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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Navkiran Mann

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Experts meet at Warwick University to help protect bees

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Experts are meeting at the University of Warwick for a conference on protecting our bees.

It follows a dramatic fall in the bee population in recent years, which is being blamed on loss of habitats, pesticides and the weather.

You can see my report on the problems and their solutions on Midlands Today at 18:30 tonight on BBC One.

Beekeepers
BBC

Watch: Weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Tonight there will be more rain with lows of 3C (37F) 

After a cloudy and wet morning on Thursday, brighter spells will develop in the afternoon with a scattering of heavy, blustery showers and it will feel cold. Highs of 10C (50F)

Video: Police and social services chiefs apologise to abuse victim

Kevin Reide

Midlands Today

Police and social services chiefs have apologised to a woman for delays investigating claims she was raped and sexually abused at children's homes in Coventry.  

Co-op drivers vote to settle jobs row

Co-op drivers have voted to accept proposals to settle a dispute over outsourcing jobs, the Unite union says.

It said the dispute centred on the future of the company's drivers, including some in Coventry, after plans were put forward to transfer 87 members to haulier Eddie Stobart.  

A branch of The Co-operative food store - generic image
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Latest: Review into claims of historic abuse at children's homes; Warwick University looking into claims of racist graffiti.

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

- An independent review has been ordered into claims of historic abuse at children's homes in Coventry

- The University of Warwick says it's continuing an investigation after a student tweeted a picture of bananas defaced with racist graffiti

- Jaguar Land Rover achieved record UK sales in March with a new car sold every two minutes

Jaguar Land Rover enjoy record registrations

Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover saw a huge rise in new car registrations in March.

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders, more than 5,600 Jaguars were registered last month, a 45% increase year-on-year.

Jaguar Landrover
bbc

Land Rover saw a 17.5% rise in registrations, while Luxury car brand Aston Martin saw a drop - they registered 186 cars last month, compared with 212 in March 2015.

Junior doctors' row: The dispute explained

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Ministers and junior doctors are locked in an increasingly fraught dispute in England. 

Today has seen the start of the latest strike - but what exactly is this row about?  

Doctor's coat
Science Photo Library

I've been examining the causes, who it involves and the wider context to this and you can read more here.

All the world's a stage: Budding actors prepare for Broadgate show

Siobhan Harrison

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Romeo and Juliet project will see local residents perform a free outdoor version of the Shakespeare's play.

Dog microchipping becomes compulsory across UK

BBC News UK

Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face fines of up to £500, as a new law comes into force.

All dogs in England, Scotland and Wales are now legally required to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old.

Dog microchip
PA
"Sarah"

A police force admits it did not properly investigate a victim's account of sex abuse at children's homes, meaning two alleged perpetrators died before they could be prosecuted.

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Countryfile has been shooting for Shakespeare in Stratford

Countryfile has been looking at Shakespeare's links with the countryside.

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Latest: More victims come forward after historical abuse case; Gypsy site plan dropped

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines for Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

- A Warwick-based charity says that more possible victims have come forward following the convictions of two social workers for child abuse in the 1980s

- Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover saw a huge rise in new car registrations in March - according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders

- Campaigners say they're delighted after plans for a gypsy site on Leamington's highest point have been dropped

Travellers move on to Nuneaton playing field

Coventry Telegraph

A group of travellers have moved into a Nuneaton playing field after the council left a boundary fence incomplete.

Fresh image issued of missing man

A new image of a man missing for a month has been issued by Warwickshire Police.

Sakhminder Uppal, who is 42 and known as Navi, was last seen at his home address in Freshwater Grove, Leamington Spa.

Sakhminder Uppal
Warwickshire Police

He was last seen at approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 14 February when he was picked up by taxi from his home address and dropped off near to Victoria Park. He has not been heard from since, police say.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

This afternoon there should be quite a few heavy, blustery showers with the chance of some thunder.

Highs of 10C (50F).

Here is some more information on the outlook over the next few hours.

Coventry Co-op drivers agree a deal over their futures

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Concerns voiced by unions over the outsourcing of 87 Co-op drivers jobs in Coventry to the haulier Eddie Stobart have now been allayed.

Unite says a deal has been agreed which has given extra assurances to the Coventry workers which will provide them with confidence about their futures outside of the Co-op.

Leamington campaigner welcomes dropping of gypsy camp plans

Kevin Lee

Controversial proposals to site a travellers camp on the highest spot in Leamington have been dropped by Warwick District Council. 

The authority says it's no longer looking at launching a public consultation into plans to create 15 pitches at Campion Hills and will investigate alternative options.

Campion Hills
BBC

It means the area is safe and is open for everyone again and the beautiful view is protected."

Tom RaynorCampaigner

Travel:Roadworks on the A45 Stonebridge Highway

BBC Travel

The work is to carry out carriageway surfacing and construction of a central barrier. More from BBC Travel.

