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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Navkiran Mann

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

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

  2. New Southam Library opens a week early

    Southam's new library has opened today - a week earlier than scheduled.  

    The building, which is purpose built, is on the site of the old library on Tithe place.

    Southam Library

    The council said while the building itself has been ready for some time, other work has been taking place inside to move in books a, computers and other equipment.

  3. Wasps trio sign new contracts

    Wasps trio Rob Miller, Josh Bassett and Brendan Macken have signed new, unspecified-length contracts with the Premiership club.

    England Saxons full-back Miller has scored seven tries in 35 appearances since signing from Sale in 2014.

    Rob Miller

    England Under-20s wing Bassett arrived from Bedford in 2013 and has scored 27 points in 21 appearances.

    Ireland Under-20s centre Macken is yet to make his first-team debut since signing from Leinster in May 2015.

  4. Latest: Police officer charged with child assault

    Alice Rosenthal

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Your headlines this evening:

    - A West Midlands Police officer has been charged with assault against a child

    - A fundraising page - set up to help the family of Coventry man Luke Whelan - has raised more than £4,000 in three days

    - West Midlands Ambulance Service release details of time-wasting 999 calls

  5. Coventry and Warwickshire veterans awarded Légion d'honneur

    Leamington Observer

    Surviving war veterans in Coventry and Warwickshire who helped liberate France in World War Two have received a top French award in thanks for their efforts

    Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr Michael Hammon, Doreen Thomson and Bill Thomson
  6. Crowdfunding page for Luke Whelan raises £4k

    A fundraising page - set up to help the family of Coventry man Luke Whelan - has raised more than £4,000 in three days. 

    The 37-year-old went missing on 28 November and his body was discovered last Thursday in a brook in the city.

    The fundraising page has been set up to help his family take care of bills in the aftermath of his death.

    Luke Whelan
  7. 999 calls: Scary hedgehogs and lost keys

    999 calls about scary hedgehogs, lost keys and a request for a lift after a drunken night out are just some of those received by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

    While these are nuisance calls, the ambulance service also faces hoax calls from people deliberately diverting crews to non-existent emergencies.

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    In the first 11 months of last year the ambulance service said it received more than 450 hoax calls, tying up paramedics and other staff from attending potentially life-threatening emergencies.

    Quote Message: We would ask anyone who has made a hoax call how they would feel if that call had meant their loved one didn’t receive the care they desperately needed and some harm had come to them. from Ambulance service spokesperson
    Ambulance service spokesperson
  8. Coventry burglary: Two men arrested

    Two men have been arrested after a police officer was assaulted during an attempted burglary in the Stoke area last night.

    As police responded to a call to Yeomanry Walk at 18:30 one officer was hit with a crow bar. 

    A suspect was then followed by a police helicopter and caught by a police dog called Vapour.

  9. Coming up on TV: NHS under pressure

    Michele Paduano

    Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Junior doctors went on strike this week for the first time in decades. Medics at hospitals across the region took to the picket lines despite pleas from the government to think again.  

    I'll be taking a look at what’s been a tough week for the NHS on BBC Sunday Politics this weekend at 11:00 on BBC One.

  10. Latest: Two arrests over Coventry attempted burglary and MTV music event comes to the Ricoh

    Alice Rosenthal

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here are your headlines this afternoon:

    - Two men have been arrested after an attempted burglary in Stoke last night that saw a police officer assaulted

    -  Police in north Warwickshire are tweeting for help in finding 80-year-old Horace Jones who was last seen at 04:00 this morning in Bedworth

    - A two-day MTV Crashes Coventry event is being held at the Ricoh at the end of May

  11. Brightening up Coventry on a freezing day

    It may be cold outside - but Coventry City Council gardeners are out planting flowers in the city centre today.

  12. Taxi drivers in Warwick and Leamington being trained to spot and report child grooming

    It started in Coventry but now taxi drivers in Warwick District are being trained in how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.

  13. Police helicopter called to Earlsdon

    A police helicopter's been heard flying over over Earlsdon today.

    Police have confirmed the helicopter was flying over the residential area to try and find thieves who stole a silver Ford Fiesta just after 09:00 this morning - by taking it off a driveway on Bristol Road.

  14. Missing Bedworth pensioner

    Warwickshire Police are searching for 80-year-old Horace Jones, who's gone missing from Bedworth.