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  1. Covid testing lab problems started six days earlier

    The errors at a private coronavirus testing lab in Wolverhampton began six days earlier than previously stated, the UK Health Security Agency has said.

    Wolverhampton lab

    It said everyone affected had been contacted individually.

    Launching an investigation last week, head of NHS Test and Trace Dr Jenny Harries said it was "not clear yet" what had gone wrong at the lab run by Immensa Health Clinic.

    The error may have meant that thousands of people were wrongly told to stop isolating and may have infected others.

    It took more than a month to identify the failings that led to an estimated 43,000 people being given the wrong results from PCR tests.

  2. Disruption warning ahead of tram works

    Disruption is expected in Birmingham on Sunday while the Five Ways roundabout is closed for works on the Midland Metro.

    Five Ways roundabout will be closed all day from Ladywood Middleway to Calthorpe Road to allow for the installtion of an electricity substation as part of the West Midlands Metro extension to Edgbaston.

    Buses will be diverted, and more information can be found on the National Express West Midlands webpage.

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull and J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport.

    M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queues on M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a breakdown.

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

  4. Lib Dems win extra seat following by-election

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Liberal Democrats have secured an extra seat on Birmingham City Council after being victorious in last night's Yardley East by-election.

    Newly-elected councillor Deborah Harries praised the "legacy" built by former councillor Neil Eustace, who had held the seat for over three decades before his death earlier this year.

    With a turnout of just 25%, Ms Harries secured more than twice as many votes as her nearest competitor, Labour’s Carmel Corrigan, with 1,312 votes to her 609.

    The Conservative Party’s Pervez Akhtar came third with 89 votes.

    Deborah Harries

    Speaking following her victory, Councillor Harries said she was "humbled" to be following in the footsteps of Mr Eustace.

    "I'm so grateful to the people of Yardley East who voted for me and to the fantastic team who supported me throughout," she said.

    "I'm going to prioritise making our roads safer, our streets cleaner, and most importantly – ensuring the people of Yardley East are always engaged with regarding any potential changes to our community."

  5. Your photos: Stunning sunrise

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Some parts of the West Midlands have been blessed with a gorgeous sunrise.

    Raj's Range arguably had the best of the bunch with this view in Telford.


    Les at Large had a similarly lovely view in Wolverhampton.


    And Dammo shared this snap in Knowle.

    You can share your weather pictures here.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J8 for M5 and J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

    M6 West Midlands - Queues for two miles and delays on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an earlier accident. Congestion to J7 (Great Barr) and on the link road from the M5. Travel time is 20 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident.

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