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  1. Billy Vunipola was making his first appearance since undergoing knee surgery in September, while Maro Itoje broke his jaw in December

    England pair Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje make a winning return as Saracens defy two yellow cards to win at Wasps.

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  2. By Louise Gwilliam

    BBC Sport

    Coventry City

    League Two Coventry City pull off an FA Cup shock by beating Premier League strugglers Stoke City to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J4A for M42.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Our live coverage across the week

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    We'll be back with the latest updates from 07:00 on Monday.

  5. Cold weather alert issued

    A cold weather alert has been issued for the West Midlands, warning of a prolonged period of low temperatures starting tomorrow until 18:00 on Tuesday 9 January.

    The Met Office said colder conditions would spread south across much of the country during Saturday, with widespread frosts expected during Sunday.

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  6. Gospel choir inspired by royals' mental health campaign

    Trish Adudu

    BBC Midlands Today

    A Gospel singer from Coventry today launched a musical mission to create a special choir to perform in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding this May.

    Inspired by Prince Harry's work around mental health issues, Sandra Godley will audition amateur singers who are living with or have overcome mental and physical challenges.

    You'll be able to see my full report on BBC Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

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    Video caption: A gospel star is launching a choir fit for the royals
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    Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an accident.

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

  8. In the papers: Blaze fan granted a lifetime wish

    Coventry Observer

    Some of the main stories on the Coventry Observer website this week are:

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  9. M42 crash arrest man released under investigation

    A man arrested after a fatal crash on the M42 this morning has been released under investigation.

    The 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the crash between junctions 9 and 10, in which two women died.

    Warwickshire Police said the next of kin had been informed.

  10. Man suffers broken leg in crash

    A passenger suffered a broken leg and had to be cut free from a vehicle after it was involved in a crash with another car, ending up in a wood.

    Crash scene

    The crash happened at the junction of Table Oak Lane and Holly Lane in Balsall, Warwickshire, at about 15:30 yesterday.

    The 21-year-old driver escaped with only minor injuries, as did the driver of the other vehicle.

    Crash scene
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    Video caption: Footage of aftermath of M42 crash scene

    Two women died in the crash in Warwickshire.

  12. M42 fully reopens

    BBC News Travel

    The M42 has now fully reopened after the deaths of two women earlier in a crash between junctions 9 and 10.

    Scene of crash on M42

    Traffic has returned to normal after accident investigation work.

  13. Mayor's office could add £12 to tax bill

    Peter Plisner

    BBC Midlands Today

    A new precept on the council tax could be introduced to pay for the running of the West Midlands Mayor office and boost congestion schemes in the region.

    Cycle superhighway

    Raising £7.5m, if approved it would mean £12 extra next year on a Band D rated property.

    The bulk of the additional money raised would be used on investment to encourage cycling, park and ride facilities and developing "Sprint" bus schemes.

    The Mayor's precept is subject to approval by the West Midlands Combined Authority next week.

  14. Aston Martin car sales up

    Aston Martin seems be bucking the national car sales trend, announcing sales are up by 58% - selling more than 5,000 vehicles in 2017.

    Aston Martin

    The luxury car maker, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, said sales had hit their highest level in nine years.

  15. M42 crash: Road closures 'slowly removed'

    Officers investigating a fatal crash on the M42 this morning say road closures are now being "slowly removed".

    A woman in 60s and another in her 50s, who were both rear-seat passengers, died when the car they were travelling was involved in a crash with a Merdeces van.

    The driver of the car, a man in his 70s, along with a front-seat passenger in his 30s, suffered only minor injuries.

    Police thanked motorists for their patience after this "very sad incident" and appealed for anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

  16. BreakingTwo die in M42 crash

    Two women have died after the crash on the M42 this morning, the ambulance service has said.

    Ambulance

    The two were travelling in a car that was in a collision with a van between junctions 9 and 10 northbound near Curdworth, in Warwickshire, at about 03:20.

    The driver and a third passenger in the car sustained minor injuries.

    The van driver sustained back pain and a hand injury and he was taken to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

  17. M42 crash: Recovery operation complete

    A police investigation and recovery operation has been completed on the M42 northbound between junctions nine and 10.

    The motorway was closed after a crash between a van and a car at about 03:15 this morning.

    The vehicles have been recovered and the southbound closure has now been lifted.

    The northbound carriageway will remain closed for a clean-up operation.