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Summary

  1. Council votes to join West Midlands Combined Authority
  2. Popular policeman retires after decades of service
  3. Updates for Tuesday 31 May 2016

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Good evening from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

We're back at 08:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates through the evening and into the morning.

New devolution deal for Coventry agreed by council chiefs

Moira Rawlings

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry has approved a devolution deal for the new West Midlands Combined Authority and agreed to hold elections for a Metro Mayor next year.

It follows an extraordinary general meeting of the council this afternoon which saw the Conservative opposition group on the council accuse the ruling Labour group of "ignoring the wishes of the people of Coventry".

Leamington Spa thief sought by police

A convicted thief from Leamington Spa is being sought by police.

Barry Miller was released from prison on 29 April, Warwickshire Police said, but the 34 year old is believed to have breached his licence conditions and is now wanted on recall.

The force said he was known to frequent South Warwickshire including Leamingon Spa and Stratford. Officers are urging people with information to ring 101.

Barry Miller
Warwickshire Police

Latest: Devo deal approved; celebrated bobby retires; menswear stores close

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a recap of the stories we have been covering on Tuesday afternoon:

- City council chiefs have approved a devolution deal for Coventry

- A Coventry policeman honoured for his dedication to neighbourhood policing in 2008 is retiring

- Menswear retail Austin Reed's stores will close in June with the loss of around 1,000 jobs, its administrators say

Travel: Warwick delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A429 Coventry Road in Warwick near the junction with Lakin Road because of an earlier crash.

Here's the latest information.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers will continue overnight and temperatures will fall away. Lows of 11C (52F).

Find out more.

The weather for the West Midlands.

Heartbroken family tormented by fake calls over missing dog

Rugby Advertiser

A devastated family is appealing for people with genuine information about their missing dog to come forward after receiving calls from con artists demanding money for his return.

Praise for retiring beat bobby dubbed the 'Sheriff of Hillfields'

People in Hillfields in Coventry are praising a local beat bobby who is retiring today after more than 25 years of service.

PC Barney Barnes is affectionately known as the Sheriff of Hillfields because of the amount of time he has been patrolling the streets there. At 66, he is the oldest serving officer at West Midlands Police.

PC Barney Barnes
BBC

He received an MBE for his dedication to neighbourhood policing in 2008. The force said the grandfather of two joined in 1990 after 25 years touring the world with the military.

Residents say he`s a popular and well-known figure and they appreciate his hard work.

Voters urged to have their say in the EU referendum

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The Electoral Commission is urging people to make sure they can take part in the EU referendum. 

The commission says that, even after recent surges in registrations, many people are still not signed up to vote.

The deadline to register is 7 June, but if you were registered for last year's general election or this year's local elections in May, you do not need to re-register.

People who want to vote by post need to have submitted their applications by 17:00 on 8 June; and those who want to vote by proxy, need to have submitted applications by 17:00 on 15 June.

Lorry fire closes M1 exit

BBC Travel

The M1 exit slip road is closed southbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an earlier lorry fire and recovery work, BBC Travel News reports.

Congestion to J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange).  

Austin Reed to shut in June

Menswear retailer Austin Reed will be wound-down with all stores anticipated to close by the end of June with the loss of around 1,000 jobs, its administrators say.

AlixPartners said they tried to sell the business over the past five weeks but could only sell five Boundary Mills concessions, safeguarding 28 staff including workers at Bentley Mill Way, Walsall.

Austin Reed shirt on a hanger
Press Association

Border IP Limited has bought the Austin Reed and Country Casuals brands but there were "no viable offers for the sale of the rest of the business including the store estate", said joint administrator Peter Saville.

Austin Reed has a store on High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, and a concession inside House of Fraser, Corporation Street, Birmingham. The website said it was no longer taking new orders.

Latest: Bobby retires after decades; polling cards error; kicked hedgehog dies

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

If you are just catching up on Tuesday's news, here are our headlines so far:

- A Coventry policeman honoured for his dedication to neighbourhood policing in 2008 is retiring

- Hundreds of EU Referendum polling cards have been reprinted by Coventry City Council after an error  

- A hedgehog kicked like a football by youths in Nuneaton has died of its injuries

Travel: Coventry delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic outbound on the A4114 London Road in Coventry between the junction with Gulson Road and the junction with Shortley Road in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

Regional devolution on the agenda for an extraordinary council meeting

The arrangements for joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority is the reason for an extraordinary meeting at Coventry City Council later.

