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Summary

  1. Former police officer charged with sex offences
  2. Men smuggled guns into UK on coach
  3. Warning over school places 'shortfall'
  4. Council out of pocket over bridge smash
  5. Updates from Friday 1 September 2017

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Notts captain Dan Christian gets more than he bargains for as he receives the T20 Blast trophy, the Australian gets hit in the face as the prize is hurriedly handed over.
Watch the winning moment as Notts Outlaws beat Birmingham Bears by 22 runs to be crowned T20 Blast champions at Edgbaston.
Notts win the T20 Blast

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Notts Outlaws beat Birmingham Bears by 22 runs in the T20 Blast final to become domestic 20-over champions for the first time.

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Notts captain Dan Christian smashes a "searing" six in the final over of the innings as his side make 190-4 against Birmingham in the T20 Blast final.
Watch Birmingham's Chris Woakes dismiss Nottinghamshire's Riki Wessels as he takes three early wickets in the T20 Blast final at Edgbaston.
Dan Robson

Dan Robson scores four tries as Wasps see off a resilient Sale to open their Premiership season with a bonus-point victory.

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Football

Chesterfield survive a second-half sending off to hold Coventry to a goalless draw at the Proact Stadium.

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Birmingham Bears bowler Aaron Thomason celebrates a wicket

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Birmingham Bears beat Glamorgan by 11 runs in the first semi-final at T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J2 for M69 and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident earlier on. 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 J3 for A444 and J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of vehicle having a tyre change.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 Toll and J10 for A5.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between Corley Services and M6 J3a, because of an accident involving two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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Ice Hockey team backs Coventry's 'City of Culture' bid

Coventry Blaze ice hockey team is supporting the city's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.

Coventry Blaze
Advent Communications

It means the team will wear Coventry's City of Culture logo on the front of their jerseys along with images of landmarks including the three spires and the Lady Godiva statue.

Coventry is up against cities including Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland to win the title.

We're delighted to be joining the cause and backing Coventry's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021...It would be fantastic for the bid to be successful and so we are thrilled to be doing our bit to help."

Andy BuxtonChairman of Coventry Blaze

Nesting project is a hoot for students

Students operating a barn owl nesting box project at Warwick's Moreton Morrell College have successfully hatched three barn owl chicks.

Owls
Moreton Morrell College

The students built the boxes which were then installed in college grounds in May.

The students decided that they wanted to build the barn owl boxes so it’s all down to them and their hard work. We were delighted that they have been used by the barn owls so quickly - it’s a fantastic success for our students."

Heather HopkinsonCountryside management lecturer

County schools already 'full to bursting'

A mum from Warwickshire says schools in the county are already "full to bursting".

Classroom
BBC

Shelley Duffy, whose children attend a school in Rugby, has reacted to figures from the Local Government Association which suggest the county will be short of more than 1,800 places in five years' time.

The organisation is calling for action to be taken now in a bid to reduce the shortfall.

There are at least four or five new enormous housing estates around Rugby and there's been no new high schools built in... over 30 years... not in my lifetime has there been a new high school built."

Shelley Duffy

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands will have a completely dry and rather chilly night with long clear spells.

Some mist patches may develop, especially in rural parts of Shropshire and Staffordshire - lows of 10C (50F).

Weather for the West Midlands.
Nicholas Barbary and Mark Maynard

Two men from Sussex are jailed after admitting stashing weapons and ammunition on a coach to Coventry.

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City set for weekend bin collections

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Extra bin collections will take place in Coventry over the weekend due to delays in regular pick-ups.

Bins
BBC

Collections in a number of areas are running one or two days late due to staff shortages and the city council says it will need to work over the weekend to clear the backlog.

The Council recognises that there have been delays in refuse collections over the past few months and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to residents. We are continuing to work hard to ensure that we catch up on late collections."

Coventry City Council

Football: Sky Blues expect 'difficult' Chesterfield clash

Coventry City midfielder Peter Vincenti has urged the side to put in a good performance against Chesterfield on Saturday.

Peter Vincenti
Coventry City FC

The Sky Blues head to the Proact Stadium in the hope of winning for the first time in three games.

Vincenti joined the club's ranks over the summer and insists his side won't take the opposition "lightly".

We know how well we can play and what performances we can put in so we should be looking to get something from their [Chesterfield's] place."

Peter VincentiCoventry City Midfielder

Severe accident: A429 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A429 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between Common Lane and Stoneleigh Road.

A429 Warwickshire - A429 Coventry Road in Kenilworth closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Common Lane junction and the Stoneleigh Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Calls for more action after further traveller encampments in Warwick District

Warwick Courier

More calls for action have been made following further traveller encampments across the district.

