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  1. Murder inquiry launched
  2. Man charged with possession of fighting dog
  3. Rare car up for auction
  4. PCC calls for 'fairness' over £1.5m conference bill
  5. Updates from Friday 2 September 2016

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A driver died when he crashed as he was being followed by police in Warwickshire, the force says.

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The Jaguar E-Type Series III

A vintage Jaguar sports car made famous when it featured in Only Fools and Horses sells for more than £115,000 at auction.

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Coventry suffer a second-half collapse to pile more pressure on manager Tony Mowbray as they are beaten at Fleetwood.

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Ollie Rayner

Middlesex have their lead at the top of Division One cut to four points after rain sees them draw with Warwickshire.

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Middlesex paceman Harry Podmore leads his team in an unsuccessful appeal against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

County Championship leaders Middlesex reduce Warwickshire to 74-3 in pursuit of 338 to win, although rain is forecast on Saturday.

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Our coverage across the day

That's it from us on Friday. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for a mix of news, sport, travel and weather  - and keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.  

Have a great weekend.

Video: Premiership's six international stars to watch

BBC Sport

Two Wasps players make our list of six of the biggest international signings made by English Premiership clubs ahead of the new season.

Premiership: Six international stars to watch in 2016-17

Video: What's the weather got in store tonight and over the weekend?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A dry night tonight with clear spells, but some rain moving in over the weekend.

Wolves left back heads to Nuneaton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Nuneaton Town have confirmed the signing of 20-year-old left back Ben O'Hanlon on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

The former England Under-18 international joins on an initial one-month deal.

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Hospitals draw up plans to cover striking doctors

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The trust that runs University Hospital in Coventry and Rugby St Cross says they will have plans in place to "minimise disruption" and ensure "services remain safe" during the expected industrial action by junior doctors.

George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton says it will "deploy senior and consultant medical staff" to cover junior doctors' duties.

Junior doctors striking in Coventry

Medical leaders have criticised the proposed series of five-day strikes as the row over a new contract intensifies.  

But Mark Porter, BMA chairman and consultant anaesthetist at the University Hospital in Coventry, said staff on duty would be more senior than those they might normally have seen and that patients "should not be concerned".

Wasps Netball signs England international

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps Netball has announced the signing of England international Natalie Haythornwait.

The 24-year-old becomes the team's ninth signing ahead of the new Superleague season which starts in February.

Natalie Haythornwaite
Getty Images

Named the 2015 Superleague Player of the Year, Natalie played for Manchester Thunder last season after joining them from the Yorkshire Jets.  

Latest: Murder investigation launched; man charged after dogs shot by police; rare Jaguar up for sale

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Murder inquiry launched after man found with head injuries

- Coventry man charged with possessing fighting dog

- Jaguar car once owned by the company's founder to be sold at auction

Lyons' share of Jaguar's history up for auction
A 1961 Jaguar car once owned by the company's founder is due to be sold at auction.

Cricket: Middlesex stretch their lead against the Bears

BBC Sport

Warwickshire eventually brought to an end Sam Robson's prolonged vigil of 74 for Middlesex at Edgbaston.

He put on 97 runs in partnership with Stevie Eskinazi as the visitors stretched their lead.

Follow the action here.  

Full bill of health for Sky Blues ahead of Fleetwood fixture

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The two Sky Blues transfer deadline day signings, Andre Wright and Jamie Sterry, are set to be involved in The City's League One fixture at Fleetwood Town tomorrow. 

The two loanees have had a couple of training sessions with the squad which is also boosted by the return to fitness of Marvin Sordell.

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More than half of Coventry 11-year-olds below expected standard in new school tests

Coventry Telegraph

Just 47 per cent of pupils in the city reached the expected level in reading, writing and maths in key stage two tests.  

Legacy of coal use discussed at conference

Research which exposes the effect of air pollution on the lungs of people in the West Midlands is to be discussed at an international congress this weekend. 

A study into the impact of domestic coal use in the 1950s found people exposed to it in Coventry were twice as likely to die from a respiratory condition than those in cleaner areas. 

Coal fire

Coal consumption in Coventry in that period was amongst the highest in the country and the data underlines the impact of air pollution on diseases such as COPD. 

The data will be discussed at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress in London from tomorrow.

Police conduct murder investigation after Coventry attack

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man found with serious head injuries in the Stoke area of Coventry.

One week ago, the 36-year-old victim - discovered with life-threatening injuries at a property in Hugh Road - was taken to hospital where his condition deteriorated. He died on 31 August.

Two men were charged with attempted murder. They remain in police custody while detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the man's death.

Businesses pledge support for Coventry City of Culture bid

A successful bid for UK City of Culture 2021 would provide a "major economic uplift" to Coventry, according to some of the city's biggest businesses.

Companies and the Coventry Business Improvement District have come together to lend support to the bid through sponsorship and financial investment.

Businesses backing UK City of Culture bid
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There’s been a real injection of enthusiasm and positivity not only within the arts scene but across the entire business community and public – which needless to say can and will have a great impact on the local economy.

