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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 8:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now finished for the day.

    We'll back with you from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Expansion of DIRFT due to 'greater demand' for rail freight

    Work is due to start on the last phase of a scheme to expand the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal which is expected to create 9,000 jobs.

    Residents are worried about the amount of traffic, but rail freight experts say there is enough demand in the industry to justify a major expansion.

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  3. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Some dry spells will develop overnight, but there will be further spells of showery rain at times too. 

    Winds will remain strong and temperatures will stay on the mild side with lows of 9C (48F).

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton with Tuesday's afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Coventry cannabis factory closed

    Police in Coventry say they've closed down a cannabis factory, confiscating about 75 plants, at an address in Harefield Road, Stoke. 

    They say a 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene.  

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  5. Latest: Warwickshire to discuss joining combined authority and Coventry cannabis factory closed

    Tom Cooke

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of our headlining stories today:

    - Meeting called to discuss Warwickshire joining combined authority

    - Police close down Coventry cannabis factory

    - Stabbing victim's final steps captured on CCTV

  6. Meeting called to discuss Warwickshire joining combined authority

    Simon Glover

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    The Liberal Democrat group on Warwickshire County Council has put forward proposals for an extraordinary meeting to re-visit the question of joining the West Midlands Combined Authority.

    The council voted not to join the first phase of membership last September along with Stratford District, who've just voted to revise their position.

    Quote Message: The strong support that the WMCA has now received from Government, and with the geographical and regional rationale on which the WMCA is based, it is clear that Warwickshire could fit inside the new combined authority as a strong and equal partner to its other constituent members. from Cllr John Whitehouse, Lib Dem Chair of the all-party Devolution Working Group
    Cllr John Whitehouse, Lib DemChair of the all-party Devolution Working Group
  7. Wasps to meet Exeter in European quarter finals

    Martin Winch

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Wasps forward James Gaskell says he's relishing a home tie with Exeter in the quarter finals of the European Champions Cup. 

    A 51-10 bonus point victory over Leinster at the weekend secured qualification to the next stage of the tournament

    Gaskell admitted the margin of the win was something of a surprise.

    James Gaskell
    Quote Message: We weren't expecting that five-point win, we just wanted a win to give us every chance to get us through. from James Gaskell Wasps Rugby
    James GaskellWasps Rugby
  8. West Midlands Combined Authority 'welcomes' Stratford vote

    The leadership team of the West Midlands Combined Authority say they "warmly welcome" Stratford's decision to join as a non-constituent member.

    Consultation on the first phase partnership has already started, so Stratford won't become a member until later in the year, but will be "welcomed around the shadow board table" until membership is formalised. 

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  9. Video: Stabbing victim's final steps captured on CCTV

    CCTV images of the final steps taken by a Coventry University lecturer before he was stabbed to death near a London tube station have been released by police.

    Daniel Young, 30, was attacked in Kendor Gardens, Morden while on his way for the second day of a new job at the university's London campus.

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    Video caption: Daniel Young can be seen walking along Dorset Road towards Kendor Gardens
  10. Latest: PCC in talks over taking over fire service; and family fundraise for ex-military dog's treatment

    Tom Cooke

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here's a recap of some of our main stories today:

    - Police chief in talks to look at taking over responsibility of the fire service

    - Legal highs seized from shops across the region

    - Rugby family fundraise for ex-military dog's treatment

  11. Your pictures: Coventry dawn

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    Another gorgeous sunrise in Coventry, this picture taken by Lesley Williams.

    Coventry sunrise

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  12. Family fundraise for ex-military service dog

    A retired military dog, who served in Afghanistan, needs such expensive medical treatment his family have taken to a crowdfunding website to raise the money.

    Six-year old Copper spent two years as part of the army's Explosive and Ammunition Unit before retiring to Rugby with the Proffitt family.

    Copper
    Quote Message: We as a family are very proud to house such a hero that served in Afghanistan so it's with regret that we find ourselves struggling to fund a very expensive problem that Copper has developed in his rear legs. from Adrian Proffitt Owner of Copper
    Adrian ProffittOwner of Copper
  13. Travel: M40 accident

    BBC Travel

    A broken down vehicle has closed one lane of the M40 southbound in Warwickshire between J12 B4451 (Gaydon) and J11 A361.

  14. Police fined after 'accident waiting to happen'

    The officer involved in a health and safety breach at West Midlands Police was disposing of a seized sub-machine gun in a hydraulic cutting machine when part of his index finger was severed. 

    The force admitted failing to ensure the welfare of its employees at an earlier hearing.

    Birmingham Crown Court heard the manual for the machine had been misplaced.

    Sentencing, Judge Richard Bond said: "Although it was suggested this was an isolated incident, the mislaying of the manual, the lack of a risk assessment and proper management mean this was an accident waiting to happen."

  15. ‘No clear motive’ for Morden stabbing

    The Met says it has still found “no clear motive” why a Coventry University lecturer was stabbed to death during rush hour near Morden Tube station.  

    Daniel Young

    Daniel Young, 30, was killed a week ago in Kendor Gardens while he was making his way to his second day of a job at the university's London campus.

    Det Ch Insp Cliff Lyons said the response from the public had been “incredibly helpful” but appealed for anybody who was in the vicinity last Tuesday to contact police.

    Two men have been arrested over the killing. Both have been bailed pending further inquiries.