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Summary

  1. Two jailed for firearms offence on M1
  2. Child sex ring trial starts
  3. Guide-dog user refused entry to Coventry restaurant
  4. Distribution hub XPO Logistics in Nuneaton set to close
  5. 'Britain Stronger in Europe' chair in Coventry
  6. Fresh calls for unitary authority for Warwickshire
  7. Live updates for Tuesday 23 February

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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End of live updates

That's it for live updates today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and clear night with a widespread frost expected and temperatures could drop as low as -3C (27F).

Sex ring trial: 'Police failed to investigate initial complaints'

A court has heard that alleged sexual offences against a boy in his early teens were not fully investigated by West Midlands Police when first reported to them in 2009.

Twelve defendants deny sexual offences relating to the then teenager, including arranging and facilitating child prostitution.

Rush hour delays

BBC Travel

There's a lane blocked and queuing traffic on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident involving van and a car. Congestion to J7a M6, BBC Travel reports.

There's also slow traffic on the M1 southbound between J20, A4303 (Lutterworth) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident involving 2 vehicles earlier on.  

Young Will gets ready for his anniversary

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

The sculpture of “Young Will” has been unveiled in Stratford-upon-Avon as this year’s commemorations to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death get under way.

YOung Will
Stratford District Council

The sculpture by Lawrence Holofcener depicts the author as a young man and the district council hopes residents and tourists will enjoy taking “selfies” with Shakespeare in Bancroft Gardens.  

The anniversary is expected to be marked around the world.  

Council chairman Mike Gittus (pictured) was one of the first people to be pictured with the Bard.  

Restaurant says it didn't understand laws around guide dogs

A Coventry restaurant claims it didn't understand the laws relating to guide dogs when they turned away 22-year-old student Holly Scott-Gardner.

Holly Scott-Gardner
Holly Scott-Gardner

The Equality Act 2010 was updated with changes to indirect discrimination, which now applies to disability.

It is illegal if a person with a disability is treated unfavourably because of something connected with their disability, such as a guide dog, and this treatment is unjustified. 

Treatment can be justified if it is proven to meet a legitimate objective in a fair and reasonable way, however.

Warwickshire councillors vote to 'explore' combined authority membership

Warwickshire councillors have voted to "explore fully" the option of joining the West Midlands Combined Authority as a constituent member.

They previously rejected the idea of joining as a full member.

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Unions to consult on Nuneaton job losses

XPO Logististics is to close a distribution hub in Nuneaton because rent on the building is no longer "economically feasible".

The firm said it is consulting with trade union officials about the 57 employees at the site on Townsend Drive, and is "hopeful" many of the roles can be moved elsewhere.

One employee at the site said workers had been left "devastated" by the news.

Stratford welcomes 'Young Will'

A life-size statue of William Shakespeare in his younger years has been unveilled in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The sculptor, Lawrence Holofcener officially presented "Young Will" to the town at Bancroft Gardens.

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Latest: Child prostitution ring trial starts; two jailed for M1 firearms offence

These are the main stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Trial of 12 men accused of child prostitution ring starts

- Two jailed after loaded shotgun found in boot of car near Rugby

- Statue of young William Shakespeare unveilled in Stratford

Sex ring trial: 'Teenager subjected to horrifying behaviour'

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

A 14-year-old boy was "pimped out" on the streets of a red light district in Birmingham, a jury has heard,

Prosecuting, Rosina Cottage QC told Warwick Crown Court the boy was in the care of social services when he was subjected to "horrifying and appalling behaviour".

Twelve men, from the West Midlands and one from London, deny a total of 80 charges including arranging and facilitating child prostitution and multiple serious sexual assaults (rape).

One defendant, Ronald Potter, 78, of Coventry is also accused of offences in 2001 against a boy then aged 15.  

Were you stuck on the M6 when it closed earlier this month?

Earlier this month the M6 northbound was closed for almost 24 hours after a fatal collision involving a lorry and a car.

The carriageway was closed at junctions five, Castle Bromwich and six, Spaghetti Junction on Thursday 4 February.

Did you get caught in the delays? West Midlands Police would like to hear about it "to make sure that lessons are learnt".

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Unitary authority for Warwickshire to be discussed at meeting

There are fresh calls to replace the district and borough councils in Warwickshire with a single unitary authority.

The Liberal Democrat group have raised the idea to be discussed at a meeting today, along with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The leader of the group Jerry Roodhouse says the idea was first muted two years ago but "kicked into the long grass". 

"Why do we have different systems across the county which could be joined up and work together?"

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Video: Coventry restaurant turns away blind diner

Holly Scott-Gardner filmed staff at PGR Restaurant in Coventry refusing to serve her as she was accompanied by her guide dog.

She posted the video on Facebook where it's been shared over 70,000 times.

Two jailed for firearms offence on M1 motorway

Two men have been sentenced to 12 years each in prison after a loaded gun was uncovered in the boot of a car being driven along the M1 near Rugby.

Aram Ahmed (pictured on the left), 35, from Chervil Rise in Wolverhampton was driving the vehicle when it was stopped by police who found a loaded pistol with a silencer containing six 9mm bullets within the magazine.

Aram Ahmed, Araz Mohammedi,
Warwickshire Police

Araz Mohammedi, 20, from Springfield Road in Wolverhampton, was also found to have been involved and also received a further one year sentence for possession of drugs.

Both were sentenced at Stafford Crown Court last Thursday after being found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

Keepy-uppy challenge for Sport Relief

Coventry's Ricoh Arena welcomed 15-year-old Brett Callow on day nine of his 19-day challenge to visit 92 football clubs.

