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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    The rain will clear during the evening leaving a clear night with a few scattered showers.

    Tomorrow, a much brighter day in store.

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    Video caption: Charlie Slater presents Tuesday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Christmas: Was Jesus really born on 25 December?

    We are just days away from Christmas Day and for Christians it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.

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    Video caption: Christmas Day iWonder guide animation

    But early believers didn't mark the event as they considered it a pagan practice - and the Gospels of Matthew and Luke didn’t mention when Jesus' birth was.

    So how did it end up that 25 December was the day settled on? The BBC iWonder website's been looking at how it happened.

  4. Video: See why some farmers are abandoning the tradition of ploughing

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

      Think of farming and many of us will think of a tractor pulling a plough.  

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    Video caption: Some farmers are using alternatives to ploughing fields.

    But now some farmers are abandoning the centuries old tradition claiming it damages soil and that by using a different approach they can improve yields and reduce costs.

    I've been looking at this radical new way of farming for BBC Midlands Today which you can see tonight on BBC One from 18:30.

  5. Fixture change for Sky Blues v Walsall

    Coventry City's home game against Walsall has been rearranged for Tuesday 12 January.

    Ricoh Arena

    It was originally scheduled for 9 January but due to Walsall's progress in the FA Cup, the fixture has been put back.   

  6. Latest: Fans invited to sign books of condolence and car dealer admits 'clocking'

    Navkiran Mann

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are our main stories in the newsroom:

    - Coventry City have invited fans to sign books of condolence for Jimmy Hill

    - Car dealer admits selling 'clocked' vehicles

    - Sky Blues fixture against Walsall put back

  7. Warwickshire police chief backs review into police gun use

    Warwickshire's police and crime commissioner has backed the prime minister's review into providing armed officers with greater legal protection if they shoot suspected criminals during police operations. 

    Ron Ball Warwickshire PCC

    Ron Ball is calling for changes to the law so that firearms officers have the confidence and backing of the state in making split-second life or death decisions. 

    He says, if that doesn't happen, forces will struggle in attracting new recruits for what is a voluntary role. 

    Quote Message: If we do not provide a better process for reviewing these decisions, I think it will be very hard to persuade new firearms officers to come forward to be trained, putting our armed policing capability at risk. from Ron Ball Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
    Ron BallWarwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  8. Wade targeting early Wasps comeback

    BBC Sport

    Injured Wasps wing Christian Wade says he's optimistic he can return to action on, or possibly ahead, of schedule.

    The 24-year-old, capped seven times by England, is currently sidelined by a foot injury picked up in November, and was told at the time he would be out for between two and three months.  

    Christian Wade

    Wade targeting early Wasps comeback

    Christian Wade

    Injured Wasps wing Christian Wade hopes to return to action possibly ahead of schedule.

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  9. Chairman confirms planned expansion of Coventry Rugby Club

    Dan Freeman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Coventry Rugby Club chairman Jon Sharpe says he's looking to develop the Butts Park Arena stadium specifically for Coventry Rugby.

    He said he was personally buying the land around the pitch and stand to improve the facilities and corporate hosptality capacity.

    "What we have there is a brilliant city centre location, and I see it as being under-used" he said.

    "How can we make a business out of it when we only use it 15 times a year to play rugby on?"

  10. Listen: 'We can't always be good'

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Listen to our cute kids talk about being good ahead of the big night.

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    Video caption: Christmas. Children talk about being good ahead of the big night.
  11. Latest: Puppy farm closed down and fans sign books of condolence

    Navkiran Mann

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of our main stories in the newsroom:

    - Two arrested after puppy farm closed down 

    - Fans sign books of condolence for Jimmy Hill

    - New road signs for controversial new junction in Coventry

  12. Four mince pies would save a hedgehog

    The Canal and River Trust gets in touch with some unusual statistics:

    - On Christmas Day the average person consumes enough calories to get 166 bats through winter

    - A dormouse needs to eat the calories equivalent to one medium sized roast potato to put on enough weight for hibernation

    - The calories in four mince pies would give a hedgehog the extra 100g of weight it needs to survive

    Hedgehog
  13. Boyd Rankin: Ireland return for pace bowler

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire bowler Boyd Rankin will play for Ireland in the World Twenty20 after switching back from England.  

    Boyd Rankin

    Rankin suffered cramp in his sole test appearance against Australia in January 2014 then dropped out of favour with the country he switched to in 2012.

    "I'm grateful to England for the chance to play test cricket," said Rankin, 31.

    "But with few opportunities in the last two years, I felt it was time to move on at this stage of my career. I'm delighted to be returning for Ireland."

  14. Two arrested after puppy farm closed down

    Two people have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and more than 20 dogs rescued from a puppy farm.

    Puppies rescued

    Police say a 51-year-old man and a woman aged 41 were arrested this morning from an address in Hampton-in-Arden. 

    The woman has been released on police bail until the end of January.