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Summary

  1. Live updates for Tuesday 12 April
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Dry with some sunshine this evening, although still the risk of isolated thundery showers.

It should be dry and clear overnight with a low of 5C (41F).

Planning permission granted for city centre development

Work on new student accommodation in the centre of Coventry is due to begin in the next fortnight. 

Hales Street development
Advent Communications

The first phase of work on Hales Street, opposite the Transport Museum, will see flats for students built, to be ready by next September. 

It's part of the re-development of the Burges area of the city and will open up the River Sherbourne through the city.

Watch: Gorilla boogie at Twycross

What more could you want on a dull Tuesday afternoon than a dancing gorilla?

This cheeky monkey was showing off moves at Twycross Zoo and visitor Helen Fairhead caught it on camera.

Woodlands Academy closure halt call by MP

A Coventry MP is calling for efforts to be stepped-up to try and save Woodlands Academy, as a consultation into its closure comes to an end.

The school says it is no long viable because of falling pupil numbers.

Geoffrey Robinson say the Department for Education should intervene to try and turn the school around, and a new academy in the area, Finham Park 2, should be put on hold. 

Woodlands Academy protest banner
BBC

The whole problem around the schools in the west of Coventry has arisen because the Department for Education has been planning for the last five years on the basis of wildly exaggerated student numbers. The current losses at Woodlands are only £660,000, the way to handle an under performing academy is to sort it out, not to close it."

Geoffrey Robinson MP

Woodlands Academy and the Department for Education have both been approached for a comment but have yet to reply.

Investigation into 'suspcious' fire at Warwickshire hotel

An investigation is underway into how a fire started at the rear of the Ettington Park Hotel yesterday.

Fire crews spent 17 hours at the site, damping down the blaze, after a large amount of straw and tyres were set alight.

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Latest: MP intervenes in Woodlands Academy row; 'suspicious' hotel fire investigated

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- A Coventry MP calls on the government to intervene in the Woodlands Academy row

- Investigation underway into Warwickshire hotel fire 

- Coventry fan wins award after being "viciously assaulted"

Coventry City fan "viciously assaulted" at Ricoh

A Sky Blues fan, awarded a settlement from West Midlands Police, says he was "viciously assaulted" by a police officer who claimed he'd been resisting arrest. 

Altercation at the Ricoh Arena
Mark Wynne

Mark Wynne was attending Coventry's clash with Derby County with his 14-year-old son in September 2011 when he was arrested.

He struck me three times in the face and head with his knee. I was still handcuffed with my hands beneath my back."

Mark Wynne

Tea at the Ageas Bowl

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Ian Bell is unbeaten on 78 on the third day of Warwickshire's opening County Championship match of the season. 

The Bears' captain has seen his side to 169 for 5 at tea - Chris Woakes is with him on 11 not out. 

They trail Hampshire by 33 runs.

Ian Bell
Warwickshire CC

Woman injured in Polesworth assault

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman as she got out of her car last week, on Fairfields Hill in Polesworth.

They say the offender fled after assaulting the woman, who is in her 20s - she was hurt but didn't need medical attention.

Parties dancing round the May poll

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

With local elections in Coventry, Rugby and Nuneaton and Bedworth, my blog this week looks at why the May polls offer the first big test of the Conservative's win at the general election. 

Speakers
Thinkstock

Coventry man joins 'contaminated blood' protests

Patients from the Midlands, including one from Coventry who were given contaminated blood by the NHS in the 70s and 80s, have joined a protest outside the House of Commons. 

About 5,000 patients were infected with HIV, and Hepatitis C, or both, after receiving the infected blood. 

The demonstration comes as MPs debate proposals to change the payments given to those infected.

Latest: Coventry man joins 'contaminated blood' protest; city centre development given go-ahead

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of our main stories today:

- Coventry man joins House of Commons protest over "tainted blood"

- Student city centre development granted planning permission

- Coventry fan wins award after being "viciously assaulted"

Travel: Accident in Rugby

BBC Travel

An accident is causing slow traffic on the A426 Leicester Road in Rugby near the Newbold Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Labour council schools chief Kershaw responds over his new academies firm

Coventry Observer

A leading Coventry Labour councillor has responded to revelations about the controversial new company he set up to run schools as academies, saying it resulted from regular approaches to him by the government and others.  

Watch: Applications open for BBC Digital Journalist scheme

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

There's still the chance to apply for a fantastic opportunity as a BBC Digital Apprentice based at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

It's a two-year course with a diploma in journalism at the end.

Read about it and apply here.

In pictures: Earlswood barn fire

Fire crews took three hours to tackle a fire at a derelict barn overnight, containing a large number of wooden pallets.