At each pitch he's attempting to do keepy-uppies from one goal to the other to raise money for  Sport Relief and sprina bifida charity Shine.

He chose the charity because his mum, Tessa, was born with mild spina bifida.

"It's quite close to me and my mum was fortunate," he said.

 "I want to raise money for those people who aren't as fortunate."

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Watch: Businessman sets out case to remain in EU

Sian Grzeszczyk

Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The owner of Coventry Airport, Sir Peter Rigby, has told local business leaders leaving the EU would lead to "chaos".

The entrepreneur was speaking at the Ricoh Arena this morning after signing a letter alongside 200 company bosses, who are claiming voting to get out of the EU could put jobs at risk.

Child sex ring trial starts

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

Twelve men have gone on trial in Leamington Spa today charged with involvement in a child prostitution ring. 

Warwick Justice Centre
BBC

The men, from Coventry, Birmingham, the Black Country and Staffordshire, deny a total of more than 50 charges. 

Most of them involve teenage boys aged under the age of 16. 

You can see my full report on Midlands Today at 13:30.

Restaurant apologises for 'horrible mistake' over guide-dog

The owner of a restaurant which refused entry to a guide-dog user in Coventry has issued a full apology on Facebook for the "horrible mistake".

Holly Scott-Gardner says she was turned away from PGR Grill and Bar yesterday because of her dog.

Majed Bahgozen posted the apology saying the restaurant was "truly sorry" and went on to say he and staff  didn't understand what a guide dog's purpose was.

Holly Scott-Gardner
Holly Scott-Gardner

As an Italian restaurant some things said and done were completely misunderstood and not looked into properly as we know we mustn't allow any pets in restaurants due to health and safety guidelines but we truly didn't understand what guide dogs purposes were and for that we accept all the blame from this we made a horrible mistake and we are so sorry to have upset you on your birthday.

Stories we're looking at on Midlands Today

Hilary McConnell

Producer, BBC Midlands Today

We’ll be finding out about the NFU conference which is taking place in Birmingham today and how innovation in science/farming is helping them deal with pests, especially slugs.

We’re hoping to talk to a student from Coventry who was turned away from a restaurant because of her guide dog.

And we’re speaking to business leaders about their views on the EU Referendum.

Join us for those stories and more on BBC One from 13:30 and 18:30.

Latest: Nuneaton distribution hub to close; and guide-dog user refused entry to restaurant

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

- Distribution hub XPO Logistics in Nuneaton set to close

- Guide-dog user refused entry to Coventry restaurant

- Lib Dems revive idea for unitary authority for Warwickshire

Travel: Overturned lorry in Fenny Drayton

BBC Travel

The A444 Leicestershire to Atherstone Road in Fenny Drayton is blocked in both directions at the Fenn Lanes junction because of an overturned lorry.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Nuneaton storage distribution centre to close

Distribution hub XPO Logistics in Nuneaton is set to close by August 2016, the company has confirmed.

The site provides cold storage and distribution to the food manufacturing industry.

XPO Nuneaton
Google

One worker said it could affect up to 200 jobs at the site, but the company say they're hopeful a "significant proportion" of jobs at the site could be transferred elsewhere.  

Guide-dog user refused entry to Coventry restaurant

A guide-dog user says she was refused entry to a restaurant because of her dog.

Restaurant staff then suggested she tie her dog up outside, she said.

Holly Scott-Gardner, 22, filmed the manager of PGR restaurant in Priory Place, Coventry, asking her to leave after she visited with a friend to celebrate her birthday yesterday. 

The restaurant has apologised, saying a member of staff was not aware of laws concerning guide dogs, but Ms Scott-Gardner says that's not a viable excuse.

PGR restaurant
BBC

It really concerns me.. because if businesses are not aware of discrimination laws, then what other laws are they not aware of?

Holly Scott-Gardner

Leamington take on Dunstable

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Leamington host Dunstable Town in the Southern Premier league tonight, knowing that a victory would take them above their seventh placed opponents.

The Brakes are seven points off the play-off places but have games in-hand on most of their rivals.

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Travel: M40 disruption

BBC Travel

Slow traffic on the M40 southbound between J16, A3400 (Henley-in-Arden) and J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of an earlier vehicle fire.

More details on BBC Travel.

Your pictures: Southam robin

BBC Weather Watchers

One of our BBC Weather Watchers, Old Salt, uploaded this lovely picture of a robin he took in Southam this morning.

Robin
BBC

You can get involved by signing up to become a Weather Watcher here

Latest: Former M&S boss talks Europe in Coventry; and fresh calls for unitary authority for Warwickshire

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

- Pro-European group addresses business leaders in Coventry

- Fresh calls for unitary authority for Warwickshire

- Guide dog user refused entry at city restaurant

Taxi driver loses appeal to get licence back after injuring Rugby passengers in crash

Rugby Advertiser

A taxi driver who had his licence revoked by Rugby Borough Council after he crashed his cab into a parked car, injuring his passengers, has lost his appeal against the decision.

Former M&S boss to address business leaders in Coventry

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Britain Stronger In Europe's chairman, Lord Stuart Rose, is at the Ricoh Arena today to speak to local business leaders.

The former executive chairman of Marks and Spencer likened membership of the EU to belonging to any club.

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"The club is not perfect," he said. 

"I know how frustrating it can be, but it's a club with rules that we joined, that we can influence from the inside better than we can from outside."

Travel: M6 accident

BBC Travel

Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on the M6 southbound between J3a, for the M6 Toll, and J3, at the A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down lorry.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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