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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

We'll be back with all the news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

West Midlands PCC candidates announced

Candidates have been announced for the election of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

In alphabetical order they are:  

Pete Durnell – UKIP

Andy Flynn – Independent

David Jamieson – Labour 

Les Jones – Conservative 

The election takes place on Thursday 5 May with more details available on the PCC website.

Cost of vandalism to power lines 'hundreds of thousands'

Network Rail says the cost to the industry of this morning's disruption will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

They say early indications are that "foul play" caused signalling failure and released pictures showing  apparent attempts to burn and cut cables powering signals at Proof House junction, south of New Street station.

They're appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

vandalised power lines
Network Rail

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A cloudy evening with further outbreaks of showery rain through the night, but clearing by morning. 

Watch: Daniel Kirkwood's mum speaks of her loss

Joan Cummins

Midlands Today reporter

The mother of murdered Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood says she's "destroyed" and "broken" by his death.

Tobijah Thompson, 25, was convicted of his murder last month and was today jailed for life.

You can see my interview with her on Midlands Today, BBC One, at 18:30.  

News: Coventry nightclub killer jailed for life; investigation into Rugby stabbing; university to investigate student over 'Hitler tweet'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- A man has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years for the murder of Daniel Kirkwood

- Police cordon off Rugby street after man stabbed

- University of Warwick to investigate student over 'Hitler tweet'

Hampshire v Warwickshire: play abandoned

Rugby road cordoned-off after stabbing

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The area around Coton Road in Rugby is currently cordoned-off after a man in his sixties was stabbed in the leg and groin.

He's been airlifted to hospital and police say his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 62-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody.

University to investigate suspended councillor over Hitler tweet

The University of Warwick says it will be looking into whether student and Luton Labour councillor, Aysegul Gurbuz, breached its policies over anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account. 

Luton Borough Council Aysegul Gurbuz,
Google/Luton Borough Council

A message on Luton councillor Aysegul Gurbuz's Twitter feed claimed Hitler was the "greatest man in history" and another suggested Iran could develop a nuclear weapon to "wipe Israel off the map".

A spokesman for the University says they "certainly wish to talk with this student when she returns to campus at the start of term".

The Labour Party suspended Ms Gurbuz pending an investigation, but she has resigned.  

'Sword' in the city centre: Kneeling man was 'covered in blood'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here's more on reports someone was carrying a "sword" in Coventry city centre:

An eyewitness to scenes in Broadgate this afternoon has described seeing a man kneeling down on the pavement in handcuffs "all covered in blood".

Police say a man was detained under the Mental Health Act following reports of a "person carrying a bladed article".

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it was called shortly after midday and one man was taken to University Hospital. 

Jaguar Land Rover design chief honoured

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

Jaguar Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern is to be awarded an honorary doctorate of arts by Coventry University at the city's cathedral on Wednesday.

Professor Seymour Roworth-Stokes said the Coventry-born designer, behind models including Range Rover Evoque and MGF sports car, had "played a significant role" in the firm's success. 

Gerry McGovern
Coventry University

He said in turn this had helped ensure the West Midlands and Britain were "on the global map" for automotive innovation. 

Mr McGovern, who studied industrial design at the former polytechnic in the 1970s, said: "It gives me a great sense of pride to be recognised by the city where I was brought up, and my parents would have been very proud.”

Stratford student among those cleared in university rape case

A student from Stratford is among four men cleared of rape at a university's summer ball after the case against them was dropped.  

It was alleged they had attacked a woman, 20, after an end of term party at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire, in 2014.  

Lee Mahon, 22 (pictured third from left), had denied the charges against him, as had the other three men. 

From left to right: Patrick Foster, James Martin, Leo Mahon and Thady Duff
From left to right: Patrick Foster, James Martin, Leo Mahon and Thady Duff

Council's handling of abuse case to be examined

An inquiry into the way Coventry City Council handled the Wisteria Lodge abuse case will be held by the city's Safeguarding Children Board.

A meeting today confirmed the probe after two former care workers were jailed for abusing children at the site. 

Chair of the Safeguarding Children Board, Janet Mokades, said it's possible for such bodies to "drag all of this out into the light of day in a way that means you can ensure that it's not happening now and won't happen in the future".

Janet Mokades

Watch: New Street power chaos

BBC Midlands Today

There is still disruption on the rail networks around Coventry and Warwickshire after signal failure caused hours of delays at Birmingham New Street this morning.

Man detained after city centre sword reports

A man's been detained under the Mental Health Act following reports of someone carrying a sword in Broadgate in Coventry city centre. 

West Midlands Police say a man in his 30s has been detained and is being treated for minor injuries.

Latest: Life sentence for Daniel Kirkwood's murder; council's handling of abuse case investigated

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Life sentence for murder of Daniel Kirkwood outside Coventry nightclub

- Coventry council's handling of Wisteria Lodge abuse case to be examined

- Vandalism is the likely cause of this morning's signalling failure at Birmingham New Street

Four given custodial sentences over Daniel Kirkwood murder

Here's more on our story that Tobijah Thompson (pictured top left) has today been jailed for 32 years for Daniel Kirkwood's murder:

Three other men - Hasham Ali, 19, Ezra Scott, 22, and Ramez Murtaza, 21 - also received custodial sentences after pleading guilty to violent disorder over the fight which resulted in the teenager's death.  

