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  1. Andy Street elected as mayor of West Midlands
  2. The Conservative beats Labour rival by fewer than 4,000 votes
  3. Local elections: Tory 'sea of blue' in Warwickshire
  4. Updates from Friday 5 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our coverage throughout the day

    That's all from us on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    In the meantime, any breaking news will be posted here. Have a good weekend.

  2. Wasps on course for record attendance

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Wasps say they're on course to sell-out the Ricoh Arena for their Premiership semi-final against Leicester Tigers. 

    Wasps crowd

    They've sold 26,000 tickets, leaving around 6,000 for the clash next Saturday still available. 

    It comes as the club confirm they've had a record year for attendance - with more than 270,000 people seeing a game at the ground.  

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J3A for M6 Toll and Corley Services.

    M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and Corley Services, because of an accident.

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

  4. General Election: Candidates vying to be your local MP

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a full list of the people vying to be a local MP in Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Eddisbury Burton, Lichfield and Newcastle;


    • Fiona Bruce - Conservative
    • Sam Corcoran - Labour
    • Mark Davies - UKIP
    • Alexander Heath - Greens
    • Peter Hirst - Liberal Democrat

    Crewe and Nantwich

    • David Crowther - Liberal Democrat
    • Laura Smith - Labour
    • Michael Stanley - UKIP
    • Edward Timpson - Conservative


    • John Bickley - UKIP
    • Mark Green - Green
    • Morgan Hill - Pirate Party
    • Ian Priestner - Liberal Democrat
    • Cathy Reynolds - Labour
    • Antoinette Sandbach - Conservative


    • Andrew Griffiths - Conservative
    • Simon Hales - Green
    • Dominic Hardwick - Liberal Democrat
    • John McKiernan - Labour


    • Michael Fabricant - Conservative
    • Robert Pass - Greens
    • Paul Ray - Liberal Democrats
    • Chris Worsey - Labour


    • Paul Farrelly - Labour
    • Nigel Jones - Liberal Democrat
    • Owen Meredith - Conservative
  5. General election: Candidates standing in Staffordshire

    Last night the deadline closed for candidates hoping to win your vote at the general election on 8 June. Here's the full list of who's standing in Stafford, Stone, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth and Cannock:


    • Jeremy Lefroy (Conservatives)
    • Tony Pearce (Greens)
    • Christine Tinker (Liberal Democrats)
    • David Williams (Labour)


    • Bill Cash (Conservatives)
    • Sam Hale (Labour)
    • Martin Lewis (Liberal Democrats)
    • Samantha Pancheri (Greens)
    • Edward Whitfield (UKIP)

    Staffordshire Moorlands

    • Karen Bradley (Conservatives)
    • Henry Jebb (Liberal Democrats)
    • Dave Jones (Labour)
    • Nicholas Sheldon
    • Mike Shone (Greens)


    • Andrew Hammond (Labour)
    • Christopher Pincher (Conservatives)
    • Jenny Pinkett (Liberal Democrats)


    • Paul Gregory (UKIP)
    • Paul Dadge (Labour)
    • Nat Green (Liberal Democrats)
    • Amanda Milling (Conservatives)
    • Paul Woodhead (Greens)
  6. Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

    But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  7. Nuneaton hospital affected by 'cyber attack'

    The George Eliot hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is thought to have been hit by a cyber attack.

    NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure,   

    A statement from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust said it is currently dealing with a suspected cyber attack, and has shut down a number of systems as a precaution.

    A number of out-patient appointments have been cancelled and only a limited radiotherapy service is operating.

    George Eliot Hospital
    Quote Message: We have implemented our contingency plans and we continue to provide services in A&E and essential services elsewhere. We do ask that patients only use A&E in an emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent advice and guidance. In order to ensure we maintain quality and patient safety, we have had to cancel a number of out patient appointments, and are operating a limited radiology service. We apologise to those patients affected and we are working hard to resolve the issues as soon as possible. from Statement from George Eliot Hospital
    Statement from George Eliot Hospital
  8. Victims' courage helped jail 'extremely dangerous' paedophile

    A police officer has praised the bravery of Andrew Pykett's victims for coming forward.

    Andrew Pykett

    Det Sgt Collette O'Keefe, from Warwickshire's child sexual exploitation team, said "as a result of their courage an extremely dangerous man has been convicted".

    "Pykett is a sexual predator, grooming young girls all over the world, in the full knowledge that they were children, for his own gratification," she said.

    Pykett from Clarendon Avenue in Leamington Spa abused nine victims from across the UK as well as one in the United States and has been jailed for 15 years.  

  9. General election: Bromsgrove candidates

    Here's the list of those competing to be named the next MP for Bromsgrove on 8 June:

    - Spoz Esposito (Greens)

    - Sajid Javid (Conservatives)

    - Neil Lewis (Liberal Democrats)

    - Michael Thompson (Labour)

    Election count

    The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May. 

    Postal and proxy votes can be requested online until 23 May.

  10. Paedophile abused ten victims aged 13 to 16

    Andrew Pykett was guilty of abusing ten victims aged between 13 and 16.

    Court drawing

    Charges against him included 20 counts of sexual activity with a child, seven counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming and also one instance of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

    When officers from Warwickshire Police examined Pykett's computers and phones, further victims were identified, with officers finding sexualised conversations, indecent images and graphic sexual abuse of children from all parts of the UK and further afield, including South Yorkshire, Essex, London, Wiltshire, South Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chesterfield and Cleveland, Tennessee in the US, police said.  

    Pykett, from Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, will serve 15 years in prison.

  11. Cricket: Bell century boosts Bears total

    Captain Ian Bell made 104 as Warwickshsire racked up 304-5 batting first in their Royal London One-Day Cup game at New Road.

    You can hear the whole of Worcestershire's reply on BBC Hereford & Worcester's 738AM frequency and online.   

    Ian Bell
  12. Birmingham Airport delays: Passenger dubs security queues 'complete chaos and unorganised'

    Louise Hancock

    Newsreader, BBC WM

    A passenger who missed her flight as she waited in security queues at Birmingham Airport described the situation earlier this Friday as "complete chaos and unorganised".

    Sam Butler from Wolverhampton was due to fly at 06:45 BST but said "luckily" the airport put her on a later flight to Glasgow at 08:15 BST.

    She said it was fortunate she was in no rush to arrive there but criticised the queues.

    The airport has apologised and said staff sickness and a "mechanical fault" meant two lanes of security had to be closed, leading five people to miss flights.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6.

    M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J8 M6, because of a broken down lorry.

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