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Warwickshire polling stations open 

5 May

Voting takes place in council and police and crime commissioner elections across Warwickshire, after polling stations opened.

Warwick University among world’s top 100 universities in latest global accolade 

4 May

Warwick in band 81st to 90th in Times Higher Education's 2016 World Reputation Rankings...

Five things you might have missed in Coventry today: May 4, 2016 

4 May

Your daily dose of headlines and stories from across the city...

Legend of Jimmy Hill will live on thanks to memorial fund 

4 May

Project with Coventry City legend's name will help worthy causes in the Coventry and Warwickshire area...

41,000 people won’t be allowed to vote in Coventry local elections 

4 May

More than one in ten adults living in the city are set to be turned away if they turn up at a polling station...

‘We were utterly speechless’ – Zoe’s Place baby hospice receives surprise £50,000 from Global Radio 

4 May

Hospice given twice the amount it had been expecting from radio's Make Some Noise Appeal...

Robbers use laptop cable to tie up victim before attacking him with a hammer 

4 May

The victim was also hit with a hammer before the robbers stole cash from his wallet...

Garden gnomes stolen from Coventry allotments after Bank Holiday break-in 

4 May

Thieves even managed to get cast iron furniture over fence at Red House Allotments...

Barclays offering deposit-free mortgages – but there’s a catch 

4 May

High street bank announces return of its family springboard mortgage...

Visually impaired Coventry student refused taxi with guide dog ‘because of driver’s religion’ 

4 May

Charles Boch, 22, says his Uber cab was cancelled after he told the driver of his impairment and guide dog...

World leading robotics manufacturer to create 20 jobs in £20million move to Ansty Park 

4 May

Fanuc UK will invest around 20million in joining the likes of London Taxi Company on the site...

Renowned Formula One firm signs up as Coventry Motofest sponsor 

4 May

City-based AP Racing is a globally renowned brand within the motorsport industry...

‘The fines should be higher’ – Coventry reacts as smokers face £400 bill for dropping cigarette ends 

4 May

Readers have their say on increased fines for litterbug smokers in the city...

Scales of Justice: Stealing chocolate bars worth £151 from One Stop among cases heard 

4 May

A round-up of cases heard at Coventry Magistrates Court on March 30...

Robber jailed after terrifying armed raid at OAP’s Foleshill flat has appeal against 16-year sentence rejected 

4 May

Nagamany Vasanthabalan and accomplice threatened woman in her 70s with an imitation gun...

Islamic State recruitment files provide fresh evidence Coventry fighters were radicalised in the city 

4 May

The three teenagers travelled from Coventry to Syria to fight for IS back in 2014...

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Comment »

‘EDL not welcome in the city of peace and reconciliation’ 

26 Apr

Keith Perry says we can and must sort out our problems by working together...

Opinion: News editor Sam Dimmer on the latest shocking child neglect case to rock Coventry 

7 Apr

The child - described only as Baby E - died in hospital after growing up in squalid conditions at a house in the city...

Wife beater 

16 Mar

Responding to a legitimate if carefully planted parliamentary question regarding war crimes being committed in Syria, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has launched a blistering attack on the brave men and women of the US Air Force and the RAF...

The crisis facing the elderly and their carers 

29 Feb

Looking at the impact of austerity on those delivering care to older people.

Witney hold `em 

18 Feb

Even if we disregard the blatant lies, the avarice, the duplicity, the arrogance and the sheer incompetence and if we forget the broken pledges, promises, pleas and piffle and if we ignore the bluff, double-bluff and triple-bluff, it is still ...

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...

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Features »

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the blind & partially sighted for 4th May 2016 

4 May

4th May 2016 In this week’s show Leo reads about a possible cure for RP and concludes the article by Libby Purves mourning the loss of Cliff Mitchlemore , Nigel has an update from the Library service, Chris reads another of the articles he wrote ...

Another Altenew card 

4 May

A friend of mine is leaving our school at the end of this term to train to be a teacher.

