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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 06:00 on Friday

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By Vanessa Pearce

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We're back at 06:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather - plus the latest, local details on the EU referendum.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Staying dry for many overnight, with some clear skies for a time

Cloud will gradually increase from the west by dawn, bringing the risk of very isolated showers with lows of 11C (52F).

Green light for second Friargate building

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A planning application for the second building in Coventry's Friargate development has been approved by the city council.

The 14-storey building, which will sit alongside the council house currently under construction, will deliver commercial space as well as room for a restaurant or cafe, say developers.

Proposed Friargate building
Friargate Coventry

Don't mind the green water

If you're in the Canley Ford area, and spot bright green water, don't worry... the fire service is rehearsing for a simulated chemical leak exercise later in the year.

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Pets stolen for cash

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Some criminals are switching from stealing metals to taking valuable pedigree dogs.

That's the claim tonight made by a Midlands-based company which specialises in trying to recover stolen pets.


News: Opening of Shakespeare's New Place postponed; green light for second Friargate building

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Rainfall blamed for postponement of Shakespeare's New Place opening

- Council approves permission for second building at Coventry's Friargate

- Polls close at 22:00 in European referendum

Travel: Accident in Tiddington

BBC Travel

An accident is blocking the B4086 Tiddington Road in both directions near the Loxley Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Replacement fire station given go-ahead

Proposals to demolish a 40-year-old fire station have been given the go-ahead by the city council. 

The existing building on Radford Road will be knocked down and replaced with a new fire station, complete with a "live training" facility.

Radford Road fire station

Opening of Shakespeare's New Place postponed

Torrential rainfall in recent weeks has postponed the opening of New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, a commemorative project at the site of Shakeaspeare's last home, says the Birthplace Trust.

The unveiling of the extended exhibition centre, new entrance, and restored garden at New Place was due to take place on 1 July.

New Place
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

We had an ambitious timescale for this ground-breaking project to re-imagine Shakespeare’s New Place for the 21st century. We have met many unexpected challenges along the way, but the record rainfall has slowed things down in the final phase.

Dr Diana OwenCEO, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

More than 140 dogs reported stolen to police locally since 2013

More than 140 dogs have been stolen in the Warwickshire and West Midlands Police force since 2013.

Figures from Animal Search UK show that  5,188 were taken nationally. 


Animal Search UK wants dog thefts to be made an offence in its own right.  

The woman saved from her father's FGM plans

Victoria Derbyshire

A woman from the West Midlands is the first person in the UK to be given a joint court order to protect her from both forced marriage and female genital mutilation. She tells her story.  

Victoria Derbyshire programme

Brave act puts Sara in line for award

Leamington Observer

On this week's front page: A Warwickshire Police officer who had ‘acid’ thrown in her face when she tried to confront four burglars has been nominated for a bravery award.

Front page
Leamington Observer

Latest news: Error leads to bus lane refunds; female jousters at Kenilworth Castle

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- "Technical error" sees council having to refund some bus lane fines

-  Female knights to joust for first time at Kenilworth

- More than 140 dogs reported stolen in Warwickshire and West Midlands since 2013

Help needed to identify Somme tank crew from Coventry

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Author, Stephen Pope, who's researched the lives of First World War tank crews, is asking for help to identify two Coventry men - believed to be in this picture.

Rol Elliott and Herbert Statham were in what became known as the 'Black Cat Crew' because they took a kitten, Percy, into battle with them.

Black Cat Crew
David Drader

Both came from the Foleshill area of the city and both survived the war.

Men from Coventry and Warwickshire provided the majority of the first tank crews who fought in the Battle of the Somme.

England v Australia: Harrison replaces injured Haskell in third Test

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps' James Haskell has failed to recover in time from a foot injury and will be replaced by Northampton flanker Teimana Harrison in the England squad to take on Australia on Saturday. 

The rest of Eddie Jones' England 23 - aiming for a whitewash in the series -  is unchanged, with Wasps players Matt Mullan, Joe Launchbury and Ellit Daly named in the squad.

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'Damsel in shining armour' at Kenilworth Castle

The Warwickshire castle where Robert Dudley famously wooed Tudor England's most powerful woman, Queen Elizabeth I, will be the first of four across the country to see a woman take on men in the tilting yard.

Nicky Willis, a leading competitor on the European circuit, will take on a male "knight" in the medieval sport of jousting at Kenilworth this weekend.

Nicky Willis
Kenilworth Castle

A professional rider who regularly jousts on the continent, Nicky has also trained horses for the sport for more than ten years. 

At Kenilworth she will pit her skills against three leading male "knights" in the art – including Russian champion Dimitry Sabachenko in his UK debut.   

Teenager thanks fire and ambulance staff after surviving crash

Warwick Courier

Fire and rescue and ambulance service staff have been thanked by a young woman who survived a serious car crash a few weeks ago.

Coventry's Tollbar roundabout 'substantially under budget'

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The three-year project to redevelop Coventry's Tollbar Island will be delivered "quite substantially" under budget, says Highways England.

Project manager, Paul Nagra, says they've done a lot of "efficiency working" and the upgrade will be delivered for less than the original £106m budget.

An underpass connecting the A45 from the west with the A46 will be open around September of this year, with the roundabout section to be completed by the end of the year.

Tollbar Island redevelopment

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud should thin this afternoon leaving some bright and sunny spells with top temperatures of 22C (72F).

Lancashire v Warwickshire: Livingstone reaches half century

Liam Livingstone reaches an 80-ball half-century with three runs off left-armer Keith Barker. 

Overnight partner Haseeb Hameed is on 82 as two of Lancashire's younger brigade continue to bat well in tandem. 

You can follow live updates here.

Liam Livingstone
Getty Images

Political pups

Voters are heading to the polls across the UK and, in line with recent online tradition, people have been sharing pictures of dogs waiting outside stations as owners mark their papers.

This patient pooch, photographed by North Warwickshire Borough Council, was among the first to show up across the county this morning.

dog at polling station
North Warwickshire Borough Council

Pollen levels 'very high'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If like me you suffer with hay fever, get your tissues ready - it's another eye-watering, sneezy day ahead as pollen levels are very high.

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'Potential' delays at Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport warns of potential delays between now and the early hours of Friday as French air traffic control staff go on strike.  

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Latest news: 'Technical error' leads to bus lane refunds; voting starts in EU referendum

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Council to refund bus lane fines due to 'technical error' in government authorisation

- Polling stations across Coventry and Warwickshire open for EU referendum

- Kenilworth Castle to host first female jouster

Hameed builds Lancs' lead against Bears

BBC Sport

Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson marked his Championship debut with a five-wicket haul against Warwickshire.  

Matt Parkinson
Getty Images

But it was former Bolton School teammate Haseem Hamed who then helped the Red Rose build a useful lead with an unbeaten 81 as the hosts ended the day on 170-5, 215 runs in front.  

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud thinning across the day to allow for sunny spells later and highs of 22C (72F). 

Polling stations have opened across Coventry and Warwickshire

Travel: M6 accident

BBC Travel

An accident involving three vehicles has closed one lane of the M6 southbound around J3,  A444 (Nuneaton).

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Thursday.

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

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