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  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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Our live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have finished for the week.

We'll be back after the bank holiday with all the news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

Final goodbye to Jimmy Hill

A ceremony will be held at the Ricoh Arena at 13:00 tomorrow to lay the ashes of Sky Blues legend Jimmy Hill. 

Jimmy Hill
Getty Images

They'll be scattered in a new memorial garden ahead of the club's match against Sheffield United.

A new stone centrepiece honouring the man who took the club into the top flight of English football will also be unveiled.

Coventry anaethetist selected for Invictus Games

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

A Coventry-based doctor is preparing to represent the UK in the Invictus Games, which takes place in Florida in ten days time. 

Jen Warren

Anaesthetist and former Army Major Jen Warren will travel with the team next week after being selected for athletics, swimming and road cycling. 

Jen suffered severe nerve injuries in 2008 after a skiing accident, affecting her ability to use her left leg.

She predominantly uses a wheelchair when working in the anaesthetic rooms and theatres at University Hospital.    

Two arrested after cannabis found at Rugby addresses

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Around 70 cannabis plants have been seized from a house in Thompson Close in Rugby, police say.

Cannabis plants
Warwickshire police

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and conspiracy to supply.

A 23-year old was also held, on suspicion of conspiracy to supply, at an address in Buchanan Road, where a search uncovered cannabis and £4,000 in cash.  

Both men have been bailed until the end of May.  

Latest: Inquest into death of Phil Townshend; stolen dog reunited with owner

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Former deputy council leader Phil Townshend died of natural causes

- Stolen dog reunited with owner after more than a year

- Family pays tribute to motorcyclist who died in Wootton Wawen crash

Stolen dog reunited with owner after more than a year

Diachi, an Akita stolen from her home in Sheffield more than a year ago, has been reunited with her owner after being found wandering the streets of Coventry.

Council dog wardens impounded the dog in kennels when it was picked up as a stray in Willenhall two weeks ago and because it was microchipped, the wardens were able to track down her owner Robert Marsden.

Diachi and owner Robert Marsden
Coventry City Council

It was great to see the reaction of the owner. It isn’t often that you find a dog that went missing from such a distance away and it is unusual for a stray to be found after such a long period of time.

Phil HibberdManager pest control and animal welfare, Coventry City Council

Rugby free school secures funding

Plans for the new free secondary school in Rugby have cleared the last government hurdle.

The Department for Education has agreed a funding arrangement which means the school can open in September.

Its first intake will see 180 pupils taking classes on the site of the Rokeby Primary School in Anderson Avenue.

Rokeby school

Tributes paid to 'wonderful son and doting father'

The family of a motocyclist who died in a collision on Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen has paid tribute to their "loving and wonderful son and doting father".

Robert Loach, 27, from Redditch, died on Monday, leaving a partner and two children aged one and three. 

Robert Loach
Warwickshire Police

His partner Lian said: "He was my rock and my soulmate, the love of my life and I love him more than I could possibly say." 

A man's been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Latest: Inquest into death of former deputy council leader; Coventry drugs ring jailed

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coroner rules the former deputy leader of Coventry City Council died of natural causes

- Members of Coventry drugs ring jailed

- Stolen dog reunited with owner after more than a year

Sky Blues look for a home win to end season

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The Sky Blues bring down the curtain on their home campaign when they host Sheffield United at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow. 

The City are aiming to make it three home wins in a row for the first time in the league since November. 

Goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook says their supporters deserve a strong end to the season.

All I've got to say is thank you so much for such great support it will only push the boys more and more.

Reice Charles-CookCoventry City Football Club

Proposals to develop Coventry's Priory centre

The first proposals have been put forward to re-open the Priory Visitor Centre in Coventry which closed when a council grant was withdrawn.

Coventry City Council says it will soon be asking parties who are interested in taking over the site to come forward.

Local businesswoman Carole Donnelly, who's putting forward her plans, says given better promotion of the venue and more facilities, it could have a future.

Priory Centre

We're proposing to keep the Undercroft exactly as it is... But the visitor's centre lends itself to being a great investment for the city and we would possibly look to putting a cafe in there.

Carole Donnolly

Travel: M40 accident

BBC Travel

An accident has closed one lane of the M40 northbound at J15, A46 (Longbridgte Island) in Warwickshire.

More details on BBC Travel.

Members of Coventry drugs ring jailed

Members of a Coventry drugs ring have been jailed for their part in an operation intent on supplying cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis with a street value of £1.7m, police say.

The four offenders
West Midlands Police
Clockwise from top left: Lines, Walters, Squire and Bromell

- Robert Lines, 51, of Heather Road, Binley Woods was sentenced to 15 years, having admitted conspiracy to supply drugs. Police branded him a "major player".

- Joseph Squire, 36, of Nuffield Road, Court House Green, was sentenced to five years, having admitted conspiracy to supply drugs. At his home, officers found blocks of cocaine, with a purity as high as 87 per cent, worth £320,000.

- Lee Walters, 25, of Dartmouth Road, Coventry, was sentenced to 11 years, having been found guilty of conspiracy to supply drugs.

- The Dane Road home of Sara Bromell, 50, was used as a pick-up point for the drugs. She was sentenced to three years after admitting her role in the conspiracy.

Their convictions follow the sentencing of three others in the drugs network last year.

