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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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Good evening from BBC Local Live Coventry and Warwickshire

That's it from us on Tuesday.

We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday but look out for more news, sport, travel and weather updates here until then.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain clearing eastwards through this evening to leave a dry and mostly clear night for most with lows of 10C (50F).

Marcus Willis' Mum: 'He's like the Jamie Vardy of tennis'

The mum of Britain's Wimbledon hero Marcus Willis has hailed her son as the "Jamie Vardy of tennis."

Willis, ranked 772nd in the world, beat world number 54 Ricardas Berankis on Monday to book a showdown with Roger Federer tomorrow.

The Warwick Boat Club coach's mum Cathy hopes his rise shows other players that anything is possible. 

"I always told him, 'I think you can do it' and now he's a bit older he's got the break he needed - he's like the Jamie Vardy of tennis isn't he? He certainly likes a party," she said.

Marcus Willis
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Will HS2 be delayed?

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Could HS2, the high-speed rail link due to cut through Warwickshire, be delayed by a year?

We will be looking at this issue and how two schools are tackling problems in a Coventry park, on Midlands Today on BBC1 at 18:30.

M40: Slow between Banbury and Gaydon

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident involving a vehicle that has left the road, BBC Travel reports.

Henman's advice to Marcus Willis

BBC Sport

Ex-British number one Tim Henman offers some tips to Marcus Willis ahead of his second-round battle against Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

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Watch: Tracking the Warwickshire Regiment's involvement in the Somme

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Around 1,000 soldiers from the 18th  Royal Warwickshire Regiment and sister battalion, the 16th, were killed or injured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916.

Historian Jon Cooksey helps me find information about one of those who fell.

Latest headlines: BBC Radio couple in court; Marcus Willis prepares to take on Federer

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- BBC Radio couple Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer in court on child sex charges

- Marcus Willis prepares for Centre Court match with Roger Federer

- HS2 has 'unrealistic timetable' says National Audit Office

Federer following the 'very cool story' of Marcus Willis

Roger Federer says he expects the crowd to support Marcus Willis at Wimbledon tomorrow.

"I think it's a very cool story myself," he said.

"I saw him play (against Berankis). He plays well. It's not like he couldn't play. Otherwise he wouldn't be where he is."

Roger Federer
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Analysis of report criticising HS2

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

I've been looking at the National Audit Office report which says the HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable".

It was written before the Brexit vote, so it doesn't speculate on what effect, if any, it could have on HS2.

Train on railway
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The Department for Transport's very keen to send out a "business as usual" message, promising that planned investment in our roads and railways won't suffer.

MPs are due to vote on phase one of HS2 later this year. If they approve the bill, that's effectively the green light to start building the line from London to Birmingham. And MPs approved the project overwhelmingly the last time they had a vote.

More from me on the BBC website here.

Marcus Willis enjoys his time in the headlines

Shunning a courtesy car to travel into Wimbledon today, the Warwick Boat Club coach, Marcus Willis, who stunned Wimbledon yesterday, travelled in on public transport.

"I came on the tube this morning", he said. 

"A couple of people came up to me and obviously I was on a couple of front pages and people were pointing at that. 

"But everyone was very lovely, I had a couple of photos and it was all nice-spirited. The public have been amazing. I haven't had a chance to reply to all the messages but thanks to everyone. It really means a lot to me." 

Marcus Willis celebrating Wimbledon win
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Wasps create team to join Netball Superleague

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Sporting brand Wasps has created a netball team which will compete in an expanded Superleague.

The Superleague starts in February 2017 and has ten teams - current champions Surrey Storm and six others.

The new teams will be from Wasps, Severn Stars and Scottish Sirens.

Wasps Netball logo
Wasps

Brexit: Polish workers asked 'are you packed already?'

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

I've been speaking to people working in Coventry to gauge reaction to the EU referendum result.

Karoline Grabowska, 26, from Poland, who works in Kroovka on Far Gosford Street said leaving the EU is a bad decision "because I don't know what my future will be".

Karolina Grabowska
BBC

After living in the city for three years, she and her husband are now considering a move to another country.

She said a friend who also works in the shop told her some customers said they had been asked by work colleagues "are you packed already"?

Marcus Willis: 'This is for everyone who's been behind me'

Tony Wadsworth and Julie Wadsworth face child sex charges

Two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court in Leamington Spa charged with historical child sex offences

Tony and Julie Wadsworth are accused of offences against four boys under 16 in Atherstone, Warwickshire,  between 1995 and 1999.  

Julie and Tony Wadsworth
BBC

The pair, who also face a charge of outraging public decency, worked at  BBC WM in Coventry and Birmingham, as well as BBC Radio Leicester.  

A trial date has been set for May 2017.  

Remembering the Somme battle

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

My programme today was live from Albert in France to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

You can listen back to it on iPlayer here.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

Watch: How to 'Willbomb Wimbledon'

BBC Sport

Marcus Willis and his tips on "smashing your Wimbledon debut".

