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  1. Extinction Rebellion block Coventry Amazon site

    Protesters from Extinction Rebellion are blocking entry into Amazon sites across the UK, including its Coventry distribution centre.

    Nathan McGovern, 22, from the city, is among those demonstrating on Black Friday.

    He said they are “blocking and disrupting” access, with people locked into bamboo structures.

    The protesters are “disrupting and stopping any lorries from exiting and entering this facility”, he added.

    “We are doing this because of Amazon’s complicity and contribution to the climate crisis,” Mr McGovern said.

    He said they are hoping to stay for 48 hours but it is up to individuals if they want to stay for that entire period.

    Nathan McGovern

    In a statement, Amazon said: “These groups represent a variety of interests, and while we are not perfect in any area, if you objectively look at what Amazon is doing in each one of these areas you’ll see that we do take our role and our impact very seriously."

  2. Christmas lights switch-on cancelled due to weather

    Warwick District Council said tonight's Christmas light switch-on events in Kenilworth have been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

    High winds, it said, were causing problems with the erection of stalls so the decision has been made to cancel the events.

    The local authority said it understood residents would be disappointed, and would be providing further updates in the next few days regarding plans for Kenilworth’s lights.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3A for and J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 northbound between J3a, M42 Interchange and J4, A3400 (Shirley), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M45 Northamptonshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M45 Northamptonshire eastbound severe disruption, before M1 J17 Dunchurch.

    M45 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M45 eastbound before M1 J17, Dunchurch, because of traffic management. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Film festival 'has something for everyone'

    A film festival in Warwick will offer "something for everyone", including musicals and independent films, say organisers.

    Big Picture Festival opens at the Bridge House Theatre at Warwick School, Myton Road, on Saturday. It has an online programme which runs until 5 December.

    Inside of Bridge House Theatre

    In the town for its third year, the event kicks off with Question and Answer sessions with local filmmakers Brian Harley and Cassiah Joski-Jethi and screenings of their productions.

    Mr Harley, winner of the festival's short film competition with "The Allotmenteers", said the event encouraged new filmmakers and "respects their voices".

    "Big Picture Festival cares about connecting and reconnecting audiences to cinema experiences which I am very passionate about," he said.

  6. Christmas bin collections threatened by dispute

    BBC Radio CWR

    Bin collections in Coventry could be suspended this Christmas, because of a dispute between the city council and members of the Unite union.

    Drivers have argued they are not being paid enough and have threatened industrial action.

    The city council said it is committed to talks to resolve the issue.

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    Severe disruption: M45 Warwickshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M45 Warwickshire eastbound severe disruption, from A45 Daventry Road to M1 J17 Dunchurch.

    M45 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M45 eastbound from A45, Dunchurch to M1 J17, Dunchurch, because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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