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Water company issues scam warning

Severn Trent Water customers are being threatened with having their water supplies cut off in fake phone calls.

Severn Trent van
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Some customers have reported receiving the calls in which a person claims they have not been paying their bills.

Cutting off water supply is not something Severn Trent would do, the company says, and anyone who gets a similar phone call should report it.

The firm, based in Coventry, supplies water to more than 4m homes, mostly in the West Midlands.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and frosty morning and then a dry and bright day with sunny intervals expected this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

M40 Warwickshire - M40 partially blocked southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football

Luton are knocked off top spot in League Two after a disappointing defeat by visitors Coventry City.

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Severe disruption: A5 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between M1 J18 and A426 Rugby Road.

A5 Northamptonshire - A5 closed northbound between Rugby in Daventry and the A426 Rugby Road junction in Lutterworth.

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

Severe accident: A5 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between A426 Rugby Road and A428.

A5 Warwickshire - A5 closed southbound between the A426 Rugby Road junction in Cotesbach and the A428 junction in Kilsby, because of an accident.

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

Severe congestion: B4110 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

B4110 West Midlands northbound severe congestion, before A428 Binley Road.

B4110 West Midlands - Very slow traffic on B4110 Humber Road northbound in Coventry before the A428 Binley Road junction.

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

Severe accident: A5 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between A444 Weddington Lane and M42 J10.

A5 Warwickshire - A5 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A444 Weddington Lane junction in Caldecote and Tamworth in Wood End, because of a serious accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

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

Watch: Remembering HMS Coventry

Kevin Reide

Reporter, Midlands Today

Former sailors of HMS Coventry have laid a wreath at sea to remember their comrades lost in the Falklands War.

I've been following the veterans as they have travelled to the Falkland Islands 35 years after they fought there.

Former sailors lay a wreath at sea to remember their comrades lost in the Falklands War.

The destroyer was bombed during the conflict in 1982 - 20 sailors lost their lives and 29 were injured.

Family want justice for scammers who robbed dying woman

The family of a Nuneaton woman who was conned out of thousands of pounds, just hours after she was told she had cancer, say they want to see the culprits brought to justice.

Linda Gibbs, who was 70, died just a few weeks later and Warwickshire Police said the "heartless criminals" responsible had "targeted someone who had just received the most awful news".

She died just weeks later and the police have now released these CCTV images of a woman they want to talk to.

CCTV images
Warwickshire Police
Police believe the woman in the photo may be wearing a wig

Officers say someone claiming to be from her telephone provider contacted Mrs Gibbs and asked for her bank details and PIN before arranging for her bank card to be picked up.

My mum was very vulnerable after being told she had terminal cancer and to be targeted by these people is unforgivable. The extra stress this put on her life in her last days was unbearable. I would really like to see justice served on the woman who came to my mum's door that day. She not only robbed my mother of her well earned money but gave her a very unpleasant experience of worrying in her last few days of life."

Anita FoxleyMrs Gibbs's daughter

Dinosaurs come alive on Coventry stage

Huge puppets are the stars of the Dinosaur World show at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.

Puppeteers reveal the hazards of working with the monstrous cast of Dinosaur World

Car fire blocks lane on M42

Highways England says firefighters are on the M42 trying to put out a car fire that's blocking part of the northbound carriageway between J3 and J3a.

One lane is blocked.

Fire scene
Highways England

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A435 Portway and J3A for M40.

M42 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J3a M40, because of a vehicle fire.

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

'Thousands of commuters' affected by railway line closure

Sarah Bishop

BBC Midlands Today

Four people continue to be questioned by police after a van set alight under a railway bridge between Rugby and Coventry caused thousands of commuters to be delayed this morning.

Burnt out van in Brandon
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The railway line was closed following the blaze affecting services running between London, Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham.

Francis Thomas, head of corporate affairs at London Midland said: "The fact that it's happened during half term is a blessing as there are a lot less people travelling today but thousands have been affected."

Virgin Trains and London Midland services continue to be heavily delayed or cancelled.

Burnt bridge in Brandon
BBC
Falklands meeting for British sailors and Argentinian veterans
British sailors returning to the Falklands where their ship sank have bumped into Argentine veterans.

Rail workers clear van fire debris

This is the scene after this morning's fire under the railway bridge outside Coventry that caused chaos on the rail network.

Police are continuing to investigate and four people are being questioned by officers on suspicion of theft of a vehicle, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving under the influence.

A van stolen and set alight under a bridge causes cancellations and delays on trains

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M42 northbound between J2, A441 (Alvechurch) and J3, A435 (Portway), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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 - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

BreakingBurnt out stolen van causes passengers rail delays

Stephanie Barnard

BBC News

More details have emerged about the damage to a bridge which halted trains and caused thousands of passengers to be delayed between London, Coventry, Rugby and Birmingham this morning.

A stolen van was set alight under the railway bridge near Brandon, outside Coventry, at about 05:30 this morning.

Burnt out van in Brandon, Coventry
BBC

Railway engineers closed the bridge during peak commuter hours this morning as they assessed the safety of the structure which has opened in the past hour

Warwickshire Police have arrested four people on suspicion of stealing the van and driving while under the influence.

Two women aged 27 and 20 were arrested, alongside a 29-year-old man and another aged 25 - who are all from the Coventry area.

NHS cyber attack 'could have been prevented'

An independent investigation has found that a cyber attack that crippled parts of the NHS in May could have been prevented if "basic IT security measures" had been in place.

Several hospitals, community health trusts and GPs across the West Midlands were affected - some particularly badly.

