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  1. Stratford's £22m hospital officially opens
  2. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 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

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  3. Wasps Netball makes first signing of new season

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    England Netball star Jade Clarke has been signed to Wasps Netball ahead of the 2018 Superleague season.

    Jade Clarke

    The 33-year-old is England's most-capped international player of all time, and joins from elite Australian Super Netball side, Adelaide Thunderbirds.

  4. Weather: A fine night but stormy showers tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be a fine night with some sunshine this evening, but there will be rain tomorrow and maybe some thunder and lightning.

    Video content

    Video caption: Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Male nursing students targeted in gender imbalance scheme

    A £30,000 fund is to be used to target male students and encourage them into the field of healthcare.

    According to UCAS data men account for just 10% of the total nursing students at universities in the UK, said Coventry University, which is running the scheme, with 2,800 men accepted compared to 26,000 women last year.

    Coventry University

    "While there’s lots being done nationally - and at Coventry - to encourage women into sciences and engineering", said Rob James from the University, "we hope this new initiative will lead the way in addressing the persistent low proportion of men working in many healthcare professions.”

    Funded by the National Express Foundation Group, the bursary will give 10 men £1,000 in each year of their degree.

  6. Pedestrian left seriously injured by reversing van

    A pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being backed-into by a transit style van last night the ambulance service said.

    The man, believed to be in his 20s, is in hospital in a critical condition after the incident on Holbrook Lane near to the Unicorn working men's club, Coventry, at 23:45.


    Police said they are working to trace the family of the victim.

  7. Your pictures: Blue skies over Warwickshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers have been busy capturing elusive blue skies over Warwickshire today.

    Vera took this image this morning in Warwick.


    Graham H managed to find a gap in the clouds in Stoneligh this afternoon.

    Find out how to become a BBC Weather Watcher on our website.

  8. Boy suffers injuries after Nuneaton park attack

    A teenage boy was left with injuries to his face after being attacked in a Nuneaton park last night, police say.


    Officers were called to George Eliot Memorial Park in Raveloe Drive at 19:00, following reports of an assault on the boy, who was with two other teenagers.

    He was taken to University Hospital in Coventry and treated for the injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.

  9. Free condoms offered to Warwickshire teens

    A new condom distribution service which is free for those who register, has been launched in North Warwickshire.

    The C-Card scheme allows 13 to 19-year-olds living in Atherstone, Nuneaton or North Warwickshire the opportunity to get free condoms and sexual health advice.

    C-Card Scheme

    Teenagers need to sign up for the confidential service, run by Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, then use a key fob to get free condoms at a number of chemists across the area.