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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Moira Rawlings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Picture: Police station cat takes to the roof

    Bongo, the cat based at Rugby police station, had a day out on the roof - must be spring. 

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  3. UKIP chairman threatens resignation over suspension

    A UKIP branch chairman in Warwickshire is threatening to resign over the suspension of a former deputy leader of the party.

    Suzanne Evans, who's been critical of leader Nigel Farage, had gone to the High Court to challenge the decision to suspend her, but her challenge was rejected. 

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    Amanda Sanders, from the Kenilworth and Southam branch, says she thinks Mr Farage sees Ms Evans as a threat to his leadership. 

  4. Weather video: It'll be staying largely dry tonight.

    BBC Weather

    Mostly dry with some clear spells, although cloud may be thick enough to give some light spots of rain during the evening. Lows of 5C ( 41F).

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    Video caption: Latest forecast for the West Midlands
  5. HS2 to be run by the state

    HS2, which will operate through Warwickshire, will probably be run by the state to prove it works, before being passed to the private sector, the government has revealed.

    Debating the government's HS2 Bill, MPs rejected a Labour plan which would give the government the option of keeping the £56bn rail line in public hands.

    HS2
    Quote Message: It is possible, indeed quite likely in my view, that the state might run HS2 initially to prove certainty on operation and the passenger numbers, but the long-term successful future of HS2 as a privately-operated franchise is, in my view, the best way forward." from Robert Goodwill Minister for London to Birmingham phase
    Robert GoodwillMinister for London to Birmingham phase
  6. Latest: HS2 to be run by the state initially; resignation threat over UKIP row; jobs at AstonMartin

    David Landau

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of the stories we're looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:  

    - The government says HS2 will probably be run by the state to prove it works   

    - A UKIP branch chairman in Warwickshire is threatening to resign over the suspension of a former deputy leader of the party

    - Aston Martin begins recruitment of 1,000 employees  

  7. Aston Martin to recruit 1,000 employees

    Warwickshire-based Aston Martin has launched its first campaign to recruit 1,000 employees, based across its two manufacturing facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire and St Athan, Wales.

    The company, whose headquarters is in Gaydon, is investing £200m in new products and facilities.

    Aston Martin
    Quote Message: Our new manufacturing facility is an important part of Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan and it is crucial that we have a world-class team at the heart of our new plant." from Michael Kerr Aston Martin Group HR Director
    Michael KerrAston Martin Group HR Director
  8. Listen: Meeting the Romeo and Juliet cast at St Mary's Guildhall

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    With only one month to go, cast members of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's production of Romeo and Juliet met with Brody Swain in St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry to talk about the project so far and what they're getting out of being involved.  

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    Video caption: Brody met a few members of our Shakespeare St cast to talk about the project.
  9. BST: Good news or bad news?

    The good news, according to the Met Office, is that British Summer Time starts at the weekend - the bad news is that we all lose an hour in bed.

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  10. Fire service to work with police to tackle 'arsons'

    This tweet comes from the Coventry Community Fire Station manager.

    Picture courtesy of West Midlands Fire Service. 

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  11. Bell finds form as MCC beat Yorkshire

    Ian Bell of MCC

    Ian Bell finds some form ahead of the new county season, as the MCC beat Yorkshire by four wickets in Abu Dhabi.

    Bell finds form as MCC beat Yorkshire

    Ian Bell of MCC

    Ian Bell finds some form ahead of the new county season, as the MCC beat Yorkshire by four wickets in Abu Dhabi.

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  12. Headlines: HS2 debate due to move to Lords; police search for man missing more than a month

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of the stories we're looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

    - Following today's third reading in the House of Commons, the debate on HS2 will move to the Lords

    - Books of condolence for the victims of the Brussels' attacks have opened in Nuneaton and Bedworth 

    -  Police appeal for information about a man missing from his Leamington home for more than a month 

  13. Update: More information on missing man

    Warwickshire Police have issued more information surrounding a missing man from Leamington. 

    Sakhminder Uppal, who is 42 and known as Navi, was last seen at his home in Freshwater Grove on 14 February.

    He's described as 5ft 8in (1.72m) tall, of athletic build and with short black hair. 

    He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a bright blue jumper, a white t-shirt and tan-coloured ankle boots. 

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  14. Literary genius remembered in Nuneaton

    Nuneaton News

    Nuneaton has marked another milestone in its homage to the memory of George Eliot.

    People gathered by memorial
  15. Debate over public confidence in the police

    A conference on how to improve public confidence in policing is being held by Warwick Business School next week.   

    Topics such as counter terrorism and how the police can earn the public's trust in changing circumstances will be debated. 

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    Quote Message: Gaining the public’s trust and confidence is absolutely vital to policing. This is because the public are a key source of information, and their trust and co-operation are often key to law enforcement." from Kevin Morrell Professor of Strategy at Warwick Business School
    Kevin MorrellProfessor of Strategy at Warwick Business School
  16. The weather for the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy for the rest of the day but staying dry. Highs of 10C (50F).

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.