The National Audit Office said the health service was not prepared for the Wannacry attack, in which criminals froze NHS computers and demanded a ransom - no trusts are thought to have paid.

Hospital
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Professor Keith McNeil, from NHS England, said some local health providers across the country hadn't followed the national procedure.

An assessment of 88 out of 236 English trusts by NHS Digital before the attack found that none passed the required cyber-security standards.

BreakingTrain line between Rugby and Coventry reopens

The railway line between Coventry and Rugby has now reopened, says Virgin Trains.

Services between London and Birmingham will resume, though extensive delays will be on-going for sometime while the timetable recovers.

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Trains between Birmingham and London cancelled

A number of high-speed rail services between Birmingham and London have been cancelled after a vehicle struck a bridge in Warwickshire this morning.

Virgin Trains services are delayed by more than an hour. Follow live updates from the train company online.

National Rail says engineers are on site at the railway bridge between Warwickshire and Coventry after it was hit earlier this morning.

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90 minute delays on train line after bridge crash

London Midland is warning passengers to expect significant delays after a vehicle hit a bridge between Rugby and Coventry.

Engineers are on site at a bridge in Brandon where the bridge was struck earlier this morning.

Trains delays in the area are now said to be in excess of 90 minutes.

Bridge near Brandon
Google

Trains are delayed, in the wrong place and trains backing up, so if you're travelling between Rugby and Coventry expect delays. There's going to be disruption through the morning. We're going to be playing catch-up until at least lunchtime."

Francis ThomasLondon Midland

October a busy month for bridge engineers

A vehicle hit a bridge badly affecting rail services between Coventry and Rugby this morning.

Yesterday, Network Rail revealed that more railway bridges are hit at the end of October than at any other time of the year - almost 10 a day across the country.

The organisation believes this may be explained by the clocks going back and the start of increased Christmas deliveries.

Railway bridge hit
Network Rail

Railway delays expected through the morning

Rail passengers travelling between Rugby and Coventry should expect delays in excess of an hour after the line railway line closed.

National Rail expects disruption to services on London Midland and Virgin Train services to last until later this morning, 11:00.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

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

West Midlands businesses 'negative' over Brexit

James Pearson

Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Union Jack and EU flag
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A survey of business leaders in the West Midlands has revealed that more feel "negative" about Brexit than "positive".

Research by BBC Sunday Politics West Midlands asked 700 firms how the UK's decision to leave the European Union had impacted upon their trade.

One in four companies said the referendum result had harmed their business, while one in 10 said it had improved their commercial outlook.

A dry and bright day ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any early mist and fog will clear through the morning.

It will be staying dry and bright through the rest of the day, with plenty of sunshine around and light winds - highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
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Vehicle hits bridge causing delays

BBC News Travel

Rail services between Coventry and Rugby are likely to be delayed after a vehicle hit a bridge earlier this morning.

London Midland and Virgin Train services are said to be affected.

Weather: Colder weather is on its way

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It's starting to turn chilly and we could start to see some frost by the end of the week.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands on 26 October 2017

In the cockpit of the '1,000mph' Bloodhound car

BBC News UK

The Bloodhound supersonic car is aiming to break the world land speed record - and be the first to reach 1,000mph.

In development since 2008, it is being tested at Newquay airport at speeds of up to 200mph.

Experience the car in 360, and take a seat where Atherstone RAF fighter pilot Andy Green sits.

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Woman 'fixated' on arson is jailed

A woman has been jailed for setting light to her former council house in Coventry.

Samantha Capewell went to her former flat in Devon House, on Bantock Road, on 3 March and started a fire in the communal entrance, police said.

The 48-year-old was jailed for four years at Warwick Crown Court on 20 October after admitting starting the blaze.

Samantha Capewell and her ex property - Devon House, on Bantock Road, Coventry
West Midlands Police / Google

Capewell was found nearby after the fire with five cigarette lighters, police said, adding that she later pleaded guilty after CCTV emerged of her starting the blaze.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

CCTV image of the woman starting a fire
West Midlands Police

Ms Capewell has a fixation with starting fires… she has been given many opportunities to address the issue and offered support but she has continued to offend. She has been linked to several arsons in and around her former home address. We will continue to work with Ms Capewell and the fire service in the hope of getting her some help."

PC Greg AshfieldWest Midlands Police CID

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, at J4A for M42 affecting J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic southbound at J4a M42, because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).

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

Demolished Wisteria Lodge

The men have denied 29 offences against 15 children at a children's home where they used to work.

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Fewer buildings 'at risk' in 2017

In the last year 37 buildings have been taken of Historic England's "at risk" register in the West Midlands and with only 24 added, the total has fallen in the past 12 months.

Historic England says it has handed out grants totalling £1.51m to help 32 of the region's historic sites and among the buildings saved is the Grade I listed Toll House in Stratford-upon-Avon (pictured below) which has had £197,456 spent on its roof and stonework.

Toll House
Historic England

Other buildings to be saved include a church in Birmingham which was attended by JRR Tolkien, the remains of a blast furnace in Ironbridge and the ruins of Penyard Castle near Ross-on-Wye.

HMS Coventry crew remembered 35 years on

Kevin Reide

Reporter, Midlands Today

The surviving crew of HMS Coventry have returned to the Falklands to visit where the ship sank 35 years ago.

The destroyer was bombed by Argentine Skyhawks and sank in the Atlantic during the conflict in May 1982.

Twenty sailors died and 29 were injured.

Surviving crew of HMS Coventry returned to the Falklands where ship sank in 1982.