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Kare Adenegan up for Young Sports Personality of the Year

BBC Sport

Teenage wheelchair racer, Kare Adenegan, is one of 10 athletes shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Kare Adenegan
Getty Images

This year the Coventry athlete became T34 100m WPA European champion, winning her first gold medal in senior competition, and took silver in the T34 800m.

The 17-year-old also took the T34 100m world record at the London Anniversary Games.

London Games: Great Britain's Kare Adenegan breaks world record to win T34 100m

The winner set to be announced at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday, 21 October.

New workplace choirs get City of Culture backing

About 200 people were in full voice in Coventry to celebrate a pilot project encouraging work colleagues to sing together.

Voice Squad choir
BBC

The workplace choirs, called Voice Squad, have been formed to boost teamwork and productivity, said organisers.

They are being supported by Coventry City of Culture with choirs being created at the city council, the University of Warwick and University Hospital in Coventry.

Singing is a great way of relieving stress and improving mental wellbeing, leading to better productivity among staff – it's fun too."

Sarah RiddellVoice Squad

Appeal after father and son hurt in hit-and-run crash

Officers investigating a Coventry hit-and-run have released images of a vehicle they want to trace in connection with the crash.

Van
West Midlands Police

The driver of the van is suspected of being involved in the collision on the A45 Fletchamstead Highway on Monday 24 September, when a father and his seven-year-old son were struck.

The 38-year-old suffered a leg injury, and his son facial injuries, that were not serious, said West Midlands Police.

The force is asking anyone with information to come forward.

Black Mamba call-outs 'draining resources'

Calls to treat patients who've taken the drug Black Mamba are putting emergency services under extreme pressure, says West Midlands Ambulance Service.

On average, figures show its paramedics are called out between 80 and 100 times a week to cases involving the drug.

Black Mamba
BBC

Black Mamba is a psychoactive substance that looks like cannabis but is cheaper and more potent. It mimics the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

Paramedic Neil Howkins said crews could really only take people under the influence of the drug to hospital where "hopefully they'll recover".

"It is a drain on our resource because primarily we're not really there for that."

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Heavy rain this morning should turn lighter and patchier later with highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It should be a mild but very windy night, with occasional rain and lows of 16C (61F).

A yellow weather warning for wind remains in place until midnight.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Serious crash shuts stretch of A45

Allen Cook

BBC News

The A45 has been shut westbound between Coventry and Birmingham after a serious crash.

Police say it's happened at Meriden and there's a lot of debris across the carriageway which may "take some time" to clean up.

The scene after the crash
West Midlands Police

BreakingStorm Callum warning extended to cover West Midlands

A spell of windy weather could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands today said the Met Office, as a yellow warning for wind was extended across the west of the region.

Some pulses of rain will make driving difficult at times too, it said.

Wind warning map
Met Office

The warning is in place until midnight tonight.

BreakingFootball club loses legal battle over Ricoh sale

Coventry City Football Club has lost its battle for a full judicial review into the sale of the Ricoh Arena, Judges at the Court of Appeal have ruled.

Lawyers for Coventry City FC argued the Wasps Rugby Club should pay an extra £27m for the ground.

The football club says it is hoping to come to a deal with Wasps to extend its tenancy at the Ricoh Arena.

Court of Appeal decision due on Ricoh legal bid

Coventry City Council will today find out if its sale of a 50% share of the Ricoh Arena, to Wasps Rugby Club, is to be at the centre of a judicial review.

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

Court of Appeal judges will hand down a decision today.

Lawyers for Coventry City FC argued the rugby club should pay an extra £27m for the ground.

The football club says it is hoping to come to a deal with Wasps to extend its tenancy at the Ricoh Arena.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Anna Church

Weather Presenter

It will be a cloudy day with the risk of rain at times, and strong gusty winds, with highs of 19C (66F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Calls for return of Coventry carnival

Local Democracy Reporting Service

It's being suggested that Coventry's carnival should be revived in time for the start of its City of Culture status in 2021.

Coventry Carnival was held throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, but after a brief revival in 2000, it was merged into the Godiva Festival (pictured below).

Godiva Festival
Coventry City Council

The City Council has set aside a budget of £25m for a programme of events in 2021 and councillor Catherine Miks told a committee meeting this week that residents groups wanted that to include a return of the original carnival.

What a fantastic way to invite communities and businesses to show off what they do in our city. It may not be a money-maker but it’s what a lot of people remember.”

Councillor Catherine Miks

Decision day on Ricoh Arena sale legal challenge

Simon Gilbert

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Court of Appeal judges will decide tomorrow if a full judicial review should be held into the sale of Coventry's Ricoh Arena to Wasps Rugby Club.

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

The row concerns the city council's sale of its 50% share in the stadium to Wasps in 2014, with Coventry City FC wanting a full legal review.

Its lawyers argued the rugby club should pay an extra £27m for the ground.

The football club's deal to play at the Ricoh runs out in the summer - and landlords Wasps say they won't agree a new one while legal action continues.

Parts of city centre 'taken over by gangs'

Parts of Coventry have been "taken over by gangs" at night, a city councillor has claimed.

Crime in the city has risen by 11.6% in the past year and councillor Naeem Akhtar told a committee meeting areas like Lady Herbert’s Garden (pictured below) have seen "a lot of intimidation".

Councillor and garden
Coventry City Council/Google

He went on to say: "I think we do need to have a serious conversation with West Midlands Police".

The chair of the committee, councillor Joe Clifford said the the issue needs to be the authority’s "number one priority) ahead of 2021.

If you go in the evening to Lady Herbert’s Garden you can see 50 or 60 youths there. If you see the West Midlands Police Twitter handle or St Michael’s Police Twitter handle every time they go there there’s a knife or blade which is not good for our city."

