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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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That's all the live updates on Monday. There's more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Watch: Latest weather

Here's what the weather has in store for us:

Charlie Slater with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

Watch: Cracking down on 'car cruising' in the West Midlands

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

More than 100 cars have been targeted by police forces in the West Midlands as part of a major crackdown on street racing. 

Officers say so-called "car cruising" is becoming an increasing problem in the region. 

All four police forces in the West Midlands have been involved in trying to tackle the problem. You can see more in Midlands Today on BBC One tonight from 18:30.

Government urged to speed up HS2 plans to save UK steel industry

The government's being urged to bring forward big infrastructure projects - such as the HS2 high speed rail line - to help secure the future of British steel.

Building work on the line isn't expected to start until next year at the earliest.

But the Labour party says moving ahead with what it describes as "shovel-ready projects" would provide a boost for the industry.

The thinking is that an early start could get British plants producing steel for the HS2 project's infrastructure. 

Coventry 'one of the worst places in country for cases of child neglect and abuse'

Coventry has the second-highest number of children suffering neglect and abuse outside London - according to official Government figures.

Data suggests more than 3,200 city children were under the protection of Social Services in March last year.

The city council says while the figures are shocking "the reporting of abuse is something people feel far more confident in doing", citing high profile cases, including Daniel Pelka, as having an impact.

Daniel Pelka
BBC

Latest headlines: Coventry has 'among highest numbers of child abuse and neglect cases'; jobs under threat

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines for Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

- Government figures suggest Coventry is one of the worst places in the country for cases of child neglect and abuse

-  Jobs are under threat at a Coventry car dealership after its parent company confirmed the Lex Autolease site in Foleshill would close in May

- Five wards at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital are subject to visiting restrictions after an outbreak of norovirus

Cricket: Thrilling climax to World T20 may spark wider interest in the sport

Utterly devastated - no more words were needed for the pain on Ben Stokes face as Carlos Brathwaite dispatched the first four balls of the final over for sixes to wrench the World T20 trophy out of England's hands. 

It was cruel but brilliant drama and it was the talk of this morning's Warwickshire CCC photo call. Those who've played with Stokes for England are confident he will bounce back.

Despite England's defeat there's real positivity to come out of their run to the final. Warwickshire have already announced plans to allow under-16s in for free to T20 matches this season, while two of their games will be double headers with the women's side. 

It may be little consolation to Ben Stokes now but the thrilling climax to the World T20 could be just what cricket around the world needs.

Baseball bat attack on two men in Nuneaton

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Two men have been treated for injuries after being attacked with what's thought to be baseball bats in Nuneaton.

The pair, a man in his 40s and a man in his 20s, were assaulted just after midnight on Saturday morning in Duke Street.

Police say just before they were attacked, they were passed by the same black Peugeot car three times - officers are appealing for witnesses.

Jobs at risk as leasing firm says it will close two sites

Vehicle-leasing business Lex Autolease says 98 jobs are at risk across its sites in Coventry and Oldbury, both of which will close, it has confirmed.

It says it will "outsource the remaining elements of our vehicle remarketing operation within Lex Autolease to BCA [British Car Auctions]", with 29 posts thought to be transferred.

Watch: Police across the West Midlands putting the brakes on 'car cruising'

Louise Brierley

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Our video here explains how a father driving his young family spotted a so-called car cruising event - and decided to join in.

It's just one in a series of street racing episodes that police say are becoming an increasing problem in the region.

More than 100 cars have been targeted by West Midlands forces as part of a major crackdown. 

Just a warning, this film has some flashing images.

Midlands police forces unite to crackdown on car cruising

Blood bank for pets to open in Leamington Spa

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A blood bank with a difference is being set up in Leamington Spa.

It's at Feldon Veterinary Centre which says transfusions for dogs are needed on a regular basis.

Would-be canine participants will have a health check and need to be vaccinated.

They'll also need to be younger than eight and not weigh more than 25 kilos.

Public meeting held over the suspension of West Midlands Deputy PCC

A public meeting is being held today over the suspension of the West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito.

She was suspended following allegations she visited the family of a murder victim, leading to an internal investigation.

Ms Mosquito has reportedly denied the allegations.

2000 runners took part in Warwick half marathon

Keith Wedgebury

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

Over 2000 runners took to the roads around Warwick yesterday morning for the town's fourth half marathon.

The race got under way at 9am at Warwick Race Course.

The fundraising total is still coming in but the British Heart Foundation is hoping the race will raise about £175,000 towards research.

Warwick Half Marathon
BBC

Coventry University's online game to help children with ADHD

Coventry University's Serious Games Institute has designed a new internet game to help children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

Working with researchers in Belgium and The Netherlands, they tested the game on 170 children.

It's called ‘Plan-It Commander’ and research shows it helps players develop skills to cope with daily life challenges, in particular, time management, organisation and social skills.

A bite at '40,000 feet': Airline passenger sinks teeth into fellow traveller

A man on board a flight to Heathrow needed hospital treatment after another passenger bit him on the arm.

Christopher McNerlin, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was injured when he stepped in to help cabin crew members subdue a "violent passenger".

As a reward for his efforts during Friday's British Airways flight from Dubai, he was allowed by the pilot to sit in the cockpit.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of actual bodily harm and being drunk on board an aircraft.

