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  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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We're back at 08:00 on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

Speedway: Racing off at Brandon

Tonight's Coventry Bees speedway meeting at Brandon has been postponed because of a waterlogged track.

They say a new date for the Elite League fixture against Kings Lynn is to be confirmed.

Coventry Bees
Jeff Davies

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Showers dying away this evening leaving a mostly dry night across the region with some clear spells at times and lows of 13C (55F).

Kingsbury collision update

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in a road collision near the Total depot on Trinity Road, Kingsbury, this morning.

They say two vehicles were involved - not three as previously reported - a silver Ford transit van and a black Audi A4.

The driver of the van suffered serious injuries and has been transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Kingsbury crash
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Warwickshire vigil for Jo Cox MP

A vigil to remember Jo Cox MP will take place on Sunday in Coleshill.

The leader of North Warwickshire Labour Group, Cllr Adam Farrell, said it was to "show our respects as well as unity with Jo's family, friends and colleagues".

Poster giving details of vigil
North Warwickshire Labour Group

News: Warwickshire vigil for Jo Cox MP; Coventry dancer faces child neglect trial

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- A vigil's to be held in Warwickshire for murdered MP Jo Cox

- Britain's Got Talent finalist to face trial on a charge of child neglect

- Warwickshire rapist and kidnapper jailed for 15 years

Coventry dancer faces trial on child neglect charge

A Coventry dance teacher, who reached the final of Britain's Got Talent, is to face trial on a charge of child neglect.

Leeroy Bailey, 35, from Foleshill, was released on bail after a five-minute hearing at Warwick Crown Court today.

Leeroy Bailey
PA

He denies one charge of neglecting a child "in a manner likely to cause suffering or injury to health", alleged to have happened in the city in February this year.

The trial is set for February 2017.

Coventry MP says police have warned 'safety cannot be guaranteed' in wake of Jo Cox murder

Coventry Telegraph

A Coventry MP says he and his parliamentary colleagues have been warned by police that their safety cannot be guaranteed following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.  

Rapist and kidnapper jailed for 15 years

A man who kidnapped and raped a woman during a burglary has been jailed for 15 years.

Emilian Paduraru, of Fillongley, pleaded guilty to rape, assault and kidnap at Leamington Crown Court on Wednesday. 

Emilian Paduraru
Warwickshire Police

Paduraru, 28, was charged in February over the attack which occurred in the West Midlands area, police said. 

Police praised the victim's "bravery" in coming forward after what it described as "a terrible ordeal".

Latest news: Rapist and kidnapper jailed for 15 years; dance teacher faces trial on child neglect charge

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Man who raped and kidnapped a woman jailed for 15 years

- Coventry dance teacher to face trial on a charge of child neglect

- Flags fly at half-mast across the region in remembrance of Jo Cox MP

Flags at half mast in remembrance of Jo Cox MP

Flags on public buildings across Coventry and Warwickshire are flying at half mast in remembrance of Jo Cox MP who died after being shot and stabbed.

Books of condolence will be opened at several locations including Coventry Council House and the central library.

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Watch: Wave goodbye to the thunderstorms

It looks like we've got better weather in store for the weekend.

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'Significant' costs to be incurred after barbecue thrown at moving passenger train

Here's more on our earlier story:

British Transport Police says the rail operator whose train was struck by a barbecue thrown from a bridge will have a "significant cost implication" for the company.

Officers are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesperson said: "Our officers want to hear from any witnesses or anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously around the time of the incident."

First day for combined authority

A new law officially recognising the West Midlands Combined Authority has come into force. 

The chair, Councillor Bob Sleigh, says it's the result of 18 months hard work - and now delivery of an £8bn devolution deal can start. 

Last week the authority - which is made up of councils across the region - set out its plans to create half a million new jobs in the next 14 years. 

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Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

We will have all the latest on the clean-up operation taking place across our region after flash flooding.

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

News: Man jailed for rape and kidnap; barbecue thrown at train in Coventry

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Man sentenced to 15 years for rape and kidnap

- Barbecue thrown at train in Coventry caused massive rail delays

- Flags on public buildings fly at half mast in remembrance of Jo Cox MP

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There's a risk of catching isolated showers through the afternoon, especially in south Warwickshire.

But otherwise cloudy with some brighter spells and top temperatures of 19C (66F).

Valiant Nuneaton and Bedworth volunteers awarded

Nuneaton News

Valiant volunteers whose unsung work helps communities across Nuneaton and Bedworth have become the first recipients of brand new awards.

