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Summary

  1. JLR 'to stay in UK'
  2. Firm with 350 staff goes into administration
  3. Gerbil thrown in skip 'like rubbish'
  4. Fire crews sent to 'exploding' phone
  5. Updates from Friday 21 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

Watch: The London Marathon finish line

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Do you know someone who ran the London Marathon yesterday or maybe you ran it yourself?

You can watch a feed of the finish line, showing everyone who finished between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs.

Find out their time and you can catch the moment they crossed the line.

From tears of joy, limping over the line, through to some rather tired faces - watch six hours (or skip forward) and see friends/family/loved ones cross the finish line via the BBC iPlayer.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

Man told he'd never walk again completes London Marathon

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A man told he would never walk again said he was "ecstatic, exhausted and enormously thankful" after completing the London Marathon in just over nine hours.  

Steven Smith
Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation

Steven Smith, who's 57, from Stratford-upon-Avon broke his spine by jumping out of a window to escape robbers in the south of France in August 2011.

Every step had been a "physical and metal challenge", he said, but the "elation at crossing the finishing line is all consuming".

Weather: A chance of snow overnight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It seems a bit late in the year for snow, but with chilly temperatures forecast overnight, there's a chance we might see some in Staffordshire.

The rest of us will have a cold night, with showers in places.

Charlie Slater has your forecast

Social media campaign launched to tackle crime

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Reported car crime in Bedworth has more than quadrupled in the last year, according police figures. 

A neighbourhood watch team is now posting updates about local burglaries and thefts on social media.   

Neighbourhood Watch award
Bedworth and Bulkington Neighbourhood Watch

The number of incidents of car crime has increased from 13 in February 2016 to 57 in February this year. 

Lynn Price, secretary of Bedworth and Bulkington Neighbourhood Watch, says she started posting the updates to make people more aware of the rise in crime in the hope they will make their properties more secure.

Traffic diverted away from M40

BBC News Travel

Highways England are advising drivers to follow official diversion routes, and not to rely on ones suggested by sat-nav equipment.

Southbound traffic is to follow the solid square symbol from J3A (M42 northbound) and northbound traffic is to follow the hollow square symbol onto the A46.

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Council seek court order to move traveller camp

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A court order is being sought by Nuneaton Council to remove an unauthorised traveller encampment at the Dingle in the town.

Camp Hill Primary School
BBC

Management at nearby Camp Hill Primary School say the camp has raised "a number of issues" and they've been left with no alternative but to close the school until these issues can be addressed.

It says it is working closely with all the involved parties to ensure the school it can reopen as soon as safely possible and parents are getting regular updates.

The borough council say they're going to court tomorrow to apply for an order to move the travellers on.

Severe disruption: A3400 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A3400 Warwickshire both ways severe disruption, at M40 J16.

A3400 Warwickshire - A3400 in Hockley Heath closed and slow traffic in both directions at Henley In Arden, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

M40 closed due to police incident

BBC News Travel

The M40 is closed in both directions between junction 16 for Henley-in-Arden and the intersection with the M42.

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Wasps: Team news for trip to Gloucester

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have named their A team side to travel to Gloucester this evening for the 19:30 kick off at Kingsholm Stadium.

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Wasps A will again be captained by Craig Hampson, with the backline unchanged for the third match in a row.   

Man arrested after woman found with serious injuries

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a woman was found with serious injuries at an address in the Radford area of Coventry this morning, say police.

Daimler Road
Google

Police are carrying out a forensic examination of the property in Daimler Road.

The ambulance service say they were called to the address around 08:00 to "a medical emergency".

The 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital and is thought to be in a serious condition, police say.

MP backs new bank holidays

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

The Labour MP for Erdington is backing Jeremy Corbyn's promise of four extra UK-wide bank holidays.

The holidays would be on each nation's patron saint day - St David's Day on 1 March, St Patrick's Day on 17 March, St George's Day on 23 April and St Andrew's Day on 30 November.

It is right that we celebrate the unity of Britain and in particular St George's Day - that would be a bank holiday."

Jack DromeyLabour MP

The Conservatives have warned it would damage the economy. 

Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday it would be good for people to spend more time with their families and lost productivity would be balanced out by more spending.

Pet destroyed after dog-attack

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A dog has had to be put down following an attack by another dog in Kenilworth, police say. 

Lawrence Gardens
Google

The Jack Russell-pug was attacked by what's described by police as a "white stocky American pit bull-type dog with no collar", in Lawrence Gardens on Friday evening.

The pet had to be put to sleep as a result of its injuries and the police are appealing for witnesses.  

Your pictures: Bluebells put on a show

BBC Weather Watchers

It's the season for spectacular displays of bluebells - BBC Weather Watcher Sweetpea took this photo in Coventry.  

Bluebells
Sweetpea

Stratford welcomes crowds for Bard's birthday

Thousands of people turned out to see the Shakespeare birthday celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon over the weekend.

With hundreds of jobs depending on tourism, the parade through the town has become one of the most important attractions of the year said mayor, Juliet Short. 