Latest headlines: Government urged to bring forward HS2 to help steel industry; Warwickshire man bitten on a BA flight by 'violent' passenger

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines in Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

- The government's being urged to bring forward big infrastructure projects - such as the HS2 high speed rail line - to help secure the future of British steel.

- A Warwickshire man's been treated in hospital for a bite wound after he stepped in to help BA cabin crew subdue a violent passenger.

- A blood bank for dogs is being set up in Leamington Spa to help thousands of dogs who need a transfusion on a regular basis. 

Car cruising clampdown launched

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

Police forces in the West Midlands are launching a clampdown on so-called car cruisers.

Car cruisers
BBC

Since February, the Central Motorway Police Group has stopped more than 50 drivers for various illegal street racing offences and seized 20 vehicles.

Flood insurance lifeline for homeowners

new insurance scheme starts today to help people living in areas at risk of flooding. 

The Flood Re scheme, set up by the government and insurance companies, is designed to save hundreds of pounds on premiums

However, it will see other fees rise by about £10.50 a year to subsidise the cover.

Floods
Getty Images

Those behind the scheme say it could help more than 20,000 people across the West Midlands, but Daniel Johns from the Committee on Climate Change says the scheme shouldn't come at the expense of everyone else.

Traffic latest: B4113 and A45

BBC Travel

Watch out for continuing congestion on  B4113 Foleshill Road, Foleshill.

As we told you earlier, it’s both ways at the Station Street West junction, in the roadworks area.

There’s also slow traffic on A45 Coventry Road in both directions in Elmdon.

It’s between the Goodway Road and Damson Parkway junctions, in the roadworks areas.   

We can 'bear-ly' believe it - sun out for Warwickshire's pre-season photo call.

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

Amazingly, the sun is out for Warwickshire's pre-season photo call. 

Warwickshire Team
BBC

Cannabis arrests down in Warwickshire - police figures

Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest.

Cautions fell by 48% and the number of people charged fell by 33%, according to data from police forces released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Arrest figures for the West Midlands force dropped from 3,496 to 2,302, while Warwickshire Police figures fell from 435 to 348.   

Man smoking
BBC

Crime survey data, however, suggests cannabis use in England and Wales remained roughly level from 2010-15 - leading to suggestions, BBC Breakfast says, that police are turning a blind eye to possession of the drug.   

Listen: Shakespeare On Tour

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Take a look at our Shakespear on Tour website that tells the Bard's story around Coventry and Warwickshire and the rest of the UK.

Here's BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Moira Rawlings looking at the impact of the plague on Shakespeare's world:

The BBC's Moira Rawlings heads to Tudor World's 'plague-room' exhibit to find out more

Police in Coventry warn council not to extend alcohol licence at city hotel

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A licensing hearing is under way into whether a Coventry hotel should serve alcohol until 02:00.

The Allesley Hotel, Birmingham Road, currently serves until 23:00.

But West Midlands Police is objecting and says it's concerned about the number of alcohol-related incidents it has to deal with there.

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Coventry police find stolen car after robbery

An investigation is under way after police in Coventry city centre found this car after a robbery last night

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Travel Update: Train delays at Leamington Spa over

Good news if you're heading out on the trains at Leamington - normal service resumes.

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Latest headlines: Police warn against extending licensing hours at a Coventry hotel; university game to help children with ADHD.

Kevin Lee

This morning's headlines from Coventry and Warwickshire are:

- West Midlands Police is advising against an extension to licensing hours at The Allesley Hotel in Coventry amid a number of incidents there, the force says

- Coventry University's Serious Games Institute has come up with a new way to help children with ADHD manage their symptoms

- 2000 runners took to the roads around Warwick yesterday morning to take part in the town's fourth half marathon

Police objecting to hotel's plan to serve alcohol into early hours

West Midlands Police is urging councillors in Coventry to prevent a hotel in Allesley from serving alcohol until 2:00.

A hearing today will look into an application by the Allesley Hotel on Birmingham Road to extend its opening hours.

Police say they are concerned about the number of alcohol-related incidents they are having to deal with around the hotel.

Coventry Blaze lose Elite League playoff

The Coventry Blaze won the play off semi-final on Saturday afternoon, beating the Cardiff Devils 6-2 to make it to the playoff final yesterday. 

But the Blaze were unable to retain ice hockey's Elite League playoff title after losing 2-0 to the Nottingham Panthers in the final at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham yesterday.  

Player Ross Venus tweeted last night:

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Latest headlines: Flood-hit homes could get more insurance help; Coventry Blaze lose Elite League title

The top stories in the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire newsroom this morning:

- From today, more than 20,000 households in flood-hit areas in the West Midlands could get more help with their home insurance

- West Midlands Police is urging councillors in Coventry to prevent a hotel in Allesley from serving alcohol until 02:00

- Coventry Blaze have been unable to retain ice hockey's Elite League playoff title after losing 2-0 to the Nottingham Panthers in the final at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham

Traffic: B4113

BBC Travel

There’s slow traffic on B4113 Foleshill Road, Foleshill, this morning at the Station Street West junction in the roadworks area.

The congestion is both ways.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A grey start, with sunny spells and rain later. Highs of 12C (54F).

Good morning

Welcome to Monday's live updates, featuring news, sport, weather and travel for Coventry and Warwickshire.