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  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage from across the day

That's all from us on Wednesday. Join us again from 08:00 on Thursday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Any breaking news will be posted here in the meantime.

Coming up on TV

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

In just over 12 hours time, the polls open in the election for the first West Midlands Metro Mayor. 

There are six candidates in the running for the job, which would make one of them arguably the most high profile politician in the region. 

So who are the candidates and what will the job entail? We will explain it all on the Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Weather: A cloudy night and more sunshine tomorrow

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's going to be overcast again tonight, but we should see some sunshine across the region tomorrow.

Shefali Oza has your forecast

Procession through Coventry to celebrate work of nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives will take part in a procession through Coventry for the second annual celebration event for International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife.

Coventry Cathedral

The route will wind its way round to Coventry Cathedral where a ceremony will take place on 12 May.

Nurses and midwives will attend from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and student nurses and midwives from Coventry University.

Metro Mayor election: 'A tight race between Labour and the Conservatives'

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

As the campaign to become West Midlands mayor enters its final stages, the polling experts suggest it's a tight race between Labour and the Conservatives.

Andy Street’s team are talking about causing a "political earthquake" in Labour’s heartlands.  

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But the Labour team for Sion Simon, appear relaxed and confident, despite the party’s difficulties nationally.

As Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson extolled the virtues of Andy Street in Wolverhampton, Labour leafleted in Birmingham, no high profile party figures visiting for them, "It’s about the West Midlands", they said.

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Rugby Union: Wasps on course for season's best attendance

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps are on course for a season-record attendance against Saracans on Saturday, the club says.

The club sold 1,000 tickets yesterday and says if that rate continues, it would beat this season's record so far of 27,930 against Leicester Tigers.

The club's record attendance since moving to Coventry was against Leicester Tigers on 9 May, 2015 - 32,019

Football: Sky Blues' goalkeeper and defender in line for new deals

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Sky Blues' goalkeeper Lee Burge and defender Chris Stoke will be offered new deals by the club after manager Mark Robins confirmed nine of last season's players will leave the League Two side.

Lee Burge

Striker Marcus Tudgay, Ruben Lamerias, Andy Rose and Vladimir Gadshev are all leaving while Jordan Turnbull and Stuart Beavon could also leave before the end of July under the terms of their existing deals.

Metro Mayor election: Greens and communist candidates give reasons to vote

Rob Mayor

Black Country Political Reporter, BBC WM

The Green’s James Burn says plans for the West Midlands need to change, as he bids to become the first mayor for the region which covers, Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry.

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Communist Graham Stevenson says "vote for socialism, not austerity". Yesterday he was speaking to students in Birmingham.

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Whilst many see this election as a two horse race, the supplementary voting system means that the second choices made by the other four candidates supporters are likely to make the crucial difference when the result becomes clear on Friday afternoon.  

Heart-breaking moment a junior doctor has to tell a woman her stroke-victim husband may die

The Daily Mail

This is the heart-breaking moment a junior doctor at Leamington Spa hospital told a woman who has just lost her son, brother and mother in the last 12 months that her husband may die too.

Metro Mayor election: Last day of campaigning as polls open on Thursday

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Yesterday was fraught with campaigning as the poll booths prepare to open on Thursday for the West Midlands Metro mayor election. 

A visit to Dudley town centre has become a UKIP election staple and leader Paul Nuttall was there to sing the praises of their mayoral Candidate Pete Durnell.

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For the Liberal Democrats Beverley Nielsen was out leafleting in Wolverhampton yesterday.

Here's why she thinks she should be mayor.

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Read more about the candidates on BBC News. Polls open from 08:00 on Thursday.

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Clear blue skies in Warwick
Warwick Ram
Countryside in Southam
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Lines reopen after charter train catches fire in Northampton

Train services in and out of Northampton railway station are getting back to normal after a charter train caught fire.

The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports that 40 firefighters were called to Martins Yard, off Spencer Bridge Road, to fight a blaze that broke out in a diesel train's engine bay.

This was the smoky scene at the station earlier...

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Some passengers were transferred to road transport to get to Milton Keynes and Rugby to reconnect with services.  

All lines have reopened but delays may remain this afternoon, rail bosses said.

We've contacted the emergency services to find out more.

Bears bowling pair get first contracts

BBC Sport

Warwickshire have awarded professional contracts to seam bowlers Grant Thornton and Mitchell Spencer.

The pair, both 24, have been given three-month contracts with the County Championship Division One side.

Grant Thornton
Sam Bagnall, Warwickshire CCC.
Grant Thornton took 0-34 on his first-class debut against Northamptonshire in April

Thornton made his first-team debut in their One-Day Cup win over Northamptonshire on 27 April, while Spencer is yet to play for the county. 

"They are two very different bowlers and good options for Ian Bell to have as captain." said coach Jim Troughton. 

Warwickshire's sport director, Ashley Giles, had talked about bringing in "new blood" after they made an difficult start to the season.

Coming up on TV

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Voters go to the polls tomorrow in Warwickshire, electing county councillors in contests, which ahead of the General Election, will be fiercely fought and scrutinised closely. 

We've been looking at the issues which have been shaping the campaign. 

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Rugby Union: Wasps say new chief executive will 'soon' be in place

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

As the season comes to a close, Wasps say they will soon have a new chief executive.

The Ricoh Arena
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The rugby club announced yesterday that CEO David Armstrong is stepping down in June though he will remain on the board as a non-executive director. 

Nick Eastwood, the current deputy chair of the club, will take over he and says they have overcome one "massive challenge" in moving the club from one area of the country to another and that will equip them for the future.

