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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 21 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's all the live updates for Monday. We're back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Coventry's links with Shakespeare

    Satnam Rana

    BBC Midlands Today

    A special series called Shakespeare on Tour starts today and the Midlands' link to him goes beyond his birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    I've been to Coventry to find out more.

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    Video caption: Shakespeare's links with Coventry
  3. Rugby domestic abuse service may close

    Simon Glover

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A long-running support service in Warwickshire that aids victims of domestic abuse says it may be forced to close due to a lack of funding. 

    Staff at Families First, based in Rugby, say they're desperately appealing for financial help from grant-making trusts and voluntary organisations, after missing out on funding from the county council.

    The council says it commissions two specialist domestic abuse services and have a "robust and fair tender process".

  4. Racing Trucks announced for Coventry Motofest

    Five-tonne heavyweight vehicles, drawn from the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) series, will run on Coventry's ring road circuit as part of this year's Motofest.

    racing trucks

    Among the drivers taking part are ten-time BTRC champion Stuart Oliver, championship regular Steve Thomas and BTRC 2011 and 2015 Division Two champion Steve Powell.

    Quote Message: Racing Trucks make for some of the most spectacular sights in British motorsport, with burning rubber and power slides a common sight. from Darren Langeveld Coventry Motofest Race Director
    Darren LangeveldCoventry Motofest Race Director
  5. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a cloudy afternoon, thing will stay mainly dry and cloudy overnight with temperatures falling to 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. Latest: Three arrested in Rugby and police chief claims victory over 'zombie knives'

    David Landau

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of our headlining stories today:

    - Three arrested in Rugby following assaults and robberies

    - West Midlands police chief claims victory in battle over 'zombie knives'

    - Racing trucks to take park in Coventry's Motofest

  7. West Midlands PCC claims victory in battle over 'zombie knives'

    The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is claiming victory in his campaign against so-called 'zombie knives', after reports that laws will be rushed through to ban them. 

    The weapons can be up to two feet long, have serrated edges and names such as 'Head Splitter' and 'Death Dagger'. 

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  8. Three arrested in Rugby following assaults and robberies

    Three people have been arrested after a series of incidents in Rugby including two thefts and an 'altercation' in the street involving up to ten men, police say.

    A 14-year-old boy was punched in the face after being approached by a gang of men, and had his phone and bag stolen.

    Another 17-year-old was threatened by a group who took his phone and watch.

    Police say A 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man, both from Coventry, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and a 16-year-old boy from Rugby has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

  9. Your pictures: Nuneaton swan

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Today's weather picture is from Wayne Hemmings in Nuneaton.

    Swan in the water
  10. Warwickshire jockey to miss Grand National

    BBC Sport

    Warwickshire jockey Sam Waley-Cohen will miss next month's Grand National at Aintree if a seven-day riding ban is upheld, says the British Horseracing Authority.

    Sam Waley-Cohen

    The leading amateur jockey, 33, was suspended after he was adjudged to have prematurely stopped riding Long Run in the hunter chase at Carlisle on Sunday.

    Stewards ruled 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run, who was retired after the race, could have finished third rather than fifth.

    Waley-Cohen has said he will appeal.

  11. Stratford MP calls for party unity after 'ugly' attacks

    The Conservative MP for Stratford, Nadhim Zahawi, says his party needs to "cut out the sniping and the briefing" and unite after the resignation of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

    Nadhim Zahawi

    Downing Street insists David Cameron has full confidence in the Chancellor, George Osborne - despite a row over disability benefit cuts outlined in the budget.  

    Mr Zahawi says people don't vote for "divided" parties warning that "blue on blue attacks are just very ugly".  

  12. Travel: Slow on A5 after tractor fire

    BBC Travel

    Slow traffic on the A5 northbound at Nuneaton Lane and Higham Lane because of an earlier tractor and trailer fire.

    The fire has been extinguished but there is still some restriction to the road.

  13. News: Stratford MP calls for party unity; sex offenders taken off register; and lorries to race on Coventry ring road

    David Landau

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

    - Stratford MP, Nadhim Zahawi calls for party unity after budget row

    - Racing trucks announced for Coventry Motofest

    - Rapists and child abusers taken off sex offenders register

  14. Roadworks removed for Easter getaway

    Highways England says it's aiming to complete road resurfacing work on the M6, J2-4 near Coventry and A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon in time for the Easter getaway.

    Roadworks on the A46-M40 near Warwick will also be lifted over the four-day break.

  15. Shakespeare on Tour

     A BBC series called Shakespeare on Tour starts today, exploring where the bard performed his plays in his lifetime and where they were put on after his death.

    St Mary's Guildhall

    It's thought he may have visited Coventry, performing before the mayor at St Mary's Guildhall, and been connected to a family who lived at nearby Caludon Castle.  

  16. Rapists and child abusers taken off sex offenders register

    Thirteen convicted sex offenders in the West Midlands and five in Warwickshire have been removed from the register in the past four years, the BBC has learned.  

    Since 2012 at least 170 rapists and 157 child abusers nationally were told, on application, they no longer had to register with the police.  

    Supreme Court

    More than 50% of applications in England and Wales - allowed under a 2010 Supreme Court ruling - were successful, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

    Figures showed Warwickshire Police approved 50% of requests, while West Midlands Police approved 27.66%.