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Here's how today's weather is looking

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We had some spring sunshine for part of the weekend but let's have a look at what Monday's got in store for us.

You can also get an updated weather forecast for your part of the West Midlands at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater
England's Andrew Pozzi and home nation sprinters in men's 110m hurdles heats action
England's Andrew Pozzi qualifies for the men's 110m hurdles final but Northern Ireland's Benjamin Reynolds, England's David King fifth and Wales' David Omoregie miss out.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A444 and J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at M42 J3A affecting J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - Queuing traffic on M40 northbound at M42 J3a, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden).

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J3A for M40 and J3 for A435 Portway affecting J5 for A41.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J3a M40 and J3, A435 (Portway), because of a vehicle fire. Congestion to J5, A41 (Solihull).

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

Severe accident: A45 West Midlands eastbound

BBC News Travel

A45 West Midlands eastbound severe accident, between A46 and A423 Oxford Road.

A45 West Midlands - A45 London Road in Coventry Airport closed and queuing traffic eastbound between Tollbar Island and the A423 Oxford Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J4 for A34 affecting J3A for M40.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M42 northbound at J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident. Congestion to J3a M40.

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

Bronze Medal - Emily Kay (England)

Women's scratch race final

And it's Coventry's Emily Kay who gets the bronze! She just pips Scotland's Katie Archibald into the final medal position, Archibald finishes fourth.

Emily Kay - England
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Football

Notts County return to winning ways with victory over League Two promotion rivals Coventry at Meadow Lane.

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Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for B4451 and J13 for A452.

M40 Warwickshire - M40 partially blocked and slow traffic northbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook), because of an accident.

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

Siblings' father died a month after mum's cancer diagnosis
They have been grieving for a father who died shortly after their mother's terminal cancer diagnosis.
Marland Yarde scored the Sale match winner

Marland Yarde's try from the final play of the game sees Sale beat Wasps to keep their Premiership play-off hopes alive.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Mayor backing European City of Sport bid

West Midlands mayor Andy Street is in Coventry today presenting details of the city's bid to become European City of Sport 2019.

City councillors last month approved the bid to submit an application after being nominated for the title by ACES Europe, the European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation.

Winning the title could bring "high visibility to a city’s sporting offer, support access to external grants and open access to a network of cities in sport across Europe," the council report said.

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In the papers: Row over listings for city buildings

Coventry Observer

Motorcyclist dies in Fosse Way crash

A motorcyclist died in a crash on the A429 Fosse Way in Warwickshire yesterday, police say.

The motorbike is believed to have hit a car going in the opposite direction while travelling from Tredington towards Moreton-in-Marsh.

The rider, a 65-year-old man from Oxfordshire, died at the scene.

Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Latest West Midlands weather forecast

Your photos: Sunrise brings colourful skies

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a morning for great sunrise photos and our BBC Weather Watcher volunteers haven't disappointed.

Here are three from across our region:

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Christmas movie production's charity boost

Refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people in Coventry are set to benefit from a film that's been shot in the city, charities say.

Set of Nativity
Peter Dunn

Props from the set of Christmas movie Nativity 4 have been donated to two city charities that help the needy during the festive period.

Christmas props
BBC

Carriers of Hope fill bags handed out to refugees and Coventry Open Christmas helps churches open their doors to homeless people.

Natasha Lees from the Open Christmas scheme said tinsel, lights and wreaths were among the goods.

"Having the shelter decorated gives the guests who wouldn't normally have any kind of Christmas a real homely feel and will make it feel like they're part of a family."

Christmas props
BBC

Zoo visitors facing long delays

Calum McKenzie

BBC News

Bosses at Twycross Zoo are warning people to expect another day of delays, as people try to access the attraction.

Twycross Zoo sign
Katie-Louise Hopkins

The Leicestershire-based zoo was criticised by some on Thursday for leaving them queuing for "hours".

"We are busy today and there is a queue on the A444 entering the Zoo," a tweet said.

"If you are planning on visiting us today be prepared for congestion and please check your travel alerts ahead of your journey. Thank you for your patience."

'Number of calls' over grinning e-fit

According to Twitter users, the grinning suspect in a distraction burglary could be the most distinctive-looking person in a police hunt this side of Gotham City.

It is perhaps little wonder, then, that three days since the e-fit was issued, police say they have received a "number of calls" in connection with their investigation "and are actively working through them all".

Distraction burglary suspect with a wide grin and The Cheshire Cat with whom he has been compared
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The suspect has been compared to The Cheshire Cat

The Warwickshire force published the mock-up on Twitter, but the super-sized mouth attracted more hilarity than help, including comparisons to a range of figures such as The Joker, The Cheshire Cat, and Zippy from Rainbow.

The force said it had "anticipated the reaction" to its appeal, issued in connection with a distraction burglary in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Flood alerts remain in place

There are still flood alerts in place across the West Midlands with one flood warning issued for Kempsey in Worcestershire.

Water levels are beginning to fall on the lower Severn and Avon, the Environment Agency says.

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Apology over special school that 'let down children'

A charity running a special school in Warwickshire says it is "sorry to have let down the children" in the wake of an inquiry into concerns over the safeguarding of young people.