Trish WillettsManager, Coventry Business Improvement District

Premiership Rugby: Wasps team news

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Four new signings have been named in Wasps squad to take on Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,  

Tommy Taylor, Marty Moore and Matt Symons make their debuts, and Danny Cipriani returns to the lineup six years on from his last appearance. 

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Video: Latest weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Some brighter spells due this afternoon, with highs of 21C (70F).

Police investigate sexual assault in Stratford

A woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in the Old Town area of Stratford-upon-Avon, say police.

The attack happened on 19 August when she was walking along an alleyway that leads from Holtom Street to Old Town Mews.

Amelia and Muhammad are the most popular baby names in the West Midlands

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Amelia is the most popular girls name in the West Midlands while Muhammad is the most popular for boys, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

Only London had Muhammad as the most popular choice in 2014 but the new figures show the West Midlands has joined the capital in 2015 for having the most babies with that name. Oliver was most popular overall across England and Wales.

There were 649 Muhammads born in the West Midlands in 2015 compared with 622 Olivers. An alternative spelling - Mohammed - is also in the top 10.

chart showing most popular boys' names

For girls regionally, the top choice, Amelia, was the same as the overall favourite in England and Wales.

The data also shows the West Midlands to have a higher proportion of girls named Jessica than anywhere else. It ranks third for popularity in the region.

Chart showing most popular girl's names

Dangerous driving Coventry mum has jail sentence halved on appeal

Coventry Telegraph

A mum-of-three from Coventry whose "thoughtless driving" left a young dad needing a leg amputation has had her jail term halved by senior judges.  

Latest: Charge over 'fighting dog'; Tory conference bill

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of our headlining stories today are:

- Man charged with possessing fighting dog

- Crime chief hits out at bill for Tory Party conference

- Rare Jaguar auctioned

West Midlands Police faces £1.5m Tory conference bill

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter

A police force is facing a £1.5m bill to plan safety operations for the next three Conservative Party conferences, its crime commissioner has said.

PCC David Jamieson said it would cost West Midlands Police about £500,000 a time when the Tories meet in Birmingham in October and return in 2018 and 2020.

Birmingham canal
Marketing Birmingham/ICC

He has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ask for a discussion about a "fairer arrangement".

The Home Office said the funding had been reviewed as "fairer" than before. The ICC in Birmingham previously hosted the Conservative Party conference in 2014.

Harnall Lane East Coventry

A man is charged with possessing a firearm, cannabis and a fighting dog after two dogs are shot dead in Coventry.

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Travel: One lane closed on M42

BBC Travel

A broken-down car transporter has closed one lane of the M42 northbound between J3a M40 an dJ4, A34 (Shirley).

More details on BBC Travel. 

Requiem for Coventry musician lost at The Somme

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A hundred years to the hour after city violinist Montague Johnson was lost at the Battle of the Somme, a requiem performance will be held to mark the occasion he last went out to battle.

The event is a collaboration between two companies, Theatre Absolute and Talking Birds, who've been researching his work over a number of years.

Montague Johnson
Coventry City Archive/Herbert Art Gallery

His story came to light after being featured in the permanent display of fallen soldiers at the War Memorial Park put together by historian Trevor Harkin.

Julia Negus, producer from Theater Absolute, said the "unique performance" would take place near the stained glass window at St John's Baptist Church "that records his name anongst other fallen soldiers".

Wasps' plan to redevelop home of Coventry City Academy will not be blocked by Government

Coventry Telegraph

Plans for Wasps to build a £7million training centre at the home of Coventry City’s Academy will not be ‘called in’ by the government.  

Premiership preview: Wasps stinging back

BBC Sport

After a few years of struggle on and off the pitch, Wasps could be on the brink of becoming a domestic and European powerhouse once again as their Premiership campaign starts.

Now firmly at home in Coventry's Ricoh Arena - the biggest stadium in the Premiership - last season's play-off semi-finalists have recruited impressively, with England duo Danny Cipriani and Kyle Eastmond among their new arrivals.

Wasps team
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Australia full-back Beale and South Africa utility back Le Roux also agreed moves, although the former is still recovering from a long-term injury and the latter is set to join in January from Japanese side Canon Eagles.

Cricket: Bears struggling

Mikey Burrows

BBC WM Sport

Warwickshire are in trouble going into the third day of their county game with Middlesex at Edgbaston.

The visitors have a second innings lead of 133 with all 10 wickets left. 

Live commentary continues online and via the BBC Sport app from 11.

Headlines: Jaguar founder's car up for sale; Wasps prepare for Premiership

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of the stories we're looking at today are:

- Rare Jaguar, belonging to company founder, goes up for auction

- Wasps launch Premiership campaign

- Requiem for city violinist lost at The Somme

'Mr Jaguar's' car up for sale

A rare 1961 Jaguar, owned by Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, goes under the hammer this weekend. 

The car is expected to fetch around £100,000. 

Manufactured  at the Coventry factory, the model was a top of the range saloon from 1961 to 1970, and originally designed with the US market in mind.

Silverstone Auctions

Travel: A46 partially blocked

BBC Travel

A broken-down vehicle is partially blocking the A46 southbound in Warwickshire between the A428 Rugby Road and A45 London Road junction and Tollbar Island.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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