Railway line closure causes delays to London

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The railway line between Rugby and Northampton is blocked due to an on-going incident, warns London Midland.

Rail passengers are warned to expect delays - London Midland tickets are valid on Virgin train services while disruption continues

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Cricket: Stoke-on-Trent player gets first Warwickshire contract

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A cricketer from Stoke-on-Trent has been offered a first deal by county side Warwickshire. 

General view of Warwickshire's Edgbaston ground
Dave Thompson/Getty Images

The club says seam-bowler Mitchell Spencer, 24, has been given a three-month contract after impressing in 2nd XI games last year along with a pre-season tour in the winter.  

Holy smokes! Pub fights to keep its Batman landmark

Coventry Telegraph

Holy smokes! A pub is fighting to keep a Batman statue perched on its front wall after the council ordered him to be grounded.  

Fostering film made in Coventry to premiere tonight

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A film by Coventry City Council encouraging people to consider fostering siblings, will premiere in Birmingham later.

Child and man

It is called Giant and is a follow-up to a previous film aimed at getting people to take in single children.  

Hundreds pack meeting to oppose plans for new homes in Bulkington

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Around 500 people packed a meeting in Bulkington to look at ways of stopping plans to build almost 700 new homes in the area.

The proposals would see the homes split across two sites - 200 to the east - with the rest on the west of the village. 

'Woakes will benefit from playing in Indian league'

Nicola Beckford

Journalist, BBC Midlands Today

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes will benefit from playing in the Indian Premier League, says the England cricket national selector.

Chris Woakes

He'll be playing in and around world class players with lots of pressure. Players have come back with positive experiences and spread their knowledge to the players in the England team who haven't played in the IPL

James WhittakerNational selector

Woakes has missed the start of the county championship season after signing for the Colkutta Knight Riders.   

He's also been left out of the England squad for a one-day series against Ireland. 

Woakes will then return for matches against South Africa later this month.

Mark Pettini

Mark Pettini hits a career-best 159 from 135 deliveries to help Leicestershire beat Warwickshire in the One-Day Cup.

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BMW workers to stage strike over pensions

Staff at BMW's engine plant at Hams Hall stage the latest of their one-day strikes today in a row over pensions.

A Mini
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Members of the Unite union walked out at about 06:00 BST until tomorrow morning. 

They are protesting at the company's decision to close their final salary pension scheme - which they say could cost some workers thousands of pounds.

Search to find prospective HS2 workers begins

BBC Midlands Today

A Birmingham college which aims to produce the engineers needed to build HS2 will open its doors to prospective students today. 

Work began a year ago on the £40m National College for High Speed Rail. 

National College for High Speed Rail being constructed

About 25,000 jobs are expected to be created during the construction of the new rail network. 

The college is hosting an open day to showcase the courses available when it officially opens later this year.

National College for High Speed Rail being constructed
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Watch: Latest weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's shaping up to be another nice morning - find out what the weather has in store.

West Midlands Weather

Campaigning reaches its final day before mayoral elections

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Today's the last day of campaigning in the local and mayoral elections before voting takes place tomorrow. 

Voters will go to the polls tomorrow to elect 57 county councillors in Warwickshire - and in Coventry a mayor to head the West Midlands Combined Authority

Good morning from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Wednesday's mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates.

If you want to share your views on our news or share your pictures of the region, email us, tweet us or visit our Facebook page.

Our coverage across the day

That's it from the Local Live team on Tuesday.

Please join us again from 08:00 on Wednesday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Man jailed after blasting shotgun at a family home in Coventry

Coventry Observer

A man who blasted shotgun cartridges at a family home in Coventry − shattering the front door and window − has been jailed for nearly 10 years after West Midlands Police proved he was the shooter.  

Genghis Khan
West Midlands Police

Directorate change for Wasps

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps has announced that the group's chief executive officer David Armstrong will be stepping down in June, at the conclusion of the rugby, netball and concert seasons.

David Armstrong
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He will remain on the board of Wasps as a non-executive director.

Deputy Chairman Nick Eastwood will take on the role of group CEO following Armstrong's departure.  

West Midlands mayor: Polls open on Thursday

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter, BBC WM

Earlier we told you about half of the election field out on the campaign trail.

Here's the remaining three candidates standing to become the region's "metro mayor". 

Graham Stevenson, Communist, has been speaking to Birmingham students.

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Labour candidate Sion Simon has been out and about in Birmingham. He told me "it's about the West Midlands". He says: "We've been let down by London for 40 years."

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Meanwhile, James Burn, Green, has been in Shirley, Birmingham, this afternoon. 

He is campaigning to lift more children out of poverty, encourage distinctive high streets and deliver sustainable solutions to economic development and climate change.  

Find out about the new mayoral role here.

And here's more on the six candidates.

Weather: Sunshine and light cloud to remain with us

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

This mix of sunshine and light cloud is set to remain with us into tomorrow and temperatures are forecast to reach 14C (58F) in places.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Coventry City release nine players

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The Sky Blues have announced they will be releasing nine players at the end of the season

Ricoh Arena
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Nathan Clarke, Kevin Foley, Vladimir Gadzhev, Andy Rose, Ruben Lameiras and Marcus Tudgay will all be released following the expiry of their contracts. 

The club will also not be renewing the contracts of Kyle Spence, Jack Finch and Jacob Whitmore from the Under-23 squad. 

Defender Jordan Turnbull and Striker Stuart Beavon have the option to leave the club before the end of July 2017, due to existing clauses in their current contracts.