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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended for the day.

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

Coventry University wins major disaster training contracts

Two major contracts with Singaporean government agencies, worth more than £3m, have been won by a team led by Coventry University.

Singapore training simulation
Coventry University

In one contract, the university's business arm will provide Singapore Civil Defence Force with a simulation training system for fire commanders.

The second is a police-led partnership providing a training model focused on scenarios around crowd control. 

Special report: Farmer on why he wants to leave the EU

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

With all of Cannock Chase stretching out across the horizon, Lower Drayton Farm in Staffordshire is what's known in the trade as a mixed farm. But there's nothing mixed about farmer Ray Bower's views on the European Union: he says there's nothing to fear from Brexit. 

Mr Bower (pictured) says farming alone is no longer enough to pay the bills and has joined the growing number who are convinced it's a case of diversify or bust. 

Even those EU farm payments worth up to £3bn a year to British agriculture are seen here as a diminishing asset.

Ray Bower

Yesterday, though, in our first special report on this issue, a Warwickshire farmer, Adam Quinney, told the BBC the EU did not deserve the blame for so-called "red tape" which would still be necessary even if Britain voted to leave.    

More on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mild and damp night in store, with further outbreaks of rain which could be heavy at times.

Feeling warm with lows of 14C (57F).

Stratford killing: Life sentences for two of the four killers

Here's more on our story about jail sentences for the killers of Tristram Wallace.

A Judge at Birmingham Crown Court today sentenced Neil Potter, 36, of Clopton Road, Stratford, to life with a minimum of 18 years and Peter Mallon, 41, of Rumer Close, Long Marston, to life with a minimum of 16 years.

Potter had pleaded not guilty to murder but was found guilty yesterday, while Mallon pleaded guilty to manslaughter but was convicted of murder.   

Clockwise from top left: Neil Potter, Peter Mallon, Donna Windsor, Toney Jelf
Warwickshire Police
Clockwise from top left: Neil Potter, Peter Mallon, Donna Windsor, Toney Jelf

Toney Jelf, 39, from Childs Close in Stratford, was sentenced to ten and a half years and Donna Windsor, 37,of Betjeman Close, Stratford, to ten years - each for manslaughter, to which both pleaded guilty. Windsor was found not guilty of murder, while for Jelf, the jury failed to reach a verdict on this charge. 

Stratford killing: Four jailed

Four people have been jailed today for the killing of Stratford-upon-Avon man Tristram Wallace.

Mr Wallace, 36, died after being set upon in broad daylight in the town in June 2015. Police called it a "shocking, vicious" and "prolonged" attack that was "unprovoked".  

Tristram Wallace
Warwickshire Police
Tristram Wallace

Latest: Four jailed for Stratford killing; gold medal for Coventry doctor at Invictus Games

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- Four people jailed over killing of Tristram Wallace in Stratford-upon-Avon

- Coventry doctor wins gold and silver medals at the Invictus Games

- Leader of Coventry council unveils reshuffled cabinet

Dental regulator prosecutes Coventry woman for illegal tooth whitening

A Coventry woman has been successfully prosecuted for illegally carrying out tooth whitening, the General Dental Council (GDC) says.

Kerrie Jackson, of Bridgeman Road, pleaded guilty to offering the treatment, without being on the GDC's list of registered dental professionals, at Ruby Tuesdays salon on St Nicholas Street.

She was sentenced at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 4 May to a two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs.

Ruby Tuesdays salon

Another successful prosecution shows how seriously both the GDC and the magistrates' courts take the illegal practice of dentistry. We hope that Ms Jackson's sentence will act as a warning to individuals who continue to carry out illegal tooth whitening.

Francesca KeenHead of Illegal Practice, GDC

Travel: M42 northbound

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's slow traffic on the M42 northbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J7, M6 because of a broken-down vehicle.   

Number of under-fives with tooth decay 'improving'

The number of five-year-olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade, latest figures from Public Health England show.  

In the West Midlands region, 23.4% of five-year-olds suffer decay, down from 26% in 2012 and 28.9% in 2008.

Decay on child's milk teeth
Public Health England

Nationally, figures have dropped to the lowest level in almost a decade, but health experts say more steps must be taken to help youngsters look after their teeth.

Latest: Four guilty of Stratford killing; Coventry doctor wins gold at Invictus Games

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are our headlining stories this afternoon:

- Four people guilty of killing a man in Stratford-upon-Avon

- University Hospital's Dr Jen Warren wins gold and silver medals at Invictus Games

- Coventry woman prosecuted for illegal tooth whitening

Invictus Games: Coventry's Jen Warren scores gold and silver

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A doctor from University Hospital in Coventry is celebrating after winning two medals at the Invictus Games.

Anaesthetist and former Army Major Dr Jen Warren (pictured right) won gold in the 1HB1 hand bike time trial, as well as picking up silver in the 1HB2 category.

She wrote on her Facebook page "now need an ice bath"

Dr Jan Warren
Getty Images

Edgbaston play called off

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Play has been abandoned for the day in the match between Warwickshire and Somerset.

Somerset lead by 317 runs with Warwickshire 4 for 0 at the close of play.

Warwickshire Cricket Club

Warning over phone scammer claiming to be policeman

Three people in Warwickshire were targeted by fraudsters over the phone in the space of a few minutes this afternoon.

The scam - in which a man purporting to be police called elderly women to say they'd been victims of bank fraud - did not claim any victims, but officers are warning people to be on their guard.

In a call to one woman, aged 73, the man lied that someone had tried to use her bank card at an Apple store and advised her to call 999, which she did, and spoke to a woman claiming to be a Warwickshire Police officer - who then passed her to the original caller.

