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Summary

  1. Security warning over thefts of Land Rover Defenders
  2. Campaign for defibrillator outside pub
  3. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 2016

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

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

Watch: Weather for the West Midlands

BBC Weather

Skies remain clear overnight so there could be some frost by morning. 

Find out the forecast for the next few days. 

Shefali Oza with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Preparing for Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders, a gangster drama set in 1920s Birmingham, returns to BBC 2 on Thursday and the Mailbox is getting ready for a red carpet preview tonight.

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Wasps to host final at Ricoh

Singha rugby final to be played at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. 

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Find your local polling station

It's voting day tomorrow. Find your polling station.

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Man found with serious injuries in Napton

A man has been found with serious head and spinal injuries.

The man, in his 40s, was found on a driveway on The Butts, in Napton on the Hill, Warwickshire, at about 18:30 on Saturday. 

Police say it's not known how the injuries occurred.

The man was taken to hospital and the police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. 

Don't miss election results

BBC Midlands Today

Get the local election results as they happen on Friday morning.

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Concern over plans for link road

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Luddington villagers are worried over plans for a 'stilted road' to be built close to the racecourse in Stratford.

The district council is planning to put in a relief road around Stratford-upon-Avon from the north to the A46 Alcester Road at Wildmoor in the south of the town. 

It's to accommodate plans to build thousands of houses in the district.

The consultation into the plans ends on Thursday 12 May.

You can hear more on the Trish and Jo Breakfast show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire tomorrow morning from 06:00.       

Signalling problems causing delays

signalling problem between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to trains between these stations and in this direction, the National Rail website reports.

M42 delays - lane blocked

BBC Travel

There's a lane blocked and slow traffic on the M42 southbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of a broken down vehicle, BBC Travel news reports. 

The latest news: Fears for DHL jobs; concerns over link road

These are some of the stories we are looking at today: 

- Unite is warning that DHL workers, many of them based in north Warwickshire, could become victims as a result of BHS going into adminstration  

- People living in south Warwickshire have expressed concern about a proposed link road around Stratford-upon-Avon

- An appeal for information has been issued after a man was tied up during a robbery in Coventry  

Image of cannabis plants seized earlier

Police have issued an picture of drying cannabis plants seized in Rugby today. 

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Man tied-up during Coventry robbery

A man was bound with a laptop cable during a robbery at his Coventry home. 

The incident happened between 22:30 and 23:05 on Wednesday 20 April when the 32-year-old answered the door to two men who threatened him with a hammer before demanding money.

They took £200 and $300 in cash from the man’s wallet before he managed to get free from the tied cable.

Holiday snaps found on memory stick

An appeal has gone out to return photos of an apparent family holiday found on a computer memory stick to the rightful owners.

Warwickshire police took out a warrant on Friday 22 April  at a property in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Amongst the items recovered was the computer memory stick - the family in the photos are not believed to be linked to the warrant. 

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Warwickshire police
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Warwickshire police

Fears for future of DHL workers

Sixty drivers and around 300 warehouse workers, many of them based at DHL logistics in Atherstone, could become the latest victims of the failing high street chain BHS, which went into administration last week.

That's according to the union, Unite, whose members deliver goods to BHS's 164 stores across the country.

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DHL say it's still in discussion with administrators and it would be premature to speculate on the long term impact.  

Roll back the clock to the 1950's

An exhibition exploring life in Britain in the 1950's is being prepared at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.  

It looks at how design shaped and influenced people's lives in the years after the Second World War.  

Festival of Britain poster
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Festival of Britain poster

Warning not to interfere with life-saving equipment

A plea to leave life-rings where they are. 

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The latest news: Man tied up during robbery; appeal for owner of photos

These are some of the stories we're looking at this afternoon: 

-  Police are investigating after a man was bound with a laptop cable during a robbery in Coventry

- An appeal has been made to find the owner of a memory stick containing family photos recovered during a police operation 

- It's claimed a new housing plan could see councils in the West Midlands worse off by millions of pounds    

Could Hans Solo have been a Shakespearian character?

More thoughts on Shakespeare on May the Fourth. 

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Five ways to get people back to the ballot box

It's voting day in council and Police Crime Commisioner elections tomorrow.

But fewer than 20% of people have chosen to vote in council elections in some areas of England over the past four years.

BBC News takes a look at five ways of getting people back to the ballot box.

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Cannabis plants found in Rugby

Cannabis found in Rugby after a police search.   

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes congratulates Coventry explorer

A Coventry explorer has been sent a message of congratulations by Sir Ranulph Fiennes after trekking to the Geographic North Pole from the Russian coastline. 

