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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 January
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 8:00 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 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Chilly night expected

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be a very chilly night once again with temperatures dipping down to -2C (28F).

    But a change is on its way. More details in the forecast.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands
  3. Travel: Two lanes of M6 blocked

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes of the M6 are blocked between J2 for the M69 (Coventry) and J3 for the A444 (Nuneaton). 

    It's due to an accident

    There's also slow traffic southbound between J3A and J3. All lanes on that carriageway have reopened, but there's heavy congestion in the area.

  4. Council blames 'technical issue' for state of cemetery

    Coventry City Council has apologised for the state of Lentons Lane Cemetery which has been hit by recent flooding.

    A petition was recently launched to get the local authority to respond to the issue.

    Andrew Walster, the council's assistant director for green space, says clay at the site causes the problem.

    Quote Message: We apologise that the site is not in the condition we want and expect it to be in, we'll continue to do our best to improve the situation and we thank families for their patience while we're working on that from Andrew Walster Coventry City Council's assistant director for green space
    Andrew WalsterCoventry City Council's assistant director for green space
  5. City cemetery floods prompts petition action

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    More than 1,200 people have added their names to an online petition calling for Coventry City Council to do more to protect a cemetery from being flooded.

    Lentons Lane Cemetery

    Recent heavy rainfall has caused many burial plots at Lentons Lane Cemetery to become submerged. 

    Richard Hambridge's grandfather is buried there and started the petition because it's becoming a more frequent problem.

    Quote Message: This is the worst I've ever seen it to the point that I didn't want to go up there. from Richard Hambridge Petition organiser
    Richard HambridgePetition organiser
  6. 'Record year' for Warwickshire

    Warwickshire has described the last financial year as a record one for the club. 

    Year-on-year turnover at Edgbaston is up 47% to £18.3m, with earnings before interest, tax, and related issues, more than doubling to £3.7m. 

  7. Latest: Terror suspect arrested and cemetery floods

    Alice Rosenthal

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here's a look at some of our top stories:

    - A woman from Coventry's being questioned after being arrested by police on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences

    - Coventry City Council is being asked to do more to stop a city cemetery from flooding

    - The trial of five men accused of murdering a Coventry teenager was stopped earlier today so a new jury could be sworn in

  8. 'Barriers' need to be removed despite drop in unemployment

    Businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire still face "barriers" to recruitment, according to the region's chamber of commerce.

    Louise Bennett

    The number of unemployed has dropped to under 4,000 in Coventry and under 2,400 in Warwickshire in the last quarter.

    But despite the drop, the chief executive of the chamber Louise Bennett says more needs to be done.

    Quote Message: While we welcome the figures and the generally positive mood among business in the city and the county, we can't shy away from the fact that there are issues that need to be addressed in order for companies to keep growing and for unemployment to keep coming down. from Louise Bennett Chief executive, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
    Louise BennettChief executive, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
  9. Tanaka picks up a three-match ban

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Coventry Blaze forward Cale Tanaka will miss the next three matches after picking up a suspension for an incident in Saturday's defeat by Braehead Clan.

    Tanaka's been banned for high sticks following a review by the Elite League's Department of Player Safety.

    The Canadian will miss this weekend's double-header in Belfast as well as the trip to Sheffield the following week.

  10. Stratford food bank opens new distribution cabin at Tesco

    Stratford-upon-Avon Foodbank has begun distributing parcels from its new cabin based in the Tesco car park on Birmingham Road.

    New Foodbank hub

    Food bank manager Marion Homer said volunteers dealt with 11 clients on Tuesday and were helped by the fact they were close to the supermarket so they could "pick items direct from the shelves".

    Quote Message: Had we been down at Holy Trinity we may well have run out of food parcels, and we would not have been able to cater for the specific needs we had for baby food, pet food, and toiletries – plus one client who couldn't have any sugar from Marion Homer Stratford-upon-Avon Foodbank manager
    Marion HomerStratford-upon-Avon Foodbank manager
  11. Video: West Midlands fall in unemployment is welcomed

    BBC Midlands Today

    Employment Minister Priti Patel has welcomed the news that fewer people in the West Midlands are out of work, according to the latest official figures.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Employment Minister Priti Patel has welcomed West Midlands unemployment figures.

    The Office for National Statistics said the number of people out of work in the region fell by 8,000 to 157,000 between September and November.  

  12. Motson and Gould to speak at Jimmy Hill celebration

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    The Sky Blues have announced that BBC football commentator John Motson and former Coventry player and manager Bobby Gould will speak at the celebration of Jimmy Hill next month.

    Jimmy Hill

    Hill, who previously managed City and helped improve television coverage of football, died at the age of 87 last month.

    A celebration of his life takes place at Coventry Cathedral on Friday, 12 February.

  13. Trio charged with burglary and theft offences in Leamington

    Paul Marriott

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A woman and two teenage girls have been charged in connection with two counts of fraud, one count of attempted fraud, one count of burglary with intent to steal and one count of attempted theft in Leamington.

    The three were due to appear in court today.

  14. Your pictures: Allesley Park

    Stuart Guest has sent us these pictures he took 24 hours apart in Allesley Park in Coventry at the weekend.   

    Allesley Park

     We love to feature your pictures of the local area.

    You can send them in via email or tweet us @BBCCovWarks

  15. Latest: Terror arrest and fuel bills cut

    Alice Rosenthal

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here are some of the stories we're looking at in the Coventry newsroom:

    - A woman from Coventry's being questioned after being arrested by police on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences

    - Coventry-based E.On has become the first of the major energy companies to cut its standard gas price for residential customers this winter

    - The M6 is back open after a collision between a lorry and a car near junction one this morning

  16. M6 clear but rail problems persist

    BBC Travel

    No current reported problems on the M6 following a crash on the southbound carriageway at junction one this morning.

    The two-vehicle incident had initially closed both carriageways but they have since reopened.

    Meanwhile replacement buses are running for Virgin West Coast and London Midland rail services between Rugby and Northampton due to overhead line problems.  

  17. Simpson expecting 'tough' Leinster test

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    The Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson expects Saturday's crucial European Champions Cup game against Leinster at the Ricoh Arena to be their "toughest" of the season.

    Joe simpson

    The Coventry-based side need a positive result to secure a place in the quarter finals, and Simpson admits last November's 33-6 win in Dublin did flatter them.

    Quote Message: Leinster have since then gone on to transform their season. They're the form team and that's something that we're fully aware of and we're not going to take lightly. from Joe Simpson Wasps scrum-half
    Joe SimpsonWasps scrum-half
  18. UK City of Culture 2021: Midlands cities' beauty contest

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    Coventry is among three Midlands cities in an 10-strong field hoping to named UK City of Culture, 2021.


    The result will be unveiled in the city awarded the accolade for 2017, Kingston-upon-Hull, which is now anticipating extra inward investment worth up to £80m.