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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016
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Updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended for today.

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

Latest weather forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

Find out what the weather has in store this evening and overnight. A warning, it's looking pretty cold...

Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

Bears appoint Franklin as women's boss

BBC Sport

Warwickshire have formally appointed former county junior player Darren Franklin as their new head of women's cricket at Edgbaston.  

Warwickshire head of women's cricket Darren Franklin
Sam Bagnall - Warwickshire CCC

Franklin, 28, who opens the batting for Birmingham League side Harborne, played to Under-19 level for Warwickshire and in the same county Under-17 team as England all-rounder Chris Woakes.

He has already worked with the women's team at Warwickshire for three years.

Warwickshire head of women's cricket Darren Franklin

Bears appoint Franklin as women's boss

Warwickshire appoint former Bears county junior player Darren Franklin as their head of women's cricket.

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Update: Developer to investigate concern over future of trees

Housing developer Barratt Homes said it would investigate the concerns of residents about the future of a number of mature oak trees on land they're planning to develop near Nuneaton. 

There was a stand-off earlier today between local residents and the developer when tree surgeons arrived to chop down the trees .

The intervention of a local councillor spared the trees today. 

Barratt Homes has told the BBC it's investigating the issue. 

Lost WW2 bomber crews remembered in German service

Relatives of a World War Two pilot from Warwickshire, whose plane was shot down over Germany in 1944, are travelling to Berlin for a special memorial service.

For decades it wasn't known if William Proffit White, from Shotteswell, had any living relatives.

The family will see a new gravestone dedicated.

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The re-dedication services are taking place at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Berlin 1939-1945 war cemetery.  

Horse rescused after getting stuck in ditch

A horse had to be rescued after getting stuck in a muddy ditch. 

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Police commissioners: Party or independent?

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Police commissioners: a choice of party hats or independents.

Read my latest blog post, ahead of the elections next month.

Polling place sign

The latest news: Five men jailed over dead sheep; stand-off over trees

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- Five men have been jailed after the discovery of six dead sheep in a vehicle on the M6 near Rugby

- A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after an accident at Wootton Wawen on Monday 

- There's a stand-off between residents near Nuneaton and housing developers over the fate of mature oak trees 

Sport: Wasps player to miss crucial match

BBC Sport

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has confirmed that Dan Robson will miss Sunday's crucial Premiership match at Exeter through concussion.

Dan Robson

The fly-half suffered the head injury in Saturday's Champions Cup defeat to Saracens and Young says they daren't bring the 24-year-old back too soon. 

Concern over trees sparks protest

There`s a stand-off between housing developer Barratt Homes and local residents near Nuneaton about the fate of a handful of mature oak trees, which are under threat of being chopped down.

The intervention of a local councillor spared the trees earlier today. 

But the residents want Barratt Homes to think again and they say they knew nothing about the plan until the tree surgeons arrived. 


The tree surgeons turned up this morning with their cutters, their harnesses, ladders, lorries and shredder to demolish the trees unbeknown to us

Susan JamesResident

Five men jailed after dead sheep found in vehicle

Five men have been jailed after the discovery of six dead sheep in a vehicle travelling between junctions one and two of the M6 motorway, near Rugby on Sunday.

The sheep were believed to be from a nearby farm.

The men were charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, theft and criminal damage.


The men who've been jailed are: Mircea Marinel Tamboi, 29, of West Bromwich Street, Walsall; Damian Durac, 18, address unknown; Elvis Slavu, 30, address unknown; Venus Corcoveano, 38, of Caldmore Green, Walsall; and Catalin Marian Scaficea, 37, of Tasker Street, Walsall.

Corcoveano was handed 14 weeks behind bars, while the other four were handed 18-week prison sentences.

All five were ordered to pay £180 compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.

Blaze welcome back former player as head coach

The Coventry Blaze have welcomed back the former player, Danny Stewart, who takes over from Chuck Weber next season. 

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BBC team will be chilling out ahead of breakfast show

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The Trish and Jo breakfast show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire will be coming from Dol-y-Moch, in north Wales, tomorrow morning. 

