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  1. Updates from the past week

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Football

Ian Henderson's brace keeps alive Rochdale's slim League One play-off hopes as they beat already-relegated Coventry.

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Ben Coad

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

Yorkshire need one wicket to inflict another heavy defeat on Warwickshire after Ben Coad's maiden 10-wicket haul.

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Bristol v Wasps

Bristol are relegated to the Championship with two games to go after a brave defeat by ruthless Premiership leaders Wasps.

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Severe accident: M69 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M69 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M69 southbound between J1, A5 (Hinckley) and M6, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A444 and M6 J3A.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tim Bresnan

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

Yorkshire build a healthy lead over Warwickshire on day two of their County Championship Division One game at Edgbaston.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J1, A426 (Rugby), because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Ben Coad Andy Hodd

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

Warwickshire struggle with the bat before rain curtails day one of their County Championship match against Yorkshire.

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Coventry relegated

Coventry are relegated to League Two as they draw with Charlton in a game delayed by protests at the Ricoh Arena.

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Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A46 and J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

How should the 'metro' mayor sell the West Midlands brand?
The West Midlands' first "metro" mayor will be elected on 4 May and we headed to the shops to hear your views.
Birmingham skyline

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

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Keep an eye out here for the latest news, sport and travel.

Have a great Easter weekend.

Plans to build 5000-seat stadium in Leamington given the green light

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The secretary of a Leamington Football Club fan group says he's cautiously optimistic about the future.

Plans for new 5000-seat stadium
Leamington FC

It's after councillors approved plans for a new 5000-seat stadium to be built in the town. 

Proposals for Warwick District Council to acquire the club's current home in Harbury Lane were also approved, with the land identified as a possible traveller site. 

Caution is natural in the footballing world...[but] it is optimistic caution...it's something we'd really like to see happen."

Nick RogersBoard Member and Membership Secretary of the Brakes Trust

Aggravated burglary in Warwick

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Warwick. 

Police line
BBC

It happened at a house in Yardley Close on Wednesday evening. 

Three men were reported to have entered the house demanding money from the occupants before carrying out a search of the property and leaving.  

Watch: Your latest weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mainly dry day for the West Midlands, here's how tonight and Good Friday are looking. 

You can also keep up-to-date with the latest forecasts by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton

'Stinger' used by police to stop car on M5

A "stinger" device has been used to stop a car on the M5 which was believed to have been stolen during a burglary on the Wirral in Merseyside, police say.

Motorway police started to pursue the car just outside Worcester at 06:00 this morning as it travelled northbound on the M5.

West Midlands Police say that despite have its tyres deflated by the stinger the car still continued around the junction 2 roundabout at Oldbury (pictured) and veered the wrong way down the southbound slip road before officers were able to bring it to a halt.

M5 junction
Google

Police say a 27-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

A 24-year-old man who was a passenger, also from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A 25-year-old man, also a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested but taken to hospital with minor injuries and will be questioned later, a spokesman says.

Family of postman speak of "nightmare" since his death

The family of a postman whose body was found in a ditch have described life since his death as a "nightmare".

The body of David Charles Lamont was found by a member of the public by the side of Burrow Hill Lane, in Corley, Warwickshire, on 23 October.

Kamaljit Singh Dhaliwal, 54, of Holland Road, Coventry, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and jailed earlier this month.

In a statement, Mr Lamont's family said: "The past five months following David's tragic death have been an absolute nightmare.

"He had so much to live for; hopes, dreams and desires. All ripped away from him by a man too selfish to tell the truth.

"I don't think we will ever know what really happened to him or why. That hurts, but I hope now our family can finally mourn and really lay him to rest."  

David Lamont
Warwickshire Police

JLR handed two awards

Jaguar Land Rover has scooped two prizes at the world car awards in New York.

Jaguar F-PACE
BBC

The car giant, which has factories in Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton, picked up 'world car design of the year' and 'world car of the year' for the Jaguar F-PACE. 

The performance SUV is the fastest-selling model the firm has produced. 

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3A for M6 Toll.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J3a M6 Toll, because of an accident.

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

Easter bagels selling like hot cakes

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A unique take on a classic Easter recipe is proving popular with peckish customers in Leamington Spa. 

