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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Watch: Weekend weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Wet and windy weather overnight for the area, and a bit of a mixed bag for the weekend.

    Here's your weekend weather report. 

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Daniel Pelka remembered in Poland and Coventry

    Daniel Pelka is buried in the Polish city of Lodz, where the four-year-old's father Eryk lives.  

    A permanent memorial for the murdered schoolboy is also in place in St Paul's Cemetery, in the Holbrooks area of Coventry.

    This week the Justice for Daniel group said how "angry and upset" they were after Coventry City Council removed items from the memorial without prior notice. 

    Nicci Astin, from the group said the memorial is "still the focus for a lot of people to remember Daniel" but there was still no resolution with the council over the issue. 

    Daniel Pelka's memorial
  4. 'Daniel Pelka's Law' petition presented in Parliament

    A petition calling for a law to make it mandatory to report suspected child abuse has been signed by nearly 200,000 people.  

    The petition was started by Paula Barrow, a mother-of-two from Manchester, after she heard about the Daniel Pelka case. 

    She said she wanted a new law removing "uncertainty" over how professionals should act.  

    The petition was presented in parliament in December by Cheryl Gillan MP, and the group behind it is now moving for a formal parliamentary debate.

  5. Justice for Daniel Pelka campaigner 'shocked' at Krezolek death

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Reacting to the death of Mariusz Krezolek, Nicci Astin, from the Justice for Daniel Pelka group, said she'd been left "utterly shocked".

    "The whole family has been destroyed" she said, "it's just senseless".

    She said the campaign group was still active trying to raise awareness and backing Daniel's Law which has gone to Parliament, and "trying to get things changed so things like Daniel's death can't happen again".

    "Everything that contributed to Daniel's death - a lot of it can be improved on and that's what we're hoping for. "

  6. Daniel Pelka's doctor 'guilty of misconduct'

    A GP who didn't act adequately over concerns raised about starved schoolboy Daniel Pelka was found guilty of misconduct at a hearing last year.

    The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found Dr Mohammad Pathan did not provide a "safety net" when teachers raised concerns over Daniel's appearance and weight.

    He was found guilty of misconduct but remains fit to practise and given a warning.  

  7. Coventry children's services 'inadequate'

    In the wake of the Daniel Pelka case Children's Services at Coventry City Council and the effectiveness of it's Local Safeguarding Children Board were both rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.

    It was criticised for a lack of robust management, not seeing vulnerable children fast enough and not tackling weaknesses in social care fast enough. 

    In the latest annual report into safeguarding children in Coventry the council said the city now has a Board that is "fully functioning and fit for purpose".

  8. Report into Daniel Pelka's death made 'shocking reading'

    The Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said the report into the death of Daniel Pelka made "shocking reading" and "laid bare" the lack of intervention by professionals.  

    In March 2008, when Daniel was eight months old, he was treated for a minor head wound. 

    In January 2011, when he was three-and-a-half, he was taken to A&E with a fractured arm.

    Daniel Pelka

    The review said the hospital "rightly raised immediate concerns about the [fractured arm]" and a meeting was held to decide if it was caused by a fall from a settee, as Daniel's mother claimed, or was the result of abuse.

    The meeting decided Luczak's explanation was "plausible".

    But the review said the reasons for other bruises found on Daniel at the time, which his mother claimed came from bicycle accidents, were not "fully explored".

  9. Daniel Pelka 'invisible' to agencies

    A serious case review found four-year-old Daniel Pelka was largely "invisible" to social workers and other agencies.

    Published in September 2013, it said chances had been missed to help him and "no professional tried sufficiently hard enough" to talk to him".

    Daniel Pelka

    Much of the detail that emerged in the trial about the level of abuse Daniel suffered was "completely unknown" to the professionals involved, the review found.  

    The report by Ron Lock did not blame or identify any individual agency but he said the professionals involved were "too optimistic" about what they saw and said they should have had "a much more inquiring mind"

  10. Appeals rejected over Daniel Pelka sentences

    Magdalena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek, were convicted of murder and sentenced to at least 30 years in jail in August 2013 after blaming each other for the head injury which ultimately caused Daniel's death.

    In December 2014 three Court of Appeal judges threw out challenges by the pair. 

    They rejected a bid by Krezolek to appeal against his murder conviction and dismissed claims from both that their sentences were "excessive".

  11. Daniel Pelka's murderers inflicted 'unimaginable acts of cruelty'

    During the original murder trial, Judge Mrs Justice Cox said that "unimaginable acts of cruelty and brutality" were inflicted on Daniel Pelka by Krezolek and Luczak.

    Birmingham Crown Court heard he saw a doctor in hospital for a broken arm, arrived at school with bruises and facial injuries, and was seen scavenging for food.

    Krezolek and Luczak

    A teaching assistant said he was a "bag of bones".

    The judge told the pair they had caused Daniel "severe physical and mental suffering".

    She said his punishments were "designed to humiliate" and that he was "a victim of chronic and systematic starvation" in a "campaign of cruelty".

  12. Daniel Pelka's murderers both now dead

    Daniel's mother, Magdalena Luczak, who was also convicted over his death, was found hanged in her cell at HMP Foston Hall in July 2015.  

    She and her partner, Mariusz Krezolek, both originally from Poland, had denied murder, blaming each other for Daniel's death.  

    Daniel Pelka

    Daniel weighed just over a stone and a half when he died.

    He was denied food, forced to perform punishment exercises, confined in a locked box room, poisoned with salt, and subjected to water torture, their trial heard.

  13. Investigation into prison death of Daniel Pelka's step-father

    A full investigation is to be carried out into the circumstances of Mariusz Krezolek's death, The Ministry of Justice says.

    In a statement, a spokesperson said staff at HMP Full Sutton "immediately attempted resuscitation" but he was pronounced dead shortly after being discovered "unresponsive" in his cell.

    "As will all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons & Probation Ombudsman."  

  14. Daniel Pelka's murderer dies in prison

    The Ministry of Justice confirmed Mariusz Krezolek was found unresponsive in his cell at HMP Full Sutton at 08:30 on Wednesday 27 January.

    Mariusz Krezolek and Daniel's mother Magdalena Luczak were each jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering Daniel Pelka.

    The four-year-old was starved and beaten for months before he died from a head injury in March 2012 at his Coventry home.

    Mariusz Krezolek Magdalena Luczak
  15. BreakingBREAKING NEWS: Daniel Pelka's step-father found dead in prison

    The stepfather of murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka has been found dead in prison.

    Mariusz Krezolek, 36, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in 2013.

  16. Short home care visits 'plague system'

    Unacceptably short 15-minute home care visits to elderly and disabled people are still plaguing the care system in England, a report suggests.

    Research by the union Unison found Coventry and Warwickshire councils both commission home care visits of just 15 minutes 

    Councils are not meant to schedule  them for personal care, like help with washing, dressing or eating.

    But the union said its findings showed many were still doing just that despite repeated calls for longer visits.

    Elderly person