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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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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 on Friday with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Ringway crash: Mobility scooter driver dies

A driver of a mobility scooter died after sustaining leg and rib injuries in a collision with a car on the Roanne Ringway in Nuneaton.

The crash happened just after 14:00 on Sunday. The victim died in hospital the next day.

Now police have issued an appeal for witnesses.  

Coventry University’s Chelsea Flower Show exhibit wins award

The team behind Coventry University’s ‘healthy gardeners’ showcase at the Chelsea Flower Show has been awarded a bronze medal by the event’s judges.

Dr James Shippen and Dr Barbara May
Coventry University
Award-winning academics, Doctors James Shippen and Barbara May

Coventry’s biomechanics experts – whose unique exhibit uses motion capture technology to show how gardening can be healthy - won the prize in the  "Discovery" category, which focuses on the science behind growing plants.   

Call for government jobs to move to Friargate

Coventry Telegraph

Government jobs should be moved to Coventry as part of the deal to create a West Midlands Combined Authority, according to a Coventry MP.  

Watch: How can I learn to love Shakespeare?

BBC iWonder

Russell T Davies, who has adapted A Midsummer Night's Dream for BBC One, explains how Shakespeare's plays and poems will always be reworked for the modern age.  

Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

BBC Weather

A dry night to come with lengthy clear spells allowing temperatures to fall a little lower than last night.

One of two mist patches forming towards dawn with lows of 10C (50F).

weather map

Plagues of pests: When the bug population explodes

The current infestation of flies in parts of Rugby isn't the only place to have suffered from plagues of pests.

Insects, often too small to be much of a nuisance as individuals, suddenly seem to acquire a deliberate menace when they gang up with their mates, as BBC News investigates.   

Fly paper

Tata Steel: Government warned over pension cut plan

The government has been warned that a plan to cut pension benefits to help save Tata Steel's UK operations could take ministers down a "dangerous path".

Ex-pensions minister Steve Webb urged caution over "rushed changes" he said could have implications for workers "well beyond the steel industry".

Port Talbot
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His sentiments were echoed by one former steel worker from Leamington Spa, Clive Sutton, who says he's "deeply worried" about the government's involvement.

He said: "I've been paying into my pension all my working life. I can see the government is under the cosh to be seen to be doing something, but the problems the steel industry faces have been clear for many years and the government of the day has repeatedly failed to take action."

However, the trustees of the British Steel Pension Scheme welcome the move, about which further details are expected when Business Secretary Sajid Javid makes a statement.  

Sky Blues announce dates of pre-season tour of Austria

Coventry City will travel to  Austria for a week-long tour ahead of the 2016/17 League One season.

They'll tour the south east of the country during pre-season from Monday 11 July to Saturday 16 July.

The club says it will spend the week in training with coaching staff, while the tour will include a friendly fixture against European opposition.

Wasps' Ben Jacobs retires

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps' Australian centre Ben Jacobs has retired from rugby after 14 years as a professional. 

He had two spells with the club, in 2009 before going to Japan in 2011, and then again in 2013. 

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Nine Jaguar Land Rover cars going to Beijing

Jaguar Land Rover is gifting nine vehicles to the British Embassy in Beijing, Foreign Minister Hugo Swire has announced.

Jaguar Land Rover signs
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The company will provide a fleet of UK-made vehicles to replace those currently used by the Embassy, many of which are foreign brands.

It will save the British taxpayer around £300,000, Mr Swire said.

‘Hero’ Stratford mum died saving her daughter

Stratford Observer

Tributes have been paid to the ‘wonderful and heroic’ mother who died saving her daughter from the path of a lorry in Stratford.  

Rachael Martin and scene of crash
Stratford Observer

England v Sri Lanka: Chris Woakes replaces Ben Stokes for second Test

BBC Sport

As expected, Chris Woakes will replace the injured Ben Stokes in the England team for the second Test against Sri Lanka which starts tomorrow. 

The Warwickshire all-rounder took 9-36 earlier this week, so the match in Durham will be another chance for Woakes to impress the England selectors.

Chris Woakes
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Latest news: Report finds HS2 'needlessly expensive'; A46 re-opens after collision

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- HS2 project "overpriced" say transport experts

- A46 reopens after being closed by collision for three hours

- Shakespeare's first folios sell for almost £2.5m

Coventry council debates stance on European referendum

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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

You can watch a live stream of the meeting here.

Coventry council chamber
Coventry City Council

Ticket sites 'must do more to fight touts'

BBC Entertainment and Arts

A government review into ticket sites, by a University of Warwick academic, says companies should take more action to prevent touts "harvesting" concert tickets. 

Economics professor, Michael Waterson, says current measures are inadequate, and suggests buyers should be forced to give proof of ID.

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His review of online secondary ticketing, commissioned by Business Secretary Sajid Javid, follows repeated warnings to consumers that ticket touts are increasingly prevalent.  

