry
Warwickshire Police

Recovery work has closed both carriageways of the Rugby Road, near to the M6.