Hot cross bagels
Ashley Baker

Bakery The Steamhouse began selling 'hot cross bagels' in a bid to offer something a bit different during the period. 

The owners say the bagels have proved so popular they are struggling to meet demand.  

We've had pre-orders this weekend...Today we've got 230-odd ready to sell and they will all sell out."

Ashley BakerOwner of The Steamhouse

Coventry on course to became a 'rugby world leader'

An initiative created to make Coventry a world leader in rugby is marking its first birthday.

'Coventry, a City of Rugby' project celebrates 1 year anniversary
Advent Communications
The 'Coventry, a City of Rugby' project launched 12 months ago.

The project, called Coventry, a City of Rugby, was set up last April to encourage more people to play the sport, improve facilities and attract major events to the city. 

Organisers say it's resulted in more than 60,000 people of all ages participating in or watching a form of rugby-related activity in the past 12 months.

Football: Robins confirms injuries likely to hamper squad over Easter weekend

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has said he may have to contend with an injury-depleted squad for the next two games.

Mark Robins
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The Sky Blues take on Charlton tomorrow and Rochdale on Monday as they continue their battle to avoid League One relegation.

Although captain Jordan Willis has returned to training, the manager says he's still assessing the fitness of striker Kwame Thomas and Kyel Reid.

Man crosses M6 to snap crashed car

Rugby Advertiser

Police officers were left in disbelief when a man crossed the busy M6 to take a picture of a car which crashed into the central reservation yesterday.

Man on M6
Warwickshire Police

Marathon runner aiming to raise cash for air ambulance service that saved her

A PE teacher is running the London Marathon for a second time next week to raise funds for the air ambulance service that rescued her following a motorway crash.

Lucy Dawkins
The Air Ambulance Service
Lucy Dawkins raised more than £10,000 when she completed her first London Marathon in 2015.

Lucy Dawkins, 27, from Hagley, sustained serious head injuries when her car aquaplaned on surface water and collided with a barrier on the M42 in 2013.     

Her injuries meant she had to be airlifted to hospital by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, where she was treated for a fractured skull and laceration to the back of the head. 

Lucy reovered, with the loss of her sense of smell the only lasting damage.

Watch: How the weather can knock you for six in the cricket season

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Pack your umbrella and your sandwiches, the cricket season is under way.

Warwickshire host their first home game tomorrow against Yorkshire.

The BBC's Rebecca Wood explains how the weather can turn a game.

Rebecca Wood explains

West Midlands mayor debate

BBC Midlands Today

Ahead of the election for the first West Midlands mayor on 4 May, candidates James Burn (Green), Pete Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrat), Siôn Simon (Labour), Andy Street (Conservative) and Graham Stevenson (Communist) will go head-to-head in front of a studio audience.

James Burn, Beverley Anne Nielsen and Graham John Stevenson
Birmingham City Council
James Burn, Beverley Anne Nielsen and Graham John Stevenson are among six candidates

The hour-long debate, chaired by Patrick Burns, the BBC's political editor for the Midlands, will take place at 22:45 on Thursday, 20 April. 

Peter Durnell, Sion Llewelyn Simon and Andy Street
Birmingham City Council
Peter Durnell, Sion Simon and Andy Street will also stand on 4 May

Coventry would 'make the most' of being City of Culture - Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury believes Coventry would "make the most of the opportunity" to be named UK City of Culture in 2021.

Justin Welby
BBC

Justin Welby, a former canon of Coventry Cathedral, made the comments at an event in London to discuss how the city's bid for the title is progressing. 

Coventry is competing against Stoke-on-Trent and Hereford - with the winner to be announced in December. 

Coventry is one of the most special places in this country. If it is the UK City of Culture in 2021, it is a place that will make the most of that opportunity, it will be a place that takes it and makes it something really, really special."

Justin WelbyArchbishop of Canterbury

Cricket: Warwickshire name 13-man squad for Yorkshire clash

Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton says he expects his team to bounce back hard when they launch their home Specsavers County Championship season against Yorkshire tomorrow. 

Warwickshire County Cricket Club
Getty Images

It follows the Bears' defeat to Surrey in the opening round of matches at The Oval earlier this week. 

The side has named a 13-man squad for tomorrow's game at Edgbaston which includes captain Ian Bell, Tim Ambrose and Jonathan Trott.  

