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  1. Report says Warwickshire is retail fraud hotspot
  2. Lorry driver cleared over cyclist death
  3. Home of the Bears breaks attendance record
  4. The pooch that answers only to Polish
  5. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between Corley Services and M6 J3A.

M6 Warwickshire - Queuing traffic on M6 northbound between Corley Services and M6 J3a, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 25 minute.

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

Our coverage across the day

We will back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Enjoy the weekend.

Meet the pooch that answers only to Polish
German Shepherd Caleb ignores commands in English but responds to those in his 'native tongue'.

The charity worker providing aid to Grenfell Tower victims

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A Coventry man who's been volunteering at the site of the Grenfell Tower tragedy described the scenes when he first arrived as being like "something out of war-torn Syria".

Haroon Mota, who's a fundraising manager for Penny Appeal, a UK-based international humanitarian aid provider, said he and his team of volunteers have been offering food, drink and emotional support to the hundreds of people affected.

Penny Appeal workers
Haroon Mota

"These people have lost their homes and their livelihoods, their homes and their belongings but they're just so thankful and grateful," he said. "We're just trying to do whatever we can."

The observation of Ramadan, he said, was making it difficult for some Muslim residents who were "having to go 19 hours through the day without eating or drinking".

He said: "But we provided a hot meal for over 500 people yesterday alone."

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Weather: Scorchio

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast a hot weekend and a muggy night tonight.

Temperatures could reach as high as 27C (81F).

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Motorcyclist dies in Coleshill collision

A motorcyclist has died after a collision involving a van on Coleshill Industrial Estate, says the ambulance service.

Paramedic officers performed CPR on the injured man at the scene, but he was confirmed dead a short time after 12:30 today.

Station Road

The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, didn't require hospital treatment.

Station road and Gorsey Lane remain closed by police.

Car transporter driver sentenced for killing young Stratford mum Rachael Martin

Stratford Observer

On our front page this week: A car transporter driver killed a young Stratford mother as she selflessly went in front of his vehicle to save the life of one of her young daughters, who was also severely injured.

Front page
Stratford Observer

Yoga and Tai Chi can change our bodies at 'molecular level' says researcher

Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as yoga and mindfulness don't simply relax us, they can "reverse" the effect of stress at a molecular level, says a Coventry University academic.

Ivana Buric
Coventry University

Lead investigator Ivana Buric from university's Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement said millions around the world enjoyed the benefits of MBIs, but perhaps didn't realise they can change the way our "genetic code goes about its business".

She said: “More needs to be done to understand these effects in greater depth, for example how they compare with other healthy interventions like exercise or nutrition."

Student blocks to be reviewed after Grenfell Tower fire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

One of Coventry's largest student accommodation providers Study Inn says it'll be reviewing designs of its blocks to check whether they can make improvements in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The company says it will work with architects, installers and external fire consultants to check whether there is anything to be done to the buildings.

Looking to reassure residents in its tallest block in the city, the ex-Axa building, it confirms that the structure has no cladding and is, instead, made up of glass panels, aluminium windows and concrete.

Study Inn

All of our buildings have been through the building regulation approval process which includes consultation with the fire authority and production of a fire risk assessment. All of this is completed before the building comes into occupation and is then reviewed annually."

Study InnSpokesperson

Severe accident: M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M6 J3A and J4 for M42 affecting Corley Services.

M6 Toll Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll northbound between M6 J3a and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Congestion on M6 to Corley Services.

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

People urged to 'think before they act' on night out following tragic death

Leamington Observer

Police have urged people on a night out to think before they act in the wake of Robert Bavington’s tragic death.

Coventry to host Blackburn Rovers in Carabao Cup

The Sky Blues will face Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers at The Ricoh Arena in the first round of the Carabao Cup - otherwise known as the League Cup.

The tie will be played in the week commencing 7 August.

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CCTV images released after Stratford robbery

Cigarettes and a wallet were stolen during a burglary in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 1 April, police say.

They've issued CCTV of a man with a tattooed hand they wish to identify in connection with their investigation into the incident at the Co-op store on Wordsworth Avenue.

Warwickshire Police

Launchbury and Hughes start for England against Argentina

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps skipper Joe Launchbury and the club's Nathan Hughes both start for England in the final test against Argentina tomorrow.

Front row Matt Mullan is one of the replacements for the match in Santa Fe.

Joe Launchbury being tackled
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Warwickshire revealed as retail fraud hotspot by Which?

Research by consumer watchdog Which? shows Warwickshire is a hotspot for retail fraud, with 30,944 cases reported between 2014 and 2016.


The analysis of data from UK cyber-crime centre Action Fraud found there were 15.7 reports per 10,000 people, compared with the average of 3.4.

The group is calling on the government to do more to tackle the problem.

You can use this interactive map to find out the most commonly occurring fraud where you live.

Anniversary of Reconciliation Statue

Events are taking place to mark the 40th anniversary of Bradford's Reconciliation Statue, copies of which spread a message of peace across the world including Coventry.

The one in the city has been in the cathedral ruins since 1995 when Sir Richard Branson donated it to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Reconciliation Statue

Copies can also be found in the Hiroshima Peace Park in Japan, Stormont Castle in Belfast and another in Germany as part of the Berlin Wall memorial.

