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Summary

  1. Body found in Rugby
  2. Coventry City defender investigated over tweet
  3. Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund launched
  4. Renovation plans unveiled for Stratford Toll House
  5. Updates for Tuesday 3 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

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

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry night ahead with patchy cloud which will eventually melt away leaving clear spells in the early hours. 

Coventry car fire

Rosie Eaton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Crews have been dealing with a car fire on Coventry's eastern bypass in Binley this afternoon. 

The vehicle was alight on the forecourt of the Murco BP filling station.  

M69: Closed and slow traffic

BBC Travel

The M69 is closed and there's very slow traffic southbound between M1 J21, Leicester and J1, A5 (Hinckley), because of a shed load and an accident involving two lorries and a car, BBC Travel reports.

Diversions are in operation.

M6: lane blocked and slow traffic

BBC Travel

There's a lane blocked and slow traffic on the M6 southbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident, BBC Travel reports.

Latest: Body found in Rugby; and former teacher admits sexual assault

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories today:

- Police find man's body in a tent in Rugby

- Former music teacher handed 12-month suspended sentence after admitting sexually assaulting a boy

- Sky Blues player investigated over homophobic tweet

Jimmy Hill fund launched

Marian McNamee

Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City players joined organisers for the launch of the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund.

Details of how to donate or raise money can be found here

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Warwick academics use photo site to track protest hotspots

Academics from Warwick Business School have analysed data on 25 million photographs uploaded to the image hosting site Flickr and produced a map of the world's protests over a year.

Protest map
Warwick Business School

After looking at images from 244 countries and regions they found that protests can be mapped across the world as they happen. 

Our findings underline the potential value of photographs posted on the internet as a source of global, cheap and rapidly available measurements of human behaviour around the world.”

Merve AlanyaliPhD candidate from Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School

Former teacher sentenced for child sex offences

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A former music teacher and church verger from Leamington Spa has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence after admitting sexually assaulting a boy. 

Alan Baker, 80,  from Buckley Road admitted two charges of sexual assault against a male under 18 and was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Friday.

The offences took place in September and October last year. 

He's also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register and was given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

JLR workers heads to US for Invictus Games

Ben Sidwell

BBC Midlands Today

Colleagues from Jaguar Land Rover have been giving co-worker James McGill a big send off as he sets off to compete in the Invictus Games.

The former Grenadier Guard from Rugby is heading to Orlando where the games will start next week.

You can see my full report on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Latest: Footballer investigated over tweet; police officer convicted over kidnap hoax

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the stories making the headlines in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Sky Blues footballer questioned over homophobic tweet

- West Midlands police officer convicted over terrorist kidnap hoax

- Jimmy Hill legacy fund launched

Sats protest: Parents to keep children off school

Primary school children from across the West Midlands could be kept off school today in a protest against new exams.

Child writing on paper
Thinkstock

Parents are supporting a campaign, which is trying to get the government to scrap the Sats tests for six to seven year olds.

The Department for Education says the tests help teachers identify and provide the support pupils need, as well as giving parents a picture of how their child is doing.   

Hoax call claimed colleague would be kidnapped

Hussain was involved in a hoax 999 call claiming a colleague would be kidnapped by a radical Muslim with links to so-called Islamic State, Stafford Crown Court heard.  

The police constable, 29, was one of three men accused of conspiring to make a bogus call to West Midlands Police.  

He had denied two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice but was found guilty after a trial.

BreakingPolice officer convicted over terrorist kidnap hoax

West Midlands police officer PC Amar Hussain, from Birmingham, has been convicted of perverting the course of justice after making a hoax phone call claiming an officer was going to be kidnapped by terrorists. 

Airport fault is rectified

Passengers should see queues to get through security at Birmingham Airport start to improve as the IT fault is rectified, the airport says.

The IT fault we experienced in security has now been rectified and the time taken to proceed through security will now begin to improve.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Cloudier this afternoon, but still bright spells and the chance of occasional showers.

Manual security checks at Birmingham Airport: Passengers 'leave extra time'

Manual security checks were carried out at Birmingham Airport after a computer fault earlier.

Passengers reported delays of 65 minutes at the security gate after a "technical software issue".

A spokeswoman for the airport is advising passengers to leave extra time if travelling to the airport today but the fault has been repaired, and the queues are expected to improve.

Birmingham Airport sign
Birmingham Airport

Wasps' Jackson to join Harlequins at end of season

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have confirmed fly-half Ruaridh Jackson will leave the club at the end of the season to join Harlequins.

