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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 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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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

We'll be back with you from 08:00 on Thursday with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather

Watch: 'It's been four years of hell'

A football fan who was repeatedly kneed in the head by a police officer after being arrested at a match has received a five-figure compensation settlement.

Mark Wynn, 50, was assaulted after challenging PC Ricki Allsop at Coventry City's stadium in 2011.

Shakespeare's Leap Year connections

Many of the Bard's key anniversaries fall in leap years.   

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Paramedics proving they have a head for heights

Fancy a job rescuing people from danger?

Well, if you want to prove you are up to becoming a paramedic for the hazardous area response team for West Midlands Ambulance Service, you have to have a head for heights.

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Watch: The latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

A risk of catching a thundery shower this evening, otherwise mostly dry with some sunshine. Becoming mainly dry overnight with broken cloud - lows of 7C (45F).

Watch: Tractor roars into Transport Museum

Your chance to hear the authentic sound of a Massey Harris tractor. 

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Councillors pay tribute to former leader

Councillors paid tribute to the former leader of Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper, last night, at the first full council meeting since his death last month

Darren Cooper
Sandwell Council

The 52-year-old had been on the council since 1991, becoming leader in 2009, and was expected to try and become the West Midlands' first elected mayor next year. He was also a driving force behind the West Midlands Combined Authority. 

Councillor Derek Rowley used to go on holiday with Mr Cooper, and said it was moving to hear people pay their respects to his close friend.

Latest: MEP calls for more traveller camps; graves vandalised; WW2 bomber pilot's relatives found

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are our top stories this afternoon:

- A West Midland MEP says more must be done to provide temporary camp sites for the traveller community

- Graves at Coventry's oldest church have been vandalised 

- The BBC has tracked down the relatives of a Warwickshire pilot who was killed when his bomber crashed over Berlin in World War Two

Grave stones need to be made safe after vandalism

A graveyard that was vandalised in Coventry will need to be made safe according to the vicar of St Mary Magdalene in Wyken. 

The church is the oldest in the city and has seen several gravestones damaged by what's described as "mindless vandals". 

Some kind gentleman came up yesterday with his spade and has made a really good attempt to put some of the graves back but obviously some of them will still need some work on them to be make them safe."

Reverend Linda MuddSt Mary Magdalene, Wyken

Police tips on how to spot a rogue trader

West Midlands Police issue advice on how people can protect themselves from rogue traders.   

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Goose terrorises village

Tamworth Herald

A goose who terrorised villagers and churchgoers in a sleepy village, has been given his marching orders.

Tamworth Herald

Sport: Warwickshire player qualifies for World Snooker Championships

Warwickshire's Dave Gilbert has qualified for the World Snooker Championships after beating Jack Lizowski 10-7 at Ponds Forge.

The championships take place at The Crucible in Sheffield from this Saturday. 

Dave Gilbert

Recall of potentially dangerous fuses

The discount store Poundland are involved in the recall. 

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Kindness is a work of art

A Coventry-based artist has challenged herself to be kind every day of this year and to write about it on social media.

Anna Douglas is the woman behind "The Kindness Initiative" and wants to see if she can train herself to be kinder.

Anna Douglas
Anna Douglas

What I found myself doing a lot, on a day to day basis, is thinking about these little subtle ways of relating to people which make me feel better about myself and I hope might actually have an impact on other people."

Anna DouglasArtist

Attack on graves at city's oldest church condemned

The vicar at Coventry's oldest church is blaming mindless vandals, after graves at St Mary Magdalene's in Wyken were attacked. 

Headstones have been knocked over and monuments damaged - it's thought they were attacked on Saturday night.


Some of the graves are actually contained within the concrete and ornate cornerpieces. They were ripped out and torn and thrown around a bit. Whatever they could lay their hands on they tried to push-over or pull apart."

Reverend Linda MuddSt Mary Magdalene, Wyken

Headlines: Church vandalism condemned; MEP raises concerns over gypsy laws

These are some of our stories this afternoon:

- 'Mindless vandals' are blamed after graves were attacked in Coventry's oldest churchyard

- The West Midlands UKIP MEP has gone to Downing Street over concerns about changes to gypsy and traveller legislation 

-  A number of men are being sought after a brawl at Birmingham Airport 

Sounds of Shakespeare Season announced by BBC Radio Three.

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast from a pop-up studio in the RSC’s The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 April).

Ten new music commissions have been announced - eight BBC commissions and two world premieres, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s new work set to music.


UKIP MEP raises concern over traveller legislation

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The West Midlands UKIP MEP, James Carver, has hand-delivered a letter to Downing Street expressing concerns about legislation affecting the travelling community. 

James Carver, who's of Romany descent, says recent changes in UK planning law have left the British travelling community feeling more marginalised than ever.

Generic traveller site

And you can hear James Carver being interviewed on the Phil Upton Drivetime show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire between 1500 and 1800 today. 

Men sought after fight at airport

Police are looking for these men after an incident at Birmingham International Airport.   

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Deadline looms to find sites for travellers

Leamington Courier

Time is running out for Warwick District Council to find suitable sites to provide 31 permanent pitches for Gypsies and travellers before its modified Local Plan for housing and infrastructure is submitted this year.

