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Summary

  1. Couple caught up in Birmingham pub bombings relive horror
  2. Man wears hi-vis clothes and hard hat to steal cat-print handbag
  3. Tens of thousands of 'illegal' cigarettes seized in raid
  4. Collapsed sewer disrupts traffic in Coventry city centre
  5. Updates on Wednesday 1 June 2016

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Durham captain Paul Collingwood and centurion Keaton Jennings earn a four-wicket win against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

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Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

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.  

Watch: A mild night to come in Coventry & Warwickshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

There's a great picture of gushing water in Coleshill Warwickshire by Ron's View in my weather report.

Rain should fizzle out this afternoon leaving us with cloud for a mild night.

Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

PCC backs reopened pub bombings inquests

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, who oversees policing in Coventry, has welcomed today's news that the inquests into the deaths of the Birmingham pub bombings victims will be resumed.

David Jamieson said: "I sincerely hope the inquests brings the answers the families of the victims have been seeking.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
BBC

"The Chief Constable has assured me West Midlands Police will co-operate fully with the inquests and I will hold the Chief Constable to account to deliver on that assurance.

"West Midlands Police had no principled objection to the resumption of the inquests. That was a position I supported."

Latest: Man in hi-vis clothes and hard hat steals cat-print handbag; tens of thousands of 'illegal' cigarettes seized in raid

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

These are some of the headlines in Coventry & Warwickshire this afternoon:

Man wears hi-vis clothes and hard hat to steal cat-print handbag

- Jaguar Land Rover expansion gets government approval

- Police Crime Commissioner backs reopened pub bombings inquests

Jaguar Land Rover's Coventry expansion gets government approval

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A huge expansion of Jaguar Land Rover's Coventry base has been approved by the government.

The plan for the research and development centre at Whitley South has not been called in by the secretary of state.

JLR Engineering Centre
JLR

This development will further cement Coventry’s place at the heart of automotive innovation, growth and success and its great news now and for the many talented and ambitious young people who live here and who can now aim for a job at Jaguar Land Rover.

Jim O’BoyleCoventry City Council cabinet member for business, enterprise and employment

Rugby: Coach Blackett signs new deal with Wasps

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Wasps have signed backs coach Lee Blackett on a new contract, tying him to the club until at least 2019.

Blackett, 33, arrived from Rotherham Titans last summer to join Dai Young's coaching staff.

Lee Blackett
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He made his name at Rotherham when, at 30, he became the Championship's youngest-ever coach and then led the Titans to the play-offs for the first time.

He follows the lead of locks James Gaskell and Will Rowlands, as well as props Jake Cooper-Woolley, Alex Lundberg and Simon McIntyre, who all agreed undisclosed-length contract extensions on Tuesday.

Join me for BBC Music day

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

I'll be at the Bridge Riverside Eaterie in Bidford, Alcester, for BBC Music Day on Friday.

There will be live house bands and your chance to join my band. 

If you play an instrument, sing or whistle come to Bidford and say hello - don't worry if you're tone-deaf, so am I and it's not stopping me!

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Cricket: Edgbaston wins five fixtures for 2017 Champions Trophy

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

The fixtures for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy have been announced. Warwickshire's home ground Edgbaston has five matches, including four group games and a semi-final.

On 2 June, New Zealand face Australia in a day-night game and on 4 June India face Pakistan in one of the game's great rivalries.  

On 7 June South Africa play Pakistan in a day-night game and on 10 June it's England against Australia. The semi-final is on 15 June.  

Edgbaston
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PCSOs meet and greet

Officers will be in Rugby until 16:00.

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Tens of thousands of "illegal" cigarettes seized in raid

Approximately "30,000 illegal cigarettes" and pouches of tobacco have been seized in a raid at a house in Coventry, the city council says.

A flat in Hillfields was targeted, according to the local authority, with "a mix of counterfeit and non UK-duty paid products" found. The contraband is said to have an estimated street value of £7,000.

A spokesperson said a man was arrested and an investigation was under way into who owns the items.

Watch: Scene of collapsed sewer in Coventry

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Metal barriers have been put up around a collapsed sewer on White Street in Coventry; subsidence that's caused traffic disruption in the city centre this morning.

There aren't any workers on the scene yet but Severn Trent says it's working with the city council to get it repaired.

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Man in high-vis clothes mugged woman for cat-print handbag

A man wearing high-vis clothes and a hard hat mugged a woman in her 60s for a cat-print handbag, police said.

She was pushed to the floor by a man on King Edward Road in Nuneaton just before 13:55 yesterday.

The man got into a black Ford Fiesta on Church Street and drove off towards Wheat Street.

King Edward Road
Google

He was wearing a yellow high-vis jacket and trousers, a white hard hat and a white t-shirt. He's described as white, mid-20s to early 30s, with long black hair, approximately 5ft 10ins and of a slim build.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on Freeview

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BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

You can now listen to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on Freeview. You'll need to re-tune your receiver from 14:00 BST and we can be found on channel 719.

Warwickshire farmer says latest milk price drop will hit him hard

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A Warwickshire dairy farmer says the latest drop in milk prices will hit him hard. 

