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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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We'll be back with you tomorrow morning from 08:00.

Stratford boosted by Shakespeare celebrations

Joan Cummins

Midlands Today reporter

Tens of thousands of people from around the world descended on Stratford Upon Avon this weekend - to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. 

It's provided a welcome boost to the town's economy. 

Miscarriage: "It can be a very lonely place"

A woman who has had five miscarriages has welcomed plans to open the UK's first national research centre dedicated to understanding why it happens.  

Speaking ahead of the launch, Clare Summan, 35, from the Black Country, says of the experience: "It can be a very lonely place".

The new centre is funded by Tommy's baby charity, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, University of Warwick and Imperial College London.

Coping with a miscarriage: "It can be a very lonely place"

Latest: Body found in search for missing student and miscarriage centre opens

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of some of our main stories today:

- Police believe body found in undergrowth to be that of missing student Ozi Akerele

- Miscarriage centre opens in Coventry as part of Tommy's charity

- Government orders extension to Woodlands Academy consultation

Trading standards prosecute owner over 'no lamb' curry

The owner of a Nuneaton restaurant has been found guilty of selling a "lamb curry" that was 100% beef, Warwickshire County Council says.   

Rajdhani Restaurant

Mohammed Islam, 33, who owns the Rajdhani Restaurant in Camborne Drive, was ordered to pay £1,785.15 in fines and costs after being found guilty of food safety offences at Nuneaton Magistrates on 19 April. 

Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “There are a range of foods that consumers will typically pay a premium to buy, including lamb. It’s simply not acceptable for traders to substitute cheaper beef for more expensive lamb.” 

Body of Ozi Akerele not yet formally identified

The body police believe to be that of missing student Ozi Akerele was found in undergrowth off Albert Fearn Gardens in Foleshill, Coventry, by a member of the public.  

A post mortem carried out on Friday was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out to establish the cause of death, although detectives do not believe it to be suspicious.

Ozi Akerele
West Midlands Police

Warning after scam calls in Rugby

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

There's a warning to people in Rugby after locals were contacted by scammers pretending to be police officers and claiming that their bank cards had been used fraudulently. 

The con-men tried to get bank details from their victims but failed; both called the real police instead.

Watch: Councils say academies plan may not raise standards

Branwen Jeffreys

Education Editor

A group of local authorities including Warwickshire have warned that a government plan to make all schools in England academies could fail to raise standards.

The County Councils Network, which represents 37 largely Conservative local authorities, also says it could prove poor value for money.

County Championships: Bears pick up key wickets

BBC Sport

It's day two of the County Championship match between Warwickshire and Yorkshire. The Bears have picked up the key wickets of Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning leaving the reigning champions six wickets down.

A few minutes ago Yorkshire were 252-6.

Follow the action.

Family on hunt for author of mystery note to 'future people'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A Coventry family is looking to track down the author of a note hidden for decades under the floorboards of a property in Pangfield Park, in the Allesley area of the city.

Six-year-old Teddy Kendrick found the note in his bedroom and is keen to track down its author "Eliot", then 12, who also left "future people" a magnet as a gift.

Emma Kendrick

Current owner of the property, Emma Kendrick, says she's lived at the address for 13 years, and has also checked with the previous residents but hasn't had any luck tracking him down so far.

If you can help solve the mystery of Eliot's note, you can email us here at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

Nuneaton couple backs MPs' meningitis debate

A couple from Nuneaton who lost their daughter to meningitis has welcomed a debate by MPs on whether the meningitis B vaccine should be given to all children. 

At the moment it's only given to newborn babies. 

Georgie Hall
Matt Hall

The debate has been triggered after an e-petition reached more than 820,000 names. 

Matt and Paula Hall lost their 23-month-old daughter Georgie to the illness last year and have been campaigning ever since.

Watch: All the world's a stage... Even Coventry's Broadgate

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Hundreds turned out to watch our special performance of Romeo & Juliet in Coventry's Broadgate on Friday.

