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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
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Fisher signs new Blaze contract

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry Blaze have announced the re-signing of American forward Drew Fisher for the 2016/17 Elite League season. 

Drew Fisher
Blaze

The 28-year-old from Minnesota joined Blaze last summer from Tulsa Oilers.

Watch: Shakespeare cast members spill the beans

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Want to know a bit more about our Shakespeare Street cast? 

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Rare Shakespeare book is bomb-proof

A high-security, bomb-proof cabinet is protecting two rare books going on display in Warwick.

A First Folio of Shakespeare's plays and a King James Bible, which date back to the early 17th Century, are both priceless. They've been installed at the Collegiate Church of St Mary for an exhibition that opens on Saturday.

First Folio and King James Bible
BBC

[The cabinet] is bomb-proof and vibration sensitive, all the necessary precautions to keep these precious books nice and safe.

Alycia Smith-HowardCurator

Council agrees hospitality role for Shire Hall

Warwickshire County councillors have approved plans to create their own hospitality company to take over the running of Warwick's Old Shire Hall building.

Old Shire Hall
Google

Built in 1750, the complex, which also contains the Judges' Houses, has stood largely empty for the last six years since the law courts, which were based there, moved into a new base in Leamington. 

Now the county council's looking at how to make the most of it as a venue for conferences, weddings and performances.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Here's Shefali with more on the weather warning for the whole region.

News: Warwick's Shire Hall takes plunge with new wedding role; Funding appeal for railway's 'last mile'

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- Council agrees hospitality role for Shire Hall in Warwick

- Railway appeal raises £250k in a week

- Family of missing Leamington man issues plea  

Ian Bell: Warwickshire Captain 'not thinking about England'

BBC Sport

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell says his century against Hampshire was not meant to prove a point to England's selectors.  

Ian Bell
Getty Images

The 34-year-old batsman nudged the national selectors by scoring 174 in the drawn opening Championship game of the season against Hampshire.  

Corbyn's Momentum launches in Warwick

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The campaign group set up by supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn,  Momentum, has launched a new branch in South Warwickshire.

Momentum logo
Momentum

At a meeting in Warwick last night, a group of around 20 Labour Party members and supporters pledged to fight for what they described as a more democratic Labour Party and for a "broad Labour Movement."

Those earning less than £46,000 'set to be priced out region's property market'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

First time buyers in the West Midlands will need to earn more than £46,000 a year by 2020. 

That's according to new research from the charity Shelter. 

It says the figure represents a 15% increase on the current salary needed to afford a home here. 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway raises £250k for 'last mile'

An appeal for £1.25m to complete the "last mile" of a heritage railway line has raised £250,000 in one week. 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway currently runs between Cheltenham and Laverton but wants to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire.  

Broadway station
GWSR

Family issue plea over missing Leamington man

The family of a Warwickshire man who's been missing for two months has issued an emotional appeal for him to get in touch.

Sakhminder Uppal, known as Navi, was last seen at his home in Leamington on Valentine's Day.

He was picked up by a taxi from Freshwater Grove in the town and was dropped off near to Victoria Park but hasn't been seen since.

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News: Family appeal over missing Leamington man; money rolls in for 'last mile' of heritage track

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of our headlining stories this afternoon:

- Family of missing Leamington man issues plea

- Appeal to complete steam railway's "last mile' raises £250,000 in one week

- Corbyn's Momentum launches in Warwick

MP presents post office petition

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A petition against plans to close the post offices in Long Lawford and Bulkington has been presented in Parliament. 

The 1,551 signatures were handed over in the Commons by the Conservative MP for Rugby, Mark Pawsey. 

Wherefore art thou Romeo Station? Change at Hamlet, of course

A special edition Tube map has been produced in which station names have been replaced with Shakespeare's plays and characters.  

The map will be available to buy from Monday.

Shakespeare tube map
Transport for London and Shakespeare's Globe/PA

Plans to move District council HQ

Warwick District Council says a £44m plan to sell its current offices for housing and build a new headquarters will save money in the long run. 

Riverside House
Google

The idea is to develop the existing Riverside House site in Leamington Spa for housing, build smaller offices on the site of the Covent Garden car park as well as additional parking. 

