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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016
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'To coin Shakespeare'

A set of two commemorative coins, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, has been released into circulation.

Shakespeare coins

Produced by The Royal Mint in collaboration with the RSC, the collection is the first of its kind, they say, dedicated to the accomplishments of a single artist.

Super-gonorrhoea's spread 'causing huge concern'

Doctors have expressed "huge concern" that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England - including cases in the West Midlands - and to gay men.

The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged in Leeds, as one of the main treatments had become useless against it.

Gonorrhoea virus

Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of "limited success".

Doctors fear the sexually-transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A cloudy night with the odd chance of light rain.

Turning chilly with some isolated mist or fog patches and a low of 5C (41F).

Watch: Car theft gang members ram police

Seven men from Birmingham and the Black Country have been given prison sentences for their part in a car theft ring that stole high-end vehicles totalling £500,000 in the space of a month, police say.

The West Midlands force said the gang, also linked to burglaries, stole cars in Warwickshire, the Black Country, and Staffordshire.

Two members, when spotted in a car by police, rammed officers' unmarked vehicle in a bid to evade capture, driving through red lights and on the wrong side of carriageways before being forced to stop. 

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Tributes paid to councillor

Coventry councillors have been paying tribute to Councillor Alison Gingell who's died.

Councillor Steven Thomas posted on his Facebook page that his "beautiful friend" had been in "great spirits" at her farewell party just 10 days ago.  

Alison Gingell
Steven Thomas

Coventry's leader of the Conservative party tweets he's heard the "desperately sad" news. 

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Latest: Coventry councillor dies; car theft gang jailed

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here are some of our main stories this afternoon:

- Tributes paid to Coventry councillor Alison Gingell

- Car theft gang members jailed

- Shakespeare commemorative coins released into circulation

Coventry dance teacher charged with neglect

Police have charged a Coventry dance teacher with the wilful neglect of a child.

Leeroy Bailey, 35, was originally arrested in February and has been bailed to appear at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 19 May. 

Travel: M6 accident

BBC Travel

The M6 is blocked and there's stationary traffic northbound at J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway because of a spillage on the road.

BBC Travel reports congestion to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich). 

Iconic Mini to join Coventry Motofest

Rally driver Paddy Hopkirk's original Mini Cooper S is to run on the ring road sprint circuit for this year's Coventry Motofest. 

Paddy Hopkirk and Mini S

The car won the Monte Carlo rally in 1964 and is running again after a major overhaul at Gaydon's British Motor Museum.

The festival takes place Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June.

The Mini Cooper S’s victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally is one of the most iconic performances in motor sport history and so to have it run here on our sprint circuit over 50 years on from its greatest triumph represents an amazing coup for Coventry Motofest.

James NobleDirector, Coventry Motofest

Music museum with Specials tribute is far from a ghost town

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry Music Museum has welcomed its 10,000th visitor to the attraction just two years after the museum opened.

Neol Davies and Dandy Livingstone
Pete Chambers

Amid its success, Selector founder Neol Davies joined Ska legend Dandy Livingstone to open a display and tribute to Specials trombonist Rico Rodriguez, who died last year.

"It's an amazing milestone reaching 10,0000 visitors. The reality is it's every one of those amazing visitors that have put us where we are.

Pete ChambersMuseum director

One-way plan for dangerous Nuneaton street

Nuneaton News

Solving safety fears and parking problems are the driving force behind plans to make a Nuneaton street one-way.

Clifton Road
Nuneaton News

Stratford visitors invited to take part in mass 'mask moment'

A commemorative Shakespeare mask will be handed out to 10,000 visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday, marking the Bard's birthday and 400 years since his death.    

Shakespeare mask
Shakespeare Celebrations

During a traditional Quill and Flag Unfurling, the Master of Ceremonies will invite crowds to put on their masks and give "Three cheers for Shakespeare".

Stratford District and Town councils jointly commissioned the development of a portrait of the Bard which could be used to create a novel face mask.  

Latest: Coventry councillor dies; dance teacher charged with neglect

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories this afternoon:

- Council announces death of councillor Alison Gingell

- Coventry dance teacher charged with child neglect

- Man admits responsibility of Southam pensioner's death

Coventry councillor 'died peacefully in her sleep'

A statement from Coventry City Council says Councillor Alison Gingell died peacefully in her sleep and had been "poorly for some time" after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

It goes on to say she first arrived in the city as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick before going to be a "tireless leader" in the field of health and social care.

She most recently led the city's campaign against female genital mutilation.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Alison for a number of years; she was a dear friend who I will miss very much. I know when she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease that she dealt with the news with a calm resolve."

Councillor Ann LucasLeader of Coventry City Council

Derelict building fire at Daw Mill Colliery

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The fire service says burning rubbish caused a fire in a derelict building on the site of the former Daw Mill Colliery in north Warwickshire.

Crews were called to the single storey building around 20:30 last night.

Council announces death of Coventry councillor Alison Gingell

Coventry council has announced the death of Alison Gingell, who served as a councillor in Sherbourne ward.

She was a cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services after leaving her job as chair of the Primary Care Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group in Coventry. 

Cllr Alison Gingell
Coventry City Council

Christian Wade 'shouldn't be forgotten' for international call-up

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps' winger Christian Wade says he'll get the opportunity to shine on the international stage  "when the time's right" after scoring six tries against Worcester on Saturday. 

A foot injury forced a lengthy absence earlier this season which took him out of the Six Nations.  

But he says his priority has been "putting out performances week in week out" for Wasps.

