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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates have now ended for Coventry and Warwickshire.

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

  2. 'To coin Shakespeare'

    A set of two commemorative coins, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, has been released into circulation.

    Shakespeare coins

    Produced by The Royal Mint in collaboration with the RSC, the collection is the first of its kind, they say, dedicated to the accomplishments of a single artist.

  3. Super-gonorrhoea's spread 'causing huge concern'

    Doctors have expressed "huge concern" that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England - including cases in the West Midlands - and to gay men.

    The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged in Leeds, as one of the main treatments had become useless against it.

    Gonorrhoea virus

    Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of "limited success".

    Doctors fear the sexually-transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.

  4. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy night with the odd chance of light rain.

    Turning chilly with some isolated mist or fog patches and a low of 5C (41F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Watch: Car theft gang members ram police

    Seven men from Birmingham and the Black Country have been given prison sentences for their part in a car theft ring that stole high-end vehicles totalling £500,000 in the space of a month, police say.

    The West Midlands force said the gang, also linked to burglaries, stole cars in Warwickshire, the Black Country, and Staffordshire.

    Two members, when spotted in a car by police, rammed officers' unmarked vehicle in a bid to evade capture, driving through red lights and on the wrong side of carriageways before being forced to stop. 

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  6. Tributes paid to councillor

    Coventry councillors have been paying tribute to Councillor Alison Gingell who's died.

    Councillor Steven Thomas posted on his Facebook page that his "beautiful friend" had been in "great spirits" at her farewell party just 10 days ago.  

    Alison Gingell

    Coventry's leader of the Conservative party tweets he's heard the "desperately sad" news. 

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  7. Latest: Coventry councillor dies; car theft gang jailed

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some of our main stories this afternoon:

    - Tributes paid to Coventry councillor Alison Gingell

    - Car theft gang members jailed

    - Shakespeare commemorative coins released into circulation

  8. Travel: M6 accident

    BBC Travel

    The M6 is blocked and there's stationary traffic northbound at J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway because of a spillage on the road.

    BBC Travel reports congestion to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich). 

  9. Iconic Mini to join Coventry Motofest

    Rally driver Paddy Hopkirk's original Mini Cooper S is to run on the ring road sprint circuit for this year's Coventry Motofest. 

    Paddy Hopkirk and Mini S

    The car won the Monte Carlo rally in 1964 and is running again after a major overhaul at Gaydon's British Motor Museum.

    The festival takes place Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June.

    Quote Message: The Mini Cooper S’s victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally is one of the most iconic performances in motor sport history and so to have it run here on our sprint circuit over 50 years on from its greatest triumph represents an amazing coup for Coventry Motofest. from James Noble Director, Coventry Motofest
    James NobleDirector, Coventry Motofest
  10. Music museum with Specials tribute is far from a ghost town

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Coventry Music Museum has welcomed its 10,000th visitor to the attraction just two years after the museum opened.

    Neol Davies and Dandy Livingstone

    Amid its success, Selector founder Neol Davies joined Ska legend Dandy Livingstone to open a display and tribute to Specials trombonist Rico Rodriguez, who died last year.

    Quote Message: "It's an amazing milestone reaching 10,0000 visitors. The reality is it's every one of those amazing visitors that have put us where we are. from Pete Chambers Museum director
    Pete ChambersMuseum director
  11. Stratford visitors invited to take part in mass 'mask moment'

    A commemorative Shakespeare mask will be handed out to 10,000 visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday, marking the Bard's birthday and 400 years since his death.    

    Shakespeare mask

    During a traditional Quill and Flag Unfurling, the Master of Ceremonies will invite crowds to put on their masks and give "Three cheers for Shakespeare".

    Stratford District and Town councils jointly commissioned the development of a portrait of the Bard which could be used to create a novel face mask.  

  12. Latest: Coventry councillor dies; dance teacher charged with neglect

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    These are some of our headlining stories this afternoon:

    - Council announces death of councillor Alison Gingell

    - Coventry dance teacher charged with child neglect

    - Man admits responsibility of Southam pensioner's death

  13. Coventry councillor 'died peacefully in her sleep'

    A statement from Coventry City Council says Councillor Alison Gingell died peacefully in her sleep and had been "poorly for some time" after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

    It goes on to say she first arrived in the city as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick before going to be a "tireless leader" in the field of health and social care.

    She most recently led the city's campaign against female genital mutilation.

    Quote Message: I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Alison for a number of years; she was a dear friend who I will miss very much. I know when she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease that she dealt with the news with a calm resolve." from Councillor Ann Lucas Leader of Coventry City Council
    Councillor Ann LucasLeader of Coventry City Council
  14. Council announces death of Coventry councillor Alison Gingell

    Coventry council has announced the death of Alison Gingell, who served as a councillor in Sherbourne ward.

    She was a cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services after leaving her job as chair of the Primary Care Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group in Coventry. 

    Cllr Alison Gingell
  15. Christian Wade 'shouldn't be forgotten' for international call-up

    Geoff Foster

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Wasps' winger Christian Wade says he'll get the opportunity to shine on the international stage  "when the time's right" after scoring six tries against Worcester on Saturday. 

    A foot injury forced a lengthy absence earlier this season which took him out of the Six Nations.  

    But he says his priority has been "putting out performances week in week out" for Wasps.

    Goff Foster and Christian Wade
    Quote Message: He's up there with the best. He's deadly and I wouldn't swap him for anyone. It was a timely reminder from him that he's still about and shouldn't be forgotten for either the Saxons or England tours this summer. from Dai Young Director of rugby, Wasps
    Dai YoungDirector of rugby, Wasps
  16. Travel: A5 accident

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A5 westbound in Highham on the Hill between the Nuneaton Lane junction and the A444 Weddington Lane junction because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

    More details on BBC Travel. 

  17. Drama marks Shakespeare anniversary

    BBC drama Doctors is to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of "Midlands boy" William Shakespeare with a week of episodes inspired by his work.  

    Here actress Lorna Laidlaw delivers one of Shakespeare's best known sonnets.

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    Video caption: Lorna Laidlaw delivers one of Shakespeare's best known sonnets.