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  1. Updates from Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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Christy George

A driver who caused a fatal pile-up on the M1 while distracted on her phone is jailed for five years.

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Our live coverage across the day...

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

Midlanders caught up in Nice lorry attack

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Join me on Midlands Today as I report on people from Birmingham and Leamington Spa who have been caught up in the Nice lorry attack.

Tune in to BBC One at 6.30pm.

Latest headlines: Race row councillor resigns; and UKIP MEP launches leadership bid

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- WhatsApp race row Coventry councillor resigns

- West Midlands UKIP MEP launches party leadership bid

- Director claims Coventry council's 'witch hunt' continues

Watch: Here's your forecast for the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Director claims Coventry council's 'witch hunt' continues

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The director of a charitable company, in dispute with the city council, says the authority is continuing to conduct a "witch hunt" by bringing a "disgraceful" court order in front of a judge.

Open Doors, a city housing provider, lodged a case for compensation after the Local Government Ombudsman ruled the council had abused its powers against the company.

Coventry Council House
BBC

In what the company's barrister called a "veiled attempt"  to "oppressively stifle a genuine claim" the council brought and lost an application to the High Court for a "cost order" meaning Open Doors would have had to pay £75,000 security, should they lose the impending compensation case.

The council says "it would not be suitable to comment" as it's an ongoing claim.

Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson sad to see legendary Coventry band The Enemy split

Coventry Observer

World famous Indie Rock band Kaiser Chiefs have stated how sad they are to see legendary Coventry band The Enemy break-up after the group announced its split in April.  

Shakespeare's will: Who got what

In the absence of a male heir, Shakespeare left the majority of his properties and possessions to his eldest daughter Susanna , whose daughter, Elizabeth Hall,  received the bulk of his plate, silver and other metal-ware.

Younger daughter Judith received a considerable bequest of £300 to be paid in two installments along with a personal gift of a silver gilt bowl.

Shakespeare
National Archive

To his wife, Anne, he left his "second best bed"  - which some scholars have interpreted as a direct insult - but others point out it would have held great value. 

His best bed was left to daughter Susannah.

Will's will is going on display at Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time but only for three weeks.

Sullivan struggles to make the cut at The Open

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Troon

Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan’s hopes of winning the Open fell away on day two at Royal Troon as he slipped to a five-over 76, 11 shots off the pace.

Ryder-Cup hopeful Sullivan was the leading Englishman after a first-day four-under-par 67, but he was thrown off course by a triple-bogey 7 at the 7th.

Andy Sullivan
Getty Images

Three more dropped shots followed and it looks like it could be only a late birdie at 16 that ensures he makes it safely through to the weekend.

Glenn Williams Coventry City Council

A councillor in Coventry resigns from the party after saying non-English speakers were "taking over" the country and should "go home".

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West Midlands MEP announces he is running for leadership of UKIP

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is running for UKIP party leadership

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Heavy traffic on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed and heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of debris on the road, BBC Travel reports. 

The World War One soldier who came back from the dead

Sons, brothers and fathers were sometimes reported dead during World War One, when, in fact, they were very much alive.  

One such soldier, Pte Fred Joslin, and the father of former Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Peter Joslin, was 19 when he was "killed" in machine gun fire.

Pte Fred Joslin
Peter Joslin

There had already been a church service in his memory when Pte Joslin wrote home from a hospital in Malta, where he was in hospital.

Peter Joslin said his father's death warrant had hung over their mantelpiece for years.  

As soon as the injured solider had recovered he was sent back to the front line, so did not immediately return home to be reunited with his family and friends who had thought he was dead.

Calls for Coventry city centre alley to be sealed

Coventry Telegraph

Calls are being made for a shortcut on Coventry’s The Burges to be sealed off amid claims it is being used for drug abuse, violent attacks and as a public toilet.  

Jigsaw with UK flag piece removed

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Nearly one month on from that epic referendum result, I've been sounding out opinions in the part of Britain which voted more enthusiastically than anywhere else for the UK to leave the EU.

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Bastille Day attack: Eyewitness account

A man has been describing how he was watching a street performer with his friends when the attack which has killed at least 84 people, in Nice, France, started.

Jim Harris from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire said there was a sudden "massive surge of people."

"We didn't want to get trampled so we just turned and tried to run with them".

Scene of Nice lorry attack
PA

"Some old guy fell down in front of me, so I had to stop and help him up".

"After that I lost track of my friends.

"I had to wait and try and find them again, but I stayed there and felt quite safe with all the police circulating around".

You can follow live updates on the lorry attack here.

Conservative councillor resigns from party over immigration remarks

A councillor has resigned from the Conservative party after admitting making controversial comments about immigration and multi-culturalism. 

Glenn Williams, who was the councillor for Bablake on Coventry City Council, offered his resignation to the party last night after details of a private Whatsapp conversation to a fellow Conservative Party member were published in the Coventry Telegraph.

Cllr Glenn Williams
Coventry City Council

Speaking to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire this morning the councillor admitted to saying he agreed with the views of Enoch Powell in the "late night" conversation.

"When you're talking with a friend late at night, you do say things in a different sort of way then you would when you're in the council chamber", he said.