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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 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 on Monday. There's more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

  2. Watch: Latest weather

    Here's what the weather has in store for us:

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    Video caption: Charlie Slater with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Watch: Cracking down on 'car cruising' in the West Midlands

    Tom Turrell

    BBC Midlands Today

    More than 100 cars have been targeted by police forces in the West Midlands as part of a major crackdown on street racing. 

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    Video caption: Midlands police forces unite to crackdown on car cruising

    Officers say so-called "car cruising" is becoming an increasing problem in the region. 

    All four police forces in the West Midlands have been involved in trying to tackle the problem. You can see more in Midlands Today on BBC One tonight from 18:30.

  4. Government urged to speed up HS2 plans to save UK steel industry

    The government's being urged to bring forward big infrastructure projects - such as the HS2 high speed rail line - to help secure the future of British steel.

    Building work on the line isn't expected to start until next year at the earliest.

    But the Labour party says moving ahead with what it describes as "shovel-ready projects" would provide a boost for the industry.

    The thinking is that an early start could get British plants producing steel for the HS2 project's infrastructure. 

  5. Coventry 'one of the worst places in country for cases of child neglect and abuse'

    Coventry has the second-highest number of children suffering neglect and abuse outside London - according to official Government figures.

    Data suggests more than 3,200 city children were under the protection of Social Services in March last year.

    The city council says while the figures are shocking "the reporting of abuse is something people feel far more confident in doing", citing high profile cases, including Daniel Pelka, as having an impact.

    Daniel Pelka
  6. Latest headlines: Coventry has 'among highest numbers of child abuse and neglect cases'; jobs under threat

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Your headlines for Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

    - Government figures suggest Coventry is one of the worst places in the country for cases of child neglect and abuse

    -  Jobs are under threat at a Coventry car dealership after its parent company confirmed the Lex Autolease site in Foleshill would close in May

    - Five wards at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital are subject to visiting restrictions after an outbreak of norovirus

  7. Cricket: Thrilling climax to World T20 may spark wider interest in the sport

    Utterly devastated - no more words were needed for the pain on Ben Stokes face as Carlos Brathwaite dispatched the first four balls of the final over for sixes to wrench the World T20 trophy out of England's hands. 

    It was cruel but brilliant drama and it was the talk of this morning's Warwickshire CCC photo call. Those who've played with Stokes for England are confident he will bounce back.

    Despite England's defeat there's real positivity to come out of their run to the final. Warwickshire have already announced plans to allow under-16s in for free to T20 matches this season, while two of their games will be double headers with the women's side. 

    It may be little consolation to Ben Stokes now but the thrilling climax to the World T20 could be just what cricket around the world needs.

  8. Baseball bat attack on two men in Nuneaton

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Two men have been treated for injuries after being attacked with what's thought to be baseball bats in Nuneaton.

    The pair, a man in his 40s and a man in his 20s, were assaulted just after midnight on Saturday morning in Duke Street.

    Police say just before they were attacked, they were passed by the same black Peugeot car three times - officers are appealing for witnesses.

  9. Jobs at risk as leasing firm says it will close two sites

    Vehicle-leasing business Lex Autolease says 98 jobs are at risk across its sites in Coventry and Oldbury, both of which will close, it has confirmed.

    It says it will "outsource the remaining elements of our vehicle remarketing operation within Lex Autolease to BCA [British Car Auctions]", with 29 posts thought to be transferred.

  10. Watch: Police across the West Midlands putting the brakes on 'car cruising'

    Louise Brierley

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Our video here explains how a father driving his young family spotted a so-called car cruising event - and decided to join in.

    It's just one in a series of street racing episodes that police say are becoming an increasing problem in the region.

    More than 100 cars have been targeted by West Midlands forces as part of a major crackdown. 

    Just a warning, this film has some flashing images.

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    Video caption: Midlands police forces unite to crackdown on car cruising
  11. Blood bank for pets to open in Leamington Spa

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    A blood bank with a difference is being set up in Leamington Spa.

    It's at Feldon Veterinary Centre which says transfusions for dogs are needed on a regular basis.

    Would-be canine participants will have a health check and need to be vaccinated.

    They'll also need to be younger than eight and not weigh more than 25 kilos.

  12. Public meeting held over the suspension of West Midlands Deputy PCC

    A public meeting is being held today over the suspension of the West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito.

    She was suspended following allegations she visited the family of a murder victim, leading to an internal investigation.

    Ms Mosquito has reportedly denied the allegations.

  13. 2000 runners took part in Warwick half marathon

    Keith Wedgebury

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    Over 2000 runners took to the roads around Warwick yesterday morning for the town's fourth half marathon.

    The race got under way at 9am at Warwick Race Course.

    The fundraising total is still coming in but the British Heart Foundation is hoping the race will raise about £175,000 towards research.

    Warwick Half Marathon
  14. Coventry University's online game to help children with ADHD

    Coventry University's Serious Games Institute has designed a new internet game to help children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

    Working with researchers in Belgium and The Netherlands, they tested the game on 170 children.

    It's called ‘Plan-It Commander’ and research shows it helps players develop skills to cope with daily life challenges, in particular, time management, organisation and social skills.

  15. A bite at '40,000 feet': Airline passenger sinks teeth into fellow traveller

    A man on board a flight to Heathrow needed hospital treatment after another passenger bit him on the arm.

    Christopher McNerlin, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was injured when he stepped in to help cabin crew members subdue a "violent passenger".

    As a reward for his efforts during Friday's British Airways flight from Dubai, he was allowed by the pilot to sit in the cockpit.

    A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of actual bodily harm and being drunk on board an aircraft.

  16. Latest headlines: Government urged to bring forward HS2 to help steel industry; Warwickshire man bitten on a BA flight by 'violent' passenger

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Your headlines in Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon:

    - The government's being urged to bring forward big infrastructure projects - such as the HS2 high speed rail line - to help secure the future of British steel.

    - A Warwickshire man's been treated in hospital for a bite wound after he stepped in to help BA cabin crew subdue a violent passenger.

    - A blood bank for dogs is being set up in Leamington Spa to help thousands of dogs who need a transfusion on a regular basis. 

  17. Car cruising clampdown launched

    Joanne Malin

    BBC Midlands Today

    Police forces in the West Midlands are launching a clampdown on so-called car cruisers.

    Car cruisers

    Since February, the Central Motorway Police Group has stopped more than 50 drivers for various illegal street racing offences and seized 20 vehicles.

  18. Flood insurance lifeline for homeowners

    new insurance scheme starts today to help people living in areas at risk of flooding. 

    The Flood Re scheme, set up by the government and insurance companies, is designed to save hundreds of pounds on premiums

    However, it will see other fees rise by about £10.50 a year to subsidise the cover.


    Those behind the scheme say it could help more than 20,000 people across the West Midlands, but Daniel Johns from the Committee on Climate Change says the scheme shouldn't come at the expense of everyone else.

  19. Traffic latest: B4113 and A45

    BBC Travel

    Watch out for continuing congestion on  B4113 Foleshill Road, Foleshill.

    As we told you earlier, it’s both ways at the Station Street West junction, in the roadworks area.

    There’s also slow traffic on A45 Coventry Road in both directions in Elmdon.

    It’s between the Goodway Road and Damson Parkway junctions, in the roadworks areas.   

  20. We can 'bear-ly' believe it - sun out for Warwickshire's pre-season photo call.

    Nick Clitheroe

    BBC Midlands Today

    Amazingly, the sun is out for Warwickshire's pre-season photo call. 

    Warwickshire Team