'No excuse' for condition of seriously ill rabbit

A partially paralysed rabbit had to be put to sleep after being dumped in a picnic basket outside an RSPCA branch in Coventry.


Staff at the branch in Coundon Wedge Drive say they saw a man in a silver car leave the rabbit on their doorstep.

An emergency vet was called, but the rabbit was so poorly, the only option was to put it to sleep.

The poor rabbit was clearly in a very bad way - he should have seen a vet a long time ago. There is absolutely no excuse for this.

Lorraine Bryan-ArnoldDeputy branch manager, RSPCA

Former Coventry City Council deputy leader died of natural causes

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A coroner has ruled the former deputy leader of Coventry City Council died of natural causes.

Phil Townshend
Coventry City Council

An inquest into his death heard Philip Townshend was found collapsed in his pyjamas at home with painkillers and anti-depressants in his system. The cause of death was deemed to be ischaemic heart disease.

After his body was discovered, ‎police noted that Mr Townshend had laid out his driving licence, passport, cheque books, wallet and his will in an envelope neatly at his home, but witnesses said this was typical of his behaviour and "OCD" ways.

Mr Townshend's body was found last year after colleagues became concerned when he did not reply to text messages. 

Wasps team news

Wasps have released details of the side which will take on Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday.

They need a bonus point win to secure a home tie in the end of season play-offs.

View more on twitter

Lorry stuck for 17 hours finally moves

Police have just re-opened Torrington Avenue which was blocked for 17 hours by a stuck lorry.

Repairs were made to the HGV's compressor allowing it to be moved - and finally make its delayed delivery.

View more on twitter

How do you solve a problem like a stuck lorry?

We've been telling you about the broken-down lorry that's been stuck across the width of the road at a busy industrial estate in Coventry, blocking traffic since last night.

The good news is the vehicle, from Athens, has now been removed - we'll have more on that shortly. But how did the problem get solved when the driver couldn't contact his Greek employer to get funding for repairs? It's a public holiday over there.

The answer is he got by with a little help from new friends. Graham Brown from nearby company Sandvik Limited explains the predicament in which the driver found himself.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It continues to be breezy and chilly this afternoon with some scattered showers and bright intervals.

Parking charges could be introduced at Stratford park and ride

Free parking is under threat in the Stratford area as the county council considers imposing charges at the park and ride at Bishopton.

Stratford park and ride

The idea is to charge £3 pounds to park before 9am and £1 for the rest of the day. 

The councillor in charge of transport, Peter Butlin, admits it is aimed at raising money and could lead to parking charges going up in the town centre.

Protest to support suspended West Midlands Deputy PCC

A protest will take place this afternoon in support of the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner who was suspended last month

Yvonne Mosquito's suspension followed allegations she broke protocol by failing to inform police officers she was visiting a murder victim's family. 

Her supporters say the visit was undertaken in her role as an ordained minister. 

An internal investigation into potential gross misconduct is continuing.

Latest: Coventry drug dealers jailed; lorry blocks busy road

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories in Coventry and Warwickshire today:

- Members of Coventry drugs ring jailed for more than 30 years

- Broken-down lorry blocking busy Coventry road

- Pedestrian hit and killed by car

Watch: Stuck lorry is blocking busy road

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here's more on the broken-down lorry that's been stuck across the width of a busy road and blocking traffic since yesterday evening:

The problem in Torrington Avenue, Coventry, has been caused by a faulty compressor. Things aren't helped by the fact the driver, who's Greek, is struggling to contact his employer to get funding to fix it, as it's a public holiday in Greece.  

Now the boss of a company based on the road has intervened.

Giles Laughton, managing director of Laughton Tubes, said: "We know the supplier of the lorry so we're paying up front to get the lorry fixed and hopefully get the road unblocked".

Coventry care home ready to be bulldozed as part of modernisation plan

Coventry Telegraph

Residents at Ebbw Vale House, in Cheylesmore, have been moved to other homes in the city over the past few months after bosses decided the home was no longer fit for purpose.  

Pedestrian ends up in ditch after collision with van

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A man ended up in hospital with multiple injuries after he was knocked into a water-filled ditch following a collision with a van. 

It happened on Coventry Road at Stoneleigh yesterday afternoon.

The Ambulance Service says the man in his 50s was taken to hospital suffering hypothermia.

Latest: Coventry drugs ring crushed; fatal crash in Coventry; new school for Rugby

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories in the newsroom today:

- Members of Coventry drugs ring jailed for more than 30 years

- A man's died after a collision on Sewell Highway in Coventry yesterday

- Funding agreed for free school in Rugby

Coventry road blocked by stuck lorry

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A stuck lorry means Torrington Avenue in Coventry is blocked, leading to slow traffic in both directions between the Westcotes junction and the Templar Avenue junction.

It's been there since last night because of a faulty compressor.


Police appeal for witnesses to fatal collision on Sewall Highway

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

An elderly man has died after being in a collision with a car on Sewell Highway yesterday lunchtime.

It happened at the junction of Sullivan Road and police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

Officers spoke to the driver of the car, a 41-year old man, at the scene. He is assisting police with their enquiries.  

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some showers around first thing this morning and in further northern parts these could fall as snow and sleet for a time. 

Fewer showers this afternoon with some brighter weather expected and stronger winds. Highs of 10C (50F).

Travel: Traffic light failure in Coventry

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on the B4101 Herald Avenue in Coventry at Vanguard Avenue because of traffic light failure.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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