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  1. Updates on Friday 27 May 2016
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That's it for today. Join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.  

Posthumous university award for councillor

The University of Warwick has awarded a posthumous honorary degree to the former deputy leader of Coventry City Council Phil Townshend who died last November. 

He'll be honoured as part of the University's Summer Degree awards, which will also honour the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Anita Bhalla, who started the BBC's Asian Network.

Phil Townshend, Rowan Williams, Anita Bhalla
Coventry City Council / University of Warwick

Wasps' players called up for England game

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Five Wasps players have been picked in the England squad to face Wales in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup.

Co-Captains Matt Mullan and James Haskell are joined by Joe Launchbury, Elliott Daly and new arrival for next season, Tommy Taylor. 

The test is a one-off game between Wales and England - played at Twickenham - and is the last chance for both sides to play in Europe before their summer tours to New Zealand and Australia.

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Travel: M6 vehicle fire causing obstruction

BBC Travel

Delays on the M6 southbound between J2 and J1 caused by a vehicle fire are expected to clear between 19:45 and 20:00, says Highways England.

One lane is closed.

Seven-year prison sentence for Rugby robber

A Rugby man has been jailed for seven years for one robbery and four burglaries, police say.

Sean Ryan, 24, of Holbrook Road, robbed a 79-year-old woman who was left "badly injured".

Sean Ryan
Warwickshire Police

Government says Woodlands Academy closure 'in the best interests of pupils'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Department for Education has released a statement on the closure of Woodlands Academy in Coventry.

It says "Our priority is to ensure pupils at Woodlands and Tile Hill Wood Trusts receive a high quality education."

"The schools have listened to parents and the local community," it continues, "and will now work together to bring in the new arrangements in the best interests of pupils."

Syrian refugees welcomed to city because 'it's the right thing to do', says council

Coventry City Council says it's accepted Syrian refugees "that have experienced some of the worst aspects of human behaviour" because "it's the right thing to do".

Cllr Abdul Khan, deputy leader, says 194 Syrians taken in by the city since July 2014 have included refugees "with significant medical needs" and a number of families affected by the violence of conflict in Syria.

Coventry Council House

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Staying largely dry tonight with the possibility of the odd thundery shower and lows of 10C (50F).

Coventry's Syrian refugees: UKIP MEP says number puts extra pressure on city's services

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

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UKIP MEP James Carver says the number of Syrian refugees in Coventry - the highest in the UK - puts an unfair amount of pressure on city services compared to other areas.

He said: "If the UK is pledging its humanitarian passion then this should be spread across all the authorities fairly.

"I would bet my bottom dollar that the pressures on things like housing, hospitals, GP waiting times and school classroom sizes will be far greater in Coventry than in Mid Sussex. It's an unfair position to put Coventry in."

James Carver

Bedworth 'Bun Day'

Nuneaton and Bedworth council has tweeted this picture of the annual 'Bun Day' at Bedworth's Almshouses.

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Travel: M42 one lane blocked

BBC Travel

A broken-down vehicle is blocking one lane of the M42 between J5,  A41 and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport).

More details on BBC Travel.

Latest news: Drink driver jailed for death of motorcyclist; government approves Coventry academy closure

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a reminder of some of our main stories in the newsroom today:

- Drink driver jailed for six years for killing motorcyclist in Wooton Wawen crash

- Government approves closure of Woodlands Academy in Coventry

- Coventry council takes most Syrian refugees in government's resettlement programme

Coventry City Council takes most Syrian refugees

Coventry City Council has accepted 105 people between October and March under the Government's expanded resettlement programme.

The 71 local authorities so far in the scheme had shown a "tremendous amount of goodwill", the Home Office said.

See the breakdown of Syrian people resettled by the local authority area here.  

Refugee figures by council

Coventry man remanded on terror-related charge

A Coventry man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a Syria-related terrorism offence.

Ahmad Ismail, 19, from Portwrinkle Avenue, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London alongside two others accused of trying to join so-called Islamic State fighters.

He is accused of failing to disclose information to police of the alleged plot.

All three men were remanded in custody and ordered to appear at the Old Bailey on June 23.

Doubts remain over future of racing at Brandon

The leader of Rugby Borough Council says he's "determined" to see racing continue at Brandon stadium.


The home to the Coventry Bees speedway team has been sold for housing development.

Michael Stokes says the council doesn't have any direct powers, but he's "doing his best" to facilitate talks between the club and the new owners of the site.

Drink driver jailed over death of motorcyclist

A drink-driver who caused the death of a motorcyclist in Wootton Wawen last month has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Craig Allen, 35 of Baker Avenue, Stratford-upon-Avon, pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court yesterday to causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Craig Allen
Warwickshire Police

The charges relate to a head-on collision on the A3400 in which 27-year-old Robert Loach died. 

