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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 8:00 Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 9 February 2016

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  2. Union convenor 'not suspended for organising protest' says council

    The councillor in charge of public services in Coventry, Rachel Lancaster, says she disputes the Unite union's version of events over a suspended colleague.

    About 40 staff from Coventry's Whitley Depot are taking strike action after, they say, a union convenor was suspended for organising a protest at the council house yesterday.  

    The council confirms a member of staff is "subject to a disciplinary investigation" but as the process is underway "cannot comment any further".

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    Video caption: Cllr Rachel Lancaster responds to action by refuse collectors
  3. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue this evening and overnight, turning wintry on high ground.

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Action needed over automotive skills shortage

    Government action is needed to tackle a skills shortage in the automotive sector, says Jaguar Land Rover.

    A survey of British-based firms has revealed that a fifth of 5,000 vacancies in the industry still on offer were of "critical" importance.

    Jaguar Land Rover
    Quote Message: These are very significant findings which present a valuable basis for government and industry to jointly tackle this issue head-on and ensure that the growth potential of the industry in the coming years is fulfilled from Jo Lopes Head of technical excellence, Jaguar Land Rover
    Jo LopesHead of technical excellence, Jaguar Land Rover
  5. Latest: Hundreds turn out for Atherstone Ball Game and Coventry affected by bin crew walk-out

    Susie Rack

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

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

    - Atherstone brought to a standstill for the annual Shrovetide ball game

    - Thousands affected by refuse collector walk-out

    - Family pays tribute to Stratford woman Bethany Hill

  6. 'Devastated' family pay tribute to 'loving daughter' Bethany Hill

    The family of 20-year-old Bethany Hill, who was found dead in Statford-upon-Avon last week, say they've been left "absolutely devastated" by the loss of the "loving daughter, sister and auntie".

    They say she was a "source of great joy and laughter" and her laugh "is something we will never forget".

    Bethany Hill

    Two people appearing at Warwick Crown Court today charged with her murder have been remanded in custody for a court date in April. 

  7. Open revolt threat in Coventry Labour as ‘Lucas loyalist’ Lynnette Kelly imposed as candidate

    Coventry Observer

    Labour party infighting in Coventry is threatening to become open revolt after a former council cabinet member was parachuted in to the Sherbourne ward by party bureaucrats as its candidate in May’s elections.  

    Lynette Kelly
  8. Refuse collectors' protest a 'last resort'

    The Unite union says the walk-out today by refuse workers was a "last resort".

    Mick Shortland

    About 40 staff from Coventry's Whitley Depot are protesting after a Unite union convenor, who organised a smaller protest on Monday, was suspended.  

    Mick Shortland (pictured), corporate representative for the union at the city council, said feeling was "strong" and added "we will not tolerate this kind of attitude towards our convenor".

    "We're asking them to lift the suspension, get around a table and get members back to work."

  9. Atherstone Ball Game underway

    Leicester City footballer Marc Albrighton has started this year's Atherstone Ball Game by launching the ball into the crowd in the town's main street.

    Whoever's in possession of it when the final klaxon sounds at 17:00 is declared the winner. 

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  10. Travel: M42 accident

    BBC Travel

    An accident is blocking the exit slip road of the M42 northbound at J9 for M6 Toll (Curdworth).

    More details on BBC Travel. 

  11. Still time to join Shakespeare production

    Siobhan Harrison

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Our cast is filling up nicely, but if you've ever fancied having a go at something exciting, it is not too late to join our production of Romeo & Juliet this April. 

    The stars of the show will come from Coventry - it could be you.

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    Video caption: Join our production of Romeo & Juliet

    It doesn't matter if you've never done anything like this before, training and workshops are provided by The Belgrade Theatre and Highly Sprung Performance Company. 


  12. Latest: Coventry affected by bin crew walk-out and teenager dies in Leamington crash

    Susie Rack

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    These are some of the main stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

    - Council says 30,000 houses affected by walk-out by refuse collectors

    - Appeal for witnesses after death of teenager struck by a car in Leamington

    - Atherstone Ball Game gets underway

  13. Leamington's Kettering match called off

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Today's Southern League Premier Division match between Kettering and Leamington is off due a waterlogged pitch.

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  14. Cyclist suffers serious head injuries after Coventry crash

    Paul Marriott

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A cyclist is in hospital in Coventry with a serious head injury after being hit by a car.

    The ambulance service says it found the man, believed to be in his 20s, lying in the road at around 17:50 yesterday at the junction of the A444 and Stoney Stanton Road.   

    They say the man wasn't wearing a safety helmet but his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

  15. Crews tackle fire in derelict pub

    Paul Marriott

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Emergency crews spent just over an hour dealing with a fire in a derelict pub in north Warwickshire last night.

    Around 10 firefighters were called to the Black Swan Inn on Watling Street at Grendon just after 23:00.

    The fire was found on the first floor of the disused building. 

  16. Ball game participants monitored

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Participants in Atherstone's ball game will be reminded they're being filmed on CCTV when the annual event gets underway today. 

    The police expressed concern about the level of violence at the event last year.

    Hundreds take part in the free-for-all in Long Street every Shrove Tuesday.

  17. Video: The strange game of Shrovetide football

    The Atherstone ball game is one of three annual Shrovetide football matches that have been played for hundreds of years.

    Here we find out what the games are all about

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    Video caption: What is Shrovetide football and what does it means to English communities?
  18. Latest: Teenager dies in Leamington crash and refuse collectors protest

    Susie Rack

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    These are some of the main stories in the newsroom:

    - Teenager dies in Leamington after being hit by a car

    - Refuse collectors protest at Coventry council house

    - Atherstone prepares for annual ball game