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Summary

  1. Ex-BBC host found woodland sex 'erotic'
  2. Letter of 'support' delivered to Coventry mosque
  3. Police continue to question murder suspect
  4. Fresh bid to oust Unite union boss
  5. Transport design centre opens at University
  6. Woakes out for rest of Champion Trophy
  7. Updates from Friday 2 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Simon Glover

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down coach.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) in West Midlands and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) in Birmingham, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for M42 and J4A for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident.

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

Coventry Motofest to attract 120,000 into city
More than 1,300 cars and motorcycles were on show in Coventry over the weekend.

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for B4451 and J14 for A452.

M40 Warwickshire - An accident on M40 northbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa).

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from us this week. Please join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Any breaking news will be posted here in the meantime.

Cricket: Hampshire vs Warwickshire latest

BBC Sport

Play is continuing in Hampshire as Warwickshire take on the home side in the county championship.

Cricket
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Hampshire are batting and are currently 271 for 3.

There's ball-by-ball commentary on the BBC sport website and the BBC sports app.

Weather: Dry and sunny over the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We might see some rain tonight, but it should be a sunny weekend for most of us.

It will be a little cooler though, with temperatures staying below 20C (68F).

Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42 affecting J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of an accident. Travel time is around 30 minute. Congestion to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway.

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

World's top women cyclists to ride through West Midlands

The provisional list of all 102 riders set to take part in next week's Women's Tour has been released.

Cycling
BBC

Nine of the world's top ten ranked riders will take part in the five day race, which starts in Daventry next Wednesday and passes through Stoke-on-Trent and Warwickshire before concluding in London.

All three previous champions of the event will take part, with Lizzie Deignan hoping to defend her title.

The line-up for the OVO Energy Women's Tour is exceptional and fans can now look forward to watching five days of action-packed, exciting racing."

Mick BennettRace director

'Lovely' mosque letter praised by community

A letter offering "love, peace and solidarity" to mosque worshippers in Coventry has been praised by the community.

Letter of support
Nafeesa Bhayat

The anonymous letter was written in the wake of the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last week in which 22 people were killed.

The note, written by a Coventry resident, urges its Muslim recipients to "stay strong" and ignore "the small-minded" people looking for a "scapegoat" for the attack.

There’s so much negative news and headlines about Muslims, it’s nice to see that people can see through this."

Haroon MotaCoventry resident

Man bailed while investigations continue into Atherstone man's death

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Police have bailed a 31-year-old man from Coventry, arrested on suspicion of murder, until the end of June as they continue to investigate the death of an Atherstone man.

Jake Palfreyman
Warwickshire Police

Jake Palfreyman, who was 21, was found in Barsby Close on Sunday evening with serious head and torso injuries and died in hospital the following day.

Another 50-year-old man from Atherstone, arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed until the end of the month.

A second man from Atherstone, aged 20, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has been released "under investigation", police say.

Brexit, NHS and the economy on the minds of Nuneaton voters

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Voters in Nuneaton have been sharing their thoughts with the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire election bus team.

BBC bus
BBC

The vehicle is in the town this afternoon to gather people's views ahead of a debate with the electoral candidates later.

You can pay the bus a visit in Market Place and have your say.

Hampshire steadily accumulate

Hampshire 202-3 v Warwickshire

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport at Ageas Bowl

Hampshire got through the middle session at Southampton without losing a wicket as Warwickshire's bowlers struggled to get life out of a slow pitch since taking three wickets in the first hour.

The batsmen have looked comfortable although timing shots hasn't always been easy with the ball not coming onto the bat.

Sean Ervine has been impressively productive under the circumstances, reaching his first century of the season.

Warwickshire are missing Jeetan Patel, who's with New Zealand's Champions Trophy squad. That leaves Sunny Singh as their main spinner with Andrew Umeed and even Rikki Clarke offering support.

Ice Hockey: Blaze announce a new signing

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry Blaze has announced the signing of Canadian forward Danick Paquette.

Danick Paquette
Kevin Pyle

The 26-year-old winger joins the club from Tulsa Oilers.

He scored 13 goals in 46 appearances for the US side last season.

Danick is a huge signing for us in so many ways. He's a tough cookie and will bring a huge physical element to our team. Our fans are going to love him."

Danny StewartCoventry Blaze Head Coach

Football: Gael Bigirimana set to leave Sky Blues

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City has confirmed Gael Bigirimana is set to leave the club.

Gael Bigirimana
Getty Images

The midfielder has agreed terms with Scottish side Motherwell and will join them following the end of his contract in July.

Bigirimana scored for the Sky Blues during their recent Checkatrade Trophy final win against Oxford United at Wembley.

Football: Sky Blues defender "feels settled" at club

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City's defender, Chris Stokes, says he's targeting a return to the third tier of English football at the first time of asking next season.

Chris Stokes
Getty Images

The defender signed a new two-year deal with the club on Thursday.

He says he believes the side can go "straight back up" to League One next season following their relegation from the division.

"It was a tough season for myself and the team last year. We've got to put that to the back of our mind and focus on Coventry City returning to the higher divisions."

Chris StokesSky Blues defender

Letter to Coventry mosque 'almost moved' recipient to tears

The woman who was given a letter of support to a mosque in Coventry says she "almost cried" when it was handed to her.