Council leader Andrew Mobbs says the authority estimates the new plans could save around £300,000 a year.

Your pictures: Coventry bluebells

BBC Midlands Today

Stuart Guest has sent us this lovely picture of bluebells at Coundon Wedge.

You can see more viewers' pictures from around the region on our Facebook album.

Bluebells in Coundon Wedge
Stuart Guest

Police issue warning to Millwall fans ahead of Ricoh clash

Police are warning Millwall fans not to travel to the Sky Blues match this weekend if they haven't got a ticket. 

The London club had an allocation of 1,800 which has sold out.

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University takes 'Hollywood technology' to Chelsea

Biomechanics experts from Coventry University will be exhibiting motion capture technology at next month's Chelsea Flower Show, helping gardeners to improve their health.

Motion capture images
Coventry University

They'll be showcasing a sensor suit which can show the body's movements as a live animation on screen which, they say, will reveal the science behind simple gardening tasks. 

Latest: Family plea to missing Leamington man; and rail hub plans

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories this lunchtime:

- Family of missing man 'Navi' Uppal issue emotional appeal

- Proposals for new rail rub revealed

- Council unveils plans to move Leamington headquarters

Shakepeare First Folio to go on display

A rare first copy of Shakespeare's collected plays dating back to the early 17th Century is to go on display at St Mary's Church, Warwick. 

The manuscript, known as a First Folio, is normally kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but it will be on show on Saturday as part of commemorations to mark the 400 years since the playwright's death.

Weather warning issued for Coventry and Warwickshire

BBC Weather

A weather warning has been issued for heavy rain affecting areas of Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon. 

Weather warning map
Met Office

The Met Office says hail and lightning as well as heavy rain could have localised impacts, producing standing water on roads and reducing visibility.

The showers should die out by this evening. 

Man charged with manslaughter of Robert Bavington

Leamington Observer

On the front page this week:  A man charged with manslaughter following the death of a company director outside a Leamington nightclub has been bailed until May.

Front page
Leamington Observer

Bears secure draw in rain-hit opening match

BBC Sport

Hampshire held out against Warwickshire's attack to leave the Bears with a draw in the first County Championship game of the season.

Ian Bell
Getty Images

In his first game as county captain, Ian Bell made 174 to earn the Bears a first-innings lead of 158.

But the match was hit by bad weather and a draw was declared just before 18:00 yesterday.

Ian Bell was a masterclass. There isn't anyone better than him when he's playing that well. He set up the position for us to have a crack at it.

Dougie BrownWarwickshire director of cricket

News: Rail hub plans revealed; police warning over Millwall match

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Developers say new rail hub could create thousands of jobs

- Police warn Millwall fans not to attend Ricoh match without tickets

- Shakespeare tube map launched

Plans revealed for new rail hub

A new rail hub serving north Warwickshire and the West Midlands could bring thousands of jobs to the region, developers say.

Proposed rail hub
West Midlands Interchange

Plans have been submitted for the site at Gailey just off junction 12 of the M6.  

It would allow freight to be moved from rail to lorries and include large areas for warehouses. 

The proposals are supported by Network Rail, but would need the approval of the Secretary of State to go ahead. 

Citizen Khan heads for Coventry

Satnam Rana

BBC Midlands Today

The popular comedy character Citizen Khan will be appearing live at Warwick Arts Centre on Monday 2 May as part of his first national tour. 

I've been to meet his creator,the actor and presenter Adil Ray, ahead of the tour.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mixture of cloud, bright spells and scattered showers today with the risk of hail and thunder later and a top temperature of 12C (59F).

News: Council to re-locate HQ; new rail hub announced; rare Shakepeare folio exhibition

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

- New headquarters for council

- Plans revealed for new rail hub serving north Warwickshire

- Rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio to be displayed 

Travel: Delays to rail service around Tile Hill

BBC Travel

London Midland says there are delays between Coventry and Birmingham International because of faulty line side equipment in the Tile Hill area.

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Travel: A46 accident

BBC Travel

The A467 in Kenilworth is partially blocked and heavy traffic southbound between the A452 Leamington Road junctoin and the A429 Coventry Road junction because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

I'm in the Coventry newsroom and will be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

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