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  1. Families pay tribute to teenagers killed in Atherstone crash
  2. Witnesses sought over death of man arrested by police
  3. Kos holidaymaker scared for his life
  4. Updates from Friday 21 July 2017

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J4a M42 and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J8 M6, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Riki Wessels

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Academies planned to bridge skills gap

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

New technical academies are planned in Warwickshire and Birmingham as part of a £6m plan to help train engineering apprentices.


Warwickshire-based machine tool maker Engineering Technology Group said it was working with bike manufacturer Norton to help train 300 young engineers over the next two or three years.

The companies are hoping to open a total of 15 centres across the UK to train and supply the next generation of engineering apprentices for the British motorcycle industry.

The first facility has just launched at Norton Motorcycles in Castle Donington.

The current education platform is broken and not relevant to the world we operate in. Instead of bemoaning our luck and lack of support, we’ve decided to do something about it with the launch of our national network."

Martin DoyleMD, Engineering Technology Group

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A426 Rugby and J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a broken down lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Warnings of heavy rain and high winds for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The heavy rain will clear eastwards through the early hours on Saturday. By dawn clear spells will develop, with light winds.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Sky Blues fixtures released for EFL Trophy campaign

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Fixture and ticket details have been confirmed ahead of the Sky Blues' EFL Trophy defence.

Coventry City winning EFL Trophy

Mark Robins' side will start their campaign at the Ricoh Arena against League One side Shrewsbury Town on 29 August, before a trip to face Walsall at the Banks's Stadium in October.

The Sky Blues will complete their Group E fixtures against West Bromwich Albion Under-23s at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday 7November, as they look to defend the competition they won at Wembley last season.

IPCC: Man died days after becoming unwell in police presence

A man who died in hospital after being arrested became unwell at premises to which police were called, says the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The police watchdog said on July 10, officers were called to a residence in Edward Street, Nuneaton, by a person concerned about the behaviour of Darren Cumberbatch, 32.

It said it understood that a short time later, he was taken to nearby George Eliot Hospital – where he died on July 19.

Police jacket

Investigators have spoken to witnesses and CCTV from the premises is being reviewed. The IPCC also wants to see CCTV footage from the hospital.

Mr Cumberbatch’s family has urged witnesses with relevant information to contact the watchdog.

Family members also encourage that speculation over the circumstances surrounding the death be avoided – something for which the IPCC also called, particularly on social media.

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A452 and J13 for A452.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa) and J13, A452 (Bishop's Tachbrook), because of an accident involving three cars and a motorbike.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

CCTV image released over Rugby assault

A man was treated in hospital after being assaulted by an unknown assailant in Rugby last week.

Police have released an image of a man they wish to identify in connection with the incident in which a man in his 60s was hit on the head.

CCTV image
Warwickshire Police

It happened in Castle Street at about 18:55 on 14 July.

Rising community care 'better value'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The spending on supported living accommodation for vulnerable adults in Warwickshire has almost doubled in the past three years, according to new figures.

Nurse with patient

Figures seen by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire show in 2014/15 the council spent £10.4m pounds on getting people to live in the community rather than in care homes - that has risen to almost £19m in the last financial year.

Portfolio holder for health and adults services at Warwickshire County Council Les Caborne said the move to care for people independently at home is better value for council tax payers.

Blind couple honoured by university
Blind Fred and Etta Reid have been honoured by a university for services to those with sight loss.

Broadhurst has work to do at Royal Birkdale

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Birkdale

Warwickshire's other competitor at the Open this week, Atherstone's Paul Broadhurst, teed off his second round at Royal Birkdale four hours after Andy Sullivan.

The former Ryder Cup player's job will be to repair the damage of an opening-day five-over-par 75, knowing he needs to shoot under par to stand any chance of making the halfway cut.

Paul Broadhurst

The 51-year-old reigning British Seniors Open champion might have his best days behind him. But he has done well in the United States this year on their Champions Tour - and he remains a highly competitive individual.

Protesters join forces over Local Plan threat

Kenilworth Weekly News

On the front page this week: Almost 300 people linked hands to form a "human chain" last weekend in protest over houses planned to be built in and around Burton Green on green belt land.

Front page
Kenilworth Weekly News

Student helps survivors who fled ISIS

Leamington Observer

A university student from Iraq is helping thousands of survivors who fled the brutality of ISIS – all while studying for a degree in Coventry.

Atherstone crash: Family 'can't comprehend' life without beloved son

The family of William Louch say they've been left "devastated" by the death of their "beloved son" but took "great comfort" knowing he had enjoyed an "amazing weekend with his friends" before a crash near Atherstone that killed two others.

The car in which they were travelling hit a tree and they died at the scene. A fourth teenager who was in the car is recovering from his injuries.

William Louch
Warwickshire Police

"He already is hugely missed and we don't even know how to start to comprehend the rest of our lives without him," a family statement said.

An 18-year-old woman, travelling in another vehicle, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. She has been released under investigation, police say.

Atherstone crash: Mother's devastation at losing 'remarkable and cherished' daughter

Elaine Kennell says her life has been "destroyed beyond repair" by the death of her "precious, beloved" daughter Trudi Mae in a car crash near Atherstone.

She described her as "absolutely beautiful inside and out" and said "whenever she walked into a room it lit up with her fun, laughter and infectious smile".

