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Summary

  1. Five city libraries 'could shut'
  2. Car production to returns to former Peugeot site
  3. Police recruit hairdressers to curb domestic violence

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By Vanessa Pearce

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Our live coverage across the day

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.  

Car manufacturing at Ryton once more and possible library closures

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The manufacturing plant at Ryton near Coventry has been synonymous with names such as Chrysler and Peugeot. 

Now, JLR has moved in as part of an investment to create bespoke cars. Our business correspondent Peter Plisner will have the details.

Also, will volunteers come forward to run five Coventry libraries threatened with closure?

Find out more on Midlands Today on BBC1 at 18:30.

Teachers' strike 'politically motivated' says minister

Today's strike by members of the National Union of Teachers is being condemned as unjustified and "politically motivated" by Schools Minister Nick Gibb. 

The NUT, which earlier held a rally in Birmingham, says schools are facing their worst funding crisis since the 1970s, resulting in staff cuts and bigger class sizes. 

But Mr Gibb insists school spending is being protected and he says it's the strike action that's damaging education.

Nick Gibb
BBC

Percy Jeeves' death to be marked

The death of the Warwickshire cricketer, who inspired PG Wodehouse's famous butler Jeeves, will be marked on 14 July.

The Professional Cricketers' Association says the PG Wodehouse Society will plant a tree at Cheltenham College where Wodehouse saw Percy Jeeves play in 1913.

Jeeves was killed at High Wood, during the Battle of the Somme, on 22 July 1916 and is one of 72,000 names on the Thiepval Monument.

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Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A fine end to the day with some late sunshine and light winds.

Dry and clear conditions overnight with lows of 11C (52F).

Latest headlines: Five Coventry libraries 'under threat' and car production returns to Ryton

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

- Five of Coventry's libraries facing threat of closure unless community groups take over

- Jobs created at JLR as car production returns to former Peugeot factory

- Coventry and Warwickshire schools affected by striking teachers

More jobs set for JLR's Ryton site

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

A £22m investment from Jaguar Land Rover will see bespoke cars made at the new Special Vehicle Operations plant at Coventry's Ryton site.

The company has already created 200 jobs with another 250 being recruited this year.

Jaguar Land Rover building bespoke cars at Ryton

Travel: Crash blocking A46 in Warwick

BBC Travel

An accident involving a car and a caravan is blocking one lane of the A46 southbound between the A425 Birmingham Road junction and Longbridge Island.

Congestion to the A429 Coventry Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel

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Library campaigner 'shocked and dismayed' at proposals

Sarah Smith from the Save Coventry Libraries group, who've been campaigning to save all provision in the city, says she's "shocked" and "dismayed" at the proposals from Coventry Council.

Library demonstration
BBC

The proposal is that only Central, Bell Green, Foleshill, Stoke and Tile Hill continue to be run by the council, albeit with some staffing reduction.

"We've been meeting with council representatives for the past 12 months and this has never been on the table".

Coventry cuts 'target support for most vulnerable' says council

Saving plans unveiled today have been made "against a backdrop of savage government spending cuts", Coventry City Council says.

Five libraries have been earmarked for closure, unless community groups come forward to run them, and cuts could also affect nursery and youth provision.

Labour councillor Kevin Maton said: "This is the price of the government's austerity programme.

"Our priority is to support, as far as possible, our most vulnerable residents".

Plans approved for new ambulance response centre in Wyken

Coventry Telegraph

West Midlands Ambulance Service were granted approval for the change of use of a former courier warehouse in Abbey Industrial Estate, Bodmin Road, Wyken.

BreakingFive Coventry libraries 'under threat'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Five Coventry libraries could shut unless volunteers come forward to take them over, the city council has said. 

Earlsdon, Finham, Coundon, Cheylesmore and Caludon are the buildings earmarked for closure in a bid to save a further £4m per year.

Proposals set out by the council today could also see an end to council-run nursery provision and the delivery of 'universal' youth services.

Earlsdon Library
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Nick Skelton selected for Rio

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire's Nick Skelton has been named in the British showjumping team for Rio.

The 58-year-old, who won a team gold at London 2012, will be competing at his seventh Olympic Games. 

Nick Skelton
BBC
Varun Chopra's 42 in new Division One leaders Warwickshire's three-day win against Surrey at Guildford took him to 570 Championship runs for the season, at 47.50.

Warwickshire confirm the departure of former captain Varun Chopra at the end of the 2016 season.

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People power saves Arley Sports Centre from council axe

Coventry Telegraph

North Warwickshire Borough Council voted to keep Arley Sports Centre open after a campaign by residents - although its opening hours may be slashed.  

Warwickshire's Varun Chopra to leave for a 'fresh challenge'

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Warwickshire Cricket Club has announced former captain Varun Chopra will be leaving at the end of the season. 

The opening batsman has been at the club for seven seasons but a statement said the player and club agreed it's time for him to have a fresh challenge. 

Varun Chopra
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Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any lingering cloud should break up giving some good spells of sunshine this afternoon, lasting late into the evening and top temperatures of 20C (68F).

Watch: 'Salon saviours' to cut domestic abuse

Hairdressers are being recruited to help uncover domestic abuse. 

The project called Salon Saviours is based on the idea many women will talk about their home lives while having their hair done. 

Nearly 20,000 cases of domestic abuse were reported in the region in the past year - an increase of 12%.

West Midlands Police is launching the scheme.

Warwickshire schools affected by industrial action

Fourteen schools are either fully closed or part-closed as a result of NUT strike action in Warwickshire, the county council says.

