Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Daughter of former deputy council leader rejects allegations of fraud against him
  2. JLR finance chief picks side in EU referendum
  3. Officer assaulted in 'acid' attack recognised at police bravery awards
  4. Leamington and Kenilworth homes 'too expensive' for government's Help to Buy scheme
  5. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Lancashire captain Steven Croft

Captain Steven Croft shares an unbroken century stand with Karl Brown to help Lancashire team fight back against Warwickshire.

Read more

Our coverage across the day

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.  

Coming up on TV

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

A businessman says he's so fed up with the police response to his company being repeatedly burgled, he's planning to move out of Birmingham.

And Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest major firm in our region to write to its staff today about its stance on the EU referendum.

More on these stories and others on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Where MPs stand on the EU referendum debate

If you'd like to know whether your local MP backs the Leave or Remain campaign, there's a handy tool to check by either postcode or constituency here. 

MP EU referendum checking tool

'I felt like it was eating my face away'

A Warwickshire police officer who had a chemical thrown in her face when she tried to stop a burglary is to get a bravery award.

Constable Sara Skinner was attacked in Lillington, Leamington Spa, in April 2015. She said the burning "felt like it was eating my face away".  

Warwickshire police officer's bravery recognised after chemical thrown in her face

JLR finance chief picks side in EU referendum

Jaguar Land Rover's chief financial officer, Ken Gregor, said a Remain vote would increase the firm's chances to "grow, create jobs and attract investment in future technologies".

He joined other leading figures in the British car industry in backing a vote to remain in the European Union, including 77% of firms in the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Meanwhile, Leave-supporting John Longworth, former British Chambers of Commerce director general, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "The auto industry is different from the rest of industry in the sense that it has a 10% tariff for cars from outside the EU." 

Workers at Oxford BMW plant
Production at a BMW plant

He added: "The biggest power in the EU - Germany - exports way more cars to the UK than we do to them, so they are not going to allow the erection of tariffs because they would damage their own industry and shoot themselves in the foot." 

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud breaking this evening to allow some late sunny spells, followed by a dry night with lows of 14C (57F).

Travel: A444 accident

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and slow traffic on A444 southbound in Bedworth between the Sutherland Drive junction and Nuneaton because of an accident. 

More details on BBC Travel. 

Latest: Fraud probe councillor never questioned; JLR finance chief picks side in EU referendum; Warwickshire homes 'too expensive' for government scheme

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our headlining stories today:

- Ex leader of Coventry council never questioned by police over fraud allegation

- JLR says Remain vote will safeguard hundreds of jobs

- Leamington and Kenilworth homes 'too expensive' for government Help to Buy scheme

Woman dies in Moreton Morrell crash

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A woman has died after the car she was driving left the road and hit a tree yesterday morning on the Fosse Way at Moreton Morrell, the ambulance service says.

A young boy, who was also in the car, was treated for minor injuries and taken to hospital in Coventry. 

Watch: Coventry motorcycles 'essential' for Somme communications

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest campaigns in the First World War. 

Thousands of men from Coventry and Warwickshire fought in the conflict, while factories in the city made the weapons and machines used in the battle.

Communications were often carried out by messengers riding one of the 30,000 Triumph Model H bikes, all of which were made in Coventry. 

Elizabeth Chard-Cooper from the Coventry Transport Museum explains why they were so loved by their riders.

Travel: A444 accident

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on A444 southbound in Bedworth between the Sutherland Drive junction and Nuneaton because of an accident. 

More details on BBC Travel.

Veteran takes part in Armed Forces Day ceremony

World War II veteran, Cecil Jeffcoate from Bulkington, joined members of the council today to launch Warwickshire's Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The 93-year-old, who took part in the Normandy landings and was recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur, hoisted the Armed Forces Day flag.

Cecil Jeffcoate
Warwickshire County Council

Cecil, who was 21 at the time of the Normandy operation, arrived as back-up at Pegasus Bridge, just hours after it had been taken from German forces.

He said “I remember that time as if it was yesterday - we were hanging on by our fingernails, but we held the ground and eventually pushed the Germans back."

Women's Tour winner thanks thousands who turned out to support race

An estimated 70,000 turned out to watch the Women's Tour stage through Warwickshire, including 6,000 school children and 30,000 from outside the county.

Lizzie Armitstead is the first British rider to win the Tour.

View more on twitter

Daughter says councillor would have 'cooperated fully' over fraud investigation

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

More now on former Coventry council deputy leader, the late Philip Townshend, and the fact he was subject to a police investigation over an allegation of fraud but never questioned by officers.

His daughter, 26-year-old Kirstie Logan-Townshend, rejected the allegation and said police "made a mistake" by not interviewing him before his death as "he would have cooperated fully". 

Ms Logan-Townshend said: "If police had not investigated, they would have faced scrutiny because he was a public figure. They raided my home as well.

"I knew all his sides and this allegation would have been completely out of character." 

Travel: Coventry to Nuneaton rail line blocked

BBC Travel

A faulty train has closed the line between Coventry and Nuneaton, says London Midland.

A replacement bus service will run both ways until at least 16:00.

View more on twitter

Latest news: Warwickshire homes 'too expensive' for Help to Buy; daughter of accused councillor rejects fraud allegation

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Leamington and Kenilworth homes 'too expensive' for government's Help to Buy scheme

- Daughter of former deputy council leader rejects allegations of fraud made against him

- Ammonia attack PC gets bravery award

Midsummer: 24-hour Shakespeare

Our friends at Shakespeare Lives are celebrating the longest day of the Bard's 400th anniversary year by finding out about midsummer's significance - and how he would have marked the hours.

