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Summary

  1. Alcester company goes into administration
  2. Vehicle 'posing' as a police car in south Warwickshire
  3. Man throws kittens on to roof - of a vets
  4. Updates for Tuesday 21 June 2016

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Full fixture lists for Football League

BBC Sport

BBC Sportsday has a breakdown of the opening fixtures for the Championship, League One, and League Two.

You can check out all the fixtures now on the BBC Sport website:

Full Championship fixture list for 2016-17

Full League One fixture list for 2016-17

Full League Two fixture list for 2016-17

Phil Parkinson

Bolton Wanderers are to host Sheffield United on the opening day in League One following their relegation last season.

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University staff go on strike

BBC Midlands Today

Lecturers at Wolverhampton University are going on strike later in a dispute over pay and conditions. 

Members of the University and College Union are protesting against a proposed 1.1% pay rise, claiming staff have seen a pay cut in real terms of almost 15% over the past seven years. 

Lecturers at Wolverhampton University on strike
BBC

Staff at Coventry University were on strike last week and union members at Warwick University are expected to walk out on Friday.  

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
EIC

The Warwickshire-based building services firm EiC, goes into administration over its "poor recent trading performance."

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Warwickshire all-rounder Keith Barker

Lancastrian Keith Barker shares a century stand with Tim Ambrose as Warwickshire rally at Old Trafford.

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Our coverage across the day

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.   

EU referendum debate: Watch again

You can watch a recording of our EU referendum debate on the iPlayer here

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EU Ref: Both sides campaigning in the West Midlands

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Some of the country's most prominent politicians are in the region today campaigning on both sides of the EU referendum debate. 

Campaigners for a Leave vote are driving in a procession through the Midlands from Keele down the M6 to London to highlight their message. The former Business Secretary Vince Cable, the Chancellor and several of his former cabinet colleagues are at Oleo International near Coventry in support of the Remain campaign. 

All of them are hoping to sway last minute voters to their cause.

Remain and Leave campaigners in the West Midlands
BBC

Stratford to celebrate the magic of Midsummer

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Fairies have set up camp in readiness to celebrate Midsummer in Stratford on Saturday.

The RSC is collaborating with Slung Low theatre group to create free events in the theatre's gardens this week, culminating in a ceremony of feast, fire and song - complete with mechanical dolphins travelling down the River Avon.

Tickets for the free celebration on Saturday can be reserved here.

Fairy Portal Camp
RSC

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A dry and fine evening but cloud increasing overnight with rain and drizzle pushing up from the southwest before dawn and lows of 14C (57F).

Latest news: Administrators called in at Atherstone company; Leave and Remain campaign in region

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Up to 300 jobs at risk as administrators called-in at Atherstone company EIC

- Prominent politicians campaign in the West Midlands over EU referendum

- Kittens saved after being thrown on a roof

Travel: Lane blocked on M6

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38 (M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken-down vehicle. 

More details on BBC Travel.  

Company reveals instrument to get kids buzzing

A new musical instrument, aimed at creating the next generation of brass musicians has been unveilled by the Coventry-based Warwick Music Group.

The eye-catching pBuzz resembles a recorder crossed with a vuvuzela.

If you fancy having a go on one, you can book a place at a BBC Proms Get Playing event to try out the company's other instruments the pBone and the pTrumpet.

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Management says 'no alternative' to administration for EIC

A statement released by Alex Partners, the administrator called in at Alcester-based EIC, says the company's "financial distress was driven by increasing pressure from its creditors as a result of a poor recent trading performance, underpinned by an ever increasing competitive market".

"After exploring all options available", it continues, "management concluded that the cash pressures were too great and there was no alternative but to place the company into administration."

Alcester company EIC in administration

A south Warwickshire-based electrical and mechanical contractors has gone into adminstration, putting a question mark over the future of as many as 300 jobs.  

Administrator Alix Partners has confirmed it was called in last week at Alcester based EIC.

The company, founded in 1971, provides a range of services including construction and electrical work. 

EIC
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Region's 'amazing' objects go on show

Some of the region's most "amazing" objects have gone on display at a revamped museum in Birmingham.

A top secret map prepared by Coventry-born Major Shotton is among the exhibits, as is a 190-year-old ammonite from Harbury in Warwickshire.

The museum, at the University of Birmingham, has undergone an extensive multi million-pound refurbishment

D-Day landing maps
Lapworth Museum

Countdown to fixtures

This season's fixtures for the League One season are released at 09:00 tomorrow.

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EU referendum debate: Rights for workers and international standing

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Workers rights is an issue that cropped up in our refurendum, with Coventry Labour councillor and Remain campaigner Jayne Innes insisting employees have better protection in the workplace because of the EU.

"Yes we have trades unions but a lot of our most progressive union legislation comes from the EU," she said.

And on the issue of the UK retaining its international profile, MEP Jim Carver, campaigning for Leave, insisted Britain could have standing on the world stage without the EU. 

"We've got a seat on the UN Security Council, and the head of the Commonwealth, and I believe the world is far bigger than the European Union."

