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  1. Updates from Monday 4 to Friday 8 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A435 Portway and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A46 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Warwickshire both ways severe disruption, at Church Bank.

A46 Warwickshire - A46 Alcester Road in Billesley closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Church Bank junction, because of a broken down Horsebox.

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

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BBC Sport at Sixways

Wasps make it two Premiership wins from two as they overcome a spirited Worcester Warriors in the derby at Sixways.

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Severe accident: A4600 West Midlands westbound

BBC News Travel

A4600 West Midlands westbound severe accident, around Arch Road.

A4600 West Midlands - A4600 Ansty Road in Coventry closed and queuing traffic westbound around the Arch Road junction, because of an accident involving car and motorcycle.

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Jodi Jones' first-half strike earns Coventry victory at home to Port Vale, who drop to the bottom of League Two.

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Our coverage across the day

Live updates have now finished for the day.

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

Keep an eye out for here for breaking news before then.

Train delays warning between Rugby and Coventry

BBC News Travel

A warning of delays on rail services between Coventry and Rugby.

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Tweet life v street life

A warning that social media platform Twitter is an unreliable version of how people are really thinking and feeling has been issued by an academic from the University of Warwick.

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In a new paper Dr Eric Jensen, from the university's Sociology department, acknowledges that studies based on Twitter data are "particularly alluring" to researchers and the media.

But he says there's is no evidence that social media content shared on Twitter is a truthful reflection of how its users feel and that users are not representative of the general population.

There is clearly a large gap between what people post on social media and how they really feel, but how exactly people manage the relationship between their offline and social media identities is still being uncovered.

Dr Eric JensenUniversity of Warwick

Wasps travel to Sixways for Worcester clash

Wasps meet Worcester Warriors in the Premiership Midlands derby at Sixways this weekend.

Warriors haven't beaten Wasps for four years.

Dai Young has made a couple of changes to the team with Marcus Watson and Guy Thompson both handed starts.

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The latest weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease letting through some late sunshine, overnight there's more showers, but it should pass through in the early hours.

West Midlands weather forecast

Keep up-to-date with the forecast where you are on the BBC Weather website.

Council 'co-operating' after man dies in bin lorry collision

A health and safety team from the city council has been sent to the site of a crash in Coventry in which one man died after his vehicle crashed with a bin lorry.

A statement from the city council confirmed three of their staff, on the lorry, had been taken to hospital and said they're "co-operating fully" with emergency services.

West Midlands Ambulance Service

The driver of the lorry, believed to be in his 20s, was cut free from the vehicle after suffering a serious leg injury and suspected pelvic injury, said the ambulance service.

Two passengers in the lorry, a man in his 40s and one in his 30s, were treated for a minor hand and leg injuries.

Could rehabilitation stop reoffending?

"Deferred prosecution" is being called for by an MP who has led a review into the prison service in England and Wales.

MP David Lammy's review finds the system is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, following a trial in the West Midlands where low-level offenders were allowed to "defer" prosecution and opt for a rehabilitation programme before entering a plea.

Reality Check: Are ethnic minorities treated fairly in the justice system?

Mr Lammy says the trial "produced impressive results and should be rolled out across the country".

Operation Turning Point, was trialled from 2011 for four years, to those facing prosecution who had no more than one conviction.

The government says it will "look carefully" at the recommendations.

Mum agreed Kilimanjaro charity trek thinking it was in Wales

A Warwickshire mum is laughing off her embarrassment after signing up for a charity trek up Mount Kilimanjaro for Myton Hospice - thinking it was in Wales.

Nikki Barnett and Leanne Cope
Nikki Barnett

Nikki Barnett from Nuneaton said because she couldn't pronounce the name of the mountain "I thought it was probably somewhere in Wales".

"It was a neighbour who pointed out it was actually in Tanzania" she said.

Nikki and daughter are still taking on the challenge to raise money for the hospice that looked after her sister Jill, who died of breast cancer three years ago.

Officers take on 50-mile anniversary challenge

A team of officers are celebrating Warwickshire Police's 160th anniversary by walking from their headquarters in Nuneaton to Warwick - and back.

The 50-mile walk will raise money for the National Police Memorial, remembering fallen colleagues and their families.

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Jaguar Land Rover's electric dreams could see car making return to Coventry on a massive scale

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry is on the cusp of becoming a motor city once again on the back of Jaguar Land Rover’s plans to invest heavily in electric car production.

Teenager 'seconds away' from opening fire at school

A boy who took a shotgun and 200 rounds of ammunition into a Nuneaton school had been "seconds away" from opening fire, a court heard today.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: "A moment in time separated the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible event."

A 999 call handler "averted disaster" by questioning the boy about his mental state and instructing him to dis-assemble the double-barrelled gun, and place it outside the room he was in.

Higham Lane School

Passing sentence, the judge told the teenager: "In interview, you were frank and told the police that you took the gun to school that day intending to harm people.

"At that time you were in a room, angry to the point of being prepared to use serious and lethal force, armed with a loaded shotgun and 200 cartridges.

