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Summary

  1. Funeral of Coventry woman who died working in Cyprus
  2. Renewed CCTV appeal over assault
  3. Eels get special 'ladder'
  4. 'Inadequate' health body told to improve
  5. 'One in five' killed or seriously injured on roads is over 60
  6. End of the line for 'longest' bus route
  7. Updates from Friday 22 July 2016

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Spence has a chance this term - Mowbray
Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray says 19-year-old midfielder Kyle Spence can have a role to play in the first team this season.

Major 17,000 homes plan for Warwick district is back on track

Warwick Courier

Plans to build thousands of new homes in Leamington and Warwick are finally back on track.  

Speedway: Storm lose while Bees prepare for Belle Vue

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry Storm speedway team lost 38-52 to Isle of Wight last night.

The top scorer for the Storm was Liam Carr with 13 points.

Tonight the Coventry Bees face another of the Elite League's title favourites when Belle Vue Aces visit Brandon. 

It's nearly five years since the Aces were last victorious at Brandon - tapes go up at 7.30.

Warwick Folk Festival this weekend

BBC Midlands Today

More than 30,000 people are expected in Warwick over the weekend as the city's folk festival welcomes stars from around the world. 

The event - worth around half a million pounds to Warwick's economy - is now in its 37th year and organisers say it's expected to be the biggest yet.

Warwick Folk Festival
BBC

Looking up - the farmers with a towering idea

Farmers across the Midlands are experimenting with a new way to grow fruit and veg.Instead of growing strawberries and lettuce in the ground, they are growing them in towers.It's called hydroponic farming and has been developed over six years by a team at the University of Birmingham.One farm at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire is growing pak choi, while a farm near Tamworth is growing strawberries  .

Farmers experiment with a new way to grow fruit and veg

Brexit one month on: Have your say

BBC Midlands Today

If you’re still feeling a little lost and confused about what Britain’s decision to Brexit means for you, you aren’t alone. 

A month on from the EU Referendum we’re calling in an expert to sort the facts from fiction, looking at what people said would happen and what actually happened and then make a best guess at what is likely to happen as we prepare to leave. 

We’ve also been interested in hearing from a range of voices from across the West Midlands to find out how Brexit has affected their daily lives – if at all. 

Today on the programme we meet the Sorge family - a French mum and German dad who weren't allowed to vote but were shocked by Brexit - and Sutton Coldfield window cleaner Roger Needle who wants to leave the EU.

Sorge family and Roger Needle
BBC

We’d love to hear your thoughts too, so share them with us here on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll try to read as many as we can on the programme tonight.  

More than £110k for pupils' job skills schemes

Schools and colleges across Warwickshire have been given a total of £112,000 from the county council to improve pupils' job skills. 

Warwickshire council building
Richard Sowersby

The authority says it's given up to £3,000 to 38 sites in the county since February last year. 

The funding's been used for a range of schemes including new software to help in job searches and getting better work experience.

Older drivers encouraged to consider road safety

Warwickshire county council is launching a campaign to advise older drivers on how to stay safe, or know when it's time to give up altogether. 

It's after figures show one-in-five people killed or seriously injured on Warwickshire's roads over the last three years was over the age of 60.

Old driver
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The authority says the over-60s are generally safer and slower than young drivers and it wouldn't want driver re-tests made compulsory.

Instead, it is asking other road users to be more considerate and is encouraging older motorists to get their driving checked, voluntarily.

Latest: Fake DVDs siezed; eels get helping hand

Rosie Eaton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

- A tip off has led to a large number of pirate DVDs being seized from a shop in Coventry

- Renewed CCTV appeal over street assault

- Migrating eels aided by special ladder

Watch: Weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Showers will die away to leave a dry night across the region, with lengthy clear spells during the early hours. Lows of 17C (63F).   

Rebecca Wood has the weekend forecast

Fake DVDs seized from a shop

Rosie Eaton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A tip-off has led to a large number of pirate DVDs being seized from a shop in Coventry. 