Ruaridh Jackson
Getty Images

The Scottish international has made 18 appearances for the club since joining ahead of the 2014/15 season.

We will part on good terms and wish him the very best at Quins next season. Ruaridh is a great guy, who is extremely popular within the squad and is highly respected for his skill-set and his commitment to the team and to helping the squad succeed

Dai YoungWasps' directof of Rugby

Renovation plans unveiled for Stratford's Toll House

A £500,000 scheme to renovate the Toll House on Clopton Bridge, in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been unveiled.

Toll House
Stratford Town Trust

As well as preserving the fabric of the building, the Stratford Historic Buildings Trust wants to turn the 200-year-old house into offices.

Coventry City player apologises for 'completely unacceptable' language

Coventry City say they're keen to stress an offensive remark tweeted by player, Chris Stokes, was "completely unacceptable" and won't happen again in future.

The club has launched an internal investigation into the player's behaviour on social media and his use of the homophobic term.

They say the club will work with organisations such as Kick it Out and Football v Homophobia to help educate Chris and the squad on why this language is unacceptable.

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JLR worker leaves for Invictus Games

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Jaguar Land Rover employee, James McGill says it's a "great honour" to be selected for the Invictus Games UK team.

The former Grenadier Guard from Rugby is leaving for Orlando today where he'll compete in track and field events as well as swimming at the games next week. 

He was medically discharged from the army after an explosive device was activated while he was serving in Afghanistan.

James McGill
Good Relations

The journey to selection has been tough, with so many great competitors in the mix, but the games has given so many former and serving men and women a renewed focus and set of goals which should never be underestimated.

James McGill

Sky Blues player investigated over apparent homophobic tweet

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes is undergoing an internal investigation following claims he used a homophobic remark on twitter.

The 25-year-old used an apparent homophobic remark whilst commenting on the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham.

Chris Stokes
Getty Images

The tweet was quickly deleted and the player tweeted out an apology for the remark soon after. 

In a statement he said: "It was a brainless moment from me and I'm really disappointed in myself for using that term, I'm not homophobic at all". 

Rugby to become 'hedgehog friendly'

A new hedgehog conservation area is being launched in Rugby.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging residents and businesses to help with mapping and monitoring the animals in a bid to halt decline.

Hedgehog
Tom Marshall/WildNet

Wasps' Edd Shervington to retire for show business career

BBC Sport

Wasps hooker Edd Shervington is to seek a new career in show business when he retires at the end of the season.

Ed Shervington
Getty Images

At the age of 31, the Welsh chicken farmer, who runs a successful family free range egg business in Gwent, is serious about fulfilling a genuine ambition to tread the boards.  

Latest: Jimmy Hill fund launched; toll house renovation plans; and JLR worker leaves for Invictus Games

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the stories making the headlines in Coventry today:

- Sky Blues launch Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund

- Plans to renovate Stratford Toll House revealed

- JLR worker leaves for Orlando to compete in Invictus Games

Jimmy Hill legacy fund launched

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A new scheme set up to honour the late Jimmy Hill is to be launched today.

Jimmy Hill legacy fund logo
Coventry City Football Club

The Legacy Fund, named after the Sky Blues' former manager and chairman, aims to help community groups, support disadvantaged youngsters and disabled people and make grants available to local charities. 

It'll be run by Sky Blues in the Community.

Travel: A439 accident

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A439 in Warwick Road in Ingon, at the Ingon Lane junction, because of an accident.

Congestion is to Black Hill and the Welcome Road junction. 

Latest: Jimmy Hill fund; crowdfunding campaign for toddler with rare disease; plans to renovate toll house

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Sky Blues launch Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund 

- Warwick family raise money for research into daughter's rare condition 

- Scheme to renovate Stratford Toll House unveiled

Baby Tommy 'doing well' after being born on M42 hard shoulder

The grandad of a baby boy born on the M42 in Warwickshire at the weekend says the family's nicknamed him "J7", as he was born near that junction. 

Tommy was delivered by his mum Sam at the side of the motorway after they got stuck in traffic on Saturday. Police went to help them. 

M42
Google

Terry Kemp says baby Tommy is doing well, despite being born three weeks early.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a fairly bright start with some sunny spells, scattered cloud will increase over the course of the day. Top temperatures of 14C (57F).    

Travel: A45 accident

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the A45 London Road, in Stretton-on-Dunsmore at Stretton island.

Congestion is back to to the Rugby Lane junction.

More details on BBC Travel

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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