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  1. Tens of thousands of 101 calls to Warwickshire Police 'abandoned'
  2. JLR expansion prompts wildlife concerns
  3. Plans unveiled for a new Wasps training centre
  4. Sewer collapse road to remain shut until next week
  5. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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 We're back at 08:00 tomorrow 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.  

Coventry couple caught up in Birmingham pub bombings relive horror

It's more than 24 hours since a coroner said inquests into the deaths of 21 Birmingham pub bombings victims would be resumed.

The BBC had lots of pub bombings material online yesterday and it was among the website's most viewed video.

In case you missed it, here's a short film catching up with survivors from Coventry.

Homes without water due to burst pipe

Homes are without water after a burst pipe was discovered in a Rugby Street. 

Severn Trent Water said it was working to get the problem in Tennyson Avenue, Bilton, fixed as quickly as possible. 

Watch: Overnight forecast

For many places it will stay fine and dry this evening and tonight, and with some lengthy clear spells and light winds it may get rather chilly in sheltered western parts.

Cloud will build in eastern parts, spreading westwards later with lows of 7C (45F).

Latest headlines: BHS rescue attempt fails and Wasps reveal plans to work with Sky Blues

Some of the top stories across Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon include: 

  • Up to 11,000 jobs will be lost at BHS after a rescue attempt of the high street chain failed
  • Sky Blues Academy could share a new training centre under plans unveiled by Wasps 
  • A Coventry city centre road will remain closed into next week after a sewer collapsed

BHS to be wound down as rescue attempt fails

BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs after efforts to find a buyer failed.

Locally the chain has stores in Coventry and Nuneaton. 

All 163 BHS stores across the country will be holding closing sales over the coming weeks. 

'Sadness and shock' as BHS rescue bid fails

Travel: Slow traffic on A45

BBC Travel

There’s slow traffic on A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound in Coventry between Festival Island and Tollbar Island - in the roadworks area.

Travel: Rail delays mean replacement buses in Warwickshire

London Midland trains are unable to call at Tamworth railway station after a man's body was discovered at the site.

It means buses will run between Tamworth and Nuneaton via Atherstone.  

Lengthy delays are predicted.

Stay up to date here.

Chance to see 6 Nations trophy in Coventry

The RBS 6 Nations trophy is coming to Coventry - and people can have their pictures taken with it to celebrate England's victory. 

England team with the 6 Nations trophy

The cup will be in the Lower Precinct tomorrow from 14:00 to 17:00.    


On 2 June each year special awards are given out by the Queen to appreciate voluntary organisations. Who are the 2016 recipients?

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Sewer collapse road to remain shut until next week

A street will be closed until next week after a sewer collapsed in Coventry city centre, causing subsidence.

Primrose Hill Street remains closed but Swanswell Street reopened earlier today.

Buses are being diverted, National Express Coventry said.

Services will not be calling at Oxford Street, Paynes Lane, Berry Street, King William Street, Victoria Street, Primrose Hill Street and White Street.

Sky Blues 'could use Wasps new training centre'

Wasps' planned new training facility could also be used by Coventry City FC Academy, the rugby club's chief executive says.

David Armstrong said he had spoken with bosses at Sky Blues and offered to share the proposed centre's indoor pitch with them. 

Artist's impression of training facility
Ward McHugh Associates

"We’ve offered to make that available to the football club so that they can maintain academy status, which is very important to them," he told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

"They can use it when we’re not using it, and that fits in with their training programme very well," he added.

Latest headlines: Tens of thousands of 101 calls to police 'missed'; Wasps new training ground could be shared with Sky Blues

Top stories in Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon include: 

  • Tens of thousands of 101 calls to Warwickshire Police went unanswered
  • Wasps' chief executive says the Sky Blues Academy can share a planned new training centre
  • A wildlife group is urging Jaguar Land Rover to consider the environment when it expands

Jaguar Land Rover expansion 'must protect wildwife' say experts

Wildlife experts have urged Jaguar Land Rover to take care of the environment when building work begins on a £500m expansion.   

The plans include a bridge across the A45 linking the existing site with a new one south of Whitley.

Artist's impression of the bridge across the A45
Coventry City Council

The secretary of state this week announced the plans would not need further scrutiny, giving building work the green light.

Gina Rowe, of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: "We just want to make sure that within the development it does not negatively impact on the wildlife, particularly on the River Sowe, with the bridge that’s going to go across and the embankment that will impinge to some degree on the river corridor.”

'Abandoned' 101 calls: Warwickshire figures

Here's more on an earlier story:

The figures revealed waiting times and the number of calls abandoned by the public:

  • Staffordshire Police had the highest number of abandoned calls - 145,000, or one in eight. The force does have a call back option
  • There were about 37,000 abandoned calls in Warwickshire and 22,000 within West Mercia, figures showed. Each force had a 24-second and 32-second "wait" time, respectively
  • West Midlands Police recorded more than 130,000 and an average wait time of 20 seconds, but only gave data for three years

In Staffordshire, a call is classed as answered when the person gets through to a call handler. In Warwickshire and West Mercia, it is as soon as the call is transferred to an automated operator.

Attackers who targeted teen in Rugby sought by police

A teenager was hit and pushed against a wall in an attempted robbery in Rugby, police said today

The 18-year-old was attacked by two men as he walked along Railway Terrace towards the railway station. 

Railway Terrace

One of them tried to take his phone but it fell to the ground in the scuffle and was damaged. They fled in the direction of Wood Street.