Mark Wood and his team were there to find out how the arctic is changing and to provide educational material on climate change for schools.

His next planned expedition is to Mount Everest next year. 

Mark Wood
BBC

Weather: Plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with plenty of sunshine. Top temperature: 16C (61F) 

The skies should remain largely clear overnight which, when coupled with light winds, will allow temperatures to dip, perhaps leading to a touch of frost in rural spots. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

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Campaign starts for defibrillator outside pub

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A campaign has been started to raise money to get a defibrillator installed outside a Coventry pub. 

It's hoped the life-saving equipment can be placed outside the New Spires pub, in Grayswood Avenue, Allesley.   

Man arrested after lorry death

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a lorry hit a van parked on a motorway hard shoulder. 

The 55-year-old van driver died of his injuries at Coventry's University Hospital after the crash on the M69 in Leicestershire at about 15:15 on Tuesday.

Wasps players dominate awards

BBC Sport

Wasps players are dominating the end-of-season awards in the Aviva Premierhship. 

Nathan Hughes, Charles Piutau and George Smith have all been shortlisted as the Player of the Year.

Wasps and England centre, Elliott Daly, is nominated in the Young Player of the season award.

Wasps
Wasps

Housing plan 'could see councils worse off'

Every council in the West Midlands could be an average of £28m worse off if the government extends the Right to Buy Scheme, according to the charity Shelter.

They say plans to force local authorities to sell off the empty stock they own will also increase homelessness.

Houses
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The charity's Toby Lloyd says it's affecting councils that still own their own houses the most: "This just depends on how much council stock individual councils happen to have, so places that have a larger amount of council housing .... are just going to find themselves hit with a much bigger bill by the government".   

The latest news: Drug dealer to repay half a million pounds; school-boy suffers serious injury

These are some of our stories this lunchtime: 

- A convicted drug dealer from Warwickshire has been ordered to repay more than half a million pounds 

- A North Warwickshire schoolboy has been airlifted to hospital after a coach ran over his leg

- A campaign has started to get a potentially life-saving defibrillator installed outside a Coventry pub 

Slow traffic near hospital

Car parking issues causing slow traffic near Coventry's University Hospital. 

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Boy suffers serious leg injuries

A schoolboy has suffered a serious leg injury after an accident in Kingsbury.

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Drug dealer ordered to pay more than half a million pounds

A convicted drug dealer from Warwickshire has been ordered to pay more than half a million pounds under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Terence Conlon, 41, from Snitterfield, is currently serving eight years in prison for importing cannabis.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act the money is shared between the Home Office and the police.   

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Warwickshire police

Cole to leave the Sky Blues

BBC Sport

Coventry manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed midfielder Joe Cole will be leaving the club when his contract ends in the summer. 

The 34-year-old will move to the North American Soccer League side, Tampa Bay Rowdies.   

Joe Cole
BBC

'Amazing' day at fundraising event

Nuneaton News

An "amazing" show of community spirit saw £15,000 raised in just one day as kind folk attempted to break a world record in Nuneaton.

Pub to host life-saving equipment

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

A Coventry pub could be the location for a potentially life-saving defibrillator if campaigners have their way. 

It's hoped the life-saving equipment can be placed outside the New Spires pub on Grayswood Avenue in Allesley.  

A campaign to raise up to £2,000 to buy one has now got underway.

Campaigner
BBC
Landlord Karl (left) with campaigner, Rob Bell.

It's in a very populated area, there's shops nearby, there's a couple of primary schools nearby and putting it outside a public house seems to be a great way of people knowing it's there".

Rob BellCampaigner

The latest news: Security warning over Land Rovers; campaign for life-saving equipment at pub

These are some of the stories we are looking at this morning: 

-  Land Rover Defender owners are being warned to increase security after a rise in thefts 

-  It's claimed plans to make councils sell their empty housing stock could cost councils them an average of £28m.

- A campaign has been started to raise money to get a defibrillator installed outside a Coventry pub.

Watch: A look at the real-life locations which inspired Peaky Blinders

BBC Midlands Today

BBC drama Peaky Blinders returns to BBC2 later this week. 

The set designer says working on the programme, set in 1920s Birmingham, has been a career highlight.  

He shows us the scenes which have inspired him.

Speedway twins, 11, representing GB

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Twins from Atherstone, in north Warwickshire, will be representing GB in Speedway's Youth Championships this weekend.

Joe and Dan Thompson, aged 11, are Coventry mascots and will fly out to Torun, in Poland, tomorrow morning.