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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 25 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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Our coverage across the day

Our live coverage has now ended for Coventry and Warwickshire.

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

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A dull cloudy afternoon with a few isolated showers around and feeling warmer with a top temperature of 12C (54F).

Residents urged to have say on affordable housing development

Stratford Observer

 Housing & Care 21 wants to build the new 75-home extra care development on Corelli Close in Bishopton, and is inviting townspeople to a consultation event on Monday February 1, running from 4pm to 7.30pm.  

Corelli Close development
Stratford Observer

On tonight's Inside Out

Coventry Police enter unlocked homes and tweet photos

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

Police in Coventry have been criticised on social media for entering people's unlocked homes and tweeting photos.

The Cov City Police team has been on burglary patrol in the city, testing front doors then advising homeowners to lock their properties.

Tweet from Cov City Police showing a picture of someone's house
West Midlands Police

The photos, one retweeted by West Midlands Police's chief constable, showed officers inside hallways pointing out the home is insecure.

The force said it had had good feedback but would take other comments on board.

Wasps sign Marty Moore

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have confirmed the signing of Ireland international Marty Moore from Leinster Rugby.

The 24-year-old prop will join the team ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. 

Marty Moore
Wasps Rugby

Moore's won 10 caps for Ireland since his 2014 debut.

I am looking forward to working with Dai Young and his coaching team as well as the squad and am excited about the challenge ahead in the Premiership.

Marty Moore

Latest: Daniel Pelka momentoes 'encroached' other grave and new Wasps signing

Tom Cooke

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of our main stories today:

- Daniel Pelka mementos removed for "encroaching" on another grave

- Wasps sign Leinster prop Marty Moore

- Jimmy Hill celebration a "sell-out"

Do drivers aged over 70 need re-testing?

BBC Inside Out

There are now more than four million drivers over the age of 70 and that figure is increasing fast - by 10,000 every month. 

So is it time to introduce medical checks or even another test? Angela Rippon has been investigating for us.

It comes after an 88-year-old driver ploughed through the window of a hairdressers after losing control of her car.

Police also recently stopped a car travelling the wrong way along the M6 Toll, driven by a 77-year-old man with dementia who had been reported missing from his home. 

More on this tonight, at 19:30 on BBC One.

Shakespeare's town to get new sculpture

An American artist is giving a life-sized sculpture of William Shakespeare to Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

Portrait of William Shakespeare
Getty Images

The town's councillors are set to accept the gift from actor and director Lawrence Holofcener at a meeting later.

Holofcener previously planned to loan the sculpture to the council, but revised his offer to a gift.

Portrait of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's town to get new sculpture

A life-sized sculpture of Shakespeare as a young man by an American artist to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death is offered as a gift to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Medals stolen from Bedworth home

Nuneaton News

A plea has been made for the return of sentimental medals stolen from a home in Bedworth.

Stolen medals
Nuneaton News

Council remove Daniel Pelka memorial keepsakes

Items were removed from a memorial for murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka because they "significantly encroached" on a neighbouring grave, Coventry City Council said.

Councillor Rachel Lancaster said they'd had to "re-mark out the space available" for people to leave gifts at the site and apologised saying "it was not our intention to cause offence". 

Campaigners who look after the site say they should have been given notice that the council were going to remove items. 

Daniel Pelka memorial
BBC

We have safely kept all of the things that were removed. These will be returned to the members of the Justice for Daniel group when we meet them later this week. We will also discuss how we can work with them to manage the memorial in the future.

Councillor Rachel LancasterCoventry City Council

Jimmy Hill celebration a 'sell-out'

All 700 tickets earmarked for Coventry City fans at a special service to remember club legend Jimmy Hill have gone.

Jimmy Hill
Getty Images

The service will be held at Coventry Cathedral on 12 February and is expected to attract hundreds of fans and famous figures from the game. 

For those who didn't get tickets the event will be relayed outside.

Watch: Station Tower demolition time-lapse

Work is getting under way on a new office block for Coventry City Council near the railway station.

It follows the demolition of the 14-storey Station Tower which has come to an end.  Builders are now working on the foundations of the new building  

Watch time-lapse photography of the Station Tower demolition.

Latest: Anger over Daniel Pelka memorial and new Shakespeare sculpture

Tom Cooke

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of the stories making the headlines today:

- Campaigners "livid" that keepsakes removed from Daniel Pelka memorial

- Stratford to get new life-sized sculpture of Shakespeare

- Tickets run-out for Jimmy Hill celebration

Anger at Daniel Pelka memorial clearance

Daniel Pelka's memorial was unveilled in Coventry in November 2013, at the same time as one in Lodz, Poland, where Daniel is buried.

Campaigners say they're "angry and upset" that keepsakes, toys and letters have been removed from the site without notification from the council.

Daniel Pelka memorial
BBC

Daniel's mother, Magdelena Luczak, and her partner, Mariusz Krezolek were each jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering him.

Luczak, 29, died in her cell at HMP Foston Hall Prison in Derbyshire last year.

What are anabolic steroids?

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A needle exchange has seen a huge rise in the use of steroids - but what are they?

- Class C drugs that can be injected or taken as tablet

- There are between 60 and 100 different types and though it is illegal to sell or distribute them, using them is not against the law

- Steroids can enhance physical performance and stimulate muscle growth but potential side effects range from acne and hair loss to depression, liver and heart problems

Your pictures: Leamington morning

My colleague Naomi Bishop took this stunning picture in Leamington Spa this morning.

