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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
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Coventry Airport Canberra to be restored

Here's more on our earlier story:

The Canberra WK 163 first entered service in 1951 and broke the world altitude record in 1957 by flying at 70,308 ft - more than 13 miles above ground level.

In 1959 the plane was transferred to the Royal Radar Establishment and was used in developing infra-red line-scan technology to identify camouflaged ground targets.

It last flew in 2007 and most recently has been on display at Coventry Airport.


Watch: Police crack down on foreign criminals

Police officers from across Europe are in the West Midlands as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals.

Operation Trivium involves teams from the Netherlands, Romania and Lithuania working alongside officers from regional forces to help track people with criminal records. 

'I knew I had no car insurance'

Norovirus hits south Warwickshire hospital

The minor injuries unit and a ward at Ellen Badger hospital in Shipston-on-Stour is closed to visitors due to suspected norovirus, the NHS trust says. 

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One shop targeted three times by Coventry gang

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Coventry gang, jailed for robbing 13 shops over five months, targeted the One Stop in Caesar Road in Kenilworth three times, making off with £6,000 worth of stock.

CCTV of robberies
West Midlands Police

Gang members Anthony Collier, Darren Irwin and Thomas Rawbone were jailed for a combined total of more than 40 years after admitting conspiracy to rob.

A One Stop spokesman estimated the company lost £38,000 from the seven robberies at its shops and that 14 staff members were directly affected.  

These were terrifying offences for the shop staff – one of whom was on duty during all three robberies at Kenilworth’s One Stop – as they were threatened by men brandishing weapons.

DC Bevis JohnsonWest Midlands Police

Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Patchy rain and hill fog clearing slowly overnight leaving a dry end to the night.

Staying mild and breezy with lows of 12C (54F).

Latest headlines: Four jailed over shop robberies; Canberra bomber revealed as restoration project

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Coventry gang jailed for robbing 13 shops in five months

- English Electric Canberra, currently housed at Coventry airport, revealed as restoration project

- Coventry man denies child neglect

Coventry man denies child neglect

A Coventry man has appeared in court charged with neglecting a child.

Leeroy Bailey, 35, from the Foleshill area of the city, was granted conditional bail after a hearing at Coventry Magistrates' Court.

Leeroy Bailey

He denies a charge of neglecting a child "in a manner likely to cause suffering or injury to health" in February this year.    

He will attend Warwick Crown Court on 17 June for a trial preparation hearing.

Student flats plan for old Coventry hospital given the green light

 An historic hospital that has stood empty for ten years is set to be turned into luxury student accommodation after planning permission was approved.  

Artist impression of student accommodation
Coventry Telegraph

T20 Blast set for biggest year yet

BBC Sport

The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way on Friday.

Chris Gayle (left), Shahid Afridi (middle), Brendon McCullum (right)
Rex Features/Getty Images

Following England's run to the World Twenty20 final in India, ticket sales for this year's tournament are up by a third on 2015.  

Travel: London Midland delays

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 15 minutes on London Midland between Birmingham New Street and Redditch due to earlier overhead line problems between Longbridge and Redditch.

More details on BBC Travel.

Watch: Health benefits of gardening to be showcased at Chelsea

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Scientists from Coventry University are taking their research into the health benefits of gardening to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Coventry University scientists head for the Chelsea Flower Show

Council to debate EU referendum

Coventry city councillors are to hold a special meeting to debate whether Britain should vote to leave or remain in the EU in the Referendum taking place on 23 June.     

It will happen in a special meeting on 26 May.

Union flag and EU flag

RAF's 'celebrity' Canberra bomber revealed as restoration project

A record-breaking jet from Britain's golden age of flight will be the next restoration project from the team who put a Vulcan bomber back in the air.

Canberra WK163

Guests at Coventry Airport have been hearing about the project to refit an English Electric Canberra - WK163 - described as a "celebrity" of Britain's post-war jet engine age.

Members of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, behind the project, say it will need public fundraising but the plan is to have the plane back in the air by 2018, the RAF's centenary year.

The jet once held the record for the highest flight.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells this afternoon before cloud moves in, bringing outbreaks of rain by this evening.

Highs of 17C (63F).

Watch: New Lord Mayor for Coventry sworn in

Councillor Lindsley Harvard has been sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Coventry in a ceremony at the city's cathedral. 

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Watch: Bottom actor's donkey inspiration

An amateur actor who landed a dream role with the Royal Shakespeare Company prepared for the part with a visit to a donkey sanctuary in Sutton Park, Birmingham.

Chris Clarke, from The Nonentities theatre group in Kidderminster, played Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RSC, in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Best Bottoms in the Land will be shown on 20 May, at 19:30 on BBC One. 

