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Summary

  1. Man from Alcester charged with double murder bid
  2. Coventry sends its condolences following death of Muhammad Ali
  3. Motorcyclist taken to hospital with head injury after collision with car
  4. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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By Vanessa Pearce

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We're back at 08:00 on Tuesday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.  

Kenilworth fraudster dodges jail

Kenilworth Weekly News

A convicted Kenilworth fraudster returned to his old ways by conning two shopkeepers out of money within months of having been given a suspended prison sentence for similar offences.

WMG at University of Warwick gains prestigious Regius Professorship

A Regius Professorship in Manufacturing has been bestowed on Warwick Manufacturing Group by the Queen.

The organisation, based at the University of Warwick, says it received the rare honour for its academic research in driving growth and improving productivity.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya
Warwick Manufacturing Group
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, WMG chairman

Twelve Regius Professorships were created to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and this year, in celebration of her 90th birthday, there are a further 12.     

Having founded WMG in 1980 to invigorate UK manufacturing, it is a wonderful honour to be bestowed upon the Group. This is recognition to every member of staff, over the last 35 years, who has contributed to our success.

Professor Lord BhattacharyyaChairman and founder of WMG

Watch: Miniature mayhem on university campus

People can peep into scenes of carnage in Coventry at a "post-riot" art installation.

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle is a landscape by artist Jimmy Cauty.

He has created a miniature version of the artwork, which was part of Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare last year..

The installation will remain in the city until Wednesday.

(This video contains strong language). 

Man posted indecent image of schoolgirl online before rape, court hears

Atherstone & Coleshill Herald

A man who had persuaded a 12-year-old girl to send him indecent pictures of herself posted one of them on a website to pressurise her into meeting him for sex.

Alcester man Daniel Watkins in court charged with double murder bid

A man has appeared in court charged with a double murder bid.

Daniel Watkins, of Smiths Close, Alcester, appeared before magistrates charged with attempting to murder a woman and a six-year-old girl in connection with a fire in Cradley in the early hours of Friday.

Chapel House Lane in Cradley
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The woman, aged 34, and the girl were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke, police said.

Watkins was remanded into custody ahead of appearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 4 July.

Latest news: Alcester man in court on attempted murder charges; motorcyclist suffers head injury in Coventry crash

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Alcester man appears in court charged with two counts of attempted murder

- Motorcyclist taken to hospital with head injury after collision with car in Coventry

- Coventry's Lord Mayor sends city's condolences for Muhammad Ali

City’s condolences for Muhammad Ali

Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Lindsley Harvard has written to President Barack Obama to express his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Muhammad Ali.

He said: "Coventry, England is a city of peace and reconciliation. We are thankful of the actions Muhammad Ali took and the work he did to promote peace and reconciliation, between nations and people within them."

Mohammed Ali
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Police and Crime Commissioner acknowledges police failings in Luisa death

Leamington Courier

Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has given his views on the verdict given at the inquest into the death of Luisa Mendes who died in Lillington in 2012.

Watch: Drone footage of Coventry MotoFest

Warwickshire drone photography company, Infinite Pixel, shot this footage of Coventry MotoFest at the weekend to give a bird's eye view of an event that attracted 125,000 visitors.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Largely dry this evening with cloud building through the night and the chance of an isolated shower with minimum temperatures of 12C (54F).  

Warwickshire crews assist in Wellborough fire

A fire crew from Atherstone assisted Leicester Fire and Rescue Service at a derelict care home in Wellsborough at the weekend.

They say they were able to assist with resources in the early stages of a fire - and took some dramatic photographs.

Wellborough Fire
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Roads closed after Coventry collision

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Roads around Holbrook Lane in Coventry have been closed by police after a collision involving a motorcycle and a car.

They say they were called to the area, at the junction with Burnaby Road, around 13:00 today.

The motorcyclist has been taken to hospital. 

Travel: Accident blocking Holbrook Lane

BBC Travel

The B4118 Holbrook Lane in Coventry is blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the Burnaby Road junction because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel.

Reduced rail services to Leamington and Stratford

BBC Travel

There's a reduced service on London Midland between Hereford and Birmingham New Street due to engineering works.

It's affecting the services between Great Malvern and Stratford-upon-Avon and between Great Malvern and Leamington Spa.

More details on BBC Travel

Thousands flock to Coventry MotoFest event

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Around 125,000 people turned out to watch a motoring festival in Coventry, organisers have said.  

Racing trucks and bikes, as well as the weather, boosted visitor numbers, MotoFest said, recording a leap of 100,000 on last year.

