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Summary

  1. Stratford woman 'faked death' to con online friends out of hundreds of thousands of pounds
  2. Arrests amid crackdown on digital TV piracy
  3. Police investigation launched after shots fired in Holbrooks street
  4. Customer care company creates 400 Coventry jobs
  5. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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By Vanessa Pearce

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We're back at 08:00 on Friday 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.  

Bears will stick to principles - Brown

BBC Sport

Warwickshire are trying to balance a more attacking mentality with their more "conservative" roots in 50-over cricket this season, says director of cricket Dougie Brown.  

Dougie Brown
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The Bears lost their third One-Day Cup match of the season by 36 runs, as record-breaking Nottinghamshire piled up 415-5 at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.  

And Brown is adamant his side, One-Day Cup runners up in 2014, do not need any radical re-thinking of their approach.

"We know we've tended to play a slightly conservative 50-over game - that's worked for us in the past so we don't need to go too far away from that. We want to try and keep up to date with the modern advances the game is making and show an intent that befits the competition."

Charity's legal clause kills Coventry City hope of establishing training hub at Higgs Centre

Coventry Telegraph

Any hope of Coventry City moving its first-team training facilities to the Alan Higgs Centre appears to have been killed off by the Alan Edward Higgs Charity.  

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Most places will stay dry, with a few showers around tonight and lows of 16C (61F).  

Latest: Stratford woman 'faked death' to con online friends out of thousands; digital TV piracy crackdown

Here's a recap of our headlining stories today:

- Woman who stole from victims she befriended online jailed for three years

- Three arrested in Coventry amid crackdown on digital TV piracy

- 400 jobs created at Earlsdon Park development

Police safety equipment upgraded after death of man in River Leam

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Warwickshire Police has increased the availability of water safety equipment to officers after the death of a man in the River Leam in 2014.

Following emergency calls nearly 18 months ago, officers found Powell Przydalski in the Leamington water and urged him to swim to the bank. They had no access to rescue equipment.

An IPCC investigator found officers were left with few options as to how they could assist him.

At an inquest into Mr Przydalski's death, which concluded yesterday at Warwick Justice Centre, a jury returned a verdict of misadventure.

We carried out an independent investigation into the police response that evening, and found that officers took all reasonable steps in the difficult circumstances they faced.

Derrick CampbellIPCC Commissioner

Travel: M40 accident

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M40 northbound between J16 for A3400 (Henley-in-Arden) and M42 J3a because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel

Woodlands Academy GCSE students set to join others at Tile Hill Wood School in September

Coventry Observer

Plans to keep current GCSE students at Woodlands Academy boys school in Broad Lane for a further year, while other students merge with nearby Tile Hill Wood School, have been scrapped, the Observer can reveal.  

Woodlands Academy pupils
Coventry Observer

400 new jobs for Coventry

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Outsourced customer care company, Sitel, says it's creating 400 jobs at a new site in Coventry.

Sitel, which already employs 350 people in the city, is to double the size of its operation in the region with the development of a new site at Earlsdon Park, on the site of the former Butts College.

It says the refurbishment of the city centre location is set for the end of July.

Earlsdon Park
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Our new campaign on Coventry City academy & stadium

Coventry Observer

On our front page this week: The Observer’s ‘Save Our City’ campaign  calls on the city of Coventry to focus on keeping our cherished 133-year-old football club – and its vital youth academy.

Front Page
Coventry Observer

Travel: Vehicle blocking M42 southbound

BBC Travel

One lane blocked on M42 southbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley) because of a broken-down vehicle.

More details on BBC Travel.

Latest news: Stratford woman 'faked death' to con online friends; and three arrested in digital TV piracy crackdown

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the stories making the headlines today:

- Woman who stole from victims she befriended online jailed for three years

- Three arrested in Coventry amid crackdown on digital TV piracy

- Investigation launched after gunshots fired in Coventry street

'Be spoke' - kids turn themselves into giant bike for record attempt

More than 1,000 Warwickshire schoolchildren have taken part in an attempt to break the world record for making the largest image of a bicycle - using the human body.

Warwickshire council will announce next Thursday whether yesterday's effort at Warwick Castle has broken the record - to coincide with the Aviva Woman's tour stage two in the county.

World record attempt
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Three arrested on suspicion of fraud amid crackdown on digital TV piracy

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Items relating to fraudulent digital TV packages are among items seized from a commercial premises in Stoke and three residential addresses in Coventry, say police.

Three men have been arrested after warrants were executed in relation to digital TV piracy in the city.

Officers also found a cannabis cultivation set-up at one of the residential addresses.

The men, aged 48, 51 and 38, have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.  

West Midlands EU Referendum debate

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Leading figures from the Leave and Remain campaigns in the West Midlands debate the issues around the EU referendum in front of a studio audience this weekend.

