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Summary

  1. Cathedral backs Remain campaign
  2. Pedestrian seriously injured in Coventry collision
  3. Contract awarded for new ambulance vehicles
  4. Coventry-based firm unveils new model of driverless car
  5. Updates for Tuesday 7 June 2016

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By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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Good evening from Coventry and Warwickshire

We're back at 08:00 on Wednesday 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.    

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Showers developing this evening, some of them heavy in places with possible torrential downpours, hail and thunder.

Feeling humid into the evening with overnight lows of 16C (61F).

Housing plan 'making progress'

Leamington Observer

The authority submitted its Local Plan to the government at the beginning of last year and a public examination was carried out in September.

Watch: Fancy a ride in driverless Pod Zero?

Coventry company RDM Group unveilled their latest autonomous Zero Pod vehicle in Birmingham today.

Ambulance services spending £21m on new vehicles

A £21m contract has been awarded for 220 new "greener" ambulances for West Midlands Ambulance Service.   

Ambulance
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The new ambulances will be more fuel efficient and could potentially have solar panels.

Asylum seekers and refugees using British Red Cross on the up

Sian Grzeszczyk

Staffordshire Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

The number of asylum seekers and refugees using the British Red Cross in the West Midlands has risen by more than 60% in the last year.

In the first part of 2015, the charity supported what it describes as 255 "destitute individuals". 

This year, that's risen to 420. 

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

Travel: All lanes re-open on M6 after earlier accident

BBC Travel

Join in the Antiques Roadshow at Baddesley Clinton tomorrow

National Trust property Baddesley Clinton is the setting for a recording of the Antiques Roadshow tomorrow.

Members of the public are welcome to bring along their family treasures to the event between 09:30 and 16:30.

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'Advanced' negotiations for driverless pod buyers

Driverless pods, unveiled at a Birmingham auto show today, will have a range of 60 miles and be able to travel at a top speed of 15mph, say developers.

RDM Group, who're behind the autonomous Pod Zero, say up to 200 vehicles could be manufactured at their Coventry site and there's the possibility of moving to a new purpose-built facility in the city.

Pod Zero
RDM Group

We are in advanced negotiations with a number of international parties keen to be the first to adopt the Pod Zero range. These include airports, universities and Government departments and could be worth in excess of £15m.

David KeeneCEO of RDM Group

Travel: M40 accident

BBC Travel

An accident is blocking one lane of the M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley-in-Arden).

More details on BBC Travel.  

Travel: Overturned vehicle blocking M6

BBC Travel

A multi-vehicle collision is blocking one lane of the M6 northbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton).

Highways England is reporting one vehicle has overturned.

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Pedestrian seriously hurt in Coventry crash

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A woman has been left with serious injuries to her face and ribs after being hit by a vehicle in Coventry last night.

The pedestrian, in her 30s, was injured at the junction of Binley Road and Humber Road just before 22:00.

The ambulance service says she's being treated at Coventry's University Hospital for face, back, ribs stomach and pelvic wounds.

Latest news: Driverless cars could boost Coventry economy; new contract issued for ambulance vehicles

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Company behind autonomous vehicles says the technology could boost city economy

- Ambulance service spending £21m on new vehicles

- EU referendum: Deadline to vote is midnight

Moorcroft 'little bit pleased' Mo Farah only just broke 34-year record

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry athlete Dave Moocroft says he's "a little bit pleased" Mo Farah only shaved a tenth of a second off his 34-year British 3,000m record.

The double Olympic champion broke Moorcroft's long standing record at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.  

Farah had not been born when the record was set, Moorcroft said.

Mo Farah
Getty Images

"I knew the writing was on the wall," he said.

"Mo wants to get virtually every British record available."

He said it was a "phenomenal achievement" by the "greatest distance runner Britain's ever produced".

Warwickshire warm-up against Leicester

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire have won the toss and elected to bowl in their one-day match against Leicestershire Foxes.

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Atmospheric weather conditions affecting TV and radio

Due to the current high pressure, some viewers and listeners have been experiencing some short-term interference to television and radio services.

