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  1. Two men have murder convictions quashed
  2. Miniature railway patrol after gnome cull
  3. Bare knuckle boxing
  4. Mum calls for NHS stem cell rethink
  5. Newspaper 'banned' from Sky Blues
  6. Updates from Friday 23 September 2016

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Tony Mowbray

Billy Knott's second-half strike gives Gillingham a narrow 2-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Coventry.

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Torrington Avenue, Coventry

A modern day slavery investigation sparked by the discovery of nine adults and a baby at a warehouse has been dropped.

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Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray says the Sky Blues must pull together after a bad week for the League One club.

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Rikki Clarke

Warwickshire win to ensure safety from relegation in the Championship, before Durham help beaten Lancashire stay up too.

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We're back from 08:00 on Monday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather - and some great video.

Before then, keep an eye out here for more updates during the evening.

Have a great weekend.

Sky Blues: Newspaper 'undeserving' of ban says football academic

Coventry Telegraph reporters are "undeserving" of their ban from Sky Blues pre-match press conferences, says Professor Ellis Cashmore of Aston University.

The author of Studying Football said such breakdowns were  "unusual but not unheard of".

"Sir Alex Ferguson famously had a fall out with the BBC," he said, but added the ban was nevertheless "very dramatic" and signalled "the start of a breakdown between the Sky Blues and the media".

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I follow the Coventry Telegraph's coverage of the Sky Blues, and in my opinion they have been reflecting what the majority of the fans think and feel about the club. There has been disenchantment, and they really have summarised the groundswell of opinion."

Professor Ellis CashmoreAston University

People living in Coventry warehouse 'not slaves' say police

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Ten people living in a Coventry warehouse were there legitimately and not being held as slaves, say the police.

One man was arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery at the address in Torrington Avenue on 28 August, but has now been released without charge.

Police say the ten - eight men, a woman and a baby - were not "at risk of any harm".

Sgt Michelle Kiedron said the actions taken by police were with the "best intentions" and it was important to be "alert to the signs of modern day slavery".

'Best performance of the season' - Bears escape relegation

Warwickshire have secured their status in Division One with a 237-run win against Lancashire at Edgbaston. 

The visitors were bowled out for 109, with Rikki Clarke claiming four wickets for 20 runs.

It was probably our best team performance of the season - to do that when you need it is great but actually makes me more frustrated. I know what our potential is. To escape relegation is great but we're at the wrong end of the table."

Ian BellBears captain

Video: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Some pleasant weekend weather heading our way. Here's your forecast.

Weather for the West Midlands.

Demolition company fined for illegal water use

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A demolition company has pleaded guilty to illegally using a Severn Trent fire hydrant in Coventry. 

DSM Demolition, from Arden Road, Birmingham, was fined the maximum amount of  £3,243, including costs, at Coventry Magistrates Court on 21 September.

Severn Trent said the company used an illegal standpipe to take water from the hydrant for its own purposes, which, they said, could lead to damage of hydrants and loss of water supply for customers.

Kingsbury Water Park gnome massacre provokes public outcry
Members of the public have come to the rescue of a gnome village that was vandalised.

Latest: Car park 'murder' pair cleared; newspaper's ban 'won't stop' Sky Blues campaign

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Here's a recap of our main stories today:

- Two men jailed for Coventry murder cleared

- Newspaper's ban from Sky Blues press conferences 'won't stop' criticism

- Demolition company fined for illegal water use

Coventry Telegraph editor says Sky Blues ban won't stop campaign

Stuart Linnell

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The editor of the Coventry Telegraph says a ban on its reporters attending Sky Blues pre-match press conferences won't stop its campaign calling for the club to be sold.

Keith Perry told me the paper "pretty much expected" this reaction from the club.

He said: "If you look at what fans want from our coverage, we think we'll be okay. 

"We launched the campaign to stand up for the fans and to stand with them. The strength of feeling was there, we've just tapped into it." 

Nuneaton mum calls for NHS stem cell rethink

A mother whose children both had stem cell transplants is calling for the government to review its decision regarding funding for a second round of treatment

Five year-old Charlie and Zoe, three, had transplants to treat the same rare genetic disorder, and while Charlie's was a success, Zoe may need a second operation.

Couper family
Minou Couper

It was announced in July the NHS would no longer fund stem cell transplants for those patients whose initial treatment had not been successful. Minou Couper, from Nuneaton, said: "I'm incredibly worried treatment that could save my daughter's life may not be available."

A campaign has been launched to reverse the decision, with thousands signing a petition calling for a U-turn.

Clinton Bailey

Two men jailed for a gangland murder in a Coventry car park are cleared after spending more than a decade in jail.

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Bare knuckle boxer defends 'hardcore' sport
More than 1,000 spectators are expected to attend a bare knuckle boxing title fight.

Video: Latest weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A bit of cloud around this afternoon, but some sunny breaks with highs of 18C (64F).

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Charlie and Zoe

A mother whose children both had stem cell transplants calls for a rethink over the ending of NHS funding for treating relapsed patients.

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Mowbray: Paper 'facing the consequences' of campaign against club owners

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Assessing a newspaper's "ban" from pre-match press conferences, Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray says the Coventry Telegraph "took a decison" to call for the club's owners to sell up and are "facing the consequences of that".