MotoFest event
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Son of swindled dementia patient seeks change to power of attorney rules

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Warwickshire son of a pensioner swindled out of her savings by a friend is meeting Attorney General and local MP Jeremy Wright at Parliament today.

Nick Lewis is calling for a change in the power of attorney law.

Margaret Rigby
Nick Lewis

Margaret Rigby, 80, from Betteshanger, near Deal in Kent, was given power of attorney over Barbara Lewis's bank account when she developed dementia. She was convicted last year of defrauding Mrs Lewis out of £57,000 from 2007 until her death in 2011.

Coventry company to reveal driverless pods at Birmingham auto show

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A Coventry company is to unveil its next generation of driverless cars at an automotive car show in Birmingham tomorrow.

City-based RDM Group, which is heavily involved in the government-backed LUTZ and UK AutoDrive projects, will reveal its new 'Pod Zero' range.

The company says the new two, four and eight-seat vehicles are ideal for airports, shopping centres and theme parks. 

Pod Zero
RDM Group

RDM can now manufacture up to 200 driverless pods per year at our Coventry site and this capability could grow if we decide to move to a new purpose-built facility in the city. This will be driven by significant interest becoming confirmed orders.

David KeeneCEO of RDM Group

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Sunshine continuing this afternoon, with the possibility of some cloud forming later and top temperatures of 25C (77F).

EU Referendum: Stratford Enterprise Park hosts Vote Leave event

A Leave campaign event in Stratford-on-Avon is under way.  

Warwickshire businessman Denys C Shortt will introduce MPs Gisela Stuart, Micheal Gove and Boris Johnson as well the former head of the British Chambers of Commerce turned Brexit campaigner, John Longworth.

You can follow updates here in the BBC's EU Referendum live page that gives a spectrum of views across the day.

Denys C Shortt, Gisela Stuart, John Longworth, Micheal Gove and Boris Johnson
BBC

Latest news: Alcester man charged with double murder; Coventry company to unveil 'driverless pods'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Man from Alcester charged with double murder bid

- Coventry company to reveal next generation of driverless cars

- Son of swindled dementia patient seeks change to power of attorney rules

Watch: Aston Martin's Vulcan hopes to live long and prosper following MotoFest appearance

The Aston Martin Vulcan made its first ever appearance on a UK public road at Coventry MotoFest at the weekend.

The £1.8m all-carbon fibre supercar drew huge crowds as it roared around the city's ring road.

Watch: Mo Farah breaks 34-year British 3,000m record

The 34-year-old 3,000m British record, held by Coventry athlete Dave Moorcroft, has been broken by Mo Farah, highlighting his form two months ahead of the Rio Olympics.

His time - seven minutes and 32.62 seconds - at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham means he now holds the British track records at 1500m, two miles, 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m, as well as half-marathon on the road.  

BreakingAlcester man charged with double murder bid in the Black Country

A man has been charged with a double murder bid.

Daniel Watkins, of Smiths Close, Alcester, is due to appear before Dudley Magistrates Court today charged with two counts of attempted murder, according to West Midlands Police.

The force said the 34 year old had been charged in connection with a fire on Chapel House Lane, Cradley, in which a 34-year-old woman and a six-year-old girl were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation in the early hours of Friday 3 June.  

Sunshine brings high pollen levels

Hankies at the ready for high pollen levels across Coventry and Warwickshire today.

Pollen level weather map
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Nuneaton man denies attempted murder of girl

A Nuneaton man has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of a girl who was stabbed with a knife in Cumbria.

Police were called to the Barepot area on Wednesday following reports a 15-year-old had been stabbed and a second girl, 14, attacked.

The older girl was taken to hospital in Newcastle with serious injuries.

Adrian Fallows, 39, of Jodrell Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, denied attempted murder and common assault at Carlisle Combined Court.

Latest news: Mo Farrah breaks Coventry athlete's British record; village loses bus service

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

 - Mo Farrah breaks Dave Moorcroft's 34-year-old 3,000m record  

 - Son of swindled dementia patient to meet justice minister   

- Loss of bus services 'major blow' to villages of Wellesbourne and Newbold Pacey  

Buttler blasts Lancs to win over Bears

BBC Sport

Jos Buttler hit a brilliant 91 off 73 balls as Lancashire made a winning start to their One-Day Cup campaign against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.

Lancashire and England wicketkeeper/batsman Jos Buttler
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The Bears had won their previous four matches at the ground in this format.  

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A fine start, with any low cloud in the east burning off quickly to allow all areas to become warm and sunny with top temperatures of 25C (77F). 

Travel: Collision blocking A46 in Billesley

BBC Travel

An collision is partially blocking the A46 Alcester Road at the Billesley turn off.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Monday 6 June.

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