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  1. Updates on Friday 10 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Monday

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Live updates have now finished for Coventry and Warwickshire.

We're back at 08:00 on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

Before then, we'll have live coverage of Midlands Today's special EU referendum debate - from just before 22:35 on Sunday.  

Business support offered to Stratford-upon-Avon retailers

Stratford Herald

Help is being offered to ensure the quality of the retail offer in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre is maintained, following the impending closures of a number of well-known high street stores.  

Artist impression of Bell Court
Stratford Herald

Police name man killed in crashed vintage car

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A man who died when the vintage car in which he was travelling collided with a parked vehicle has been named as Philip Chadwick.

The 63-year-old was a passenger in a 1967 MG Midget that hit a parked Ford Fiesta in Browns Lane on Saturday 4 June, near the junction with Washbrook Lane.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries but, police say, died three days later.

The 58-year-old driver remains in hospital.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Remaining cloudy overnight with isolated outbreaks of rain. 

There will be some dry weather around too but it will remain mild and feel rather muggy with miminum temperatures of 14C (57F).

Mission accomplished as service celebrates 25,000th call-out

The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, based at Coventry airport, has completed its 25,000th mission.

The Critical Care Team was called out last night to an incident in Burton Latimer and carried out the mission in the service's new night car.

Crew at Coventry airport
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Rain warning issued for Coventry and Warwickshire

BBC Weather

A yellow warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office for Coventry and Warwickshire this afternoon.

It's warning that slow-moving, heavy showers are becoming more widespread and will bring the possibility of localised flooding.

Yellow Warning

Morgan Hehir fatal stabbing: Three men admit 'tragic and unprovoked' attack

Police describe the attack on Morgan Hehir last year as "tragic, vicious and unprovoked".

Three men have admitted killing him and will be sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Monday.

Det Chief Insps Jason Downes who led the investigation said "it shocked the Nuneaton community and had a devastating impact on Morgan's family and friends".  

Morgan Hehir
Warwickshire Police

BreakingThree men admit killing Morgan Hehir

Three men have admitted killing 20-year-old Morgan Hehir, police say.

Declan Gray, 21 of Waverly Square, Nuneaton, pleaded guilty to murder at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday.

His brother Karlton Gray, 19, of the same address, and 40-year-old Simon Rowbotham, of Meadow Street, Nuneaton, today both pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Sentencing is due to take place on Monday.

Mr Hehir, from Nuneaton, was fatally stabbed on Halloween 2015 following what police described as a street altercation.

EU referendum: Apology to ineligible voters issued with polling cards

Coventry City Council says it's written to the people affected by an error that meant polling cards were sent to "non eligible" voters.

Councils across Coventry and Warwickshire issued 49 polling cards incorrectly, according to figures from the Electoral Commission.

A council statement says: "Our staff are well trained at making sure they only issue ballot papers to eligible voters.”

A total of 3,502 people across England and Wales have been affected. Here's the local breakdown of figures by council: 

Polling cards figures

Three arrested over Coventry shooting

Three men have been arrested in connection with a shooting in which, police say, a parked car was blasted with a sawn-off shotgun.

The trio were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life at an address in Towpath Close, Exhall, just after 04:00.

It’s suspected the men, aged 19, 20 and 25, were involved in a shooting in Lauderdale Avenue, Holbrooks, in the early hours of Wednesday when an unattended Suzuki Swift car was damaged.  


This was a targeted, co-ordinated raid on an address in the city we suspect is linked to the shooting and detectives are currently questioning the men over the incident."

Chief Insp Warren LittleWest Midlands Police
Chris Stokes

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes is given a one-match suspension by the FA for a homophobic tweet.

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Latest news: Three arrested over 'targeted' shooting; man dies in Coventry stabbing

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Some of our headlining stories today are:

- Three arrested after parked car targeted with sawn-off shotgun in Coventry

- Murder investigation launched after man stabbed in church car park

- Coventry City's Stokes banned for homophobic tweet

Coventry stabbing: Neighbours describe shock at stabbing 'carnage'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A woman living near to the scene of a fatal stabbing in Coventry last night said she feels "shocked and scared" in the aftermath of the event.

Marie Hipperson, who has lived on Holyhead road for four years, said there had never been any trouble in the area in that time.

Scene of stabbing

Her 20-year-old son, Connor Hipperson, said he was watching television about 20 minutes before police first arrived and heard shouting.

 "I heard raised voices, blokes' voices, but nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "I didn't think anything of it initially, but then later I came out and it was just carnage."

West Midlands Combined Authority launched

Around £4bn of transport infrastructure, half a million more jobs and 20,000 more businesses for the area are among the ambitious plans being unveiled at the first AGM of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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EU referendum: Councils send polling cards to ineligible voters

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Polling cards were wrongly sent to nearly 50 EU citizens across Coventry and Warwickshire who are not allowed to vote in the EU referendum.

The Electoral Commission has announced a software "issue" meant polling cards and some postal votes were sent out to some "non eligible" voters.

