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  1. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016
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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended for the day.

We'll be back with you from 08:00 on Monday morning with the same mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Showery rain spreading eastwards across the region overnight.

See what the forecast is like for the weekend.

BBC comments on radio presenters facing child sex offence charges

Tony and Julie Wadsworth - the couple facing child sex offence charges we told you about earlier - had most recently presented for BBC Radio Leicester.

A BBC spokesman said: “Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer remain off air. We understand the charges do not relate to their conduct or position at the BBC. This is an ongoing criminal process and we cannot comment further.”

Tony and Julie Wadsworth

News: BBC couple charged with child sex offences; JLR discusses Silverstone race track purchase

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom this afternoon:

- BBC presenters charged with sex offences against children

- Jaguar Land Rover in talks to buy Silverstone race track

- Man appears in court over Warwickshire arson attacks

Married BBC presenters facing child sex offence charges

Married BBC presenters have been charged with sex offences against children, aged between 11 and 15, in Warwickshire in the 1990s, Warwickshire Police say

Tony Wadsworth, aged 68, of Old Mill Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, has been charged with five counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency and one count of committing an act outraging public decency.

His wife, Julie Wadsworth, aged 58, of Old Mill Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, has been charged with seven counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency and one count of committing an act outraging public decency.

They are due to appear at Warwickshire Magistrates' Court next month.

Watch: Digital Journalist Apprenticeship in Coventry

Applications are still open for our Digital Journalist Apprenticeship scheme, a two-year placement with a dipolma in journalism at the end of it.

You can read more about the scheme here. 

Coventry's 'forgotten blitz'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Today marks the 75th anniversary of what's been been dubbed Coventry's 'forgotten blitz' when 450 lost their lives in aerial raids on the city.

Several key buildings were damaged including Christ Church, the police station and King Henry School. 

Here's a reminder of some of the stories we collected from people who lived through the bombing of Coventry.  

Man in court charged with arson after vehicle fires

A man's appeared in court charged in connection with two arson attacks on vehicles in Leamington and Warwick earlier this month.

Tom Weedon, 21, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody after appearing at Leamington Magistrates' Court yesterday facing 12 charges including two of arson with intent.

Travel: M40 accident

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's slow traffic on the M40 northbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook) for recovery work after an earlier accident. 

More details on BBC Travel.

Labour holds pro-EU meeting in Coventry

Senior members of the Labour Party have been in Coventry as part of their campaign to remain in the EU.

The party's deputy leader, Tom Watson, said the city was an important "heart of manufacturing" and many protections for low paid workers could be lost if Britain voted to leave.

Tom Watson

News: Man sentenced for stab victim theft; JLR discusses Silverstone purchase

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of our main stories today:

- Thief admits stealing from man who lay dying in Nuneaton

- Jaguar Land Rover 'exploring options' over Silverstone race track purchase

- City marks 75th anniversary of Coventry's 'forgotten blitz' 

Spring in Studley

BBC Midlands Today

Paul Wilde sent us this lovely picture of spring lambs in Studley.

You can check out our viewers' photos album on our Facebook page.

Lambs in Studley
Paul Wilde

Baby living under cannabis farm died with cocaine and alcohol in his system

Today's front page: A baby living in squalid conditions was found to have traces of cocaine and alcohol in his blood when he died, a serious case review has found.

Front page
Coventry Telegraph

Plans to house refugees on hold

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Plans to house Syrian refugees in a disused religious retreat in Offchurch, Warwickshire, have been put on hold. 

Planning permssion was granted for the scheme to house up to 35 refugees at Offa House at the end of last year, but it's now emerged the government is only backing schemes that offer permanent accommodation. 

Offa House
Diocese of Coventry

Train disruption: Signal problem resolved but delays to continue

BBC Travel

Network Rail says it's fixed the signalling problem at Birmingham New Street.

The trains have however backed up during the disruption and London Midland and Virgin Trains are warning it may take some time for the delays to be ironed out.

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Wasps team news

Wasps' Director of Rugby, Dai Young, has named his side to take on Exeter Chiefs in the European Champions Cut Quarter Final at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday.

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JLR confirms it's exploring 'potential options' at Silverstone

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

More on the story that Jaguar Land Rover could be close to a deal to buy the Silverstone Circuit.

I've just spoken to the press officer at JLR who told me they are "exploring potential options at Silverstone with the British Racing Drivers Club", which owns the Northamptonshire track.

He said "Jaguar Land Rover regularly evaluates opportunities to support its long-term and sustainable growth in the UK" but said "it's too soon to share details at this stage".

“All discussions remain confidential".

NSPCC: Death of Coventry baby a 'truly tragic' case

The NSPCC says the death of a Coventry baby, found with cocaine and alcohol in his blood, was a "tragic accident".

A serious case review into 'Child E' said he died after sharing a bed with his mother and uncle. It followed a family party involving drugs and alcohol. 

Emily Cherry from the children's charity described the death as a "truly tragic accident" and said "although opportunities were missed there were not the significant concerns for intervention".

The serious case review will go before Coventry City Council on Thursday 14 April.  