Minutes later, a woman in Stratford and another, aged 86, in Wellesbourne were similarly targeted. All saw through the ruse.

'I have no intention of sitting at home in my rocking chair' says ousted council leader Ann Lucas

Coventry Telegraph

Former Coventry council leader Ann Lucas has opened up about her time in charge of the authority after being ousted by Labour colleagues.  

Ann Lucas
Coventry Telegraph

MP says three in four disabled people in Coventry overturn benefit knockbacks

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Three quarters of disabled people in Coventry who are turned down for a disability benefit end up winning on appeal, one of the city's MPs has told parliament. 

The allocation of Personal Independence Payments - or PIPs - has proved controversial, with the previous Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith resigning over cuts to their funding. 

Labour MP for Coventry North East Colleen Fletcher says the data for Coventry shows the system isn't functioning properly.

Coleen Fletcher
Colleen Fletcher

These figures clearly demonstrate the flawed and draconian nature of the original refusal decision made by the DWP.

Colleen FletcherMP

Councillors being recommended to vote to join combined authority

Warwickshire County Councillors are being recommended to approve joining the West Midlands Combined Authority in a vote on 17 May.

Warwickshire County Councillors

Last year, councillors rejected the idea, deciding instead to continue to explore a "closer working relationship" with Coventry council.

Council papers for next week's meeting recommend an option of initially joining as a non-constituent member with a view to becoming a full member.

Sacked Coventry doctor wins prize for whistleblowing

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A former Coventry heart doctor who was dismissed from a hospital after exposing concerns about patient safety, has won an award for whistleblowing. 

Dr Raj Mattu was sacked by University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in 2010 after exposing the case of two patients who died in crowded bays at Walsgrave Hospital. 

Raj Mattu

The Blueprint for Free Speech charity has selected him as the winner of its UK whistleblowing prize which, it says, is awarded for acts of bravery and integrity in the public interest that have had a positive impact on the UK community.

Latest: Coventry cabinet reshuffle; and Warwickshire could U-turn on combined authority plans

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the headlining stories today:

- New leader of Coventry City Council announces reshuffled cabinet

- Warwickshire councillors recommended to vote to join combined authority

- Sacked Coventry doctor wins prize for whistleblowing

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Showers turning into prolonged and heavy rain this afternoon with a risk of thunder and top temperatures of 15C (59F).

University strengthens links with China

The region's first Confucious Institute will be opened in a collaboration between Coventry University and Jiangxi University in Nanchang.

Representatives from the Chinese Embassy will officially launch the organisation on Thursday 12 May and it's aimed at improving links between China and the West Midlands.

Chinese choir
Coventry University

The recasting of our industrial heritage around new growth opportunities and the development of advanced manufacturing techniques has strengthened our links and we are delighted that we will now have another point of focus for business, as well as social and cultural engagement.

Professor John LathamVice-Chancellor of Coventry University

New council leader reshuffles cabinet

Richard Williams

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Key changes to the top jobs on Coventry City Council are being finalised by the new leader, George Duggins. 

Kevin Maton takes over at Education, while John Mutton - who led the council before Ann Lucas - is the new councillor in charge of finance.

Coventry council house

Public services will be headed by Cllr Jayne Innes who replaces Cllr Rachel Lancaster.

The new cabinet member for business is Cllr Jim O’Boyle who has been a long-time supporter of the new leader.

Rain stops play at Edgbaston

BBC Sport

There will be no play this morning on day three of Warwickshire's county championship against Somerset at Edgbaston.

There's rain in Birmingham, with the Bears needing 318 more runs to beat the visitors. 

View more on twitter

Travel: Accident B4035

BBC Travel

An accident is causing slow traffic both ways on the B4035 at Castle Hill Lane, Sutton-under-Brailes at the Castle Hill Lane junction.

More details on BBC Travel.

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Latest: Council leader reshuffles cabinet; nine players released by Sky Blues

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of the stories making the headlines today:

- New cabinet for city council

- Nine players released by Coventry City

- Three in four disabled people overturn benefit knockbacks

'Nightmare' continues for residents of ciggy street a year after the University Hospital smoking ban

Coventry Telegraph

 Residents of a street near University Hospital in Coventry say they continue to be plagued by staff, patients and visitors smoking outside their homes.  

Warwickshire v Somerset due to resume at 11:00

BBC Sport

Looks like today's play may be weather-affected.

For the optimistic among you, live coverage can be found here.

View more on twitter

Nine players released by Coventry City

BBC Sport

Coventry City have offered midfielder John Fleck a new contract, but manager Tony Mowbray has released nine players following the Sky Blues' failure to win promotion from League One.  

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

Former skipper Reda Johnson will leave following the end of his contract.

And striker Marc-Antoine Fortune has had his contract cancelled with immediate effect.

Latest: Coventry cabinet reshuffle; sacked doctor wins whistleblowing prize

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

- New leader of Coventry council reshuffles cabinet

- Sacked Coventry doctor, Raj Mattu, wins national whistleblowing prize

- Coventry MP says 75% of disabled people in the city overturn benefit knockbacks

Travel: B4453 accident

BBC Travel

An accident is partially blocking the B4453 at Frankton Lane in Frankton.

Recovery work is currently taking place

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy day with outbreaks of rain during the morning.

Showers turning more prolonged and heavy into the afternoon with a risk of thunder and top temperatures of 15C (59F).

Travel: Accident in Princethorpe

BBC Travel

An accident is blocking B4455 Rugby Road in Princethorpe around the A423 Oxford Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel. 

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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