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  1. BBC presenters accused of indecently assaulting boys
  2. Three jailed for gang-rape of woman
  3. Identical triplets turn 80
  4. GP surgeries 'at risk' over paperwork deadline
  5. Updates from Friday 19 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Pearce

All times stated are UK


James Law

BBC Sport

Josh Bassett's 78th-minute try sends Wasps to their first Premiership final in nine years thanks to a thrilling win over Leicester.

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Our coverage across the day

That's it from the Live team on Friday.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Parliamentary hopefuls quizzed

Shelley Phelps

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Political Reporter

Election candidates from across Coventry and Warwickshire are being quizzed by business leaders today.

The event has been organised by the local Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Man jailed after fatal bike crash

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's been jailed for his part in a crash between two bikes in which another man died.

Staffordshire Police says Philip Gray, 37, from Oldbury, died after the crash on the A5 in Fazeley near Tamworth in November 2015.

A5 near Fazeley

Steven Porton was found guilty of dangerous driving earlier this month.

Today the 29-year-old from Windrush Close, Walsall was jailed at Stafford Crown Court for 12 months and banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.

The men

Calin Lacatus, Timotei Baran and Constantin Vila attacked the victim after promising her a lift home.

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Watch your weekend weather forecast

BBC Weather

Showers slowly fading through this evening to leave agenerally dry night with clear spells - lows of 4C (39F).

Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers.

Here's a full forecast looking ahead to what's instore this weekend...

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Sky Blues sign Rod McDonald from Northampton

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry City have made their third signing of the off-season - defender Rod McDonald has agreed a two-year deal from Northampton.

Mark Robins and Rod McDonald
Coventry City Football Club

The 25 year old will complete his move to the Sky Blues when his current contract ends at the beginning of July.

He joins midfielder Michael Doyle and striker Mark McNulty as new faces in Mark Robins' team looking for promotion back to League One.

Three jailed for gang-rape of woman

Three men have been jailed after being found guilty of gang-raping a woman one of them met outside a Coventry casino.

Defendents Calin Lacatus, 28, of Beake Avenue, Coventry; Constantin Vila, also 28, of Victory Road, Coventry; and Timotei Baran, 21, of no fixed abode, were sentenced at Warwick Crown Court today to ten, eight and nine years in prison respectively.

Lacatus, Vila and Baran
West Midlands Police
Lacatus, Vila and Baran

The court heard how the victim accepted a lift home from Lacatus after visiting the Grosvenor Casino at the Ricoh Arena.

She was joined in the vehicle by the other two attackers and then driven around the city, being sexually assaulted by the men before being driven to a location and raped.

Jamie Overton celebrates

Somerset paceman Jamie Overton removes both Warwickshire openers before rain ruins the first day at Taunton.

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Premiership: Wasps team news

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps have made two changes to face Leicester in tomorrow's Premiership playoff semi-final.

Ashley Johnson and Phil Swainston start in the front row, with Tommy Taylor and Marty Moore returning to fitness to take places on a strong bench that also includes fit-again James Gaskell.

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Police officers don't have up-to-date background checks

Figures obtained by the BBC reveal more than half of West Midlands Police officers haven't had up-to-date background checks to ensure they are suitable to serve.

They show that 3,702 of the force's 6,325 officers haven't been vetted under current policy which aims to help prevent corruption by checking the background of officers.

Police officer
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Ch Supt Mark Payne said: "All officers and staff are subject to rigorous and intrusive vetting before being allowed to join.

"These figures relate to re-vetting - which is done periodically in line with local policy. We are working hard to reduce backlogs in this process."

Rod McDonald

Coventry City sign centre-back Rod McDonald from Northampton for an undisclosed fee, on a two-year deal.

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Man charged with driving offences after 'failure to stop for police'

A Coventry man has been charged with a string of driving offences under Warwickshire Police's arm of Operation Trivium.

The 22 year old was pulled over on Woodway Lane having, police said, failed to stop during an operation in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Operation Trivium is a week-long operation across the country - aimed at stopping people using the road network to commit crime.

Company launches all-electric taxi

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

An electric taxi, manufactured in Coventry, is to be rolled-out across the UK following its official launch.

Dynamo Taxi
Dynamo Taxi

The Dynamo Taxi, created by ADV Manufacturing in conjunction with Nissan, was unveiled at an industry exhibition this week and is expected to go on sale in the autumn.

Brendan O’Toole, chairman at Dynamo Taxi, said: “We’re at the start of the biggest change in the motoring world since the era of Henry Ford because most of us will be driving electric vehicles in the future."

Two arrested over Kenilworth robbery

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery on Leyes Lane in Kenilworth, police say.

A 29-year-old man from Leamington Spa was arrested on suspicion of robbery yesterday and remains in custody.

A 22-year-old woman, also from the town, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and has been released under investigation.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Your pictures: Coventry and Warwickshire in bloom

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been busy snapping images around Coventry and Warwickshire.

This one was taken in Wishaw by outwiththedog.

Iris in Wishaw

And Kingfisher Whisperer took this lovely image in Coventry.

Dandilion clock
Kingfisher Whisperer

Ex-BBC presenters took "delight" in sex in the open, prosecutor claims

Former BBC presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth had sex in the open "knowing and taking delight in the fact that young lads were watching" said prosecutor Miranda Moore QC.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth

The married couple from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, who have worked for BBC Radio Leicester, BBC WM and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, are on trial at Warwick Crown Court. They deny all charges against them of indecent assault and outraging public decency.