Goff Foster and Christian Wade

He's up there with the best. He's deadly and I wouldn't swap him for anyone. It was a timely reminder from him that he's still about and shouldn't be forgotten for either the Saxons or England tours this summer.

Dai YoungDirector of rugby, Wasps

Travel: A5 accident

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A5 westbound in Highham on the Hill between the Nuneaton Lane junction and the A444 Weddington Lane junction because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Drama marks Shakespeare anniversary

BBC drama Doctors is to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of "Midlands boy" William Shakespeare with a week of episodes inspired by his work.  

Here actress Lorna Laidlaw delivers one of Shakespeare's best known sonnets.

Five arrested following Coventry v Millwall game

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A large police operation in Coventry for the Sky Blues match against Millwall on Saturday saw five people arrested.

A 42 year-old from Nottingham was arrested on suspicion of threatening behaviour and a 26 year-old from Coventry was arrested on suspicion of affray after an incident outside the Wheatsheaf on Foleshill Road, say police.

Two others were arrested on suspicion of being drunk in a sports ground. A fifth man was cautioned in connection with drugs offences.

Owners fear for Gaydon pub's future

The owners of a Warwickshire pub claim they have lost 20% in trade since the M40 roadworks began in August.

Malt Shovel pub

Co-owner Debi Morisot said The Malt Shovel Inn had lost business since maintenance work started at junctions 11 and 12.

The roadworks near Gaydon were due to be finished in April but have been delayed until the summer.

Man with a van caused woman's death by careless driving - without being at wheel

A delivery driver has admitted causing death by careless driving – despite not being in his van when it hit a pensioner.

Matheeb Iqbal’s refrigerated van rolled across a car park in Southam, Warwickshire, and killed 65-year-old Susan Collins.

It’s understood the 23-year-old, from Lime Grove, Birmingham, did not leave the handbrake on properly.

Iqbal pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court on Friday and will be sentenced on May 13.

Latest: Drugs dealer ordered to hand over 'game show cash'; 'iconic' Mini to join Motofest

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories on Local Live today:

- Drugs dealer to hand over 'Deal or No Deal winnings'

- Mini to run on ring road circuit for Coventry Motofest more than 50 years after Monte Carlo win

- Microscopic sculpture of Shakespeare produced in the eye of a needle

Travel: Overturned lorry in Henley-in-Arden

BBC Travel

An overturned lorry is blocking Tanworth Lane in Henley-in-Arden both ways near the A3400 Birmingham Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel. 

To see or not to see: Shakespeare sculpture in the eye of a needle

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A microscopic sculpture of William Shakespeare - placed in the eye of a needle - marks the 400th anniversary of his death.

Artist Willard Wigan said he had to control his own heartbeat as he concentrated on capturing the playwright in a celebratory pose.

Shakespeare model
Daniel McClane

Smaller than a full stop in a newspaper and only viewable with a microscope, the piece took four weeks to complete.

"To See or Not To See" forms part of the Homecoming exhibition at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton.

Live County Championship commentary as Warwickshire take on Middlesex

Richard Wilford

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire sport

Middlesex resume on 317-4 on the second day of the County Championship match against Warwickshire.

Live text and radio commentary can be found here.


Latest: Drug dealer's 'game show cash' forefeited; arrests after Millwall match

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry drug dealer must hand over 'Deal or No Deal winnings'

- Police arrest five after Sky Blues clash with Millwall

- Tiny sculpture produced for Shakespeare anniversary

Sam Robson century for Middlesex makes Bears suffer at Lord's

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire's bowlers toiled in the sun at Lord's for little reward on the first day of their County Championship match against Middlesex. 

The home side closed on 317 for four, with the former England opener Sam Robson 175 not out. 

Chris Wright claimed the wickets of Nick Gubbins and Nick Compton in successive balls. 

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No deal: Coventry drugs dealer must forfeit 'game show winnings'

A cannabis dealer has been ordered to forfeit £25,000 which he claimed was prize money from an appearance on the Deal Or No Deal game show.

Karl Rose was ordered to hand over the cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act after a court rejected his account that he'd held onto his TV windfall for more than five years. Police say he appeared on the Channel 4 programme back in May 2009 when he walked away with £20,000 from ‘The Banker’.

The 29-year-old, of Bruce Road, Radford, Coventry, was arrested in September 2014 after officers responded to concerns over suspected drug-dealing in a nearby area. 

Almost half a kilo of cannabis was found in a car, owned by an accomplice of Rose, and a subsequent search of his home revealed bagged cannabis with a value of almost £5,000, as well as £25,480 in cash.

Help save our splash pool, urge Warwick parents

Warwick Courier

Parents have launched a petition to save Warwick’s splash pool as part of £3.9million of major upgrades to the town’s leisure centre.

Wasps' Wade scores record six against Worcester

BBC Sport

Wasps start their preparation for Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens at Reading.

Christian Wade
Getty Images

They go into the match off the back of a  54 - 35 Premiership win at Worcester.

Christian Wade equalled the Premiership record for most tries in a game as he scored six against Worcester to lift Wasps to second in the table.  

He scored four tries in the first half before adding two more from interceptions in the second to seal a play-off place.  

News: Five arrested after Millwall game; and fire at former Daw Mill Colliery

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Police arrest five following Sky Blues game against Millwall

- Derelict building fire at site of Daw Mill Colliery

- Landlord fears for Gaydon pub's future

Travel: A46 congestion

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on the A46 southbound in Binley Woods between the A428 Rugby Road junction and Tollbar Island in the roadworks area. 

More details on BBC Travel.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Cloud increasing during the morning with a small amount of drizzle

Through the afternoon one or two light showers are possible, though many places will remain dry, with top temperatures of 12C (54F).

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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