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Updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended for today.

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Wintry showers will gradually die away during the evening to leave a dry night for most.

Some lengthy clear spells will lead to a cold night with widespread frost and some icy patches with lows of 2C (36F).

Is this a comedy of errors? Sculptor's Shakespeare statue 'bard' from roundabout

A statue of William Shakespeare crafted by a world-renowned sculptor has yet to find a permanent home - after highways chiefs claimed it could distract motorists passing through Stratford-upon-Avon.

The proposed location - a roundabout - was described as "unsuitable on grounds of highway safety”.

So now it resides in a yard in the Warwickshire countryside, with an uncertain future.

Shakespeare statue blow

One arrested after attempted robbery in Bedworth

A man's been arrested after theatening staff at Barclays Bank in All Saints Square in Bedworth this afternoon. 

Police say they were called to the bank after reports a man was threatening staff with what looked like hand grenades.

No one was injured in the incident, and the town centre remains cordoned-off whilst they carry out their investigation.

Two devices, believed to be deactivated smoke grenades have been recovered.

Rail delays at Rugby

Safety checks of the line are being made between Rugby and Milton Keynes Central. This is causing delays of up to 25 minutes to trains between these stations, Network Rail says. 

M40 - lane closed at Longbridge

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed on the M40 exit slip road northbound at J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of a broken down vehicle.  

Watch: PM says doctors' strike is 'quite wrong'

Junior doctors have returned to work following the end of their first day of all out strike action.

David Cameron says it's the wrong thing to do to for junior doctors to strike, and particularly to "go ahead with the withdrawal of emergency care - that is not right" he said.

Latest: Man jailed for shooting 20 years ago; and attempted robbery in Bedworth

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

 - Man jailed for Coventry biker gang shooting   

- One man arrested after attempting to rob Bedworth bank

- Junior doctors conclude all-out strike for today, but take further action tomorrow

PCC Elections: How candidates would get more police on the beat

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Labour PCC candidate, Julie Jackson, says the problem of "visible policing" needs to be addressed.

"What we need" she said "is higher profile safer neighbourhood teams - since 2010 over 160 officers and PCSOs have left the force - we need to redress that".

Philip Seccombe, for the Conservatives, said the way to increase police visibility is to "strengthen the volunteer ethos, let's give the PCSOs more powers and let's increase intelligence to find out where the problems are".

Independent candidate Ben Twomey says he wants to concentrate on prevention of crime rather than increasing officers. 

"One way is strengthening youth groups and organisations, making sure there's something productive for young people to do as well as tackling drug and alcohol problems at the earliest opportunity".

Man jailed for Coventry pub shooting 20 years ago

A tattoo artist who shot a DJ in the face after being asked to leave a pub 20 years ago has been jailed for three years,

Anthony Stephens, who police said was a member of biker gang The Outlaws, fired the bullet, which became lodged in his victim's brain, at The Plough on London Road, Coventry, on the morning of Sunday, 20 October 1996.

Anthony Stephens
West Midlands Police

Stephens fled to Ireland after the shooting, police said. He was arrested when he came back to the UK on 22 November 2013 and landed at Birmingham Airport.

The 49-year-old, formerly of Cranberry Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, was cleared of attempted murder and wounding with intent but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm yesterday.

Watch: Blue skies and... er.. snow

There have been reports of snow flurries around Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon.

The nursing team at University Hospital in Coventry caught it on camera.

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PCC Elections: Candidates vow to deal with Warwickshire's shrinking budgets

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Lib Dem candidate Nicola Davies says one of the big challenges will be working with shrinking budgets. 

"I'd like to see us giving our police community support officers more powers so that when they’re out and about they can be more effective, which would free up the time of police officers to be dealing with other issues", she said.

UKIP's Rob Harris said he wants people to understand why there has had to be budget cuts.

"People need to know why there are cuts, and people need to be more involved. With the cuts, year in and year out we have to take more responsibility to inform the public. 

David Woodhouse, an independent, said he thinks there is room in the current budget to invest in local policing.

"Some of that would be recruitment of special constables but I would put some local officers back on the beat", he said.

BMA: Hunt should 'put patient care before political dogma'

The head of the British Medical Association, and consultant at Coventry's University Hospital, Dr Mark Porter has defended today's walk out by junior doctors saying it would have called off the strike if Mr Hunt agreed to lift his threat to impose the contract.

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Five charged after dead sheep found in van on the M6

Six slaughtered sheep have been found in the boot of a vehicle on the M6.

Police said they stopped the vehicle on Sunday as it was travelling between junctions one and two, near to Harborough Magna.

Five men are due to appear at Warwickshire Magistrates' Court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, theft and criminal damage. 

Meet Warwickshire's PCC candidates: Rob Harris (UKIP)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

UKIP candidate Rob Harris is currently studying politics at the University of Warwick. 

Rob Harris
Rob Harris

He says he's "experienced, and survived, the trials and tribulations of modern life and has the experience to liaise between the police and public in a professional and constructive way".

He says he'll work "to not only give communities a voice but also to tackle issues that affect people’s everyday lives."

Meet Warwickshire's PCC candidates: Nicola Davies (Liberal Democrat)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

North Leamington Lib Dem Councillor, Nicola Davies,has been a member of the Warwickshire police and crime panel for the past three years.

Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies

She said: “My priories are retaining front line police numbers and neighbourhood visibility, improving detection and conviction rates and creating a victims charter".

She's vowed to deliver an "open, transparent and ethical" apparoach across the Warwickshire force if elected. 

Coventry doctor urges health secretary to remove imposition

Junior doctor, Munim Moiz, on the picket line at Coventry's University Hospital issues a direct plea to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to lift the imposition of the new doctors contract so negotiations can continue.

