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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Good evening from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

That's it from Local Live on Thursday. We're back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Join us then.

Coming up on TV

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

We will have the latest on "crash for cash" con artists, the Coventry Blaze's attempt to break records and the 70th anniversary of a Coventry-made tractor that changed farming.

Join us for Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

'Crash for cash': How the scammers operate in Coventry

Louise Brierley

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

Latest: Coventry a scam hot spot; Coventry Blaze try to make history; burglar absconds

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a quick recap of some of Thursday's news:

- Coventry is named in the top 10 worst cities for so-called "crash for cash" insurance claims

- The Coventry Blaze are looking to make British ice hockey history this weekend as they enter the playoff as the lowest-ranked team  

- Police hunt under way after a burglar absconds from prison

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Clouds popping up a bit this afternoon. 

It should be mostly dry with lows of 2C (36F). Find out more about the next few days.

Sara Thornton with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

The 'little grey fergie' that revolutionised farming

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Ferguson TE-20 tractor, otherwise known as "the little grey fergie". 

More than half a million were produced over the course of a decade in the Banner Lane factory in Coventry. And they would revolutionise farming both here and overseas. 

The little grey fergie
BBC

Young children who snore or who have Down's syndrome sought for sleep study

Young children who snore or have Down's syndrome are being sought by a Coventry University researcher who wants to find out what effect disruptive sleep has on early years learning.

Dr Anna Joyce from the University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement is seeking children aged two to four years old to take part in the study.

Parents and carers interested in having their children participate will be invited to attend a 90-minute session at Coventry University or the UCL Institute of Education in London, where their young ones will play games testing their motor, visual and language skills.

Dr Joyce can be contacted by email.

Coventry named a 'crash for cash' hotspot

Here's more on our story about Coventry's role in motorists' compensation scam:

Coventry has been labelled the ninth worst place in the country for people crashing on purpose so they can claim compensation. 

Insurance company Aviva says it had more than 3,000 organised "crash for cash" claims last year. 

Aviva said the worst place in the country was Birmingham. It includes claims for whiplash and staged accidents, where two damaged cars come together to make it look like an accident.

'Problems no other club has faced' - Coventry City finish top three in football misery league

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry City supporters have been plagued with misery since 1992 but it has been revealed today that they haven't had it the worst!  

Broken-down coach causing obstruction

A broken-down coach is blocking a Coventry road but a recovery firm has been informed, police say.

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Latest: Animal testing debate; hot spot for scam insurance claims; absconded prisoner

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Thursday's news, here are our top stories:

  - Mice, rats and fish were used in tests at the University of Warwick which rose in number between 2013 and 2014, causing controversy

- Coventry is named in the top 10 worst cities for so-called "crash for cash" insurance claims

- Police are appealing for information in a bid to track down a burglar who has absconded from prison

Coventry City boss admits goals shortage has undermined play-off bid

BBC Sport

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray says their goal shortage may have ended hopes of reaching the League One play-offs.

After losing 1-0 at home to relegation-threatened Colchester on Tuesday night, City are now eight points off the top six with just seven games left.

Mowbray is not happy with a goal total of only four in the last eight games.

Tony Mowbray
Empics

Praise for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

The trust which runs services from Warwick and Stratford Hospitals, Ellen Badger and Leamington Spa Hospital and Warwickshire's Community Services, has been praised by a regulator. 

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Coventry Blaze aim to make British ice hockey history

The Coventry Blaze will attempt to make British ice hockey history this weekend at the playoff finals in Nottingham. 

They only finished eighth in the regular season but then knocked out the league winners in the quarter-finals.

If the Blaze go on to lift the trophy it will be the first time the lowest-ranked playoffs club has triumphed.

Coventry Blaze
BBC

Travel: Coventry delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on Foleshill Road in Coventry between the junction with Eagle Street and Harnall Lane West in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Coming up on TV

BBC Midlands Today

We'll have more on the crash for cash claims for which our region is gaining an unfortunate reputation.

Join us for Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

This afternoon you might feel the odd isolated shower. Highs of 11C (52F).

