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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 March 2016
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Police issue image of woman after charity theft in Rugby

Police say they're keen to speak to this women in connection with the theft of a charity hamper, taken from a Rugby branch of McDonald's.

They've issued a CCTV image of her and say she was in the restaurant, in Market Place, while a group of friends were being served.

CCTV image of woman
Warwickshire Police

Dai Young: Welsh sides want Wales and Wasps lock Bradley Davies

Wales lock Bradley Davies is a target for Welsh regions, according to his director of rugby at Wasps, Dai Young.

Former Cardiff Blues player Davies has been linked with a return to the Arms Park, but his former Blues boss Young says they have not made an approach.

Davies is a part of a Wasps side third in the English Premiership. He has a year left on his current contract at Wasps, who he joined from the Blues in 2014.

Bradley Davies
Getty Images

We've certainly had interest from regions within Wales, who are really keen on taking Brad back. And I think the [Welsh Rugby] Union will be keen on a dual contract situation as well.

Dai YoungWasps' director of Rugby

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Staying clear this evening and during the first part of the night, with some cloud moving in overnight with a few frost and fog patches. 

Travel: M42 accident

BBC Travel

One lane is closed with queuing traffic on the M42 southbound around J4, A34 (Shirley), because of an accident.

Congestion to J5, A41 (Solihull).

Charity move could be the springboard to a new 50m pool in Coventry

Coventry City Council says it is to start detailed feasibility work that could see a new 50m swimming pool in the city.

The news follows the announcement from the Alan Edward Higgs Charity that ownership of its sports centre will be transferred to Coventry and Warwickshire Award Trust.

Coventry 50m pool
BBC

More than 6,000 people signed a petition to save the only 50m swimming pool in the Midlands after the council proposed closing it.  

The move means an eight-lane, 50m pool could be built at the Alan Higgs Centre in Allard Way.

Latest: Report into death of Coventry baby; and Sky Blues defender out on loan

Tom Cooke

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Review into Coventry baby's death concludes death was 'not preventable'

- Sky Blues announce Peter Ramage on emergency loan to Leyton Orient

- Government grants £1m to restore Drapers' Hall

Sky Blues announce Peter Ramage loan

Dan Freeman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Sky Blues defender Peter Ramage has joined League 2 side Leyton Orient on a 28-day emergency loan, the club says.

Peter Ramage
Empics

Ramage has made four appearances for the Sky Blues since signing for the club on a free transfer in January. 

Travel: Lane closed on M6

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M6 southbound between J6, A38 (Aston Expressway) and J4, M42 (Coleshill) because of a broken-down vehicle.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Alan Higgs Trust hands over sports centre

A Coventry-based charity that's owned the Alan Higgs sports centre in the city for the last ten years has decided to transfer its ownership to the trust that has been running it for them. 

Alan Higgs Centre
Google

The Alan Higgs Charity funded the building of the centre on Allard Way, but it's now decided to hand it over to the Coventry and Warwickshire Award Trust. 

It says the centre will continue to provide all the services and facilities currently on offer.

Mowbray in talks about new Sky Blues defender

Dan Freeman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that City are in discussions with a couple of clubs over signing a new defender before the loan window shuts next Thursday. 

Left-back Chris Stokes was ruled out for a month yesterday with a knee injury, but Mowbray hopes to use his current crop of players against Swindon on Saturday before bringing in a new face next week.

Tony Mowbray
BBC

News: Cargo ship 'unstable' says report; and Coventry baby's death 'not preventable'

Tom Cooke

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of the stories we're looking at in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Ship carrying 1,200 Jaguar Land Rover vehicles was 'unstable' when it left port

- Report finds Coventry Baby's bath death was 'not preventable'

- Chancellor awards Coventry's Drapers' Hall £1m towards renovation  

Ship containing hundreds of Land Rovers 'unstable' when it left port

A ship that became stranded while carrying Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai and Mini vehicles worth more than £60m was "unstable" when it left port, a report has found.

The Hoegh Osaka ran aground in January 2015 on its way from Southampton to Bremerhaven, Germany.  

Land Rovers on board
PA

A "significant difference" between the actual and estimated cargo weight left it unstable and contributed to the accident, marine investigators found.  

Wasps players included in Six Nations team

Wasps players James Haskell, Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly are included in the team to play France as England attempt to secure their first Grand Slam title since 2003.

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Government grants £1m to restore Coventry 'gem'

Here's more on Drapers' Hall.

Described as a "gem of the city' by the Coventry Society, it was built by the Drapers' Guild and opened in 1832 as a music room.

It was made in a 'Greek Revival' style and its interior included a ballroom and a car room.

During World War II it was used as a dance hall and an air raid shelter.

It was bought by the city council in 1961 and used as a magistrates court until the mid-1980s.

Drapers' Hall ceiling
Coventry Society

West Midlands among top five areas for electricity theft prosecutions

The West Midlands has been named in a dubious top five - it has among the highest numbers of prosecutions for electricity theft, figures show.  

Infographic showing electricity theft prosecutions
BBC

New directors appointed at Stratford District Council

Two new executive directors have been appointed at Stratford District Council as part of a management restructure. 