Some staff picketed outside Hartshill School in Nuneaton, although the school remained open as normal. 

On Midlands Today: Car production returns to Ryton in Coventry

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Car production is to return to the former Peugeot factory at Ryton in Coventry.

It's part of a £22m investment plan from Jaguar land Rover which has already created 200 jobs with another 250 being recruited this year.

The new business will make speciality vehicles to order.

You can see my report on Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

Special Vehicles Operations
Jaguar Land Rover

Eight schools shut due to strike action in Coventry

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Industrial action by the National Union of Teachers has closed eight schools under local authority control in Coventry.

The city council said a further 42 schools were affected by the strike with 32 remaining open as normal.  

Around 20 people joined a demonstration outside the Department for Education office at The Butts near the city centre.

Picket line
BBC

Ex-MEP says it 'defies sense' to claim fake expenses after warning over colleague

An ex-Ukip MEP has told jurors it defied sense to make fake expenses claims in the same month she was warned about a colleague later jailed over the alleged practice. 

Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands until 2014, denies submitting "significant" expenses claims that she knew to be false. 

She said her expenses were submitted by her staff, and alleged that at least one claim was "deliberately corrupted" by a former aide who was acting as a spy for the Ukip hierarchy.

Nikki Sinclaire
PA

She told Birmingham Crown Court today that it made no sense for her to start filing false claims from October 2009, as the prosecution suggests, as this was the same month Ukip briefed all its elected members about wrong-doing by then-MEP Tom Wise.

Wise admitted fiddling £36,000 of his Brussels travel expenses at his trial the following month.

Foleshill Good Samaritan saves life of knife attack victim

Coventry Telegraph

A courageous carpenter who saved a man’s life as he lay bleeding at the side of the road has been nominated for an award.  

Latest: JLR invest in custom vehicle plant in Coventry; and schools affected by industrial action

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headling stories today:

- Jaguar Land Rover to build new vehicle factory on the site of the old Peugeot plant

- Schools across Coventry and Warwickshire affected by industrial action

- Teenage cyclist airlifted to hospital after collision

Nikki Sinclaire 'left staff to deal with travel expenses'

An ex-MEP who denies making fake expense claims would empty a handbag full of receipts and leave them for staff to deal with, she told a jury.

Nikki Sinclaire is accused of claiming for car journeys across Europe, when she flew for less money than claimed.

Nikki Sinclaire - ex-MEP
PA

Expenses were dealt with by staff who knew passwords for her email and credit cards, she told Birmingham Crown Court.

Ms Sinclaire, who was UKIP MEP for the West Midlands until 2014, denies fraud and misconduct in public office.

Renewable energy: UK expected to miss 2020 targets

The UK is almost certain to miss its EU 2020 targets for renewable energy, said Warwick-based National Grid.

Wind farm
Reuters

The firm has produced UK future energy scenarios covering four different approaches in policy.

Even in the most environmentally minded scenario, the UK is projected to fail in its target of producing 15% of total energy from renewables.

Teenage cyclist seriously injured

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A teenage cyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision involving a car in Warwickshire last night.

The ambulance service say they found the 15-year-old in the road and a car in a bush on Nuneaton Road, between Over Whitacre and Church End around 20:15.

The driver of the car was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

County Championship: Warwickshire beat Surrey to go on top

BBC Sport

Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel took his second five-wicket haul of the match as the Bears went top of the County Championship by beating Surrey inside three days at Guildford.  

Warwickshire were bowled out for 449, missing out on full batting points.  

Jeetan Patel
Rex Features

But after reaching tea on 107-1, Surrey collapsed in the final session.

Patel took 5-61, to follow his first-innings 5-62, as Surrey slumped to 177 all out, before the Bears took five balls to reach 5-0 for a 10-wicket win.

Teachers' strike: Too much pressure

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Karenza Mahtani, 25, a teacher at Broad Heath Primary in Coventry, says she's taking industrial action today because of the pressures on teachers and students alike.

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Marcus Jones MP backsTheresa May as next prime minister

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

MP for Nuneaton Marcus Jones has announced his intention to vote for front-runner Theresa May in the Conservative leadership race. 

The party's 330 MPs will vote in the first round of the election between 11:00 and 18:00, with the results expected at about 19:00, when the poorest performing candidate will be eliminated.  

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Latest news: Car production to return to Ryton site; schools affected by teachers' strike

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Jaguar Land Rover to invest in new car production site in Coventry

- Schools across Coventry and Warwickshire affected by industrial action

- Warwickshire beat Surrey to go top of County Championship

JLR announce new factory in Coventry

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

Car production is due to return to the site of the old Peugeot factory at Ryton, in Coventry. 

It's part of a £22m investment plan from Jaguar Land Rover and is expected to create about 250 jobs.

Ryton site
BBC

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start with some outbreaks of rain, it will become dry and brighter.

A few light showers may develop but the majority of places will remain dry, with top temperatures of 20C (68F).   

Teachers' strike: Schools to close because of NUT walkout

Schools across Coventry and Warwickshire will be closed or partially closed today due to planned industrial action.

Members of the National Union of Teachers are staging a one-day strike over school funding.

You can find out about current closures for Coventry here and Warwickshire here

Teachers at a rally
Reuters

Travel: A446 accident

BBC Travel

An accident is blocking the A446 both ways in Curdworth, at Dunton island.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Tuesday.

I'm in the Coventry newsroom bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day.

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