Leamington
Naomi Bishop

You can send us your pictures of the local area by emailTwitter or Facebook.  

Steroid abuse service piloted

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A scheme offering advice to steroid users is being piloted in Leamington because of a high demand for syringes.

Syringe exchange
PA

The Recovery Partnership says more than half of people accessing their needle exchanges across Coventry and Warwickshire are steroid abusers.

Steve Bliss from the charity says the drugs aren't harmless and more needs to be done to make people understand the dangers.

"Some people using these drugs may need a lifetime of medication or health support," he said.

End off the road for Land Rover?

Land Rovers have been "charming and disarming us for almost 70 years", says motoring journalist Quentin Willson.  

Around two million Defenders have rolled off the production line since 1948 but what do people think of the news they might be reaching the end of the road?

Wasps land Euro home tie with Exeter

Wasps will welcome Exeter to the Ricoh Arena after beating Leinster 51-10 in the European Champions Cup.   

Joe Launchberry
Getty Images

Champions Toulon had gone into the final round of games as group leaders, but Wasps leapfrogged them on points scored in their two meetings.

Saturday's game was evenly poised at half-time, with the hosts taking a narrow 15-10 lead.

But Wasps ran in 36 unanswered points in a superb second-half performance.

London Taxi Company loses trademark case over distinctive black cab design

Coventry Telegraph

London Taxi Company have reaffirmed its commitment to investing £300million into the region despite losing a trademark battle with an eco-taxi company over the distinctive black cab design. 

London Taxi Company
Coventry Telegraph

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We had a bright start but cloud is coming in and there might be a bit of drizzle. Find out more about what this afternoon should look like. 

Latest: Council clears Daniel Pelka memorial; steroid abuse service piloted

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of the headlining stories this afternoon:

- Campaigners "heartbroken" after Daniel Pelka's memorial cleared

- Steroid abuse service piloted

- Stratford to get new Shakespeare sculpture

Travel: M6 emergency repairs

BBC Travel

One lane of the M6 northbound is closed for emergency repairs between J2, M69 (Coventry) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton).

More details on BBC Travel.

Daniel Pelka's memorial 'vandalised by council'

Angela Sidlow, who tends Daniel Pelka's memorial in Coventry, says she's "absolutely livid" that belongings from the memorial have been cleared away.

"I go two or three times a week," she said, "and the memorial is always kept tidily".

She says the first she knew of the clearance was when a sign was put up on the site on Friday. 

"People keep asking me if the grave's been vandalised - it's been vandalised alright" she said "by the council".

Sign put up by Daniel Pelka memorial
Nicci Astin

The BBC has asked the local authority for a comment.

Daniel Pelka memorial cleared by council

Campaigners who tend the memorial to Daniel Pelka in Coventry say they're "heartbroken" that keepsakes, gifts and letters have been cleared from the site without any notice.

Nicci Astin from the group Justice for Daniel Pelka organised the memorial stone at St Paul's Cemetery, Holbrooks, and says "people are angry and upset" there was no notice given by the council. 

Daniel Pelka memorial
Nicci Astin

They've taken so much away, they've only left a tiny little square. Even if the council had left a notice saying it's encroaching, can you please make it smaller, then we would have arranged for that, but just to take everything away is just horrible.

Nicci AstinJustice for Daniel Pelka

We are awaiting a response from the council.

Latest: Steroid abuse pilot and Coventry landmark tower demolished

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- Steroid support service piloted in Nuneaton

- Coventry's Station Tower demolished

- Stratford council meeting to reconsider position on combined authority

Tower demolition complete

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Demolition of Coventry's 15-storey Station Tower next to the railway station has been completed.

View more on twitter

The last Defender: Is Land Rover's off-road heyday over?

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

The last of Jaguar Land Rover's classic Defenders will roll off the production line this week, ending 68 years of production - does this mean the carmaker's best off-road days are behind it?

The Defender has evolved, but JLR said it had essentially "changed very little during its lifetime", while vehicle standards had "changed dramatically".

Defender
Jaguar Land Rover

Devoted fans of the model say they are "gutted" about the vehicle's demise.   

Travel: A46 accident

BBC Travel

Slow traffic both ways on the A46 Warwick by-pass at Woodloes lane.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Judges revealed for latest Ricoh Arena court date

Coventry Telegraph

The three judges who will attempt to settle the long-running Ricoh Arena dispute next month have been appointed by the Court of Appeal.

Ricoh Arena
Coventry Telegraph

Weather watchers: Sunrise in Stratford

One of our BBC Weather Watchers, Chela, posted this stunning picture taken in Stratford-upon-Avon this morning. 

Sunrise in Stratford
BBC

Man bailed over commuter stabbing

A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a Coventry University lecturer near a London Tube station has been released on bail.  

Daniel Young
Met Police

Daniel Young, 30, was attacked in Kendor Gardens, near Morden Underground station, shortly after 08:00 on Tuesday.  

Latest: Rise in steroid use and man bailed over lecturer stabbing

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

These are some of the main stories we're looking at this morning:

- Needle exchange sees huge increase in steroid users

- Man bailed over commuter stabbing

- Demolition of Coventry's Station Tower complete