International visitors will visit Coventry today for a service dedicated to the 40-year-old piece.

Meet the pooch that answers only to Polish

Sit, stay, heel, fetch, walkies - what do you do when the dog in your care just doesn't want to listen?

That was the problem staff at Kenilworth's Dogs Trust thought they were facing when it seemed they'd been landed with a disobedient dog that could not adjust to kennel life.

But German Shepherd Caleb was not a little worse for wear so much as a little Warsaw - he had once had Polish owners and it gave staff a theory to test.

Dogs Trust

The trust said a Polish speaker who was adopting another dog was asked to speak to Caleb who "within seconds" began to relax at the sound of the language, then "perform a repertoire of tricks with ease".

The Trust now hopes a Polish-speaker will adopt the four year old.

BBC Question Time: Coventry audience grills minister over May's tower visit

The prime minister should have met residents of Grenfell Tower despite the likelihood of being shouted at, a former Tory cabinet minister has said.

Michael Portillo, a former MP for Kensington where the fire happened, told the BBC Mrs May "didn't use her humanity" when she visited the scene.

When asked by a member of the BBC Question Time audience at Coventry University last night, defence minister Tobias Ellwood suggested she had not met residents for "security concerns".

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Carabao Cup draw

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The Sky Blues are unseeded when they go into the draw for the first round of the Carabao Cup this afternoon.

They could end up facing the likes of Sunderland , Leeds, Derby or Nottingham Forest in the competiton, formerly known as the EFL Cup.

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Midlands housing group reassures residents

BBC Midlands Today

One of the region's largest social housing providers is reassuring its tenants that fire safety checks are carried out annually in its tower blocks.

The WM Housing Group owns 38 high rises in Coventry and Birmingham.

It says it's double-checked records and none of its buildings have cladding like the type used in Grenfell Tower in West London, where at least seventeen people were killed in a fire.

Cricket semi-final beaks Edgbaston attendance record

Edgbaston cricket ground hosted a semi-final of the Champions Trophy yesterday.

The venue's One Day International attendance record was broken, with 24,340 turning up to see India beat Bangladesh.

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Man charged with Nuneaton sex offences

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A man is due to appear at Warwickshire Magistrates Court today charged with six counts of sexual assault, police say.

The alleged offences occured in Nuneaton between 4 May and 14 June 2017.

Lorry driver cleared of causing cyclist's death

A lorry driver involved in a crash that killed a cyclist has been cleared of causing her death.

Magda Tadaj, 25, died when a lorry hit her in Croydon in May 2016 and she was dragged under its wheels for 14 metres.

Scene of collision

The Old Bailey jury cleared Darren Anderton, 49, of Acacia Road, Nuneaton, of causing death by careless driving.

The jury heard Ms Tadaj had "catastrophic injuries".

Council issues apology for pool opening delay

A delay in opening the paddling pools at St Nicholas Park and Victoria Park in Leamington Spa is due to a change in contract arrangements, says Warwick District Council.

It has issued an apology for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

The pools are due to open daily from tomorrow until "early September".

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Cyber attack forced Nuneaton hospital shutdown of 1,500 computers

Nuneaton News

Technology staff at Nuneaton's hospital had to painstakingly hand check 1,500 desk top computers in the wake of the cyber attack which crippled its system.

Meditation and yoga can 'reverse' stress reactions, study suggests

A study carried out by Coventry University has shown that exercises like yoga and Tai Chi can reverse reactions in DNA which cause ill health and depression.

Coventry University
Coventry University

The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews a decade of studies working with more than 800 people.

Experts claim those people who meditate show better mental and physical health over a period of time.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some bright and some cloudy times today, with the potential for sunny spells at times and top temperatures of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the Coventry newsroom.

We'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather until 18:00.

Let us know what is going on in your area or send us your photos. You can email, tweet us @bbccovwarks or message via Facebook.

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for A452 and J13 for A452.

M40 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed on M40 southbound in Longbridge between J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa) and J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook), because of barrier repairs.

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, at J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 exit slip road closed northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton).

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

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Keep an eye out here for more updates and breaking news before then.

Stratford-upon-Avon library to reopen

Stratford-upon-Avon's refurbished library on Henley Street will open to the public on 12 July, says Warwickshire County Council.

The building will also house the registration service, eventually hosting weddings in a brand new ceremony room for up to 35 guests.

Stratford-upon-Avon library plans
Warwickshire County Council

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A444 affecting J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J2, M69 (Coventry).

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

Police seize over £22,000 on motorway

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Warwickshire Police have been awarded £22,800 after seizing cash from a driver who failed to pull over for them on the A5 near Crick.

Generic police picture

A 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of money laundering after being pulled over on the motorway on 12 May when police found the cash stashed in a plastic bag.

He was later released under investigation but, at a hearing on Monday, Leamington magistrates ordered the confiscation of the cash, determining it was intended for use in crime.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After some evening sunshine it will stay dry tonight, with clear spells developing.

The winds will ease but it will feel cooler than recent nights - lows of 14C ( 57F).

Weather for the West Midlands.