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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all for today's live updates, but we're back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Staying mainly dry overnight with just isolated showers affecting some parts during the evening.

Some potential for patchy frost in rural spots.

Serious case review into death of Coventry baby

Here's more on the serious case review into the death of "Child E", who died with cocaine and alcohol in his blood.

The report describes how the baby's mother drank up to the three litres of lager before sharing a bed with him. At about 04:30, she got into bed next to her brother and put her son by her side, despite the crib being in the same room. 

The woman woke at about 09:00 to the sound of her brother screaming the baby's name - her arm was draped across the boy's stomach.

Low levels of cocaine and alcohol found in the baby's system showed he was not deliberately given them but exposed to them.

News: Coventry baby died with cocaine and alcohol in blood; rail firms vying for West Midlands franchise

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here are some of our main stories today:

- Suffocated baby boy died with cocaine and alcohol in his blood

- Three rail firms have been shortlisted to take over West Midlands franchise

- Polesworth takeaway fined after pools of blood found in freezer

Coventry Pride secures sponsorship from University of Warwick and Coventry University

Coventry's two universities have stumped up £10,000 each to help fund this year's Coventry Pride. 

The cash will help pay for the city's second Pride festival based around Fargo Village. 

Coventry Pride logo
Coventry Pride

Coventry baby 'died with cocaine and alcohol in his blood'

A baby boy who suffocated after sharing a bed with his mother and uncle had cocaine and alcohol in his blood, a report into his death has found.

The five-month-old died after a party at his parents' squalid house where cannabis was growing in the loft.

Coventry Council house
BBC

A coroner ruled "Child E's" death in May 2014 was accidental and his parents were not prosecuted for neglect.

The findings, in a serious case review, will go before Coventry City Council on Thursday 14 April.

New Admiral Nurses set for Coventry and Rugby

A new service that helps the families and the carers of people with dementia is to be launched in Coventry and Rugby.

Six Admiral Nurses are to serve the two areas thanks to a partnership project between the NHS, Dementia UK and Coventry University. 

Admiral nurses
NHS Coventry & Rugby CCG

MP writes to council over withdrawal of students' free bus service

The MP for North Warwickshire Craig Tracey is calling on the county council to review its decision to withdraw free bus passes for youngsters in the village of Warton who travel to Polesworth school.

The council says the journey is less than three miles and can be safely walked but the MP says cars travel at speed on the road and it has narrow pavements.

From September parents will be expected to pay £375 per pupil for the bus service, which the MP says is "not fair", adding he "doesn't believe the explanation for the changes are valid".

Polesworth school coach service
BBC

A detailed assessment of the most suitable walking route from Warton to Polesworth High School has been received. This report indicated all sections of the route have been confirmed as safe for an accompanied child to walk to school.

Statement from Warwickshire County Council

Polesworth takeaway receives large fine for pools of blood in freezer

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A Polesworth takeaway has been handed one of the largest fines in the borough council's history for breaking food hygiene rules. 

Maya takeaway freezer
North Warwickshire Borough Council

Bosses of the Maya restaurant, in Market Street, admitted eight breaches of food safety rules after an inspection found containers of food left on the floor, a dirty sink with filthy cloths and pools of blood and water at the bottom of the freezer.

They were handed a £33,208 fine by magistrates in Nuneaton.

News: Rail firms shortlisted to run franchise; ambulance service 'merger talks'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some our headlining stories this afternoon:

- Three rail firms shortlisted to run the West Midlands franchise

- Two ambulance services 'have held merger talks', the BBC has learnt

- Polesworth takeaway receives large fine for breaking food hygiene rules

Bears bring in Gooch in coaching role

BBC Sport

Warwickshire have announced the appointment of former England captain Graham Gooch as a batting consultant.

The 62-year-old former Essex coach, who scored 8,900 runs for England in a 20-year Test career, has been coaching the Bears batsmen in pre-season.

Graham Gooch
Ryan Pierse
Graham Gooch

Bears bring in Gooch in consultant role

Warwickshire confirm that former England captain Graham Gooch is working for them as a part-time batting consultant.

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Three rail companies in running to operate services through Coventry and Warwickshire

Bidders have been shortlisted to take over the regional rail services operated by London Midland when its franchise ends in 2017. 

London Midland is in the running to retain the contract but will face competition from MTR, which will operate London's Crosssrail service, and Abellio which has routes in East Anglia.

London Midland train
BBC

Tickets available for BBC Radio 3's Sound of Shakespeare Live

Starting Friday 22 April, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at the RSC’s The Other Place and more venues across the town.

BBC 3 Sounds of Shakespeare
BBC

Tickets for all events are free from the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Shows and Tours websites. 

Andy Sullivan to make Masters debut

The Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan will be making his first appearance in the US Masters which starts today in Augusta. 

Andy Sullivan
Getty Images

Sullivan, who tees-off at 15:32, says he's been trying to get a feel of the course over the past few days.

