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  1. Children hurt in black cab collision
  2. County remembers the Somme 100 years on
  3. Godiva Festival preparations
  4. Re-dedication of town's war memorial
  5. Updates on Friday 1 July 2016

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By Vanessa Pearce

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 We'll be back on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.  

Coventry remembers the Somme

The Lord Mayor has marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme by saying that the "horrors of those days must never be forgotten".  

Cllr Lindsley Harvard said: "Today marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most sorrowful episodes in the history of mankind.

"Our beautiful War Memorial Park was created as a lasting tribute to all those who fell in the First World War, and the poppies and the Cenotaph carry a message as important today as it was then - we will remember."  

Coventry War Memorial
Coventry City Council

Watch: Thousands of people in the Midlands pay tribute to Somme soldiers

Special events have taken place across the region to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

Capital of Culture bid

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Godiva is a little bit extra special this year as it will see the launch of Coventry's official bid to become the UK's Capital of Culture in 2021. 

One bookie has ranked Coventry as the favourite but nobody is taking that for granted. 

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A few showers continuing this evening which will gradually die away leading to a largely dry night with clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

Watch: The story of one Coventry Somme soldier

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Our mid-morning presenter, Vic Minett, has been learning more about the soldier she 'adopted' on a recent visit to the Somme.

The fateful story of 31-year-old Joseph Cleaver, from Coventry, touched Vic and prompted one of hthe soldier's relatives to get in touch.

Family member Robert Bristow visited the studio so the pair could meet and talk more about Joseph, who was one of thousands to give their lives at the Battle of the Somme.

Latest headlines: City prepares for Godiva Festival; three injured in taxi collision

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our main stories today:

- Tens of thousands expected for Godiva Festival in Coventry

- Three taken to hospital after taxi collides with lamppost and children

- Two Warwickshire men jailed for defrauding elderly people

Children injured in taxi collision

A taxi has crashed into children and a lamppost in Hollyfast Road, Coventry, the ambulance service says.

Three children were involved, a spokesperson said, including one who was found lying on the ground this afternoon "with a dislodged lamppost above him". It had fallen into some trees, breaking its fall. 

Two of the children and the taxi's driver were taken to hospital. None of the patients have serious injuries.

Scene of accident
West Midlands Fire Service

Wasps sign Scottish centre Nick De Luca

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have confirmed the signing of Scottish international centre Nick De Luca from Biarritz Olympique. 

The club has moved to bolster its midfield options by adding the talented and experienced centre to the 2016/17 squad, initially on a short-term contract.  

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News: Two jailed for ripping off victims; thousands expected for Godiva Festival

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Two Warwickshire men jailed for defrauding elderly people

- City prepares to welcome thousands of visitors for the Godiva Festival

- MP to lead re-dedication of Nuneaton war memorial 

Bogus repairmen jailed for ripping off victims

Two Warwickshire men, who defrauded elderly people out of more than £96,000, have been jailed for two years, the local authority says.

Hugh Fury, 33, from Gospel Oak Lane in Pathlow, and 33-year-old Clayton Foster from Pathlow Park near Stratford were sentenced at Warwick Crown Court yesterday following an investigation by Trading Standards.

Warwick Crown Court

The court heard they systematically conned a Warwickshire housholder in her 80s over a period of four years, repeatedly visiting her home and charging excessive sums of money for property repair.

They pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Warwickshire customer and also dishonestly making a false representation to another customer in Devon.

Marcus Willis wins this time

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Marcus Willis, fresh from Wimbledon, played a match for Warwick Boat Club and - alongside doubles partner Gavin Henderson - won 3-0.

The away match against Coventry and North Warwickshire, which Willis had described as "must-win" following his high profile Wimbledon match against Roger Federer, was watched by fans and assembled press.

Marcus Willis and doubles partner Gavin Henderson

Watch: Trish Adudu describes being racially abused in Coventry

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

WARNING: This video contains offensive language.

Our breakfast presenter is moved to tears as she describes the racist tirade she faced in Coventry city centre.

Trish Adudu first witnessed a man - "full of hate" and "incessant with rage" - abuse a student, before he turned his attention to her.

She said she was left "shocked and shaken" by the language, which included a word she had not heard directed at her before.

