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  1. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    It will be a largely dry morning with showers developing into the afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It should be a cloudy night with some rain and lows of 5C (41F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Prof Lord Bhattacharyya 'a heroic figure'

    Business Secretary, Greg Clark has paid tribute to Professor Lord Lord Bhattacharyya, whose death has been announced today.

    He described the founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group as a "heroic figure helping establish in Britain a world-wide reputation for excellence and innovation in advanced manufacturing".

    "Hundreds of thousands of people in Britain owe their livelihoods to him," he said.

    Others have also been tweeting their respects.

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    Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Dr Ralf Speth described him as a "remarkable and inspirational man who played a significant role in UK manufacturing and engineering over the past 50 years".

    "He was an exceptional mentor to many people at Jaguar Land Rover and will be greatly missed," he added.

  4. Buses diverted away from lorry bridge strike

    Work is ongoing to move a lorry that struck a bridge and overturned in Nuneaton.


    Buses are being diverted away from the area on Old Hinckley Road, with congestion being reported in the area.


    The lorry driver was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene, said the ambulance service.


    The disused railway bridge is set for demolition later this year after being struck regularly by high-sided vehicles, said the council.

    In a statement, Eddie Stobart said it was "aware that one of our vehicles has been involved in an incident this morning, and are working with the authorities on this matter”.

  5. Tributes paid to Prof Lord Bhattacharyya

    Tributes have been paid to the former boss of Jaguar Land Rover and Labour peer, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, who has passed away "after a short ilness".

    Labour's leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Angela Smith said: "The suddenness of losing Kumar has shocked and deeply saddened his many friends and colleagues in and beyond Parliament.

    "They will quite rightly speak of his great achievements and commitment to engineering, education and business."

    Lord Bhattacharyya with Coventry council leader George Duggins

    The founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group was made an Honorary Freeman of Coventry in 2015, and the city council said the "profound and enduring impact" of his work in the city "could never truly be measured".

    “Without him, Coventry would not be the great centre of innovation and manufacturing that it is today. His vision and determination have put us right at the heart of the automotive industry of the future."

  6. Four arrests after tractor-theft raids

    A series of raids have been carried out and four people arrested, following a number of tractor thefts.

    Staffordshire Police officers led raids in Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Walsall yesterday morning and recovered farm equipment, believed to be stolen.


    Last month, six tractors worth more than £100,000 were taken from a site at Yoxall in Staffordshire and the recovered machinery is thought to have been taken from farms in Coven and Nottinghamshire.