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Summary

  1. How did Marcus Willis get on at Wimbledon against Federer?
  2. Record numbers of children raised by their grandparents
  3. West Midlands sees 20 'pump and run' fuel thefts a day
  4. Warwickshire's farmers' uncertainty about Brexit

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By Navkiran Mann

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Nikki Sinclaire

An MEP's claims for road journeys she never made would not have been paid if it was known she had travelled more cheaply by plane, a court is told.

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Good evening from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

We're back at 08:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into tomorrow morning.  

Buses could go contactless and Marcus Willis latest

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

One of the region's biggest bus companies is investing millions of pounds on its transport network to enable passengers to use contactless bank cards and smartphones. 

National Express West Midlands is installing the technology on its 1,500 buses. 

And we'll bring you the latest on Marcus Willis, currently on centre court at Wimbledon taking on Roger Federer.

More on these stories and others on the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Federer takes the second set

Marcus Willis must win the next one....

Unreal scenes! Marcus Willis applauds Roger Federer as he wins the 2nd set 6-3. bbc.in/29ep0PH #Wimbledon

Unreal scenes! Marcus Willis applauds Roger Federer as he wins the 2nd set 6-3. bbc.in/29ep0PH #Wimbledon

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Through this evening we will start to see rain drift away.

Lows of 12C (54F).

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Shefali Oza with the afternoon forecast for the West Midlands

Accidents closing motorway lanes

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed on the M40 southbound between J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) and J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of an accident, BBC Travel reports.

There's also a lane closed and queuing traffic on the M42 northbound at J3a M40, because of an accident.  

Former MEP denies accusation she claimed for mileage to Europe when she flew instead

Former Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire is accused of submitting 10 expenses claims dishonestly between 2009 and 2010.

In six, Antonie Muller, prosecuting, said Sinclaire flew via Brussels, Basel in Switzerland or Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, despite allegedly signing claims stating she had driven.

Ms Sinclaire denies all the charges against her. The trial continues.

Marcus Willis has a game on the board

The Warwick Boat Club tennis coach gets a game against Federer.

When you win your first game against the seven-time #Wimbledon champion... Marcus Willis is on a mission! snpy.tv/295Coom

Federer is a set up.

M42: Lane shut northbound

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed on the M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident involving a car, BBC Travel reports.

Latest: 'No rise in race crime since Brexit'; Warwick's Marcus Willis on centre court for Federer showdown

Your headlines this evening:

- The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says there's been no rise in race crime in the region since the Brexit vote

- A Warwick man says he missed the attack on Istanbul airport by minutes as his plane was delayed

- Warwick's Marcus Willis is on centre court at Wimbledon playing Roger Federer

Willis has a cracking serve: Coach

Navkiran Mann

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The British number 23 Marcus Willis takes on the 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the second round of Wimbledon now.

Willis, who's 25, has played only one other professional event this year - winning just £40 - and he very nearly retired from the sport. 

I think if he gets a couple of games under his belt, maybe he can get to a tie break; he's got a cracking serve, who knows. But obviously it's a monumental task he's got ahead of him

Matt SmithCoach to Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
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Can David beat Goliath as Warwick Boat Club's Marcus Willis faces Roger Federer?

Marcus Willis heads out to meet Roger Federer today knowing 719 ranking places and almost 100 million US dollars set them apart, and he will do so with a welter of goodwill behind him - especially from those who saw him at his heaviest.

By his own admission, Marcus Willis used to be out of shape, weighing in at 120kg - almost 19 stone.

He called himself 'Cartman' after the South Park character and was happy to play up to the nickname, according to fellow Brit Liam Broady.

Marcus is a comedian. He's the funniest guy on the tour, I think. I think he has that reputation among pretty much all the nationalities. Those challengers I played against him in the States, he was drinking Pepsi on court, eating Snickers on the court. That's when he got the nickname Cartman.

Liam BroadyProfessional Tennis Player
Liam Broady
AP
Marcus Willis
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Coventry councillor calls for Corbyn to resign

A Coventry city councillor has signed a letter which calls for Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down.

Damian Gannon is one of 76 who've emailed every single council colleague in the UK urging them to do the same.

Cllr Damian Gannon
Coventry City Council

Video: How to become a 'Willbomb' fan

BBC Sport

Fans of Marcus Willis, the British qualifier and Warwick tennis coach who plays Roger Federer in the second round of Wimbledon, explain how to get behind their man.

Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis fans give supporters guide

MEP 'claimed travel expenses for mileage and ferry trips when she drove more cheaply'

A former Ukip MEP's expenses claims for road journeys she never made would "certainly not" have been paid if it was known she had travelled more cheaply by plane, an EU bureaucrat in charge of expenses has told a court. 

Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands until 2014, signed and submitted "significant" expenses "in excess of the flight costs", according to the prosecution. 

It is alleged Sinclaire wrongly claimed for thousands of euros in road and ferry travel expenses when she had travelled more cheaply by air, but she denies all charges against her.

Nikki Sinclaire
PA

Francisco Estela Burriel, head of the European Parliament members' travel and subsistence expenses unit, said: "In the files and documentation presented for the member for the European Parliament there is no evidence of flying."

