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  1. Fly pest has still not buzzed off
  2. Handcuffs, clothes and cannabis stolen from police
  3. Student wins 'CS gas case' against IPCC
  4. Updates from Friday 19 August 2016

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A student who alleges he was assaulted during a demonstration has won a High Court case against the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Our coverage across the day

We're back from 08:00 on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather, but keep an eye out here for updates this evening and into the morning.  

Shock at fifty per cent increase in parking charge

Rugby & Lutterworth Observer

Rail users have reacted angrily to a 50 per cent hike in the cost of parking at Rugby station.

Daily parking rates at the station will rise from £6 to £9 on September 5, while the reduced off-peak rate will be abolished.

BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

BBC Midlands Today

Anthony Bartram, Producer

On today’s programme we have the remarkable story of a little girl from Worcester called Willow Rose. She died at birth for eight minutes and has amazed doctors and her parents by making a full recovery after they put her in a tiny ice suit for three days. 

Who do the police turn to when things are stolen from them? Midlands Today has asked our region’s police forces to tell us what they’ve had pinched from police stations and while on the beat and the answers have been quite a surprise – handcuffs, emergency vehicles, drugs, more than £100,000 in cash and even horses.

And the region’s largest music festival comes of age today. Weston Park in Staffordshire will be home to up to 90,000 people at the 21st V Festival this weekend.    

Join us on BBC One from 18:30.

V Festival

Weekend weather forecast: Heavy showers likely

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry through this evening, but during the second half of the night showers will spread from the west accompanied by strengthening winds. 

Some of the showers will be heavy with lows of 12C (54F).

Sport: Skelton qualifies for final

BBC Sport

Warwickshire's Nick Skelton qualified top of the standings for the individual Olympic show jumping final, picking up no time or jump penalties.

The London 2012 team jumping gold medallist was one of eight riders to produce a clean round and will perform last in the final at 17:30.

Nick Skelton

Latest: Student wins 'CS gas case'; economy boosted by cycling

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

- A University of Warwick student who alleged he was assaulted during a demonstration has won a High Court case against the IPCC

- Cycling has boosted Coventry's economy by more than £1m according to the sport's UK governing body

- Warwickshire's Nick Skelton is through to the Olympic show-jumping final 

Student wins 'CS gas case' against IPCC

A University of Warwick student who alleged he was assaulted by a police officer during a campus demonstration has won a High Court case against the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Lawrence Green challenged the IPCC's conclusion that there was no case for PC Simon Lloyd to answer following his complaint of misconduct. The court heard PC Lloyd had sprayed CS gas into Mr Green's eyes at close range.

But a judge found the IPCC's decision was based on the report of an investigator who determined that the policeman's actions were justified - when the task was only to decide whether there was a case of misconduct to answer. The judge said that the IPCC's decision was therefore unlawful. 

An IPCC spokesperson said : "We will be carefully considering the judgment and our position over coming weeks."

Search for man in breach of court order

Warwickshire Police is searching for a man from Leamington Spa who has breached his court order conditions.

Daniel Murphy, aged 30, was released from HMP Hewell last Friday (12 August 2016) after serving a sentence for assault.

Daniel Murphy
Warwickshire Police

Vulnerable cats dumped

A heavily pregnant cat and one riddled with fleas have been left outside the Coventry branch of the RSPCA  in the last few weeks.

Another cat was dumped on a hot day when temperatures reached 30c.


Jade Mason, the branch’s cattery supervisor, said staff were concerned by the recent spate. 

“It's so important to make sure your cats are neutered because it will put an end to unwanted litters". 

Latest: Flies still a nuisance; doors open on Shakespeare's final home

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

- Flies are still a nuisance in a Warwickshire village as a council struggles to deal with the problem

- Appeal for witnesses after woman remains in hospital a month after car crash on the M6

- There's a new look for New Place, Shakespeare's final home, when it opens tomorrow

Car in ditch

Emergency crews were called to Loxley Lane near Wellesbourne in south Warwickshire earlier after a car went into a ditch. 

It happened at about 11:15, close to the entrance to Wellesbourne airfield. 

