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Severe disruption: M69 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J1 for A5 Watling Street Hinckley to M6 J2.

M69 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M69 southbound from J1, A5 (Hinckley) to M6 J2, Coventry, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for to J3A for .

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J4, Coleshill to J3a, Toll (M6 Toll road), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, from J4 for M42 to J4A for .

M6 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound from J4, M42 (Coleshill) to J4a, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Will Rhodes

A third century of the season for Will Rhodes helps Warwickshire to a 43-run lead over Gloucestershire on day one.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for .

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road from A46 northbound at J2, Coventry, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J8 M6 Toll, because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, from J3 for A444 Nuneaton to J2 for Hinckley Road J2.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 partially blocked southbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to J2, Hinckley (Coventry), because of an accident.

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

Football

Coventry edge out 10-man Plymouth to claim their first League One win of the season.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Nuneaton to M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J16 for A3400 Stratford Road to J15 for A46 Warwick Bypass Longbridge Island.

M40 Warwickshire - Heavy traffic on M40 southbound from J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) to J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an overturned vehicle. Congestion to J14.

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

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A446 Lichfield Road J10 Curdworth.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J9, A446 (Curdworth), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Nuneaton to J3A for .

M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to J3a, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Weather: A mild cloudy weekend ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

A mild start tomorrow and we should see a fair bit of cloud lingering with temperatures around 23C (73F).

It's likely to stay the same way on Sunday too. Here's a full forecast.

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3A for to J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - Broken down vehicle on M6 northbound from J3a to J4, M42 (Coleshill). Traffic is coping well.

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

Fatal hit-and-run crash suspect released

A man who was arrested by police investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash in Warwickshire has been released while inquiries continue.

A man in his 50s was hit by an HGV in Shipston-on-Stour at 04:45 on Thursday, near Darlingscott crossroads.

A 24-year-old man from Wiltshire was arrested later that morning.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Your photos: From the river to a castle

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a cloudy day for much of the West Midlands but we're still getting our usual marvellous range of photos from our BBC Weather Watchers.

User CourierAnt sent this from Shrewsbury, down by the river:

Shrewsbury
CourierAnt

While Warwick Castle's been snapped by weather watcher Kingfisher Whisperer:

Warwick Castle
Kingfisher Whisperer

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3A for and M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J3a and M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Derby day for Bears in T20 Blast quarter finals

BBC WM Sport

Birmingham Bears hopes of reaching the T20 Blast Quarter Finals are all but over after rivals Yorkshire beat Northants last night.

The Bears needed to beat already-qualified Worcestershire in the derby at Edgbaston tonight and hoped Yorkshire's match against Nottinghamshire was either rained off or ended in a tie.

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In the papers: Judge hands siege man suspended sentence

Coventry Live

New traffic app shows 'when lights will change'

Kevin Reide

Reporter, Midlands Today

The A45 in Birmingham is being used to trial a new traffic lights system that tells motorists when lights ahead of them will change via a smart phone app.

New traffic lights mart phone app
BBC

The system is designed to reduce pollution and congestion in cities.

The app lets drivers know when they're approaching green or red lights and is said to encourage them to adjust their speed as they approach a junction.

It helps drivers have a smooth journey and lets them know when the lights are going to change, which means they will use potentially less fuel and braking less so less wear on tyres and breaks too."

Chris LaneTransport for West Midlands

A dry and sunny start to Friday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cool but dry and mostly sunny start to the day. It will then turn cloudier from the west with just the small chance of a spot of rain, but still a few brighter spells too.

Becoming breezier with highs of 19C (66F)

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, from M6 J3A to J3 for A444 Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound from M6 J3a, M6 Toll Road to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

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

In the papers: Thomas and Froome head to county

Leamington Observer

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A444 Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A444 Nuneaton to J3A for .

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound from J3, A444 (Nuneaton) to J3a, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J2 (Coventry).

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

Man jailed for Christmas hit-and-run death

A man has been jailed for four years after an 83-year-old man died after a hit-and-run crash in Coventry.

Brian Durham was walking home after playing a game of dominoes when he was hit by a car while crossing Foleshill Road in Coventry at about 22:00 on 21 December.

Parminder Bagri, 28, of Exhall Green, Coventry admitted causing death by dangerous driving, as well as perverting the course of justice and possession of a class B drug at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Parminder Bagri, 28, of Exhall Green, Coventry
West Midlands Police

Police say Bagri called them shortly after the crash to report damage to his car, claiming that someone had thrown items at his windscreen while driving.

When officers went to Bagri’s home they noticed a plastic sheet taped across the windscreen and damage to a headlight and bumper.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, after J3 for A444 Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound after J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

In the papers: Wait over for A-level students

Coventry Live

Man dies in HGV hit-and-run crash

A man in his 50s has died in what police are describing as a hit-and-run crash near Shipston-on-Stour, in Warwickshire, this morning.

A 24-year-old man from Wiltshire has been arrested after the pedestrian in his 50s died by the roadside.

Police said the man was struck on the A429 near the Darlingscott crossroads at about 04:45.

It's believed the man was hit by an HGV, which failed to stop, officers say.

The road remains closed between Tredington Island and the crossroads while investigations are carried out.

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, from J3A for to M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound from J3a to M42 J7, Coleshill, because of an accident.

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

Theatre celebrates 60th birthday with a brew

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry's Belgrade Theatre is to celebrate its 60th anniversary by creating a new beer in conjunction with a local brewery.

The theatre is teaming up with Twisted Barrel to brew a session IPA called Break-a-Keg.

Inside Coventry's Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Theatre
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Thomas and Froome to join Tour of Britain

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and four-time champion Chris Froome are to cycle through Warwickshire next month - as part of the Ovo Tour of Britain.

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome
Getty Images

It's the first time the pair have taken part in the race since 2009.

The duo will cycle under the Team Sky banner, with the rest of the team expected to be announced at a later date.

You can see the race take place on the county's roads on the 5 September - though officially starts in Carmarthenshire, on Sunday 2 September..

I want to go to the race in the shape to compete and enjoy it. We'll have to see how the next few weeks go but I'm looking forward to it and I know we will have a strong team there. Wout is looking really good at the moment too.

Geraint ThomasTour de France champion 2018

Criminal gangs target caravans

A spate of caravan thefts across the West Midlands is being blamed on organised gangs.

Caravans
BBC

Last year, the number of caravans stolen across the UK rose by 60% to 960 - 69 of those thefts were in this region.

The gangs have been breaking into secure storage areas to steal the vehicles.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J2 for .

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J2, Coventry, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Any rain should clear this morning

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start this morning with rain in places. However, any lingering rain will move away through the morning, leaving sunny spells and the small chance of a shower.

A breezy cooler day - highs of 20C (68°F).

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe accident: A429 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A429 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, from Tredington Roundabout to Portobello Crossroads.

A429 Warwickshire - A429 Fosse Way closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the Tredington Roundabout junction in Tredington to the Portobello Crossroads junction in Shipston-on-Stour, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A444 Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M69 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J2 for Hinckley Road J2.

M69 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M69 southbound at J2, Hinckley (Coventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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