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‘Largest’ city cannabis factory found 

5 Feb

Drugs with a street value of more than £2m were recovered after the largest cannabis factory in Coventry was discovered, police say.

Missing Rugby woman found safe and well in village near Coventry 

5 Feb

Dawn Stretton, 39, had been missing from her home since Tuesday...

Wyken Medical Centre in Coventry rated ‘inadequate’ again 

5 Feb

Coventry GP practice placed in special measures last year again given indequate rating in latest inspection...

‘Chuggers are like vultures’ Coventry has say on whether charity workers should be banned 

5 Feb

Residents reacted to the news that a major city is hoping to ban charity workers armed with clipboards...

Police officer sacked for theft 

5 Feb

A police officer who stole groceries and a bathroom cabinet is sacked by her force for gross misconduct.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust real ale festival at FarGo Village 

5 Feb

Event, which includes a charity auction, starts at the Far Gosford Street venue at 5pm today...

Football fans sentenced after trouble at Coventry City match on Boxing Day 

5 Feb

Dean Harris and Aston Hewitt-Parsons admitted the charges against them at Coventry Magistrates Court...

More than 1,000 cannabis plants found at former indoor market in Coventry 

5 Feb

Police swooped on the site in Riley Square, Bell Green, at 9pm yesterday...

Dad left with just swimming trunks and trainers after thief raids locker at Coventry sports centre 

5 Feb

Money, jewellery, keys and clothes were stolen from Clifford Barratt's locker while he took a dip...

Second murder arrest after woman found 

5 Feb

Detectives have made a second arrest in connection with the death of a 20-year-old woman found with neck injuries at a property in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Timeline: The “£11million” battle between Coventry heart specialist Dr Raj Mattu and the NHS 

5 Feb

We break down the key moments in the 15-year wrangle between the hospital doctor and the NHS Trust which employed him...

Drugs squad officers seize cannabis plants at house in Coventry 

5 Feb

A search warrant was carried out in Foleshill Road, near the junction with Broad Street...

One lane closed on M6 this morning on same stretch as fatal accident 

5 Feb

The motorway had only re-opened at 2am today after being closed for 24 hours...

Lloyds to shut 29 branches – but fate of Coventry banks unknown 

5 Feb

Over 1,700 jobs will be affected by the closures...

Arsonists torch 30 old domestic appliances in Coventry service yard 

5 Feb

Firefighters were called to the back of Currys, at the Alvis Retail Park, just after midnight...

Age UK investigated over ‘unfair energy deals for pensioners’ claims 

5 Feb

Charity is said to have unfairly pushed pensioners into taking out more expensive energy tariffs...

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Basket case 

5 Feb

It seems that February will offer no respite from the relentless onslaught of public loss and collective grief that January inflicted upon a heartbroken society.


30 Jan

Ducks are deceptive calculating creatures that must not under any circumstances be trusted...

Chilly con Carney 

24 Jan

The chill winds blowing around the picturesque streets of Davos during this last week can be considered as a balmy zephyr compared to the El Nino event likely to thunder along Threadneedle Street and possibly remove the unfixed roof of number 11 ...

Deeply disturbing…probably 

22 Jan

When a government resorts to summary execution, extrajudicial assassination and cold blooded murder then that government is clearly failing and represents a rogue and pariah state...

With friends like these 

18 Jan

Before we all get too carried by the lifting of western sanctions against Iran, it might be worth taking a moment to consider quite how we define friend and foe, ally and rival and, perhaps more importantly, bosom buddy and hated enemy...

Next Neighbourhood Watch Meeting 

13 Jan

the next Bablake and Sherbourne Neighbourhood Watch Meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at 19:30 hours.

Local Plan Consultation – Kerseley 

13 Jan

Coventry is changing – and now it’s time to have your say on how the city will grow over the next 20 years The Council is preparing a local plan to guide how the city grows and develops so, once again, we can be a top ten city.

