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Summary

  1. Suspect package found at Rugby scrap yard
  2. New doctors surgery being vandalised
  3. Updates on Wednesday 20 April 2016

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Study to assess quality of Leamington Spa's nightlife

A study is being carried out into Leamington's nightlife as part of a bid to get the town recognised as a quality destination for an evening out.

People who visit Leamington in the evenings are being encouraged to fill in the online survey compiled by Warwick District Council - who are behind the application for 'Purple Flag' status.

Leamington
Leamington BID

Getting Purple Flag status provides us with a very important benchmark that allows us to make sure that the town is safe and well-maintained and I think from a business perspective this is really about making sure that everybody has a great experience of the town right from the moment they arrive".

Stephanie KerrLeamington BID

The weather for the West Midlands

Patchy ground frost and isolated mist patches will form overnight. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F) 

Tomorrow will be dry and sunny throughout the day. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57F)

The weather for the West Midlands

Shakespeare's school opens to the public

The Stratford school where Shakespeare was taught, King Edward VI, is due to open to the public for the first time in 400 years. 

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Police continue search for missing man

A fresh appeal has been made for a Leamington Spa man who's been missing for more than two months to get in touch.  

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Latest news: Councillor urges rejection of JLR's plans; suspicious device 'not dangerous'

These are the headlines this evening: 

- A Warwickshire parish councillor is calling for JLR's expansion plans in Coventry to be rejected 

- A suspicious device found at a car scrap yard in Rugby has been deemed 'not dangerous' by explosives experts 

- A study has been set up to assess the quality of Leamington Spa's night-life 

Vintage train attracting attention

Lots of people are reported to be at Rugby rail station to see an old train.

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Culture takes centre stage

Coventry’s diverse cultural scene is set to be given its biggest ever showcase at this year’s Coventry Godiva Festival.

As part of the bid for UK City of Culture in 2021, one of the festival tents will be dedicated to Coventry’s art and culture with a host of performances throughout the day in order to give festival goers a flavour of the talent the city has to offer.

Culture ..
Culture Coventry

  The tent can be visited on Sunday, July 3,   

Councillor says JLR's plans should be rejected

Plans to expand Jaguar Land Rover's Whitley facility in Coventry should be rejected in order to protect the greenbelt, according to a parish councillor from Bubbenhall in Warwickshire. 

A joint application for a technology park scheme which has been put forward by JLR and the city council is recommended for approval at a city council planning meeting next week.

JLR plans
Coventry City Council

We wouldn't deny JLR's importance as a very successful firm and a very prominent Coventry firm, but it has sites in other parts of Warwickshire and we don't think its presence on what is called Whitley South justifies developing greenbelt".

Joanne ShattockBubbenhall Parish Councillor

Bell and Trott take the new ball

Middlesex 452 & 252-5 v Warwickshire 468 - tea

BBC WM's Richard Wilford at Lord's:

"A sure sign that a game is petering out to a draw is the sight of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott taking the second new ball at Lord's.

"Middlesex have shown solid resistance throughout the day, losing only three wickets in 61 overs by tea. If only the captains could shake hands now."

Ian Bell has in fact taken 47 first-class wickets. An inspired burst in the final session could take him to perhaps the most unlikely 50 of his career.

Manager talks about discovery of 'suspicious' item

The manager of the scrap yard in Rugby where a suspicious item was found earlier has been talking about finding what they thought could be a dangerous item.

It was found in the boot of a car that had been at Charles Trent Cars in Newbold Road for a month waiting to be crushed.   

Suspicious devide
Kevin Lawrence

The lad took the device out of the boot and actually brought it up to the offices ... and dropped it on our desk and we looked at the device, photographed it, sent it across to the police and the police looked at it and sent a unit out".

Kevin LawrenceCommercial manager

Warning of roadworks on the A46

Motorists are being advised of overnight roadworks on the A46 near Kenilworth. 

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Cordon lifted after suspicious item declared 'not dangerous'

A cordon has been lifted after the discovery of a suspicious item in a car at a scrap yard on Newbold Road, Rugby.

The item was found in the boot of a car that had been on the site for a month waiting to be crushed.

Scrap yard
BBC

Explosives experts attended the site as a precautionary measure and, following an assessment, deemed the item was not dangerous.

Latest heads: 'Suspicious' item harmless; West Midlands has highest number of child deaths

Here are our main stories this afternoon: 

- A 200-metre cordon around a car scrapyard in Rugby is lifted after a suspect package was declared harmless 

- The highest number of child deaths occur in the West Midlands, new figures show

- Local councillor says Jaguar Land Rover's expansion plans should be rejected

Highest number of child deaths occur in the West Midlands

BBC News England

The biggest number of child deaths occur in the West Midlands, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.

This goes against the national trend, which has seen the number of babies dying before their first birthday in England and Wales fall to its lowest ever rate

Infant mortality figures
BBC

'Bomb squad' on site at scrap yard

The manager of the scrap yard where a suspect package was found in a car has said a 'bomb squad' is now on site.