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Latest headlines: Independent review into historical abuse at Coventry children's homes; plans for gypsy camp in Leamington dropped

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here's are your headlines for Coventry and Warwickshire this lunchtime:

- Coventry City Council has requested an independent review to look at abuse in its children's homes in the 1980s

- Campaigners against plans to put a travellers' camp at the highest spot in Leamington say they`re delighted the scheme`s been dropped by councillors

- Concerns voiced by unions over the outsourcing of 87 Co-op drivers jobs in Coventry to the haulier Eddie Stobart have now been allayed 

Coventry children's home abuse victim speaks out about attacks

Coventry children's home abuse victim speaks out about attacks
Coventry children's home abuse victim speaks out about how children tried to protect each other from their attackers

Nuneaton grenade update: 'Decommissioned' say bomb disposal experts

The hand grenade found on Riversley Road, Nuneaton, has now been confirmed as decommissioned by bomb disposal experts from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), police say.

A 100m (326ft) cordon was placed around the device, which was found near a doctor's surgery at 06:50 this morning. 

The cordon has now been lifted and surrounding roads have been reopened.  

Warwickshire Police have begun an investigation to establish how the grenade came to be in that location. 

Cricket: Bears friendly against Worcestershire

Find out how Warwickshire did on the first day of their warm-up match against Worcestershire at Edgbaston.

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Listen: Documentary exclusively reveals historical abuse in Coventry's children's homes

Susie Rack

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

Listen to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's special investigation into the historic abuse experienced at Wisteria Lodge.

A survivor of sexual abuse in Coventry's children's homes has been describing how it took more than a decade to make those in authority to listen.

The woman, who we're calling Sarah, first complained to West Midlands Police in 1999, but it wasn't until 2012 she was taken seriously.

Watch: Coventry junior doctor Petra calls on the government to end strike

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Junior doctor Petra Hansen spoke to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire about why she's taking part in the 48-hour strike. 

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Latest headlines: A survivor of historic abuse in Coventry's children's homes is to sue the council; Warwick University investigating rascist graffiti

Kevin Lee

Your headlines across Coventry and Warwickshire this morning:

- A survivor of historic abuse in Coventry's children's homes in the 1980s has started civil action against the city council

- Warwick University is investigating after a student tweeted a picture of bananas daubed with racist graffiti

- Scouting For Girls to play at Godiva Festival in July 

Coventry to create Hill memorial garden

BBC Sport

A memorial garden honouring ex-Coventry City manager and chairman Jimmy Hill is to be created at the Ricoh Arena.

The garden will be officially opened before the Sky Blues' final home game of the season against Sheffield United on Saturday, 30 April.  

Jimmy Hill
BBC

Cordon in place after reports of a hand grenade being found

A cordon is in place after reports that a hand grenade had been found near a doctors' surgery in Nuneaton.

Warwickshire Police say they were informed of the find on Riversley Road shortly before 06:50 this morning.

Bomb disposal experts from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) have been informed.

Police say the device is not believed to be a danger to the public, but a 100m (328ft) cordon has been established around the surgery "to ensure public safety". 

Motorists are being advised to avoid the A444 Coton Road.

Countryfile film in Stratford-upon-Avon

The BBC's Countryfile programme has been filming sheep and sheepdogs on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon - you can watch the results on 24 April.

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Fourth junior doctors' strike hits NHS

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Junior doctors in England are taking part in a fourth walkout in their long-running contract dispute.

The 48-hour strike started at 08:00 as the doctors prepare legal challenges to the government's decision to impose changes to their pay and conditions from this summer.

Striking people
PA

Doctors are again providing emergency cover, but 5,000 operations and procedures have been postponed.

NHS England said the continued disruption was "deeply regrettable".

Deputy PCC Yvonne Mosquito suspension 'heavy-handed'

The suspension of the West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner was "heavy-handed", a meeting heard.

Yvonne Mosquito was suspended last month over allegations she visited a murder victim's family without informing officers.

Caption (l-r): Peter Pennant, Sara Myers, Maxie Hayles, Brother Andrew of the Birmingham Study Group
BBC

But Maxie Hayles (pictured second from right) said Ms Mosquito was "an ordained minister giving condolences to a grieving family"‎ and a councillor for the area.

He chaired a meeting of more than 100 people to discuss the suspension. Ms Mosquito has not yet commented.

Latest: Legal action over historic abuse; university investigates 'racist graffiti'; fears for ancient oak

Kevin Lee

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

- A survivor of historic abuse in Coventry's children's homes in the 1980s has started civil action against the city council

- The University of Warwick says it's investigating after a student tweeted a picture of bananas daubed with racist graffiti

- Campaigners say a tree preservation order that's being given to an ancient oak in Warwickshire has come too late

Travel: Heavy traffic on the M6

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J3 (Nuneaton) and J4a (M42). More from BBC Travel.

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