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Summary

  1. Live updates for Tuesday 12 April
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Dry with some sunshine this evening, although still the risk of isolated thundery showers.

    It should be dry and clear overnight with a low of 5C (41F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Planning permission granted for city centre development

    Work on new student accommodation in the centre of Coventry is due to begin in the next fortnight. 

    Hales Street development

    The first phase of work on Hales Street, opposite the Transport Museum, will see flats for students built, to be ready by next September. 

    It's part of the re-development of the Burges area of the city and will open up the River Sherbourne through the city.

  4. Watch: Gorilla boogie at Twycross

    What more could you want on a dull Tuesday afternoon than a dancing gorilla?

    This cheeky monkey was showing off moves at Twycross Zoo and visitor Helen Fairhead caught it on camera.

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    Video caption: A gorilla has been showing off his dance moves at Twycross Zoo
  5. Woodlands Academy closure halt call by MP

    A Coventry MP is calling for efforts to be stepped-up to try and save Woodlands Academy, as a consultation into its closure comes to an end.

    The school says it is no long viable because of falling pupil numbers.

    Geoffrey Robinson say the Department for Education should intervene to try and turn the school around, and a new academy in the area, Finham Park 2, should be put on hold. 

    Woodlands Academy protest banner
    Quote Message: The whole problem around the schools in the west of Coventry has arisen because the Department for Education has been planning for the last five years on the basis of wildly exaggerated student numbers. The current losses at Woodlands are only £660,000, the way to handle an under performing academy is to sort it out, not to close it." from Geoffrey Robinson MP
    Geoffrey Robinson MP

    Woodlands Academy and the Department for Education have both been approached for a comment but have yet to reply.

  6. Investigation into 'suspcious' fire at Warwickshire hotel

    An investigation is underway into how a fire started at the rear of the Ettington Park Hotel yesterday.

    Fire crews spent 17 hours at the site, damping down the blaze, after a large amount of straw and tyres were set alight.

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  7. Latest: MP intervenes in Woodlands Academy row; 'suspicious' hotel fire investigated

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

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

    - A Coventry MP calls on the government to intervene in the Woodlands Academy row

    - Investigation underway into Warwickshire hotel fire 

    - Coventry fan wins award after being "viciously assaulted"

  8. Coventry City fan "viciously assaulted" at Ricoh

    A Sky Blues fan, awarded a settlement from West Midlands Police, says he was "viciously assaulted" by a police officer who claimed he'd been resisting arrest. 

    Altercation at the Ricoh Arena

    Mark Wynne was attending Coventry's clash with Derby County with his 14-year-old son in September 2011 when he was arrested.

    Quote Message: He struck me three times in the face and head with his knee. I was still handcuffed with my hands beneath my back." from Mark Wynne
    Mark Wynne
  9. Tea at the Ageas Bowl

    Clive Eakin

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Ian Bell is unbeaten on 78 on the third day of Warwickshire's opening County Championship match of the season. 

    The Bears' captain has seen his side to 169 for 5 at tea - Chris Woakes is with him on 11 not out. 

    They trail Hampshire by 33 runs.

    Ian Bell
  10. Woman injured in Polesworth assault

    Paul Marriott

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman as she got out of her car last week, on Fairfields Hill in Polesworth.

    They say the offender fled after assaulting the woman, who is in her 20s - she was hurt but didn't need medical attention.

  11. Parties dancing round the May poll

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    With local elections in Coventry, Rugby and Nuneaton and Bedworth, my blog this week looks at why the May polls offer the first big test of the Conservative's win at the general election. 

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  12. Coventry man joins 'contaminated blood' protests

    Patients from the Midlands, including one from Coventry who were given contaminated blood by the NHS in the 70s and 80s, have joined a protest outside the House of Commons. 

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    Video caption: Patients given contaminated blood join a protest outside the House of Commons.

    About 5,000 patients were infected with HIV, and Hepatitis C, or both, after receiving the infected blood. 

    The demonstration comes as MPs debate proposals to change the payments given to those infected.

  13. Latest: Coventry man joins 'contaminated blood' protest; city centre development given go-ahead

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    These are some of our main stories today:

    - Coventry man joins House of Commons protest over "tainted blood"

    - Student city centre development granted planning permission

    - Coventry fan wins award after being "viciously assaulted"

  14. Travel: Accident in Rugby

    BBC Travel

    An accident is causing slow traffic on the A426 Leicester Road in Rugby near the Newbold Road junction.

    More details on BBC Travel. 

  15. Watch: Applications open for BBC Digital Journalist scheme

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    There's still the chance to apply for a fantastic opportunity as a BBC Digital Apprentice based at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

    It's a two-year course with a diploma in journalism at the end.

    Read about it and apply here.

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    Video caption: Applications are open to become a BBC Digital Apprentice.
  16. In pictures: Earlswood barn fire

    Fire crews took three hours to tackle a fire at a derelict barn overnight, containing a large number of wooden pallets.

    West Midlands Fire Service say at its height it took 18 crew members to tackle the blaze.

    Earlswood barn fire
  17. Warwickshire police chief candidates announced

    Candidates have been announced for the election of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  

    In alphabetical order they are: 

    - Nicola Davies, Liberal Democrat

    - Rob Harris, UKIP

    - Julie Jackson, Labour 

    - Philip Seccombe, Conservative 

    - Ben Twomey, Independent

    - David James Whitehouse, Independent

    The election takes place on Thursday, 5 May- more details available on the Warwickshire PCC website.