"Had you begun to shoot I have no doubt serious injury and death would have resulted and it is impossible for me to predict how many might have been hit."

Stratford to feature in new detective drama

Filming is set to begin next week in Stratford-upon-Avon on a new 10-part detective drama for BBC One.

Mark Benton and Jo Joyner are to take centre stage in Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators, which will see them unearth the secrets behind the seemingly quiet lives of rural Warwickshire's residents.

Crew filming drama

Will Trotter, head of BBC Daytime Drama, BBC Studios said: “Shakespeare & Hathaway is a modern private eye crime drama set in iconic Stratford-upon-Avon and leafy Warwickshire, playing upon Shakespearean themes with warm witty characters and compelling plot lines".

Tim Groenewald

Somerset complete an important 169-run victory over fellow Division One strugglers Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

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Drugs raid on house in Stratford

Drug paraphernalia and mobile phones have been seized at a house in Stratford-upon-Avon by officers carrying out a warrant.

Police making an arrest
Warwickshire Police

A 22-year-old man was arrested at the property, on Childs Close, on suspicion of assault following a separate incident on the street on 30 August.

The warrant was carried out following concerns raised by members of the community, the force said.

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3A for M40 and J4 for A34.

M42 Warwickshire - Slow traffic on M42 northbound between J3a M40 and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Teenager 'armed himself while country on high alert'

Earlier we brought you the news a teenage boy has been locked up after taking a loaded gun, knife and ammunition to Higham Lane School in Nuneaton.

Crown prosecutor David Elliott described the teenager as "irresponsible" at Warwick Crown Court today.

He "not only put himself in danger, but also put his fellow students and teachers in fear of harm", he said.

“At a time when the country was on high alert, the teenager managed to get hold of his father’s key to a cabinet where his guns were kept, armed himself with a loaded shotgun and a knife and walked into his school."

Driver killed in crash with bin lorry

A driver has died after his car collided with a bin lorry in Coventry this morning, police say.

He died at the scene on Brinklow Road, police said, with the lorry driver and two passengers taken to hospital for treatment.

The road between Combe Fields Road and the Valencia Road junction remains closed while officers carry out their investigations.

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999 operator and teacher 'calmed' shotgun school boy

A teacher and 999 call operator have been praised for "calming" a teenager who'd taken a loaded gun to school, intent on harming fellow pupils.

"Thankfully he contacted the police", said prosecutor David Elliott, who thanked the control operator and the teacher.

Higham Lane School

The judge presiding over the sentencing of the 15-year-old, at Warwick Crown Court today said a "truly horrific" crime had been averted.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said that if the gun had been used, the crime "would have taken its place in the history of truly horrific crimes carried out in this country".

Ed Pollock

Batsman Ed Pollock and left-arm spinner Sunny Singh both sign one-year contract extensions with Warwickshire.

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School shotgun teenager had been having suicidal thoughts

A teenager sentenced to six years detention for taking a loaded shotgun to school told police he'd been having "suicidal thoughts" at the time.

The gun had been used by him and his father for clay pigeon shooting, and was correctly stored under lock and key.

At Warwick Crown Court today Judge Andrew Lockhart QC, praised the police call handler who took the boy's call, saying he averted disaster and should be publicly commended.

Boy who took shotgun to school 'to harm others' locked up

A teenage boy who took a loaded shotgun, 200 rounds of ammunition and a mask into a school has been sentenced to a six-year youth detention order after admitting possessing the weapon with intent to endanger life.

Higham Lane School Nuneaton

The 15-year-old told a 999 call handler he had "a change of heart" and had been thinking of harming others after taking the weapon to Higham Lane School in Nuneaton in June.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, also took ear plugs and a lock-knife with him after removing the shotgun from a secure cabinet belonging to his father.

Pitch inspection at Edgbaston

Some slightly better news coming out of Edgbaston where I'm sure Somerset are keen to get out there and try and wrap up a win against Warwickshire.

Lunch has also been brought forward, so we may yet see some play today.

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Thieves strike security van

Money was stolen from a cash security van during a robbery on Cubbington Road, Lillington yesterday, police say.

Cubbington Road

The van was targeted by a gang believed to be driving a black Citroen at around 11:17.

The thieves fled the scene, driving along Cubbington Road towards the roundabout which leads towards Leamington Spa or Ryton.

The driver, a man in his 60s, was uninjured in the incident.

Rain delays play at Edgbaston

It's not looking very bright at Edgbaston for the final day of Warwickshire v Somerset.

The forecast isn't looking great either, but we'll keep you updated.

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Somerset on top in relegation battle with Warwickshire

Warwickshire's cricketers will be relying on their batsmen, or the weather, to help them get something out of their relegation scrap with Somerset at Edgbaston.

The Bears will resume the final day on 172 for six in their second innings needing 230 more runs for an unlikely victory.

Somerset need just four wickets to claim a second Division One victory of the season.

Yesterday Marcus Trescothick hit an unbeaten 119, giving Somerset hope of avoiding the drop this season.

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Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A34 and J3A for M40.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M42 southbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J3a M40, because of a broken down vehicle.

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