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HS2 has 'unrealistic timetable', says National Audit Office

The HS2 high-speed rail project, due to run through Warwickshire, has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

The £56bn programme linking London and Birmingham, has too ambitious a schedule and rising costs could mean that not all its intended benefits are delivered, the NAO said.

Proposed HS2 rail line
Other

The NAO said the 2026 target opening date for the first phase was "at risk, despite good progress".

But HS2 Ltd said it was confident that it could achieve its objectives.

Radio presenters in court and more

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

Two BBC radio presenters appear in court in Leamington Spa over historical child sex offence charges and the Office of National Statistics says the high-speed rail project HS2 faces an "unrealistic timetable."

More on Midlands Today on BBC1 at 13:30.

Watch: Marcus Willis' 5 best shots

BBC Sport

The Warwickshire tennis player, ranked 772 in the world, is preparing to face Roger Federer at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Latest news: HS2 has 'unrealistic timetable'; and Warwick tennis coach to face Federer

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- HS2 has unrealistic timetable, says National Audit Office

- Warwickshire's Marcus Willis will face Roger Federer in next round at Wimbledon

- Coventry MP Geoffrey Robinson backs Hilary Benn as Labour leader

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain spreading across Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon, turning heavy in places.

Staying cloudy with some brightness possible later with highs of 16C (61F).

Women’s cycling tour could return in 2017

Stratford Herald

Discussions are set to take place with race organisers just days after stage two of the cycling race finished in Stratford-upon-Avon on Thursday, 16th June, having made its way along an 86-mile route from Atherstone in the north of the county.  

Geoffrey Robinson MP 'will vote against Corbyn'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Coventry North West MP, Geoffrey Robinson says Hilary Benn MP would make a "very good leader" of the party as Labour MPs vote on a motion of no confidence in the leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"As everybody knows, I didn't support Corbyn's leadership."

Geoffrey Robinson MP
PA

Reacting to the news that Coventry North East MP Colleen Fletcher had resigned from her shadow front bench position, he said Corbyn "didn't make a case for Europe during the referendum debates, but I don't think that's a reason to do what a lot of his colleagues have done".

"But if somebody else is put up against Mr Corbyn, I shall vote against him."

Bid to free up Warwick’s traffic-choked town centre

Leamington Observer

Townspeople in Warwick are being urged to have their say on plans to free the town’s traffic-choked centre. 

Watch: Marcus Willis celebrate his first Grand Slam win

BBC Sport

Marcus Willis, 25, described his presence at Wimbledon as "ridiculous" and "surreal".

The world number 772 took time out from his coaching job at Warwick Boat Club to enter pre-qualifying two weeks ago and six victories later found himself in the draw for the world's most prestigious tennis tournament.

"Three years ago", he said, he was a "loser seeing off pints" and decided he wanted to change his life.  

"I just looked at myself in the mirror, I said, 'You're better than this'."

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Ex-MEP 'made fake travel claims'

An MEP claimed "significantly higher sums" for travel and for trips "not undertaken at all", a court has heard.

Nikki Sinclaire, 47, denies laundering money and committing misconduct in a public office, while representing the West Midlands for UKIP.

Nikki Sinclaire
PA

Ms Sinclaire, from Solihull, wrongly claimed thousands of euros in travel expenses for journeys to the European Parliament by car when she had actually flown more cheaply, the court heard.

She is accused of misconduct in a public office between 1 October 2009 and 31 July 2010 while a member of the European Parliament, by making or causing to be made false or dishonest travel expense claims.

Clarke puts Bears on top against Notts

BBC Sport

Warwickshire built a useful 131-run lead on day two against Nottinghamshire as Rikki Clarke followed up a three-wicket haul with a half-century.  

Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke
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Notts were hampered by the loss of Luke Fletcher, who went off with a groin injury after delivering the first ball of his 11th over, having earlier been dazed after being hit on the head by a Boyd Rankin lifter.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a bright start, rain will move in and stay for much of the afternoon, with highs of 17C (63F).

Travel: One lane closed on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle is blocking one lane of the M6 northbound between J3, for the A444 (Nuneaton) and M6 J3a.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Latest headlines: HS2 has 'unrealistic timetable'; Warwick tennis coach causes Wimbledon upset

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories today:

- HS2 has unrealistic timetable, says National Audit Office

- Warwickshire's Marcus Willis beats Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon

- Ex-UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire "claimed for trips she did not make", court hears

Watch: Marcus Willis stuns Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon

BBC Sport

British qualifier Marcus Willis, who coaches at Warwick Boat Club, caused a huge upset with victory over world number 54 Ricardas Berankis at Wimbledon.

Roared on by a vocal pocket of supporters on court 17, Willis saw off Lithuania's Berankis 6-3 6-3 6-4.

Willis, who came through six rounds of qualifying to earn his debut at the All England Club, will next face seven-time champion Roger Federer in round two.  

Travel: M42 congestion

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle is blocking one lane on the exit slip road of the M42 southbound at J3a, for the M40.

Congestion is to J7, for the M6 in Warwickshire.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service forTuesday.

I'm in the Coventry newsroom bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day.

You can get in touch with us via email or tweet us @BBCCovWarks.