The authority, which comes into being in just under a fortnight's time, will handle powers and money handed down from Whitehall.

The meeting is also set to launch a public consultation into the proposed powers of a new West Midlands mayor who will be elected next year.

Council house
BBC

Hedgehog used as a football dies

Kevin Lee

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A hedgehog rescued from a group of youths who were using it as a football in Nuneaton last week has died.

A passerby intervened last Thursday as the animal was being attacked in Cedar Road in Camp Hill, Nuneaton.

He took it to the Nuneaton And Warwickshire Wildife Sanctuary but Geoff Grewcock who runs the centre said the hedgehog could not be saved.

Coming up on TV

Joanne Malin

BBC Midlands Today

We try and solve an insect mystery - why the giant willow aphid found all over the Midlands disappears for months at a time.

Join us for the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers will spread across the West Midlands this afternoon. Highs of 14C (57F).

The weather for the West Midlands.

'Sickening' Nuneaton yobs slammed by sanctuary owner

Nuneaton News

An incensed sanctuary owner has condemned a "sickening" attack by Nuneaton thugs which claimed the life of an innocent hedgehog.

Programme about dangers of arson for secondary school pupils

Leamington Observer

The dangers of playing with fire are being spelled out to county secondary schools by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

New sport hoping to call Coventry home

BBC Midlands Today

There's been lots of interest in this story over the past few days on Facebook - hundreds of thousands of people have been finding out about a new sport, street workout, which hopes to call Coventry home.

Jase Robinson, from the city, wants everyone to know about street workout, which he's hoping to make as big as BMX biking. It's a mixture of gymnastics and free-running moves.

Latest: Long-serving bobby retires; appeal to find nurse; polling cards error

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here is a quick recap of the stories we've been covering so far this morning:

- A Coventry bobby awarded an MBE for his dedication to neighbourhood policing in 2008 is retiring

- Hundreds of EU Referendum polling cards have been reprinted by Coventry City Council after an error  

- A woman is appealing for help to find the nurse who helped her father during a cardiac arrest on a flight to Birmingham

Revealed: Coventry crimes which police are least likely to solve

Coventry Telegraph

Crooks who break into cars in Coventry have just a 5% chance of getting caught, according to figures obtained by the Telegraph.  

EU Referendum polling card error in Coventry

Kevin Lee

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

About 400 polling cards for the EU referendum have been reprinted by Coventry City Council - after they sent people to a polling station in a different part of the city.

The council has apologised for the printing error, which affected cards sent to the Henley Green area.

Popular bobby hangs up his handcuffs after decades of service

One of the most popular bobbies on the beat in Coventry - known as the Sheriff of Hillfields - is retiring today after nearly three decades

PC Barney Barnes has been pounding the streets of this part of the city for more than 25 years. Now 66, he's the oldest serving officer with West Midlands Police.   

Barney Barnes
BBC

Latest: Popular bobby retires; appeal to find nurse; voters urged to have their say

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Here are our top stories on Tuesday so far:

- A popular Coventry policeman is retiring after decades of service

- A woman is appealing for help to find the nurse who helped her father during a cardiac arrest on a flight to Birmingham

- The Electoral Commission is urging people to make sure they can take part in the EU referendum

Appeal to find life-saving nurse on Birmingham-bound flight

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A woman is appealing for any information that may help her track down a nurse on a flight to Birmingham Airport, who saved her father's life. 

Kirsty Davies-Chinnock's father Peter was on a flight from Dublin on Friday when he had a cardiac arrest. 

Luckily, the woman sitting in front of them was medically trained and specialised in that very condition.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A decent day is in store for us again. Highs of 14C (57F).

Find out more.

Travel: Warwickshire delays warning

BBC Travel

Trinity Road in Piccadilly is partially blocked and there is slow traffic between the junction for Perryman Drive and Edge Hill because of a crash, drivers are warned.

Good morning from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

We're back with the familiar mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates on Tuesday.

If you want to share your pictures of the region from the Bank Holiday weekend or have seen a story you think we should be covering, email us, tweet us or reach us on our Facebook page.