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  1. Updates from Friday 15 July 2016

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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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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

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.

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

Watch: What will the weather be like later?

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

"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.  

Latest headlines: Leamington man caught up in Nice attack; and councillor resigns over immigration comments

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Leamington Spa man caught up in Nice attack

- Conservative councillor resigns from party over 'Enoch Powell was right' remarks

- City's last all-boys school closes its doors

BreakingWest Midlands UKIP MEP launches party leadership bid

Rob Mayor

Political Reporter, WM

MEP Bill Etheridge announces he is to stand as leader of UKIP.

The leadership race was sparked by the resignation of Nigel Farage, who quit following the EU referendum vote.  

Many of UKIP's best-known faces have been blocked from contesting the leadership after the Eurosceptic party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) said all candidates must have been a member for at least five years.  

Bill Etheridge

Ammonia attack PC wins regional bravery award

A police officer who had ammonia thrown in her face and eyes by a violent gang has been named as the Midlands winner at the Police Bravery Awards.

Constable Sara Skinner was attacked in Lillington, Leamington Spa, in April 2015. 

She said the burning "felt like it was eating my face away".

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Last day for pupils at Woodlands Academy

All-boys school Woodlands Academy in Coventry will close it's doors for the last time today, as pupils move to a new academy at Tile Hill Wood.

Despite strong protests from both pupils and parents, plans to combine the two single-sex schools into one co-educational academy was given the go-ahead by government earlier this year.  

The headteacher and governors at Woodlands said because of a decrease in parents choosing single sex education, the academy had become "unviable".

Woodlands Academy

One in hospital after Atherstone fire

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

One person has been taken to hospital suffering from the effects of breathing smoke following a fire in a flat in Atherstone.

The fire service says 10 firefighters were sent to deal with it at a property in Coleshill Road shortly after 01:00.

Safety warning over Pokemon Go

Safety advice for Pokemon Go gamers has been issued by police in Warwickshire after the mobile phenomenon was launched in the UK.

Demand for the app is so high new account registrations are periodically unavailable.  

Some people have raised concerns about the app's safety. The chief executive of children's charity NSPCC urged the app's makers to adapt the game before its UK release, warning adults could use it to prey on children.  

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Latest news: Coventry academy closes; and Shakespeare's will on display

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Last day at school for pupils of Woodlands Academy in Coventry

- Shakespeare's last will and testament on display in Stratford

- One person in hospital after Atherstone fire

Travel: M6 disruption

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle has closed one lane of the M6 exit slip road southbound at J3, for the A444 (Coventry).

More details on BBC Travel. 

Will's will returns to Stratford

Shakespeare's last will and testament will go on display in Stratford-upon-Avon tomorrow for the first time since it was written 400 years ago.

It'll only be on show there for three weeks before it is hidden away again to stop it fading.

Shakespeare's Will
National Archives

The exhibition, at Shakespeare's Birthplace, will be the last opportunity to see the will before it is rested for a recommended 20 years.

Sunny and cloudy day: Watch the latest forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After some early rain, it will be a mostly dry, breezy and cloudy day with highs of 21C (70F).

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Coventry and Warwickshire between now and 18:00.

You can get in touch with us via email or tweet us @BBCCovWarks.

From left Laurence Marriott on his wedding day, Fred Joslin and Laurence Marriott recovering with comrades

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

The deaths of soldiers in World War One were broken to their loved ones in writing - but some families received devastating letters and telegrams when their fathers, sons and brothers were very much alive.

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Percy Jeeves

A cricketer who unwittingly inspired author PG Wodehouse to name his unflappable valet Jeeves, has a tree planted in his memory.

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Bethany Marie Hill

Two people deny murdering a woman who was found with fatal injuries to her neck.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Pair deny Stratford woman murder

Two people have denied murdering a woman found with neck injuries at a property in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bethany Marie Hill, 20, was found in Hertford Road during the evening of 3 February.

Jack Williams and Kayleigh Louise Woods from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, entered not guilty pleas at Warwick Crown Court.

Mr Williams, 20, of Redlands Crescent and Ms Woods, 22, of Hertford Way, were remanded in custody, with a trial due to start on 1 August.

Ammonia attack PC gets bravery award

A police officer who had ammonia thrown in her face and eyes by a violent gang is being awarded for her bravery.  

PC Sara Skinner was patrolling alone on her bike when she saw three men get out of a stolen BMW and break into a house in Leamington Spa.  

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Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

A fine evening with clear spells and light winds, and staying dry with lows of 12C (54F).