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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Monday

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now finished.

We'll be back with you on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, travel and weather.

Season starts here - Bears boss Brown

BBC Sport

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown says that it is time the 2016 County Championship season "got going" after such a rain-affected start.

The combination of inclement weather and improved pitches has led to a proliferation of draws.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown
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Of the 13 matches played in Division One so far, only two have ended in a positive outcome - and Brown's Bears have drawn all their games.

"There's been some bad weather and some pretty benign pitches," he said.

"The Championship season hasn't properly got going yet. You could say the season starts here."

West Midlands PCC restates pledge to more than double new recruits

In his speech upon re-election, the returning West Midlands PCC David Jamieson said: "I have pledged in this election that we will increase the number of officers from 450 to 1,000 officers being recruited."

West Midlands PCC ballot: 28,000 spoilt papers

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter

After the first count it was revealed there were more than 28,000 spoiled ballot papers in this year's police and crime commissioner election.

That's quite a staggering amount - particularly when you compare it to 2014. The total amount of spoiled papers was only around 3,500 then, and even though you have to take into account the fact that turnout is around three times better, that's still a huge rise.

Of course, we don't know the details of how these ballots were spoiled, but the speculation here at the ICC in Birmingham is that there's likely to be a deliberate protest element to it. 

There also may have been confusion about first and second preference votes, with people possibly not realising that voting for the same person twice on your ballot paper means neither will count.

Norovirus closes wards in Warwick

Two wards at Warwick hospital are closed to visitors after 16 patients suffered the effects of Norovirus, says the South Warwickshire health trust.

Farries ward is expected to re-open later today or early tomorrow, whilst Nicholas ward will be closed until at least Sunday.

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Travel: M40 northbound

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M40 northbound at the link road to M42 J3a South carriageway because of an accident. 

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Premiership: Wasps v London Irish

BBC Sport

Wasps wind up their Premiership season at home to relegated London Irish still looking to finish second in the table.  

Frank Halai
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But to secure a home semi-final against Exeter they have to beat Irish, while hoping the Chiefs lose at Harlequins.

Wasps have the departing Ruaridh Jackson at stand-off, while Josh Bassett comes in on the wing for Frank Halai.

Labour retains West Midlands PCC role

David Jamieson has been re-elected as West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner with a total of 306,578 votes after first and second preference stages.

The Conservative candidate, Les Jones, got a total of 176,922.

David Jamieson
West Mids PCC

BreakingBreaking: Labour's David Jamieson re-elected as West Midlands PCC

Labour candidate David Jamieson has retained his position as Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.

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Philip Seccombe elected as Warwickshire PCC

The local businessman, married to Warwickshire County Council leader, polled a total of 43,208 votes in the first and second-preference counts.

Labour's Julie Jackson got 35,108.

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BreakingBreaking: Conservative candidate wins Warwickshire PCC election

The Conservative candidate, Philip Seccombe, has been elected as Warwickshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner.

In a second round of votes, he beat Labour's Julie Jackson.

Philip Secombe
Philip Secombe

Coventry Telegraph's Nuneaton edition 'unaffected' by change to sister title

We told you earlier that the Nuneaton News was to change from a daily to a weekly paper, with the loss of four editorial jobs. Here's more:

Its owners, Trinity Mirror, confirms the Nuneaton edition of the Coventry Telegraph will remain a daily newspaper.

Nuneaton News offices
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Trinity Mirror bought out rival publisher Local World in October, acquiring a further 83 titles including the Nuneaton News.

A spokesman for the group said the Telegraph would be complemented by the "bolstered" weekly newspaper.

Count over in Birmingham for West Midlands PCC

Free Radio sold by Midlands media company

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Midlands radio group which runs Free Radio in Coventry has sold its stations, it has been announced today.

Orion Media, which replaced Coventry-based Mercia with Free Radio, has sold to Bauer Media which runs a number of radio stations, including Absolute Radio and Key 103 in Manchester.

Free Radio website
@Free Radio

The company says: "The move will offer value and opportunities to Orion Media's customers and listeners alike as the company builds for the future".  

Weather warning for rain issued

BBC Weather

A yellow warning of rain has been issued by the Met Office for Saturday afternoon and evening.

They say whilst the majority of Coventry and Warwickshire will see a very warm and dry day, there is a very low likelihood of isolated intense thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. 

Weather Warning map
Met Office

Why the long face? - horse gets stuck over gate

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Talk about silly mares and horsing around - fire crews had to use hydraulic cutting gear to free this animal after it became stuck over a gate in a field in Long Lawford, Rugby.

The horse was released uninjured back into the field. 