I've played it quite a few times now and I really feel like it suits my game. I'm looking forward to the week.

Andy Sullivan

Full details of the BBC's live coverage can be found here.  

County Championship: How do you prepare a cricket pitch?

BBC Sport

When the first ball of Warwickshire's County Championship season is bowled this Sunday, fans and players alike will look admiringly on the verdant, carpet-like playing surface.

But what actually happens to get a cricket pitch ready? 

BBC Sport spoke to head groundsmen at Warwickshire's Edgbaston, an international Test cricket ground.

Warwickshire's groundsmen
Getty Images

Watch: Midlands ambulance services 'in merger talks'

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

The proposed merger between West and East Midlands ambulance services could lead to an organisation that would cover a population of 10.4m people and an area of 11,500 sq miles. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service says discussions are at an early stage but health economist Lestyn Williams, from Health Services Management Centre, has expressed doubts over the proposals.

News: Ambulance service merger talks; £1m pothole fund; Coventry band The Enemy to split

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Two ambulance services 'have held merger talks', the BBC has learnt

- Coventry and Warwickshire councils share pothole action cash

- Indie trio The Enemy to split

Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, printed in 1623 and one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.

Oxford University academics, who authenticated the book on the Isle of Bute, say the find is extremely rare and significant.

The First Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays.

Percy Jeeves: Cricketer who inspired PG Wodehouse's butler gets blue plaque

A blue plaque honouring a Warwickshire cricketer whose name inspired author PG Wodehouse's butler Jeeves has been unveiled.

Percy Jeeves
Brian Halford

Percy Jeeves played for the Goole Cricket Club and professionally for Warwickshire and Hawes before his death in World War One in July 1916.

PG Wodehouse used his name for the immaculate valet after seeing him play at Cheltenham in 1913.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some brighter spells with the chance of scattered showers this afternoon.

Nearly £1m share of pothole action cash set for Coventry and Warwickshire

Details of how a £50m pothole fund is to be divided up between English councils have been revealed.  

Info graphic showing pothole repair fund
BBC

The cash is coming from the Pothole Action Fund announced in the budget. 

See how much councils will get here or use our interactive map here.

Andy Sullivan hits hole-in-one in pre-Masters competition

Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan was one of a record nine players to shoot a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest - the annual pre-Masters competition at Augusta.

The Par 3 contest is played over holes ranging from 70 to 140 yards in the north-east corner of the Augusta National Grounds.  

Andy Sullivan
Getty Images

Nuneaton Town sale could be concluded in the next month

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Nuneaton Town Football Club says it's been in talks with a potential buyer for some time and a sale could be agreed within the next four weeks. 

A statement on the club's website says the proposed investor, who can't be identified because of a confidentiality clause, will take full control of both the club and stadium.

Nuneaton Town logo
Nuneaton Town FC

News: Councils share pothole fund; ambulance merger talks; rare Shakespeare book discovered

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Coventry and Warwickshire awarded £1m pothole fund

- Midlands ambulance services 'in merger talks'

- First edition of Shakepeare's plays found on Scottish island

Coventry trio The Enemy to split

Indie trio The Enemy have announced they are splitting up after a decade.

The Enemy
BBC

Lead singer Tom Clarke made the announcement on Facebook on behalf of the Coventry band.

The post said six tour dates to be announced this year would be "the last time we take to the stage as The Enemy".

Health contract sparks bitter row

Leamington Observer

This week's front page story: Millions of pounds in unpaid debts and the threat of privatisation have left healthcare providers in South Warwickshire at loggerheads.  

Front page
Leamington Observer

Appeal to trace bag snatcher who targeted young mum

A young mother was pulled to the floor cradling her one-year-old child after being targeted by a bag snatcher in a Coventry underpass.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with the attack in Spon Street, just before 16:00 on 13 March.

The victim, aged 19, escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

CCTV
West Midlands Police

Midlands ambulance services 'in merger talks'

West Midlands Ambulance service is in talks to merge with the neighbouring East Midlands service, the BBC understands.

West Midlands Ambulance
BBC

Both trusts said discussions on a "range of options" had taken place but talks were at an early stage  

It is understood EMAS first approached the West Midlands trust - which had some of the best response times in the country - for help around six weeks ago. 

Latest: Ambulance service in 'merger talks'; Coventry band The Enemy to split

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the stories we're looking at today:

- West Midlands Ambulance Service in 'merger talks' with East Midlands service

- Coventry band The Enemy announce split

- Nuneaton Town confirm club and stadium to be sold

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A dull and showery start to the day, but fewer showers this afternoon and even some bright spells.

Not as breezy with highs of 12C (54F).

Travel: Broken-down vehicle blocking M42

BBC Travel

A broken-down vehicle is blocking an entry slip road of the M42 northbound at J9, M6 Toll.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

I'm in the Coventry newsroom today bringing you live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire.

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

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