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  1. Electoral fraud claims investigated
  2. Hundreds to line up for Coventry Half Marathon
  3. Tailbacks as lorry sheds frozen chickens
  4. Updates from Friday March 17 2017

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MK Dons v Coventry

MK Dons end a four-game winless run by beating Coventry to open up a six-point gap over the League One relegation places.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our coverage across the day

That's it from the BBC Local Live team for the week. Please join us again from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Keep an eye out here for breaking news before then.

Coventry Bees ride again

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry Bees Speedway supporters are expected to head to Peterborough in numbers this weekend. 

The full Bees line up will race in a challenge meeting against the Pirates in a match arranged by the Save Coventry Speedway campaign.

The Bees have been expelled from this season's Premiership due to the lack of a home track.

Save Coventry Bees protest
Jeff Davies

Become a digital guru - apply now for a BBC apprenticeship

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Have you got what it takes to make a story go viral? 

BBC News is looking to recruit digital apprentices' across the country, including Wolverhampton.

  • Can you take a story and make it go viral?
  • Can you make the best of social media to reach new audiences?
  • Can you listen to people and explain complex stories in a simple way?

You have until 18 April to apply.

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Crowds support ring road poetry event

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

An event celebrating Coventry's ring road with a series of films and verse attracted a crowd of more than 250 at Fargo last night, organisers say.

Disappear Here crowd
Adam Steiner

Lead artist Adam Steiner said he hoped the project, Disappear Here, had "changed a few hearts and minds" about what poetry is and that the ring road had proved a "definitive source of inspiration for audiences and artists alike".

Coventry Ring Road inspires verse amid City of Culture bid

Coleshill Town's bid for a Wembley final place

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coleshill Town's players are in South Shields to prepare for tomorrow's FA Vase semi-final.

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They go into the second leg needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit to secure a place at the Wembley final.

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Looks like it's a bit chilly up there!

Weather: Rain this evening and tomorrow

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're forecast more rain this evening and tomorrow, so you might want to celebrate St Patrick's Day indoors - or take an umbrella.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Disruption continues between Coventry and Nuneaton

A broken down train between Coventry and Nuneaton means buses are replacing trains between these stations, the Network Rail website says .

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 18:45.

Gang travels by bike to stores stealing gems worth millions
Six men have been jailed for stealing more than £3m worth of jewellery from shops around England.

Sky Blues: Ivor Lawton to stay on

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Sky Blues midfielder Ivor Lawton is to be given the chance to prove himself after asking to stay at the club. 

Mark Robins
Coventry City Football Club

The 21-year-old had been told by previous manager Russell Slade to look for a new club, but new boss Mark Robins says he's agreed to have Lawton back.  

Big wheel’s arrival gets residents in a spin

Stratford Herald

Despite widespread angry reaction from residents and businesses opposed to the observation wheel’s location in Swan’s Nest Lane, Jan de Koning, director of de Koning Leisure Group Ltd told the Herald  the wheel is due to open to the public on 1st April.  

Pool reopens in Bedworth after coach crash

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Swimming at Bedworth Leisure Centre is expected to return to normal from 15:30 today after the pool's temporary closure due to a coach crash.

The borough council says the damage has been fixed, and are ready to fully reopen the site. 

Damage at the leisure centre and damaged coach
Bedworth Fire Service

Travel: Two lanes closed on M6

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Travel: Traffic released on M6 northbound

BBC News Travel

One lane has now reopened on the M6 northbound between junctions one and two, to release traffic says Highways England.

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Two-car collision closes M6 northbound

BBC News Travel

A two-car collision and fuel spillage has closed all lanes of the M6 northbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and J2, M69 (Coventry).

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Travel: Bus replacement service between Coventry and Nuneaton

BBC News Travel

A faulty train is causing delays and cancellations to services running between Coventry and Nuneaton, says London Midland.

There are buses running between the stations.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J1 for A426 Rugby and J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and J2, M69 (Coventry), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch Leamington's falcons nesting on Town Hall

A live feed showing falcons nesting in central Leamington Spa has been set up in a partnership between Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the district council.

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Coventry 'one of the UK's fastest-moving property markets'

Coventry is listed as being in the top ten property hotspots in Britain by the website Zoopla.

The search portal looked at the typical length of time between a home going up for sale on its site  and the listing changing to "under offer" in 50 large towns and cities outside London.

For Sale signs
Getty Images

Coventry properties came in at eighth fastest at 35 days, compared to a country-wide average of 42.

Northampton performed best at 27 days, and properties in Wales sitting on the market for the longest length of time, around 66 days.