You can follow their live updates here.

Shakespeare Lives updates

Andy Sullivan joint best-placed Brit at US Open

Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan finished seven over in the US Open - which was won by Dunstin Johnson in his first major win.

Sullivan finished joint 23rd, alongside British player Chris Wood, and says he's now concentrating on his next international open at Lärchenhof near Cologne later this month.

Andy Sullivan and caddie Sean McDonagh
Getty Images

JLR speaks out over EU referendum

Coventry-based car maker Jaguar Land Rover today joined other car manufactures by writing to their employees about the EU referendum.

The car company says it believes that remaining in the EU is better for the industry and will safeguard hundreds of jobs.

Jaguar Land Rover sign

Recently, Lord Bamford, chairman of the Staffordshire-based digger-maker JCB, wrote to his 6,000 workers urging them to vote leave. 

You can read more on our EU referendum page.

County Championship: Lancashire v Warwickshire due to start

The toss has been uncontested at Old Trafford and Warwickshire have chosen to bowl first when play starts at 14:00.

Lancashire hand a debut to 19-year-old leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.

Live updates can be found here.

View more on twitter

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

A police officer who confronted a dangerous gang and had "acid" thrown in her face has been given an award for her bravery.

More on this story and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Homes 'too expensive' for Help to Buy Isa scheme

Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are among the areas in which would-be homeowners are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

The Help to Buy Individual Savings Account (HTB Isa) was introduced last year to help people save for a home.

In both areas the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, or £450,000 in London. 


The average starter home in Leamington is £257,492 and Kenilworth is £258,453.

Find out whether the Help to Buy ISA supports people in your area with our postcode search tool.  

Travel latest: M6 delays ease

Here's Highways England with news that the lane has reopened.

View more on twitter

Travel update: M6 vehicle fire

Here's more on our earlier travel update:

Two involved but uninjured, says the ambulance service.

View more on twitter

'Acid attack' PC to be recognised for bravery

A Warwickshire police officer who had "acid" thrown in her face when she tried to stop a gang of burglary suspects has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.

Constable Sara Skinner
Warwickshire Police

PC Sara Skinner was patrolling alone in Leamington Spa last April when she challenged four men who were trying to break into a house. 

They attacked her and poured a hazardous liquid - later identified as ammonium hydroxide - onto her face and eyes. 

She's due to be recognised at a ceremony in London next month.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

Any lingering rain should clear, leaving a much brighter and drier afternoon with a small risk of heavy showers and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Warwickshire vigil held for Jo Cox MP

Residents of north Warwickshire gathered at Coleshill Parish Church last night for a vigil to remember Jo Cox MP who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

MPs from Coventry and Warwickshire will join others in Westminster today to remember Mrs Cox in Parliament before a short memorial service at St Margaret's Church.

Coleshill vigil
Cllr Adam Farrell

Latest news: Coventry councillor never questioned over 'fraud'; body found in search for missing man

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories in the newsroom:

- Former deputy council leader never interviewed by police over fraud allegation

- Body of man found in city believed to be that of missing Coventry man

- Officer assaulted in 'acid' attack to be recognised at police bravery awards

County Championship: Rain delays Lancashire v Warwickshire

Rain has delayed the start to Warwickshire's County Championship match against Lancashire.

The forecast is set to brighten up and you can follow live updates here.

View more on twitter

Body found in search for missing man

A body found in Coventry on Saturday is believed to be that of missing Coventry man Julian Kulpa, say police.

The 52-year-old was reported missing from his city home on Wednesday. 

Officers say they found the body in woodland off Brinklow Road in Binley and the death isn't being treated as suspicious.

'Arise, fair sun': Shakespeare celebrates summer solstice

If you weren't up to watch the sun rise on the summer solstice - or maybe couldn't see it through the drizzle - here's another chance to enjoy Ashley Walters welcome the longest day as Romeo.

View more on twitter

Women's Tour: Lizzie Armitstead wins race for first time

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Lizzie Armitstead has won the Women's Tour for the first time.

Warwickshire hosted a stage of the race last week.  

The 27-year-old World road race champion, riding for the Boels Dolmans team, finished in the pack to preserve her 11-second lead on South Africa's Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio.

"I feel very lucky because I am part of a country that loves cycling at the moment," Armitstead said.

"I hope that bubble continues. Events like this certainly help.

View more on twitter

Latest: Fraud probe councillor never quizzed; 'acid in face' officer recognised for bravery

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry ex-deputy council leader never quizzed by police over allegations of fraud

- Officer assaulted in 'acid' attack to be recognised at police bravery awards

- Body found in Coventry believed to be missing man Julian Kulpa

Fraud probe councillor never quizzed

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

 An ex-deputy council leader accused of ripping off a vulnerable woman was never interviewed by police over the allegation, the BBC has learned.  

Philip Townshend
Coventry City Council

Coventry councillor Philip Townshend, who died last year, took out a mortgage on the elderly woman's house without her knowledge, a source said.

A relative branded the police inquiry "disgraceful".

West Midlands Police defended its investigation but declined to say why no interview took place.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

A cloudy, mild and muggy start to the day with outbreaks of showery rain pushing up from the south through the morning; heavy and persistent at times. 

This will clear away into the afternoon to leave drier and brighter conditions to end the day with top temperatures of 21C (70F).