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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Martin Winch

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 Christmas Eve with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Weather: Evening and Christmas Eve forecast

    It looks like we should have a dry night, but a white Christmas is looking unlikely.  

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 23 December in the West Midlands
  3. Coming up on Midlands Today tonight: The Christmas getaway

    We'll be looking at a busy day on the motorways, as thousands of people headed off for their Christmas holidays.   

    Road

    There have been tailbacks and jams at the usual pinch-points across the roads.

    I'll have the latest from the Highways England headquarters on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  4. 'We want Coventry at Ricoh forever'

    Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood tells BBC Coventry & Warwickshire extending Coventry City's tenancy at the Ricoh Arena until at least 2018 makes "complete sense".

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    Video caption: 'We want Coventry at Ricoh forever'
  5. Fans' anger as Town match postponed at 11th hour

    Stratford Herald

    Merthyr Town fans voiced their disgust on Twitter after Tuesday night’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash against Stratford Town was postponed at the 11th hour.

  6. Latest: Ricoh deal for Sky Blues and fewer food parcels needed

    Navkiran Mann

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here's a final look at some of today's stories we've covered on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

    - The Sky Blues will continue to play their home matches at the Ricoh Arena after reaching a deal with Wasps

    - Fewer families in Coventry are needing free food parcels, according to the city's central food bank

    - Fraudsters in the Midlands are posing as attractive women on social media so they can befriend men and then blackmail them into handing over thousands of pounds, police say

  7. Final decision on Wellesbourne medical centre delayed

    Tom Cooke

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Wellesbourne residents are calling on local health chiefs to follow through on plans for a new £4m medical centre.

    Hastings House Medical Centre

    Along with proposals for 350 new homes, the facility on Dog Close was initially given the green light back in July.

    Building work is due to start in the new year, but a final decision on whether the surgery will go ahead has now been delayed until at least February.

    The village is currently served by Hastings House Medical Centre.

  8. Defender Turner returns to Cardiff for ankle surgery

    BBC Sport

    Defender Ben Turner could miss the rest of the season because of an ankle injury.  

    Ben Turner

    The 27-year-old has returned to Cardiff from his loan spell with the Sky Blues for treatment on the injury picked up in the recent draw with Oldham Athletic.

    Cardiff's Turner facing ankle surgery

    Ben Turner

    Cardiff City defender Ben Turner is expected to be out for several months with the prospect of another ankle operation.

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  9. Fire stations to house food banks over Christmas

    Coventry Food Bank is to use fire stations during the festive period to help give out food parcels. 

    High O'Neill

    Organisers say there will still be a need over Christmas despite a recent drop in numbers across the West Midlands.

    Quote Message: Here in Coventry we've seen a decrease of about 3,000 in our numbers but there's still a need over Christmas for people to use food banks from Hugh O'Neill Coventry Food Bank
    Hugh O'NeillCoventry Food Bank
  10. Syrian refugees welcomed to Coventry by bishop

    The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth, has welcomed Syrian refugees to the city as part of his Christmas message.

    He said it was a "chance to welcome those who flee today’s terror, in the name of Jesus who was himself once a middle-eastern migrant".

    Syrian refugees
    Quote Message: On behalf of Coventry’s churches, it’s a great privilege to welcome those who have found refuge in our city. It’s especially poignant to do so at Christmas when we think of a small refugee family forced from their land to protect the life of their new born child. from Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth Bishop of Coventry
    Rt Revd Christopher CocksworthBishop of Coventry
  11. Man wanted following Coventry assault

    Police are searching for a man in connection with an assault in the Tile Hill area of Coventry.

    Officers say a 30-year-old man was attacked as he walked under a railway bridge on 26 November.

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  12. Permission sought from air traffic control for Friargate crane

    A crane taller than Coventry Cathedral has arrived in the city to help with the multimillion-pound Friargate scheme.

    Big crane in Coventry

    Measuring a whopping 98m (322ft) from its base, developers say they even sought permission to erect it from air traffic control.

  13. Latest: Sky Blues' Ricoh deal and railway fires suspect sought

    Navkiran Mann

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here are some of the stories making the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire news bulletins:

    - Sky Blues fans have welcomed the news the club's staying at the Ricoh Arena for at least two more seasons

    - The funeral has taken place of the former Coventry City goalkeeping coach Alan Hodgkinson 

    - British Transport Police says it's received several calls concerning the identity of an arsonist suspected of starting railway fires in Canley

  14. Jimmy Hill memorial service outside Ricoh Arena on Boxing Day

    The Sky Blues are to hold a short memorial service for their former manager and chairman Jimmy Hill ahead of the Boxing Day game at the Ricoh Arena.

    Jimmy Hill

    Hill, who was regarded by many as a pioneer for football, passed away last week at the age of 87.

    Ahead of the match against Port Vale, Coventry's current manager Tony Mowbray and goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic will lay a wreath at Hill's statue, while the Dean of Coventry John Witcombe is set to lead a short ceremony.

  15. Listen: writing letters to Santa

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Listen to our cute kids talking about writing to the main man ahead of Christmas day.

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    Video caption: Christmas 2015. Children talk about writing letters to Santa
  16. Character of Falstaff 'reinvented' by RSC designer

    Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Company reveal how they came to redesign one of the Bard's most famous characters, played by actor Antony Sher.

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  17. Wasps wait on Halfpenny decision

    Wasps director of rugby Dai Young says they expect Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny to decide on his future in the next couple of weeks.

    Halfpenny, 27, could leave French club Toulon in the summer and Wasps are among the clubs interested in him.

    Leigh Halfpenny
  18. On Midlands Today: Drop in food bank handouts

    BBC Midlands Today

    This lunchtime on Midlands Today we are looking at food banks - as, after five years of steep rises, the number of food parcels being handed out in our region has fallen for the first time. 

    Basket

    The Trussel Trust, which runs hundreds of centres across the country, has welcomed what is describes as "a levelling off" of the numbers of families needing their services this year.

    We'll have more on our lunchtime update on BBC One from 13:30.