Travel: Signalling problems causing rail delays

BBC Travel

A signalling problem at Dorridge is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Leamington Spa / Stratford-on-Avon and Birmingham via Dorridge.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Travel: M6 accident

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J4a because of an earlier accident involving two lorries.

All lanes have re-opened but travel time is about 60 minutes.

Watch: Marcus Willis 'delighted' to play for his club in Coventry

Dan Pallett

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Marcus Willis turned out to play for Warwick Boat Club against Coventry and North Warwickshire last night.

I caught up with his doubles partner, Gavin Henderson, as Willis got delayed in traffic.

Marcus Willis' doubles partner talks about the Wimbledon star's quick turnaround

Battle of the Somme: #WeAreHere

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

#WeAreHere is a living memorial to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

It's been taking place across various venues nationwide, including Coventry's Broadgate.

People in WW1 dress

Town's MP to lead rededication service for Nuneaton memorial

A service will be held in Nuneaton this afternoon to rededicate a monument to some of the town's forgotten heroes of the First World War.

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones will attend the service in Whittleford Road to return the names of 61 miners, who worked at the old Nuneaton Colliery, to the monument.

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Don't get towed

Police have issued a warning not to ignore prohibited parking zones around Coventry's Memorial Park for the Godiva Festival. 

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Latest news: Coventry and Warwickshire remembers the Somme; final preparations for Godiva Festival

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our main stories today:

- A two-minute silence has been observed marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme

- City prepares for Coventry Godiva Festival

- Nuneaton MP to attend re-dedication of town's war memorial

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Feeling cooler this afternoon with a few blustery showers developing, turning heavy in places and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Stratford MP now backs Home Secretary

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

MP for Stratford and former Boris Johnson supporter Nadhim Zahawi has now thrown his support behind Theresa May in the Conservative leadership race.

In a blog post he says this is "a time for experience, and Mrs May has the most of those on offer".

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Two friends tour the region to mark the Battle of the Somme

Martin Winch

BBC Local Live

A two-minute silence was observed across Coventry and Warwickshire earlier to mark the 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Friends Robert Palfrey and Richard Cartwright are touring the region dressed in Royal Warwickshire Regiment uniforms to pay their respects. 

Travel: Broken-down vehicle on M6

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42 because of a broken-down vehicle and recovery work. 

More details on BBC Travel. 

Rape victim took part in "relentless" harassment campaign against rape and sexual assault centre

Coventry Telegraph

A rape victim sent menacing poems and threatened to burn down buildings as part of a relentless campaign of harassment against staff at a centre who had been trying to help her.  

Watch: Marcus Willis answers questions about his 'crazy' time at SW19

BBC Sport

Marcus Willis played in the Coventry League in the city last night just 24 hours after his Center Court meeting with Roger Federer.

Here he answers questions about his 'crazy' time at SW19.

Latest news: Somme remembered; city prepares for Godiva Festival

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- A two-minute silence has been observed, marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme

- Coventry prepares to welcome tens of thousands for the city's Godiva Festival

- Warwickshire-based NFU holds special meeting discuss Brexit

Sky Blues sign strike Kwame Thomas

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry city have signed former Derby County striker Kwame Thomas on a two-year deal. 

The 20-year-old had loan spells at Notts County and more recently Blackpool, making 22 appearances for them during a four-month stint.

Kwame Thomas
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Travel: CrossCountry rail delays

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on CrossCountry southbound between Birmingham New Street and Leamington Spa due to a signalling problem at Dorridge.

More details on BBC Travel.

Rugby river rescue

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Fire crews with specialist equipment were called to rescue a woman from the river in Rugby last night.

They were called around 20:20 to reports a woman was in the water near a supermarket on Leicester Road.

She was found stuck in undergrowth near the weir and was passed over to the care of police and paramedics.

City prepares for Godiva Festival

Tens of thousands are expected at Coventry's Godiva Festival this weekend, which kicks off tonight.

More than 100 acts will be performing at the UK's biggest free festival.

Godiva main stage

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A mainly dry start, with some blustery showers developing throughout the day and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Travel: Overrunning roadworks on M42

BBC Travel

M42 exit slip road closed southbound at J8, M6, because of overrunning roadworks.

It's having a knock-on effect on the A446 at Curdworth on the roundabout.

Travel time southbound is around 60 minutes. 

More details on BBC Travel.