Letter of support
Nafeesa Bhayat

The letter written by a woman in the wake of the terror attack at Manchester Arena last week in which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber.

The note, written by a Coventry resident, sends "love, peace and solidarity" to its Muslim recipients during a time when people are looking for a "scapegoat" for the attack.

I was picking up my kids from the mosque... when the woman came up to me and asked if I was going inside. She asked if I could give this note to the mosque leaders and told me how she thought our religion was beautiful and how she just wanted to hug us all."

Nafeesa BhayatHanded letter of support

Hampshire make strong recovery

Hampshire 136-3 v Warwickshire

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent at Ageas Bowl

After being 31-3 inside 45 minutes, Hampshire are recovering thanks to Sean Ervine and Jimmy Adams.

The former has had a relatively lean time in the championship, his only previous half-century coming in the first innings against Middlesex also at the Ageas Bowl.

Adams has been recalled chiefly because Liam Dawson who has been opening the batting recently, is with the Lions.

Adams took 35 minutes to get off the mark this morning, but has since added solidity to an innings that is building after those early shocks.

The pitch here at the Ageas Bowl is pretty slow, but is drier, and the grass has been cut tighter, at each end on a spinners length.

Will be interesting to see how the spinners fare as we get further into the game.

Voters reminded of postal deadline

Warwick District Council is reminding postal voters to return their ballot papers by 22:00 next Thursday if their vote is to be counted in the upcoming general election.

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Nuneaton's Hoop Guy fails to make it to Britain's Got Talent final

Coventry Telegraph

Despite the backing of Nuneaton, last night the town’s very own Hoop Guy failed to make it through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

BBC election bus arrives in Nuneaton

Shelley Phelps

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Political Reporter

The BBC Coventry & Warwickshire election bus has arrived in Nuneaton.

Election bus
BBC

The team are ready and waiting to hear your thoughts on next week's general election.

Pay them a visit in Market Place.

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A46 and J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Barker impresses as Adams battles

Hampshire 82-3 v Warwickshire

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport at Ageas Bowl

An outstanding spell of bowling from the Pavilion End by Keith Barker has been the highlight on the first morning at Southampton.

He nearly had a wicket from the first ball of the day, edged just short of slip by Michael Carberry. But Barker didn't have to wait long before making Carberry his 300th first-class victim.

He soon added the wicket of Rilee Rossouw with a glorious in-swinger and Hampshire were in trouble when George Bailey fell to a Boyd Rankin delivery which stopped on him.

But Jimmy Adams batted patiently through the session to finish it on 18, still 29 runs short of reaching 13,000 career first class runs.

Cricket: Career milestone for Warwickshire seamer

Warwickshire's left-armed Keith Barker has passed a career milestone by bagging his 300th first class victim.

Barker at first chose professional football, first on the books of Blackburn Rovers, then on loan at Rochdale, in Belgium with Cercle Bruges, and Northwich Victoria before giving up football to play first-class cricket.

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Football: Sky Blues goalkeeper signs two-year deal

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City goalkeeper, Lee Burge, has agreed a new two-year contract with the Sky Blues.

Lee Burge
Getty Images

The 24-year old academy graduate made a total of 39 appearances during the club's last campaign.

He becomes the second player in as many days to sign a new two-year contract at the club, with defender Chris Stokes committing his future yesterday.

Ex-BBC presenter says sex with young stranger 'empowered her'

An ex-BBC WM presenter has told a court he "stepped to one side" to let a young stranger engage in a public sex act with his wife because it "empowered" her.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth
BBC

Tony Wadsworth said his wife Julie found the daytime encounter with the male in woodland in the 1990s "exhilarating and exciting".

The couple are on trial at Warwick Crown Court accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire woods between 1992 and 1996.

Both have accepted having sexual encounters with what Mrs Wadsworth described as "young men" in the forest, but deny they were children.

Mrs Wadsworth, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault, while her 69-year-old husband denies nine counts of the same offence.

The trial continues

Cricket: Hampshire vs Warwickshire latest

BBC Sport

Play is underway in Hampshire as Warwickshire take on the home side in the county championship.

Cricket
Thinkstock

Hampshire are batting and are currently 67 for 3.

There's ball-by-ball commentary on the BBC sport website and the BBC sports app.

Bus diversions announced for MotoFest

National Express Coventry has published a list of bus diversions during the MotoFest event in Coventry city centre over the weekend.

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Letter of 'support' delivered to Coventry mosque

A letter offering "love, peace and solidarity" has been delivered to a mosque in Coventry.

Letter of support
Nafeesa Bhayat

It follows the terror attack at Manchester Arena last week in which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber.

The anonymous note, written by a Coventry resident, urges its Muslim recipients to "stay strong" and ignore "the small-minded" people looking for a "scapegoat" for the attack.

Football: Sky Blues to confirm more signings

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City Club say they expect to confirm more signings in the next few days.

Coventry City
Getty Images

Defender Chris Stokes has already signed a two-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.

The side will play in League 2 next season after their latest campaign ended in relegation.

Zoo hope recycling phones will save apes

A zoo in Atherstone is urging people to recycle their old mobile phones to help protect great apes in the wild.

Bonobo
BBC

From Monday, Twycross Zoo is encouraging visitors to dispose of their unwanted handsets in an environmentally friendly way.

It's part of a scheme to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered bonobo species in the Democratic Republic of Congo.