BBC's Sue Barker "takes her shoes off" for Warwick's Marcus Willis

Sue Barker displaying Willis-fever.

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UPDATE: Fire at Campion School is out

There was a minor fire at Campion School in Leamington Spa earlier but it has since been put out.

It started in the technology block at the school in Sydenham Road.

The fire at Campion School, Leamington is now out. Head Teacher Jassa Panesar has told us it was a minor incident and lessons have resumed.

The evacuation was smooth, and all the schools fire procedures worked well.

Jassa PanesarHeadteacher
Rained off at Edgbaston

No play is possible on the final day at Edgbaston as Warwickshire's game with Nottinghamshire is abandoned as a draw.

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Marcus Willis's fans arrive at Wimbledon

As Warwick Boat Club's Marcus Willis prepares for center court - his fans have arrived at Wimbledon to support him in their own unique way.

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Warwick businessman caught up in Turkish terror attack

Leamington Observer

A businessman caught up in the Turkish terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport has spoken of the “mass panic” he witnessed.

Warwick resident Bernie De Souza arrived in the terminal just minutes after the shootings and bombings – believed to have been carried out by so-called Islamic State – which have so far claimed the lives of at least 41 people and left some 230 wounded.

Bernie De Souza
Leamington Observer

Warwickshire-Notts abandoned as a draw

Rained off at Edgbaston
Rex Features

No play is possible on the final day at Edgbaston as Warwickshire's game with Nottinghamshire is abandoned as a draw.

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Rained off at Edgbaston

Warwickshire-Notts abandoned as a draw

No play is possible on the final day at Edgbaston as Warwickshire's game with Nottinghamshire is abandoned as a draw.

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E.ON strike means faulty gas and electricity meters won't be fixed for four days

Coventry Telegraph

Nearly 400 workers for Coventry-based gas and electricity company E.ON are to strike again this weekend.  

Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis fans give supporters guide
Take your shoes off and join the 'Willbomb Barmy Army' - fans of Marcus Willis prepare you for his match against Roger Federer.

Travel: Traffic back up and running after a collison on Fosse way

Police says they're dealing with the incident.

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Latest: Record number of grandparent's raising their grandchildren; petrol theft on the rise; Warwick's Marcus Willis takes on Federer at Wimbledon

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines this lunch-time:

- A record number of children in the West Midlands are being raised by their grandparents 

- The West Midlands has the highest number of 'pump and run' incidents in the UK

- Marcus Willis from Warwickshire prepares to meet Roger Federer at Wimbledon 

Worlds collide as Willis meets Federer

BBC Sport

As British qualifier Marcus Willis - a tennis coach at Warwick Boat Club - prepares to meet 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, we compare their contrasting lives.

Marcus Willis and Roger Federer
Rex Features and Reuters

Arrest after collison on Lawford Road

Warwickshire Police say he tested positive in a drugs test they carried out.

Adult male in custody following collision on Lawford Rd, arrested for providing positive roadside drug sample. Jwb

More than 4,000 West Midlands drivers fill-up and run without paying

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands has some of the highest number of "pump and run" incidents in the UK - that's where drivers fill up and then drive off without paying.

Petrol pump
BBC

Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request reveal that more than 4,000 drivers made off without paying last year. 

West Midlands Police says it investigates around 20 fuel thefts each day.

Children being raised by their grandparents at a national high in the West Midlands

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC WM

A record number of children in the West Midlands are being raised by their grandparents - that's more than 10,000. 

The region is proportionately the second-highest in the UK, according to the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Jonk Watts, from Birmingham, is the full-time carer for his grandson.

Jonk Watts
BBC

Those stuggling to deal with drug and alcohol addictions or mental health issues often find their own parents stepping in. 

Mr Watts took early retirement three years ago so he could be around for his grandson after his alcoholic daughter could not cope.

'Pump and run' fuel thefts at a high in the West Midlands

The West Midlands has the highest number of "pump and run" incidents in the UK - where drivers fill up at fuel garages and then drive off without paying. 

About 20 fuel thefts are investigated each day, our region's police force says.

The force's lead for business crime, Supt Keith Fraser, said: “While encouraging businesses to take steps to minimise the likelihood of them becoming a victim − such as operating a pre-pay policy and installing good quality CCTV − we are also working hard to prevent licence plates being stolen by fitting anti-theft screws, as most crimes of this nature happen with cars using false plates."

Datapic showing numbers of fuel thefts
BBC

He added: “We also routinely share images of fuel theft suspects on our Flickr and Facebook pages so that people can help us track down offenders so that we can bring them before the courts."

Latest: Farmers' worries over Brexit; children raised by grandparents; fuel thefts at a high

Here are our top stories on Wednesday so far:

- Farmers in Warwickshire expect "years of business uncertainty" while the UK exits the European Union

- A record number of children are being raised by their grandparents in the West Midlands

- Bilking - fuel thefts where drivers fill up and leave without paying - is at a UK-high in the West Midlands

Travel: Warwickshire delays warning

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on London Road inbound in Ryton-on-Dunsmore between the junction for the A423 and Tollbar Island in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.