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Summary

  1. Woman dies after flat fire
  2. Storm Doris: Homes still without power
  3. Storm Doris: Council tackles aftermath
  4. Man named in hunt for thief
  5. Campaign follows child prostitution case
  6. Arrest over motorcyclist death
  7. Headteachers warn of 'funding crisis'
  8. Updates from Friday 24 February 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Slap in the face' for families not invited to Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial

    The sister of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has traveled to the dedication of a memorial to those who served, without an invitation, says a friend.

    Memorial

    The unveiling of the memorial, by the Queen, has been overshadowed by a row over the failure to include the families of the 682 service personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Victoria Batemen told PA News she was travelling to the event at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehal with Shanna, the sister of Pte Jeff "JJ" Doherty, from Southam, Warwickshire.

    Mrs Bateman, 33, described the situation as a "bit of a slap in the face". 

    "She has not been given an invite, but she is here and we are going to try and get her in," she said.

  2. Spring budget: Tax rises for the self-employed

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has increased National Insurance bills for self-employed people in the spring budget.

    Chancellor's budget box

    The number of self-employed workers has increased notably in the West Midlands in recent years.

    Most recent figures, released only last month, show the figure has risen by 14% in five years and working men in the West Midlands are about twice as likely to be self-employed as women. 

    So these changes will affect hundreds of thousands of people in our area, and more men than women.

    Pie chart
  3. More babies die before they are one in the West Midlands than in any other part of the country

    Sarah Bishop

    BBC Midlands Today

    More babies die before their first birthday here in the West Midlands than in any other part of the country, according to latest figures from the Office of National Statistics. 

    baby box

    Health professionals are trying to reduce the number of deaths by 20% by 2021.

    Often no-one knows for sure why this is happening. Maternity services are being overhauled and  Finnish-style baby boxes  are being handed out to expectant mothers - Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

    The Lily Mae Foundation, based in Balsall Common, offers supports parents who have lost a baby to stillbirth or to neonatal death.

  4. Four Wasps picked for Six Nations' team

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    The Wasps quartet of Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, James Haskell and Nathan Hughes have r etained their places in England's starting fifteen for this weekend's Calcutta Cup match.

    
          Clockwise from top left: Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes and James Haskell
    Image caption: Clockwise from top left: Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes and James Haskell

    A victory for England on Saturday would give the defending Grand Slam champions a record-equalling 18th consecutive win.  

  5. Checks that anglers are fishing legally

    Anglers in the Southam area are being checked on by Environment Agency officers. 

    Manager, Dave Throup tweets that they're all legal so far.

    View more on twitter
  6. Nuneaton's Armed Forces Day is renamed in Jesse's honour

    Nuneaton News

    A towering figure in the borough and the ex-service community will be remembered at an event incredibly close to his heart.

    Jesse Owen
  7. Co-op redevelopment scheme announced

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    Plans for the redevelopment of the former 1950s Co-op store in Coventry have been unveiled.

    Artist impression of Co-op scheme

    The creation of around 60 residential apartments, along with provision for restaurants, shops and an indoor park, are included in the blueprint.

    EDG Property, the firm behind the scheme, are showcasing the plans at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

  8. Michelin star restaurant gets one-star hygiene rating

    A Michelin-starred restaurant in Kenilworth has been told to improve its standards of hygiene after receiving one of the lowest ratings following an inspection.

    The Cross

    The improvement notice was served on The Cross by officers from Warwick District Council, on behalf of the Food Standards Agency. 

    Problems included ice being stored under the sink and issues surrounding a vacuum packer for raw food.

    A spokesperson said the restaurant takes the issue "extremely seriously" and the issues raised resulted from a "paperwork misunderstanding" and a "broken vacuum packing machine".   

    Quote Message: The Cross had a four star rating in December prior to this inspection, little has changed in the set up or personnel, we re-applied hoping for an even better score at a revisit arranged for January 2017. At the revisit one of our vacuum packing machines was broken - we had implemented controls to protect customers but the inspector marked us down for the issue. from Statement from The Cross
    Statement from The Cross
  9. Travel: M6 congestion

    BBC News Travel

    An earlier incident is causing congestion on the M6 northbound, between J3 (A444) and J3a.

    All lanes have re-opened, but there's queuing traffic back to J2, (M69).

    The incident is having a knock-on effect on other roads, with heavy traffic reported on the A444, A45 and A4600 Ansty Road.

    View more on twitter
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A444 and M6 J3A affecting J2 for M69.

    M6 Warwickshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a, because of an accident and a rolling road-block. Congestion to J2, M69 (Coventry).

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

  11. Police hunt assault suspect who failed to appear in court

    A warrant has been issued after a man due in court on indecent assault charges failed to turn up. 

    Robert Edward Edmondson, aged 48, from Windsor Street, Coventry, was due to appear at Warwick Court Court on 21 February.

    He is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim to medium build and with short dark hair.

    Police have urged anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Warwickshire Police on 101.

    Robert Edward Edmondson
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between Corley Services and J3 for A444.

    M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between Corley Services and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  13. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can also get the latest forecasts for your part of the West Midlands by heading to the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Shefali Oza
  14. Slideshow: Catkins and clouds

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Here are some of the great images taken by BBC Weather Watchers across Warwickshire. 

    These come from Melanie, Warwick Ram, Ron's View and Gman. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Slideshow: Catkins and clouds
  15. Coventry half marathon: Over 200 volunteers already signed up

    Around 200 people will be volunteering their time as the Coventry half marathon returns on Sunday 19 March.

    Allesley Village Scouts and the Coventry Ambassadors are among the groups  are among the groups helping runners and spectators with their local knowledge.

    Coventry Half Marathon
    Quote Message: We have currently recruited over 25 Coventry Ambassadors who are local people, proud of their city and they are really looking forward to being back involved as part of the wider volunteer team supporting Coventry Half Marathon. from David Boughey Coventry Ambassador programme manager
    David Boughey Coventry Ambassador programme manager
  16. Budget 2017: Full reaction and analysis on the BBC website

    BBC Business News

    The chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled his first budget today

    He's announced an extra £2bn for social care services in England, help for firms hit by business rate rises and plans to increase national insurance for self-employed people.

    Chancellor Philip Hammond revealing his budget

    You can get a full picture of the budget and analysis of its impact on the BBC website here:

  17. Four men charged with burglary

    Four men from Birmingham were arrested in Grendon yesterday following a house burglary in the area, Warwickshire Police say

    Eye witnesses called the police to report that he had seen four men enter a house at around 09:00. 

    Police tape

    Police officers attended and arrested one male at the scene while the three other males ran off on foot. 

    The three men were then found and were arrested, all four men have since been charged with burglary.

  18. Your pictures: Spring has sprung

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This lovely up-close shot of flowers was sent in by the aptly-named BBC Weather Watcher  Daisynics. 

    Flowers

    Send us your weather pictures and we'll feature our favourites.