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Summary

  1. Andy Street elected as mayor of West Midlands
  2. The Conservative beats Labour rival by fewer than 4,000 votes
  3. Local elections: Tory 'sea of blue' in Warwickshire
  4. Updates from Friday 5 May 2017

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All times stated are UK

Our coverage throughout the day

That's all from us on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

In the meantime, any breaking news will be posted here. Have a good weekend.

Wasps on course for record attendance

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Wasps say they're on course to sell-out the Ricoh Arena for their Premiership semi-final against Leicester Tigers. 

Wasps crowd
Getty Images

They've sold 26,000 tickets, leaving around 6,000 for the clash next Saturday still available. 

It comes as the club confirm they've had a record year for attendance - with more than 270,000 people seeing a game at the ground.  

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

General Election: Candidates vying to be your local MP

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here's a full list of the people vying to be a local MP in Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Eddisbury Burton, Lichfield and Newcastle;

Congleton:

  • Fiona Bruce - Conservative
  • Sam Corcoran - Labour
  • Mark Davies - UKIP
  • Alexander Heath - Greens
  • Peter Hirst - Liberal Democrat

Crewe and Nantwich

  • David Crowther - Liberal Democrat
  • Laura Smith - Labour
  • Michael Stanley - UKIP
  • Edward Timpson - Conservative

Eddisbury

  • John Bickley - UKIP
  • Mark Green - Green
  • Morgan Hill - Pirate Party
  • Ian Priestner - Liberal Democrat
  • Cathy Reynolds - Labour
  • Antoinette Sandbach - Conservative

Burton:

  • Andrew Griffiths - Conservative
  • Simon Hales - Green
  • Dominic Hardwick - Liberal Democrat
  • John McKiernan - Labour

Lichfield:

  • Michael Fabricant - Conservative
  • Robert Pass - Greens
  • Paul Ray - Liberal Democrats
  • Chris Worsey - Labour

Newcastle-under-Lyme:

  • Paul Farrelly - Labour
  • Nigel Jones - Liberal Democrat
  • Owen Meredith - Conservative

General election: Candidates standing in Staffordshire

Last night the deadline closed for candidates hoping to win your vote at the general election on 8 June. Here's the full list of who's standing in Stafford, Stone, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth and Cannock:

Stafford 

  • Jeremy Lefroy (Conservatives)
  • Tony Pearce (Greens)
  • Christine Tinker (Liberal Democrats)
  • David Williams (Labour)

Stone

  • Bill Cash (Conservatives)
  • Sam Hale (Labour)
  • Martin Lewis (Liberal Democrats)
  • Samantha Pancheri (Greens)
  • Edward Whitfield (UKIP)

Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Karen Bradley (Conservatives)
  • Henry Jebb (Liberal Democrats)
  • Dave Jones (Labour)
  • Nicholas Sheldon
  • Mike Shone (Greens)

Tamworth:

  • Andrew Hammond (Labour)
  • Christopher Pincher (Conservatives)
  • Jenny Pinkett (Liberal Democrats)

Cannock

  • Paul Gregory (UKIP)
  • Paul Dadge (Labour)
  • Nat Green (Liberal Democrats)
  • Amanda Milling (Conservatives)
  • Paul Woodhead (Greens)

Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Nuneaton hospital affected by 'cyber attack'

The George Eliot hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is thought to have been hit by a cyber attack.

NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure,   

A statement from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust said it is currently dealing with a suspected cyber attack, and has shut down a number of systems as a precaution.

A number of out-patient appointments have been cancelled and only a limited radiotherapy service is operating.

George Eliot Hospital
google

We have implemented our contingency plans and we continue to provide services in A&E and essential services elsewhere. We do ask that patients only use A&E in an emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent advice and guidance. In order to ensure we maintain quality and patient safety, we have had to cancel a number of out patient appointments, and are operating a limited radiology service. We apologise to those patients affected and we are working hard to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Statement from George Eliot Hospital

Victims' courage helped jail 'extremely dangerous' paedophile

A police officer has praised the bravery of Andrew Pykett's victims for coming forward.

Andrew Pykett
Warwickshire Police

Det Sgt Collette O'Keefe, from Warwickshire's child sexual exploitation team, said "as a result of their courage an extremely dangerous man has been convicted".

"Pykett is a sexual predator, grooming young girls all over the world, in the full knowledge that they were children, for his own gratification," she said.

Pykett from Clarendon Avenue in Leamington Spa abused nine victims from across the UK as well as one in the United States and has been jailed for 15 years.  

General election: Bromsgrove candidates

Here's the list of those competing to be named the next MP for Bromsgrove on 8 June:

- Spoz Esposito (Greens)

- Sajid Javid (Conservatives)

- Neil Lewis (Liberal Democrats)

- Michael Thompson (Labour)

Election count
BBC

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Paedophile abused ten victims aged 13 to 16

Andrew Pykett was guilty of abusing ten victims aged between 13 and 16.

Court drawing
BBC

Charges against him included 20 counts of sexual activity with a child, seven counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming and also one instance of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

When officers from Warwickshire Police examined Pykett's computers and phones, further victims were identified, with officers finding sexualised conversations, indecent images and graphic sexual abuse of children from all parts of the UK and further afield, including South Yorkshire, Essex, London, Wiltshire, South Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chesterfield and Cleveland, Tennessee in the US, police said.  