You can re-live it here:

Shakespeare charity boosted by anniversary celebrations

The charity running Shakepeare's birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon is celebrating after takings trebled on Saturday thanks to the anniversary events. 

Thousands of people descended on the tourist attraction to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death. 

Chloe Maledewicz, Birthplace manager, says it's been a great weekend.

University eighth best in the UK

The University of Warwick is once again in the top 10 in the UK, and the leading university in the West Midlands, according to the latest UK University league tables. 

University of Warwick logo
University of Warwick

The Complete University Guide puts Warwick eighth overall, maintaining its record of having never been outside the UK's top ten universities.

Goverment orders extension to academy consultation

The Department of Education has ordered a consultation into the future of Coventry's Woodlands Academy should be extended. 

A letter from the headteacher and chair of governors was posted on the school's website saying the consultation period will now end of Friday 13 May.

Plans are being put forward to close the boys school and re-open nearby Tile Hill Wood girls school as a co-educational academy. 

Save Woodlands Academy banner

Miscarriage centre opens

A national project to tackle miscarriages launches today. It's going to take place across sites in Birmingham, Coventry and London.  

Welcoming the move, Clare Summan, 35, has been speaking of her experience. She suffered five miscarriages over nine years but now she has three children. 

She says it's not possible to understand the pain of losing a baby, unless it's happened to you. 

Covers still on at Edgbaston

No play so far today at Edgbaston as Warwickshire take on Yorkshire.

Lunch has been taken early at 12:30 to be followed by an inspection.


Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers turning heavy and wintry this afternoon as cold air floods down from the arctic.

Feeling a lot cooler than of late with top temperatures of 10C (50F).

BHS: Timeline of a store's decline

British Home Stores will go into administration today, putting 11,000 jobs at risk.

The firm has stores in Coventry, Stratford and Nuneaton.

Here's a bit about the firm's history from 1928 to the present day.  

BreakingBody found in search for missing Coventry student

A body found in a disused churchyard in the Foleshill area of Coventry on Thursday is thought to be that of missing Ozi Akerele, police say.

Ozi Akerele
West Midlands Police

The student, 24, was last seen at Iglu nightclub on Spon Street, Coventry, at 03:30 GMT on 31 January 2015.  

Latest: Academy consultation extended; Nuneaton couple welcomes meningitis debate

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Consultation into Woodlands Academy extended

- Nunetaon couple welcomes debate over meningitis vaccine

- Stratford charity benefits from Shakespeare celebrations

Travel: Broken down vehicle on M6

Police are warning of a broken down vehicle on the M6 northbound J1-2.

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The plot to oust Ann Lucas next week as Coventry council leader

Coventry Observer

Coventry City Council leader Ann Lucas is to face a leadership contest next week in which rebels in her own party are mobilising a co-ordinated campaign to oust her, we can exclusively reveal.  

Ann Lucas
Coventry Observer

Ballance and Leaning rescue Yorkshire

BBC Sport

 Half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescued Yorkshire on a rain interrupted first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.  

Warwickshire Cricket team
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Gary Ballance (left), Jack Leaning (right)

Ballance and Leaning rescue Yorkshire

Half centuries from Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning rescue Yorkshire on a rain-interrupted day against Warwickshire.

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Latest: Academy consultation extended; and University of Warwick tops regional league table

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Consultation into future of Woodlands Academy extended by government

- Guide names University of Warwick as best in the West Midlands and 8th in the UK

- Nuneaton couple, whose daughter died of meningitis, welcome debate over vaccine for older children

Travel: A38 accident

BBC Travel

The A38 in Grove End is closed southbound between Tamworth and Minworth Island because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cloudy start with a scattering of showers.

Some bright spells will develop through the day, but showers will gradually turn heavy later on, with top temperatures of 10C (50F).

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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