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Summary

  1. Mystery ketchup thrower
  2. Sky Blues fan protest
  3. Solar farm approved
  4. Hospital's future discussed
  5. Updates from Friday 26 August

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Jonathan Trott's ton helps Warwickshire beat Yorkshire, as both teams go through to the One-Day Cup quarter-finals.

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Jonathan Trott hits 101 as Warwickshire defeat Essex by 70 runs in their One-Day Cup quarter-final at Edgbaston.

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That's it from us at Local Live on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.  

Lorry gets stuck under unused Nuneaton railway bridge - again

Coventry Telegraph

A lorry found itself stuck under a low bridge in Nuneaton this morning, reigniting pleas for the bridge to be removed.  

Speeding motorcyclist caught at over 100mph

The bank holiday getaway may make most motorists feel the need for speed, but you can take it too far.

Police officers doing a speed check in Coventry caught one biker travelling at 106mph - more than twice the legal speed limit for the road they were on.

That's one way to guarantee your getaway gets off to a terrible start.

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Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Claims that the A&E department at a new West Midlands hospital is to be scrapped before it has even opened have been dismissed as "complete nonsense"  

We look at the great Bank Holiday getaway and the situation on the roads.

And we hear the latest in the Birmingham pub bombings families' battle for answers 

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

Durham pair Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick

Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman share a 151-run second-wicket stand to earn Durham a draw against Warwickshire.

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Gael Bigirimana

Coventry City re-sign midfielder Gael Bigirimana from Newcastle United on a deal until the end of the season.

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JLR profits drop by more than a third

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Quarterly profits at Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover have dropped by more than a third.

JLR's parent company, India's Tata Motors, says it's due to the fall in the value of the pound after British people voted in favour of leaving the European Union. 

The 37% drop has come despite higher sales.

JLR office
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Travel: Congested bank holiday traffic around Warwickshire

BBC Travel

Here's the picture on the roads around Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

- Traffic is slow along the A452 at Balsall Common because of the roadworks

- Congestion is also building along the M40 between Henley-in-Arden and Warwick and on the roads around Stratford-upon-Avon

- A little further afield, one lane is closed on the southbound M42 in Worcestershire because of an accident, and traffic is beginning to build up

Find out more by checking the BBC Travel website.

Witnesses needed after car fire in Leamington

Leamington Courier

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was found on fire in Leamington this week.

Lorry stuck under bridge for nearly two hours

A road through Nuneaton was blocked for almost two hours today after a lorry became stuck under a bridge.

Leicester Road was finally given the all-clear at 10:55, police say. 

Nuneaton lorry
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Man relives horror of childhood in Irish Protestant home
A man who hopes his case will be heard at the European Court of Human Rights has spoken of the horrors he says he endured at a children's home in Ireland.

Forwards fighting fit for battling Sky Blues

They may be facing protests off the pitch, but Coventry City are in bullish mood ahead of tomorrow's match against former landlords Northampton Town at the Ricoh Arena.

Strikers Jodi Jones and Marvin Sordell have returned to training after recent injuries, and both are in line to play against the Cobblers.

Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray said the squad has been given a shot in the arm by the pair's work in the week.

Tony Mowbray Coventry City
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Just having Jodi and Marvin on the training pitch gives everyone a lift. Having a few players who haven’t been out there for a few weeks back on the grass gives everyone a boost."

Tony MowbrayCoventry City manager

Rugby man charged with drug and robbery offences

A 36-year-old man from Rugby is due to appear in court next month to face robbery and drug-related charges.

Michael Brian Keogh, of Coton Road, was arrested several times in recent months following a string of incidents in the town.

He has been charged with robbery, attempted robbery, possession of Class A drugs and leaving without paying.

He appeared before magistrates on Wednesday and will return to court on 22 September.

Watch: Weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's the question everyone asks heading into a Bank Holiday weekend: Will the weather be any good, or will the brolly sellers be rubbing their hands?

