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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Thursday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

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

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

  2. One man's search for a vintage Sunbeam car

    One man's search for a vintage car - which was his father's prized possession in the 1930s - has brought him to the Midlands.

    It involved an old photo album, the internet, and a magnifying glass.

    And you can see the story on Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30. 

    The Sunbeam car
    Bob Hockenhull in the car
  3. Man suffers 'serious' facial injuries

    A man suffered "serious facial injuries" during an altercation in Union Street, Stratford, which left him needing "extensive surgery" to treat jaw fractures, police say.

    The Warwickshire force has today issued an appeal for witnesses to the attack outside Caz Bar on Saturday April 23.

    It was reported at about 04.15 when a group of five or six men were seen walking away from the premises towards Birmingham Road.

  4. Eighty-year-old defrauded out of £5,000

    Here's more on the phone scam we told you about yesterday in which a man purporting to be a police officer rang elderly women in Warwickshire and lied that fraudsters had got hold of their money.

    None of the three fell victim to the ruse, but Warwickshire Police has today revealed there were two further incidents of so-called courier fraud on Tuesday, including one in which an 80-year-old woman lost £5,000 to the scammer.

    She received a call from a man claiming to be a Sergeant West from London who said her bank account had been compromised. 

    The pensioner, from Welford, withdrew money and handed it over to a courier. 

  5. Artists recreate photo

    Musicians from around Coventry and Warwickshire came together last Sunday to re-create a photograph in the Jephson Gardens in Leamington. 

    Jazz musician Kel Elliott was inspired by the photo, A Great Day in Harlem, which was taken in New York in 1958, and features about 57 musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Thelonious Monk.

    Kel wanted to do a similar thing with friends and musicians from Coventry and Warwickshire. 

    Many of our BBC Introducing artistes were present.

  6. Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

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    Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

  7. The latest news: 80-year-old defrauded of £5,000; man pulled from smoking car by off-duty paramedic

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

    - An 80-year-old Warwickshire woman has been defrauded of £5,000 in so-called courier fraud

    -  A man in his twenties was rescued from the wreckage of his smoking car by an off-duty paramedic this morning 

    - A Coventry cat charity fears it might have to close its doors to new admissions because it's been overwhelmed with animals   

  8. Plans revealed for waterpark

    Artist's impressions of how Coventry's water park will look like have been released following the application for planning permission by FaulknerBrowns Architects on behalf of Coventry City Council.

    Plans for the park include a wave pool, six flume rides, a "lazy river", toddlers’ splash area, a spa and sauna.

    Work is set to start later this year.  

    Waterpark image
  9. Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    "Can you give us the facts?"

    Wherever I go and whoever I bump into these days, that's what people are asking me during the countdown to the referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016.

    Here's my latest blog with more.

  10. Praise for off-duty paramedic

    West Midlands Ambulance Service is praising the actions of an off-duty paramedic who rescued an unconscious man from the smoking wreckage of a car crash on the A45 in Warwickshire this morning.

    It happened after two cars collided near Stretton-on-Dunsmore at about 05:45.

    The rescued driver, in his twenties, was taken to hospital with serious head and pelvic injuries.

    Quote Message: Clearly having a paramedic there makes a big difference, he was able to use his skills to assess the state of play with the patient involved, noted all the dangers that were around and then acted very succinctly and made a big difference to the outcome to the patient". from Murray McGregory West Midlands Ambulance Service
    Murray McGregoryWest Midlands Ambulance Service
  11. The latest news: Praise for off-duty paramedic; BBC presenters in court

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

    -  There's praise for an off-duty paramedic who rescued an unconscious man from the smoking wreckage of his car 

    - Two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with sex offences against four boys during the 1990s 

    - Concern is expressed that a Warwickshire village isn't the right place for vulnerable refugees 

  12. Cat charity overwhelmed with animals

    A Coventry-based cat charity is warning it might have to close its doors to new admissions for a second time because of an influx of animals. 

    The charity has only just re-opened after dealing with a large numbers of cats last year. 

    Coventry Cat Group
    Quote Message: This happens every year - we would like to educate people on how to go about neutering and spaying their cats". from Brenda Cartwright Spokeswoman
    Brenda CartwrightSpokeswoman
  13. Disciplinary hearing into conduct of West Midlands Deputy PCC Yvonne Mosquito 'handled very badly'

    Earlier we told you a disciplinary hearing found that Ms Mosquito's visit to a murder victim's family amounted to "serious misconduct" and, according to the office of the PCC, made "the already complex job" of investigating police "more difficult".  

    Maxie Hayles, pictured second right as he chaired a public meeting in support of the suspended Ms Mosquito in April, today said it was an "injustice" that the hearing over "such a serious accusation" had proceeded in Ms Mosquito's absence.  

    Peter Pennant, Sara Myers, Maxie Hayles, Brother Andrew of the Birmingham Study Group

    Conservative Councillor Andrew Hardie, of Sutton Vesey ward, who also attended last month's meeting, said the disciplinary process had "been handled very badly in view of the tragedy involved." The office of the PCC says the hearing, overseen by an independent panel, considered a "substantial statement" from Ms Mosquito.  

    Hours after announcing the panel's finding, the office of the PCC said it would be recruiting two new Assistant PCCs instead of a single Deputy PCC.

  14. County Championship: Prospects of play bleak at Edgbaston

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM

    A mopping-up exercise is under way at Edgbaston in the hope of salvaging some play between Warwickshire and Somerset on day four of their County Championship clash.

    An inspection is due to be held into conditions at 14:00.

    Follow the state of play.

    Covers on
  15. Air ambulance launches night-time car service

    A new night-time emergency service is to be launched by Warwickshire’s air ambulance charity.

    It will see specialist trauma doctors and critical care paramedics out on the county’s roads assisting land ambulance crews until the early hours of the morning – seven days a week.

    New Car

    The service, which has been developed by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, will launch later this month.   

  16. Coming up on TV

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    The head of a chain of academy schools held up by the government as an example of good practice has resigned. 

    A weight loss trial run by a Midlands hospital trust has proved such a success it could now be rolled out across the NHS.

    And two BBC radio presenters have appeared in court charged with historical child sex offences. 

    We'll have more on these stories and others in the Midlands Today on BBC One at 13:30.

  17. Rural location 'not right place' for refugees

    Here's more on one of our top stories this morning:

    The Church of England, which owns Offa House in the village of Offchurch, near Leamington Spa, is looking to use the former retreat as a refugee centre, but not all villagers are convinced of the plan's viability.  

    Quote Message: The house itself is not suitable without a huge amount of money being spent on it and the other thing is that Offchurch as a village doesn't have the facilities for these young women. We've got a pub, we've got a church, that's it". from Mo Chivers Offchurch resident
    Mo ChiversOffchurch resident