The majority of the BBC's transmissions are not affected, but if you do experience problems some advice is available here. 

Pressure map of UK
BBC

'New followers' of Brexit after Stratford campaign visit

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Warwickshire businessman, Denys C Shortt said the Vote Leave campaign gained "a lot of new followers" after a visit to the area by leading Brexit campaigners yesterday.

He hosted MPs Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart as well the former head of the British Chamber of Commerce John Longworth at a distribution centre of his DCS Group in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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

Over 100 of his staff listened to speeches, he said, summarising the "challenges of the next 20 years" if Britain were to remain in the EU. 

Some of the themes included "open borders, free flow of people, pressure on public sector finances" and security.

On the economy "my view is, as an independent company we would actually do better once we're out of the EU".

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Many places will stay dry this afternoon but there is the potential for some heavy showers and thunderstorms to break out and staying warm with top temperatures of 25C (77F).

EU referendum: Midnight deadline to register to vote

People have until 23:59 on Tuesday 7 June to register to be able to vote in the referendum on whether the UK stays in the European Union or leaves.

Registering online should take about five minutes. People may need their National Insurance number, or passport number if a UK citizen living abroad.

EU referendum: Midnight deadline to register to vote
Electoral commission

Those who are unsure whether they are registered should contact their local electoral registration office.

Those wanting to vote by post must download the application form and return it to their local office by 17:00 on Wednesday 8 June in order to qualify.   

Latest news: Coventry Cathedral backs Remain; and pedestrian seriously hurt in collision

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories today:

- Coventry Cathedral backs Remain campaign in EU referendum

- Pedestrian seriously hurt in Coventry

- Coventry company to unveil new driverless cars

Neck Deep to headline Godiva's Rock Tent

A Welsh Pop-punk band will headline the rock tent on the Friday night of Coventry Godiva Festival.

Neck Deep
Coventry City Council

Neck Deep had a top 10 album last year and were voted Best British Newcomers by the magazine Kerrang.

Coventry Cathedral backs Remain campaign

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Dean of Coventry Cathedral says they're backing the Remain campaign in the EU referendum because of the city's links to countries across the continent.

They recently allowed former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to feature the cathedral's ruins in a video for the pro-European People's IN campaign.

Gordon Brown
People's IN

The Reverend John Whitcombe says the video "shows the impact of what happens when relationships break down".

"I think the church should be involved in real lives and politics are about real lives," he said.

New driverless vehicles launched at Birmingham auto show

A Coventry-based firm is set to unveil its latest autonomous pods at a major exhibition in Birmingham later today. 

Pod Zero
RDM Group

RDM Group will reveal its new Pod Zero range at the Automechanika event, which takes place at the NEC. 

The company says the vehicles, which are being developed to carry from two to eight people, have had interest from airports, universities, shopping centres and theme parks.

Speedway: Coventry lose out to Wolves in local derby

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Chris Harris top scored for the Coventry Bees in their Elite League match against Wolverhampton, but it wasn't enough to see the side to a win.

They were beaten 51-41, with Wolves moving level with leaders Lakeside on points.

Weather warning issued for Coventry and Warwickshire

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office for Coventry and Warwickshire from 13:00 today.

Weather warning
Met Office

It says there's the potential for heavy, thundery showers which could turn locally torrential with the risk of hail.

While most places will miss the worst, they're warning about the risk of localised flooding.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Hazy sunshine with some patchy cloud will develop through the morning and there will be a few bright intervals, with top temperatures of 25C (77F).     

There is the chance of heavy, thundery rain later this afternoon, with the risk of localised flooding.

Latest news: Cathedral backs Remain; concerns over JLR's expansion; and driverless 'pods' unveiled

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry Cathedral backs Remain campaign in EU referendum 

- Residents voice concerns over environmental impact of JLR expansion 

- Coventry firm unveils new model of driverless car 

Travel: Severe congestion on M42 southbound

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J9, for the M6 Toll (Coleshill), and J8, at the M6, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

Congestion goes to J10, at the A5 (Tamworth), with travel time at least 80 minutes. 

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Tuesday 7 June.

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

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