Kevin Lawrence, site manager at Charles Trent Cars in Rugby said the package was found in a car, a Vauxhall Omega, which came from Rugby.

"The bomb squad is on site now to see if it is an explosive," he said.

Jobs fair in Coventry

The firm building the Friargate project in Coventry is staging a drop-in event in the city centre today to find firms to help them complete the multi-million pound scheme.

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BreakingBreaking news: Suspect package found in scrap yard vehicle

Explosive experts are on their way to a Warwickshire scrap yard after a suspect package was found in a vehicle.

Police says it was found in a vehicle at Charles Trent Cars, in Newbold Road, Rugby at 10:04.

A 200 metre cordon is now in place.  

Police
BBC

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It is going to be another fine, dry day. Highs of 15C (59F).

Find out what else is in store for us later.

Call for people to help clear up canal litter

The charity that cares for Coventry Canal is calling for visitors to take more pride in their local waterways after volunteers from a local canoe club cleared up a bumper amount of litter.

Clean up
The Canal and River Trust

Simon Ricketts from the Anker Valley Canoe Club said; “This year there seemed to be much more litter than in previous years which is really sad ..... People need to realise that the canal is an asset for everyone and that by carelessly dumping their rubbish they’re spoiling it for everyone else.”

Latest news: GP surgery attacked by vandals; cyclist taken to trauma centre

These are the stories we're looking at this lunchtime: 

- Staff at a GP surgery in Coventry say it's been attacked three times in the past week 

- A cyclist has been taken to a major trauma centre after suffering multiple injuries in a crash on the A45 near Coventry

- JLR's multi-million pound expansion plans are to be considered by the city council next week 

Cyclist taken to trauma centre

A cyclist has been seriously injured in an accident on the A45 this morning. 

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Watch: Did Shakespeare write Star Wars?

BBC iWonder

Whether you’re a cinemagoer, a fan of TV drama or you love a good novel, you’ll have seen similar storylines cropping up time and again.

Prof Diane Purkiss visits Elstree Studios to explore the similarities between Star Wars and Shakespeare's so-called Henry Plays.  

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GP surgery attacked by vandals

Staff at a brand new GP surgery in Coventry say it's been targeted by vandals at least three times in the past seven days. 

The Forrest Medical Centre in Canley opened in September.

Medical centre
BBC

 In the latest attack - the large window facing the road was shattered  

Smashed window
BBC

JLR plans to be considered by councillors

Plans for a multimillion-pound expansion of the Jaguar Land Rover facility in Whitley, Coventry, are being recommended for approval by councillors in the city next week. 

The scheme, using green-belt land north of the A45, is due to be considered at a city council planning meeting.

Another set of plans for land to the south of the A45 is going before councillors in Warwick. 

If both councils give the green light then the communities secretary has to decide whether to call the scheme in.

Hospital ward closed

Be aware if visiting Warwick Hospital.

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Police seek number of wanted men

Details have been released by Warwickshire police of a number of men they're seeking in connection with a range of incidents dating back a couple of years.

Carlos Alberto Furtado
Warwickshire Police
Carlos Alberto Furtado (also known as Box) wanted for wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm

"We believe that some of these men will have information that will help us to solve some outstanding crimes and bring the people responsible to justice... The public's help is vital in helping us to locate these individuals and I'd appeal for anyone with information to contact us

Neil HarrisonDet Ch Insp Warwickshire Police

Latest news: JLR plans set for approval; cyclist suffers multiple injuries

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are the stories we are looking at this morning: 

- Coventry and Warwickshire-based JLR is set to have bridge plan approved 

- A cyclist has suffered multiple injuries after a crash involving a car and a lorry on the A45 near Coventry

- Warwickshire police have released details of men wanted for questioning about a number of criminal offences   

Cyclist seriously injured in crash with lorry

A cyclist has been left with multiple serious injuries after a crash involving a car and a lorry on the A45.

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Cricket: Trott double ton turns match for Bears

BBC Sport

Jonathan Trott made his highest score for Warwickshire to offer hope of a final-day victory over Middlesex at Lord's.

Warwickshire's former England batsman Jonathan Trott
Getty Images

Why should we bother celebrating Shakespeare?

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

As the 400th anniversary of his death approaches, why should we bother celebrating Shakespeare?

After all, he was only a playwright. And we don't take to the streets to whoop it up for Chaucer, Jonson or Bacon.  

William Shakespeare
BBC

Jaguar Land Rover bridge set for approval

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry is set to be reborn as a ‘Smart Motor City’ with millions of pounds of government support for the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover ready to be signed off.  

Coventry food banks buck national trend

The number of people reliant on food banks in Coventry has dropped significantly, unlike the rest of the country.

Food bank
the Trussell Trust/Alexandra Smart

Video: Latest weather forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

BBC Weather

Got your sunglasses? You'll probably need them today.

Travel: Warwickshire delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A446 Lichfield Road southbound at Curdworth, drivers are warned.

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