Rebecca Wood brings you the latest news.

Rebecca Wood has your weekend update

Your pictures: Bright sunshine in Bidford-on-Avon

BBC Weather Watchers

Today's been quite the turnaround on the weather front, with yesterday's storms and clouds replaced by gleaming sunshine.

This glorious shot from Bidford-on-Avon shows off the lovely warm weather in Warwickshire perfectly.

 Find more photos from our Weather Watchers on the website.

Bidford-on-Avon
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Latest: George Eliot 'safe' from NHS cuts; Warwickshire seeking victory at Durham

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are the headlines as the Bank Holiday edges closer:

- George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton is not going to close despite the strain on NHS funding, patients have been told

- Motorists are being warned to expect delays on the roads ahead of the rush to get away for the Bank Holiday

- In cricket, Warwickshire are trying to close down a win on the final day of their match at Durham

Cricket: Can Warwickshire clinch victory?

BBC Sport

The players are back out in the field after lunch on the last day of Warwickshire's Championship match at Durham.

The away side declared for 381-8, and Durham are into their second innings trying to chase down that total.

Keep up with all the latest action here.

George Eliot 'not under threat of closure'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The head of the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire says George Eliot Hospital isn't at risk of closure.

With £22bn of cuts needed across the health service nationally, concern has been raised over the Nuneaton site's future.

David Williams, from NHS England, said any plans affecting the hospital's future would be discussed with the public - and ruled out closure.

George Eliot Nuneaton
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I'd like to reassure everybody there would be no plans to close the George Eliot hospital.

David WilliamsNHS England

Coventry 'takes in most' Syrian refugees

More than a tenth of the 20,000 Syrian refugees the government said the UK would resettle have arrived  - and Coventry has welcomed the most.

A total of 125 people have sought sanctuary in the city, with Gateshead and Edinburgh taking in 107 and 83 people respectively.

Figures from the Home Office show that between the start of October last year and the end of June, 2,646 people have arrived in the UK under the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme.

Wimbledon hero Willis coaches stars of the future at Warwick Boat Club

Stratford Herald

Wimbledon sensation Marcus Willis has coached at his home tennis club for the first time since his match against seven-times winner Roger Federer.  

Academic fears hospital is vulnerable amid national cuts

Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital is "vulnerable" and has "question marks" hanging over its future, an academic has claimed.

The comments from John Lister, associate senior lecturer in health at Coventry University, come amid plans, seen by the BBC, that could see cuts to NHS services across England

NHS England, which needs to find £22bn in efficiency savings by 2020-21, says reorganising local services is essential to improving patient care. The NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire says George Eliot is not at risk of closure.

George Eliot hospital Nuneaton
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They do have to make very substantial savings in order to stand any chance of balancing the books, and the way that these NHS managers seem to regard savings is by effectively centralising services and reducing the local access.

John Listerassociate senior lecturer in health

Latest: Terror trial for Coventry man; George Eliot hospital's future 'safe'; dark clouds gather for Sky Blues

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are the biggest stories doing the rounds this lunchtime:

- A 35-year-old man from Coventry is set to go on trial next year after being charged with funding terrorism

- The head of the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire reassures residents the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton will not be closed

- Sky Blues fans are planning a protest against club owners Sisu at the match against Northampton Town tomorrow afternoon

MP Craig Tracey calls for public meeting over Arriva bus plans

Tamworth Herald

NORTH Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey has organised a public meeting regarding Arriva's plans to axe the 116 bus service from Tamworth to Birmingham.

Coventry man to face terrorism trial

A 35-year-old man is set to go on trial in February next year charged with funding terrorism. 

Nadeem Hussain, from Threadneedle Street in Coventry, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link. 

He is accused of three counts of being involved in arranging to make money available for the purposes of terrorism - allegedly dating back to April this year. 

A plea hearing has been fixed for December 9, with a provisional two-week trial set to take place from February 6.

