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Summary

  1. MP clarifies position after Boris Johnson rules himself out of leader race
  2. 'Wimbledon star' Marcus Willis plays in Coventry tonight
  3. Report of racial abuse in Coventry prompts hate crime investigation
  4. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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We'll be back from 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 the morning.  

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

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BBC Midlands Today

A cloudy night with some rain at times and lows of 13C (55F).

Watch: When Boris Johnson supporters heard he wouldn't run for Tory leadership

Stratford MP, Nadhim Zahawi - sitting centre here - joined other supporters at Boris Johnson's press conference after giving his backing to the former London Mayor.

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Marcus Willis looking forward to 'must-win' match in Coventry tonight

Marcus Willis says he's "looking forward"  to a "must-win match" tonight when he'll play for Warwick Boat Club in the Coventry League.

He and partner Gavin Henderson will take on a team from Coventry and North Warwickshire at the Binley Road, Coventry, venue.

"Every match is must-win for Marcus" said Henderson, who first employed him as a coach at Warwick Boat Club, "that's just Marcus all over".

Marcus Willis
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Stratford MP clarifies position after Boris Johnson rules himself out of Tory leadership race

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi says he's now speaking to all the candidates in the Conservative leadership election, after publicly backing Boris Johnson this morning.

In a statement, issued after Johnson ruled himself out of the race, he said the former London Mayor had removed himself "with honour and dignity".

Nadhim Zahawi MP
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I will now speak to every candidate and support whoever is best placed to negotiate our new relationship with the EU, while uniting our country and prioritising the improvement of life chances for everyone.

Statement from Nadhim Zahawi MP

Four jailed for burgling more than 100 homes

Four men have been jailed after a spate of burglaries across Midlands counties including Warwickshire. 

Police say Gytis Dambaokas, Tomas Juospaitis, Grazvydas Kasarauskas and Giedrius Batutis, all of no fixed abode, targeted 120 properties from which they escaped with jewellery worth an estimated £200,000.

Gytis Dambaokas, Tomas Juospaitis, Grazvydas Kasarauskas, Giedrius Batutis
West Mercia Police

All four were found guilty of conspiracy to burgle at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

- Dambaokas, 30, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison

- Juospaitis, 31, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

- Kasarauskas, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

- Batutis, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Latest: Police probe race abuse of BBC presenter; Marcus Willis to play club match in Coventry

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our headlining stories on Local Live today:

- Police investigation launched after BBC radio presenter was racially abused

- Unlikely Wimbledon star, Marcus Willis, to play club match in Coventry

- MPs' warning over plans to convert hard shoulders into driving lanes

Police investigate 'sickening and deplorable racial abuse'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Police investigating a report of racial abuse aimed at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's breakfast show presenter say all available resources will be used to track down the person responsible.

"There is absolutely no place for this type of sickening and deplorable behaviour," Insp Alastair Orencas said.

Police are appealing to another potential victim, an Asian man, to come forward.

Trish Adudu claims they were subject to abuse from a man on a bicycle in the city centre yesterday morning.

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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Woman taken to hospital after Coventry crash

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A car has crashed into a tree in Coventry.

It happened in Albany Road just after 03:00. 

The ambulance service say a woman in her 20's is being treated in hospital for a neck injury.

Scene of car crash
West midlands Ambulance Service

Marcus Willis: Federer's a 'class gentleman'

Marcus Willis says Federer behaved like a "class gentleman" after their match on Centre Court at Wimbledon yesterday.

"He said some nice things about my game, that I should continue going and that I'm playing top 50 tennis," he said.

Federer returned the compliments and tweeted:

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Watch: Streets of Coventry simulated for driverless cars

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Driverless, automated, cars are taking to the streets of Coventry but not in the way you might expect. 

Every journey will actually be taking place in a computer simulation of the city - effectively a driving test for the robot cars of the future.

I've been to take the simulator for a spin.

Kenilworth MP backs Stephen Crabb

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Attorney General and MP for Kenilworth and Southam, Jeremy Wright, is backing Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb for Conservative party leader.

Asked about his lack of experience - Mr Crabb has been an MP since 2005 - Mr Wright argues that no one has the experience to deal with the Brexit negotiations. "We're in uncharted territory here," he says.

"I want somebody with the competence and the credibility to make a good deal for Britain."

Conservative leadership race: How local MPs will vote

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

MP for Rugby, Mark Pawsey, tells us he's backing Stephen Crabb in the Conservative leadership race.

Warwick and Leamington MP, Chris White, is putting his support behind Theresa May.

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Marcus Willis' girlfriend reflects on Wimbledon fairytale

The girlfriend of unlikely Wimbledon star Marcus Willis has described the last four months as a "whirlwind". 

Warwick dental surgeon Jennifer Bate watched the 25-year-old go toe-to-toe with Grand Slam legend Roger Federer on Centre Court on Monday. 

Willis, the world number 772 who came through six rounds of qualifying and the first-round proper, was beaten 6-0 6-3 6-4 in round two - but has still netted £50,000. 

