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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Moira Rawlings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our 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 forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight will be largely dry and cloudy.

    A band of heavy rain will arrive towards dawn with lows of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Watch the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Anti-traveller barriers 'should not be placed on public land'

    A spokesperson for the traveller community says barriers put up in Rugby are on public land, which they have a right to use.

    The barriers on Central park Drive, due to be installed later this month, are designed to prevent travellers accessing sites near the local primary school.

    Generic travellers
    Quote Message: Any move to restrict public access to land that doesn't really belong to anybody is for me problematic... that's not just because I'm a gypsy it's because I believe in freedom to use that land as a citizen. from Damien Lebarr Editor at Large, Travellers Times
    Damien LebarrEditor at Large, Travellers Times
  4. Your pictures: Warwick post box

    My colleague John Bray sent us this beautiful picture of a post box in Warwick.

    Warwick postbox

    We love to feature your photographs of the local area.

    If you'd like to send in a picture, you can email, tweet us on @BBCCovWarks or message via Facebook.  

  5. MP supports plans to stop travellers accessing public land

    Travellers are to be blocked from using an area of public land in Rugby. 

    They've used the site at Central Park Drive multiple times, although from later this month their access will be barred by defensive barriers.

    A project to put the barriers in place has been supported by the Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, as well as the local primary school which has had travellers on its land this summer. 

    Mark Pawsey
    Quote Message: “The repeated incursions by members of the travelling community has caused great distress to many of my constituents, local businesses, parents of pupils at the Free School and indeed the young pupils themselves.” from Mark Pawsey Conservative MP for Rugby
    Mark PawseyConservative MP for Rugby
  6. Headlines: MP supports plans to stop travellers accessing land and cyclists from Aghanistan in Coventry on peace mission

    These are the top stories:

    - Defensive barriers are going to be put up on Central Park Drive in Rugby to prevent travellers from stopping there

    - A Warwickshire care home has won two awards for its work on dementia 

    - A father and son have travelled from Aghanistan into Coventry on their world-wide mission to spread peace   

  7. Exhibtion on the Holocaust comes to Coventry

    An exhibition exploring Germany's response to the Holocaust since the end of World War Two comes to Coventry Cathedral next week. 

    Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context explores how nations and individuals confront traumatic histories.

    Coventry Cathedral

    The exhibition has already been in South Africa, Ireland and the USA and opens at Coventry Cathedral on Wednesday 13 January.

  8. Wasps' James Johnston signed by Worcester

    BBC Sport

    Worcester Warriors have signed Samoa international prop James Johnston following his release by Wasps.

    Johnston, 29, joined Wasps last summer, but has not been able to fully train or play a first-team game in five months at the club after being injured for Samoa in the build-up to the World Cup.

    James Johnston
  9. Father and son travel from Afghanistan to Coventry on peace mission

    A father and son from Afghanistan have been in Coventry today as part of a mammoth journey to cycle around the world spreading the message of peace and unity.  

    Nadirshah Nangarhari, 48, and 17-year-old Ferozkhan began their journey on 7 July and they expect it to last another five to six months, ending in Australia. 

    48 year old Nadirshah Nangarhari and his son Ferozkhan
    Quote Message: We are cycling for peace and for unity. From here we will go to Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland. After Scotland we will go to New York and the United Nations. from Ferozkhan Nangarhari Cyclist and peace campaigner
    Ferozkhan NangarhariCyclist and peace campaigner
  10. Headlines: Barriers put up to stop travellers and near £10m grant for internet privacy research

    These are this afternoon's headlines:

    - Travellers are to be blocked from using an area of public land in Rugby

    - There's growing support for the reopening of the railway line between Stratford and Honeybourne

    - Warwick Manufactuiring Group awarded millions for research into internet ethics and privacy

  11. Calls for commission to review NHS

    A cross-party commission should be set up to review the future of the NHS and social care in England, a trio of former health ministers say.

    Ex-health secretaries Stephen Dorrell and Alan Milburn and Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb say without radical change, the future looks bleak.

    Doctor

    Mr Lamb will raise the issue in Parliament today, warning that the systems could crash without action.

    Ministers have pledged £8.4bn above inflation by 2020.

  12. Wasps welcome Warriors to Ricoh

    It's a West Midlands derby in this weekend's rugby as Wasps welcome Worcester to the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

    The last time they met, in a pre-season friendly in September, Wasps ran out 52-30 winners.

    This will be their first league meeting in nearly two years. 

    Yesterday, Wasps confirmed award-winning forward Nathan Hughes had extended his deal at the Ricoh.

    Nathan Hughes