Horse stuck over a gate
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
This Neigh-sayer was having a right mare

Latest: PCC election second round counts; Nuneaton's daily paper becomes a weekly

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Second stage counts are continuing for the election of West Midlands and Warwickshire police and crime commissioners

- Nuneaton News moves to a weekly publication with the closure of the town's office

- Free Radio sold by Midlands media company

Travel: M42 re-opens

BBC Travel

West Midlands PCC ballot: Labour and Conservative candidates in second stage count

None of the West Midlands police and crime commissioner candidates received 50% of the vote in the first stage.

A second stage count will now take place with either Labour's David Jamieson or Conservative Les Jones set to be named the new PCC.

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Warwickshire PCC ballot: Labour and Conservative candidates in second stage count

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

With the first-count votes in for Warwickshire, Labour's Julie Jackson and Conservative Philip Seccombe will now move to a second preference round.

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Warwickshire PCC: Rugby results

First preference results from Rugby give Philip Seccombe another win, gaining 7,519 votes, with Labour's Julie Jackson on 5,625 and UKIP's Rob Harris in third place on 3,210.

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West Midlands PCC ballot: Second preference count in Coventry

Coventry Council's chief executive tweets to say they've moved on to second preference counts for the West Midlands police and crime commissioner.

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Travel: M42 accident

BBC Travel

A third lane of the M42 has been closed northbound around J7 M6 in order to recover vehicles after an earlier accident.

Highways England says delays are back to J4 now.

West Midlands PCC ballot: turnout figures

Here's more on the West Midlands PCC election: The turnout is 30%, according to Birmingham City Council.

Stay with us for the results as they come in.

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West Midlands PCC ballot: latest

We told you earlier that David Jamieson (Labour), the current PCC for the West Midlands, had the most first-preference votes in Coventry.

He's done the same in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sandwell, but Conservative candidate Les Jones polled the most first stage votes in Solihull.

Warwickshire PCC ballot: Nuneaton and Bedworth

Labour's Julie Jackson took the majority vote in Nuneaton and Bedworth's first preference round for Warwickshire PCC, with 11,522 votes.

Conservative Philip Seccombe came in second with 8,007. UKIP's Rob Harris had 5,204 votes. 

Independent David Whitehouse got 1,722, Nicola Davies for the Lib Dems got 1,161 and Ben Twomey, independent, got 1,387.

Warwickshire PCC election: First stage results

With three first-preference counts for Warwickshire PCC declared, the front-runner is currently Conservative candidate Philip Seccombe.

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Second preference comes into play in PCC election results

PCC ballot: Coventry result

The first stage result for Coventry has come in for the West Midlands police and crime commissioner ballot.

Current commissioner David Jamieson, Labour, received, 31,578 votes, with Les Jones, Conservative, receiving 14,151 votes. 

Coventry West Midlands PCC ballot result
Birmingham City Council

Wasps' team to play London Irish on Saturday

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have named their side to face London Irish at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday.

Ruaridh Jackson and Joe Simpson form the half-back pairing, while Josh Bassett comes in on the wing for Frank Halai.  

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Travel: Rail delays on Chiltern

BBC Travel

Delays of up to 30 minutes on Chiltern Railway between Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street due to signalling problems.

Tickets are being accepted on other services. 

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Warwickshire PCC election: Turnout figures

The turnout for Warwickshire's police and crime commissioner election was 26.98%, with the lowest registered in North Warwickshire at 18.26% and the highest in Rugby at 34.7%.

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EU regulations could stifle group's rifles

A World War One re-enactment society says there's confusion as to whether it can take deactivated weapons to France for the 100th anniversary of the Somme later this year.

Warwicks 14-18
BBC

Ratification of new EU regulations, designed to stop firearms being moved across borders, is pending. Among the rules are stricter specifications on deactivated, replica and blank-firing guns.

Chair of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 - 1918 living history group, Sean Featherstone, says members are unclear as to whether their rifles will be confiscated if they travel with them and are seeking clarification from the Home Office.

Counting under way in PCC elections

We'll be bringing you the result of the West Midlands and Warwickshire police and crime commissioner elections as soon as they're in.   

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Control of Rugby decided by mayor

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

In Rugby the council was left with no overall control, but the Conservatives did gain a seat, and with the casting vote of the Conservative mayor, the group will run the authority.

There was also a gain for the Lib Dems from Labour, but council leader Michael Stokes dismissed this as being "over a single planning issue".

Local Conservative MP, Mark Pawsey, said he was "delighted" at the result. 

Ballot boxes
BBC

Nuneaton News to become weekly paper

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Staff at the Nuneaton News have been told it's to become a weekly paper instead of a daily, with the loss of four editorial jobs. 

The office in Nuneaton will close and the plans are to publish the paper out of Trinity Mirror's Tamworth office. 

NUJ official Chris Morley says the "dedicated team" that produces the paper is "heartbroken".

The team that has been there serving the town will be broken up and that will be a real shame and that's something I'm going to consult with my members about. I'm going to meet them on Monday and we'll consider our next steps from there.

Chris MorleyNUJ Northern and Midlands organiser