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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Navkiran Mann

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather for West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Find out what theweather has in store for the next few days.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza presents the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Bus crash investigation expected to take 'months'

    Susie Rack

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    Police recently said their investigation into the bus crash in Coventry city centre was expected to take months.

    Rowan Fitzgerald and Dora Hancox, in her 70s, died when the bus crashed into Sainsbury's on Trinity Street.

    Two books of condolences were opened at the store to remember the pair.

  4. School friends plant tree in memory of young Coventry bus crash victim

    Children at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Leamington have planted a tree in memory of ex-pupil Rowan Fitzgerald - who was killed in a Coventry bus crash.

    Jane McSharry - Headmistress of St Anthony's Catholic Primary in Leamington

    The seven-year-old was on the upper deck when the bus smashed into a supermarket in the city in early October.  

    Rowan Fitzgerald
  5. Travel: Accidents cause problems on M42 and M6

    BBC Travel

    There are delays on the M42 southbound at J10 for Tamworth and on the M6 northbound near J2. 

    Accidents have blocked lanes on both motorways, causing slow traffic. 

    More details on BBC Travel.

  6. Travel: Delays on the M1

    BBC Travel

    There are problems on the M1 northbound near Coventry, due to an earlier accident. 

    It's between junction 16 for the A45 and junction 17 for the M45. 

    All lanes have now reopened, but traffic is backing up.

  7. Headlines: Unemployment down; tree planted in memory of seven-year-old bus crash victim

    Here are your headlines for this evening:

    - Fewer people are out of work in Coventry and Warwickshire, according to government figures

    - Children at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Leamington have planted a tree in memory of seven-year-old Rowan Fitzgerald, who was killed in a Coventry bus crash

    - Two people have been jailed for breaking an injunction imposed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for anti-social behaviour

  8. Toddler murder: Expert calls for early support and intervention

    Navkiran Mann

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    An expert in child health has called for more support for families early on and greater information sharing, in the wake of toddler Khaleel Hussain's death.

    A serious case review following the two-year-old's murder concluded his death could not have been predicted, but said chances to intervene in his care were missed.

    Khaleel Hussain
    Quote Message: There will always be parents who harm their children. But sharing information at an early stage and looking at early support measures is essential. from Dr Peter Sidebotham Associate professor of child health at University of Warwick
    Dr Peter SidebothamAssociate professor of child health at University of Warwick
  9. Almost 1,000 people call debt charity in six months

    Navkiran Mann

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A charity running a debt helpline in Coventry says despite the economic recovery, the level of debt that people are experiencing isn't going down.

    The charity StepChange says over the first six months of this year, it received almost 1,000 calls for help from people in the city with the average debt standing at £10,000.

    Quote Message: A reduction in job security coupled with an increase in zero hours contracts and part time working are big factors in increasing people's debt in Coventry. from Robbie De Santos StepChange
    Robbie De SantosStepChange
  10. Midlands' busiest rail stops revealed

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    Video caption: Midlands busiest and quietest railway stations revealed

    The West Midlands' busiest and quietest railway stations have been revealed in figures from the rail regulator.

  11. Christmas Farmers Market in Coventry on Friday

    This Friday, the Farmers' Market is being held outside Holy Trinity Church in Coventry between 09:00 and 15:00.

    Market traders will sell food and gifts that have been farmed within 50 miles of Coventry including locally brewed beers and wine.

  12. Watch: The weather forecast for this afternoon

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    A mild afternoon with some sunshine breaking though today.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza presents the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  13. Headlines: Unemployment drops and almost 1,000 people contact a debt charity in Coventry

    Moira Rawlings

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here are your headlines for Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

    - Unemployment continues to buck the regional trend with just 0.7% of the workforce out of work in Warwickshire and 1.5% unemployed in Coventry.

    - Almost 1,000 people in Coventry called a debt helpline in the first six months of this year

    - Two people have been jailed for breaking an injunction imposed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for anti-social behaviour

  14. Consultation on rail franchise plans

    Rail passengers and local businesses are being asked for their views on train services in the West Midlands.

    The governemnt launched a consultation yesterday on how the rail franchise shopuld be run, as well asas longer-distance services to the north west and to London.

    Have your say on the government website.

    View more on twitter
  15. Unemployment falls in the West Midlands

    Unemployment fell by 3,000 in the West Midlands between August and October.

    It means 153,000 people are now out of work. Nationally figures fell by 110,000 to 1.71 million.

  16. Listen again: Fire cuts taking service 'right down to the wire'

    The man in charge of the West Midlands Fire Service says further cuts expected to be announced this week will take the service "right down to the wire".

    View more on twitter
  17. Coming up on Midlands Today

    Amy Cole

    BBC Midlands Today

    As excitement builds for the new Star Wars film we’ve got a blockbuster story of our own - the Coventry professor who built R2D2.

    That and more stories on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.