Trudi Mae Kennell
Warwickshire Police

Trudi Mae died alongside her boyfriend Ryan Barber. Mrs Kennell said since meeting Ryan, Trudi Mae was the "happiest myself and her family have ever seen her" and the pair had talked about marriage and children.

She said: "Her family, that she loved so much, have lost a remarkable and cherished granddaughter, niece and cousin."

Atherstone crash: 'Ryan and Trudi Mae will be together with their angel wings'

The mother of Ryan Barber who died with his girlfriend and friend in a car crash near Atherstone last weekend said he was the "most beautiful baby, toddler and teenager" and "beautiful man that any mother could wish for".

Tammi Garcia Sanchez said his smile was "enough to brighten anyone's day".

Ryan Barber
Warwickshire Police

His father David Barber said the group had climbed Snowdon, camped overnight and was returning home when the crash happened on Sunday. He said a part of him had now gone forever.

According to family, Ryan and partner Trudi Mae Kennell had been together for 18 months, with Ryan's mum saying they shared the "purest, deepest love anyone could ever hope to find".

She said: "Ryan and Trudi Mae will be together forever with their angel wings."

Flights on path to breaking record

BBC Midlands Today

National Air Traffic Services says it expects to handle a record-breaking 8,800 flights today

It comes as Birmingham Airport anticipates a 12% percent rise in passengers over the next three days compared to the same period last year.

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More than 130,000 people are due to fly in and out of the city, with the school holidays playing a part.

Families pay tribute to teenagers killed in car crash

The families of three teenagers killed in a car crash at the weekend say they've been left devastated at losing such "beautiful" and "cherished" people.

Ryan Barber, Trudi Mae Kennell, William Louch
Warwickshire Police

Ryan Barber, 19, Trudi Mae Kennell, 18, and William Louch, 18, (pictured left to right) died at the scene near Atherstone on Sunday.

An 18 year old who was a passenger in the car, named locally as Dan Wale, is continuing to recover from his injuries, police say.

'Positions of trust' sex offences on the rise in Warwickshire

Leamington Observer

Sex offences by adults in a position of trust are on the rise in Warwickshire – and a children’s charity believes the true extent of abuse is much worse than official data shows.

World Para-athletics Championships: Third medal for Kare Adenegan

BBC Sport

Coventry wheelchair athlete Kare Adenegan has won her third medal of the World Para-athletics Championships in London.

She won bronze in the T34 400m, with teammate Hannah Cockroft winning her third gold of the games.

Kare Adenegan
Getty Images

That means Britain has won 28 medals, including 13 gold, and is third behind leaders China (18 golds) and the US (15).

Coventry family thrown off Ryanair flight and left stranded

Coventry Telegraph

A Coventry family were hauled off a Ryanair flight by Spanish police – more than 1,100 miles from their Gran Canaria holiday destination – after an argument with passengers who they claim were banging on their children’s seats.

Kos holidaymaker describes earthquake as scared-for-your-life moment

A Coventry holidaymaker has described the moment an earthquake struck Turkish and Greek tourist resorts on the Aegean Sea as like "something out of a film".

Earthquake damage on the island of Kos

Two people have been killed and at least 100 others injured on the Greek island of Kos.

Tom Perry-Fox, currently on holiday there, said "the whole room was moving, the bed was moving".

"It was definitely a frightening, scared-for-your-life moment."

Fundraising page set up for Atherstone crash families

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Friends of three teenagers who were killed when their car hit a tree near Atherstone on Sunday are to climb Snowdon to raise money for the families affected.

Scene of crash

Ryan Barber and Trudi-Mae Kennell died at the scene along with a third teenager named locally as Will Louch. A passenger named locally as Dan Wale was injured.

Friends said they died following a weekend of walking in Snowdonia and would be taking pebbles decorated with messages to place at the summit.

How I got a first at university

BBC Newsbeat

The number of first-class degrees being awarded by UK universities is on the increase, with firsts now more common than a 2:2.

Khadijah Lewis

The University of Warwick handed them out to 28.7% of students last year, up from 25.5% five years ago.

Khadijah Lewis, 22, who got a first in history and sociology at the University of Warwick, said she found her course "tough" but made sure her social life didn't stop.

Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A435 Portway and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J3, A435 (Portway) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Sullivan in contention at The Open

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Birkdale

Nuneaton's Andy Sullivan will tee off in the second round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale handily placed after shooting level par on the first day.

Andy Sullivan

After carding two birdies and an eagle at the long 17th, the 31-year-old Ryder Cup player told BBC Sport: "It's been two years since I won an event. But I feel like my game has really come back to where it was when I started winning. I've been putting myself on the right side of the leaderboard the last four or five weeks now.

"I had a little bit of spell where life off the course was getting a little bit too much for me. I've just sort of found my way back again and now I'm happier off the course. And to get that eagle on 17 was crucial to keep myself in it."

Sullivan, who is playing with the Netherlands' Joost Luiten and American David Lipsky teed off in round two at 08:14.

Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

If you'd like to get in touch with the BBC Local Live team, you can do so by emailing us, tweeting @BBCCovWarks, or visiting our Facebook page.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J2 for M69 and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Live updates have now ended for Coventry and Warwickshire.

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

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Video: Coventry's City of Culture bid team

Chanise Evans

BBC Online

Meet the team tasked with getting us to the winning line in the competition to become the UK's City of Culture 2021.

The winning city will be announced in December.