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Summary

  1. 'Gravely ill' toddler in ambulance crash
  2. Arrest warrant for fake F1 boss
  3. James Bond Spectre car sells for £2.4m
  4. Protest staged over post office closure
  5. Updates on Friday 19 February 2016

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By Moira Rawlings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's it for Local Live updates today.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for. Wishing you a great weekend.

  2. Mourners' upset over objects removal

    People whose loved ones are buried at Woodlands Cemetery in Coleshill say they're confused over where to place mementos after some objects were removed.

    The parents of Stephanie Harris are buried there and she says she has not been consulted in writing on the matter and that the removal of objects has upset people.  

    Solihul Metropolitan Borough Council, which owns the burial ground, said the objects, including teddy bears and photos, were being removed because they're making access difficult.  

    Cemetery
    Quote Message: We have a duty to maintain cemeteries so that everyone can get to their loved ones graves, that the atmosphere and environment is respectful, and safe for all from Councillor Karen Grinsell Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships
    Councillor Karen GrinsellCabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships
  3. Weekend weather for the West Midlands

    Cloud and rain will clear away to the east during the evening to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells. 

    However, it will remain blustery with lows of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. M40 crash: Service confirms ambulance was on an emergency transfer

    The ambulance which crashed on the M40 in Warwickshire was on an emergency transfer, the ambulance service has confirmed.  

    A seriously ill two-year-old was travelling with her mother when the ambulance rolled over and down an embankment in the early hours of Thursday.

    The West Midlands Ambulance Service says the patient was on the transfer to Horton Hospital in Banbury. 

    An investigation is underway and the service says the use of lights and sirens will form part of that investigation.      

  5. Driver who rammed into police cars jailed

    A motorist who raced through Coventry, ramming into police cars has been jailed for almost three years. 

    Nigel Barwell, 29, of Hepworth Road in Binley, reversed his van into the cars as officers tried to stop him, and also hit another vehicle while driving on the wrong side of the road.

    Blue Steel

    Officers first saw Barwell’s van being driven at up to 50mph and with the headlights switched off at around 10.10pm on 14 March last year.  

    Barwell, who police said is a prominent gang member, admitted dangerous driving and was sente3nced at Warwick Crown Court.

    Police said his arrest was part of Operation Blue Steel – a blitz on organised crime across the city. 

  6. Latest: Fake F1 boss 'too ill' to appear in court; crackdown on organised crime results in jail

    -  An arrest warrant has been issued for a serial conman from Warwickshire who said he was too ill to attend court to be sentenced today

    - An investigation has been launched after an ambulance carrying a seriously-ill toddler from Warwick Hospital crashed on the M40

    -  A crackdown on organised crime in Coventry has resulted in the jailing of a man who rammed police cars in the city     

  7. Ambulance trust cuts explained: £8.8m to save in one year

    West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust says it is consulting with unions as it's announced it will have to make savings between now and 2017.

    Here's the story explained in numbers:

    Explainer
    Quote Message: The Trust will operate within the financial restrictions placed upon it and will do everything possible to avoid compulsory redundancies but they cannot be ruled out at this stage. from Anthony Marsh West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust, chief executive
    Anthony MarshWest Midlands Ambulance Service Trust, chief executive
  8. Beware fake tree surgeons and roofers

    A warning of rogue traders operating in parts of Warwickshire has been issued by the police.  

    The warning concerns bogus tradespeople knocking on doors offering tree surgeon and roofing work.  

    Warwickshire County Council has issued a guide to avoiding these scams.

    Scam alert
  9. See poster for Springsteen's return to Ricoh

    Tickets will go on sale for Bruce Springsteen's concert at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry next Thursday. 

    Bruce Springsteen
  10. Investigation into cause of ambulance crash

    An internal investigation is taking place into the cause of the crash of a West Midlands ambulance which was taking a toddler ill with suspected meningitis to hospital in the early hours of Thursday. 