VSquad Plus 

13 Jan

Voluntary Action Coventry have secured funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation to pilot a supported volunteering programme that aims to help long term unemployed people in Coventry move closer to employment.

Become a Master Composter 

13 Jan

The Council has joined forces with Garden Organic at Ryton to try and recruit volunteers from across the city to become Master Composters.

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Lake Kerkini, N.Greece – Day 1 

5 Feb

1st - 4th February 2016 I met Nikos Gallios at the Bird Fair last year and over the winter arranged a birdwatching trip to Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, staying at his comfortable family hotel nearby in the village of Chrysochorafa, I went ...

How poetry, story-telling and music can explain the role of the supply chain 

5 Feb

A group of researchers from WMG at the University of Warwick are using poetry, story-telling and music to draw attention to the important role supply chains play in everyday life.

A Festive Selfie 

5 Feb

I know selfies are very popular, but I have problems managing to take them.

Mature drivers favour checks on over 70s, new study finds 

4 Feb

The majority of older drivers are in favour of tighter rules on checking the health and suitability of over-70s to drive even if those checks could take them off the road themselves according to a new report.

FO: Star Wars gloves 

4 Feb

Finished these on the 31st for my nephew's birthday.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the blind & partially sighted for 3rd February 2016 

4 Feb

3rd February 2016 In this week’s show Leo reads an article , journalist Chris Arnot and Dave visits the Pantomime.

A turned gift. 

3 Feb

Our parish priest, who had been with us for almost 12 years was moved by the diocese a couple of weeks go, and Kev got busy turning to make him a special gift.

Broadcasting codes lecture 

3 Feb

Claire Simmons, former BBC correspondent, is in talking about broadcasting codes of conduct.

WMG tests driverless pods with laser scan of Coventry roads as part of Intelligent Transport Initiative 

3 Feb

WMG at the University of Warwick is to use a laser scan of 30 miles of Coventry roads to test driverless pods as part of a research programme launched this week.

World’s first free online course devoted to the exploration of Literature and Mental Health 

1 Feb

The course; Literature and mental health: Reading for wellbeing features exclusive interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry and Melvyn Bragg who consider how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional ...

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Coventry City FC »

Striker Henderson joins Coventry 

5 Feb

League One side Coventry City sign experienced striker Darius Henderson on a contract until the end of the season.

Coventry City: Transfer Recap 

5 Feb

Coventry City: Transfer Recap Vitalfootball:Coventry:05/02/2016 13:56:00 Comings and goings at the Ricoh Arena.

Sky Blues Snap Up ‘Plan B’ 

5 Feb

Sky Blues Snap Up 'Plan B' Vitalfootball:Coventry:05/02/2016 12:02:00 Striker Henderson joins City ranks...

Darius Henderson sent to Coventry 

5 Feb

Coventry have signed former Reading and Watford striker Darius Henderson.

Big Arsenal Stage for City Youngsters 

5 Feb

Big Arsenal Stage for City Youngsters Vitalfootball:Coventry:05/02/2016 09:19:00 FA Youth Cup tie to take place at the Ricoh Arena.

Port Vale v Coventry preview 

5 Feb

Port Vale have defender Ryan McGivern back available for Sunday's Sky Bet League One home clash with Coventry.

Open Meeting With Chris Anderson! 

4 Feb

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Andy Rose enjoying his honeymoon period at Coventry City after marrying into Bradley family 

4 Feb

Interview: Former Seattle Sounders midfielder discusses his move from MLS and marrying into Bradley family...

South Coast Rivalry Set Aside for City 

4 Feb

South Coast Rivalry Set Aside for City Vitalfootball:Coventry:04/02/2016 14:01:00 Bournemouth and Southampton loanees could make immediate debut.

Any Port in City’s Storm? 

4 Feb

Any Port in City's Storm? Vitalfootball:Coventry:04/02/2016 10:01:00 Coventry City travel to Port Vale on Sunday afternoon for a crucial League One fixture after a busy week of transfer activity (and fallout) for the Sky Blues.

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Sport »

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Stourbridge RFC – Feb 2016. 

5 Feb

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Stourbridge RFC - 6th February 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Preston Grasshoppers RFC – Jan 2016. 

29 Jan

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Preston Grasshoppers RFC - 30th January 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Caldy RUFC – Jan 2016. 

22 Jan

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Caldy RUFC - 23rd January 2016.

Help Out Your Club whilst you watch the Wasps at The Ricoh 

18 Jan

To ensure that the club gets the best cashback from the Wasps offer please follow these steps when following the banner ad on the home page of Broadstreet RFC Visiting the Site Only use the link on t...

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Macclesfield RUFC – Jan 2016. 

15 Jan

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Macclesfield RUFC - 16th January 2016.

Former England and British Lions’ stars Jason Leonard and Danny Grewcock at Broadstreet 

14 Jan

Details of the night with the legends,and Valued Volunteer awards presented on the night.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Sale FC – Jan 2016. 

8 Jan

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Sale FC - 9th January 2016.

VP Members’ Prize Draw. 

6 Jan

Winners of the VP Members' Prize Draw - December 2015: - Peter Tilsley - 1st Prize of £200.

Happy New Year! 

5 Jan

Trinity Guild RFC wish all of its players past and present, friends and supporters a very happy and prosperous 2016...

VP Members’ Lunch 9th January 2016. 

4 Jan

VP Members' Lunch.

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Business news »

Businesses caught up in immigration debate, says C&W Chamber boss 

4 Feb

A LEADING business figure in Coventry and Warwickshire has warned against punishing firms that need to hire overseas workers.

Severn Trent encouraged by strong start to 2016 

3 Feb

COVENTRY-based utility Severn Trent has said it continues to perform in line with expectations following a strong start to the New Year.

Infrastructure giant lands £245m West Midlands roads maintenance deal 

3 Feb

INFRASTRUCTURE group Balfour Beatty has been awarded a seven year, £245m contract to deliver highways maintenance for Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire Coun...

Coventry University specialists expose the risk of public wi-fi 

2 Feb

CYBER security experts at Coventry University have helped to expose the risks of connecting to public Wi-Fi.

Driverless cars really are coming, starting in Coventry 

2 Feb

The government have announced this week that over 40 miles of roads in Coventry are to be equipped with technologies to assist autonomous or driverless cars.

Doubletree hotel opens at the Ricoh Arena 

30 Jan

The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry has opened following a multi-million pound refurbishment...

Wasps on Coventry and Warwickshire team for key MIPIM fixture 

27 Jan

RUGBY club Wasps is backing The Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership in its attempt to attract inward investment into the area.

Unite Students buys site in Coventry for £24m 

26 Jan

UNITE Students, the developer and manager of student accommodation, has acquired an development site in the centre of Coventry for around £24m.

Driverless pod pioneer welcomes positive reaction to trial project 

22 Jan

The COVENTRY-based manufacturer helping to pioneer the design and build of driverless vehicles has welcomed the news of positive public support for the project.

Coventry serious games studio backed by Midven 

21 Jan

TOTEM Learning, a simulations and game-based learning studio based in Coventry, has received an investment package from a collective including Midven, Creative England and existing investors.

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Largest cannabis factory in Coventry discovered at a former indoor market 

5 Feb

The largest cannabis factory in Coventry has been discovered at a former indoor market following a police raid.

Coventry sex attacker jailed after police challenge suspended sentence 

2 Feb

A man who was handed a suspended jail term for historic sexual abuse in Coventry has been sent to prison after West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service appealed the original sentence.

Coventry sex attacker jailed after police challenge suspended sentence 

2 Feb

A man who was handed a suspended jail term for historic sexual abuse in Coventry has been sent to prison after West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service appealed the original sentence.

Two charged with fraud and burglary in Willenhall 

1 Feb

Two people have been charged with burglary and fraud offences following thefts at addresses on Rose Hill Gardens in Willenhall since the start of December 2015.