There are no reports of any injuries.  


Rio: Mysterious trophies, bikini wax ban and diving over the line

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

If you're anything like me, you're already looking forward to this weekend's Olympic action, especially those events involving local competitors such as Birchfield Harrier Matthew Hudson-Smith who is due to run in the men's 4x400m team relay on Saturday.

Then there's a pair of West Midlanders for Team GB's women's hockey squad - who battle it out for gold in tonight's final.

But what about the lesser-spotted oddities of the Games?

BBC News takes a look at the quirkier side of competition, from "bored-looking" lifeguards overseeing green pools to a ban on "toilet fishing". And if that's not enough, take a look at the headline above- talk about a close shave, or not, as the case may be.

Bahamas's Shaunae Miller diving to cross the finish line to win the Women's 400m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Bookshop looks to turn the page

A bookshop in Kenilworth that was on the brink of closure in March is again fighting to survive.

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Golden spirit at games

The Leamington-born gold-medallist rower, Matt Gotrel, has been talking about the "brilliant" atmosphere among Team GB in Rio. 

He was among the men's eight who won gold on Saturday. 

It's brilliant actually, every single day there's been some sort of success and it's just great to be a part of that."

Matt Gotrel on the right

B&Q resists demolition

Stratford Herald

B&Q is strongly objecting to proposals to demolish its Stratford store saying the move could lead to the loss of 49 jobs.

Back in April The Capital Hill Partnership, which owns the Maybird Centre, submitted a planning application to demolish B&Q and replace it with three new retail units.


CCTV appeal over bank card stolen from 97-year-old

A CCTV image has been released of a man to whom police want to speak in connection with a theft from a 97-year-old woman in Rugby. 

She had money taken from her account at cash machines in Stratford and Evesham after her bank card was stolen in January. 

CCTV image
Warwickshire Police

Some Items stolen from police recovered, but not all

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Some of the items stolen from police forces in the West Midlands have been recovered over the past five years. 

When thieves made off with a blue flashing lamp, officers in Warwickshire managed to get it back. 

But cops in our region haven't always been so lucky. When four horses were pinched from West Mercia Police the thieves got away scot-free. 

Whether items were retrieved or not, some people are already asking whether the boys and girls in blue need to be a little more careful with their own property. 

Items stolen from police forces in the West Midlands

New look for New Place

A  new oak and bronze gateway will open on the original threshold of Shakespeare's final Stratford home at New Place.  

Visitors are invited to walk in the playwright’s footsteps and "meet" the man behind literature's most famous works.  

New Place
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Knot Garden at New Place

Weather warning for the Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

An early yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for Saturday.

The Met Office says there may be gusts of 40-45mph which have the potential to cause disruption to travel and outdoor activities.

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Road reopens

BBC Travel

Bell Green road in Coventry is now reopened.  

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Swatting fly problem 'takes a long time'

Dealing with a plague of flies bothering Warwickshire villagers isn't as easy as it seems, according to Rugby Borough Council.

Residents around Brinklow say three months after complaining about the problem - which amounts to 80 flies a day for some households - the pest is still hanging around.  

Rugby Borough Council has issued a notice to the owners of a property it thinks is behind the insects' arrival, but accepts the site may now not be the only source. 

A fly

It takes quite a long time to identify places where the original fly source was but then you get multiple fly sources because of the general rise in the population of the flies in the area."

Councillor Heather TimmsRugby Borough Council

Items stolen from police: 'How on earth could all this property go missing?'

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Nine bikes from the West Midlands force, a sat nav in West Merica and a lap top in Staffordshire are among the items stolen from police across the region. They are bound to raise an eyebrow among many. 

Their value ranges from a few pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. "But," I hear you ask, "how on earth could all this property go missing from under the noses of officers?" 

In the case of the £113,000 stolen from within the bowels of the Warwickshire force HQ, the answer is, despite a court hearing, nobody knows.

Bike, sav nav and laptop

You can see more on this story on Midlands Today, BBC One, at 13:30 and 18:30.

