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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    A cloudy night in store with the odd spot of rain, and feeling mild with a low temperature of 9C (48F).

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather this afternoon for the West Midlands
  3. Wasps sign Tongan international Siale Piutu

    Clive Eakin

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Wasps have signed Tongan international centre Siale Piutau until the end of the season. 

    His brother Charles Piu-tau is already at the club.

    Siale Piutau
    Quote Message: It’s such a blessing to be here, one to hopefully play alongside Charles and two to have an opportunity to experience Premiership rugby. I’m hoping to add as much as I can, while also trying to learn as much as I can from a lot of talented players, in an exciting back line." from Siale Piutau
    Siale Piutau
  4. Councillors debate Warwickshire budget

    Sian Grzeszczyk

    Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Councillors in Warwickshire are negotiating the budget for the county for the next financial year as they debate how they will save £16m over the next three years. 

    It's not clear how long it'll take to reach an agreement as it's a hung council with no overall control. 

    Proceedings got under way at 10:00.

  5. Latest: Sacked doctor awarded compensation and M6 to remain closed

    Philip Churm

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here's a recap of some of our main stories today:

    - Doctor awarded £1.2m compensation for unfair dismissal

    - M6 to remain closed after fatal collision

    - Councillors debate budget for Warwickshire

  6. Attitudes harden towards refugees from Syria and Libya, BBC poll suggests

    BBC Midlands Today

    More than half the people of the West Midlands think Britain is allowing in too many refugees from Libya or Syria, a survey for BBC Local Radio suggests.  

    Syrian refugees

    Of those questioned in the region, 51% said fewer people from those countries should be resettled.

    It was the largest percentage holding the view anywhere in Britain.

  7. 'Eye watering' legal bill over NHS unfair dismissal

    Lawyers acting for whistle-blower cardiologist, Dr Raj Mattu, say the hospital trust spent over £14m of public money in legal fees and costs defending Dr Mattu's claim against them.

    An employment tribunal awarded Dr Mattu compensation following his successful claim against University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

    Stephen Moore at Ashfords LLP described the money spent by the NHS as "eye watering" and questions have to be raised about how this was allowed to happen".

  8. Man trapped under car after trying to help driver

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A man escaped serious injuries after becoming trapped under a vehicle while trying to help a driver who appeared to be suffering from a medical incident.

    The pedestrian got stuck whilst he and a woman tried to stop a car after it collided with traffic lights on Dormer Place in Leamington yesterday.

    Both escaped with minor injuries and were praised by medics for their efforts to help the driver, who was taken to Warwick Hospital. 

    An ambulance service spokesman said: “Whilst the efforts of the bystanders to assist the car driver are to be praised, we would always urge people to be mindful of their own safety.”

  9. Wasps' Haskell and Launchbury named in England team to take on Scotland

    BBC Sport

    Wasps' captain James Haskell and lock Joe Launchbury have been named in the starting 15 to take on Scotland in the 6 Nations opener on Saturday.

    James Haskell and Joe Launchbury

    Haskell is in line to win his 63rd cap on Saturday and starts in the back row alongside Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola.

    Launchbury is named alongside George Kruis in the second row and should earn his 29th cap. 

    Wasps' centre Elliot Daly will also travel with the team to Edinburgh as injury cover.   

  10. Worker killed by falling tyres

    Investigations are continuing this morning into the death of a man killed by a falling metal cage containing tyres.

    The 50-year-old was struck at a DHL site in Coventry and died in hospital.

    A DHL spokesperson said: "On Tuesday a metal stillage containing tyres fell from a stack at our Prologis Park site, Keresley, injuring four colleagues. We can now confirm that one of our colleagues suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident."

    A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: "The agency is assisting police with their investigations." 

  11. Latest: Coventry doctor receives £1.22m compensation; and M6 likely to remain closed until tonight

    Philip Churm

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom this afternoon:

    - Whistle-blower doctor awarded more than £1m compensation

    - Police say M6 likely to remain closed until tonight

    - Warwickshire councilors debate county's buget

  12. Coventry doctor receives £1.22m compensation for unfair dismissal

    A former heart specialist at Coventry's University Hospital has been awarded more than £1m compensation at an employment tribunal.

    Dr Raj Mattu

    Dr Raj Mattu exposed the cases of two patients who had died in crowded bays at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry and then spent more than a decade fighting an unfair dismissal claim.

    A tribunal last year ruled he was unfairly sacked and been subject to "many detriments" by the trust as a consequence of being a whistle-blower.

  13. Ian Bell: A 'privilege' to represent MCC

    Ian Bell will captain an MCC side for the third time with a four-day match against Yorkshire set to start on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. 

    He said it would be an opportunity to practice in warm weather and will "of course be a privilege to represent MCC again".

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