Join us this Sunday from 22:35 on BBC One.

Tennis balls serving up sewer blockages - and that's just the tip of the 'fat-berg'

False teeth, tennis balls and a motorbike - these are just some of the things that Coventry-based Severn Trent says have caused sewer blockages here in the West Midlands. 

The water company says it has dealt with nearly 12,000 incidents in the region in the last year. 

The main cause is people flushing things down the loo and a build-up of fat poured down kitchen sinks - which can produce so-called "fatbergs" such as the one pictured, which was the size of a bus and removed from a London sewer in 2013.

Fatberg
Severn Trent

Drivers escape serious injury after M42 collision

The ambulance service says no-one was badly hurt in a collision between a car and lorry on the M42 this morning.

Both drivers were discharged at the scene.

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Latest news: Stratford woman 'faked death' to con online friends out of thousands; gunshots fired in Holbrooks street

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the stories making the headlines today:

- Woman who stole £690,00 from victims she befriended online jailed for three years

- Investigation launched after gunshots fired in Coventry street

- Customer care company creates 400 jobs at new site in Coventry

Woman jailed for using invented characters to defraud online friends out of £690k

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A woman who pretended she'd died and used fabricated identities to con online friends out of nearly £690,000 has been jailed for three years.

Caroline Nightingale, 45, of Sandpiper Close in Stratford-upon-Avon, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, having targeted victims with the lie she had a number of family emergencies. One, from Warwickshire, parted with £512,380 to help, while the other - also befriended over the web - paid Nightingale £177,474.  

Caroline Nightingale
Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police said she created characters - family members involved in domestic situations that could only be resolved by cash. She also pretended she had died from cancer and then continued correspondence, purporting to be from close family relatives. 

Nightingale was ordered to pay back £650,000 by Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday.

Hankies at the ready

BBC Weather

Bad news for hayfever sufferers in Coventry and Warwickshire today - pollen levels are getting high.  

Pollen map
BBC

Gunshots fired in Holbrooks street

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Gunshots have been fired at a vehicle parked in the Holbrooks area of the city.

Police, who have launched an investigation, say they were called to Lauderdale Avenue at around 01:30 yesterday morning.

Lauderdale Avenue
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Gunshot damage was found to a Suzuki Swift car which was parked the street. 

Detectives say house-to-house inquiries and forensic tests are being carried out and they want to hear from any witnesses.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A warm afternoon in store, with sunny spells and patchy cloud.

Some isolated showers may develop but feeling warm with highs of 22C (72F).

Investigation clears police of failing to help man who died in River Leam

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

An investigation into the death of a man who died after being found in the River Leam has cleared Warwickshire Police of failing to help him.

The Independent Police Complaints Commision (IPCC) looked into allegations that officers failed to take meaningful action to assist Pawel Przydalski, 26, after he fell into the river at Leamington Spa on 15 November 2014.

His body was found several days later by a police dive unit.

The IPCC says officers were left with little option on how to help him because they didn't have access to water rescue equipment. 

Latest news: Investigation launched after shots fired in Coventry; police cleared over Leamington death

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Police investigation launched after shots fired in Holbrooks street

- Report clears police of failing to help man who died in Leamington river

- Company announces 400 new jobs for Coventry

Nottinhamshire post 400 again in win over Bears

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire set more batting records in their 36-run One-Day Cup win over Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.  

Dan Christian
Rex Features

Notts have won both of their games so far in the North Group, while Warwickshire have won only one of their first three matches.  

Travel: A446 collision

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on A446 both ways at the M42, J9 at Curdworth because of an accident on the roundabout.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Rail delays through Coventry easing

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Rail operator London Midland says delays should ease shortly as signalling problems north of Coventry have been repaired.

A spokesman said the Coventry to Nuneaton line was suspended for a time, and would continue to be supplemented by a bus service.

Latest news: Report clears police over Leamington death; rail services delayed

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories this morning:

- IPCC investigation clears police of failing to help man who died in River Leam

- Signalling problems delay rail services through Coventry

- Customer care company creates 400 Coventry jobs

Call to curb growing student population

Leamington Observer

On this week's front page: Calls have been made to curb the explosion in the student population of Leamington’s Old Town.

Front Page
Leamington Observer

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A much cloudier day today with the best of any brighter weather in the afternoon with some sunny spells and highs of 22C (72F).

Travel: Buses replace rail service due to signalling problems

Due to the signalling problems in Coventry, London Midland is operating a rail replacement service calling at all stations between Coventry and Nuneaton.

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Travel: Rail delays through Coventry

BBC Travel

A signalling problem at Coventry is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to services through the station.

National Rail says delays are expected to continue until 10:00.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Thursday 9 June.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates between now and 18:00.

You can get in touch with us via email or tweet us @BBCCovWarks.