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Summary

  1. Man charged after assault on Stratford teenager
  2. Ministers pledge to consider change to M6 Toll charges
  3. Stratford prepares to welcome thousands for Shakespeare anniversary
  4. Coventry MP calls for increase in funding for brain tumour research
  5. Live updates for Tuesday 19 April

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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 ended for the day.

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

  2. Coming up

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    There have been renewed calls for the M6 Toll to be made free for drivers at times of heavy congestion.   

    More on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.  

  3. M42 lane shut

    BBC Travel

    M42 - there's a lane closed on the exit slip road southbound at J4, A34 (Shirley), because of a broken down vehicle.

  4. Watch: Latest forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    A chilly night ahead with clear skies and the possibility of some frost with lows of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. County Championship: Trott narrowly missed out on new career-best

    Richard Wilford

    BBC WM

    Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott scored his first Championship century since 2014 and then doubled up against Middlesex as he took the Bears to what had seemed earlier in the day to be unlikely - a lead of 16 runs after both sides' first innings.

    Trott finished 219 not out at Lord's - just eight runs short of a new career-best. Follow the action.

    Jonathan Trott
  6. Operation Freeway: Tolls can be suspended

    Charges can be suspended on the M6 Toll in the event of major infrastructure failure, the chief executive of M6 Toll says.

    Responding to calls to scrap the charges when the motorway network becomes gridlocked Andy Pearson said it was up to the Secretary of State for Transport to choose when to invoke Operation Freeway.

    The M6 Toll company is happy to discuss amending the terms of the agreement, he added.

  7. Watch: Nuneaton traveller: 'We're not all thieves'

    Councils in the West Midlands are under growing pressure to provide permanent traveller sites. 

    Government figures show there were 1,889 traveller caravans identified in the region in 2015, which is 124 more than 2013. 

    Sabrina grew up as a traveller and is currently living in a caravan in Nuneaton, She described life on the road as "intimidating".

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    Video caption: Traveller's message: 'We're not all thieves'
  8. M6 Toll: Never envisaged to ease M6 congestion

    The M6 Toll was never envisaged to ease congestion on the M6, its owners say.

    M6 Toll chief executive Andy Pearson said the M6 would fill back up with local traffic when the through traffic moved across to the toll.

    Responding to calls to scrap the charges when the motorway network becomes gridlocked he said: "The real benefit of the M6toll is to relieve congestion on the local road networks as a result of taking through traffic from the M6, allowing the M6 to absorb more local traffic."

  9. St George's Day celebrations unveiled

    Coventry's St George's Day celebrations will highlight the city's link with England's patron saint. 

    Morris dancers in Broadgate

    A sculpture of him, dating from the 14th Century, can be found at St John the Baptist in Fleet Street and dates to a time when it was suggested he came from the city. 

    Elsewhere there'll be medieval music and story-telling in Broadgate from 11:00 on Saturday morning.

  10. Royals and Hollywood glitterati to descend on Stratford

    Stratford Herald

    The eyes of the world will be on Stratford for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death as the town proudly plays host to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and a star studded cast from stage and screen, including Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Dame Helen Mirren and Antony Sher this weekend.  

  11. Grayson Perry works installed in Coventry

    The Vanity of Small Differences -   a series of six large-scale tapestries by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry - are being installed at Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery. 

    Following the life of a fictional character, the tapestries open to the public on Friday.

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  12. Latest: Government to consider M6 Toll changes; and Stratford assault charges

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Ministers are to consider changes to M6 Toll charges

    - Man charged after Stratford teenager assaulted and held against her will

    - Jonathan Trott scores fifth double century of his career against Middlesex

  13. Watch latest Shakespeare forecast: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

    BBC Weather

    Alex Deakin is getting in on the Shakespeare festivities delivering a 'forecast' inspired by him.

    Before you reach for your brolly, it's not real and just a bit of fun.

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    Video caption: Alex Deakin's 'forecast' inspired by the language, poems and plays of Shakespeare
  14. Coventry City take on Bradford at the Ricoh

    Geoff Foster

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    On loan winger Jodi Jones should be available for the Sky Blues tonight for the League One fixture against Bradford City at The Ricoh Arena.  

    Tony Mowbray

    He missed Saturday's win over Millwall with food poisoning.

    Manager Tony Mowbray has emphasised that his squad is concentrating on claiming as many points from the final 12 on offer this season, with the Sky Blues set to face Doncaster, Sheffield United and Oldham in coming weeks.

    Quote Message: We’ve had plenty of wins this season, this is just the build up to the next game. Bradford are obviously a very hard working team who are capable of grinding out results and find themselves in a good league position. from Tony Mowbray Manager, Coventry City
    Tony MowbrayManager, Coventry City
  15. Travel: M6 vehicle fire

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J6, A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr) because of a vehicle fire.

    BBC Travel is reporting congestion to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).

  16. Watch: Stratford's RSC from the air

    The eyes of the literary world will be on Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of playwright William Shakespeare.

    David Tennant will host a live TV celebration at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Saturday evening.

    The former Doctor Who star will be joined by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen.

    Shakespeare Live! will be broadcast on BBC Two from 20:30.

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    Video caption: Royal Shakespeare Theatre from the air
  17. Ministers consider change to charges on M6 Toll

    The government says it will look at proposals for reforming the M6 Toll charges following a debate by MPs this morning.

    Julian Knight, MP for Solihull tweets: 

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  18. Mr Shakespeare meets Mr Shakespeare

    Fireman Simon Shakespeare, who says he has only read two books, is being taken around the new Shakespeare exhibition at Birmingham Library to see if curators can convince him his namesake is important.   

    Will it work? Watch Midlands Today on BBC1 at 18:30.

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