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Summary

  1. Girl, 4, hurt in dog attack
  2. Two severely injured in explosion
  3. 'Key witness' sought to machete attack
  4. Lift shaft death fall 'misadventure'
  5. Chip shop staff threatened with 'sword'
  6. Updates from Friday 28 July 2017

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All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Warwickshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a vehicle tyre change.

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, at J8 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane blocked on entry slip road northbound at J8 M6, because of an accident involving a car and van.

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

Four-year-old boy assaulted in park

A four-year-old boy was treated in hospital for a bruised face after being assaulted in a Leamington Spa park, police say.

The boy had an apple thrown at him by a teenager who was part of a group in Whitnash Park on Tuesday 25 July.

The offender made off after the incident.

Our coverage across the day

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

Disabled rider bids to reach Everest base camp

A rider with cerebral palsy says his attempt to be the first disabled person to reach Everest base camp on a horse will be "massively difficult" and will take his body to the "extreme limits of its endurance".

Max Stainton
Riding Everest

Max Stainton, 26, from Leamington Spa, will attempt the climb to 5,500m (18,000ft) on a Nepalese pony.

He said his condition made it difficult for his body to retain heat and he was unable to walk without assistance.

Mr Stainton hopes his endeavour will help him raise £50,000 for the Riding for the Disabled charity's new National Training Centre in Warwickshire.

Armed police called to 'gun' incident

A group of youths were issued a police warning last night after officers were called to the city centre following reports of a man seen in a car with a handgun.

Cross Cheaping
Google

Armed officers attended the scene in Cross Cheaping, near the Burges in Coventry, at about 19:30, police said.

They found a group of male youths who said they were "messing about" with a BB gun that had been passed between them.

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J4 for A34 and J3A for M40 affecting J5 for A41.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J3a M40, because of an accident. Congestion to J5, A41 (Solihull).

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

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Outbreaks of rain and strong winds will continue through tonight eventually clearing away to give a drier end to the night with clear spells.

It will remain on the mild side for most - lows of 14C (57F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

'Fuel can and charcoal burner caused van fire'

The fire we told you about earlier that left two people with serious burns was started when a fuel can was opened close to a lit charcoal burner, the fire service said.

The two men were hurt when a van caught fire on Gerrards Road, Shipston-on-Stour, shortly after 20:00 on Thursday.

Meghan Beesley added to GB squad for World Championships

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

North Warwickshire athlete Meghan Beesley has been added to the Great Britain squad for next month's World Championships.

It will be her third time competing in the compeition and she will take part in the 400m hurdles.

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One taken to hospital after M42 crash

The driver of a car involved in a crash with a lorry on the M42 has been taken to hospital, the ambulance service said.

The man in his 50s, thought to be suffering from head injuries, was removed from the car with the help of the fire service.

All lanes have just reopened but severe delays remain in the area.

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Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J9 for M6 Toll and J10 for A5 affecting J7A for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M42 northbound in Curdworth between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident involving car and lorry. Travel time is 35 minutes. Congestion to J7a M6.

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

Wasps out to defend Singha Premiership Rugby 7s title

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps start the defence of their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s crown at Franklin's Gardens this evening.

Christian Wade and Marcus Watson have both been included in the squad with Dan Robson named as captain against Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers.

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Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A5 and J9 for M6 Toll affecting J11 for A42.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent).

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

Coventry man jailed for slashing cousin's face open with a knife

Coventry Telegraph

A Coventry man who sliced his cousin’s face open from his ear to his mouth has narrowly escaped a life sentence after a judge heard he already had a conviction for a similar offence.

Live coverage of Warwick Folk Festival

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Up to 30,000 people are expected to visit one of the region's most popular festivals this weekend.

It's the 38th Warwick Folk Festival where musicians and performers from all over the world gather in the historic town.

This year there are more than 150 acts and it's known to generate more than half a million pounds for the town's economy.

We're bringing you live coverage.

Warwick's annual folk festival is under way

Chip shop staff threatened with 'sword'

A man wielding a sword threatened staff in a Nuneton fish and chip shop, prompting armed officers to race to the scene, police say.

Chaplin's Fish Bar
Google

The man pulled the weapon on staff at Chaplin's Fish Bar on Midlands Road after he entered with two others to order food. He became aggressive and pushed a till on to the floor.

The Warwickshire force said during the "terrifying" ordeal at about 21:50 on Thursday, staff fled the shop and left the three men by the front door.

We're extremely concerned that someone would be carrying this kind of weapon with them and it is important that we locate them as soon as possible. I would urge anyone with information to contact us urgently."

