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  1. Updates on Thursday 11 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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 now ended.

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

  2. Watch: Latest forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Becoming cloudier this evening, with the possibility of a few showers, and remaining cold.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands this afternoon.
  3. Sky Blues 'hopeful' they can use new Ricoh rail service

    Coventry City Football Club say they've held discussions with Wasps over the use of the new match-day service from Coventry Train Station to the new Ricoh Arena Station.

    Quote Message: We're hopeful that we can also take advantage of this practical and creative solution to the problem of transportation to the Ricoh Arena on our home match-days. We commend Wasps for looking to address the issue and consulting us on taking part. We'll continue those discussions in due course and update our supporters when possible." from Coventry City Football Club statement
    Coventry City Football Club statement
  4. Watch: 100 year-old Valentine's card found in Coventry

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    A Valentine's postcard which may have been sent 100 years ago in the Black Country has turned up in Coventry.  

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    Video caption: A Valentine's card thought to have been sent 100 years ago turns up at a market
  5. Council apologises to abuse victims who were in their care

    The city council has apologised to the victims of Alan Todd and Kenneth Owen, who've been jailed for "grotesque" ill treatment of children in a Coventry care home. 

    In a statement it says it "welcomes" the verdicts and "salutes" the bravery of the victims who ensured justice has been done. 

    Quote Message: "We would like to apologise to the victims who suffered so terribly while they were in the Council's care. We have helped the police with their enquiries in this case and will continue to do so. These crimes happened a number of years ago and the safeguards we have in place now make it a priority for the voice of the child or young person to be heard." from Statement from Coventry City Council
    Statement from Coventry City Council
  6. Latest: Council apologises for abuse of children in their care and Ricoh rail services for rugby fans

    Moira Rawlings

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

    - City council issues apology to abuse victims in their care

    - Train operator to trial services to Ricoh station for rugby games

    - Coventry judo player to lead Great Britain paralympic team

  7. Warwick in top 20 for vice chancellor pay

    The salary of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick is in the top 20 highest packages paid to university bosses, according to a new report.

    Vice chancellors have been criticised for accepting large pay rises while staff wages remain largely static.


    A survey of 152 institutions across the UK by the University and College Union, found the average salary now stands at more than £270,000.  

    Professor Nigel Thrift's £349,000 package puts him at number 20 in the list of the highest earners. 

  8. Travel: M42 accident

    BBC Travel

    An accident has closed one lane of the M42 southbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley).

    More details on BBC Travel. 

  9. Pair jailed for 'grotesque' ill-treatment of children in Coventry care home

    Two former care workers sexually abused and intimidated children at a care home in Coventry, a court has heard. 

    A month-long trial at Warwick Crown Court heard that Alan Todd and Kenneth Owen, both aged 70, operated as a "two-man team" at Wisteria Lodge in the 1980s - subjecting them to verbal and physical abuse.

    Todd (pictured on the left), who sexually abused two of his victims and taunted a vegetarian child with the carcass of a dead rabbit - was jailed for his "grotesque" ill-treatment of children.

    Alan Todd and Kenneth Owen

    Todd, of Stretton-under-Fosse, Warwickshire, was convicted of six indecent assaults and five cruelty charges, while Owen, from Boston in Lincolnshire, was found guilty of five cruelty charges relating to five children.

  10. Sam Ingram leads Great Britain Paralympic judo team

    BBC Sport

    Two-time medallist Sam Ingram from Coventry will head a four-strong Great Britain judo team for the Rio Paralympics.

    Sam Ingram

    The 30-year-old won silver in the -90kg category at London 2012, having taken bronze in Beijing in 2008.

    "My experiences in London have really spurred me on to Rio," he said.

  11. Latests: Two jailed for abuse at Coventry care home and Ricoh rail services for Wasps fans

    Moira Rawlings

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are the main stories in the newsroom today:

    - Two jailed for abuse at Coventry care home

    - Trains serving rugby fans will be trialled at Ricoh station

    - Warwick University in top 20 for vice chancellor pay

  12. Two jailed for 1980s abuse at Coventry care home

    Two former workers at a Coventry care home have been jailed over the treatment of young people in their care.

    Alan Todd and Kenneth Owen, both aged 70, abused a total of nine children during their time at the former Wisteria Lodge children's home in Earlsdon in the 1980s, Warwick Crown Court heard. 

    Todd, from Stretton-under-Fosse, was sentenced to a total of eight years and eight months, while Owen of Dickon Hill, Boston, Lincolnshire, has been jailed for four years and two months. 

    In passing sentence, the judge Allan Parker said the pair had been complicit in a regime of terror at Wisteria Lodge.

  13. Ricoh train services trialled with 'biggest crowd'

    London Midland say they're trialling the new rail services with Wasps Rugby because they own the Ricoh Arena and have the biggest crowds.

    Frances Thomas, head of corporate affairs at London Midland, said it was important to run the trial with the "biggest crowd possible" to have a chance of making them a success.

    "If they're successful then we'll look at them and say 'can we run them out for other events as well?' Whether that's football, music or rugby it doesn't matter."

    Coventry Arena station sign
  14. Teenage cyclist escapes without serious injury after hitting van

    A 14-year-old cyclist, who collided with a van outside a Coventry school, had a lucky escape, according to paramedics.

    The crash happened yesterday morning on the Radford Road outside Barrs Hill School.  

    Van with smashed windscreen

    The ambulance service says he was fortunate to escape without serious injury as he wasn't wearing a safety helmet.

  15. Trains arranged for Wasps matches

    Trains are to run on forthcoming Wasps match days after a deal was struck between the club and rail operator London Midland.

    Sports fans had previously been told trains would not run to the new Ricoh station as trains could not cope with the extra capacity.

    Special services have, however, now been arranged for Wasps games against Harlequins and Leicester Tigers

    Rugby special charter trains will run between Coventry and Nuneaton, calling at the stadium on Sunday 28 February and Saturday 12 March.