Jayne Innes and Jim Carver MEP
BBC

Car is using flashing lights to force motorists off the road

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A warning's been issued about a vehicle "posing" as a police car in the south of the county, after a number of "suspicious incidents".

Reports involve a blue BMW, that has had its number plates removed, flashing lights trying to force other cars off the road.

Mark Adair signs two-year deal with Bears

BBC Sport

Promising Warwickshire all-rounder Mark Adair has signed a new two-year deal with the Bears.

The 20-year-old Northern Irishman took the wicket of Marcus Trescothick and made an unbeaten 34 on his Championship debut against Somerset last September.

Warwickshire all-rounder Mark Adair
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County Antrim-born Adair has since made his way into the Bears' T20 Blast team this summer, having played four games.

He steps up to his senior contract from the Academy development deal he signed earlier this year, in February.

Watch: 'We can achieve more together than on our own' says Remain's Chuka Umunna

Responding to the Stratford MP, Labour's Chuka Umunna says access to the single market is a huge benefit of being in the European Union.

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Watch: EU 'destroying jobs and livelihoods' says Stratford MP

Appearing on the Victoria Derbyshire programme earlier, pro-Leave Stratford MP, Nadhim Zahawi, said he wanted his children to grow up in a country that is "non-discriminatory". 

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Police appeal after Rugby jewellery theft

Police in Rugby have released CCTV images of two men they'd like to trace in connection with the theft of jewellery from a store in the town.

Staff found three bracelets missing from the Market Place premises on Friday afternoon.

CCTV images
Warwickshire Police

Man taken to hospital after car collides with tree

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A driver was taken to hospital after his vehicle left the road and collided with a tree.

The ambulance service says it was called to the scene around 16:15 on the A444 in Coventry, between Bedworth and junction three of the M6. 

Scene of accident
West Midlands Ambulance Service

EU referendum: Immigration dominates early part of debate

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The early part of our debate is dominated by the theme of immigration.

A question from an audience member is whether the panel "believes in controlling immigration to a reasonable and fair level"?

Former MEP Philip Bushill-Matthews, in favour of Remain, said while he recognised "the need for controls" he rejected the idea of any kind of points system.

TUSC Chair and Leave campaigner Dave Nellist said the "migration we're facing at the moment is millions of people fleeing wars and poverty" and it was important to "address the root causes".

Philip Bushill-Matthews and Dave Nellist
BBC

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Lingering cloud should thin and break leaving some sunny spells this afternoon with highs of 20C (69F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Kittens thrown on a roof

Three kittens have been thrown on a roof of a vets.

The RSPCA was alerted to the animals' plight by a member of the public who saw the culprit in the act.

When an officer got on top of the building - Oakfield Veterinary Surgery in Margaret Road, Atherstone, north Warwickshire - two kittens were found huddled around an air conditioning unit. A third, as the top picture here also shows, was hiding in a corner.

The rescued kittens
RSPCA

The cats, just a few weeks old and named Dot, Flo and Chester, are now in RSPCA care following Saturday's ordeal. The charity says they would still be up there, but for the member of the public who saw them being hurled through the air.

At only a few weeks old, they are all very vulnerable and it would have been terrible for them to have been left outside in the open for a long period of time, particularly with all the recent heavy rain we have had."

Laura BryantRSPCA Inspector

Croft aids Lancs recovery against Bears

BBC Sport

Captain Steven Croft and Karl Brown shared an unbroken century stand to help Division One leaders Lancashire fight back against Warwickshire.  

Lancashire captain Steven Croft
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This game is Lancashire's first Championship fixture since losing the Roses match to Yorkshire three weeks ago, while Warwickshire have not played since their defeat by Durham on 25 May.  

EU referendum debate: Leave panel

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Making the case for the Leave campaign are Chair of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition - Dave Nellist; Glenn Williams, a Conservative councillor from Coventry council; and UKIP MEP James Carver.

Panelists
BBC

Travel: Incident on London Road in Coventry

BBC Travel

There's a "police incident" on London Road in Coventry causing slow traffic.

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EU referendum debate: The panel

Arguing for the Remain side we have Coventry Labour councillor Jayne Innes, Philip Bushill Matthews who's a former Conservative MEP, and former Lib Dem MEP Liz Lynne.

The panel
BBC

Latest news: EU referendum debate; vehicle posing as a police car; revamped museum displays region's 'amazing' objects

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

- Politicians from across Coventry and Warwickshire take part in EU debate

- Warning issued about vehicle posing as a police car in south Warwickshire

- Region's 'amazing objects' go on display at revamped Lapworth Museum of Geology

Pollen levels 'very high'

BBC Weather

Feeling sneezy? No wonder, because pollen levels are very high in the Midlands today. 

Achooo!

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EU referendum debate

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Preparations are under way in the Open Centre in Coventry for our debate on the EU referendum.

With six panelists, we'll hear the arguments of both sides, Leave and Remain, and what the issues mean for us here in the Midlands.

BBC Coventry open centre
BBC

A balanced audience will also be asking questions.

You can listen live from 09:00 here, or afterwards on the iPlayer.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a fine and much brighter day across the region with some cloud but also some sunny spells.

Despite the south-westerly breeze, it will feel warm across all parts with highs of 19C (66F).