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  1. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016
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Lucky escape after microlight suffers heavy landing

Two men escaped serious injury after their microlight came down heavily as it landed at Long Marston yesterday.

The ambulance service said it was called to the airfield and found one man had suffered a wrist injury and both had minor cuts and bruising.

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Warwickshire drivers failing drugs swab test

Of 43 people tested at road traffic collisions in Warwickshire since the start of March, 16 people tested positive for drugs.

The county council is highlighting the numbers in a campaign aimed at 18-24 year-old male drivers.

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The figures show 12 people tested positive for cannabis, four for cocaine and two had both in their bloodstream.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any evening showers will ease off soon after dusk leaving a cool and clear night with lows of 8C (46F).

Family trying to 'come to terms' with mum's death in transporter crash

The family of Rachael Martin, killed when she was struck by a transporter in Stratford, is trying to "come to terms with their loss", police say.

Her five-year-old daughter is in a stable condition after suffering serious pelvic injuries in the collision. Her seven year-old daughter was unhurt.

Rachael Martin
Warwickshire Police

Gaming tech shows text-and-drive risk

Police are using gaming technology to simulate the hazards of driving while texting on a mobile phone. 

Central Motorway Police Group in the West Midlands has fitted a car with the equipment and is inviting motorists to see for themselves how dangerous it can be.  

Gaming tech shows risks of using phones behind the wheel

It marks the start of a nationwide police campaign to clamp down on the illegal use of phones behind the wheel. 

BBC reporter Joanne Writtle was among the first to try out the simulator.  

Latest news: Transporter crash victim named; Coventry man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Police name woman who was killed in a collision with a car transporter

- Coventry man questioned by police on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences

- Serious delays on M6 after coach fire closes carriageway

Coventry universities both rank in national 'top 15'

The University of Warwick has been ranked 9th overall in the UK in the Guardian newspaper's annual league table.  

Coventry University comes in at 15th and retains its position as the top-placed post-92 institution.

University of Warwick campus and Coventry University's building
University of Warwick / Coventry University

Watch: Dashcam shows lorry ploughing into cars

Police have released dashcam footage of the moment a lorry causes a six-vehicle crash in Stratford.

Driver Martin Gibson, 54 of Bathurst Road, Gloucester pleaded guilty to five counts of dangerous driving at Warwick Crown Court on Friday 20 May and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

He was in an articulated lorry on the A46 northbound in May last year when it crashed into a car, causing a multiple-vehicle collision. Drivers of the cars were left with "serious injuries", police say. 

Dashcam shows lorry ploughing into cars in Stratford

Coventry University garden set to open at Chelsea

Biomechanics experts from Coventry University are set to give guests at the Chelsea Flower Show a workout with a state-of-the-art showcase of how gardening can be healthy.  

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M6 coach fire: Passengers assessed at scene

The fire service says all passengers were able to get off the double decker coach on the M6 before the fire took hold.

They have two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a senior paramedic officer at the scene.

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Travel: Traffic released on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

Investigation into fly infestation

Here's more on our earlier story:

Rugby Borough Council says it's working with residents to try to identify the source of a mystery infestation of flies affecting a "very widespread" area.

Sean Lawson, head of environmental health, says officers have visited a number of commercial business and agricultural premises, "none of which have provided any sources for this number of flies" he said.

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M6 remains closed after coach fire

M6 coach fire

Police say there are no injuries in the coach fire that's closed the M6 northbound.

The carriageway remains closed.

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Travel: M6 vehicle fire

BBC Travel

A vehicle on fire is blocking the M6 northbound in Warwickshire between J3 for A444 and M6, J3a for Coleshill.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Teenager crashes down quarry embankment

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A teenage cyclist's being treated for head and shoulder injuries after crashing down an embankment near Nuneaton, says the ambulance service.

It happened at Judkins Quarry at Tuttle Hill just before 18:00 yesterday. 

A spokesperson said the 14-year-old fell, went into some rock and hit a tree.

Woman killed in transporter crash named

A woman who died in a collision with a car transporter in Stratford last week has been named by police as 29-year-old Rachael Martin from Elm Road in the town.

A five-year-old girl, who suffered serious pelvic injuries in the incident in Western Road on Friday, remains in a stable condition in Birmingham Children's Hospital.

A seven-year-old girl, who was walking with them both, was uninjured.

Scene of Stratford crash

Travel: Lane blocked on M42

BBC Travel

A broken-down vehicle is blocking one lane of the M42 southbound between J7, M6 and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport).

More details on BBC Travel.

Seven bidders in running as Tata deadline looms

Formal bids for Tata Steel's operations in the UK have to be submitted today

Up to seven offers are expected to be made for the firm which employs just under 800 people here in the West Midlands.

Tata steel works
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Tata put its British business up for sale in March. 

It's losing an average of £1m a day because of collapsing steel prices. The timetable for the sale is unclear.

Watch: Rise in non-league football violence investigated

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

You can listen to our investigation as part of the Sport at Six programme here

New council leader on Coventry City

Coventry Observer

Coventry City’s owners have accused the council of an ‘ongoing campaign to block the club’s development at every turn’ following our exclusive story that a council leaked email had proposed scuppering any move to Cov rugby’s Butts stadium.  

It came as the council’s new leader George Duggins insisted he will not put up ‘roadblocks’ to Coventry rugby football club’s desire to acquire the Butts Park Arena’s head lease for redevelopment, and potentially a groundshare with the Sky Blues.  

