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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

    M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Nicola Payne hunt continues with ground radar

    Specialist teams are continuing to search land near to where a teenager disappeared more than 20 years ago.

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    It's a private investigation team that is searching for Nicola Payne at Coombe Abbey Country Park, Warwickshire.

    A number of items have already been recovered, but nothing "significant", says Peter Faulding from Specialist Group International.

    He said: "It is now about looking for evidence, looking for evidence relating to Nicola’s disappearance, so perhaps something connected to her, something she had with her, as well as, of course, crucially looking for Nicola."

  3. In Pictures: Post-war precinct shopping

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC News

    Precinct shopping in Coventry during the city's post-war years is to be celebrated in an exhibition as part of a major arts festival.


    The exhibition is curated by Photo Archive Miners, a Coventry group, and is part of the Shop Front Festival; the city's first significant arts event since winning City of Culture 2021 status.

    Precinct shopping

    The photographs were taken by Coventry City Council architects and renowned photographer Richard Sadler and document changes in the city during the 1950's.

    Precinct shopping

    The exhibition runs from 15 to 31 March at Artspace Arcadia Gallery in the City Arcade.

  4. High water closes ford road

    BBC News Travel

    The B4103 Castle Road - Kenilworth Ford - is closed in both directions between Castle Hill and B4101 Forrest Road due to high water.

    Kenilworth Ford
  5. Flood warnings issued across region

    Flood warnings and alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency across the region, with roads in Warwickshire and Worcestershire already affected.

    The alerts cover the length of the Severn through Worcestshire.

    Flood gates have been closed at New Street in Upton-upon-Severn.

    Flood map
  6. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Mel Coles

    BBC Weather presenter

    There will be a mixture of sunny spells and cloud around today with the odd shower this afternoon and highs of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  7. School team prepares for rugby final

    Kenilworth School's under 15s are preparing for a trip to Twickenham after making it to the National Schools Rugby final.

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    Video caption: Kenilworth team in National Schools Rugby final
  8. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

    The wet weather will ease from this evening, with some patchy mist and fog overnight. Lows of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  9. Video content

    Video caption: Disability football team to play first competitive game

    The team were invited to compete in the Ability Counts League at Aston Villa

  10. Homophobic hate crimes: 'An illness that people can’t help'

    A "full investigation" will be conducted into claims that more than 100 members of the public abused a man running a charity stall at Stratford-upon-Avon market on Saturday, police said.

    Warwickshire Pride stall

    Warwickshire Police said they'd made an appointment to take a statement from the member of Warwickshire Pride, who said he'd endured three hours of abuse in the town.

    One person approached the stall to say that he has nothing against LGBT+ people "because it’s an illness that people can’t help catching", the organisation said.

    Ch Insp Lee Kemp said: "Hate crime of any kind is completely unacceptable and we will conduct a full investigation into these incidents."

  11. Search resumes in missing Nicola Payne case

    Peter Wilson

    BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

    The search for the remains of Coventry teenager Nicola Payne has resumed at Coombe Abbey this afternoon.

    A specialist investigation team is carrying out searches of the lake and surrounding land to try to locate the body of the 18-year-old.

    Search teams

    Nicola went missing from her home in Henley Green in 1991.

    Peter Faulding, CEO of Specialist Group International, the firm that is leading the investigation in Coombe Country Park, said he remained confident he would find the teenager's body.

  12. On this day in 1980: 2-Tone scene documented

    BBC Archive

    The Selecter and The Specials, at the forefront of the 2-Tone scene in Coventry, were both highlighted in an Arena documentary on this day in 1980.

    NME journalist Adrian Thrills visited the city for the film Rudies Come Back.

    It may not be with the original line-ups, but 38 years on both bands are still performing.

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  13. Flood alerts issued as rain continues

    After heavy rain over the weekend and more forecast today, the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for rivers across the region.

    Flood alert map

    Flooding is possible, particularly on low lying land and rural roads.

    With river levels expected to rise over the next couple of days, the flood gate at New Street in Upton-upon- Severn has been closed.

  14. Disabled woman fears for home amid benefit cut

    Hannah Richardson

    BBC News education and social affairs reporter

    Life began at 40 for severely learning-disabled Colleen, say her sisters, when she moved into her own home.

    Colleen and her sisters

    She is living happily in her Coventry house, 11 years after leaving unsuitable residential care, thanks to a carefully-crafted network of 24-hour care and a range of state benefits.

    But due to the impending removal of the housing part of her support, known as Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), that security has been mired in uncertainty and anxiety.

    Colleen is one of 124,000 households in England who receive this particular benefit.

  15. Homophobic abuse investigated

    Homophobic abuse forced a Pride organisation to abandon their stall at a Warwickshire market over the weekend, it said.

    Warwickshire Pride stall

    Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi said he would be working with police after volunteers for Warwick Pride were subjected to a "shocking amount of anti-LGBT+ comments and behaviours" from members of the public at the town's market.


    In a statement, the organisation said more than 100 people "walked past the stall or approached it and either tutted, gave looks of disgust or made comments".

    The incidents have been reported to Warwickshire Police, it said.