The attack happened between 13:30 and 13:50 on Sunday, 15 May, said police who this afternoon are appealing for witnesses.

101 caller 'waited nearly an hour', BBC FOI shows

A caller to Staffordshire Police's 101 service was kept waiting for almost an hour, figures obtained by the BBC show.

The force took the longest in the West Midlands to answer the non-emergency calls - averaging just over a minute - although one caller waited 51 minutes.

However, it said the way it measured calls being answered differed to other forces.

Inside a call centre

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Adderley said there would be investment to appoint more call handlers.

A BBC Freedom of Information (FOI) request was made to all forces in the West Midlands region about the performance of their 101 service since April 2012.

Stories we're working on: BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today

Hilary McConnell, Producer

Midlands Today will have more on the fatal crash on the M5 Southbound between junctions 8 and 9.  

Have you ever called 101? - we have a special investigation into the non-emergency police number. Almost half a million calls to the police 101 number in the Midlands have gone 'unanswered' in the last four years.

We’re also finding out why polecats are growing in numbers in the Midlands.

Join us for those stories and more on Midlands Today, BBC One, at 13:30, 18:30 and 22:30.

Hospital ECG machines will 'help save the lives' of great apes

Heart monitors donated to Twycross Zoo will "help save the lives of great apes". 

Dr Sharon Redrobe, director of the Ape Heart Project at the Warwickshire zoo, said the ECG machines would provide information into preventing the onset of cardiac problems in chimpanzees and gorillas.

An ECG being used on a chimpanzee at Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo

"These machines will be used around the world to screen and assess apes that could be at risk of heart disease," she said/

Fourteen ECG machines were donated to the zoo by George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton after it upgraded equipment.

Latest headlines: Plans for new Wasps training centre; JLR expansion prompts wildlife concerns

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

Top stories in Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon include:

  • Plans unveiled for a new Wasps training centre
  • Nearly half a million 101 calls go 'unanswered' across the Midlands
  • Experts urge Jaguar Land Rover to protect wildlife when building work on the Whitley expansion begins

Road closures announced ahead of Aviva Women's Tour

Several roads will be closed and parking restrictions in place when the Aviva Women's Tour passes through Atherstone on Thursday, 16 June.

North Warwickshire Borough Council has published details of the route to warn residents.     

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Plans for new Wasps training centre revealed

Wasps have revealed plans for a "world class" new training centre in Coventry.

The facility would be built on land next to the Alan Higgs Centre in Allard Way. 

Artist's impression of Wasps training centre
Ward McHugh Associates

The plans include three pitches, an indoor "kicking barn", gymnasium, video analysis suite, hydrotherapy recovery area and physiotherapy rooms.   

A planning application has been submitted to Coventry City Council. 

Queen's Award for Coventry fundraisers

Sikh Union Coventry has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. 

The award, created in 2002, is given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

Sikh Union Coventry manages projects which support children and adults through team sports and health improvement, working with charities to raise funds for various projects.

Heart monitors to help research into cardiac disease in apes

Apes have been given ECG machines to help researchers monitor heart disease in the animals.

George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton has passed 14 devices on to Twycross Zoo to support studies.

Chimpanzee at Twycross Zoo

The zoo, in Atherstone, will use them for research into the cardiac health of endangered chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos. 

A spokeswoman said great apes shared more than 90% of their DNA with humans and had the same cardiac system.

Child car seat safety initiative

Weekend's free service will gauge children's safety in cars.

The last event found that 71% of examined seats were not fully safe.

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Springsteen show: Get there early

Bruce Springsteen fans going to the concert at Coventry's Ricoh Arena tomorrow are warned it starts early.

Gates open at 17:00 with the show starting at 18:30. There are no support acts.

Bruce Springsteeen at Croke Park, Dublin

The curfew is at 22:30.

Latest headlines: Wildlife concerns and sewer repairs

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The top stories for Coventry and Warwickshire this morning include:

  • Wildlife must not be affected by Jaguar Land Rover's proposed expansion at Whitley, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust says
  • A decision on the future of high street chain BHS is expected to be made today
  • A collapsed sewer in White Street, Coventry, will be repaired as quickly as possible, Severn Trent says

WATCH: Football fans kitted out

There's Sky Blue thinking in the club shop this morning.

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Travel: M42 delays clearing

Here's more on the traffic situation following an earlier collision and fuel spill:

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Travel: M42 delays latest

BBC Travel

Here's more on our earlier update:

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M42 southbound between J3a, M40 and J3, A435 (Portway), because of a collision involving a car and a lorry. There's a fuel spillage and recovery work is under way.

Congestion to J5, A41 (Solihull).  

Polecats numbers grow but many don't recognise them

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

The polecat isn't just surviving it's doing really well with numbers increasing according to surveys by the Midlands-based Vincent Wildlife Trust. But would you recognise one if you saw one? Here's a simple spotters' guide.


Nearly half a million 101 calls 'unanswered' in the Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC has learnt that almost half a million calls to the police 101 number in the Midlands have gone 'unanswered' in the last four years. 

The figures for the non-emergency helpline were revealed as part of a Freedom of Information request. 

101 call centre in the West Midlands

There are big differences between forces with four times as many calls being missed in Staffordshire compared to Warwickshire. 

Staffordshire Police says it's investing in new call handlers to improve the service.

WATCH: Latest weather

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

Here's your forecast...

Travel: A46 delays

BBC Travel

There’s queueing traffic on A46 southbound in Coventry and Tollbar Island in the roadworks area.

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