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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for M42 J7 to J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

    M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Top judge highlights Archers storyline on domestic abuse

    A storyline in The Archers has been used by the UK's most senior judge to highlight the development of the law relating to domestic abuse.

    Lady Hale

    In a talk to Birmingham Law Society, Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, mentioned the programme's account of domestic violence involving couple Rob Titchener and Helen Archer.

    Millions of listeners tuned into the BBC Radio 4 soap, produced in Birmingham, as Helen was found not guilty of attempting to murder her abusive husband.

    The judge referred to the storyline when explaining how the law had historically failed to recognise that domestic abuse might cover controlling behaviour other than physical violence.

    "Women are afraid of many more subtle forms of behaviour - the forms of behaviour which listeners to The Archers heard over many months in 2016: Cutting off contact with friends and family, constant belittling, destroying confidence, depriving of money and employment outside the home, rendering powerless."

  3. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    There will be further outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow this evening and overnight, with lows of 1C (34F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Video content

    Video caption: Cyrille Regis: Metro tram in memory of footballer

    A West Midlands Metro tram is named after former West Bromwich Albion player Cyrille Regis.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between M6 J4 and J4A for M42.

    M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between M6 J4, Coleshill and J4a M42, because of a car fire.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down car.

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

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Meet the mum and son learning construction together

    Sallyann Rose is a freelance bookkeeper retraining to become a handywoman. Son Thomas is doing a carpentry diploma. Could they go into business together?

  8. Tigers look to regain top spot with wins over Sharks

    Telford Tigers will regain top spot in their division if they win their back-to-back games against Solway Sharks this weekend.

    They're a point behind Sheffield Steeldogs with a game in hand and their NIHL North rivals play just one league game this week.

    Tigers player

    In the Elite League, Coventry Blaze play the team just above them - Manchester Storm - home and away this weekend, and Solihull Barons face Billingham Stars and Whitley Warriors.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J3A for M40.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound at J3a M40, because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Open verdict in missing mother inquest

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    The former boyfriend of a teenage mother thought by police to have been murdered 16 years ago has told an inquest he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

    There’s been no confirmed sighting of Natalie Putt since she left her home in Lower Gornal, Dudley, in September 2003, and a body has never been found.

    Natalie Putt

    Coroner Zafar Siddique in Oldbury recorded an open verdict.

    Giving evidence at today's hearing, Kevin McCallum, the father of Ms Putt's child, said that he had been interviewed by police about the 17-year-old's disappearance on a number of occasions, and at one point was arrested on suspicion of murder.

    He said she was a “lovely, bubbly, feisty girl” but that at the time of her disappearance they were “on a break” from their relationship.

    He was asked by Mr Siddique “did you play any part in the disappearance of Natalie Putt?” to which he replied “no”.

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J2 for Oldbury.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound at J2, Oldbury, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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