 Willis puts his progression on one of the world's most famous tennis courts down to the support of his girlfriend, who persuaded him not to give up his tennis playing career.

Jennifer Bate reflects on boyfriend Marcus Willis at Wimbledon

Scrap dangerous motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs warn

Plans to convert more hard shoulders into permanent driving lanes to ease motorway congestion should be scrapped, a Commons committee has said.

The government intends to turn hundreds of miles of hard shoulder in England into permanent lanes, known as "all-lane running", to expand capacity.

Motorway
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Current "smart motorway" schemes, such as that on the M42, only use the hard shoulder at peak times or during periods of congestion. The Transport Select Committee said the "dramatic change" to using all the lanes, all the time, would be dangerous.

The Department for Transport said "all-lane running" was designed to be as safe as ordinary motorways.

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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Cloud increasing this afternoon, with some patchy outbreaks of rain arriving later and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Warwick wins activity award

The University of Warwick has been recognised for encouraging students to become more active, with their offering of sports such as ultraviolet squash.

The sport, described as a cross between squash and a nightclub, is played in the dark with loud music and helped them win top prize for student sport experience in the Colleges and Universities Business Officers awards.

Ultraviolet Squash
University of Warwick

News: Police investigate report of hate crime; MPs issue warning over hard shoulder plans

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of our headlining stories today are:

- Report of racial abuse in Coventry prompts hate crime investigation

- Scrap dangerous motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs on a Commons committee have warned

- Woman taken to hospital after car hits tree

Marcus Willis due to play in Coventry tonight

After facing Roger Federer on Centre Court yesterday, Wimbledon qualifier Marcus Willis is due to play for Warwick Boat Club in the Coventry and District League tonight.

Stuart Davoile from the Coventry and North Warwickshire club say he's heard Willis will still turn up for his doubles match at Binley Road.

"But he might wake up today and want to take in a bit more of the Wimbledon dream," he said.

"We usually only get one man and a dog but we're expecting a few more tonight for selfies with Marcus".

This is the reception the crowd gave Willis when he won his first game against Federer.

BBC presenter says she received 'vile, racist abuse' in Coventry

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Police have launched an investigation after presenter Trish Adudu said she was racially abused.

She said herself, and an Asian man, were subjected to the comments in Cox Street on Wednesday morning by a man riding past on a bike.

The BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Breakfast Show presenter said she was left "cold, angry and frustrated" by the "vile abuse".

"I've never experienced such racism in such a heated and angry way," she said.

Trish Adudu
BBC

Contactless travel payment en route for West Midlands commuters

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Commuters in the West Midlands will be able to pay for their journeys using contactless cards and smartphones.

National Express West Midlands says it is installing technology on 1,500 buses through its network in the next two years.

A spokesman said the move would speed up routes and make fewer buses over-run.

Passenger paying by contactless
BBC

Nadhim Zahawi: Boris Johnson 'will unite the Conservatives, the country and get a new EU settlement'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Boris Johnson supporter and Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi says the former London mayor will bring the party together if he wins the leadership contest.

Mr Zahawi tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Johnson is also determined to unite the country, bring all the talents together and "get a new settlement for Europe".

"You will hear a message of hope and positivity," Mr Zahawi says. "You will see Remainers standing next to Boris," adding that Mr Johnson has "the best team" and has "a passion about delivering for those 17 million who voted to leave" the EU.

Marcus Willis: 'I've earned myself a beer now!'

Warwick Boat Club coach Marcus Willis says "I can hold my head high" after a straight sets defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon yesterday. 

The British number 23  is set to rise to around 416 in the world when the new rankings are confirmed after Wimbledon. Ahead of his first round win he was ranked in the low 700s.

MEP's claims 'would have been refused'

An MEP's expense 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 has been told.

Nikki Sinclaire
PA

Nikki Sinclaire, West Midlands MEP until 2014, is accused of misconduct in a public office and laundering money.

She submitted "significant" expenses "in excess of flight costs", the prosecution said.

She denies the charges at Birmingham Crown Court.

Latest: Stratford MP backs Johnson; Marcus Willis due to play in Coventry; MPs issue warning over hard shoulder plans

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi backs Boris Johnson in Conservative leadership race

- Wimbledon star Marcus Willis due to play for Warwick club in Coventry tonight

- Scrap dangerous motorway hard shoulder plans, MPs warn

Stratford MP backs Johnson

Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi says he's backing Boris Johnson in the Conservative leadership election.

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Watch: Roger Federer beats Warwick tennis coach Marcus Willis

BBC Sport

British qualifier Marcus Willis' remarkable Wimbledon run came to an end with defeat by seven-time champion Roger Federer on Centre Court.

Willis, the world number 772 who came through six rounds of qualifying and the first-round proper, was beaten 6-0 6-3 6-4 in round two.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry, bright start to the day with an isolated shower possible.

Some sunny spells are likely for most, but the cloud will increase through the day with some patchy outbreaks of rain arriving later and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Traffic: M40 collision

BBC Travel

Police are attending a crash on the M40 northbound, with both vehicles now on the hard shoulder.

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Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Thursday.

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.