In February, it emerged that some tickets for Adele's UK tour were being advertised for £25,000 each.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Remaining dry with sunny spells developing through the afternoon and top temperatures of 16C (61F).

NHS 'must get a grip on hospital discharge delays'

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The NHS in England must get a grip on the delays patients face in being released from hospital, as the problem causes unnecessary harm and wastes money, the National Audit Office says.

A report by the watchdog estimated the delays were costing £820m a year.


It warned they also put older patients at risk because they lose mobility during extended stays.

It comes after delays hit record levels this winter because of a lack of support available in the community.

Travel: Parkhill Drive blocked in Coventry

BBC Travel

Parkhill Drive in Allesley, Coventry is partially blocked near the A45 Dunchurch Highway junction because of a traffic incident.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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A46 collision: Stretch near Bishopton reopens

It looks like things are getting back to normal following a route closure of about three hours earlier today.

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Nuneaton thugs slammed after using hedgehog as ball

Nuneaton News

Sick youths on a Nuneaton estate used a hedgehog as a football leaving it fighting for its life.

Nuneaton News

Shakespeare's first four folios sell for almost £2.5m

Copies of William Shakespeare's first four books have sold for almost £2.5m at auction in London.

The lots, which included a rare copy of the Bard's First Folio, were sold as separate lots at Christie's auction house, but were all bought by the same anonymous American collector.

Four rare Shakespeare books

Outline plan for 2,000-home village approved

Outline plans for a controversial 2,000-home "garden village" near Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) HQ in Warwickshire have been approved.

The development, next to the M40 near Gaydon, has won the consent of Stratford District councillors.

JLR raised concerns it could compromise the 100 hectares allocated for the plant's future expansion.

Artist's impression of proposed 'village'

Public meeting over development of Brandon stadium

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Campaigners trying to save a motor sport stadium in Coventry will hold a public meeting tonight. 

Brandon stadium

There's been speedway at Brandon since 1928 but the site's been sold to developers who want to build houses on it. 

This evening's meeting is at the University of Warwick.

A46 collision

Here's more:

West Midlands Ambulance Service says the driver of the car - a woman in her 40s - avoided "serious injury". They've been using the hashtag MoreThanLucky to describe her escape.  

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Car damaged in A46 collision

Picture: A46 collision

Here's more on our earlier story about a collision between a lorry and car that's shut part of the A46 near Bishopton.

South Warwickshire police tweeted this image of the crash, telling us "luckily minor injury".

Car damaged in A46 collision

HS2 defends project after academics' report brands it "overpriced"

HS2's technical director, Giles Thomas, insists the benefits of the project are "wide-ranging" despite transport experts' prediction it would "fail in many of its objectives".

The critical group says the scheme is "over-priced" and will result in higher carbon emissions.

But Mr Thomas says it will  "create a system that will allow so much more capacity" than the conventional network and that cities will be connected "in a far more efficient way". 

HS2 project "overpriced" says group of academics

A group of independent transport experts has described the proposed new high-speed rail link, HS2, as "an over-priced project that will fail in many of its objectives".

Artist impression of HS2
HS2 Ltd

The academics say they support the project in principle - but claim it could be completed much more cheaply, and with lower carbon emissions.

One of the authors, Professor Tony May, from the University of Leeds, says it's time to ask what tax-payers are getting for their £56bn.

What the scheme was designed to do was to add capacity out of London, improve connections between cities, regenerate the North and contribute to reducing carbon emissions. And the only one of those that it clearly achieves is increasing capacity.

Prof Tony May

Collision shuts A46 near Stratford

Police say they expect the A46 near Stratford to remain closed for around two hours after a collision between an HGV and a Honda CR-V.

The road's shut between the Marraway and Bishopton Islands and Ingon Lane is also closed.

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Dropped City Link workers win payouts

Workers made redundant without consultation at collapsed parcel delivery company City Link are entitled to money, an employment tribunal ruled.  

City Link - generic image

Morrish Solicitors LLP said by New Year's Eve 2014, 2,500 employees with the Coventry-based firm had been made redundant without any consultation.

Latest news: City Link workers win payouts; petition over council use of weed killer

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Workers awarded money after City Link collapse 

- Petition calls on Coventry council to ban the use of glyphosate weed killer 

- Independent travel experts describe the HS2 project as "over-priced"

Travel: Collision closes A46

BBC Travel

The A46 in Warwickshire is closed in both directions between A3400 Birmingham Road in Stratford-upon-Avon and Marraway Roundabout in Norton Lindsey.

Congestion to the A422 Alcester Road junction.

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Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A dull and cloudy start to the day with drizzle on and off. However, the cloud will start to thin and break this afternoon, allowing for some brighter weather for a time. 

Highs of 16C (61F).

Travel: M6 accident

BBC Travel

Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on the M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J3a because of an accident.

More details on BBC Travel.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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