Dave Webb, who's currently the authority's Head of Enterprise, and David Buckland, Assistant Chief Executive, will take over the top jobs.

Stratford-upon-Avon
BBC

Budget features £1m to restore Coventry's Drapers' Hall

In his budget, the Chancellor announced £1m to support the transformation of Coventry's historic Drapers' Hall into a multi-purpose music venue.

Drapers' Hall
Coventry Society

The Drapers' Hall Trust is working to renovate the 19th Century building in Bayley Lane. 

They want it to become a national collection for sheet music, as well as a centre for people to learn and play music.

News: Investigation into baby's death; and Budget money for Coventry 'gem'

Tom Cooke

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of the headlining stories on Thursday:

- Report into the death of a baby to be discussed by councillors

- Govenrnment announces money for transformation of Drapers' Hall

- West Midlands among top areas for electricity theft prosecutions

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering cloud should break up leaving a pleasantly warm, sunny afternoon.

Sky Blues' Stephens gets England U21 call up

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry defender Jack Stephens has been called up for the England Under-21s squad in their qualifier against Switzerland.

It means the centre-back, on loan from Southampton, will miss the Peterborough United game on Friday 25 March.

Jack Stephens
Getty Images

Cattle Market site redevelopment gets go-ahead

Stratford Observer

Stratford District Council’s planning committee granted permission for the building of 189 one, two and three-bedroom homes – 58 of which will be available to buy on the open market, eight for shared ownership and 21 through affordable rent.  

Cattle market development
Stratford Observer

Watch: Meteor sighting reports across Britain

A bright meteor has been sighted in the early hours above Britain.

Witnesses in areas including the West Midlands have described the object as a green flash moving south to north for a few seconds, leaving a magnesium-white trail.

One man who saw it on the M6 told us "it stopped, flashed, and then shot-off at an angle, downwards".

RSC director issues warning over under-funding Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company's artistic director says under-funding access to Shakespeare is "denying children their birthright".

Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture as the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death approaches, Gregory Doran said it was one of his priorities to do all he could to expose children to Shakespeare's work.

Gregory Doran
BBC

Our provision of access to Shakespeare, to drama, to literature, to music, to art, to culture, is an index by which we judge ourselves to be civilised, to deny that, to disregard that, to under-fund that, is to cheat ourselves and our children and deny them their birthright.

Gregory DoranRSC artistic director

You can watch the full Richard Dimbleby Lecture here on BBC iPlayer.

News: Report into death of Coventry baby discussed; and art chief issues warning over under-funding Shakespeare

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of the stories we're looking at today:

- Review into Coventry baby's death concludes 'risk was not recognised'

- RSC director issues warning over under-funding Shakespeare

- Government announces £1m for transformation of Drapers' Hall

Review into baby's death concludes 'risk was not recognised'

An investigation into the death of an 11-month-old baby in Coventry has concluded that a failure to explore the mother's well-being, assess cannabis use in the home and properly report domestic abuse meant "the level of risk was not recognised".

The unnamed child - called "Baby C" in the serious case review - died in April 2014 after being left unsupervised in a bath with a two-year-old sibling.  

The report finds the infant's death could not have been prevented by social workers, NHS staff or anyone else who'd been in contact with the family. It adds that while "shortcomings in practice" have been identified, there is no evidence to suggest any causal link between them and the death of the baby.   

Coventry City Council
BBC

The review, to be discussed by Coventry councillors today, says there is a "concerning but familiar picture of the early stages of poor parental mental health, issues of domestic abuse and cannabis misuse".

In pictures: Warwick Hospital car park crash

West Midlands Ambulance Service has released these pictures of the pile-up in Warwick Hospital car park we told you about earlier.

A Land Rover hit a van and this red Seat, which then smashed through a wall and landed on the bonnet of a BMW X5.  

Warwick Hospital car park crash
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Travellers take over Leamington road

Leamington Observer

On the front page this week: Travellers have once again taken over a road on a Leamington industrial estate – much to the anger of businesses.

Front page
Leamington Observer

News: Serious case review into death of Coventry baby; Budget features £1m for music venue

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Serious case review into death of Coventry baby discussed

- Government announces £1m for transformation of Coventry's Drapers' Hall

- Car park pile-up at Warwick Hospital

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some cloud around this morning mixed in with sunny spells and this will continue for most of the day with a top temperature of 10C (50F).

Travel: Traffic light failure on Foleshill Road

BBC Travel

There's a warning about traffic light failure at the junction of the B4119, Foleshill Road and the B4118, Lockhurst Lane in Coventry.

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Car ends up on top of another in hospital car park crash

A car ended up on top of another, and damaged two other vehicles, in a crash in the car park of Warwick Hospital.

Ambulance service staff say they were "stunned" by yesterday's scene, thought to have unfolded when a man fell ill at the wheel of a Land Rover.

Scene of crash at Warwick Hospital
West Midlands Ambulance Service

No-one was seriously hurt and the driver was helped by ambulance crews before being taken into the hospital for tests.

Travel: A444 closed

BBC Travel

The A444 Weddington Lane in Caldecote is closed in both directions between the A5 junction and the Church Lane junction because some metal plating, used for roadworks, has come loose.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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