The Telegraph says its reporters have been told they won't be granted access to management or players while the campaign continues.

"What do the Telegraph expect after running a headline like that?" Mowbray told us.

Tony Mowbray
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Newspaper says it's banned from Sky Blues press conferences

The Coventry Telegraph says it's been "banned" from Coventry City's pre-match press conferences while it continues to call for Sky Blues' owners Sisu to sell the club.

The paper reports that sports writers Andy Turner and Alan Poole have been informed by text message that the paper will "not be granted access to the club’s management, staff or players" while it continues its campaign (pictured).

Coventry Telegraph front page
Coventry Telegraph

A Telegraph petition calling for the club's sale has been signed by more than 12,000 people.

The paper's editor, Keith Perry, says the owners have "failed fans" during their nine years in charge.

Police force re-admitted to stop and search scheme

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

 A number of police forces have been re-admitted to a stop-and-search scheme, says the government.

The 13 services, including Warwickshire, were previously suspended from the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme after a report found they were failing to meet three or more of its requirements.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd re-admitted them after HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said all had now achieved full compliance.

In February, Warwickshire was among five forces that were given a "require improvement" rating over how they recorded stop and search and supported staff.

Police patrol miniature railway after gnome 'massacre'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Police say they'll be patrolling the areas around Kingsbury Water park and miniature railway after vandals broke in and "massacred" dozens of its trademark gnomes.

They say they're also "providing reassurance" and security advice to the local community. 

Men holding broken gnomes
Echills Wood Railway

More than 40 of the figurines were smashed and strewn across the track at Echills Wood Railway in Warwickshire.  

Dozens of people who were moved by the story have offered to donate replacements after staff at the park shared the news on Facebook.  

Council by-election win for Labour

Shelley Phelps

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Political Reporter

Labour's Jodie Gosling has won a council seat from the Conservatives in Arley and Whitacre Ward, North Warwickshire. 

It's the first North Warwickshire Borough Council by-election since 2008 and follows the resignation of a Conservative councillor.

In a local referendum, 91% of voters were in favour of North Warwickshire Borough Council making planning decisions under the policies set out by the Arley Neighbourhood Plan.

Turnout in the referendum was 28%.

Court of Appeal quashes murder convictions after 'serious' failure

Two men's murder convictions over the shooting of a man near a Coventry pub were "unsafe", The Court of Appeal has ruled.

Quashing the convictions of Jamie Dunn and Garry Higgins, the court pointed to doubts over the credibility of a witness not being properly disclosed before trial - branded a "regrettable and serious" failure.   

Clinton Bailey was killed near the Three Horseshoes pub in Foleshill in 2005. The pair were convicted the following year.

Latest: Bare knuckle boxing; murder convictions quashed

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Our main stories today include: 

- Warwickshire hosts world title bare knuckle boxing 

- Two men have murder convictions quashed

- Police patrol miniature railway after gnome 'massacre'

BreakingTwo men have murder convictions quashed

Two men given life terms in jail for murdering a man in a pub car park have had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Jamie Dunn and Garry Higgins were among five jailed in 2006 for the murder of Clinton Bailey, from the Stoke area of Coventry, who was shot dead near a pub car park.

An A to Z of saucy Shakespeare - in song

BBC Shakespeare Festival

The composer Michael Nyman has set the Bard's bawdy words to music in the latest of his 'list' songs to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  

You can listen to the song here ahead of its first public performance at London's Barbican in November.

Renting a place and had issues with your landlord? You're not the only one

BBC Midlands Today

A housing charity claims that one in eight tenants in the West Midlands has fallen victim to landlords breaking the law. 

Research by Shelter and YouGov found that tenants had suffered everything from abuse and harassment to seeing their belongings thrown out of the property and the locks changed. 

Too often, the study says, people don't know their rights and need more help and advice. 

Birds eye view of houses

Man jailed for child images

Stratford Observer

On our front page this week: Just two weeks after the police seized his computer and found more than 1,000 indecent images of children, John Greenway bought a replacement and continued his perverted activity.

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Stratford Observer

Pupils welcome GB Paralympic hero

Coventry schoolgirl Kare Adenegan has returned to a hero's welcome at Bablake School after winning two bronze and one silver medal in Rio. 

Junior and senior school pupils lined the route into school to cheer the 15-year-old athlete before she changed into her uniform to resume normal lessons. 

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Bare knuckle boxing 'safer' than gloved

Trish Adudu

BBC Midlands Today

The promoter of a bare knuckle world title fight claims the sport is safer than gloved boxing.   

The difference, according to James Freeman, is most of the bouts are three, two-minute rounds and avoid "that repetitive head injury with a glove that spreads the impact around".

More than 1,500 spectators are expected to watch Birmingham's Ricky Nelder challenge for the title in Warwickshire on Saturday. 

Bare knuckle boxing

Modern bare knuckle boxing has a governing body and medical teams are on standby at the ringside. 

Free entry at Edgbaston today for the County Championship

BBC Sport

It's a 10:30 start for Warwickshire v Lancashire today, and free entry if you want to see Warwickshire's fight against relegation. 

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