West Midlands Fire Service say at its height it took 18 crew members to tackle the blaze.

Earlswood barn fire
West Midlands Fire Service

Warwickshire police chief candidates announced

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

In alphabetical order they are: 

- Nicola Davies, Liberal Democrat

- Rob Harris, UKIP

- Julie Jackson, Labour 

- Philip Seccombe, Conservative 

- Ben Twomey, Independent

- David James Whitehouse, Independent

The election takes place on Thursday, 5 May- more details available on the Warwickshire PCC website.

City to hold its first gay Pride march

This year's Coventry Pride will feature the city's first ever march through the city. 

Organisers say it will start at Coventry Cathedral on 18 June.

Coventry Pride logo
Coventry Pride

The march gets us back to the origins of Pride and starting at the cathedral is a really great sign of solidarity with us."

Paul Desson-BaxterChair, Coventry Pride

News: Sky Blues fan wins police pay-out; Leamington man named after fatal assault

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- Coventry City fan wins pay-out from West Midlands Police after "vicious assault"

- Leamington Spa man who died after assault is named

- Woman injured in Polesworth assault

Emoji Shakespeare generator

Greg James

Presenter, BBC Radio 1

A digital interactive campaign has been launched to deliver Shakespeare quotes direct to smartphones.

The BBC has been working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford to deliver the ShakespeareMe project, tested here by BBC Radio 1's Greg James:

Leamington man who died after assault is named

A man who died after being assaulted outside a bar in Leamington Spa has been named by police as Robert Bavington, who was 28, and from Rugby.

Robert Bavington
Warwickshire Police

He was taken to hospital with serious head injuries at about 01:00 on Sunday after an altercation outside Moo Bar on Russell Street.

A 30-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, said Warwickshire Police.

Sky Blues fan awarded settlement from police after assault

A Coventry City fan has received a five-figure settlement from West Midlands Police after he was repeatedly kneed in the head by an officer.

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

Mark Wynn was assaulted while handcuffed after challenging PC Ricki Allsop at the Ricoh Arena in 2011.

Another officer intervened and told senior colleagues about officer's conduct, something Mr Wynn was not told about for some time.

West Midlands Police said PC Allsop was given a final written warning.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy afternoon, with the possibility of some bright spells and scattered showers -  highs of 13C (55F).

Heartbroken family of Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood speak out following sentencing of his murderer

Coventry Telegraph

Pauline Darcy and Charlotte Blacklaw said sitting through the “harrowing” nine week murder trial at Warwick Crown Court had been terrible for Daniel’s loved ones.  

Front page
Coventry

News: Police name Leamingon assault victim; nightclub killer starts life sentence; gay pride march announced

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- A man who died after being assaulted in Leamington Spa is named by police

- Daniel Kirkwood's killer starts a life sentence in jail

- Coventry to host its first gay pride march

'Tainted blood' group to protest as MPs discuss reduced payouts

A man from Coventry, infected with hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions, is calling on the government to honour previous promises of financial support.

MPs will discuss a £100m support package later, but protesters say it amounts to a cut in real terms.

Joseph Peaty, co-chair of the Tainted Blood Campaign, says the government needs to provide the means for affected people to live with "security, stability, dignity and to make amends for this long-running scandal." 

Daniel Kirkwood killer starts life sentence

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Tobijah Thompson, 25, is starting a prison sentence of at least 32 years for the murder of Daniel Kirkwood outside a Coventry nightclub.

Daniel Kirkwood
BBC

Det Ch Insp Sam Riddings from West Midlands Police has been speaking about the difficulties of investigating the case.

She said witnesses in the club were reluctant to come forward for "fear of their own safety".

Although we're really pleased with the conviction, it will never give complete comfort to the family, or bring Daniel back."

Det Ch Insp Sam RiddingsWest Midlands Police

Travel: Holyhead Road accident

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the B4107 Four Pounds Avenue at the A4114 Holyhead Road in Coventry.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Latest: Life sentence for Daniel Kirkwood killing; Earlswood barn fire; Coventry Pride march

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Killer starts a life sentence for Coventry nightclub stabbing

- Crews tackle derelict barn fire in Earlswood 

- Coventry to hold first ever gay pride march

Crews tackle Earlswood barn fire

A total of 18 firefighters have spent part of the night dealing with a derelict barn on fire at Salter Street in Earlswood.

They were called to the barn around 22:30 to deal with a large quantity of wooden pallets on fire.

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Travel: M42 accident

BBC Travel

Slow on the M42 southbound between J4 for A34 (Shirley) and J3a M40 because of an earlier accident.

More details on BBC Travel.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service on Tuesday.

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

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