Two charged with fraud and burglary in Willenhall 

1 Feb

Two people have been charged with burglary and fraud offences following thefts at addresses on Rose Hill Gardens in Willenhall since the start of December 2015.

A pedestrian who died in a hit and run yesterday in Coventry has been named 

31 Jan

A man who died in a collision in Coventry has been named as Christopher Masterson.

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7 Feb

Come and join us to watch the Super bowl on our screens from 8:30pm-2am in our Lady G Show Bar.

Jumble sale – 3rd Coventry Scout Group 

6 Feb

Sale of second hand goods, clothes, shoes, bedding, curtains, toys, cd's books and bric-a-brac.

Completion Of New Traffic Schemes To, From, Around And Benefitting University Hospital, Coventry 

5 Feb

Request sent to Coventry City Council by E.

No checks made before issuing court summons (17 December 2014) overdue response 

5 Feb

Follow up sent to Coventry City Council by Enid Brighton on 5 February 2016 .

No checks made before issuing court summons 

5 Feb

Request to Coventry City Council by Enid Brighton .

FOI for ICT 

5 Feb

Response by Coventry City Council to eve-rose Eddie on 5 February 2016 .

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Arts & Culture »

Dream A Little Dream 

5 Feb

POCKET DREAM Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 4 th February, 2016   This production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the ever-excellent Propeller company is stripped down to a running time of just over an hour – the cast is ...

A Little Learning 

3 Feb

THE SISTERHOOD Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 2 nd February, 2016   Moliere’s Les Femmes Savantes is updated here by Ranjit Bolt – I say ‘updated’, the action is set firmly in the 1980s, yet this biting satire still has much to say to ...

Banana muffins and Madeleines 

1 Feb

I baked a few things during January which I didn't get around to writing about at the time so I thought I'd post a couple of photos now.

Carmen Get It! 

20 Jan

CARMEN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 19 th January, 2016   Georges Bizet’s popular opera gets stripped down in this production by OperaUpClose, with only a quartet of musicians and a cast of nine.

Raped / Cuddly Toys – Parole / Overseas Records – 1977 / 1978 / 1979 

11 Jan

During the late summer of 2015, Tony D and Faebian Kwest, the guitarist from Raped / Cuddly Toys got together for the first time in thirty five years.

Coventry gig that saw the start of T.Rex renaissance 

4 Jan

Pete Clemons article for Coventry Telegraph 2nd November 2015.

Callum Pickard and the Third Look are the Coventry band making dream pop 

4 Jan

Pete Clemons article from the Coventry Telegraph 13th November 2015.

2015 – the year in reviews 

30 Dec

Best of 2015 The Year in Review   A bumper crop of excellent shows this year makes it difficult to whittle down to a Top Ten, or even a Top Twenty.

Poison Girls – Persons Unknown / Statement Orchestral – All The Madmen Records – 2015 

19 Dec


Fangs A Lot 

10 Dec

VAMPOMIME Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th December, 2015   While Beauty and the Beast runs in the main house, in the Belgrade’s B2 studio an alternative version is presented for grown-ups, performed by a company of vampires.

Beautiful and Beastly 

4 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 3 rd December, 2015   Not as commonly performed as a pantomime (everyone else seems to be doing Aladdin or Peter Pan this year) Beauty and the Beast has become irrevocably influenced by the ...

Negativland – Seeland Records – 1980 

16 Nov

Side PRE Side POST The debut album by Negativland from 1980 is a strange listen indeed and some parts are quite scary if you are happy to sit in a quiet dark room! Synths, radio cut ups, random noises (drills / hoovers etc) the odd primitive drum ...

Buckwheat Pancakes 

11 Nov

When we were on holiday in France this summer, we ate a lot of the buckwheat pancakes, both in restaurants and from the supermarket.

Dim and Dimmer 

11 Nov

THE GLASS MENAGERIE Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 10 th November, 2015   Headlong’s production of Tennessee Williams’s 1940s play curiously sheds light by keeping us in the dark.

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