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Summary

  1. Jail for woman who scammed pensioner
  2. The 'tearful' police officers leaving work in 'meltdown'
  3. Meet robo-crop
  4. Cricket: Skipper Bell on Bears' plight
  5. Girl dies in Wolvey crash
  6. Mural dedicated to Grenfell victims
  7. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, at J1 for A426 Rugby.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 entry slip road closed southbound at J1, A426 (Rugby), because of an accident.

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

Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to Lancashire as a Kolpak player

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of the new campaign.

Read more

Severe accident: M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3T for A38 Tamworth and J4T for A5.

M6 Toll Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll northbound between J3t, A38 (Tamworth) and J4t, A5 (Weeford Island), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J3 for A435 Portway and J3A for M40.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J3a M40, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A4254 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4254 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between A47 The Long Shoot and Townsend Drive affecting Higham Lane.

A4254 Warwickshire - A4254 Eastboro Way in Higham on the Hill closed in both directions between the A47 The Long Shoot junction and the Townsend Drive junction, because of accident investigation work. Congestion on A47 Hinckley Road to the Higham Lane junction and on A5 Watling Street to the A47 The Long Shoot junction.

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

Our coverage across the day

That's it for Friday's updates.

Join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

Flies causing nuisance again in Warwickshire village

BBC Midlands Today

People living in Brinklow in Warwickshire say they're being plagued by flies for the second summer in a row.

Flies stuck on fly paper
BBC

For months last year some businesses reported infestations - now it appears they're back.

Rugby Borough Council is investigating.

Man injured in Leamington attack

A man suffered facial injuries after being punched in an unprovoked attack in Leamington Spa, police say.

Regent Grove
Google

The victim, a man in his 30s, was walking down The Parade, close to the junction with Regent Grove, when he was set upon and repeatedly punched.

A second man then assaulted the victim before making off on foot.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the attack which happened at about 00:50 on Sunday.

Wasps to stay at current training ground

Martin Winch

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Wasps have confirmed they will be staying at their Broadstreet training ground on the outskirts of Coventry for the next season.

The club has planning permission to relocate its training facilities to the Alan Higgs Centre on the site of Coventry City FC's youth academy, putting that operation under threat, the football club has said.

Proposed centre at Allan Higgs Centre
Ward McHugh Associates

A spokesperson for Coventry Sports Foundation, which runs the centre, said it had been working with Wasps and Coventry City Football Club for some time "to look for a positive outcome".

The football club, which may now be able to use the facilities next season, has declined to comment.

A decision has been made to extend our stay at Broadstreet RFC by a season, which players and staff were updated on towards the end of last season. We already enjoy good facilities at Broadstreet, who have been extremely accommodating since our arrival, and plans are in place to upgrade those facilities further for our second season. Commercial discussions with CSF remain confidential and as such will not be commented on."

Statement from Wasps

Watch: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mainly cloudy day, here's what's in store for the start of this weekend across the West Midlands.

You can stay updated over the next couple of days through the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

Jail for woman who stole thousands from elderly victim

A Wolston woman who carried out a "systematic and cynical campaign" to steal more than £150,000 from an elderly woman has been jailed for four years, Warwickshire Police says.

Lynn Minrath, 42, of Kelseys Close, was found guilty of theft and fraud and was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court yesterday.

Lynn Minrath
Warwickshire Police

The force said Minrath befriended the victim, a woman in her 70s, and took over her financial affairs to steal large sums of money - funding a lifestyle of gambling and expensive holidays.

PCC backs calls for more police funding

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has echoed calls from the West Midlands force's chief constable for more funding and protection of front line policing.

David Jamieson
BBC

David Jamieson said "you cannot do as the government's been doing - cutting police resources, expect us to take on this enhanced terrorism threat and do the local policing; something has to give.

"Anybody can see there is a threat in this country from terrorism.

"What we want to see now is the home secretary to tell us just what she is going to do about it."

Two in court over Dionne Clark's murder

Two people have appeared at Warwick Crown Court charged with the murder of a 27-year-old Nuneaton woman.

Dionne Clark
Warwickshire Police

Dominic Wallis, 28 and Elizabeth Ellis, 19, both of Nuneaton, are also accused of false imprisonment.

They were both remanded in custody and are next due to appear at the court on 20 July.

Wellbeing lower for single-parent kids, study finds

Growing up with only one parent has been found to have a lasting effect well into adulthood, researchers from the University of Warwick say.

They discovered that children from single-parent families earn on average 30% less than those who grew up with both parents - and are more likely to be unemployed.

Dr Sakari Lemola
University of Warwick

Dr Sakari Lemola from Warwick’s Department of Psychology and Dr David Richter from the German Institute for Economic Research discovered on average they were 9% less likely to be in a romantic relationship and have a smaller number of friends.

In a study of over 24,000 adults aged 18-66, the researchers identified 641 individuals who spent their entire childhood with a single parent and 1,539 who spent part of their childhood with a single parent.

These findings suggest that both parents still provide important resources even when children have already grown up and left their parent’s home. During young adulthood these resources may include financial support as well as access to social networks, which is important to find a good job."

Dr Sakari LemolaUniversity of Warwick

CCTV appeal over theft

Fraudulent bank card transactions were made after the theft of a wallet in Rugby, police say.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace in connection with their inquiry.

The incident happened between 03:00 and 04:30 in Rugby town centre on Saturday 3 June.

