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  1. Updates from Monday 4 to Friday 8 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A435 Portway and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: A46 Warwickshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A46 Warwickshire both ways severe disruption, at Church Bank.

    A46 Warwickshire - A46 Alcester Road in Billesley closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Church Bank junction, because of a broken down Horsebox.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Sixways

    Willie Le Roux

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Sixways

    Wasps make it two Premiership wins from two as they overcome a spirited Worcester Warriors in the derby at Sixways.

    Read more
  4. Danny Care of Harlequins

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire commentary as Wasps host Harlequins in the Premiership and BBC local radio coverage of the Championship.

    Catch up
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4600 West Midlands westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A4600 West Midlands westbound severe accident, around Arch Road.

    A4600 West Midlands - A4600 Ansty Road in Coventry closed and queuing traffic westbound around the Arch Road junction, because of an accident involving car and motorcycle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates have now finished for the day.

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

    Keep an eye out for here for breaking news before then.

  7. Tweet life v street life

    A warning that social media platform Twitter is an unreliable version of how people are really thinking and feeling has been issued by an academic from the University of Warwick.


    In a new paper Dr Eric Jensen, from the university's Sociology department, acknowledges that studies based on Twitter data are "particularly alluring" to researchers and the media.

    But he says there's is no evidence that social media content shared on Twitter is a truthful reflection of how its users feel and that users are not representative of the general population.

    Quote Message: There is clearly a large gap between what people post on social media and how they really feel, but how exactly people manage the relationship between their offline and social media identities is still being uncovered. from Dr Eric Jensen University of Warwick
    Dr Eric JensenUniversity of Warwick
  8. Wasps travel to Sixways for Worcester clash

    Wasps meet Worcester Warriors in the Premiership Midlands derby at Sixways this weekend.

    Warriors haven't beaten Wasps for four years.

    Dai Young has made a couple of changes to the team with Marcus Watson and Guy Thompson both handed starts.

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  9. The latest weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will ease letting through some late sunshine, overnight there's more showers, but it should pass through in the early hours.

    Video content

    Video caption: West Midlands weather forecast

    Keep up-to-date with the forecast where you are on the BBC Weather website.

  10. Council 'co-operating' after man dies in bin lorry collision

    A health and safety team from the city council has been sent to the site of a crash in Coventry in which one man died after his vehicle crashed with a bin lorry.

    A statement from the city council confirmed three of their staff, on the lorry, had been taken to hospital and said they're "co-operating fully" with emergency services.


    The driver of the lorry, believed to be in his 20s, was cut free from the vehicle after suffering a serious leg injury and suspected pelvic injury, said the ambulance service.

    Two passengers in the lorry, a man in his 40s and one in his 30s, were treated for a minor hand and leg injuries.

  11. Could rehabilitation stop reoffending?

    "Deferred prosecution" is being called for by an MP who has led a review into the prison service in England and Wales.

    MP David Lammy's review finds the system is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

    The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, following a trial in the West Midlands where low-level offenders were allowed to "defer" prosecution and opt for a rehabilitation programme before entering a plea.

    Video content

    Video caption: Reality Check: Are ethnic minorities treated fairly in the justice system?

    Mr Lammy says the trial "produced impressive results and should be rolled out across the country".

    Operation Turning Point, was trialled from 2011 for four years, to those facing prosecution who had no more than one conviction.

    The government says it will "look carefully" at the recommendations.

  12. Mum agreed Kilimanjaro charity trek thinking it was in Wales

    A Warwickshire mum is laughing off her embarrassment after signing up for a charity trek up Mount Kilimanjaro for Myton Hospice - thinking it was in Wales.

    Nikki Barnett and Leanne Cope

    Nikki Barnett from Nuneaton said because she couldn't pronounce the name of the mountain "I thought it was probably somewhere in Wales".

    "It was a neighbour who pointed out it was actually in Tanzania" she said.

    Nikki and daughter are still taking on the challenge to raise money for the hospice that looked after her sister Jill, who died of breast cancer three years ago.