County fire service 'welcomes' new recruits

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed 29 new recruits as part of the first major recruitment campaign carried out in the county for more than nine years.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service recruits
Warwickshire County Council

The drive was launched in April and attracted more than 700 applications.

The new recruits attend their first induction session today.

I am delighted that we have recruited so many new recruits. It is a very exciting time for the Service and I look forward to welcoming them into the organisation following their training courses.

Howard RobertsWarwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety

Rugby: Wasps gearing up for start of new season

Wasps are preparing to take on Sale Sharks at the Ricoh in their opening game of the Aviva Premiership season.

Wasps
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New signing Gaby Lovobalavu is named to start at outside centre, while fellow new faces Juan De Jongh and Marcus Watson are included among the replacements

The game marks the start of Wasps' 150th anniversary this season.

Council 'closely monitors' school place provision

Warwickshire County Council has responded to figures - from the Local Government Association - which suggest there will be a shortfall in school places in the county in five years' time.

Classroom
BBC

The organisation's data shows there will be more than 1,800 too few places in Warwickshire by 2022.

But the council insists its plans for provision of school places are robust.

The county council has a pupil planning team which studies the county's demographic to ensure that we know how many pupils will require places in our schools in the foreseeable future. We plan accurate provision of school places around this."

Warwickshire County Council Statement

Football: Sky Blues must be 'strong' to overcome Chesterfield

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City are looking to win for the first time in three games when the side visits Chesterfield on Saturday.

Coventry City FC
Getty Images

The Sky Blues head to the Proact Stadium having signed defender Tom Davies from Portsmouth on Thursday.

Manager Mark Robins has urged his side to remain as "strong" as possible to end the club's poor run.

We have lost two games where we felt we deserved something from them. Games come quick and fast and we have the opportunity to do that tomorrow against Chesterfield."

Mark RobinsCoventry City Manager

Leamington railway station on track for national award

Leamington Observer

Leamington railway station is on track for a national award.

Appeal following serious collision in Stratford

A man in his 20s has died in a three-vehicle crash, police say.

Police Tape
BBC

Officers were called at 18:56 yesterday to a report of a crash involving a motorbike, a van and a car near Warmington, Banbury.

The man's next of kin have been informed, police say.

T20 fans

BBC Sport takes a look at the likely stars as four teams chase glory at T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday.

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Timothy Lively, a former Warwickshire Police officer, is facing charges including rape and indecency with a child.

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Millions to be spent on A444 upgrade

Warwickshire County Council has announced it's secured an investment of over £4m to upgrade the A444 in Nuneaton.

Roadworks
BBC

The Bull Ring, College Street and Heath End Road junctions will also undergo works thanks to the funding.

The council has pledged to deliver the improvements in the year 2018-19.

Man dies after collision

A 44-year-old man has died after a crash on the Warwickshire border with Northamptonshire.

The biker collided with a car and a lorry near the BP service station at Lilbourne early yesterday morning.

The road was closed for hours after the crash.

Donation knocks 'two thirds' off cost of life-saving training

St John Ambulance says a £1,700 donation is allowing it to charge less for first aid courses.

First Aid
Thinkstock

The money - raised by the City of Coventry Freemen's Guild - means that participants will only be charged £10 for five courses rather than the usual £30.

We’re immensely grateful to the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild for supporting our charity by subsidising this training. Between now and Christmas, our city will gain 60 more people who can give first aid to their families, friends and neighbours."

John DowneyArea Manager, St John Ambulance

Former police officer charged with 19 historical sex offences

A former Warwickshire Police officer has been charged with 19 historical sex offences.

Police
BBC

Timothy Lively, 58, of Bidford-upon-Avon was charged on Thursday with offences allegedly carried out in the 1970s and 1980s in Stratford-upon-Avon.

He will appear at Warwick Magistrates' Court on 27 September.

In pictures: The huge fire at the end of the street

A fence fire in Coventry last night was prevented from spreading to the nearby London EV Company factory, fire officers say.

Fire
Sowbarnika Manoj
Fire
Sowbarnika Manoj

A crew was called to the blaze in Duckham Court at about 20:20.

Officers took just over two hours to extinguish it.

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 - One lane closed and slow traffic 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

Council out of pocket over bridge's tractor smash

Warwickshire County Council has still not recovered the £388,000 pounds it spent on repairing the historic Bidford bridge - two years after it was hit by a tractor.

Bidford Bridge
BBC

The bridge was shut for six months while repairs were made but the authority still hasn't been able to recoup the money from the insurance company with which it's dealing.

The council insists claims take time to process.