Officers from Trading Standards and the police found more than 1,000 illegally copied discs.

Trading Standards said the quality was "poor" and it was obvious some films had been copied while they were being shown at a cinema. 

Your pictures: Sunshine and skies

BBC Weather Watchers

These pictures come from two BBC Weather Watchers.

The first was taken in Coventry by Kingfisher Whisperer. 

Leaves in the sunlight
Kingfisher Whisperer

The second was taken in Royal Leamington Spa by Dave A.

Royal Leamington Spa
DaveA
Tony Mowbray

Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray says the club are set to bring in more new players over "the next week or so."

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News: Health body told to improve; renewed assault appeal; 'ladder' for eels

Our top stories this afternoon include:

- 'Inadequate' Coventry and Rugby health body told to improve

- Renewed appeal following assault in Coventry last September

- Eel 'ladder' installed at Warwickshire country house

Renewed CCTV appeal over street assault

Police have renewed an appeal to trace a man they're seeking in connection with an assault in Coventry. 

It happened on 11 September last year when a 44-year-old man was targeted by two men as he walked down Webster Street.

Police believe the person pictured here is known as Gagandeep.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Man at subject of police appeal
West Midlands Police

M6 closures this weekend

Roadworks this weekend - you need to be aware if you're planning on using the Aston Expressway and M6.

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BBC Weather Watchers: Cloudy over Southam

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been cooler and cloudier today, as you can see from this photo sent in by one of our BBC Weather Watchers.

The weather is forecast to stay dry and warm this afternoon.

Southam
Old Salt

As you lick it: new Shakespeare stamps

Our boy Will's reach knows no bounds.

We saw earlier this year a new set of stamps to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

They're followed by a set for UK overseas territory Tristan da Cunha - said to be the most remote inhabited island in the world.

It has 267 residents living 1,750 miles from Cape Town in the South Atlantic.

Shakespeare stamps
Pobjoy Stamps

Summer getaway: Top tips for motorway driving

If, like a lot of Midlanders, you're thinking about heading down to the South West, it might be worth checking out these top tips for motorway driving.

The big seasonal getaway is moving up a gear and today is one of the busiest days of the year for the motorway network. 

Highways England traffic officer Sandy Osborough gives his top driving tips for summer.

Migrating eels get 'leg up' with special ladder

You wouldn't think eels had much use for ladders, but every migrating species needs a 'leg up' now and again.

A 'ladder', or 'eel pass', is being installed on the weir at Warwickshire's Charlecote Park. It's made from narrow steel tubes that allow the animals to wriggle their way up.

Without it, eels in the Avon would be cut off from habitats in the river Dene. 

The £3,000 scheme to promote biodiversity is overseen by the Environment Agency and National Trust.   

An eel ladder is built at Charlecote Park to help increase biodiversity in the river.

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Tracking the impact of Brexit in the West Midlands

Nicola Beckford

BBC Midlands Today

It's a month since the country voted to leave the European Union.  

Stop sign in front of EU flags
AP

To mark that, we're planning to follow more than 25 families, individuals and business owners over the next two years as the country grapples with the momentous decision.

This lunchtime we're going to introduce you to a few of these people - join us from 13:30 on BBC One for Midlands Today.

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Packwood and Warwick

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers keep us updated with the local weather forecast where they are and upload pictures.

Here are a couple from the last few hours from users Warwick railwayside in Warwick and Songster from Packwood.

Warwick
Warwick railwayside
Packwood
Songster

News: 'Inadequate' health body criticised; hundreds attend holiday rep funeral; country house getting eel pass

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:  

- The body that organises and pays for GP and hospital services in Coventry and Rugby is told to improve  

- Hundreds of people attend the funeral of a woman from Coventry who died while working in Cyprus earlier this month

- An eel pass is installed on a river near one of Warwickshire's country houses in a bid to encourage migration

Arson crackdown

Warwickshire’s Fire and Rescue Service is cracking down on arson over the summer holidays with the roll out of an Anti-Social Behaviour Intervention Team (ASBIT).