Council refutes claim crucial papers distributed 'outside time limit'

Here's more on our earlier story:

Coventry City Council says the agenda and reports, to be discussed by councillors next week in relation to membership of a combined authority, were "published in line with legislation and the Constitution".

The Conservative opposition is calling for a postponement of the meeting, saying the paperwork reached them "outside the time limit".

In a statement, the council said all councillors were "offered and accepted full briefings" on the issue, and the latest report, including all recommendations, was published on Tuesday afternoon, a week before the meeting. 

Tories call for postponement of combined authority meeting

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Conservative opposition on Coventry City Council is calling for the postponement of a key meeting to ratify the city joining the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Opposition leader John Blundell says they've only just received vital paperwork for the meeting, due to be held next Tuesday.

Coventry council house

He said information on the 12 resolutions "which have significal impact on the city" reached them "outside of the time limit" and it was unfair to proceed.

We have contacted the council for a statement.

Latest news: Woodlands Academy to close; city takes highest number of Syrian refugees

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories today:

- Government approves closure of Coventry's Woodlands Academy

- City has taken highest number of Syrian refugees in the UK under resettlement scheme

- Coventry man remanded on Syria-related terror charge

Police appeal after Nuneaton theft

CCTV images have been released by police of three people they'd like to trace in connection with the theft of money and a debit card from a shopper's handbag in Nuneaton.

CCTV images
Warwickshire Police

They say it happened while the victim was at a supermarket on Newton Road in April.

Detectives want to speak to two men and a woman.

BreakingGovernment approves closure of Coventry all-boys school

The Government has approved the closure of Coventry boys school, Woodlands Academy. 

After a second consultation, it backed the decision of school governors and the regional Schools Commissioner, meaning the site will shut at the end of the school year in 2017. 

Woodlands has been declared unviable because of a drop in demand for single-sex education.  

Under plans, all-girls school Tile Hill Wood will re-open as a co-educational West Coventry Academy. 

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Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some warm spells of sunshine developing this afternoon, with the possibility of isolated showers towards the west later and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Children to celebrate Bedworth 'Bun Day'

Around 1,000 Bedworth school children will celebrate Founder’s Day - better known as Bun Day - at the town's Almshouses today.

Children from the three schools of The Nicholas Chamberlaine School Foundation will gather in the quadrangle to remember the generosity of benefactor Nicholas Chamberlaine, who died in 1715.

Before returning to their schools, each child is given a sticky bun.

Children at Bun day

Coventry has taken highest number of Syrian refugees under resettlement scheme

Coventry has taken the highest number of Syrian refugees in the UK, according to Home Office figures.

The city council accepted 105 people between October and March under the Government's expanded resettlement programme.

A total of 71 local authorities have accepted 1,602 Syrians during the same period.

Coventry cathedral

Latest news: Coventry man accused of terror-related offence; calls to postpone key meeting on council future; city takes highest number of Syrian refugees

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of our headlining stories today are:

- Coventry man due in court charged with terrorism-related offence

- Conservatives call for postponement of combined authority meeting

- Coventry has taken the highest number of Syrian refugees in the UK under resettlement scheme

Hurdler Andrew Pozzi achieves Olympics qualifying time

Stratford Observer

Andrew Pozzi is celebrating after becoming the first Great Britain hurdler to achieve the standard required to compete at the Rio Olympics while competing at the Loughborough Innternational event last weekend.  

Coventry man in court over terrorism offences

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A Coventry man is due in court today charged with a Syria-related terrorism offence

Ahmad Ismail, 19, from Portwrinkle Avenue, is accused of failing to disclose information to the police of an offence involving the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. 

He'll appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court alongside two other men from the West Midlands arrested last week.

Coventry mum has precious photos stolen

Coventry Telegraph

A Coventry mum whose baby boy died when he was just one week old is devastated after someone stole treasured photos of their final moments together.  

Latest news: Coventry man charged with terrorism offence; Ronchi makes Bears home debut

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry man due in court charged with a Syria-related terrorism offence

- New Zealand international Luke Ronchi makes debut for Bears

- Bedworth celebrates annual 'Bun Day'

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog patches will clear, leaving some sunny spells through the cloud and highs of 18C (64F).

Ronchi to make home debut for Bears

BBC Sport

New Zealand international wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi is making his home debut for the Bears tonight in the T20 Blast at Edgbaston.

Luke Ronchi
Getty Images

After a winning start at Trent Bridge last Friday night, Ronchi says: "I can't wait. The crowds really came out for the first T20 of the season at Nottingham. That was fantastic and we're hoping we can get another win under our belts".

Travel: A446 accident

BBC Travel

The A446 Lichfield Road in Wishaw is closed in both directions between the Wishaw Lane junction and the Holly Lane junction because of an accident involving two cars. 

Police are directing traffic.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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