Dol-y-Moch is Coventry City Council's outdoor education centre in Snowdonia and it's celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 

As you can see, the weather is far from spring-like there at the moment.  

BBC car

Join Trish and Jo from 06:00 tomororw morning.  

Meet the West Midlands PCC candidates: Andy Flynn (Independent)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Andy Flynn, standing as an Independent candidate for PCC, runs a small technical company. 

He says that, if elected, he will publish monthly reports on the number of arrests and the number of convictions by West Midlands Police. 

Andy Flynn

He says he will also publish reports on the number of complaints made about the force by the public, and the total number of complaints upheld.

Revenge porn: Charges were made in nearly a quarter of cases

Peter Sherlock

Data unit

Earlier we reported how 61 victims of revenge porn - including a 13-year-old child - reported offences to West Midlands Police in the first year of the new law coming into effect.  

They were among more than 1,000 alleged victims, according to Freedom of Information requests from 31 forces in England and Wales between April and December.

The oldest victim in our region was 60.

From those West Midlands cases, 12 led to a charge, six led to a caution, 31 saw no action taken.

In seven of the cases where no action was taken, a suspect had been identified but the prosecution time limit had expired.

Freedom of Information requests

The latest news: Man charged after fatal road accident; JLR plans approved

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- A man's been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal accident in Wooton Wawen

- New powers have been introduced to stop suspected grooming in a Coventry park

- JLR's plans to expand its research and development site at Whitley have been approved  

Man charged after fatal accident

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal collision in Wootton Wawen on Monday night.

Craig Glenn Allen, aged 35 and of no fixed abode, appeared before magistrates in Leamington Spa this morning. 

He's been remanded in custody until 26 May when he will appear at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington.

Warwickshire Police

Meet the West Midlands PCC candidates: Pete Durnell (UKIP)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Pete Durnell, standing as the UKIP candidate for PCC, has lived in the Warley area near Wolverhampton for 25 years.  

Mr Durnell worked in computing before entering politics in 2014. 

Pete Durnell
Pete Durnell

He is currently the Chairman of UKIP's Sandwell branch and stood as parliamentary candidate for Warley in the 2015 general election. 

His pledge is to bring back policing to communities. 

England's Big Picture

BBC News England

Heather Ross took this photo of her husband Gordon, "putting the beds up" in preparation for potato planting in Botts Green, Nether Whitacre, Coleshill, North Warwickshire. 

She said it was taken "just as the sun was going down" and there was a "really hazy sky, and it was freezing".

Heather Ross

Take a look at more of England's Big Pictures.

More than 130 motorists caught using mobiles

More than 130 motorists in the region were caught using their mobile phone at the wheel during a crackdown by West Midlands Police earlier this month. 

Motorway police used an unmarked HGV cab to help spot drivers committing traffic offences and risking accidents on the M5, M6 and M42.

West Midlands Police

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Another cold and frosty start before some showers arrive. Highs of 9C (48F).

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Meet the West Midlands PCC candidates: David Jamieson (Labour)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

David Jamieson, standing as Labour's police and crime commissioner candidate is seeking re-election as the West Midlands PCC. 

David Jamieson

Mr Jamieson is a former transport minister who served in Tony Blair's government and a former teacher who's taught in schools across the Midlands. 

He was an MP from 1992 to 2005 and served as a minister from 1997 to 2005.

New powers in force to stop suspected grooming in Coventry park

New powers are now in place to allow police and other authorities to stop groups of people suspected of grooming from gathering at a park in Coventry. 

The Public Space Protection Order has come into force at Edgwick Park, after fears it was a place where young people were being targeted for sexual exploitation.

Edgwick Park

The latest news: Man charged with bomb hoax; MP to meet minister over school closure

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- A man has been charged with making a bomb hoax after an incident in Bedworth 

- A Coventry MP is to meet the schools minister over concerns about the closure of Woodlands Academy 

- JLR's multimillion-pound expansion plans in Coventry have got the go-ahead   

Meet the West Midlands PCC candidates: Les Jones (Conservative)

Sian Grzeszczyk

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Les Jones, standing as the Conservative candidate for PCC, is a former West Midlands council leader and describes himself as a well-known and effective local campaigner. 

