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

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By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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

Steven Finn

Middlesex edge into a first-innings lead against Warwickshire as 20 wickets fall on day one at Lord's.

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The Cross

The Cross at Kenilworth was told it must make "major improvements" during an inspection in January.

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Jodi Jones scores a hat-trick as Coventry kick off their League Two campaign with a convincing win against Notts County.

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The doll's house

The toy is described online as "a classic Georgian house" with "potential for further accommodation".

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Worcestershire Rapids

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Worcestershire keep alive their hopes of reaching the T20 Blast quarter-finals with a thrilling win against Birmingham Bears.

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James Pearson

Coventry City sign Wolves striker Duckens Nazon on loan until January and defender James Pearson on non-contract terms.

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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.

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
Wasps Netball

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

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.

Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands

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
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.

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.

West Midlands Ambulance Service

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

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.

Graham H

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.

Autistic youngster visiting every fire station drops in to Warwickshire site

Leamington Observer

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
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

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.

Severe accident: A5 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, at B5385 Station Road affecting Kilsby Road.

A5 Northamptonshire - A5 in Watford closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the B5385 Station Road junction, because of a serious accident. Congestion to the Kilsby Road junction.

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

Three charged following Warwickshire robberies

Three people have now been charged in connection with a series of robberies across Warwickshire - a story we brought you earlier - police say.

A man aged 26 and a 27-year-old woman, both from Leamington Spa, have been charged in association with a robbery at One Stop shop in Kenilworth on Tuesday 2 August.

A 24-year-old man from Kenilworth has been charged with robbery following incidents in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Coventry in May.

Overturned caravan on A45

BBC News Travel

There's delays on the A45 and A46 close to Coventry Airport due to an overturned caravan.

Congestion on the A46 London Road is back to B4082.

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Sales rise for Land Rover and Aston Martin

Land Rover and Aston Martin saw their sales rise last month.

The market for new cars in the UK has fallen for the fourth month in a row, according to industry data.

Jaguar Land Rover vehicles

Land Rover saw more than 5,200 cars leave forecourts while Aston Martin almost doubled the amount of cars they sold in July compared to the same month in 2016.

But Jaguar saw their sales drop by more than 16% with 2,200 cars sold last month.

Two Wasps named included in 37-man England training squad

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Two Wasps players have been named in Eddie Jones' England squad for the Autumn internationals.

Joe Launchbury and Nathan Hughes will join the 35 other players for a training camp starting tomorrow

Joe Launchbury and Nathan Hughes
Getty Images

They face Argentina, Australia and Samoa in November.

Sky Blues prepare for new season

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City manager Mark Robins says the club must build on the success of their Wembley win in the Checkatrade trophy.

Mark Robins
Getty Images

Tomorrow will see the Sky Blues take on Notts County as their season in League Two gets underway.

He said it's been a "tough" summer as the club integrates a large number of new players into the group "as quickly as we can".

But the team's "really looking forward to getting out on the pitch in front of the supporters again".

New hospital opens in Stratford

A £22m hospital has its official opening in Stratford-upon-Avon today.

Stratford Hospital
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

The health centre, which has taken three years to build, is twice the size of the town's current hospital.

It specialises in chemotherapy and opthalmology and includes 43 patient treatment rooms.

Ryan Sidebottom

Warwickshire sign former Victoria fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom, who holds a UK passport, until the end of the season.

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T20 Blast: Bears top of the table as they meet Worcestershire Rapids

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell hopes his team's form in the T20 Blast can help save their county season.

The Bears are bottom of Division One of the County Championship, after eight games without a win.

But they're top of the group in the T20 Blast ahead of their match against Worcestershire Rapids this evening.

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Speedway: Bees lose out to Sheffield at four-team tournament

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry Bees select team came second in the four-team tournament in Sheffield last night.

Sheffied came in top with Adam Roynon top-scopring for Coventry.

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The Coventry team is made up of riders who have all appeared for either Coventry Bees or Coventry Storm in recent years.

Cannabis smuggler escapes jail by skin of teeth

Leamington Observer

A cannabis-user from Leamington who tried to have more than £700 worth of the drug smuggled into the country in a parcel of toys from Canada was caught after customs officers intercepted it.

Second arrest after armed robbery

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A woman's been arrested following an armed robbery in Kenilworth on Tuesday, police say.

One Stop Kenilworth

Cash was stolen from the One Stop on Albion Street during the evening after two men threatened staff with knives.

A 27-year-old woman from Leamington Spa has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

A 26-year-old man from Leamington Spa remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains custody.

Video: Will the weather be any better today?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A fine day with sunny spells but also a few light showers in places.

Feeling warm with top temperatures of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning from the Coventry newsroom

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Coventry and Warwickshire between now and 18:00.

If you'd like to get in touch with the BBC Local Live team, you can do so by emailing us, tweeting @BBCCovWarks, or visiting our Facebook page.

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3A for M40.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound at J3a M40, because of an accident.

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

Rikki Clarke

Rikki Clarke's move from Warwickshire to Surrey and Dom Sibley's switch in the opposite direction will take place this season.

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