Winners of Nuneaton and Bedworth Community Volunteers Awards
Nuneaton News

Local politicians pay tribute to Jo Cox MP

Politicians from across Coventry and Warwickshire have been paying tribute to the Yorkshire MP, Jo Cox, who died yesterday after being attacked in her constituency.     

Leader of Coventry City Council, George Duggins, said the incident "strikes at the heart of democracy".

"I don't know how to articulate my feelings" he said, "it's just a huge sense of sadness".

"I think the only word that springs to mind is 'futility'." 

Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford, tweeted his reaction to the death:

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Barbecue thrown at train caused massive rail delays

barbecue thrown at a train near Coventry left passengers "distressed" and caused service delays lasting three and a half hours, British Transport Police said.

The metal device was thrown from a bridge and hit the train as it passed through the Dunbar Avenue/Holbrook Way area of the city just before 18:50 on Tuesday. It became wedged underneath the London Midland Service and was dragged along the track as the driver applied the emergency brake.

Mangled Barbecue - it had been thrown at a passing train
British Transport Police

Sgt Robert Bowley, in charge of the investigation, said "the consequences could have been so much worse". 

"The people on the train were left shaken", he continued, "and were fortunate not to have been injured."

More downpours on the way for Warwickshire

A warning for heavy rain has been issued for the south Warwickshire area this afternoon.

The Met Office says it could cause some localised flooding and disrupton to travel, as well as the additional hazard of lightning. 

weather map
Met Office

Man re-sentenced over tourist murders

A man has been re-sentenced for murdering two British tourists in Florida five years ago.

Shawn Tyson was found guilty of killing friends James Cooper, 25, of Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire, and James Kouzaris, 24, from Northampton, in April 2011.

Shawn Tyson
AP

Circuit Judge Charles E Roberts told the Florida court Tyson "killed in cold blood two men who posed no threat".

Tyson's earlier conviction was thrown out in 2014 because he was 16 when the crime was committed. He has been sentenced to two life terms.

Flood warning issued for Coleshill

A flood warning has been issued for the River Cole in Coleshill from Cole End to Coleshill Industrial Estate.

The Environment Agency has also issued four flood alerts  for the rivers Cole, Tame, Anker and Blythe.

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Two injured in Kingsbury collision

Two men have been taken to hospital after being injured in the collision in Kingsbury this morning, says the ambulance service.

The driver of a van, a man in his 50s, had to be released by fire crews. He's been taken to Heartlands Hospital.

A man believed to be in his 40s, who was driving a car and described as "walking wounded", has been taken to George Eliot hospital. 

Van on its side
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Watch: Flooding hits parts of the West Midlands

BBC Midlands Today

Heavy rain yesterday evening and overnight caused flash flooding in parts of Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry and Staffordshire. 

Many roads were flooded and the area's fire services took hundreds of calls about the impact of the bad weather. 

There are several Environment Agency flood warnings and alerts in place for parts of the West Midlands this morning.

Latest: Shawn Tyson re-sentenced over tourist murders; heavy rain forecast for Warwickshire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- A man has been re-sentenced for murdering two British tourists in Florida five years ago.

- Warnings of heavy downpours and flooding issued for south Warwickshire

- Leader of Coventry council 'outraged' at murder of Jo Cox MP

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A misty start with some patchy cloud but a brighter afternoon with sunny spells

There's the risk of catching a heavy isolated shower from late morning through the afternoon with top temperatures of 19C (66F).

Travel: Shed load causing problems on M42

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the entry slip road of the M42 northbound at J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of a shed load.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Kingsbury collision update

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The police have just given me some more details about the crash in Kingsbury this morning.

They were called just before 07:00 to a collision involving two cars and one van.

One driver had to be released from a vehicle.

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Travel: Rail delays between Coventry and Nuneaton

BBC Travel

London Midland is warning of delayed services after problems with a broken-down train earlier.

A replacement bus service was in use for a time.

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Travel: 'Serious' accident closes Kingsbury road

BBC Travel

Trinity Road in Kingsbury is closed at the A51 Tamworth Road junction because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel.

Scene of accident
Warwickshire Police

Travel: Broad Lane accident, Coventry

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and slow traffic on the A45 Fletchamstead Highway in Coventry at the Broad lane junction because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Travel: M69 accident

BBC Travel

An accident involving a lorry has closed two lanes of the M69 southbound between J2, B4669 (Burbage) and J1, A5 (Hinckley).

Travel time is 25 minutes. 

Good morning from Local Live in Coventry and Warwickshire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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