Les Jones

He says he has a track record of putting people before politics.

He believes that's the kind of person the West Midlands needs as its local police and crime commissioner.

Words of love in Stratford library

Stratford upon Avon library is to be used as a wedding venue.   

Warwickshire County Council

MP to meet schools minister over plans to close school

A Coventry MP is calling for an explanation over why proposals to close Woodlands Academy in the city have been allowed to happen. 

Geoffrey Robinson has accused ministers of "crazy planning" because two new secondary schools are currently being built nearby.

He's meeting the schools minister Nick Gibb in Westminster today. 

Geoffrey Robinson

They've done absolutely nothing to turn the academy around and... instead of doing that they're suddenly building another academy barely a mile away down the road there and find they haven't got enough pupils to go round - it's crazy planning

Geoffrey RobinsonLabour MP for Coventry North West

Travel: Congestion around Nuneaton

It's slow around Nuneaton because of heavy traffic. 

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Life inside a prison cell

Find out what it's like inside a prison cell.  

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Man charged with making bomb hoax after bank incident

A man has been charged with making  bomb hoax, after an incident at a bank in Bedworth yesterday.

Mark Gallemore, aged 53, of Marston Lane, Bedworth was initially arrested on suspicion of robbery.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Leamington Spa later today. 

JLR's multimillion-pound expansion gets go-ahead

Jaguar Land Rover plans to build on green-belt land near Whitley have been approved by councillors.

The idea is to create a technology park that could lead to thousands of new jobs. 

The plans have received dozens of objections from local residents, who are worried about the impact on the green belt. 


Breaking: Blaze appoint new coach

Coventry Blaze have appointed Danny Stewart as Head Coach ahead of the 2016/17 Elite League season.   The 37-year-old Canadian spent four seasons with Coventry, between 2006 and 2010, winning the Elite League Championship on three occasions.

He replaces Chuck Weber who will not be returning to the Skydome Arena next season. 

Danny Stewart

Listen: PCC debate

What do the candidates standing for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election have to say? Listen and find out.

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The latest news: JLR's expansion gets go-ahead; new powers to stop suspected grooming

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

-The multi-million pound expansion of JLR is approved

- New powers are in place to stop groups of people suspected of grooming from gathering at a Coventry park

- The plight of Coventry's Woodlands Academy will be taken up by MP Geoffrey Robinson with the schools minister.

Crackdown on drivers using mobile phone

More than 100 motorway motorists caught using their mobile phones.

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Lost Warwickshire bomber officer remembered

Services are being held at a German war cemetery to remember 10 previously unknown RAF airmen, including one from Warwickshire, whose remains have been identified recently.

Pilot Officer William Proffitt White from Warwickshire was on Halifax LK709, which failed to return from a bombing raid on the German capital on 28 January 1944.

His aeroplane crashed into a lake. 

Re-dedication services at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Berlin 1939-1945 war cemetery are to honour all the crew members who died.  

Latest on the roads

BBC Travel

There's two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on the M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident, BBC Travel reports.  

There's also heavy traffic and a lane closed on the M6 southbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle.  

Revenge pornography victims as young as 13 in the West Midlands, investigation finds

Peter Sherlock

Data unit

A total of 78 victims of revenge porn - including a 13-year-old child - have reported offences to police forces for the West Midlands and Warwickshire in the first year of the new law coming into effect.

In April 2015, it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent.

The BBC analysed Freedom of Information requests from 31 forces in England and Wales between April and December.

Online safety charities said victims were left "hugely damaged".

person at a computer

County Championship: Chopra hits century to thwart Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Former Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra
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Ex-Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra made his first century since giving up the captaincy to all but ensure the rain-hit County Championship meeting with Yorkshire will end as a draw.  

Travel: M42 delay warnings

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on the M6 southbound between J4 of the M42 for Coleshill and J3 for Nuneaton, drivers are warned.