A breakdown of figures by local authority is available here.  

Polling cards
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Travel: A5 in Rugby blocked both ways

The A5 in Shawell is blocked in both directions near the A426 Rugby Road junction because of a collision.

More details on BBC Travel. 

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Latest news: Man stabbed to death in Coventry; Sky Blues player's match ban over homophobic tweet

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our main stories:

- Coventry murder investigation launched after man stabbed

- Coventry City's Chris Stokes handed match ban over homophobic tweet

- West Midlands Combined Authority launched

Cricket: Maiden Test half century for Warwickshire's Woakes

BBC Sport

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes has made his maiden Test 50 against Sri Lanka, helping centurion Jonny Bairstow build England's first innings at Lord's.

Follow the action live.

Chris Woakes
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Devolution moves forward despite a last-minute hurdle

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The West Midlands combined authority has launched its economic strategy this morning despite a last minute objection to its formation. 

John Spellar, the Labour MP for Warley, had questioned in Parliament the way it's being formed. 

The government said that for the West Midlands to have a combined authority it must have a mayor in charge of it, but Mr Spellar has concerns it's not what the people of the West Midlands want.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A cloudy and dry afternoon for most, but some showers may develop, feeling humid with top temperatures of 20C (68F).

Holyhead Road Coventry

Police launch a murder inquiry after a man was found with fatal knife wounds in Coventry.

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Watch: EU Referendum - better in or out?

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

I'll be presenting the region’s main EU debate programme this Sunday at 22:35 on BBC One. 

It will feature a panel of top guests arguing the case to leave and remain with questions coming from a studio audience. 

Ahead of that big showdown we’ll be hearing from Saqib Bhatti (Vote Leave) and Sir Peter Rigby (Britain Stronger In Europe) as they put the rival cases to Sunday Politics Midlands viewers.

Latest news: Man stabbed to death in Coventry; councils send polling cards to ineligible voters

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are some of our headlining stories today:

- Murder investigation launched after man stabbed to death in Coventry church yard

- Councils send EU referendum polling cards to citizens not allowed to vote

- One-match ban for Sky Blues' Chris Stokes over homophobic tweet

One-match ban for Coventry City's Chris Stokes over homophobic tweet

Sky Blues defender Chris Stokes has been banned for one match and fined £1,000 after posting a homophobic term on social media. 

The 25-year-old admitted breaching FA rules after tweeting the slur during coverage of the Chelsea v Tottenham clash in the Premier League last month. 

He's also been ordered to attend an FA education course and has been warned about his future conduct.

Chris Stokes
Coventry City Football Club

Will's will returns to Stratford

The last will and testament of William Shakespeare will soon be on show in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time since it was written 400 years ago. 

Shakespeare's will
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Cared for by The National Archives, the will is being loaned to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of his death. 

The will is signed by Shakespeare and shows that he died a wealthy man.

You'll be able to see the exhibition from 16 July to 4 August.

Coventry stabbing: Witnesses reported 'hearing shouting'

Police say they've already spoken to several people who "reported hearing shouting" moments before a 999 call was made last night.

Det Insp Shaun Egan, from West Midlands Police, said: "Holyhead Road is one of the busiest in Coventry and I'm sure there are potentially many witnesses who may have seen the incident or the moments before or immediately afterwards". 

Scene of murder investigation

Latest news: Man stabbed to death in Coventry; academy to close earlier than expected

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

These are the main stories in the Coventry newsroom today:

- Murder investigation launched after man stabbed to death in Coventry

- Woodlands Academy in Coventry to close early due to teacher shortages

- First official day of the West Midlands Combined Authority

Coventry stabbing: Scene of murder investigation

This is the scene of the murder investigation on Holyhead Road in Coventry this morning.

Police believe there are potentially many witnesses who saw something related to the fatal stabbing around 22:10 last night.

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Travel: Severe congestion around Rugby

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic on A5 in Shawell at the A426 Rugby Road junction because of an earlier broken-down vehicle.

All lanes have been re-opened.

Congestion on A426 to Rugby to the A4303 Coventry Road junction and on A426 southbound to the Main Street junction.

More details on BBC Travel

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy and dry day for many with the odd brighter spell at times.

A few showers will develop during the afternoon and it will stay rather humid with top temperatures of 21C (70F). 

Coventry stabbing: Area sealed off for investigation

Several addresses and the Unitarian Church car park have been sealed off for a full forensic search as police begin a murder inquiry in Coventry.

"Some kind of altercation" took place at the church's car park last night, said police, which led to a man being stabbed to death.

They say they were called to Holyhead Road, near the junction with Northemberland Road, around  22:10.

Murder scene
Holyhead Road - the scene of a murder investigation

Coventry stabbing: Murder inquiry launched

A man has been stabbed to death in Coventry city centre.

Detectives say he was stabbed in the car park of the Unitarian Church on Holyhead Road.

He managed to stagger back to a house near Northumberland Road and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Live

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

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We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates between now and 18:00.

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