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Summary

  1. Ex-BBC presenters jailed for historic sex offences
  2. Women's Tour visits Warwickshire
  3. Masked kidnapper targets woman
  4. Labour takes Warwick and Leamington
  5. Conservatives hold onto Nuneaton
  6. Labour holds three Coventry seats
  7. Updates from Friday 9 June 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Video content

    Video caption: Meet the pooch that answers only to Polish

    German Shepherd Caleb ignores commands in English but responds to those in his 'native tongue'.

  2. Weather: Scorchio

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We're forecast a hot weekend and a muggy night tonight.

    Temperatures could reach as high as 27C (81F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  3. Motorcyclist dies in Coleshill collision

    A motorcyclist has died after a collision involving a van on Coleshill Industrial Estate, says the ambulance service.

    Paramedic officers performed CPR on the injured man at the scene, but he was confirmed dead a short time after 12:30 today.

    Station Road

    The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, didn't require hospital treatment.

    Station road and Gorsey Lane remain closed by police.

  4. Car transporter driver sentenced for killing young Stratford mum Rachael Martin

    Stratford Observer

    On our front page this week: A car transporter driver killed a young Stratford mother as she selflessly went in front of his vehicle to save the life of one of her young daughters, who was also severely injured.

    Front page
  5. Yoga and Tai Chi can change our bodies at 'molecular level' says researcher

    Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as yoga and mindfulness don't simply relax us, they can "reverse" the effect of stress at a molecular level, says a Coventry University academic.

    Ivana Buric

    Lead investigator Ivana Buric from university's Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement said millions around the world enjoyed the benefits of MBIs, but perhaps didn't realise they can change the way our "genetic code goes about its business".

    She said: “More needs to be done to understand these effects in greater depth, for example how they compare with other healthy interventions like exercise or nutrition."

  6. Student blocks to be reviewed after Grenfell Tower fire

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC Local Live

    One of Coventry's largest student accommodation providers Study Inn says it'll be reviewing designs of its blocks to check whether they can make improvements in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    The company says it will work with architects, installers and external fire consultants to check whether there is anything to be done to the buildings.

    Looking to reassure residents in its tallest block in the city, the ex-Axa building, it confirms that the structure has no cladding and is, instead, made up of glass panels, aluminium windows and concrete.

    Study Inn
    Quote Message: All of our buildings have been through the building regulation approval process which includes consultation with the fire authority and production of a fire risk assessment. All of this is completed before the building comes into occupation and is then reviewed annually." from Study Inn Spokesperson
    Study InnSpokesperson
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M6 J3A and J4 for M42 affecting Corley Services.

    M6 Toll Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll northbound between M6 J3a and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Congestion on M6 to Corley Services.

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

  8. People urged to 'think before they act' on night out following tragic death

    Leamington Observer

    Police have urged people on a night out to think before they act in the wake of Robert Bavington’s tragic death.

  9. Coventry to host Blackburn Rovers in Carabao Cup

    The Sky Blues will face Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers at The Ricoh Arena in the first round of the Carabao Cup - otherwise known as the League Cup.

    The tie will be played in the week commencing 7 August.

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  10. CCTV images released after Stratford robbery

    Cigarettes and a wallet were stolen during a burglary in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 1 April, police say.

    They've issued CCTV of a man with a tattooed hand they wish to identify in connection with their investigation into the incident at the Co-op store on Wordsworth Avenue.

    CCTV
  11. Launchbury and Hughes start for England against Argentina

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Wasps skipper Joe Launchbury and the club's Nathan Hughes both start for England in the final test against Argentina tomorrow.

    Front row Matt Mullan is one of the replacements for the match in Santa Fe.

    Joe Launchbury being tackled
  12. Staffordshire celebrated in five audience pictures

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The southern part of Staffordshire gets well featured in today's pick of pictures you've sent in of the county.

    If you want to send in one of your photos, drop us an email or use Instagram (adding #bbcstoke to show you agree to share it).

    Video content

    Video caption: Audience photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire
  13. Warwickshire revealed as retail fraud hotspot by Which?

    Research by consumer watchdog Which? shows Warwickshire is a hotspot for retail fraud, with 30,944 cases reported between 2014 and 2016.

    Keyboard

    The analysis of data from UK cyber-crime centre Action Fraud found there were 15.7 reports per 10,000 people, compared with the average of 3.4.

    The group is calling on the government to do more to tackle the problem.

    You can use this interactive map to find out the most commonly occurring fraud where you live.

  14. Anniversary of Reconciliation Statue

    Events are taking place to mark the 40th anniversary of Bradford's Reconciliation Statue, copies of which spread a message of peace across the world including Coventry.

    The one in the city has been in the cathedral ruins since 1995 when Sir Richard Branson donated it to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

    Reconciliation Statue

    Copies can also be found in the Hiroshima Peace Park in Japan, Stormont Castle in Belfast and another in Germany as part of the Berlin Wall memorial.

    International visitors will visit Coventry today for a service dedicated to the 40-year-old piece.

  15. Meet the pooch that answers only to Polish

    Sit, stay, heel, fetch, walkies - what do you do when the dog in your care just doesn't want to listen?

    That was the problem staff at Kenilworth's Dogs Trust thought they were facing when it seemed they'd been landed with a disobedient dog that could not adjust to kennel life.

    But German Shepherd Caleb was not a little worse for wear so much as a little Warsaw - he had once had Polish owners and it gave staff a theory to test.

    Caleb

    The trust said a Polish speaker who was adopting another dog was asked to speak to Caleb who "within seconds" began to relax at the sound of the language, then "perform a repertoire of tricks with ease".

    The Trust now hopes a Polish-speaker will adopt the four year old.

  16. BBC Question Time: Coventry audience grills minister over May's tower visit

    The prime minister should have met residents of Grenfell Tower despite the likelihood of being shouted at, a former Tory cabinet minister has said.

    Michael Portillo, a former MP for Kensington where the fire happened, told the BBC Mrs May "didn't use her humanity" when she visited the scene.

    When asked by a member of the BBC Question Time audience at Coventry University last night, defence minister Tobias Ellwood suggested she had not met residents for "security concerns".

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