Murtaza was sentenced to eight years in total for manslaughter and violent disorder.

Scott received 28 months in prison, half to be spent in custody.

Ali was sentenced to 29 months in a young offenders institution.

Tobijah Thompson, Ramez Murtaza, Hasham Ali and Ezra Scott
West Midlands Police
From top left to bottom right: Tobijah Thompson, Ramez Murtaza, Hasham Ali and Ezra Scott

Cafe opening a triumph for local history in Bulkington

Nuneaton News

A cafe dedicated to celebrating one hundred years of history in Bulkington was opened in spectacular style.

Murdered Daniel Kirkwood's family applauded sentence

Tobijah Thompson, 25, murdered Daniel Kirkwood at Society nightclub in Coventry in March 2015. He'll serve a minimum of 32 years before being considered for release.

Here's the reaction from Daniel's family:

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BreakingDaniel Kirkwood murder: Man sentenced to 32 years in prison

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to a minimum of 32 years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood. 

Tobijah Thompson was found guilty at Warwick Crown Court last month.

Daniel Kirkwood

European Champions Cup: Gopperth kicks Wasps into semi-final

BBC Sport

Wasps fly half Jimmy Gopperth said his team "showed a lot of character" as they beat Exeter Chiefs to reach the semi-finals of the European Champions cup with the last kick of the game.

Jimmy Gopperth
Getty Images

He was mobbed by his team-mates as the ball sailed over the posts from the right touchline, sparking wild celebrations among the Wasps fans at the Ricoh Arena.  

Wasps, who won the Heineken Cup in 2004 and 2007, will play Saracens in the last four at Reading's Madejski Stadium on 23 April.

Consultation on Woodlands Academy nears an end

Some parents of children at Woodlands Academy in Coventry say the consultation process into the possible closure of the school is hugely flawed. 

They have until the end of tomorrow to give their views on the creation of a new co-educational West Coventry Academy comprising students from Tile Hill Wood girls school and Woodlands boys. 

Save Woodlands Academy posters

Parents say one of their complaints is that consultation took place during the Easter holidays, which meant nobody was available to answer questions.

Woodlands has been declared unviable because of a drop in demand for single-sex education. 

Covers staying on in Southampton

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wet weather means there's no play until after lunch on day three of Warwickshire's County Championship match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. 

The hosts will resume on 189 for 8 when it does get underway.

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Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Rain moving in this afternoon, after some bright spealls, and becomming rather windy too.

European Champions Cup tickets on sale

Tickets for Wasps' European Champions Cup semi-final went on sale this morning, and the club says demand is high.

They have an initial allocation of 6,500 for the match against Saracens at the Madejski Stadium but say they'll make enquiries for further tickets if they sell out.

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News: Lines reopen to Birmingham New Street; police arrest two after man dies in street 'altercation'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom:

- Lines reopen to Birmingham New Street following major power supply failure

- Two men arrested on suspicion of murder after Leamington 'assault'

- Parents at Woodlands Academy say consultation into school closure 'flawed'

Hampshire v Warwickshire due to begin - weather permitting

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Play is due to start at 11:00 in the Hampshire v Warwickshire County Championship game.

Keith Barker took five wickets before lunch on the opening day to put Warwickshire on top at Southampton.  

If the covers come off, you can find live coverage here.

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Rail delays: Work begins to restore timetable

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

All lines have reopened to Birmingham New Street following this morning's power supply failure.

National Rail says services are starting to return to normal but passengers should still expect delays.

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Rail disrupton: Some services running

There are signs at New Street that things are getting better: 

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Lines re-open at Birmingham New Street

Network Rail ways it's working to return services to normal after engineers restored power to Birmingham New Street.

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Two arrested on suspicion of murder following 'altercation'

Two 30-year-old men from Birmingham have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in his 20s in Leamington Spa, police say

Moo Bar in Leamington Spa

Two groups are believed to have been involved in an altercation outside Moo Bar on Russell Street at about 01:00 on Sunday morning.  

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with the possibility of bright spells this morning, but rain moving in later.

News: Major rail disruption; man dies in Leamington 'altercation' - two arrested

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are the main stories we're looking at this morning:

- Signalling problems at Birmingham New Street cause major rail delays

- Police arrest pair on suspicion of murder as investigation continues into the death of a man following 'altercation'

- Academy parents say consultation into closure is 'flawed'

Major rail disruption - for the third time in less than a week

Signalling problems are again to blame for severe rail disruption at Birmingham New Street.

It follows Friday's signalling problem at the station which itself followed disruption on Tuesday when difficulties with overhead lines at Birmingham International affected commuters across England. 

Here's a sign at Coventry Station advising passengers:

Sign showing rail disruption at Coventry station

Network Rail said the signals stopped lighting up and there was no indication of when power could be restored. Trains cannot get in or out of the south end of the station, with problems affecting Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry Trains, London Midland and Virgin Trains.

Travel: Major rail disruption

BBC Travel

There are major delays to trains running in and out of Birmingham New Street due to a power problem at the station.

Trains between Leamington and Stratford to Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill are unaffected but expect delays.

More details on BBC Travel

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Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

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

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