Cllr George Duggins
Coventry Observer

Increase in non-league football violence

David Deakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

An investigation into violence at non-league football matches has found there's been a 24% increase in fans being handed banning orders in the last season in England and Wales. 

A total of 204 were issued in 2014-15 compared to 164 in the previous season.

By comparison, 802 Premier League club fans were subjected to banning orders last season - a 5% decrease on the previous period. 

John Williams, a lecturer in football fan culture at Leicester University, says a lack of both CCTV and segregation at smaller clubs, along with "very little chance of getting caught", can make it attractive to "those who want to get involved in this kind of activity".

Latest news: Coventry man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences; call-up for Warwickshire's Woakes

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Police question Coventry man on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences

- Warwickshire's Chris Woakes called up for England test

- Infestation of flies investigated by borough council

'Mystery' infestation of flies plagues villages around Rugby

An infestation of flies has descended upon villages around Rugby, says the borough council.

They've had reports from residents of Brinklow, Bretford, Binley Woods and Stretton-under-Fosse who say the problem's been going on for about 12 weeks.

Faye Galpin, who lives in Brinklow, says her ten-month-old son is struggling to sleep because of "flies landing on him and constantly waking him up".  

Fly catcher

The council says it's investigated, but has so far been unable to identify the source of the insects.

BreakingCoventry man arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences

Three men, including one from Coventry, are being questioned by police on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

They say the 19-year-old was arrested last night.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on Friday 20 May at an address in Sheffield and another, aged 26, was arrested in Kent in the early hours of Thursday 19 May. Both continue to be questioned.

A fourth man, aged 32, arrested on Friday, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

England v Sri Lanka: Chris Woakes called up for second Test

BBC Sport

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been called up to the England squad for the second test against Sri Lanka.

He's been added to the side after Ben Stokes picked up an injury in the win in the first test.

Chris Woakes

Woakes will vie with pace bowler Jake Ball for a place in the final XI for Friday's match at Chester-le-Street.  

He'll leave at the close of play against Durham today in order to join up with the England squad tomorrow  with Warwickshire permitted to name a replacement.  

Four Wasps in England squad

Alec Blackman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Four Wasps players have been included in Eddie Jones' 32-man England squad to tour Australia next month.

James Haskell, Joe Launchbury, Matt Mullan and Elliot Daly all get the nod - along with hooker Tommy Taylor - who joins the club for the new season.

James Hasketll, Joe Launchbury, Matt Mullan and Elliot Daly
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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d'Or

The Nuneaton-born film maker Ken Loach has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival - for his anti-austerity film 'I, Daniel Blake'. 

Ken Loach

It was the 79-year-old's second Palm d'Or  for best picture at the festival after 2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley.  

Latest news: Increase in Non-League football violence; fly infestation in Rugby

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Investigation reveals a 24% increase in banning orders for non-league football fans

-  Rugby fly infestation investigated by borough council

- Police investigate swastika grafitti in Coventry

Search on for family members of Whitnash war veteran

Leamington Observer

Whitnash Town Council is keen to hear from family of Private William Franklin Biddle, of the 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, 5th Brigade, 2nd British Infantry Division, who was killed in action in November 1914, aged 30.  

Whitnash War Memorial
Leamington Observer

Umeed hits ton on Warwickshire debut

BBC Sport

Warwickshire youngster Andy Umeed made a maiden century on his Championship debut against Durham at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire and Scotland batsman Andy Umeed
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The 20-year-old Glaswegian hit 101 as the Bears reached 273-8 on a day reduced by rain to 77 overs.  

Swastika grafitti appears in Coventry

Investigations are under way after swastikas appeared on road signs and buildings around Coventry at the weekend. 

They first appeared on Stoney Stanton Road on Thursday night and also on the Whitley Bridge ahead of an EDL demonstration in the city on Saturday. The group denies any involvement with the graffiti. 


The Dean of Coventry Cathedral - the Very Reverend John Whitcombe - says people shouldn't react and play into the hands of vandals.

It's obviously there to incite violence, at it's worst, to incite hatred. And when you get these kind of symbols painted around the city they've been put there by people who are just wanting to stoke a fight.

Very Referend John WhitcombeDean of Coventry Cathedral

Latest news: Fly infestation investigated; England selects Wasps players

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Rugby fly infestation investigated

- Four Wasps players selected for England tour of Australia

- Nuneaton's Ken Loach wins Palme d'Or

Travel: A444 accident

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the A444 southbound at the junction of the B4109 Bell Green Road and Austin Drive.

More details on BBC Travel.

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Premiership semi-final: Exeter Chiefs 34-23 Wasps

BBC Sport

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young says he is immensely proud of his players despite their semi-final defeat against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Play-offs at the weekend. 

Wasps lost 34- 23 in Devon, their second semi-final loss this month.

Joe Launchbury (L), Christian Wade (C) and Joe Simpson (R)
Getty Images

We knew they were a good team and I think they proved that today. They were a little bit more clinical when they did have the opportunities, but there wasn't much in it. No complaints. The two teams in the final have been the first and second-best teams throughout the year so it's a great final really.

Dai YoungWasps' Director of Rugby

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A largely dry day with plenty of sunny spells mixed in with some cloud and highs of 18C (64F).