Pykett, from Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, will serve 15 years in prison.

Cricket: Bell century boosts Bears total

Captain Ian Bell made 104 as Warwickshsire racked up 304-5 batting first in their Royal London One-Day Cup game at New Road.

You can hear the whole of Worcestershire's reply on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.   

Ian Bell
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Birmingham Airport delays: Passenger dubs security queues 'complete chaos and unorganised'

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

A passenger who missed her flight as she waited in security queues at Birmingham Airport described the situation earlier this Friday as "complete chaos and unorganised".

Sam Butler from Wolverhampton was due to fly at 06:45 BST but said "luckily" the airport put her on a later flight to Glasgow at 08:15 BST.

She said it was fortunate she was in no rush to arrive there but criticised the queues.

The airport has apologised and said staff sickness and a "mechanical fault" meant two lanes of security had to be closed, leading five people to miss flights.

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J8 M6, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Birmingham Airport 'sincerely apologises' for security queues

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

Birmingham Airport has "sincerely apologised" for queues on Friday morning.

Staff sickness and a "mechanical fault" led to the closure of two lanes of security checks, it said, and around 55-minute waits.

Five people missed flights out of 4,000 passengers it saw between 05:00 BST and 07:00 BST, it said.

The airport said it was "investing £100m in new facilities including self-service bag drop desks, a free drop-off car park and baggage system upgrade, which would be complete by the summer peak".

As well as that, it was recruiting 60 new terminal staff and extra security personnel.

Sex offender who preyed on elderly women sentenced

Alex Regan

BBC South

Richard Saillet
TVP

A man who forced his way into elderly women's properties before sexually assaulting them has been jailed for eight years. 

Richard Saillet of Crick Road, Hillmorton, Rugby, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault on females over 16. 

The 64-year-old preyed on victims across the West Midlands, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire.

Police said the Saillet targeted women "due to their vulnerability". 

Commonweath Games bid confirmed

A bid for Birmingham and the surrounding area to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 has been confirmed.

Martin Reeves, chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority, said there were plans for a 2026 bid - but as Durban has pulled out as host for 2022 this will now be the focus.  

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Paedophile jailed for 38 child sex offences

A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple child sex offences. 

Andrew Pykett, from Clarendon Avenue in Leamington Spa, abused nine victims from across the UK as well as one in the United States. 

He was sentenced at a hearing at Warwick Crown Court today.  

Warwickshire justice centre
BBC

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 and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J1, A426 (Rugby), because of a broken down lorry.

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

General election: Mid Worcestershire candidates

These are the people who will be trying to become the next MP for Mid Worcestershire:

- David Greenwood (UKIP)

- Fred Grindrod (Labour)

- Nigel Huddleston (Conservatives)

- Margaret Rowley (Liberal Democrats)

- Fay Whitfield (Greens)

Ballot box
PA

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Cricket: Worcestershire make early breakthrough against Warwickshire

Worcestershire won the toss and decided to field in their derby game against Warwickshire.

They've taken the early wicket of Jonathon Trott, out for two off the bowling of John Hastings (pictured).

Commentary from New Road is available on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.  

John Hastings
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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Coventry's election candidates

The full list of candidates for each parliamentary constituency in Coventry and Warwickshire has been released.  

Coventry City Council  tweeted a link to the candidates for the three city seats.

View more on twitter

General election: Redditch candidates

Here are the people who'll be standing for election in the Redditch constituency:

- Rebecca Blake (Labour)

- Susan Juned (Liberal Democrats)

- Rachel Maclean (Conservatives)

- Neal Stote (National Health Action Party)

- Paul Swansborough (UKIP)

- Kevin White (Greens)

- Sally Woodhall (Independent)

Polling station signs
BBC

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

Cricket: Live commentary on derby game

Dave Bradley

Cricket commentator

I'll be bringing you full ball-by-ball commentary on the game between Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

The 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup game is due to start at 11:30, after the start was delayed by rain.

Commentary from New Road available on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.

New Road
Getty Images

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

'Big Star has been the horse of a lifetime'

Olympic showjumping champion Nick Skelton says he will miss winning as he and his horse Big Star prepare for an emotional retirement on Sunday. 

Nick Skelton on Big Star
David Davies/PA

The 59 year-old and his Rio Olympics gold medal horse will formally bow out at a public ceremony at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in the presence of the Queen. 

He'll continue working with young horses at his base near Alcester, Warwickshire, and Big Star will be retired to stud.

"Big Star has been the horse of a lifetime", he said. 

"I don't think you will ever see the likes of him again. He has been an absolutely amazing horse and a pleasure to ride. I have been very, very lucky to have him."

Queues for security at Birmingham Airport

Passengers have taken to social media to air their frustration at long queues to go through security at Birmingham Airport on Friday morning.

The airport has told us it is simply a particularly busy morning.

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Sky Blues signing Michael Doyle expected to be named as captain

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Michael Doyle is expected to be named as the Sky Blues' new captain after becoming Mark Robins' first signing of the summer. 

Michael Doyle
Getty Images

The Irishman played 7 and a half seasons for the City - before leaving in 2011.

He'll join the club when his contract at current club Portsmouth ends.