Councillor Naeem AkhtarCoventry City Council

Shed-load of pens block A45

A lorry has shed it's load including a consignment of pens on the A45 Stonebridge Highway in Coventry.

Lorry
West Midlands Police

The road is partially blocked at the junction with the B4113 Saint Martin's Road.

West Midlands Police joked on Twitter that the lorry was going to be a "write off".

CCTV released in bid to trace hit-and-run driver

A 64-year-old remains in hospital "fighting for his life", following a hit-and-run crash in Coventry on Monday, police said.

CCTV still
West Midlands Police

The man was struck while crossing the road on St James Lane, in the Willenhall area of the city at about 19:20 on Monday.

CCTV of the vehicle, believed to be a white Audi A3 or S3, has been released in a bid to trace it said West Midlands Police.

Sgt Alan Wood, of the force said the driver should "do the decent thing" and hand themselves in to police.

Government to take delivery of JLR electric cars

The government car service is to take delivery of its first five electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) "in the next few days", it's been announced in parliament.

Chris Grayling
House of Commons

Replying to a question from Labour MP Jim Cunningham, about infrastructure for the technology, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said more than 14,000 public charging points for electric vehicles now exist, and and more were planned thanks a £400m fund.

The Coventry South MP had asked if Mr Grayling has spoken to JLR, which had recently expressed concern over Brexit, prompting fears it could slow the production of electric vehicles.

Mr Grayling replied that he has had conversations with numerous car manufacturing companies about their plans, and the department was "focusing their support on electric vehicles".

The company has been testing its autonomous technology in Coventry this week.

On the road with a driverless car

Bus route map highlights life expectancy inequalities

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tom Davis

Men from the most deprived area of Coventry can expect to die 9.4 years younger than those from the least deprived, a report has highlighted.

Bus route map
Coventry City Council

A graph detailing average life expectancy has been drawn up based on the city's number 10 bus route, which crosses the city's more affluent and deprived neighbourhoods.

Life expectancy for a female born today is highest on Alderminster Road, at 87, but drops to the lowest point of 79 just over six miles away on Broad Park Road, showing a difference of 8.7 years.

The life-expectancy figures were presented to councillors at a meeting on Wednesday. Conservative council leader Gary Ridley described them as "concerning".

The 23-year-old busting myths about Down's syndrome

BBC Radio 5 live

A 23-year-old with Down's syndrome has been speaking about how people's misconceptions about the condition make her feel sad.

Heidi Crowter wants to address people's misconceptions about Down's syndrome.

Heidi Crowter, from Coventry, works in a children's hair salon, has a boyfriend and lives independently in her own flat.

She said she wanted to make this video to challenge some of the misconceptions surrounding people with Down's syndrome.

Chief constable warns police ‘at tipping point’

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tom Dare

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says police services across the country are at "tipping point".

Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police

Writing for the National Police Chief’s Council, Dave Thompson says cuts to budgets have led to slower emergency responses, more crimes dealt with over the phone and fewer offenders brought to justice.

Mr Thompson says police budgets have seen a real-terms reduction of 19% since 2010 and calls for more funding from the government.

The Home Office says there's been a £460m increase in overall police funding in 2018/19.

Showers forecast to follow fine autumn day

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

It's been a fine day for many of us, but it's not going to last sadly.

Here's your forecast.

Shefali Oza with the forecast on Wednesday 10 October
On the road with a driverless car
Autonomous cars are being tested on roads in Coventry as part of a government-backed trial.

Driverless cars may be on streets by 2021

More trials of driverless pods have been taking place Coventry this week, as part of pilots dating back more than a year.

Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and TATA are testing the vehicles on the ring road and versions could be fully authorised as soon as 2021.

Driverless car
BBC

JLR and Ford are part of the £20m UK Autodrive project, backed by government, which is also seeing similar trials in Milton Keynes.

Coventry City Council says the vehicles could cut pollution and congestion.

If it all feels very futuristic, take a look at BBC Business's article, which suggest you might have already bought your last car.

It allows us to manage pollution, congestion, because when they're all driving autonomously, you can get a decent platoon getting through traffic signals."

Sunil BudheoCoventry City Council

Police officer bitten and shoulder dislocated in attack

A police officer has been bitten and had his shoulder dislocated in an attack by a man in Coventry last night.

His colleague was kicked in the leg in the Tile Hill area.

West Mids helmet
BBC

West Midlands Police said the offender was arrested and both officers were "quickly back to work".

Delays warning after M5-M6 link road crash

BBC News Travel

We're getting reports of a crash on the M5-M6 northbound link road.

Highways England says officers are closing one lane and is warning drivers to expect delays.

Stormy weather forecast for later in the week

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be a fine day for most of us, but there is some stormy weather on its way.

Here's your forecast.

Alex Hamilton with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Trust set to become university ambulance service

The first university ambulance trust in the country is to be created in the West Midlands, it's been announced.

West Midlands Ambulance Service
BBC

The ambulance service trust is working with the University of Wolverhampton and other partners to become the West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.

It currently undertakes research with universities across the region, as well as health organisations, it said.

The cost of implementing the change will be "minimal", it said, with branding of its fleet or buildings only updated when new vehicles are brought into service.

A public consultation on the changes has been launched.

Man in hit-and-run crash 'critical'

A man is in hospital in a critical condition after being hit by a car that failed to stop in Coventry last night, police say.

Crash street
Google

The pedestrian, thought to be about 60, was crossing St James Lane in the Willenhall area of the city at about 19:20 when he was struck by a white Audi which then left the scene.

The victim was given emergency first aid by passers by, and then rushed to hospital, said West Midlands Police.

Officers are calling for the driver to "do the right thing" and get in contact.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry and bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands