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  1. Families pay tribute to teenagers killed in Atherstone crash
  2. Witnesses sought over death of man arrested by police
  3. Kos holidaymaker scared for his life
  4. Updates from Friday 21 July 2017

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6.

    M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J8 M6, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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  4. Academies planned to bridge skills gap

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    New technical academies are planned in Warwickshire and Birmingham as part of a £6m plan to help train engineering apprentices.


    Warwickshire-based machine tool maker Engineering Technology Group said it was working with bike manufacturer Norton to help train 300 young engineers over the next two or three years.

    The companies are hoping to open a total of 15 centres across the UK to train and supply the next generation of engineering apprentices for the British motorcycle industry.

    The first facility has just launched at Norton Motorcycles in Castle Donington.

    Quote Message: The current education platform is broken and not relevant to the world we operate in. Instead of bemoaning our luck and lack of support, we’ve decided to do something about it with the launch of our national network." from Martin Doyle MD, Engineering Technology Group
    Martin DoyleMD, Engineering Technology Group
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A426 Rugby and J2 for M69.

    M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  6. Watch: Warnings of heavy rain and high winds for the West Midlands

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    The heavy rain will clear eastwards through the early hours on Saturday. By dawn clear spells will develop, with light winds.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Sky Blues fixtures released for EFL Trophy campaign

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Fixture and ticket details have been confirmed ahead of the Sky Blues' EFL Trophy defence.

    Coventry City winning EFL Trophy

    Mark Robins' side will start their campaign at the Ricoh Arena against League One side Shrewsbury Town on 29 August, before a trip to face Walsall at the Banks's Stadium in October.

    The Sky Blues will complete their Group E fixtures against West Bromwich Albion Under-23s at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday 7November, as they look to defend the competition they won at Wembley last season.

  8. IPCC: Man died days after becoming unwell in police presence

    A man who died in hospital after being arrested became unwell at premises to which police were called, says the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    The police watchdog said on July 10, officers were called to a residence in Edward Street, Nuneaton, by a person concerned about the behaviour of Darren Cumberbatch, 32.

    It said it understood that a short time later, he was taken to nearby George Eliot Hospital – where he died on July 19.

    Police jacket

    Investigators have spoken to witnesses and CCTV from the premises is being reviewed. The IPCC also wants to see CCTV footage from the hospital.

    Mr Cumberbatch’s family has urged witnesses with relevant information to contact the watchdog.

    Family members also encourage that speculation over the circumstances surrounding the death be avoided – something for which the IPCC also called, particularly on social media.

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    Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A452 and J13 for A452.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa) and J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook), because of an accident involving three cars and a motorbike.

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

  10. CCTV image released over Rugby assault

    A man was treated in hospital after being assaulted by an unknown assailant in Rugby last week.

    Police have released an image of a man they wish to identify in connection with the incident in which a man in his 60s was hit on the head.

    CCTV image

    It happened in Castle Street at about 18:55 on 14 July.

  11. Rising community care 'better value'

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    The spending on supported living accommodation for vulnerable adults in Warwickshire has almost doubled in the past three years, according to new figures.

    Nurse with patient

    Figures seen by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire show in 2014/15 the council spent £10.4m pounds on getting people to live in the community rather than in care homes - that has risen to almost £19m in the last financial year.

    Portfolio holder for health and adults services at Warwickshire County Council Les Caborne said the move to care for people independently at home is better value for council tax payers.