    A two-year-old girl was being transferred from Warwick Hospital to Horton Hospital in Banbury when the accident happened on the M40.

    A statement from the West Midlands Ambulance Service said all four people in the ambulance were assessed at the scene by a doctor. 

    The driver was unhurt while the attendant, who was travelling in the back with the patient, had minor abrasions.

    An internal investigation is being carried out and they're working with the police to establish what happened.     

  11. Latest: Ambulance with seriously-ill child inside crashes; man jailed after crackdown on organised crime

    - An investigation is underway after an ambulance with a seriously-ill two-year-old inside crashed on the M40 on a transfer from Warwick hospital 

    - A driver who rammed police cars during a crackdown on organised crime in Coventry has been jailed   

    - Bruce Springsteen is to play the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the second time   

  12. Update: Post Office commits to providing a service

    The Post Office says it's committed to maintaining a service in Long Itchington despite the closure of its current service.

    More than 100 people protested outside the Heart of England Co-Op store yesterday over the planned closure next week.

    Protestors

    The Post Office says it's committed to maintaining a service in the area and will work hard to find an alternative for customers. 

  13. Jail for 'high' driver who broke teacher's back when she was hit by his stolen car

    Nuneaton News

    A teacher suffered a broken back when she and another pedestrian were hit by a stolen car in Nuneaton town centre as the driver tried to evade the police. 

    At Warwick Crown Court disqualified driver Sajid Karim, who was high on drugs at the time, was jailed for a total of three years and four months.

    Incident scene
  14. Toddler with meningitis and paramedics involved in crash

    A grandfather has told how an ambulance containing his ill grandaughter and her mother crashed on the M40.

    The child was "gravely ill" at the time but Mr Robison said he did not wish to criticise the ambulance service for what happened. 

    The mother and daughter suffered bruising, with the mother sustaining a cut to her head after a the crash during the early hours of Thursday as the child was taken from Warwick Hospital to the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

  15. Ambulance with meningitis toddler inside crashes

    An ambulance carrying a critically ill toddler and her mother crashed on the M40, rolling down an embankment before being found by a passing motorist, her family have said.

    The two-year-old was being rushed from Warwick Hospital to Horton Hospital in Banbury with suspected meningitis and was not strapped in, grandfather Bill Robison told the BBC.

    John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

    The vehicle left the road at high speed near Banbury, Oxfordshire resting at the bottom of a steep bank, they said.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service is carrying out an internal investigation. The child has since been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

  16. Wasps: Team named for Bath match

    The Director of Rugby, Dai Young, has named his Wasps squad for tomorrow's match against Bath Rugby. 

    The match takes place at the Rec in round 13 of the Aviva Premiership.

    It'll be the fourth encounter between the the two teams this season.  

    Wasps
  17. The Boss returns to Ricoh

    American superstar Bruce Springsteen is returning to the Ricoh Arena in June.

    Springsteen, also known as The Boss, last played the Coventry venue in a show seen by thousands of fans in 2013.  

    Tickets for the show go on sale from 09:00 next Thursday.

    Bruce Springsteen
  18. Update: See when staff refuse to take petition

    Staff at a Warwickshire post office due to close next week refused to take a 1,200 signature petition when protestors tried to give it to them yesterday. 

    One hundred people staged a protest against the closure of the office, which is inside the Co-Op store on Church Street, Long Itchington. 

    Protestor Martin Newman comes out of the store still holding the petition.  

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    Video caption: Staff refuse to take petition over post office closure.

    The Post Office has said it's committed to maintaining a service and is looking for alternative premises.   

  19. Latest: Arrest warrant for fake F1 boss; Springsteen to return to Ricoh

    - A warrant has been issued for a Warwickshire conman who failed to turn up for sentencing 

    - Post Office commits to maintaining a service in Long Itchington 

    - Bruce Springsteen is to return to the Ricoh Arena this summer