This morning - one of the UK's biggest milk co-operatives ARLA - cut the price it pays producers by a penny.

Michael Bennett - who farms near Atherstone - said the drop in income would be hard to cope with.

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Latest: Coventry couple relive Birmingham pub bombings; Warwickshire County Cricket to host India v Pakistan

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of Coventry & Warwickshire's top stories this afternoon:

- Coventry couple relive Birmingham pub bombings as it is announced inquests will resume

Warwickshire County Cricket's ground to host India v Pakistan

- Repairs due on collapsed sewer which has closed a road in Coventry

Warwickshire County Cricket awarded leading fixtures in 2017

BBC Sport

Warwickshire County Cricket's ground has been allocated five of the biggest fixtures in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Edgbaston Stadium will see two of the biggest rivalries renewed with India against Pakistan on Sunday 4 June and England versus Australia on Saturday 10 June.

ICC Champions Trophy
Edgbaston Cricket

Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “The ICC Champions Trophy brings together the top eight one-day international teams in world cricket and to be awarded the biggest matches in the group stages is a massive coup."

At the scene: Brown sludge on subsided road

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

I'm at the scene of a collapsed sewer which is causing traffic disruption in Coventry city centre.

White Street's been closed between Swanswell Street and Cox Street since last night.

There's a drain here and a lot of brown sludge which is covering the road on the corner of Cox Street.

Road closed
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It looks like yesterday evening this area may have flooded. That water has gone away but it's left this horrible brown sludge in the road which is inside a police cordon.

Severn Trent says it's working with the city council to repair it.

WATCH: Bat squeak database

Here's more on our bats story:

University of Warwick researchers hope audio clips gathered in Mexico can help to protect future generations of bats.Experts have created a sound library which can identify species from the noises they make.

University researchers hope a sound library can help to protect bats

The library allows bat calls to be identified automatically, helping to monitor any changes in biodiversity.BBC Midlands Today's Environment Correspondent David Gregory-Kumar reports from West Midlands Safari Park's bat enclosure at 18:30 on BBC One on Wednesday.    

Cricket: India v Pakistan test match at Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

India will meet Pakistan at Edgbaston on 4 June.

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Birmingham pub bombings: Too late for justice?

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the Birmingham Pub Bombings: Is it ever too late to get justice?

Today, families of those killed hear whether inquests will be reopened.

I'll be taking your calls and memories this morning on 0345 900 5 200, or email viconair@bbc.co.uk

Birmingham pub bombings: An unfinished story

Police investigate Nuneaton house fire

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Police are investigating a fire at a house in Cedar Road, Nuneaton.

It happened at about 22:25 on Friday when flames in the front garden spread to the property.

The fire was out within 10 minutes and no one was injured.

Warwickshire Police is appealing for witnesses.

Cedar Road
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Coventry voters to have their say on powers of West Midlands Metro Mayor

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Voters in Coventry will have a say on what powers a Metro Mayor for the West Midlands should have - the Leader of Coventry City Council's confirmed. 

An extraordinary meeting yesterday agreed to hold elections next year and to implement a Devolution Deal, working out how Coventry would benefit from the new combined authority.

Map of West Midlands combined authority
BBC

The opposition Conservative group suggested their leader John Blundell should be involved but that was rejected. 

He said he was surprised that the Labour group had done a "u-turn" on an elected Mayor.

Coventry couple caught up in Birmingham pub bombings relive horror

A couple injured in the Birmingham pub bombings have relived the horror of the night and spoken of the fight for justice.

John and Sue Rattigan had been together for 18 months when they went to the Tavern in the Town pub in November 1974.

Couple caught up in Birmingham pub bombings relive horror

The bombings claimed the lives of 21 people, and John and Sue, from Coventry, were among 182 who were injured.

They were speaking ahead of a coroner's ruling today on whether inquests into the deaths should be resumed.

Latest: Bat squeak database at University of Warwick; road subsidence disrupts travel

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories we are looking at in the Coventry & Warwickshire newsroom this morning:

- University of Warwick creates bat squeak database

- Subsided road disrupts traffic in Coventry city centre

- Coventry voters to choose Metro Mayor's powers

Preservation idea is so batty

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Bats are some of my favourite mammals, but they are so hard to film.

They tend to fly fast and in unpredictable patterns; and of course, they are active at night. This behaviour doesn't just cause problems for us TV reporters, it also makes life difficult for scientists studying bat numbers.

Fruit bat
BBC

But now scientists at the University of Warwick think they have come up with a new way to identify bat species and it's a method that can be used by any bat enthusiast and not just experts.

All this is good news because studying bat populations is an important way to learn more about the general health of an ecosystem.

Travel: latest

BBC Travel

There's a few issues to be aware of in Coventry this morning. Stay up to date here.

Weather: Here's the morning forecast

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter

What will the first day of June bring?

Travel: Subsidence causing disruption in Coventry city centre

BBC Travel

There’s disruption both ways on B4109 White Street in Coventry city centre between the B4544 Cox Street junction and Coventry Swanswell Street junction because of subsidence.

Diversions are in operation, with National Express services 6, 6A, 16A and 21 included.

Good morning from Local Live for Coventry and Warwickshire

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