Oxford's The Fusion Project play with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
A band from Oxford performed with Pakistan’s most famous Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Chicken shop owners fined after food was at risk of being 'unfit for human consumption'

Coventry Telegraph

The owners of a chicken shop have been fined after hygiene inspectors found food stored on the floor, dirty kitchen surfaces and no soap in the sink.  

Gold medallists at Team GB event in Coventry

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is to return to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, the stadium she opened 10 years ago, as part of the I Am Team GB sports day.

She'll be joined by Liam Heath, the canoe sprint gold medallist from the Rio games who also won a silver medal in the men's double with partner Jon Schofield.

Dame Kelly Holmes
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Dame Kelly Holmes at the 2004 Athens Olympics

Alongside the Olympians, Wasps and England rugby star James Haskell will be there, as will members of the Wasps new netball team.

They'll be encouraging people to try any one of 17 sports on display, including gymnastics, golf and tennis.

Second solar farm receives approval

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Another solar farm has been approved for Bishop's Itchington in Warwickshire amid a council's objections.

Stratford District Council approved the four-and-a-half hectare facility at Weddington Farm, giving Belvedere Energy Developments permission to put a solar park on the land off Hambridge Road for 25 years.

Solar panel
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Bishop's Itchington Parish Council had objected, citing a loss of 'best' quality agricultural land and adverse impact on wildlife - in addition to the area already supporting Southam Solar Farm off Plough Lane.

Suspended jail sentence for Bedworth bank bomb hoaxer

Nuneaton News

A DEPRESSED man who caused a bomb scare in a Bedworth bank, which led to part of the town centre being evacuated, has been told that in another country the police might have 'shot him'.

The curious case of ketchup calamities

Ben Russell

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A saucy tale has left people in a Warwickshire village scratching their heads - and an unfortunate few in a mess.

Police say that on at least three occasions, people in Henley-in-Arden have been targeted by a mystery sauce flinger whose 'weapon' of choice is tomato ketchup.

Eve, who works at The Three Tuns on High Street, said some of the pub's regulars had been victims of the condiment-squirting bandit.

A car drove past and just threw a plastic sauce bottle, which just exploded and went absolutely everywhere. It went all over the benches, all over the floor, all over the windows - it just narrowly missed somebody's head.

EveBarmaid, The Three Tuns
Henley High Street
Google
This town is being blighted by 'explosions' of ketchup

Sky Blues fans to protest against owners

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

It's been an iffy start to the season for the Sky Blues - and matters could come to a head before the game with Northampton Town tomorrow afternoon.

Fans are planning a protest against owners Sisu at the Jimmy Hill statue outside the Ricoh Arena.

This comes after a tough week for Tony Mowbray's men, who lost to Bradford City in the league before getting hammered 6-1 by Norwich City in the EFL Cup in the week.

Nigel Warren, from fans group Cov Fans Together, said supporters wanted to know what the owners had planned for the season.

Ricoh Arena
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The players and the manager have our ultimate support as fans. It's to put pressure on Sisu for many things.

Nigel WarrenCov Fans Together

Watch: Weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It was pretty damp last night, but things have got off to a brighter start today. Here's Charlie with more.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Latest: Hospital 'not under threat'; second solar farm approved; Sky Blues fans plan protest

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are the headlines around Coventry and Warwickshire this morning:

- The head of the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire says the George Eliot hospital in Nuneaton is not under threat of closure

- A second solar farm has been approved for Bishop's Itchington in south Warwickshire, despite objections from the parish council

- Coventry City fans are planning a protest ahead of tomorrow's match against the club's owners

Weekend weather warning

BBC Weather

The Met Office says outbreaks of rain will develop in the West Midlands through the course of Saturday, and, by the evening, are likely to be heavy at times.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution.

The areas below have been issued with a yellow warning.

Weather map of West Midlands
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Congestion B4101

BBC Travel

Roadworks delays in Balsall Common.

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