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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Martin Winch

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 another day but we'll be back with your rolling news, sport, travel and weather service from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Watch: Clear skies this evening

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a chilly start to this evening, milder air and cloud will start to increase, bringing with it rain.

    Most part should be dry by Thursday morning but it will remain rather breezy.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the weather forecast for Wednesday in the West Midlands
  3. Belgrade Plaza luxury hotel plans 'scrapped'

    Long-standing plans to build a luxury hotel on derelict land at the Belgrade Plaza site in Coventry could be scrapped due to a lack of demand.

    Belgrade Plaza

    Developers are awaiting a decision by the city council on whether or not they will be able to change the conditions of use for the area.

    New proposals for the land would see an extension to the existing Premier Inn hotel along with the creation of other accommodation.

  4. Maddison money will be 're-invested' in Sky Blues

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    The Sky Blues managing director Chris Anderson says all the fees generated by the sale of teenager James Maddison will be reinvested in the club.

    James Maddison

    Coventry City are refusing to disclose the financial details of the transfer of Maddison to Norwich City.

    But Anderson says it will generate revenue over a period of time.

    Quote Message: Not all of it goes onto the pitch. Some of it will pay for staff, some of it will pay for equipment. from Chris Anderson Managing director, Coventry City FC
    Chris AndersonManaging director, Coventry City FC
  5. Man dies at Coventry DHL depot

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A man has died, and three other people have been injured, following an incident at the DHL depot at Coventry's Prologis Park.

    Emergency services were called early Tuesday morning after a container of tyres fell from a stack.

    Four men were taken to hospital where one of them, aged 50, died from his injuries. 

    Another man remains in hospital with a serious head injury while the other two have been discharged.

    DHL says it offers its deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and is co-operating fully with all relevant authorities.

  6. Latest: Detective cleared of misconduct and man dies in industrial accident

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here are some of the stories currently making the headlines:

    - A Warwickshire Police detective has been cleared of giving a misleading account of what was said during a meeting with Andrew Mitchell MP about the "plebgate" row

    - An investigation's underway after the death of a 50-year-old man in an industrial accident in Coventry

    - Big name retailers at Nuneaton's Ropewalk shopping centre are voicing concerns about plans to put up parking charges across the borough

  7. Travel update: Road blocked in Leamington

    BBC Travel

    Dormer Place in Leamington Spa is blocked causing slow traffic in both directions at the B4087 Parade junction because of an accident.  

    Meanwhile traffic remains slow on the A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound in Coventry between Festival Island and Tollbar Island because of roadworks.  

  8. PCC condemns 'plebgate' affair as 'national embarrassment'

    The so-called "plebgate" affair has been described as a "national embarrassment" by Ron Ball, the Warwickshire police and crime commissioner.

    Ron Ball

    Mr Ball's comments come after Det Sgt Stuart Hinton, a serving Warwickshire officer, was cleared of misconduct for his account of an interview with Tory MP Andrew Mitchell.

    Quote Message: Today’s hearing hopefully brings to a conclusion a sorry saga that has taken far too much time and leaves very few people of those involved with any credit." from Ron Ball Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
    Ron BallWarwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  9. GB U18s coach hails 'worthwhile' win over Blaze side

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Great Britain's Under-18s' 6-3 victory over a Coventry Blaze NIHL select side at the Skydome has been praised by head coach Martin Grubb.

    Ice hockey players

    The national side came from behind three times as preparations for the World Championships in Romania continued.

    Grubb was pleased his players had been given a "worthwhile game rather than coming and turning a team over".

    Quote Message: We know we've got some more work to do but the game was thoroughly entertaining and the boys have done really well." from Martin Grubb Head coach, Great Britain Under-18s
    Martin GrubbHead coach, Great Britain Under-18s
  10. Warwickshire officer's comments 'not dishonest'

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton, along with two other Police Federation representatives, met MP Andrew Mitchell in October 2012, three weeks after the politician was involved in a well-publicised spat with Metropolitan Police officers at the Downing Street gates.

    Following that meeting, the serving Warwickshire Police officer had been accused of giving a false impression of Mr Mitchell's explanation of the incident, in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live on the following day.  

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton

    But a misconduct panel at the force's former headquarters found his on-air comments did not amount to dishonesty, discreditable conduct or a breach of integrity.

  11. 'Plebgate' row officer cleared of policing honesty standards breach

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton had praised Tory MP Andrew Mitchell for his candour at a meeting in 2012, before telling the BBC he had been evasive, a tribunal heard.

    However, the officer's barrister said hindsight had supported his view.

  12. Latest: 'Plebgate' detective cleared; opposition to parking charge increase

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Here's what's making the headlines in the Coventry newsroom this afternoon:

    - A highly commended Warwickshire detective has been cleared of giving a misleading account over the so-called Plebgate affair

    - Several big name retailers in Nuneaton`s Ropewalk shopping centre have voiced their opposition to plans for an increase in parking charges in the borough

    - People living on the Bannerbrook Park housing estate in Coventry are urging developers to hand over the maintenance of the area to the city council

  13. BreakingOfficer cleared in 'Plebgate' misconduct hearing

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton has been cleared of professional misconduct by Warwickshire Police.

    Mr Hinton had been accused of giving a misleading account of a meeting with MP Andrew Mitchell over the so-called Plebgate row in 2012.

  14. Top women cyclists to be 'tested' by Warwickshire route

    Top international cyclists will be be subjected to "several testing climbs" in Warwickshire this summer, according to the organisers of the Aviva Women's Tour which passes through the county.


    Warwickshire plays host to the second stage of the competition between Atherstone and Stratford-upon-Avon in June, and race director Mick Bennett says the area is good for cycling and hopes the finish proves "very popular".

    Quote Message: Many of the roads used are familiar to me from my training rides when a professional, so we know how good the area is for cycling, while we hope the proximity to the cities of Birmingham and Coventry will bring fans out to the roadside in large numbers." from Mick Bennett Race director, Aviva Women's Tour
    Mick BennettRace director, Aviva Women's Tour
  15. GP pressures: Care potentially unsafe - doctors' leader

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Pressures on GPs in England and Wales are so great they feel they are failing patients and potentially providing unsafe care, doctors leaders say.

    British Medical Association GP leader Dr Chaand Nagpaul said doctors were having to rush patients to keep up.


    But ministers in England responded by promising they would invest in services to address the concerns.

    A BMA survey of nearly 2,900 practices in England reveals 55% of them thought the quality of the service their practices was providing had deteriorated in the past 12 months.

  16. Rankin helps Ireland secure another Intercontinental Cup win

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire's Boyd Rankin took 3-31 in Papau New Guinea's second innings as Ireland maintained their 100% record in the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

    Rankin, along with county team mate William Porterfield, helped his country win by 145 runs.