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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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By Vanessa Pearce

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended for the day.

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

Robber and arsonist who set fire to cars in Warwick told he faces ‘substantial’ time in prison

Warwick Courier

A man who held up staff at two petrol stations and a food outlet at knifepoint was finally arrested after carrying out arson attacks on cars on a Warwick housing estate.

'Coventry must match Jones's ambition' - Tony Mowbray

BBC Sport

Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray says the arrival of teenage winger Jodi Jones must be the start of progress by the club.

The Sky Blues beat a number of clubs to the signature of the 18-year-old winger, who has agreed a four-year contract at the Ricoh Arena.  

'Coventry must match Jones's ambition' - Tony Mowbray

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Remaining warm this evening, despite a keen breeze, and temperatures dropping overnight to 11C (52F).

Mayor of the West Midlands election could take place in May next year

A draft of the law for an election for a Mayor of the West Midlands next year has been released.

It was expected that polling would have been on the same day as local elections, but this document appears to confirm a date of 4 May.

Draft law for election of West Midlands mayor

At the moment, it hasn’t been decided whether the first holder of the office will serve a three or four-year term.

The Mayor will preside over a combined authority including Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country councils, and is likely to have powers over things like transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Latest headlines: Rail consultation on overcrowding; and Sir Frank Whittle 'overlooked'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Consultation to ease overcrowding on West Coast Mainline

- Son of Sir Frank Whittle says the innovator has been 'overlooked' on 75th anniversary of jet engine

- Rugby sex offender wanted by police

Rugby sex offender wanted by police

Police in Warwickshire are hunting for a Rugby man who's broken his sex offenders notification requirements.

Graham Lees, 36, failed to tell the police about a change of address. His location is currently unknown.

He's previously lived in Nuneaton and Warwick and is believed to have links to Leamington and London.

Graham Lees
Warwickshire Police

Sir Frank Whittle: One of the jet set

As the country marks the anniversary of the first jet-powered flight in the UK, here's a reminder of Frank Whittle's history.

He was born in Coventry, the son of a mechanic, and joined the Royal Air Force as an apprentice in 1923. 

Sir Frank Whittle

While still a cadet, he began looking at ways planes could fly at higher altitudes, where air resistance is much lower, in order to achieve long ranges and high speeds.

Piston engines, which were used in aircraft at the time, were unsuitable for this, so Sir Frank decided to use a gas turbine. In 1935, he secured financial backing for his plans and the first test flight was made in 1941.

Daw Mill developers to appeal planning decision

The owners of the former Daw Mill colliery in north Warwickshire say they're appealing a decision taken by local councillors to turn down plans to create a business park and rail hub on the site. 

Artist impression of development
Haworth Estates

Iain Thomson from Harworth Estates says the company believes it's in the "economic and environmental best interests" of the local area to reuse sites such as Daw Mill. 

"We believe that what we've put forward is a sustainable use for what is, in effect, a brown field site," he said, "and that's what's in the appeal".   

The decision will now be taken by the government's planning inspectorate.

Nurses gather to celebrate profession

Nurses and midwives from across Coventry and Warwickshire are celebrating International Nurses Day.

In one event, they came together for a procession through the city centre, ending at a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral.

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Consultation could ease overcrowding on West Coast Mainline

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

The Department for Transport is suggesting more first class carriages should be converted to standard to ease overcrowding on the West Coast Mainline. 

The government is also proposing trains stop at fewer stations. 

It's all part of a consultation on a future 'InterCity' rail franchise. 

The line between London and Edinburgh stops at Coventry.  

New Lord Mayor for Coventry announced

Councillor Lindsley Harvard has been announced as the next Lord Mayor for 2016-17.

He'll take up office after the Mayor Making ceremony as part of the council's Annual General Meeting held at Coventry Cathedral on 19 May.

Lindsley Harvard
Coventry City Council

Edgbaston wicket reported

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The wicket used in Warwickshire's rain-affected draw against Somerset has been reported by the match umpires after 18 wickets fell on the second day's play. 

The ECB's Cricket Liasion Officer Tony Pigott has taken evidence and will decide whether the track was dangerous.

Edgbaston wicket

Sir Frank Whittle 'overlooked' on jet engine anniversary

The son of Sir Frank Whittle says the inventor of the jet engine is not being given enough credit for his invention on the anniversary of the achievement. 

Sir Frank Whittle

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the first jet-powered flight in the UK.

Because of political sensibilities I think it has been rather overlooked. It was government bungling that was the cause of the engine not being developed when it was first proposed.

Ian Whittle

New rail timetable

Train operator, London Midland, introduces a new timetable from Saturday which includes services running through Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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Doctors train patients to hold breath for cancer treatments

BBC Midlands Today

Doctors in the Midlands say they've proved breast cancer patients can be trained to hold their breath for more than five minutes.

Health professionals say it enables medics to administer radiotherapy treatment in a single daily dose. 

Patient receiving cancer treatment

Researchers found if patients kept still then doctors could target the cancer with a radiotherapy beam without harming nearby healthy tissue. 

At the moment, most radiotherapy sessions are delivered while patients breath normally. 

Latest headlines: Planning appeal for Daw Mill; Coventry's Chinese cultural centre

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Daw Mill developers appeal council's planning decision

- Coventry University open Confuscious Institute

- New Lord Mayor for Coventry announced

Travel: Cubbington collision

BBC Travel

Police say traffic in Cubbington is being affected by a collision on Rugby Road.

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Watch: Latest weather for West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some lovely sunshine around this afternoon with temperatures reaching 23C (73F).

Government to set out 'major overhaul' of BBC

A government White Paper is expected today to reveal details of a "major overhaul" to how the BBC is run - among the changes, a move of some of the services to Birmingham.

The trust governing the BBC is expected to be abolished, and a new board set up to run day-to-day matters, while Ofcom will become its external regulator.

Online story regarding BBC charter renewal

University opens Chinese cultural centre

A new educational facility to teach people in Coventry about the culture and language of China is launched today. 

The Confuscious Institute is run by Coventry University - to strengthen the city's links with the country. 

Dr Matthew Beedham, it's deputy Director, says it's vital to improve international relations. 

The opening will be marked by a celebration of Chinese cultural activies in Coventry's University Square from 12:45.

Chinese lanterns
Coventry University

Latest news: Leamington pollution levels; claims Sir Frank Whittle 'overlooked' on jet engine anniversary

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- WHO says Leamington Spa is breaching pollution standards

- Son says Sir Frank Whittle 'overlooked' on 75th anniversary of jet engine

- Edgbaston's wicket reported by match umpires

Disgraced doctor defrauded NHS out of £16,000

Leamington Observer

A psychiatrist defrauded the NHS out of £16,000 by doing private work while he was supposedly off sick – and by using a Warwick hospital’s facilities to see his private patients.  

Leamington is breaching pollution standards, WHO says

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Leamington Spa has been named as one of the areas across the UK and Ireland that is breaching air quality standards.

The World Health Organisation has listed places that exceed safe levels for fine particles in the air, known as PM2.5.

The British Lung Foundation calls the report "deeply concerning".

Jephson gardens
This spot in Leamington Spa looks wonderfully green and clean - but a report says the town's air quality is unsafe

Driving lesson terror as teen's car flips over

Atherstone & Coleshill Herald

A traumatised teenager has spoken of her 'driving lesson from hell' after the car flipped on its side following a collision in Atherstone.

Car flipped on side
Atherstone & Coleshill Herald

High pollen levels forecast

If you suffer from hay fever - be warned that you may be sneezing today as pollen levels are high.  

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Travel: A4082 accident

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the A4082 Allard Way in Coventry between Langbank Avenue and the A428 Binley Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel

Latest news: Planning appeal from Daw Mill developers; pollution standards fall short in Leamington

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Owners of Daw Mill colliery appeal to government over development rejection

- WHO says Leamington is breaching pollution standards

- Edgbaston wicket reported by match umpires

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any early mist will clear allowing blue skies and sunshine which will see the temperatures climb to 23C (73F).

Travel: A45 slow traffic

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on A45 London Road westbound in Coventry between A423 Oxford Road junction and Tollbar island.

More details on BBC Travel.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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