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Summary

  1. Tollbar Island reopens after three years of roadworks
  2. Updates from Friday 23 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Jennifer Meierhans

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J16 for A3400.

    M40 Warwickshire - M40 entry slip road closed northbound at J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  2. Merry Christmas: Our coverage across the day

    The BBC Online team wishes you all a very Merry Christmas as we head into the Christmas weekend.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on 28 December with our usual mix of news, sport and weather from across Coventry and Warwickshire.

  3. Storm Barbara: Trains may be delayed

    Rail services may be delayed, warns Network Rail.

    Weather warnings have been issued across the country as Storm Barbara hits.

    View more on twitter
  4. Firefighters cordon off scaffolding in high winds

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Storm Barbara has been making its presence felt today and firefighters in Coventry had to cordon off one building this afternoon.

    West Midlands Fire Service were outside Hillman House, on Smithford Way, to make sure the scene was safe.

    The fire service is warning people to watch out if they're out and about.

    Coventry scaffolding
  5. Midlands Today: Tollbar Island reopens after three years

    Kevin Reide

    Midlands Today

    There has been some good news in Coventry today with the reopening of the Tollbar Island. 

    There's been absolute gridlock there on occasions, whilst the junction has been completely redesigned. 

    See my report on Midlands Today

    Tollbar Island
  6. Weather: Is it going to be windy?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    A yellow weather warning for high winds is in place as millions of motorists head for their Christmas holidays.

    Check here for the latest weather where you are.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Joe Launchbury set to make 100th appearance for Wasps

    Wasps captain Joe Launchbury is set to make his 100th appearance for the club in their Christmas Eve match against Bath.

    Australian international Kurtley Beale, meanwhile, will make his Aviva Premiership debut, after a couple of appearances in the in the European Champions Cup. 

    Dai Young has named a strong starting line-up, with pelnty of talent on the bench.

    England international Elliot Daly will start in the centre, alongside Jimmy Gopperth, while Danny Cipriani will partner Joe Simpson at half back.

    Kyle Eastmond has also recovered from injury to make the bench.

    Joe Launchbury
  8. Heading home for Christmas?: Warnings about tailbacks and weather

    A combination of weather and maintenance on the roads and rail are expected to make the Christmas getaway more difficult later. 

    Millions of people will be heading off for the festive period but drivers are being warned about tailbacks and engineering works could make it tough on the trains. 

    An amber weather warning has been issued because Storm Barbara is on its way.

    Met Office weather warning
  9. Scheme to help homeless in Rugby receives cash boost

    Rugby Advertiser

    A new project to tackle homelessness in Rugby and across Warwickshire has been awarded an £855,000 grant from the government. 

  10. Coventry City fan banned from games

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A Coventry City fan is one of three men banned from going to football matches for three years.

    Ryan Teeling, 24, of Clovelly Road Furthermore, received a football banning order after trying to cause trouble with opposition supporters after the Millwall game last season.

    He was sentenced at Leamington Spa Crown Court on Wednesday.

    Ryan Teeling
  11. New boss takes charge of Coventry City

    Former Cardiff and Charlton manager Russell Slade will take charge of Coventry City for the first time on Boxing Day, with the team firmly in the relegation zone.

    The Sky Blues travel to Bristol Rovers, who sit in 12th place in League One, before a trip to promotion-chasing Peterborough United on New Year's Eve.

    Yesterday, the club said they would be looking to bolster their squad in the January transfer window.

    "The manager will highlight the players he wants and we’ll put all the funds together that we can to get as many of those targets as possible," Technical Director Mark Venus told the Coventry City website.

    Russell Slade
  12. Do you have a storm named after you?

    Storm Barbara is here today, with Storm Conor due to arrive on Christmas Day.

    Check out the next names you'll be hearing in the news and weather forecast.

    View more on twitter
  13. Taser trained officers to rise in Warwickshire

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    The number of police officers trained to carry Tasers in Warwickshire is to increase. 

    At the moment 62 officers are able to carry Tasers - the force's chief constable says that'll increase to 90 over the next few months.

    The force says the decision to deploy more Tasers is a response to the threats and risks posed to people in the county.

    Taser trained officers
  14. Homeless person in Coventry '17 times more likely to suffer attack'

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    The homeless charity Crisis says someone sleeping rough on Coventry's streets is 17 times more likely to be attacked than anyone else in the city.

    The research comes out as they prepare to open their Christmas shelter on Sunday, one of four staying open on Christmas Day around the UK. 

    Alice Ashworth, from Crisis, said the police aren't always told that a homeless person's been beaten up.

    Quote Message: More than half the people we spoke to said that they didn't report it to the police, mainly because they didn't feel that it would be taken seriously, so it's absolutely vital that the police demonstrates its duty of care to homeless people. from Alice Ashworth Crisis
    Alice AshworthCrisis