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Bell and Ambrose steer Bears into calmer waters

Warwickshire 332 & 280-5 (87 overs) v Surrey 437

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A good morning for the hosts under leaden skies in Birmingham. Ian Bell played a captain's innings in every sense of the word and deserved a hundred. 

He was done by a lovely piece of bowling from his opposing leader, Gareth Batty, who found Bell's outside edge on 99 and Ben Foakes did the rest behind the stumps. 

Batty caused problems from the City End, finding bounce and turn which would have made Jeetan Patel sit up in the dressing room. Tim Ambrose has played very nicely, passing 50 for the first time this season but the weather could have the final say in this game which would be a real shame.

Warwickshire lead by 175 runs, but Surrey would still fancy a chase with the ball turning. Sadly it is very, very dark above Edgbaston and rain brought an early lunch.

Hundreds of pupils told to stay at home after travellers set up camp

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is calling on police to use their powers to move travellers who have camped next to a primary school. 

Traveller camp closes primary school

Managers at Camp Hill Primary, in Nuneaton, will decide later today whether the school will remain closed tomorrow. 

Council leader, Dennis Harvey, describes the situation as "completely unacceptable".  

However quickly the council acts today, it will be several days before we can get them moved, and we don't want to the school to remain closed."

Dennis HarveyLeader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Firefighters rescue cat stuck for over 24 hours

A distressed cat, stuck in a tree for more than 24 hours, has been rescued by firefighters in Coton Park, Rugby.

Ruby the cat
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Crews managed to reach Ruby the cat and bring her down safely from a tree at the rear of Shortwheat Hill on Saturday, after the owner's attempts to rescue her had failed.

Watch: Chron's patient helps raise profile of condition

A Coventry woman, who has been living with the crippling effects of Crohn's disease, has taken part in a photo shoot to raise awareness of the condition.  

Chron's patient helps raise profile of condition

Amy Clare, 28, is showing off her stoma bag in the photos in the hope her story will help the confidence of other patients.  

Warwickshire v Surrey: Play about to start on final day

Warwickshire skipper Ian Bell believes Surrey are in a "really good place" despite leading his side to a 57-run lead with an unbeaten 68 on the third evening at Edgbaston.

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The Bears were heavily beaten in their first two games of the summer - including by Surrey at The Oval - and need Bell to make a big score if they are to avoid defeat in this one.

"You always look back at games and the little one-per-centers. We should have got 400 in our first innings and maybe could have bowled a touch better," he said.

You can follow live updates on today's play here.

Bears' captain Ian Bell leads fightback at Edgbaston

BBC Sport

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell led a spirited fightback with his best first-class score in more than a year to help take the beleaguered Bears' game with Surrey into a fourth day at Edgbaston.  

Ian Bell
Getty Images

The prospect of a third straight defeat for the bottom side remains very real as they lead by only 57 runs on 162-4.

But with Bell, still an England hopeful at 34, well set at the crease on 68, they can yet save this game.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J5 for A452 and J4 for M42 affecting J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Travel time is around 35 minute. Congestion to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Traveller encampment closes Nuneaton primary

Tom Cooke

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Camp Hill Primary School in Nuneaton has been closed to pupils today due to travellers setting up on land outside the school. 

Traveller encampment
BBC

The management team at the primary on Holly Stitches Road say they'll review the situation later today to decide if they can re-open tomorrow.  

Disruptive dog whose video went viral learning manners at Dogs Trust in Kenilworth

Leamington Observer

Britain's most disruptive dog is heading to Kenilworth to learn some manners.  

Dusty the beagle
Leamington Observer

Coventry City dismiss bids as 'derisory'

BBC Sport

Relegated League One club Coventry City's owners Sisu have dismissed two bids for the Sky Blues as "derisory".

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

The club have confirmed that two bids were made to the London-based hedge fund by a consortium led by former Sky Blues vice-chairman Gary Hoffman.

Watch: What's the weather doing today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start with some light showers, it should be a dry and bright day with highs of 12C (54F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 Toll and J8 for M6 affecting J10 for A5.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M42 southbound between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J8 M6, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J10, A5 (Tamworth).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Buses replace rail service

BBC News Travel

Due to a shortage of crew, buses are replacing rail services between Coventry and Nuneaton until around 08:15 says National Rail. 

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Chron's patient helps raise profile of condition
Amy Clare is featuring in a charity calendar to raise awareness of Crohn's.

Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, between A453 and A51.

A5 Staffordshire - A5 in Tamworth blocked eastbound between the A453 junction and the A51 junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dernbach picks up a couple

Warwickshire 332 & 60-2 v Surrey 437 - tea

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

In his 100th first-class game, Jade Dernbach produced a lovely spell of bowling to leave Warwickshire in a spot of bother after Surrey were all out with a lead of 105 runs.

Ian Westwood and William Porterfield, as they had done on Friday, started solidly and had put on 45 when Dernbach took the ball. He immediately had Porterfield caught behind for 15 and then produced a cracking delivery to have Jonathan Trott caught by Kumar Sangakkara without scoring.

Westwood is 34 and Ian Bell has seven to his name but the final 32 overs today could be hard work for the hosts.

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