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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 06:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    We're back at 06:00 tomorrow with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather - plus the latest, local details on the EU referendum.

  2. Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Staying dry for many overnight, with some clear skies for a time

    Cloud will gradually increase from the west by dawn, bringing the risk of very isolated showers with lows of 11C (52F).

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Green light for second Friargate building

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    A planning application for the second building in Coventry's Friargate development has been approved by the city council.

    The 14-storey building, which will sit alongside the council house currently under construction, will deliver commercial space as well as room for a restaurant or cafe, say developers.

    Proposed Friargate building
  4. Don't mind the green water

    If you're in the Canley Ford area, and spot bright green water, don't worry... the fire service is rehearsing for a simulated chemical leak exercise later in the year.

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  5. Pets stolen for cash

    Peter Wilson

    BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

    Some criminals are switching from stealing metals to taking valuable pedigree dogs.

    That's the claim tonight made by a Midlands-based company which specialises in trying to recover stolen pets.

  6. News: Opening of Shakespeare's New Place postponed; green light for second Friargate building

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

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

    - Rainfall blamed for postponement of Shakespeare's New Place opening

    - Council approves permission for second building at Coventry's Friargate

    - Polls close at 22:00 in European referendum

  7. Travel: Accident in Tiddington

    BBC Travel

    An accident is blocking the B4086 Tiddington Road in both directions near the Loxley Road junction.

    More details on BBC Travel. 

  8. Replacement fire station given go-ahead

    Proposals to demolish a 40-year-old fire station have been given the go-ahead by the city council. 

    The existing building on Radford Road will be knocked down and replaced with a new fire station, complete with a "live training" facility.

    Radford Road fire station
  9. Opening of Shakespeare's New Place postponed

    Torrential rainfall in recent weeks has postponed the opening of New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, a commemorative project at the site of Shakeaspeare's last home, says the Birthplace Trust.

    The unveiling of the extended exhibition centre, new entrance, and restored garden at New Place was due to take place on 1 July.

    New Place
    Quote Message: We had an ambitious timescale for this ground-breaking project to re-imagine Shakespeare’s New Place for the 21st century. We have met many unexpected challenges along the way, but the record rainfall has slowed things down in the final phase. from Dr Diana Owen CEO, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
    Dr Diana OwenCEO, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  10. More than 140 dogs reported stolen to police locally since 2013

    More than 140 dogs have been stolen in the Warwickshire and West Midlands Police force since 2013.

    Figures from Animal Search UK show that  5,188 were taken nationally. 


    Animal Search UK wants dog thefts to be made an offence in its own right.  

  11. The woman saved from her father's FGM plans

    Victoria Derbyshire

    A woman from the West Midlands is the first person in the UK to be given a joint court order to protect her from both forced marriage and female genital mutilation. She tells her story.  

    Victoria Derbyshire programme
  12. Brave act puts Sara in line for award

    Leamington Observer

    On this week's front page: A Warwickshire Police officer who had ‘acid’ thrown in her face when she tried to confront four burglars has been nominated for a bravery award.

    Front page
  13. Latest news: Error leads to bus lane refunds; female jousters at Kenilworth Castle

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

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

    - "Technical error" sees council having to refund some bus lane fines

    -  Female knights to joust for first time at Kenilworth

    - More than 140 dogs reported stolen in Warwickshire and West Midlands since 2013

  14. Help needed to identify Somme tank crew from Coventry

    Alec Blackman

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Author, Stephen Pope, who's researched the lives of First World War tank crews, is asking for help to identify two Coventry men - believed to be in this picture.

    Rol Elliott and Herbert Statham were in what became known as the 'Black Cat Crew' because they took a kitten, Percy, into battle with them.

    Black Cat Crew

    Both came from the Foleshill area of the city and both survived the war.

    Men from Coventry and Warwickshire provided the majority of the first tank crews who fought in the Battle of the Somme.

  15. England v Australia: Harrison replaces injured Haskell in third Test

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Wasps' James Haskell has failed to recover in time from a foot injury and will be replaced by Northampton flanker Teimana Harrison in the England squad to take on Australia on Saturday. 

    The rest of Eddie Jones' England 23 - aiming for a whitewash in the series -  is unchanged, with Wasps players Matt Mullan, Joe Launchbury and Ellit Daly named in the squad.

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  16. 'Damsel in shining armour' at Kenilworth Castle

    The Warwickshire castle where Robert Dudley famously wooed Tudor England's most powerful woman, Queen Elizabeth I, will be the first of four across the country to see a woman take on men in the tilting yard.

    Nicky Willis, a leading competitor on the European circuit, will take on a male "knight" in the medieval sport of jousting at Kenilworth this weekend.

    Nicky Willis

    A professional rider who regularly jousts on the continent, Nicky has also trained horses for the sport for more than ten years. 

    At Kenilworth she will pit her skills against three leading male "knights" in the art – including Russian champion Dimitry Sabachenko in his UK debut.