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Meet Warwickshire's PCC candidates: Ben Twomey (Independent)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

At 22, Independent candidate Ben Twomey is the youngest candidate for Warwickshire PCC.

Ben Twomey
Ben Twomey

Ben's worked for two police and crime commissioners including the current Warwickshire PCC Ron Ball.

He says he wants to speak for and represent 18-24 year olds who, he says, are an age group he'd like to engage.

Firearms incident in Bedworth

Police tweet they've resolved a firearms incident in Bedworth.

Staff at the Civic Hall confirm they were evacuated around 13:30 this afternoon after police cordoned off the town centre.

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Motorcyclist died in Warwickshire crash

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A motorcyclist died in an accident with a car on the Stratford Road at Wootton Warwen, Henley-in-Arden last night. 

The ambulance service say the man suffered a cardiac arrest in the crash, which happened shortly after 20:30.

Doctor describes 'tragic and sad' day for NHS

Martin Winch

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Pam Wynne (pictured) is one of those joining the picket line at Coventry's University Hospital.

She says it's a "tragic and sad day" for the NHS and describes it as the "worst day of my working career".

Pam Wynne
BBC

Fragments of my profession will travel the world to get away from the system Jeremy Hunt is trying to introduce

Pam WynneJunior doctor, UHCW

Meet Warwickshire's PCC candidates: Julie Jackson (Labour)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Labour's candidate, Julie Jackson, is deputy leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and a county councillor for Warwickshire.

Julie Jackson
Julie Jackson

She says people are telling her they want a high visibility police force which, she says, isn't the case at the moment.

Her top priority will be to have police officers at the front line for fighting crime which offers protection and makes people feel safer.

Latest: Junior doctors strike; and motorcyclist dies in crash

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of our headlining stories:

- The first all-out junior doctors strike in NHS history is taking place

- Motorcyclist dies in Henley-in-Arden crash

- Five in court after dead sheep found in vehicle on M6

Meet Warwickshire's PCC candidates: David Whitehouse (Independent)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Independent candidate David Whitehouse is a former Ch Supt of Warwickshire Police. He retired in 2007 after serving 35 years.

David Whitehouse
David Whitehouse

His campaign is driven by his experience as an officer, and says with his background he can fullfill the role of commissioner with "knowledge and confidence".

He's concerned about the financial cuts that have been made since he left the force and says the lack of visible policing has been noticeable, and he wants to make improvements.

Horse stuck in Kenilworth ditch

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Fire crews from Kenilworth and Rugby have been working with a vet to free a horse stuck in a ditch in Rouncil Lane in Kenilworth.

They were called at 07:40  to help the animal, which was stuck in a ditch full of water.

Travel: M6 northbound accident

BBC Travel

All lanes are closed and queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some showers turning heavy this afternoon with the risk of hail and thunder.

After a bright morning, feeling a lot colder especially in and around showers.

Watch: England's only blind Taekwondo Master

Simon Ward

BBC News

Vendon Wright is England's only blind Taekwondo Master, maintaining this level for more than 20 years.

He has been going progressively blind since the age of 21 and now has no vision at all.

Despite this, he still teaches Taekwondo to classes of all ages in his home town of Rugby.

Meet Warwickshire's PCC candidates: Philip Seccombe (Conservative)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Philip Seccombe, standing as the Conservative candidate for PCC, is a local businessman, a district councillor and served in the Warwickshire Yeomanry for 25 years with a spell as commanding officer.

Philip Seccombe
Philip Seccombe

He says he wantes to make Warwickshire a "safer place to live, work and visit".

"Crime is too high and I want to assist our police to reduce it by increasing their numbers and making them more visible," he said.

Woman died in M6 crash

A woman in her 30s died in an accident on the M6 in the early hours of Saturday.

It happened on the northbound carriageway between junctions one and two and involved a Ford Fiesta, a Nissan and a Vauxhall.

Police say a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently on bail until 10 June.

New home for Shakespeare statue sought due to 'driver distraction' fears

An 8ft (2.4m) statue of Shakespeare has yet to find a home after being deemed distracting for motorists in Stratford upon Avon. 

The application to put James Butler's statue on a traffic island, in Bridge Street, was withdrawn earlier this year.

James Butler with statue
PA

Warwickshire County Council said the location, which serves five roads, was "unsuitable" on highway safety grounds. 

Mr Butler, 84, who has sculptured the Queen, had wanted it to be part of the weekend's Shakespeare celebrations. 

Striking junior doctors join picket line in Warwick

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

About a dozen doctors have joined the picket line at Warwick Hospital.

The hospital says consultants have stepped in to ensure patient safety, but over the 24-hour period 22 clinics and 29 elective operations have been cancelled, affecting hundreds of patients. 

Latest: Junior doctors strike; and woman died in M6 crash

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here are some of our main stories today:

- Junior doctors across Coventry and Warwickshire take all-out strike action

- Woman died in M6 crash

- Home sought for 'distracting' Shakespeare statue

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a bright start it’ll be mostly cloudy with sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be wintry in places.

Top temperatures of 10C (50F). 

Watch: Why are junior doctors on strike?

Ministers and junior doctors are locked in an increasingly fraught dispute in England. 

But what exactly is the row about?  

Advice for patients during doctors' strike

Coventry's University Hospital asks patients to think carefully before going to A&E, even though they're confident services will be safe.

Across the West Midlands, 314 operations have been cancelled with more than 3,000 out-patient appointments not going ahead.

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Warwickshire PCC debate

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

I'm hosting a debate, broadcast at 09:00 today, that we recorded yesterday with the six candidates standing to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire.

We'll be bringing you profiles of the candidates, information about the force and highlights of the debate here on Coventry and Warwickshire Live.

Warwickshire PCC Candidates
BBC