The apology from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) came after its chief executive stepped down amid the Charity Commission investigation into the Pears Centre for Specialist Learning near Coventry.

The entire management team at the centre has been replaced.

Pears Centre
Google

RNIB chair Eleanor Southwood said: "We're truly sorry that the level of service we've provided has not been good enough.

"We are sorry that we have let down the children in our care and the people who loyally support RNIB."

The Charity Commission's inquiry was opened on 29 March after fears the school may have "consistently failed to comply with regulations designed to safeguard and protect vulnerable children".

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start it should be a dry, bright and sunny day with highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a serious accident involving three cars.

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

Firms release gender pay gap details

UK companies have submitted their gender pay figures ahead of last night's deadline.

The West Midlands is still one of the worst regions in the country for the number of men earning on average more than women according to the figures from auditing firm PwC.

Gender pay gap calculator
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Jaguar Land Rover had some of the best figures in the region, paying women an average of 3.8% less than men.

Staffordshire-based manufacturer JCB said it currently has a 14% pay gap, which is less than the national average of 18%, and is keen to attract more female engineers to tackle the problem.

You can find out the gender pay gap at your company using our online calculator.

All figures quoted here reflect the hourly median pay gap for all employees.

Retiring officer's name to live on...the side of a bus

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

A senior police officer due to retire from the West Midlands force after 30 years' service has had a National Express bus named after him.

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Kerry Blakeman

Model number 4482, based at Perry Bar, has been dedicated to Ch Insp Kerry Blakeman, who'll be leaving his position at the force's operations department.

Ch Insp Kerry Blakeman
Kerry Blakeman

The former head of policing in Coventry, who's won international acclaim for his use of social media, has been tweeting about his forthcoming retirement using #byekerryb.

'Wading' in mud to visit parents' grave

A man whose parents' grave is blighted by standing water says he has to wade in wellington boots to visit.

David Seale says the situation means he has given up going to the site - Lentons Lane cemetery in Coventry.

Coventry man 'wades' through water to visit parents' grave

It is one of four cemeteries in the city affected by surface water and Coventry City Council says it has spent £75,000 to address drainage problems at the site where Mr Seale's parents are buried.

Blaming heavy rainfall, the authority said in a statement: "We are sorry for any upset caused, but would like to reassure people that our staff are working to clear all affected areas as soon as possible."

Severe accident: A429 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A429 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between Blackwell Road and turnoff for Lower Lemington.

A429 Warwickshire - A429 closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Blackwell Road junction in Stretton on Fosse and the turnoff for Lower Lemington) junction in Lower Lemington, because of an accident involving car and motorcycle.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident.

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, between J7A for M6 and J8 for M6 affecting J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport.

M42 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J7a M6 and J8 M6, because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport).

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

Zoo visitors queue for 'hours' outside attraction

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Visitors to Twycross Zoo have complained of long delays getting into the attraction today.

The zoo began operating a one-in one-out system from about midday leaving many people queuing outside for several hours.

Twycross Zoo sign
Katie-Louise Hopkins

One person posting on the zoo's Facebook page said: "We got stuck for hours with three kids in the car. Now my kids aren't even going to the zoo and had their day ruined because of not being able to get past the traffic."

Another said: "We waited two hours queuing. Had to leave queue as had a hungry baby and five-year-old in the car."

Twycross Zoo is advising those planning to visit the zoo over the school holidays to "set out early".

Your photos: Blue skies and sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

After the rain which was around yesterday, it looks like the West Midlands has been bathed in sunshine this morning.

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been recording plenty of blue skies in their photos:

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Notice served on RNIB to run facility

An inquiry into the safeguarding of children at a Coventry centre for blind people is under way amid Charity Commission concerns over "incidents and shortcomings".

The investigation follows a serious incident at the RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in March.

Children's services regulator, Ofsted, told the RNIB it proposed to cancel its registration to run the residential site after a "series of increasingly poor monitoring reports".

Ofsted rated the Pears Centre “inadequate” in its most recent assessment, saying safeguarding was "ineffective" and the "instability in leadership means that capacity for further improvements is limited".

Eleanor Southwood, chair of the RNIB, said the charity has ordered an urgent review into standards.

She said: "We now have to demonstrate to Ofsted substantial improvements by mid-April and we will know Ofsted’s decision in mid-May.

“I am profoundly sorry that we have let down a group of children whose families have entrusted them to our care.”

In the papers: Man's body found on motorway bridge

Coventry Telegraph

UK car registrations plunge in March

Car registrations plunged in March, according to figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Coventry-based Jaguar sold almost 6,800 cars last month - a 29% drop in the numbers from March 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover production line
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Land Rover did slightly better - seeing sales fall by 26%, with more than 16,600 vehicles driving off forecourts.

But the luxury car-maker Aston Martin, based in Warwickshire, saw the second-biggest drop in the UK - with 46% fewer sales in March 2018 compared to the same month last year.

Jail for online groomer who targeted child

A man has been jailed after arranging to meet a child for sex who he'd groomed online.

Christopher Seymour
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Christopher Seymour, of Broad Park Road in Coventry, was jailed for three years at a hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday 3 April, having admitted the offence.

The 44-year-old was arrested and charged in January after an investigation by the South East Regional organised Crime Unit.