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Summary

  1. Police insist Coventry is safe following a spate of high profile violent crimes
  2. Man whose death followed a suspected robbery and led to a murder probe has been named
  3. Unemployment in the West Midlands has risen to 159,000 - up 7,000 on the previous quarter
  4. MRSA eliminated from two Warwickshire hospitals, medics say
  5. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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By Navkiran Mann

All times stated are UK

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The deaths of two men in a microlight which hit farm machinery shows clearer guidance is needed about obstructions near runways, a coroner says.

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We're back at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.  

Rare Coventry clock goes on show

A rare clock made in Coventry, dating from the time of George II, has gone on display ahead of a sale.  

Gabril Holland Coventry clock
Howard Walwyn Fine Clocks

Curator Howard Walwyn says the piece - which has a £45,000 price tag - is one of the earliest examples of a 'tavern clock' made outside London. 

They were used to keep time in public places such as coaching inns.

Little is known about the maker, Gabril Holland, other than he worked in Coventry around 1740.

The exhibition of horological rarities, in London, runs  until 23 June.

Flowers bring blaze of colour to fire HQ

Planting initiative at Fire and Rescue's base...

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Flood alerts: latest

You can stay up to date on flood alerts - and the more serious level of "warnings" - with the Environment Agency.

In the Midlands, there are currently three warnings and 11 alerts. The latter includes low-lying land and roads between Nuneaton and Tamworth on the River Anker and between Water Orton and Tamworth.

List of flood alerts for the Midlands
Environment Agency

On Midlands Today this evening: Getting the Midlands' mood on EU referendum

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

In just over a week, thousands of us will take to the polls to vote on whether to leave or stay in the European Union.  

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And all this week I've been taking a road trip through the heart of Britain to gauge the mood on the streets.

Find out what I've found in my latest stop on Midlands Today this evening on BBC One - at the slightly earlier time of 18:25.

Latest: Coventry police name man who died after suspected robbery; employment is up in the West Midlands

Here are your headlines this afternoon:

 - Man whose death followed a suspected robbery and led to a murder probe has been named

- Police insist Coventry is safe following a spate of high profile violent crimes

- The number of people who are out of work in the West Midlands has gone up by 7,000 to 159,000.

Latest: Police name man who died after suspected robbery in Coventry city centre

Navkiran Mann

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here's the latest on our main story today:

The man who died following a suspected street robbery on Monday has been named as 51-year-old Adam Chandler (previously known as Adam Holmes).

Adam Chandler
West Midlands Police

The incident began with the theft of a bicycle from outside McDonald's in Coventry city centre which culminated in a fight in Lady Herbert’s Garden. I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area on Monday and saw what happened to contact me as a matter of urgency.

Detective Inspector Warren HinesWest Midlands Police Force CID

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of his murder - one has been bailed.  

Life after TV talent shows means Rocky Horror star avoids getting stuck in timewarp

Liam Tamne is proof there is life after TV talent shows. The 30-year-old from Coventry was voted off The Voice, on BBC One, in 2013. But he's since landed himself stage roles in Les Miserables, Hairspray and now the Rocky Horror Show. He says: "It has opened many doors for me, I wouldn't have had these opportunities".  

Liam Tamne: Proof there is life after TV talent shows

Weather: Latest forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Here's the latest... Any guesses what's in store? You don't have to be a mind reader.

Fancy a career in the force?

Officers are attending a student careers day.

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Travel: A45 London Road delays

BBC Travel

There are delays both ways on the A45 London Road, Warwickshire, following a crash in Ryton-on-Dunsmore near the High Street junction.

WATCH: Tornado-like shapes in Midlands skies

Tornado-like shapes called funnel clouds have been forming in skies above the West Midlands.

These images were captured yesterday by Matthew Lee Hancox in Shrewsbury, Helen Vann in north Rugby and Robert Brooker, east of Coventry. And earlier today, Jason Mason Burns, near Droitwich, spotted the same meteorological phenomenon.  

Funnel clouds: Tornado-like shapes form in West Midlands skies
Edgbaston Rain

Heavy rain sees Warwickshire's One-Day Cup game against Derbyshire at Edgbaston called off without a ball being bowled.

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Coventry Police insist crime is down after a spate of "serious" incidents over seven days

Police in Coventry insist crime is down and people are safe following a series of violent crimes in the city over the last seven days.

Gunshots were fired in Holbrooks last week, there was a serious assault in Hillfields at the weekend and two men have been charged with the murder of Liam McGerrigan last Thursday.

Today, two men are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man died in hospital following a suspected robbery near Lady Herberts Garden in the city centre on Monday. 

Detective Superintendent Rich Agar of West Midlands Police's Serious Crime Team said the incidents were unconnected, adding: "I would say Coventry and the West Midlands overall is a safe place."

Warning over traffic light problems

Coventry City Council is advising motorists to 'proceed with caution' amid signal problems.

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Unemployment rises in West Midlands

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Unemployment in the West Midlands rose in the past three months, according to official figures.

Regional unemployment
BBC

The total increased to 159,000 in the February-to-April period, up by 7,000 from the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

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Qasa Alom

BBC Midlands Today

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in Bilston after a baby boy was taken to hospital and died. 

Heavy rain has caused travel problems around the region and the new boss and manager of Aston Villa have been outlining their plans for the club today.

We'll have more on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Kitten 'travels 300 miles' in Navy pilot's car bumper

A kitten thought to have climbed inside a car bumper at Birmingham Airport was discovered after a 300-mile journey.