The programme, which has been running for several years, works at a local level to engage face to face with young people known for setting small fires. Organisers say it's seen a reduction of more than 40% in arson-related incidents across the county.

The scheme will target known hotspots in Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth, Southam, Stratford and Alcester. 

Watch: Weather forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

The BBC Weather website also has the latest weather forecasts for Coventry and Warwickshire.  

The weather for the West Midlands.

Hundreds attend funeral for holiday rep Lydia Lewinson

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a woman from Coventry who died while working in Cyprus earlier this month.

Lydia Lewinson
STELLA BASHORUN

Lydia Lewinson, 22, died in a moped accident while working in the resort of Ayia Napa

Friends raised £10,000 in four days on a crowd-funding website to pay for her body to be brought back to the UK.

Weather: Yellow rain warning for Warwickshire

The Met Office is warning of the risk of heavy rain in Warwickshire until 22:00 tonight.  

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The wheels on this bus don't go round and round

First Brexit, now this... Coventry is to withdraw from the continent, or at least lose a prestigious European title.

By prestigious we mean the city will no longer be home to the longest bus route in Europe. The 360 Circle comes to the end of the line this weekend and is to be replaced with several new services.

If you're feeling nostalgic for the 50k loop, take one last ride with us.   

BBC webpage with feature on bus route
BBC

News: Health body in special measures; road deaths figures highlight over 60s; rain warning

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

This morning's headlines include:

- The body that plans health services in Coventry and Rugby is in special measures until, the NHS says, it can better manage its finances

- About one in five people killed or seriously injured on Warwickshire's roads over the past three years was over the age of 60, figures highlighted by the county council reveal

- The Met Office is warning of the risk of heavy rain in Warwickshire until 22:00 tonight

Cricket: Bears' T20 qualification bid

The Bears will try again to qualify for the T20 Blast quarter finals tonight against Notts Outlaws. 

Captain Ian Bell thinks they have the quality to beat anyone despite Tuesday's heavy defeat at Northants.

There are no bad teams in this T20, that's why it's a good competition. I honestly believe that we have the ability in our dressing room to beat anyone but again you can't be friendly - out in the field you have to work hard and fight for it

Ian BellBears captain
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Mapped: Zero food hygiene restaurants in Coventry and Warwickshire

Coventry Telegraph

We've compiled Coventry and Warwickshire's zero hygiene rating establishments in our interactive map below - does your local feature?

Serious crash risk for over 60s in Warwickshire, data suggests

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

About one in five people killed or seriously injured on Warwickshire's roads over the past three years was over the age of 60, figures highlighted by the county council reveal

It's prompted the authority to begin a scheme offering advice on how older drivers can stay safe.

Older driver
Thinkstock

Watch: Latest forecast for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A typical British summer - it's feeling warm today with the odd shower expected in some places.

The weather for the West Midlands.

On-air debate: How is the NHS treating you?

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

How is the NHS treating you?

I want to hear your experiences with GPs and hospital services in Coventry and Warwickshire, good or bad.

We've heard this morning the organisation that organises and pays for NHS treatment in Coventry and Rugby has been rated inadequate and is in special measures.

Graphic of a doctor examining a patient
Thinkstock

Hospital and GP waiting lists are 'too long and must improve'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Waiting lists for GP and hospital services in Coventry and Rugby are too long and the situation must improve, says Coventry City Council.

Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, the body that organises and pays for GP and hospital services, has also been told it is spending too much. 

The council says increased demand and spending cuts are among the reasons.

Latest: 'Inadequate' health body criticised; over 60s accident figures; Dr DJ

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

-The body that organises and pays for GP and hospital services in Coventry and Rugby is told to improve

- Figures show one in five people killed or seriously injured on Warwickshire's roads over the last three years was over 60

-A trainee doctor from Coventry is to be a DJ tonight at one of the biggest dance festivals in the world.

Travel: Accident on M6 northbound between junctions two and three

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J2, for the M69, and J3, at the A444 (Coventry), because of an accident.