Det Sgt Amjad IqbalWarwickshire Police

Engineer's lift shaft death ruled 'misadventure'

The death of an engineer killed in a lift shaft fall has been ruled misadventure.

James Merritt
Kimberley Merritt

An inquest at Warwickshire Justice Centre heard James Merritt, an engineer surveyor with Zurich, had been carrying out a lift inspection at Telent Technology Services in Warwick last October when he was found at the bottom of the shaft.

The 39-year-old father-of-two from Hampton Magna was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bears take on Vikings in T20 Blast

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The Bears new signing Adam Hose could make his debut in the T20 Blast against the Yorkshire Vikings tonight.

Adam Hose
Getty Images

The 27-year-old batsman's signed a three-year deal to move from Somerset.

He played 31 games for Somerset, having joined them in 2015, making his maiden one-day hundred in May.

You can find live commentary here from 18:55.

'Key witness' sought to machete attack

CCTV footage has been released of a "key witness" to whom police want to speak over a machete attack on 25 June.

The West Midlands force says a confrontation began near to Morrisons petrol station on Chester Road, Birmingham, with the actual assault happening on Firs Lane, Haseley, Warwickshire - approximately 30 miles away - at about 20:00.

CCTV image
West Midlands Police

The force says it believes the man pictured goes by the nickname "Bobby" and witnessed part of the attack.

DConstable Neil Wilson said: "A man has been arrested and charged in connection with this incident.

"However we believe 'Bobby' is a significant witness and are keen to speak to him as soon as possible."

Two severely injured in 'fuel tank' explosion

Two men suffered serious burns when a van's fuel tank exploded, the ambulance service says.

Gerrards Road
Google

Fire crews were called to the scene in Garrards Road, Shipston-on-Stour, shortly after 20:00 yesterday to deal with the resultant blaze.

A 57-year-old man suffered burns to his torso and legs and a 21-year-old man injured his hands and arms.

They were treated at the site with burns dressings and taken by ambulance to the specialist burns centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Hail Coventry by designing a cab

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire needs your help to design decorations for a taxi that would celebrate the city and its people.

2Tone Taxi
BBC

Our taxi will hit the streets this autumn to tell the story of the city, its music, the monuments and the people.

We want to hear about the hidden gems - the characters and places you think we should be proud of and shout about.

It could be the park at the end of your street, the site of an old factory or a junction on the ring road.

Use this form and we could be in touch to share your photographs and anecdotes on the BBC website.

Police officers cycle ride to remember fallen colleagues

More than 30 police officers from around the UK are passing through the area today, on a 180-mile (290km) cycle ride in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Police Unity Tour will be passing through Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next two days, finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Douglas
West Mercia Police

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman (pictured above right) from West Mercia Police is among them and she said she was taking part to remember PC Richard Gray who was shot dead in Shrewsbury in 2007, while trying to arrest a gunman who was holding two fellow officers hostage.

Work to prevent unauthorised traveller camps agreed

More than £170,000 is going to be spent installing bollards, lockable gates and trip rails at car parks and open spaces across Warwick district in a bid to stop illegal traveller encampments, says the council.

Traveller encampment
BBC

The six-month programme of work is being carried out following a review of recent incidents in which unauthorised camps were set up St Nicholas Park and Newbold Comyn.

A district-wide review, with the aim of finding permanent and transit sites, will also be carried out.

Girl, four, injured in dog attack

A four-year-old girl needed stitches in her face after being bitten by a dog in Nuneaton, police say.

She was with her mum and two sisters when she was attacked by the animal in Marner Road on Monday 24 July at about 19:00.

Girl bitten by dog
Warwickshire Police

The dog was accompanied by four men, described as being in their late teens. They ran off following the attack.

This was a horrible attack on a young girl that will potentially leave her scarred for life. The owners of the dog made no attempt to check she was alright and instead decided to run off."

PC Ruth PhilipsWarwickshire Police

Travel: Rail delays after vehicle hits bridge

BBC News Travel

Rail services between Rugby and Northampton are delayed after a vehicle hit a bridge in the area.

Operator London Midland says it hopes to have services running normally soon.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a bright start cloud will start to increase with outbreaks of showery rain expected this afternoon.

A breezy day with top temperatures of around 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning from the Coventry newsroom

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

If you'd like to get in touch with the BBC Local Live team, you can do so by emailing us, tweeting @BBCCovWarks, or visiting our Facebook page.

Severe disruption: A46 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at B4463.

A46 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A46 Stratford Road northbound in Sherbourne at the B4463 junction, because of an earlier overturned vehicle and barrier repairs. On the roundabout.

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