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  1. Updates on Friday 5 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live updates across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended for the day.

    We'll be back with your news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Watch: Weekend forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We'll see outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times but it will turn drier.

    Feeling mild and breezy with a minimum temperature of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands with Rebecca Wood
  3. Wasps' Christian Wade fit for Newcastle clash

    Winger Christian Wade is back in the Wasps team to face Newcastle Falcons this weekend after three months on the sidelines

    Co-captain Matt Mullan has been released from the England camp to appear on the bench alongside latest signing Siale Piutau.

    Christian Wade

    Former Wasps stand-off Andy Goode makes his first start for Newcastle on familiar soil at the Ricoh Arena.

    The game is Newcastle's first visit to Ricoh Arena. They last visited the city in November 1996 when they lost 19-18 in a Division Two game against Coventry at the old Coundon Road. 

  4. Calls for rules on GM crops to be relaxed

    A West Midlands MEP says the government should relax the rules on growing genetically modified (GM) crops.

    Anthea McIntyre has been making the comments 20 years after the first GM food hit the shelves in the UK.

    Anthea McIntyre
    Quote Message: I would like to see there being a chance for crops to be grown that have GM modification and gene-editing, so we can reduce the amount of pesticides we use and that we can produce better crops and feed more people more successfully." from Anthea McIntyre MEP
    Anthea McIntyreMEP
  5. Latest: Police close city's 'largest-ever' cannabis factory and officer sacked for shoplifting

    Philip Churm

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

    - Police seize cannabis with street value of £2m in Coventry

    - West Midlands Police officer sacked over shop theft 

    - Second arrest in Stratford murder probe

  6. Police officer dismissed after Ikea theft

    A West Midlands police officer has been dismissed from the force after stealing a £30 bathroom cabinet from Coventry's Ikea store. 

    Ikea Coventry

    Constable Gemma Talbot from Birmingham also stole groceries from a supermarket in Chelmsley Wood and was convicted of two counts of theft in November. 

    A police misconduct panel has decided she should be dismissed without notice. 

    In a letter submitted to the panel, the officer described the offences as "completely inexplicable" and said her embarrassment was "overwhelming".

  7. More children reported missing in the West Midlands

    BBC Midlands Today

    The number of children going missing in the region has rocketed, a BBC investigation has found. 

    There were 750 more cases last year than in 2014, when 2,500 children disappeared. 

    West Midlands reported the biggest rise, with 500 additional children vanishing.

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  8. 'Largest ever' cannabis factory in Coventry closed down

    The cannabis factory discovered in Riley Square is the biggest ever found in the Coventry, say police.

    After a final count, they now estimate 2,145 plants with a street value of more than £2m, were found in the former indoor market in Bell Green.

    Three men were arrested and are being questioned by officers.

    Cannabis plants
    Quote Message: This appears to be a professional set-up producing a large quantity of drugs. We are committed to tackling drugs and act on information we receive from the public." from Sgt Hinesh Mehta West Midlands Police, Longford neighbourhood team
    Sgt Hinesh MehtaWest Midlands Police, Longford neighbourhood team
  9. Alvis retail park fire treated as arson

    A fire involving around 30 old domestic appliances at the Alvis retail park last night, is believed to have been started deliberately, say the fire service.

    Crews were called to the service area behind PC World around midnight to deal with a large fire including pallets, bins and household goods. 

    Police were also called to the scene, but no arrests were made.

  10. Dr Raj Mattu: Career 'destroyed' by unfair dismissal

    A Coventry heart surgeon who turned whistle-blower to express concerns about patient safety at the old Walsgrave Hospital says his career is ruined.

    Dr Raj Mattu was sacked by the trust running the hospital and, after a 15-year battle won his claim for unfair dismissal.

    Dr Raj Mattu

    He was awarded more than £1m in compensation but says he may never work in the NHS again.

    "I'm braced for the fact I may need to retrain", he said. 

    "My career has been absolutely destroyed, my livelihood has been ended and I'll never be able to go back to the vocation really loved and enjoyed."

  11. Latest: Second arrest in Stratford murder probe and Coventry cannabis factory closed

    Philip Churm

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of the main stories in the newsroom this afternoon:

    - Second man arrested in Stratford murder investigation 

    - More than 1,000 cannabis plants seized in Coventry

    - Sky Blues sign striker Darius Henderson

  12. Three arrested over Coventry cannabis factory

    Police say three men have been arrested in connection with a large cannabis factory found in a former indoor market in Riley Square, Bell Green.

    Over 1,000 plants were seized when police entered the premises after being alerted by a member of the public.

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  13. Cannabis plants seized in Coventry

    Police say they've seized a large number of cannabis plants from an address in the Bell Green area of Coventry.

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  14. Coventry and Warwickshire hospitals suffer some of the worst 'bed-blocking'

    Delays in discharging patients out of hospital after treatment could be costing the NHS in England £900m a year, an independent review has said.  

    In the latest figures, patients at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust lost 1,956 days to so-called bed-blocking in November, putting them in the fifth-worst position in the country. 

    That works out at 65 beds a day taken by patients who did not need to be in hospital, but could not be discharged for one of several reasons. 

    Graph showing worst NHS trusts for bed-blocking