Find out what we should expect tonight.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Latest: Animal testing debate; 'crash for cash' insurance claims; appeal over absconded burglar

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Thursday's news, here are our top stories:

  - Animal testing rose at the University of Warwick from 2013 to 2014, figures show, sparking a debate about the practice  

- Coventry is named in the top 10 worst cities for so-called "crash for cash" insurance claims

- Police are appealing for information in a bid to track down a burglar who has absconded from prison

Hunt for absconded burglar with links to the West Midlands

A burglar jailed for four years at Warwick Crown Court has absconded from prison, say police.

Bilal Bashir, aged 26, was sentenced in February 2015, and officers believe he may be in the West Midlands, where they say he has links.

He is described as an Asian man, around 5ft 11ins tall and of medium build, with brown eyes and short black hair. 

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Coventry GP's surgery closes for good today

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A doctor's surgery in Coventry is closing for good from today, meaning around 2,000 patients have had to find a new surgery. 

Wyken Medical Centre is closing because its one GP, Dr Pandya, is retiring. David Williams from NHS England said Dr Pandya had taken a "personal decision" after "working very hard" for the area.

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission said the practice was rated inadequate and its services were found not to be safe, effective or well led. 

NHS deal with health provider Primecare 'extortionate'

A health company received more than £165,000 from the NHS in the West Midlands despite carrying out one GP callout in five months, it has emerged.

Primecare, which has been employed by NHS England since July last year, also made 18 phone consultations with patients up to November.

GP consulting room
BBC

Coventry GP Dr Grant Ingrams, who says he is leaving the West Midlands because of workload and lack of resources, described the figure as "extortionate".

An NHS England spokesman said Primecare had been the cheapest available service on offer. 

Today's front page: Town plan and travellers

Atherstone & Coleshill Herald

Here's today's front page with stories on a town plan and travellers.

Frontpage
Atherstone & Coleshill Herald

Latest: Coventry a 'crash for cash' hot spot; animal testing rises

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Thursday: 

- Coventry is named the ninth worst city for "crash for cash" claims

- Animal testing rose at the University of Warwick from 2013 to 2014, latest figures show

- Travellers have missed their deadline to leave War Memorial Park in Coventry, forcing the council to go to court

Animal testing rises at the University of Warwick, sparking debate

Trish Adudu

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The use of animals in research at the University of Warwick has grown 6%, according to latest figures. 

That has prompted a call from the campaign group Cruelty Free International to stop the practice, which it says is unnecessary and ineffective. 

The university has confirmed it used 5,000 mice, rats and fish during 2014 for biomedical and life sciences research into areas including heart disease and diabetes - that's up from 4,700 in 2013.

Mice
SPL

The university was not available for interview but Tom Holder from Understanding Animal Research said the use of animals was in response to our need to tackle emerging health threats and other problems.

Coventry named among the worst cities for "crash for cash" claims

Coventry is ranked in the top 10 "crash for cash" hotspots across England, according to an insurance group.

Aviva said 25% of its 3,000 crash for cash claims last year were in Birmingham - which made it the country's "crash for cash" capital.

Crash between two cars
BBC

Along with Coventry, research showed Leeds, Harrow, parts of London, Bradford and Luton were also in the top 10 hotspots.

The figures include induced accidents, where innocent motorists are targeted, as well as staged accidents, when two damaged cars are brought together to make it look like an accident.  

Latest: 'Crash for cash' scammers; animal testing rises; court bid to move travellers

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories on Thursday:

- Coventry is named among the worst cities for "crash for cash" scams

- Animal testing rises at the University of Warwick, latest figures show

- The council is going to court in a bid to move travellers off War Memorial Park in Coventry

Council will need to go to court to force travellers to leave War Memorial Park

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City Council will go to magistrates court to get an eviction order after travellers at the War Memorial Park failed to leave despite being issued with a notice to quit. 

They were given until 17:00 last night to leave but there were still 15 caravans in the car park on Kenilworth Road as the deadline passed.

There are 12 caravans occupying spaces around the edge of the Park and Ride site this morning.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a very sunny day, remaining mild and dry.

Highs of 11C (52F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Travel: M42 delays warning

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the M42 southbound between J9 at Curdworth for the M6 Toll and J8 of the M6 because of an earlier crash, even though all lanes have reopened.

Good morning from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We're back with a mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates on Thursday.

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