Universities join in combined authority collaboration

Coventry University's linking up with two others in the West Midlands to provide the new combined authority with research and training skills. 

The West Midlands Combined Universities initiative covers the same geographical area as the West Midlands Combined Authority and includes Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Universities.

West Midlands Combined University
Coventry University

Health, advanced manufacturing and associated supply chains are just a few of the sectors which will benefit from our institutions’ collective drive to educate more local young people, upskill more local workforces and engage more deeply with local employers to support innovation and meet their specialist training needs

Prof John LathamVice Chancellor Coventry University

'Mystery' jet to be restored to flight

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The team who put a Vulcan bomber back in the air are to take on another project, restoring a second classic heritage aircraft to flying status.

Members of The Vulcan To The Sky Trust will unveil details of the project in Coventry later on today.

Latest news: Coventry robbery gang jailed; councillors and Lord Mayor sworn in

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of our main stories today are:

- Coventry gang, which robbed 13 shops in five months, jailed

- City councillors and Lord Mayor sworn in at cathedral ceremonly

- Universities join in combined authority collaboration

Police release CCTV after assault at Leamington FC match

Fans who may have witnessed an assault at a Redditch United v Leamington FC match are being urged to come forward by police.

They've released CCTV footage of the crowd in connection with reports of a Leamington fan being punched in the face and pushed over at the match on 27 April. 

Crowd at football match
West Mercia Police

This leaked email reveals council bid to block Coventry City FC Butts groundshare

Coventry Observer

The leaked Coventry City Council email exclusively published below blows the lid on council attempts to block a Sky Blues move from the Wasps-owned Ricoh Arena to Cov rugby club’s Butts Park Arena.  

Front page
Coventry Observer

'Cannibalised' dead star discovered by astronomers

Astronomers, including some from the University of Warwick, have detected a dead star that has been "cannibalised" by the white dwarf star it orbits. 

The international team made the discovery by observing a very faint binary system, J1433, which is located 730 light-years away.  

Cannibalised star

Most brown dwarfs are "failed stars", objects that were born with too little mass to shine brightly.

However, the study found the brown dwarf in this system was born as a full-fledged star, but has been stripped to its current mass by billions of years of stellar cannibalism.

Latest headlines: Coventry gang jailed; city councillors sworn in

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of the headlining stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Robbers who held up shops armed with swords are jailed

- Coventry city councillors sworn-in at cathedral ceremony

- Coventry University joins combined authority collaboration

Robbers who held up shops armed with swords are jailed

Three robbers who held up 13 shops over five months armed with swords, hammers and crowbars have been jailed, West Midlands Police says.

Coventry gang members Anthony Collier, Darren Irwin and Thomas Rawbone (pictured left to right) struck at convenience stores across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, stealing tens of thousands of pounds in cash and cigarettes.

Anthony Collier, Darren Irwin and Thomas Rawbone
West Midlands Police

Among their targets was a shop in Kenilworth which they robbed three times.

All three men admitted conspiracy to rob. Collier, aged 31 – who admitted being part of a three-strong gang that robbed Hatton Country World in July 2014 – was jailed for a total of 18 years, while Rawbone, 26, and 34-year-old Irwin were both handed prison terms of 11-and-a-half years. 

Possible Coventry City ground share with rugby club shows 'lack of ambition', say supporters

The chair of Coventry's City's supporters' group says he's concerned that a potential move to the Butts Park Arena shows a "lack of ambition" for the club.

Butts Park Arena

The club has confirmed it has held talks with the city's rugby club over a potential ground-sharing deal.

The rugby club say the Butts could be redesigned to hold between 15,000 and 25,000 but Steve Brown, Chair of the Sky Blue Trust, says this is "nowhere near big enough if we went into the Championship".

Catch up with Jimmy Hill documentary

If you missed it last night, you can watch Jimmy Hill: A Man for All Seasons on the BBC iPlayer here.

Screenshot from BBC iPlayer

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A dry and bright morning with some sunny spells and top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Latest news: Universities join in combined authority initiative; cautious response from fans over Sky Blues ground-share

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Coventry University joins two others in combined authority collaboration

- Sky Blue Trust says ground-share plans show 'lack of ambition'

- University of Warwick astronomers discover 'cannibalised' dead star

Travel: Vehicle blocking M40 exit

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the exit slip road of the M40 southbound at J15, A46 (Longbridge island), becuase of a broken-down vehicle.

More details on BBC Travel.

County Championship: Bears win despite Patel's 68-ball ton

BBC Sport

Samit Patel's brilliant 68-ball century was not enough to save Nottinghamshire from a 53-run defeat by Warwickshire.

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Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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