Leamington Courier

Less than a week to register to vote

BBC News England

There are elections taking place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you’ve registered to do so, and the deadline is next Monday. 

If you are not already registered, you can do so by visiting this government website.

About My Vote

And, if you want to find out more about the elections then you can visit the voter information website or the BBC News elections homepage.

Charley says... you can watch me online now

BFI Player has released a new collection of Public Information Films to view free online, drawn from the classic archive held at the Master Film Store in Warwickshire.

Many of the films can be seen for the first time online, alongside classics such as the AIDS iceberg and the Green Cross Code man.

Available from the BFI Player

Travel: Some rail services through Stratford back to normal

The delays were caused by a points failure.

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Cashless parking available in Warwickshire car parks

No need for cash to park in Warwickshire after new system is introduced. 

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Man bailed over manslaughter charge

A Black Country man has been bailed by magistrates after being charged with the manslaughter of a 28-year-old in Leamington Spa.

Robert Bavington, from Rugby, died after suffering serious head injuries outside Moo Bar on Russell Street at about 01:00 on Sunday.  

Robert Bavington
Family handout

Vijay Masih, 30, from Brook Road in Willenhall, was released on bail by Leamington Magistrates Court and is due to appear at Warwick Crown Court on 13 May.

Latest: No market rent reductions; cashless parking; The Enemy announce more gigs

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are the stories we're looking at this lunchtime:

- Market traders concerned about a fall in business won't see their rents reduced 

- Cashless parking is introduced in Warwickshire 

- The Enemy announce two further farewell gigs  

Deputy fire chief hangs up his boots

Warwickshire's deputy chief fire officer is standing down at the end of a 30-year career.  

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Sun shining for match

The sun is shining at Southampton as Warwickshire chase victory on the final day of their Specsavers County Cchampionship match against Hampshire.

You can listen to live commentary on the game.

Cricket ground

Coventry bids to become 'city of rugby'

A campaign is underway to make Coventry the "city of rugby". 

The aim is to establish it as one of the world's biggest rugby cities by 2023, in time to mark the sport's 200th anniversary.

The city is already home to Wasps and Coventry Rugby Club. 

Rugby ball

It's really about embracing the core values of the sport, so teamwork, respect, integrity, enjoyment - all good life values for young people."

Tom CliftProgramme Manager of the educational rugby initiative Engage.

Pioneering cancer aftercare

A pioneering study taking place in Coventry and Warwickshire could change the way survivors of cancer are supported after they've finished their treatment.

The University of Warwick is running trials at hospitals across the region  - it says many patients complain they are not offered help with everyday needs once their medical treatment comes to an end.

We can actually do something to prevent all the anxiety and depression and the fear of recurrence if that's what's worrying the patient - we can try to do something to prevent [that] with the rehabilitation programme."

Dr Annie YoungWarwick Medical School

The Queen and me: Share your stories

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

She's been on the throne for the past 64 years. 

With her 90th birthday approaching, a number of events are being held to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's birthday on April 21. 

As part of our coverage, we'd like to hear your stories and see pictures of when you met the Queen. Please email

The Enemy announce final two gigs

Coventry band, The Enemy, announce two of their final gigs will be at The Empire in their home city.   

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Traders rent reduction plea falls on deaf ears

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council says it won't be changing market rents after traders complained falling takings are putting their livelihoods at risk. 

Some say footfall has dropped by 25 to 50% in the last eight years, and they need more support from the borough council.

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Travel: Congestion clears in Coventry

Earlier congestion on the A444 has cleared. 

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Latest: Cancer survivors could benefit from pioneering aftercare; market traders want rent reduction

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are the stories we are looking at this morning:

- A pioneering study led by the University of Warwick could change support for cancer survivors 

- Council says it won't change market rents after traders complained about a fall in takings 

- Coventry band, The Enemy, will play their last gig in the city in September 

West Midlands Police seized 559 'dangerous dogs' over three years

BBC News England

Almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years - including 559 in the West Midlands - the BBC has found.

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

Breeds banned under the 1991 act include pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas and Argentine mastiffs.

This woman described how she was attacked:

Chart showing numbers of dangerous dogs seized

Government bid to trace family of Warwickshire bomber crew member

The Ministry of Defence say they're trying to trace relatives of a Warwickshire serviceman so they'll be able to attend a burial service in Berlin on 27 April.

Pilot Officer William Proffitt White was part of a seven-man crew on Halifax LK709, which failed to return home from a bombing raid on Berlin on 28 January 1944.

Halifax bomber
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Mr White was the son of Tom W P White and Mary Elizabeth Reading and was born in Shotteswell, Warwickshire. 

His brother, Lionel Tom White, was also killed while serving as a trooper in the Royal Armoured Corps.

Travel: Traffic slow near the Ricoh Arena

There are delays on the A444 northbound - drivers are being advised to avoid the area. More from BBC Travel.

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Bell century puts Bears in ascendancy

BBC Sport

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell hits his first ton since June 2015 against Hampshire to give England's selectors a nudge.

Ian Bell
Getty Images