Two charged following Nuneaton assault

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Two men have been arrested and charged after an incident in Cedar Road, Nuneaton on Wednesday, police say.

Both have been charged with grievous bodily harm and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Electoral fraud claims: Two interviewed

Evidence relating to electoral fraud allegations could be handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) shortly, Warwickshire Police says.

Twelve police forces have submitted reports to the CPS  relating to the use of the Conservative "battle bus", and how it was recorded in campaign spending returns during the 2015 general election.

Conservative battle bus
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Two people have been interviewed as part of the inquiry, police said.

Coventry Half Marathon: Road closures

Roads around Coventry's half marathon route will start closing from 09:00 on Sunday.

You can find a list of them here.

Half Marathon map
Coventry City Council

Thousands of homes set for Kenilworth

Kenilworth Weekly News

On our front page this week: Thousands of homes still set for Kenilworth, you can find more stories on our website.

Front page
Kenilworth Weekly News

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at M42 J3A Northbound affecting J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at M42 J3a Northbound, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) and on M42 to J3, A435 (Portway).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Jordan Willis in contention for Sky Blues trip to Milton Keynes

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins is expected to make changes to his team for tomorrow's trip to the MK Dons as he assesses his squad. 

Jordan Willis
Getty Images

Defender Jordan Willis is in contention to a return after being sidelined by injury.

The team is 17 points from safety, with nine games to go.

Man with cocaine and stolen petrol in high speed police chase on Coventry ring road

Coventry Observer

A man with cocaine and stolen petrol in his car led the police on a high-speed chase around Coventry before breaking down in the outside lane of the ring road and making off on foot.  

Metro mayor candidate 'will re-open old railway lines'

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

Improving public transport in the West Midlands is the top priority for former John Lewis managing director Andy Street as he ramps up his fight to become the region's new mayor. 

The new mayor will be responsible for housing, transport and job creation, but Andy Street says his focus will also be on getting us from A to B more quickly.

Andy Street

We will re-open disused railway lines, like from Moseley to New Street, and then across the Black Country from Stourbridge to Walsall. We are also talking about building the tram network across the whole conurbation and with buses we're talking about dedicated lanes and cleaner vehicles

Andy Street Conservative metro mayor candidate

Hundreds line up for Coventry Half Marathon

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Around 3,500 runners are expected to take part in Sunday's Coventry Half Marathon, organisers say. 

Coventry Half Marathon

The number is down on last year's event,  when more than 4,200 completed the course, but registration for the race only opened in December after the previous organisers withdrew.  

£14m bid to transform Nuneaton town centre

Nuneaton News

A bid has been made for £14m from a multi-million pound pot to transform Nuneaton town centre.

Wasps trio in line-up for Six Nations

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

The Wasps trio of James Haskell, Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury have retained their places in the England side for Saturday's six nations match against Ireland. 

James Haskell, Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury
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But club-mate Nathan Hughes drops to the bench with Billy Vunipola taking the number eight jersey and Anthony Watson also restored to the starting fifteen. 

Coventry-born Tom Wood is expected to earn his 50th cap as England look to complete the Grand Slam.

Travel: All lanes re-open on A46

BBC News Travel

All lanes have now re-opened on the A46 between Stoneleigh and Coventry on the northbound carriageway, after a lorry shed it's frozen chicken load earlier.

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Tailbacks as lorry sheds frozen chickens

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

A shed load of frozen chickens has closed two lanes of the A46 between Stoneleigh and Coventry on the northbound carriageway.

Crashed Lorry
Worcestershire Police

Highways England expect the clean-up operation, between the A452 and Festival Island, to carry on for another couple of hours.  

Video: Will you need your brolly today?

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a dry start, with some bright spells, a cloudy day with showers possible this afternoon and highs of 9C (48F).

You can find a detailed weather report for your area here.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Live updates for Coventry and Warwickshire

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Friday.

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

If you'd like to get in touch you can  emailtweet us  or message via  Facebook .

Severe accident: A46 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between A452 Leamington Road and A45 Stonebridge Highway affecting unnamed road.

A46 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on A46 northbound between the A452 Leamington Road junction in Kenilworth and Festival Island in Coventry, because of a shed load, an accident involving two lorries and recovery work. Congestion on Hill Wootton Road to unnamed road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our coverage across the day

That's it from us on Thursday. Please join us again from 08:00 on Friday for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Keep an eye out here for breaking news before then.

More fly-tipping reported in North Warwickshire

More fly-tipping has been reported to the council in North Warwickshire, this time in Packington Lane Coleshill.

The council is reminding residents that incidents, including rubbish, fly-posting and graffiti can be reported to them via its online service.

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