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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire have now ended.

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

  2. Coventry Airport Canberra to be restored

    Here's more on our earlier story:

    The Canberra WK 163 first entered service in 1951 and broke the world altitude record in 1957 by flying at 70,308 ft - more than 13 miles above ground level.

    In 1959 the plane was transferred to the Royal Radar Establishment and was used in developing infra-red line-scan technology to identify camouflaged ground targets.

    It last flew in 2007 and most recently has been on display at Coventry Airport.

  3. Watch: Police crack down on foreign criminals

    Police officers from across Europe are in the West Midlands as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals.

    Operation Trivium involves teams from the Netherlands, Romania and Lithuania working alongside officers from regional forces to help track people with criminal records. 

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    Video caption: 'I knew I had no car insurance'
  4. Norovirus hits south Warwickshire hospital

    The minor injuries unit and a ward at Ellen Badger hospital in Shipston-on-Stour is closed to visitors due to suspected norovirus, the NHS trust says. 

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  5. One shop targeted three times by Coventry gang

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    The Coventry gang, jailed for robbing 13 shops over five months, targeted the One Stop in Caesar Road in Kenilworth three times, making off with £6,000 worth of stock.

    CCTV of robberies

    Gang members Anthony Collier, Darren Irwin and Thomas Rawbone were jailed for a combined total of more than 40 years after admitting conspiracy to rob.

    A One Stop spokesman estimated the company lost £38,000 from the seven robberies at its shops and that 14 staff members were directly affected.  

    Quote Message: These were terrifying offences for the shop staff – one of whom was on duty during all three robberies at Kenilworth’s One Stop – as they were threatened by men brandishing weapons. from DC Bevis Johnson West Midlands Police
    DC Bevis JohnsonWest Midlands Police
  6. Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Patchy rain and hill fog clearing slowly overnight leaving a dry end to the night.

    Staying mild and breezy with lows of 12C (54F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Latest headlines: Four jailed over shop robberies; Canberra bomber revealed as restoration project

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Coventry gang jailed for robbing 13 shops in five months

    - English Electric Canberra, currently housed at Coventry airport, revealed as restoration project

    - Coventry man denies child neglect

  8. Coventry man denies child neglect

    A Coventry man has appeared in court charged with neglecting a child.

    Leeroy Bailey, 35, from the Foleshill area of the city, was granted conditional bail after a hearing at Coventry Magistrates' Court.

    Leeroy Bailey

    He denies a charge of neglecting a child "in a manner likely to cause suffering or injury to health" in February this year.    

    He will attend Warwick Crown Court on 17 June for a trial preparation hearing.

  9. Student flats plan for old Coventry hospital given the green light

     An historic hospital that has stood empty for ten years is set to be turned into luxury student accommodation after planning permission was approved.  

    Artist impression of student accommodation
  10. T20 Blast set for biggest year yet

    BBC Sport

    The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way on Friday.

    Chris Gayle (left), Shahid Afridi (middle), Brendon McCullum (right)

    Following England's run to the World Twenty20 final in India, ticket sales for this year's tournament are up by a third on 2015.  

  11. Travel: London Midland delays

    BBC Travel

    There are delays of up to 15 minutes on London Midland between Birmingham New Street and Redditch due to earlier overhead line problems between Longbridge and Redditch.

    More details on BBC Travel.

  12. Watch: Health benefits of gardening to be showcased at Chelsea

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Scientists from Coventry University are taking their research into the health benefits of gardening to the Chelsea Flower Show.

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    Video caption: Coventry University scientists head for the Chelsea Flower Show
  13. Council to debate EU referendum

    Coventry city councillors are to hold a special meeting to debate whether Britain should vote to leave or remain in the EU in the Referendum taking place on 23 June.     

    It will happen in a special meeting on 26 May.

    Union flag and EU flag
  14. RAF's 'celebrity' Canberra bomber revealed as restoration project

    A record-breaking jet from Britain's golden age of flight will be the next restoration project from the team who put a Vulcan bomber back in the air.

    Canberra WK163

    Guests at Coventry Airport have been hearing about the project to refit an English Electric Canberra - WK163 - described as a "celebrity" of Britain's post-war jet engine age.

    Members of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, behind the project, say it will need public fundraising but the plan is to have the plane back in the air by 2018, the RAF's centenary year.

    The jet once held the record for the highest flight.

  15. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Some sunny spells this afternoon before cloud moves in, bringing outbreaks of rain by this evening.

    Highs of 17C (63F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  16. Watch: New Lord Mayor for Coventry sworn in

    Councillor Lindsley Harvard has been sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Coventry in a ceremony at the city's cathedral. 

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  17. Watch: Bottom actor's donkey inspiration

    An amateur actor who landed a dream role with the Royal Shakespeare Company prepared for the part with a visit to a donkey sanctuary in Sutton Park, Birmingham.

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    Video caption: Bottom actor's donkey inspiration

    Chris Clarke, from The Nonentities theatre group in Kidderminster, played Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RSC, in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    The Best Bottoms in the Land will be shown on 20 May, at 19:30 on BBC One. 

  18. Universities join in combined authority collaboration

    Coventry University's linking up with two others in the West Midlands to provide the new combined authority with research and training skills. 

    The West Midlands Combined Universities initiative covers the same geographical area as the West Midlands Combined Authority and includes Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Universities.

    West Midlands Combined University
    Quote Message: Health, advanced manufacturing and associated supply chains are just a few of the sectors which will benefit from our institutions’ collective drive to educate more local young people, upskill more local workforces and engage more deeply with local employers to support innovation and meet their specialist training needs from Prof John Latham Vice Chancellor Coventry University
    Prof John LathamVice Chancellor Coventry University
  19. 'Mystery' jet to be restored to flight

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    The team who put a Vulcan bomber back in the air are to take on another project, restoring a second classic heritage aircraft to flying status.

    Members of The Vulcan To The Sky Trust will unveil details of the project in Coventry later on today.