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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

We'll be back with your news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Leamington brothel ‘manager’ in court

Leamington Observer

A woman has appeared in court following police raids on a number of brothels, including premises in Leamington.  

Three injured in Fosse Way crash

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after a crash on Fosse Way yesterday.

Three people were injured in the collision at the junction of Windmill Hill Lane at Chesterton just after 13:30.

Paramedics found two bikes had been severely damaged, along with two cars. 

Officers crack down on foreign criminals

Police officers across Europe are working with the West Midlands force in a crackdown on criminals from overseas. 

It's the sixth Operation Trivium. The last time it was run, in November, 97 foreign nationals were arrested.

European Arrest Warrants will also be executed against criminals from mainland Europe thought to be on the run in the UK.

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Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A largely dry and chilly night with some clear spells and patchy grass frost in rural areas with lows of 7C (45F).

Luisa Mendes inquest begins

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

An inquest has begun into the death of a 44-year-old woman at a home in Leamington in 2012. 

Three Warwickshire police staff received final written warnings following Luisa Mendes' death at the property in Briar Close. 

An Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry found control room operators did not dispatch an officer until 24 hours after receiving a 999 call.

The inquest, being heard at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington, is expected to take three weeks.

Latest news headlines: Future of city's heritage centre; crackdown on foreign criminals

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories in the newsroom today:

- Concerns raised over future of Priory Visitor's Centre

- Inquest into the death of Luisa Mendes starts

- Crackdown on foreign criminals

Travel: M1 northbound

BBC Travel

A broken-down lorry has closed one lane of the M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange).

More details on BBC Travel

Watch: Shakespeare meets Eurovision

In the 400th year since his death, the BBC and Austrian broadcaster ORF, with the support of the European Broadcasting Union, have decided to commission a New Shakespeare Songbook, offering today’s composers and musicians across Europe the chance to give a fresh spin to timeless texts.  

Here Oxmo Puccino, the leader of a French rap movement, performs Sonnet 91.

Wasps' Bradley Davies to return to Wales

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have confirmed international second row Bradley Davies will return to Wales next season to take up a national dual contract with the WRU and Ospreys.

Bradley Davies
Getty Images

The club is releasing the 29-year-old lock, who's already won 54 caps for Wales, a year early from his contract.

Forces join in operation to safeguard children

Warwickshire and West Midlands Police are teaming up with two other forces to target online paedophiles. 

Alongside the Staffordshire and West Mercia Forces they're running Operation Safenet which, it says, has protected more than 200 children in the region since its launch.

They use the offender's digital footprint to catch those sharing images of abuse online.

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Crews tackle Lighthorne Heath house fire

Firefighters have been dealing with a blaze at a house in Lighthorne Heath near Gaydon. 

Three crews are at the scene of the fire which started just after midday on the ground floor of a two-storey terraced property on Edge Hill Road. 

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Dai Young shortlisted for Premiership award

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young has been shortlisted for the Premiership Director of Rugby of the Season award.

He joins Rob Baxter from Exeter Chiefs, Steve Diamond from Sale Sharks and Mark McCall from Saracens on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 18 May at the Premiership Rugby Awards.

Dai Young
Getty Images

Your weather pictures: Alpacas enjoying the sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

There were some lovely pictures posted by BBC Weather Watchers over the weekend.

Saxianni says she stopped to take this view of Henley-in-Arden and a group of Alpacas "muscled in".

Alpacas
BBC

Concerns over city heritage centre

There's concern that the historical significance of the Priory Visitor Centre in Coventry could be sidelined in future. 

The attraction was shut earlier this year by the city council which is now inviting applications from community groups who want to take it over.

But Paul Maddocks, chair of the Far Gosford Area community group, says he's worried applicants aren't being asked how they'd promote the Priory's history.

Priory Visitor Centre
BBC

It's more being sold as a building or a place for the community to use, not really going back to its original use as a Priory visitor's centre.

Paul Maddox

Mullaney looking good

Warwickshire 373 v Nottinghamshire 101-1 - lunch

Dave Bracegirdle

BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

"Nottinghamshire made steady progress at the start of their first innings on the second morning of their match against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.

"With Steven Mullaney continuing his fine early season form, the hosts reached lunch on 101-1, still 272 runs behind Warwickshire’s 373 all out.

"Mullaney pulled Chris Woakes for a six as he advanced to 35 not out at the interval, with Michael Lumb also looking in good touch, with an unbeaten 39 to his name."

Ettington dog comes to the rescue of Marlo the cat

Westly, a dog from Ettington, is being hailed a hero for alerting her owners to the whereabouts of a trapped cat.