CCTV image
Warwickshire Police

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a broken down van.

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

Facebook plea floods Lee Rigby charity with volunteers

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Lee Rigby House sign
Keith Lawson

A man who pleaded for volunteers to help finish setting up a retreat for bereaved families says he's "overwhelmed" at the response he's had.

The Lee Rigby Foundation, set up in memory of the soldier killed outside his barracks in May 2013, is looking to open a first centre in Oakamoor, Staffordshire.

Keith Lawson's post
Facebook

Keith Lawson, from Rugby, Warwickshire posted on Facebook yesterday that he'd visited the site to fit blinds for free, saw they were struggling to finish the place and asked on the social media site for more volunteer help.

His post was then shared around 60,000 times and told the BBC his phone has "been ringing off the hook" with offers to help from tradespeople.

Roz MacDonald, a trustee of the foundation, says it's been tremendous and "the most welcome deluge".

The 'tearful' police officers leaving work in 'meltdown'

A senior West Midlands Police figure says sickness and mental health problems are rife in the force.

It comes as the chief constable of the West Midlands force called on the government to increase funding to offset operational pressures.

Police
BBC

DI Warren Hines warns that a heavy workload is affecting wellbeing.

We've got examples of police officers who have been conveyed to hospital from work because they've had a meltdown. I'm aware of incidents where sergeants ... are allocating work on the basis of who is the least tearful that morning when they get to work."

DI Warren HinesWest Midlands Police

Weather Watchers: Views of summer

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been busy uploading pictures from around Coventry and Warwickshire.

Graham's Vista sent in this image of a dragonfly he took in Polesworth.

Dragonfly
Graham's Vista

Daisynics took this lovely summery view in Oxhill.

Flowers in Oxhill
Daisynics

Calls for extra police funding continue

Simon Glover

BBC Online

The Interim Chair of West Midlands Police Federation has written an open letter to MPs in the region urging them to support a funding boost for the force.

Tom Cuddeford's letter
West Midlands Police Federation

Tom Cuddeford says the government needs to act on the party pledges that were made during the election campaign to keep the nation "safe and secure" by recruiting more police officers.

We need a commitment to make changes for the better. We appreciate there is no quick fix, but the police service needs investment to be able to deliver all is expected of it."

Tom CuddefordInterim chairman of West Midlands Police Federation

The force's chief constable Dave Thompson has said of budget cuts the "strain is showing".

Chief constable warns of funding squeeze

The squeeze on police funding has left police and crime commissioners needing to increase local taxation "to the maximum" while many forces are using "considerable reserves to maintain current staff numbers," says the chief constable of West Midlands Police.

In a blog, he warns counter-terror policing is "in no place to deliver efficiency savings" and also calls on the Government to cut red tape as a means to ease pressures.

"It's also time to ask why a growing proportion of the police budget is being allocated to managing complaints or non-policing spend at a time when our core role is under strain," he said.

Mr Thompson said extra spending should target the growing cyber threat and urged policymakers "to think very carefully about the need for enhanced protection for our officers who run towards the terrorists".

Police chief calls for increased funding

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says his force is under strain and the government should increase funding if it's to deal with large-scale disorders.

Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police

Dave Thompson, in his role on the National Police Chiefs Council, says without fresh investment, neighbourhood street patrols will "disappear".

He said funding needed to be "stabilised with real terms protection for policing as a whole".

The Home Secretary's acknowledged police resources were "very tight".

Fight is on to reverse children's centre cuts

Warwick Courier

On the front page this week: The list of children's centres that could be closed has been released.

Front page
Warwick Courier

Council apology over delayed rubbish collection

The borough council has apologised to residents of Bedworth and Bulkington for not picking up black and green bins yesterday because of "operational difficulties".

Residents, it says, should have rubbish collected today.

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Tower block mural dedicated to Grenfell residents

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A mural at a tower block in Leamington Spa has been dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Grenfell fire.

Residents say they want their artwork, painted over the last 12 months, to be a symbol of hope.

Lilington mural
BBC

Sybil Roberson, the artist behind the scheme at Southorn Court in Lillington, says she wants the dedication to be a direct message of support for those affected.

Residents are also signing a card of condolence that will be delivered to Grenfell survivors at the weekend.

Girl dies in Wolvey crash

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A girl has died after the car in which she was travelling crashed into a fence in Wolvey, the ambulance service says.

Paramedics were called to the scene on B4114 Smockington Lane just after 14:00 yesterday to find the girl with serious injuries.

She was taken to University Hospital in Coventry and was confirmed dead a short time later.

'You can't paper over cracks' - Bell on Bears' plight

Warwickshire's nine-year run in the first division of cricket's County Championship appears to be under threat.

An innings defeat to Essex at Chelmsford has left the Bears bottom of the table, 40 points off safety with eight games to go.

Captain Ian Bell acknowledges the team has to improve if it's to avoid relegation to the second division.

Ian Bell
Getty Images

You can't paper over cracks, can you? You can't just wish and cross your fingers and hope things are going to get better. We're in a professional business and it's ruthless. You can't turn up and play well for a session and poorly for a second and expect to be OK. Four-day cricket is tough.

Ian BellCaptain, Warwickshire Cricket Club

Video: What's the weather doing today?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy day with some bright intervals but the possibility of some showers too with top temperatures of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands