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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Vanessa Pearce

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

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

Sunday Politics examines spoilt ballot papers in PCC election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Almost 30,000 ballot papers were spoilt in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election earlier this month, along with 3,000 in Warwickshire.

Although some were deliberate some returning officers feel many were spoiled because the voting system is too complicated.

In the West Midlands it accounted for nearly 5% of the total votes cast.

You can see more on this story on Sunday Politics West Midlands on 15 May at 11:00 on BBC One.

Second circuit for Coventry Motofest

Organisers of the Coventry Motorfest say they're to host a second circuit at this year's festival with Gymkhana cars, drift cars and stock cars all set to feature on a new short oval track.


They say the new short track oval circuit will be created from the Moat Street car park area near to Junction 7 of the Coventry Ring Road.

The two-day festival starts on Saturday, 4 June, with additional events on the evening of Friday, 3 June. 

The Coventry Motofest event just gets bigger and better each year and we look forward to putting on an exciting show to celebrate Coventry’s motoring heritage."

Darren LangveldMotofest director

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A dry and mostly cloudy night, with skies clearing later on.

Cooler than recent nights with a chilly northerly breeze and lows of 6C (43F).

Delivery driver given suspended sentence after killing Southam mother

Kevin Reide

Midlands Today

A man has been given a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, for careless driving, after he left the handbrake off on his van, which rolled away killing a mother-of-two.

Matheeb Iqbal, 23, from Lime Grove, Birmingham, was delivering fresh fish to the Bowling Green Pub in Southam when the vehicle rolled across the car park killing 65-year-old Susan Collins. 

Tragically her husband was also killed by a careless driver four years ago. 

Latest: Sky Blues owners consider further court action; driver escapes jail after killing Southam mother

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry City's owners consider further court action after losing appeal

- Delivery driver given suspended sentence after killing Southam mother

- Rugby rule book sells for £13,00 at auction

Police 'hunch' leads to drug stash find

Police say the car stop that led to the arrest and conviction of Coventry drug dealer, Abdul Mahmood, was "good old fashioned police intuition".

Investigating officer, Det Con Bevis Johnson from Force CID, said "the officers acted on a hunch and it proved spot on".  

Drugs and cash
West Midlands Police

Police say they became suspcicious and stopped the car when they spotted three men cruising the streets in the Tile Hill area of Coventry in March last year.

Abdul Mahmood was jailed for four years and eight months at Warwick Crown Court yesterday.

Rugby rule book from 1851 sells for £13,000 at auction

A rugby rule book dating back to 1851 has sold for £13,000 at auction - more than six times its guide price.

It measures 8.4cm by 5cm (3.3in by 1.9in) and is called The Laws of Football as Played at Rugby School. 

The inside cover says H Waddington, October 3rd 1851 and it is believed to have belonged to William Henry Waddington, the former prime minister of France, who went to Rugby School. 

It was auctioned at Rogers Jones & Co in Cardiff on Friday with a guide price of £1,000 - £2,000.

The front and back cover of the rugby rule book
Rogers Jones & Co

Coventry doctor hauls nine Invictus medals

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Invictus Games athlete, Jen Warren says she's "over the moon" after winning nine medals - one for every event she competed in.

The anaesthetist from  University Hospital in Coventry was awarded two golds -for the handcycling timetrial and swimming in the 100m freestyle, as well as seven silvers.

Jennifer Warren
Getty Images

She said she was also a bit "overwhelmed" after smashing all of her personal best times. 

Wasps sign Wallaby Kurtley Beale

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have confirmed that Wallaby Kurtley Beale will join the club for the 2016/17 season from the NSW Waratahs.

Kurtley Beale
Wasps Rugby

The 27-year-old has won 60 caps for Australia since his debut against Wales in 2009 and has competed in two Rugby World Cups.

There are very few players in world rugby who can really excite people and get spectators on the edge of their seats. Kurtley Beale is one of those rare talents. Every time he gets the ball in his hands, you can sense the anticipation among those watching that something is going to happen.

Dai YoungWasps' Director of Football

Latest news: Coventry City owners consider further action; and Wasps sign a Wallaby

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories this afternoon:

- Coventry City club owners consider further action after losing latest appeal

- Wasps sign Wallaby Kurtley Beale for next season

- Rugby rule book from 1851 sells for £13,000 at auction

Rejection of Sisu's appeal 'unlikely to be the end of the matter'

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

While most people with Coventry City at heart will hope this could be the end of the legal squabbles over the club it seems that is likely to be a forlorn hope.

The rejection of SISU’s appeal is unlikely to be the end of the matter. 

They are already making noises about taking their case to Europe. 

Ricoh Arena

Even if they decide against pursuing that avenue a second judicial review is already in the pipeline. 

This would be a challenge of the council’s decision to sell their stake in the Ricoh to Wasps rugby club. 

In the meantime Coventry City seem to be no nearer their stated aim of building their own stadium and the complaint from the fans is that the money going on court battles might be more usefully spent on the team instead.

Travel: M42 incident

BBC Travel

One lane of the M42 is blocked northbound between J5 for A41 West Midlands and J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport because of an incident.

BBC Travel are reporting congestion to J3a M40.

Coventry City Club owners consider further action

Coventry City owners Sisu says there are "significant public policy reasons" why its case against the city council "should be reviewed by the Supreme Court".

In a statement, issued through solicitors, the company says its considering referring "certain aspects" of its case against the city council to the European Commission.

Sisu says it's "obviously disappointed" by the Court of Appeal's decision which, it thinks "conflicts with guidance given by both the UK Government and the EU Commission".

This is the first time that this legal principle has been considered by the superior courts and, whilst we respect the views of their Lordships, this judgment conflicts with guidance given by both the UK Government and the EU Commission. Government bodies should not use access to public funds to further political and policy objectives in a way that adversely impacts competition between local businesses.

Sisu statement

Leamington athlete makes wheelchair rugby team for Rio 2016

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Leamington Spa's Mandip Sehmi has been selected in the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby squad for this year's Paralympics in Rio.

The 35-year-old, who trains wiht the London Wheelchair Rugby Club, will be competing in his third Paralympics

Mandip Sehmi
Paralympics GB

I’m never complacent when it comes to selection, so I’ve just kept my head down and kept working. London 2012 was phenomenal, the support we got is difficult to put into words, but it’s good to know heading into Rio 2016 that support is still strong back at home.

Latest: Judges rule against Sky Blues owners; and city drug dealer jailed

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Coventry City owners Sisu lose latest court appeal

- City drug dealer jailed after police stop leads to stash

- Leamington's Mandip Sehmi selected for Paralympics in Rio

Club insists legal battle 'not affecting' operations

A short statement by Coventry City Football Club says they're "aware" of today's judgement but the outcome "does not affect the day-to-day operations of the club".

They say they remain focused on supporting manager Tony Mowbray and his staff so "we can build a strong squad" for the upcoming season.

Sky Blue Archie enters Foxes den

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Archie Lynch from Hinckley showed his Coventry City loyalty when he turned up to his Leicestershire school's 'wear anything blue' day in his Sky Blues kit today. 

His dad, Martin Lynch, says the 8-year-old, who's been a mascot for the club, "hasn't wavered" in his support all year.

"A lot of his friends have changed to Leicester this year from other clubs, but not Archie".

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Council urges Sisu to drop any further legal action

Coventry City Council says it's "delighted" appeal judges fully supported an original ruling dismissing Sisu's appeal over its £14m loan to the firm that ran the Ricoh Arena.

In a statement from current leader Cllr Ann Lucas and leader elect Cllr George Duggins the council urged Sisu to abandon any further legal proceedings and focus on working with key partners on a plan for the future.

Sisu has also been ordered to pay the council's costs.

Coventry City Council House

We have always been confident we could robustly defend our unanimous and cross party decision by all councillors at Full Council in January 2013 to support the new loan arrangement to ACL. The decision was taken to protect the interests of Coventry taxpayers and secure the future of an important sporting, cultural and economic asset for the city

Statement from Coventry City Council

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some bright or sunny spells around this afternoon before more cloud builds up later.

Feeling noticeably cooler than yesterday with maximum temperatures of 16C (61F).

Nepalese Temple first for Nuneaton?

Nuneaton News

Nuneaton could soon play home to its first Nepalese temple.

'Dream' plans have been unveiled for a Hindu Temple to serve the town's growing Nepalese community.

Coventry dealer jailed after police stop leads to drugs stash

A Coventry man's been jailed for supplying drugs  after the car he was in was stopped by officers in the Tile Hill are of the city. 

Abdul Mahmood, 26, from Parkstone Road was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Banner Lane and was found to possess around £1,000 in cash.

Abdul Mahmood
West Midlands Police

A further search of an address linked to him led to the recovery of crack cocaine and rocks of heroin valued at nearly £25,000.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months for possessing drugs with intent to supply at Warwick Crown Court yesterday.

Coventry city owners Sisu lose latest appeal

Appeal court judges have backed a ruling rejecting the owners of the Sky Blues right to challenge a High Court judgement that a city council loan was lawful. 

Sisu had claimed Coventry City Council's £14m loan to Arena Coventry Limited, the previous operator of the Ricoh, was an illicit use of public funds.

Ricoh Arena

The Court of Appeal rejected their attempt to challenge a judgement, made in January 2015,  that stopped them appealing against the High Court's decision.

D-Day veteran awarded France's highest decoration

Marian McNamee

Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The highest French order, the Legion d'Honneur has been awarded to a Rugby man for his involvement in the D-Day landings.

Derrick Dighton

Derrick Dighton was a member of 3 Commando and over the 83 days they were in France he worked his way up to the rank of Sergeant.

The D-Day landings were a fortnight before his 21st birthday.

Andy Sullivan falters in Florida

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Nuneaton's Andy Sullivan is five over par after the first round of the Players Championship at Ponte Vedra in Florida. 

Andy Sullivan
Getty Images

He's 14 shots off the lead held by Australian Jason Day at 9 under.  

Warwickshire sees increase in drug-driving charges

Charges for drug-driving are increasing year on year say police in Warwickshire. 


New regulations aimed at stopping people driving while on drugs came into force in England and Wales in March 2015. 

In that year 24 charges were brought against drivers in Warwickshire, and so far this year out of 153 tests conducted, 52 charges have been brought.   

Latest news: Drug-driving charges on the up; and highest French honour for Rugby man

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Sharp increase in drug-driving charges in Warwickshire 

- Rugby man awarded Legion d'Honneur 

- Organisers announce expansion for Coventry's Motofest

Police appeal after fatal Warwickshire crash

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to a fatal collision in Bretford last Sunday 8 May.

A woman in her seventies died after her blue Kia Venga was in a head-on collision with a black Jeep Compass on the B4455.

Travel: A46 slow

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A46 southbound in Coventry at Tollbar island in the roadworks area.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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