Marlo the cat became stuck between the joining of two large fence panels underneath the ground at an address in Manor Lane.

Firefighters, Marlo the cat and Westly the dog
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters managed to gently free the distressed animal by carefully removing the panels.

New leader cancels combined authority meeting

This week's extraordinary meeting of Coventry council, to discuss the chief executive's role with the West Midlands Combined Authority, has been cancelled.

Incoming Labour leader George Duggins (pictured) says he's agreed with opposition leader John Blundell that the meeting would not be an "effective use of public money".

George Duggins
Coventry City Council

The meeting was agreed by previous leader, Anne Lucas (Labour), after it was revealed the chief executive's work with the combined authority was taking an estimated two to three working days per week.

Mr Duggins says he's requested a review of all officers' time spent on the authority and this information will be made available on request to councillors "through the scrutiny process".

Latest headlines: Meeting over council boss' dual duties cancelled; bishop writes to EDL

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of the stories making the headlines in the Coventry newsroom are:

- New council leader cancels meeting over chief executive's role with combined authority

- Bishop of Coventry writes open letter to the English Defence League

- Plans for a Nepalese and Gurhka temple in Nuneaton

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Warwickshire 373 v Nottinghamshire 47-1

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

"Warwickshire will be relieved to have made the breakthrough at Trent Bridge.  A smart catch at second slip by Rikki Clarke seeing off Greg Smith for 26. Smith had earlier been dropped on 10 by Jonathan Trott at fourth slip off Chris Woakes." 

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Sunny spells across the region this afternoon where the cloud thins and breaks with highs of 16C (61F).

Sir Frank Whittle's son toasts 75th anniversary of first jet flight

The first flight of a British jet has been celebrated on its 75th anniversary by the son of Coventry-born Sir Frank Whittle, the man who designed its engine.  

Gloster E28/39's engine
Jet Age Museum

Ian Whittle said the flight of the Gloster E28 came after years of little progress.

The jet took off from RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire for a 17-minute flight on May 15, 1941.

Celebrations also took place at the Midland Air Museum in Baginton which houses the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre.

Day Two of Warwickshire's match at Trent Bridge

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

It's cloudy but dry as the second day at Trent Bridge gets underway.  

Warwickshire resume on 372 for 9 after yesterday's spectacular recovery led by acting captain Chris Woakes and Keith Barker who both scored centuries.

When it comes to their turn in the field, Warwickshire's bowlers will hope to get as much life out of the new ball as Notts did yesterday morning. 

Trent Bridge
BBC

Centuries for Bears' Woakes and Barker in County Championship

Stand-in skipper Chris Woakes and Keith Barker rescued Warwickshire from potential disaster, both scoring centuries against Nottinghamshire in their County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

They came together with the Bears on 60 for 5 but saw them to 372 for 9 at the close.  

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'Not in our name': Bishop joins city leaders in writing open letter to EDL

The Bishop of Coventry's written an open letter to the English Defence League ahead of a planned demonstration in the city next weekend. 

Bishop of Coventry
BBC

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth says the march is "not in our name". 

The letter has been signed by more than 150 other local leaders. 

The EDL is planning an event somewhere in the city centre on Saturday.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine and feeling pleasant with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

Latest news: City leaders write to EDL; concern over future of Coventry heritage centre

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Bishop of Coventry joins city leaders in writing to the English Defence League

- Concern over future of Priory Visitor Centre in Coventry 

- Long delays after van overturns on M42

Kurtley Beale: Wasps signing to miss start of next season

BBC Sport

New Wasps signing Kurtley Beale will miss the start of next season but his knee injury is not expected to keep him out for as long as first feared

It had been thought the back would miss up to a year after he was injured playing for New South Wales Waratahs.

Kurtley Beale
AFP

A scan has revealed he has torn his patellar tendon clean off his kneecap, and will now be out for "four to six months", the Waratahs said. 

The versatile 27-year-old Australian will have an operation on Monday.

Travel: All lanes have re-opened on M42

Travel: Recovery under way on M42

BBC Travel

Highways England is warning drivers heading for the M40 from the north to consider using the M6 and M42 southbound due to long delays on the M42 northbound after a van overturned.

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Travel: M69 vehicle fire

BBC Travel

M69 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound at M6 J2 because of a vehicle fire.

More details on BBC Travel

Travel: M42 overturned vehicle

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J3a M40 because of an overturned vehicle.

BBC Travel is reporting travel time to be around 40 minutes, with congestion to M5 J4a.

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Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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