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Summary

  1. Man re-sentenced over tourist murders
  2. Warwickshire hosts Aviva Women's Tour
  3. Updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

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

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Showers will generally ease this evening, although a few may persist, and there will be lows of 12C (54F).

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Shawn Tyson

A man is re-sentenced for murdering two British tourists in Florida five years ago in a botched robbery.

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Women's Tour: Final results

Full stage and overall results from today's stage can be found here.

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The drama, written by Jeremy Sandford and directed by Ken Loach, shone a spotlight on the issues of homelessness and poverty
Lorna Locke, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, can relate to the BBC drama Cathy Come Home.

Coventry speed cameras to remain turned off

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

It's been confirmed Coventry City Council has no plans to switch on the city's speed cameras, despite eight being upgraded elsewhere in the West Midlands Police area. 

New digital average speed cameras will be operating in Birmingham and Solihull from July

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Latest news: Flash floods close Coventry roads; Amy Pieters wins Women's Tour stage

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry roads closed due to flash flooding

- Dutch cyclist Amy Pieters wins Warwickshire stage of Aviva Women's Tour

- Speed cameras in Coventry to remain turned off

Travel: Flooding in Dorridge

BBC Travel

Flooding on Four Ashes Road, in Dorridge, is causing problems near the Chadworth Avenue junction.

Drivers are being advised to approach with care.

West Midlands bucks the trend of drop in sports activity since London 2012

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

The West Midlands has bucked the national trend of falling numbers of people playing sport since the 2012 London Olympics, after the Games' pledge to "inspire a generation".

Latest figures show 15.8 million people play sport or exercise at least once week, a drop of 0.4% since 2012 across England.

The West Midlands saw a rise from 1,540,100 to 1,590,200 over that time. 

BBC analysis of the data found five of the nine regions in England recorded a decline in sports participation, which former sports minister Richard Caborn dubbed "disappointing".

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Women's Tour: Photo finish

The 92-mile race came down to a sprint finish, with winner Amy Pieters just beating Lisa Brennauer by half a bike wheel.

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To lose speedway and stock car racing would be a massive shame, says Rugby MP

Coventry Observer

To lose speedway and stock car racing at Coventry Stadium would be a massive shame.

Those are the words of Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, who spoke exclusively to The Observer amid fears that the world famous Coventry Bees could be homeless next season, unless a new lease to extend speedway racing is agreed in the coming weeks.

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Coventry Observer

Crews winch pony to safety

A pony that fell into the canal at Offchurch yesterday needed a little help getting out.

The rider of Soda, a piebald mare, was able to scramble out of the water after they both fell into the canal. 

But fire crews say they had to use a winch and a tractor to get the animal back to dry land.

Pony being rescued
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Flash floods: Charter Avenue Coventry

Heavy rain is causing hazardous driving conditions across Coventry and Warwickshire.

This is the scene at Charter Avenue in Canley.

Watch: Flash flooding in Coventry

There's flash flooding near the University of Warwick at Kirby Corner Road, near Gibbet Hill Road.

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Women's Tour: Amy Pieters wins stage

Dutch cyclist Amy Pieters crosses the finish line in Stratford-upon-Avon, winning stage 2 of the Aviva Women's Tour.

She just pipped last year's champion Lisa Brennauer to the line.  

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Intense rain moving across the Midlands now

Women's Tour: Peloton catches up with leaders

The peloton has caught the two front-runners and has now split with the lead group containing about 25 riders.

Stratford-upon-Avon is preparing to watch the finish.

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Travel: Police close A46

BBC Travel

Traffic is being diverted away from the overturned vehicle on the A46 while police deal with the incident involving three vehicles. 

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Women's Tour: Two break away as pack heads for next climb

Two riders have broken away from the peloton.

Danish National road race champion Amalie Dideriksen and Malgorzata Jasinska currently have a 45-second lead.

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Travel: Overturned car on A46

BBC Travel

Expect delays on the A46 southbound in Stoneleigh, at Festival island, because of an overturned car.

More details on BBC Travel.

Call for airfield rule change after Rugby man dies in microlight crash

A coroner has asked for airfield rules to be tightened after two men, including one from Rugby, died in an microlight crash.  

Keith Poulton, from Flecknoe, near Rugby, and retired GP Eddie Morris, from Whitney, died when their aircraft ran off a runway at Enstone Airfield, near Chipping Norton, on 3 July last year.

Site of microlight crash
BBC

An inquest in Oxford heard how the microlight crashed into a trailer full of sheet metal parked nearby.

Coroner Darren Salter said there should be clearer guidance on keeping such areas clear of obstructions.

Women's Tour: Lizzie Armitstead leads the pack

After the efforts of that Queen of Mountains, world champion Lizzie Armitstead is leading the peloton up Edge Hill, which is about 300m long.

There's a sharp descent before riders head towards the second sprint of the day.

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Women's Tour: First Queen of Mountains climb

The first ascent at Burton Dassett is about to start.

It's 1.9km long and very steep and twisty.

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Women's Tour: Two QOM climbs in Warwickshire stage

The Warwickshire stage has a good deal of climbing with two designated Queen of the Mountains climbs with includes more than 1,700 metres of ascent.

The first of those will be at Burton Dassett Hills, while the second comes after the village of Ilmington with the ascent of Nebsworth Hill on the edge of the Cotswolds, with a 2.5km climb averaging 5%.

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Women's Tour: Through Kenilworth and Warwick

The council estimates 70,000 spectators will turn out to watch the cycling today, with 40,000 of those coming from outside the area.

Riders have passed through Kenilworth and Warwick and are now heading towards Tachbrook Mallory.

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Rugby union: Four Wasps named in England squad to face Australia

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

James Haskell starts, with Joe Launchbury, Matt Mulland and Elliot Daly among the replacements as England face Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

The pack is unchanged to the one that started the first Test against Australia in Brisbane last weekend.   

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Latest news: Women's Tour under way in Warwickshire; more heavy rain forecast

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories today:

- Council expects 70,000 spectators to line route of Aviva Women's Tour in Warwickshire

- Warning issued for more heavy rain for the area

- Region bucks trend of falling numbers of people playing sport since London 2012

Women's Tour: Riders pass through university

One rider, Mia Radotic, seems to have broken away as the peloton chase her through the University of Warwick campus.

Riders are now heading for the first sprint of the day through Kenilworth at 36.7km.

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Weather: More heavy rain this afternoon

This map shows where the heaviest rain is expected to fall - watch out for flash flooding.

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Women's Tour: Route to pass through University of Warwick campus

The tour's due to pass through the University of Warwick campus at about 10:35 from the Westwood Heath Road direction.

It will then follow University Road, leaving at the bus interchange roundabout onto Gibbett Hill road before it heads towards Kenilworth.

Full timings of the route are available here. 

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Women's Tour: Stage 2 of the tour starts in Atherstone

BBC Travel: Accident at Gaydon

There's queuing traffic on the B4100 in Gaydon, at the Church Road junction, because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel.

Women's Tour: And they're off

Stage 2 of the Aviva Women's Tour has officially begun.

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