Items stolen from man who lay dying in park never found

Here's more on our earlier story: Items stolen from a man who lay dying in Nuneaton were never recovered, causing "further distress" to his family, say police.  

Morgan Hehir
Warwickshire Police

Miroslav Holan, 23, of Oak Lane, Bradford, admitted stealing a wallet and mobile phone from Morgan Hehir (pictured) who lay dying from stab wounds in a Nuneaton park. 

Three men have been charged with Mr Hehir's murder and will go on trial next month.

This individual took advantage of a man who has been fatally injured in order to steal his phone and wallet. This act has caused further distress to Morgan's family, particularly as Morgan's phone would have contained irreplaceable photographs and memories.

Det Sgt Andy DennyWarwickshire Police

News: Thief stole from man who lay dying; JLR 'exploring options' over Silverstone deal

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of our main stories this lunchtime:

- Thief stole from Morgan Hehir after fatal stabbing in Nuneaton

- Jaguar Land Rover in talks over Silverstone race track deal

- Warwickshire sign New Zealand's Luke Ronchi for T20 Blast

Big crowd expected at Ricoh for Wasps quarter-final

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps co-captain, Matt Mullan, says the crowd at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow will be a big lift for the team as they take on Exeter Chiefs in the quarter-final of the European Champions Cup.

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When the fans turn up and see you off the bus and into the changing rooms it gives you a real feeling the crowds are with you and supporting you, and you've got to play for them.

Matt MullanWasps co-captain

Travel: 'Major disruption' to rail services due to congestion at Birmingham New Street

BBC Travel

Delays of up to 45 minutes on local services due to points failure and severe congestion at Birmingham New Street. 

All the latest on BBC Travel. 

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Jaguar Land Rover's Silverstone discussions on track

Members of the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) have voted in favour of continuing to discuss a future for Silverstone Circuit that involves Jaguar Land Rover.  

Silverstone Race Track
Getty Images

The deal, discussed at an emergency meeting yesterday, is thought to offer the prospect of a £33m injection in return for a 249-year lease on the circuit.

The BRDC would still own the company, which runs the British Grand Prix, and pay the cost of hosting the event - about £18m a year.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Turning showery this afternoon with a band of rain arriving from the west and a top temperature of 12C (54F).

Thief admits stealing from fatal stabbing victim

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A man has been handed a suspended jail sentence after admitting stealing a wallet and mobile phone from the victim of a fatal stabbing.

Miroslav Holan, of Oak Lane, Bradford, avoided jail after pleading guilty to taking the items from 20-year-old Morgan Hehir in Nuneaton.

The 23-year-old took the items at around 21:15, shortly after Mr Hehir was attacked at Pool Bank Recreational Park.

Holan was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, reduced to 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months, with a condition he attends rehabilitation activities. 

Latest: Thief admits stealing from stabbing victim and city backs Merkel for peace prize

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Man admits stealing from Nuneaton fatal stabbing victim

- Coventry nominates Angela Merkel for Nobel Peace Prize

- 'Tragedy' of Coventry baby who died with cocaine in his blood

Luke Ronchi: Bears sign New Zealand wicketkeeper for T20 Blast

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire county cricket club has signed New Zealand international Luke Ronchi for this Summer's T20 competition.

Ronchi, 34, is due to appear in all 14 group games, in contrast to fellow Kiwi Brendon McCullum, who played in half of the Bears' T20 matches in 2015.  

Luke Ronchi
Getty Images

Swedish giant moves headquarters to Warwick

Leamington Observer

International technology company Semcon has relocated its UK headquarters to Warwick.

City nominates German leader for peace prize

Coventry has nominated the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the Nobel Peace Price. 

It's the first time the city's been allowed a vote after setting up the Rising Global Peace Festival last year. 

Angela Merkel
Colin Davidson

She has recently been recognised as a TIME Magazine ‘Person of the Year’ and I wanted to recognise her as a champion of peace, coming as she did from a divided Germany, and her unwavering commitment to a more united world.

Mike HardyDirector of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University

Level four alert ends but visiting still restricted at Nuneaton hospital

Nuneaton News

George Eliot Hospital is again accepting ambulances on site.

The Nuneaton NHS Trust had initiated a 'level 4' alert which meant emergency vehicles carrying sick and injured patients were diverted straight to University Hospital in Coventry and Warwick Hospital for treatment.

George Eliot Hospital
Nuneaton News

News: Report into death of Coventry baby with cocaine in his blood; 'no merger' for ambulance trusts

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- NSPCC says death of Coventry baby is a 'tragic case'

- Coventry nominates Angela Merkel for Nobel Peace Prize

- Troubled East Midlands Ambulance Service rules out merger with West Midlands

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

A drier day than of late, with some brightness around and lighter winds.

There is still the risk of a scattering of showers with highs of 12C (54F).

'No merger' at struggling ambulance trust

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), in talks with the West Midlands about working together more closely, has ruled out a full merger.

The trust is struggling financially and has some of the worst response times in England.


It is thought the trust's non-executive directors had discussed merging with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Pauline Tagg, chair of EMAS, said support from the West Midlands was being considered but a formal merger would not be pursued.

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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