Latest: NHS trust to appeal against criticism; flies creating bad buzz

These are some of the stories we are looking at this lunchtime: 

- Health bosses in south Warwickshire are to appeal after their Trust was told it must improve

- Rugby Borough Council says trying to deal with the problem of an infestation of flies isn't as easy as it seems 

- Team GB medallists are to visit Coventry's Ricoh Arena next week

Travel: Road closed following 'head injury' crash

BBC Travel

An elderly woman has suffered a head injury after being involved in a collision with a car in Coventry. 

The accident happened at about 10:45 on Bell Green road.

The road is closed in the vicinity of the crash.  

Health bosses to appeal against criticism of end-of-life care

Health bosses in South Warwickshire say they'll appeal after the trust running Warwick Hospital was told it must improve.

The CQC was critical over policy on end-of-life care.   

The Care Quality Commission made the ruling despite saying the work in the majority of departments was good. 

The hospital says the rating is unfair. 

The problem with a re-inspection is that the CQC have said they haven't got any concerns about us, they're not planning on coming back soon, so we're kind of stuck with this label which we don't think is fair so we're going to appeal the rating

Glenn BurleyChief Executive, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Woman in hospital a month after crash

A woman is still being treated in hospital for serious injuries suffered in a car crash on the M6 in Warwickshire a month ago. 

Police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to the collision that happened between Junction One at Rugby and Two for Coventry on 20 July.

Flies still haven't buzzed off

Villagers in Warwickshire say they're still being plagued by flies three months after they first complained about the pest around Brinklow.

Rugby Borough Council has issued a notice to the owners of a property they think is behind the problem, but villagers say they are still being plagued by insects and that further action isn't being taken quickly enough.

At the worst we've had four fly papers up and they've all been full in 24 hours and there would be about approximately 70 or 80 flies on each. It varies from day to day, if we have an overcast day it isn't so bad."

fly traps

A Rugby Borough councillor says the problem isn't as easy to sort out as it seems. 

Team GB Olympic heroes come to Ricoh

Coventry Telegraph

Coventry is set to bask in Team GB’s Olympic glory at an event next week.

The city will welcome home some of Team GB’s Rio heroes on Saturday, August 27, at the Ricoh Arena from 9.30am until 3pm – where sports fans can expect to meet some of Team GB’s 2016 medallists and competitors.

Team GB

Trust told it needs to improve end of life care

The Care Quality Commission has told the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust it needs to make improvements to end of life care. 

Despite rating the Trust good or outstanding in 46 of the 59 areas of inspection the overall rating from the CQC was 'needs improvement'.

The Trust has said it will appeal the rating and seek a fresh inspection as soon as possible.  

Warwick Hospital

Handcuffs and emergency vehicles among items stolen from police

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Handcuffs, emergency vehicles and more than £100,000 in cash have been stolen in the last five years from police forces across the region. 

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request. 

West Midlands Police cars

The items were taken from both individual officers and police stations. 

The West Midlands force says every effort is made to secure police property. 

Latest: NHS trust told it needs to improve; hundreds of items stolen from police forces

These are the stories we're looking at this morning: 

- South Warwickshire NHS Trust has been told it needs to make improvements by the CQC  

- Hundreds of items have been stolen from the four police forces across the West Midlands over the last five years

- Flies are still plaguing villagers around Brinklow in Warwickshire  

CS spray and handcuffs stolen from Warwickshire Police

A cannabis plant, barbecue, police force flag and emergency vehicles are among items to have been stolen from police in the West Midlands region.

The BBC asked forces which items had been stolen between 2011/12 to 2015/16.

The cannabis plant was stolen from Staffordshire Police, which also reported the theft of some cigars.

A first aid kit, CS spray, a flag, handcuffs and "clothing (not underwear)" were among items stolen from Warwickshire Police.


Roads: No major problems in Coventry

BBC Travel

Minor congestion in Coventry so far. Other than that, it's looking good.

Screen grab from BBC Travel website

Weather: Rain through the day

A cloudy start, with rain arriving through the morning and becoming more persistent with some heavy bursts in places. 

This will clear later to give a bright and breezy end to the day with highs of 22C (72F).

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