Royal Navy pilot Lt Nick Grimmer heard the kitten meowing, a day after travelling from Birmingham to the Royal Naval Air Station in Culdrose.

He dismantled the car with colleagues and found the kitten hiding inside the bumper of his BMW.

The kitten has been named Tigger by the pilot's colleagues in the 814 Naval Air Squadron, known as the Flying Tigers.

Tigger
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Father and son jailed for stealing 17 caravans

A father and son have been jailed for stealing 17 caravans and transit vans from locations across the Midlands including Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, police say.

The haul, amassed by Coventry men Seamus and David McDonagh, was part of a criminal operation that stole vehicles worth £250,000. Police said investigating officers, using street cameras, saw 16 occasions when a vehicle owned by Seamus McDonagh was in a motorway convoy with stolen caravans. 

Seamus and David McDonagh along with Seamus McGuire
Warwickshire Police
Clockwise from left: Seamus McDonagh, David McDonagh and Seamus McGuire

Seamus McDonagh, 57, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to steal caravans, along with conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles while on court bail. His son David McDonagh, 36, was given a nine-year prison sentence for conspiracy to steal caravans, conspiracy to steal motor vehicles, robbery, plus conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles - also while on court bail.

Another Coventry man who was part of the group, Seamus McGuire, aged 25, was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and robbery. All three - found guilty after a two-and-a-half-week trial - were sentenced last Friday. 

Phil Upton still in the saddle at the 16-mile mark

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The cyclists aren't fazed by the rain as they ride into Meriden.

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Latest: Man bailed amid murder inquiry; unemployment is up in the West Midlands

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines this lunchtime:

- A 35-year-old man arrested yesterday in Coventry over the death of a 51-year-old man following a suspected robbery outside McDonald's has been bailed 

- Unemployment in the West Midlands has risen to 159,000 - up 7,000 on the previous quarter

- New figures suggest Coventry's university hospital is one of the best in the country for tackling MRSA

Matthew WaDE Australia

Birmingham Bears sign Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for their final six T20 Blast group games.

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Update: 'Robbery' murder probe

Here's more on an earlier story:

A  35-year-old man has been released on police bail after being questioned over the death of a 51-year-old man following Monday's suspected robbery near a branch of McDonald's in Coventry.

An initial post mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are needed to establish the cause of death. 

Two other men aged 27 and 28 remain in custody. The trio was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Travel: Collision on M6 near Corley

 Traffic is still building up near Corley Services following the collision we told you about earlier. 

Map of Corley
BBC

Phil Upton sets off for Stratford while testing out the Women's Aviva tour

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Cyclists at the ready!

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Three arrested after man dies in suspected Coventry street robbery

Navkiran Mann

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in a suspected robbery.

Police found the man, aged in his 50s, unconscious in Fairfax Street, Coventry, at about 10:50 on Monday. He died in hospital.

Three Coventry men, aged 27, 28 and 35, are being questioned.

Street robbery scene
BBC

The incident began with the theft of a bicycle from outside McDonald's which culminated in a fight in Lady Herbert's Garden.

Detective Inspector Warren HinesWest Midlands Police

Phil Upton cycles part of the Aviva Women's Tour

In just over 24 hours the biggest sporting event to hit Warwickshire since the Olympic torch relay will take place. 

It's the Aviva Women's Tour of Great Britain, which will see 94 female professional cyclists from 16 teams take to the roads across the county.

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Phil Upton is testing the route today. We'll keep you up to date on his progress right here.

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Latest: Coventry police insist crime is down in the city; MRSA eradicated from Coventry's main hospital

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines this morning:

- Police in Coventry insist crime is down and people are safe despite two murders, gunshots and a serious assault in the city over the last seven days

- Coventry's University Hospital has eliminated MRSA from the site at Walsgrave and also from Rugby's St Cross hospital in the last 12 months

- There are 9,000 signatures on a petition to ban an annual hunt

Travel: M6 delays following collision

BBC Travel

There’s slow traffic and one lane closed on the M6 northbound near Corley Services because of a collision involving a car and motorbike.

Congestion is to J2, M69 Coventry.

Petitioners take reins in fight against annual hunt

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A petition is calling for Atherstone's New Year's Day hunt to be banned.

It's being handed in to the Town Council today with 9,000 signatures.

Carly Scott from the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs says the local authority should consider the depth of feeling against the event.

No MRSA cases in a year at hospital sites

Trish Adudu

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry's University Hospital has managed to eliminate MRSA from the Walsgrave site and at Rugby's St Cross Hospital, there have been no cases over the last 12 months.

Incidents of the infection C-Diff  have also dropped, to 38 in the year.

The hospitals' chief nursing officer, Mark Radford, told us this morning it means they have among the best records for teaching hospitals in the country.

The figures come from an NHS body called the Mandatory Enhanced Surveillance System, which monitors hospitals across the country.

University Hospital Coventry
BBC

Latest: MRSA eliminated from hospital sites; Atherstone hunt debated; wet weather latest

- Coventry's University Hospital has eliminated MRSA from the site at Walsgrave and at Rugby's St Cross hospital

- A petition calling for the ban of a hunt in Atherstone on New Year's day is being handed to councillors

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Another day, another yellow weather warning for heavy rain unfortunately.

Showers on and off throughout today and they will be potentially heavy.

Highs of 17C (63F). 

Travel: Warwickshire delays warning

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on London Road, in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, between the Oxford Road junction and Tollbar Island, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Welcome to our live service for Wednesday.

We'll bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day.

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