The charges pertain to claims of parkland sex in Warwickshire.

It is alleged that Julie Wadsworth would encourage boys to engage in sexual acts with her, with Tony Wadsworth accused of being there "as a look out, encourager and minder".

The activity happened between 1992 and 1996, the court heard, and it was told it involved boys aged about 14 and one aged 11.

Ex-BBC presenters accused of indecently assaulting boys 'had sex in parkland'

At the trial of two former BBC presenters accused of indecent assault against boys a court heard they had sex in parkland in view of a group of them.

Married couple Tony and Julie Wadsworth - who have worked for BBC Radio Leicester, BBC WM in Birmingham and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire - were "partial to having sexual encounters outdoors", Warwick Crown Court was told.

Julie and Tony Wadsworth

The pair - from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire - also face charges of outraging public decency over the alleged activity which, the court was told, happened in Warwickshire.

Tony Wadsworth, 69, denies 10 charges of indecent assault, and 60 year old Julie Wadsworth, denies 12 charges of indecent assault.

They both also deny five counts of outraging public decency.

Cricket: Henry Brookes signs first senior contract with Warwickshire

Warwickshire academy player, and England Under-19s fast bowler Henry Brookes has signed his first professional contract with the Bears.

Henry Brookes
Warwickshire Cricket Club

The 17 year old, who joined the club with the under-10s group, will join the squad full time in July.

'I got hooked on Shakespeare, it was an outlet'

BBC World

A group of homeless men in downtown Johannesburg have found solace in performing plays written by Stratford-upon-Avon's most famous son.

The city's abandoned buildings have been dubbed "the dark home" by the thousands of men and women who live there. But Shakespeare has provided a means to start making a viable living.

'I got hooked on Shakespeare, it was an outlet'

Bell calls for Bears 'character'

Somerset v Warwickshire (play starts 11:00 BST)

Ian Bell

It's been a tough start to the season for Warwickshire, with eight defeats in the 11 games they have played in the Championship and One-Day Cup.

One plus point, however, has been the recent return to form by skipper Ian Bell, who made 99 in their last Championship game against Surrey, and followed that with four scores over 50 in the 50-over format, including 93, 104 and 98.

"It has been a hugely damaging start for us but, in a way, that takes a little bit of pressure off us. The pressure is on other people who might be expecting to beat us after the start we've had," he told BBC Sport.

“Over the last 10 years, this club has won more trophies than any other county but it's not always going to be like that. When everything's easy, anyone can play, but you have to take the rough sometimes and then you start to see the character of people.”

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Identical triplets turn 80

A Coventry woman, thought to be one of the oldest living identical triplets in England, turns 80 this weekend.

Georgina Leech - who lives in Tile Hill - will mark the occasion with a party in Birmingham with sisters Mary and Margaret.

Mary, Margaret and Georgina Bloxham

GP surgeries 'at risk' if paperwork isn't completed

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

The smooth running of 16 GP practices and clinics across the West Midlands could be at risk if a medical company doesn't complete its paperwork by the weekend.

Integral Medical Holdings has until Sunday to get its accounts to Companies House or it will be wound up.

The firm is already five months overdue, but the company has assured thousands of patients the problem will be resolved in time.

Integral Medical Holdings surgeries in the West Midlands
  • Stoke Aldermoor Clinic, Coventry
  • Foleshill surgery, Coventry
  • Leicester Road Surgery, Bedworth
  • The Chaucer Surgery, Nuneaton
  • GP Led Health Centre Camphill, Nuneaton
  • Satis House Medical Practice, Water Orton
  • City UCC, Birmingham
  • Sandwell UCC, West Bromwich
  • Parsonage Street Walk in Centre, West Bromwich
  • Great Bridge Surgery, West Bromwich
  • Dudley UCC
  • Telford Surgery
  • Wrekin Surgery, Telford
  • Whitehall Medical Practise, Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire Walk in Centre
  • Kington Medical Practice, Herefordshire

Wasps meet Leicester in semi-final clash

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Wasps will be aiming to book their place in the Premiership final at Twickenham.

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

The team meets Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow in the play-off semi-finals.

Wasps will be favourites as they finished top of the league table while Leicester were fourth, and they'll have home advantage in front of a crowd of at least 28,000.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some dry weather around today, but also the possibility of heavy and thundery showers this afternoon with highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Good morning from the Coventry newsroom

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live service for Friday, bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Let us know what is going on in your area or send us your photos.

You can email, tweet us @bbccovwarks or message via Facebook.

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That's it from the Live team on Thursday - we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Any breaking news will appear here before then.

Buying cheaper than renting in Coventry study finds

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

It could be cheaper to buy a home in Coventry than rent one, according to new research.

The property website Zoopla says on average renters pay £150 a month more for a two-bedroom house than someone with a mortgage on a similar property.

For sale signs
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Watch: The West Midlands weather forecast for tonight and Friday

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Plus you can use the BBC Weather website to get the latest forecasts at any other time.

Shefali Oza

Man fined over illegal skin-bleaching cosmetics

A Coventry shopkeeper who admitted possessing illegal skin-bleaching products has been fined.

Muhammed Altaf, 48, of Beech Tree Avenue, was found to be offering a cream called Caro Light which contained a product banned over health fears, Coventry City Council said.

Nearly 40 jars were seized from shop Barcode on the Burges in July last year.

Altaf was fined £1,250 for five offences of possession of illegal cosmetics products.