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Summary

  1. 'No payout can compensate' for 999 caller's death
  2. Coventry City sign defender Kevin Foley
  3. Witnesses sought over crash that injured child
  4. Warden petition thrown out
  5. Kenilworth station delayed
  6. Updates from Friday 6 January 2017

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All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: Warwickshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at M40.

    Warwickshire - Warwick Services entry slip road blocked southbound at Warwick Services.

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    Severe disruption: Warwickshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at M40.

    Warwickshire - Warwick Services exit slip road blocked southbound at Warwick Services.

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  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A452 and J12 for B4451 affecting J16 for A3400.

    M40 Warwickshire - Severe delays, two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a vehicle fire and recovery work. Congestion to J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden).

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    Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A452 and J13 for A452 affecting J15 for A46.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa) and J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook), because of an accident. Congestion to J15, A46 (Longbridge Island).

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J3 for A444 affecting J6 for A38.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 closed southbound between J4a M42 and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - exit at J4A and onto the M42 Northbound to J9. Exit J9 and onto the A446 Southbound continuing onto the A452 to Stonebridge junctions. Head East on the A45 and onto the A46 Tollbar heading North on the A46 to re-join the M6 at J2. Congestion to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway.

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  7. PCC hopes Luisa Mendes apology will 'bring comfort'

    Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says he hopes an apology from the county's force will bring comfort to the family of Luisa Mendes. 

    The force admitted "mistakes were made" after taking too long to respond to a 999 call by Ms Mendes who was later found dead. 

    Philip Seccombe

    Philip Seccombe said he hoped her family would take some comfort from the "knowledge that Warwickshire Police is now doing things differently" and that the way vulnerable people are supported is "very different now".

    A payout has been made to the family, who live in Portugal, but the solicitor representing them says they can never be compensated for their loss.

  8. Driver escapes from overturned car that hit tree

    The driver of this car was left with only minor injuries after it struck a tree on Gypsy Lane in Nuneaton at around 13:40 today.

    Senior Paramedic Officer, Nigel Wells, said this particular tree had been hit many times, but "thankfully today's [crash] wasn't serious".

    Overturned car
  9. Mayoral candidate makes housing pledge

    The UKIP candidate in May's elections for West Midlands Mayor says increasing housing stock will be his priority, but not at the expense of greenbelt land.

    Pete Durnell said: "If we can generate that money to actually put into preparing those brownfield sites, whether they be offices or disused factories,...then we can build on brownfield.

    "The reason it's not done is purely and simply because it's cheaper to build on green grass."

    Mr Durnell became a politician in 2014 when he stood for councillor in his home ward of Bristnall in the Sandwell local elections.

    Sion Simon is Labour's candidate, Andrew Street is standing for the Conservatives, Beverley Nielsen is the Liberal Democrats' candidate and James Burn is representing the Greens in the election.

  10. Warden petition rejected by borough council

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A petition against the withdrawal of wardens from sheltered housing in Nuneaton and Bedworth has been rejected by the borough council. 

    More than 1,100 signatures were collected in protest against cutting the number of wardens in sheltered accommodation from 50 to 15.

    A council spokesperson explained that they could not accept or publish the petition as it is "employee related".

    Sheltered housing complex
  11. Latest: Police apology over Luisa Mendes; emergency services exercise to close RSC

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

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  12. Kenilworth station delays

    Work on a new railway station for Kenilworth that began in 2015 will not be completed until December this year, Network Rail has said.

    The £11.3m station is being built on the site of the previous one which shut in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts.

    After years of campaigning, the bid for a new station, in Priory Road, received government support in December 2013.

    Operator London Midland has said it expects to provide the new service.

    The station had been set to open in August this year.

  13. Coventry City sign Kevin Foley

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    The Sky Blues have signed former Republic of Ireland defender Kevin Foley in a deal which will see him at the club until the end of the season.

    The 32-year-old joins after parting ways with League One rivals Charlton Athletic.

    Kevin Folwy
  14. Emergency services exercise will close RSC on Sunday

    The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has issued a reminder that the theatre and The Other Place will be closed all day on Sunday due to a "major incident" training exercise.

    There will be no public access from 08:00 and the RSC is advising the venue will be scene to a lot of activity, with police, fire and paramedic response teams in and around the building all day.

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  15. Hospital services campaign group to fold

    Members of a group who have been fighting to maintain services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have decided to end their campaign. 

    The Save the Alex group, made up of volunteers from across Worcestershire and south Warwickshire, was formed four years ago to try to prevent the downgrading of services at the site. 

    Despite holding two huge rallies and getting 55,000 people to sign a petition to save maternity and A&E services, Save the Alex said that was not enough.

    Alexandra Hospital sign

    Maternity was temporarily closed at the Alexandra Hospital in November 2015 before the arrangement became permanent, while children's inpatient services at the A&E department at the site were also moved to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

    Supporters say they feel they have exhausted their options to bring about change.

  16. Haskell returns to the Ricoh

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    James Haskell returns from long-term injury to join the Wasps team to take on Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday.

    He'll join Simon McIntyre on the bench in his first appearance this season following the toe injury sustained during England's summer tour of Australia.

    Kurtley Beale, Jimmy Gopperth and Kearnan Myall are all set to start.

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