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  1. Secondary school closes in week-long 'firebreak'

    BBC Midlands Today

    More than 1,000 pupils at the Blue Coat School in Coventry have been advised to have a precautionary Covid-19 test, as the site closed for a week-long “firebreak”.

    Parents have been told it's because of a number of cases across all year groups at the secondary school.

    Bluecoat school sign

    The school said it was following public health advice by closing until 2 December and that all teaching would move online.

  2. University to offer covid tests to all students

    Coventry University has said all of its students will be able to get coronavirus tests before the Christmas holidays.

    It is opening a new testing centre at the Priory Sports hall on Monday and it will offer the rapid result tests.

    Coventry University

    The university said it hopes it will provide reassurance as the students travel home for the Christmas break.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A452 Banbury Road and J12 for B4451 Gaydon Road.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Three arrested following police pursuit

    Three people have been arrested after a police pursuit across Leamington Spa and Warwick.

    Scene of incident
    Scene of incident

    Officers on patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle on the M40 in Warwickshire that failed to stop when officers attempted to pull it over.

    Specialist officers were deployed and stopped the vehicle on Banbury Road in Warwick where they detained three people.

    A 29-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police, said West Midlands Police.

    A 25-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man, both from Birmingham, were also arrested on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

  5. New £16m student complex completed

    A new £16m student accommodation complex has been completed in Coventry.

    Student complex

    The Eden Square project, which includes the conversion of Grade II listed buildings alongside two new buildings, is located on the former Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site.

    The development has room for more than 300 students.

  6. Your photos: A cold and clear day in the West Midlands

    It's been a clear, but chilly, day and the BBC Weather Watchers have once again been sharing their photos with us.

    These ones were taken in Alcester and Acton Burnell.

    Alcester
    Acton Burnell
  7. Very Light Railway test track laid on old railway line

    The first sections of railway line have been laid in a disused tunnel in Dudley as part of the development of a test track for Very Light Rail (VLR) vehicles.

    Rail track
    Rail track

    The test track is part of the construction of the VLR National Innovation Centre on the site of the former Dudley railway station.

    The line runs between Castle Gate and Cinder Bank where a test passenger platform will be constructed.

    The track is expected to come into use early next year to test Coventry's VLR shuttle vehicle.

    Quote Message: This facility and the VLR test track will place Dudley at the forefront nationally of game-changing works in the rail industry. They will benefit the economy as well as the environment. from Patrick Harley Leader Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
    Patrick HarleyLeader Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M45 Northamptonshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M45 Northamptonshire westbound severe disruption, from M1 J17 Dunchurch to A45 Daventry Road.

    M45 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M45 westbound from M1 J17, Dunchurch to A45, Dunchurch, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M45 Northamptonshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M45 Northamptonshire westbound severe disruption, between M1 J17 Dunchurch and A45 Daventry Road.

    M45 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M45 westbound between M1 J17, Dunchurch and A45, Dunchurch. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. E-scooter trial to return to university campus

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Coventry’s e-scooter trials are close to returning and this time will be set around the University of Warwick.

    Scooters

    A 12-month trial launched in the city centre in September but was paused after five days due to complaints about people riding them on pavements and outside of the trial zone.

    Operator Voi said the e-scooters – which can travel up to 15.5mph (24.9km/h) – were “safe, convenient and environmentally friendly” but problems arose due to “a few anti-social people”.

    Work has since taken place with Coventry City Council to get the trials back on track, the company said.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, from J10 for A5 Watling Street to J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 southbound in Staffordshire from J10, A5 (Tamworth) to J9, A4097 (Curdworth), because of an accident.

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

  12. Man arrested after woman seriously injured by firework

    A man has been arrested after a woman was seriously injured by a lit firework that was thrown at her.

    She was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries to her face and legs after the assault in Meadow Street, Nuneaton, on 29 October.

    The woman, in her 30s, has since been discharged.

    A 51-year-old man from the town was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and released on police bail while inquiries continue, said Warwickshire Police.

  13. Tube firm switches production to supply NHS projects

    A family-run company in Coventry that supplies copper tubes says it has switched production to cater for "unprecedented demand" from the NHS and healthcare providers.

    Tubes

    Lawton Tubes said it had supplied the equivalent of more than 120 miles of medical gas copper pipes in just six months - including to the Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham.

    Ten miles of tubes and thousands of fittings were supplied to the project.