We know what went wrong for us at The Oval. We played a very good side at the top of their form but effectively gave them a two-day head start. Of course you can't afford to do that."

Jim TroughtonFirst-team coach of Warwickshire

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Delays expected for Easter getaway

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, with the Easter getaway getting under way, we'll have the latest on the situation on the roads in the region. 

Congestion signs on motorway
BBC

Several of our motorways are expected to see drivers facing double the journey time from today and into the bank holiday weekend. 

More on BBC One from 13:30.

Volunteers join forces to clear up city river

Coventry Observer

Volunteers joined forces to clean up a section of river that runs through Coventry City Centre.  

River clean-up
Coventry Observer

Community pub opens for business after long-running campaign

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A Warwickshire pub that was saved from closure by local residents has opened its doors in time for the Easter weekend.

The New Inn at Norton Lindsey
Google

Villagers started a campaign to buy The New Inn at Norton Lindsey after the pub was put up for sale last year. 

They successfully raised £312,000 to make the property an asset of community value - which means it's now subject to additional protection from development. 

Launchbury 'should be named' player of the season, says Wasps teammate

Wasps centre Elliot Daly says his club and international teammate Joe Launchbury should be named the England player of the season.

Joe Launchbury
Getty Images

The forward is up against the likes of Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes for the award. 

He's also being heavily tipped to be part of the Lions tour of New Zealand this summer. 

Plans for new Leamington football stadium backed by council

Leamington Football club are a step closer to getting a brand-new stadium after councillors in Warwick backed the scheme for land off Europa way and Gallows Hill.

Football
BBC

The council will now carry out an investigation into how to build the 5,000-seat stadium.

It means the Brakes' current New Windmill ground can be turned into a new gypsy and traveller site.

Local elections 2017: Vote registration deadline looms

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Today is the deadline for registration to vote in the West Midlands mayoral elections on 4 May. 

The region is among six in England to vote for new mayors who will have powers arching over groups of local authorities. 

Ballot box
PA

People can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Alternatively, paper forms can be downloaded or collected from local registration offices and need to be completed and handed in before the offices close to beat the deadline for England and Wales.

Sky Blues chairman defends new season ticket prices

Coventry City chairman Tim Fisher has defended the club's season ticket prices for the 2017/18 campaign.

Tim Fisher
BBC

The club revealed the price of a standard adult season ticket for next season would remain at 2016/2017's £299 until the end of May - but go up to £345 thereafter once the "early bird" offer expired.  

In a statement, Mr Fisher says the club "does not get either matchday non-ticketing revenues or non-matchday revenues" and is therefore "pushed to generate most income via ticketing means".

Warwick businessman warns others to 'defend themselves' against cyber attacks

The Managing Director of a Warwick-based company is warning other businesses to protect themselves against cyber attacks

Stuart Kettell, owner of Kettell Video Productions, was targeted by tech scammers who infected his IT systems with malicious software.   

Stuart Kettell
West Midlands Police

They then threatened to permanently shutdown Stuart's computer files if he refused to pay a £1,000 ransom. 

But - thanks to routine file archiving - Stuart survived the online attack relatively unscathed and is now calling on other businesses to regularly back-up their work. 

Woman, 91, targeted by 'policeman' thief

Earlier in the week police warned of a "pot-bellied" bogus officer scamming his way into pensioners' homes in Coventry, Birmingham and Sandwell to steal cash and jewellery.

More information has now been released by trading standards officers about an incident in Coventry in which a 91-year-old woman was targeted.

The offender knocked on the door of her home - in the Wyken/Wood End area of the city - and purported to be a police officer.

She was suspicious and thought she had closed the door, Trading Standards said, but the man managed to force entry and stole "various items". 

A spokesperson said: "It is important that residents are vigilant, both at their own properties and also those of elderly neighbours."

Trespassing on West Midlands railways hits five-year high

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The number of people trespassing on railways in the West Midlands has risen by almost a fifth over the past five years. 

Network Rail and British Transport Police figures show 588 incidents in 2016 compared with 502 in 2012.

Simon Munn lost his leg crossing a train track when he was 22

Across the country, some 115 people have been killed on rail tracks over the past five years, with almost half of them aged under 25. 

Network Rail and the police said taking a short cut was the most common reason given for trespassing, followed by thrill-seeking.