Moving on 

3 May

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 A few images out and about the Tame valley today Garganey, Ladywalk N.

Tuesday 3rd May 

3 May

The last week or so has seen me at Shustoke but there has been very little to report although others have seen Little Egret and a scattering of passage birds.

Photos shared on Flickr track world’s protests 

3 May

Analysis of millions of photographs on Flickr has found that protests can be mapped across the world as they happen.

Coventry & Warwickshire school pupils win law prizes 

3 May

Year 12 pupils from schools across Coventry Warwickshire have been getting a taste of studying law at a top university.

The Seeker 

2 May

Saturday 2nd May 2016 Just like the lyrics of the hit by The Who, I've been searching.

Getting Verified on Twitter by Making a Case for some UK Police Officers who’ve earned the blue badge 

2 May

If I'm to give anything to UK Social Policing from now on, it's going to be on the side of innovation and making things happen that have either not been done yet or do not technically exist..


1 May

I have been sort of hoarding the papers from the Shimelle Starshine paper range since buying them (as they are out of stock almost everywhere), but have decided that I really do need to make inroads into them.

Brian Redknap RIP 

1 May

Brian Redknap RIP One of the Coventry Societys most loyal friends passed away on 2nd April at Myton Hospice at the age of 88.

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Coventry City FC »

Can City Cheer Their Travelling Support? 

4 May

Can City Cheer Their Travelling Support? Vitalfootball:Coventry:04/05/2016 13:07:00 Last away match of the season this Sunday at Boundary Park.

Cole to leave Coventry for Tampa Bay 

4 May

Former England international Joe Cole will leave Coventry City for NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies.

No need for Cole regret 

4 May

After a spell at Coventry, Joe Cole is now off to MLS amid an atmosphere of regret.

Cole to join Tampa Bay Rowdies 

4 May

Joe Cole is set to leave Coventry City at the end of the season for a move to the United States with Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Joe Cole heads to Tampa Bay 

4 May

Former England international Joe Cole is poised to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Coming Down: MK Dons 

4 May

Coming Down: MK Dons Vitalfootball:Coventry:04/05/2016 08:40:00 Can they bounce straight back...

Episode 122 – The Nii Lamptey Show 

3 May

God bless you all, you hardy souls.

A Vital Challenge – Ben Nevis To Face The Fear 

3 May

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear Vitalfootball:Coventry:03/05/2016 12:22:00 Vitalfootball.

Coming Down: Charlton Athletic 

3 May

Coming Down: Charlton Athletic Vitalfootball:Coventry:03/05/2016 12:13:00 Who will be playing Coventry City next season...

Coventry to investigate tweet 

3 May

Coventry will hold an internal investigation after Chris Stokes sent out a tweet containing a homophobic remark.

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Sport »

MTV Coming to Coventry 

4 May

On 27 28th May, MTV are coming to Crash the Ricoh Arena, and for this week only you can take advantage of an exclusive Buy One Get One Free Offer! MTV Crashes is a two day festival of chart-topping...

M&J Presentation 

3 May

Broadstreet RFC have confirmed the Minis’ presentation for Saturday the 21st of May 2016 • Arrive : 5pm • Presentations to start: 6pm • Finish - Late 3 x trophies per age group • Players Player • Mos...

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Sedgley Park RUFC – Apr 2016. 

29 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Sedgley Park RUFC - 30th April 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Huddersfield RUFC – Apr 2016. 

22 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Huddersfield RUFC - 23rd April 2016.

Spring Clean 2016 

19 Apr

Volunteers required at Broadstreet RFC Saturday 25th June 2016 and Sunday 26th June 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Leicester Lions RFC – Apr 2016. 

15 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Leicester Lions RFC - 16th April 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Harrogate RUFC – Apr 2016. 

8 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Harrogate RUFC - 9th April 2016.

Jordan Simpsons London Marathon 

5 Apr

Street's Mini rugby Coach and senior rugby player has had his running shoes on recently pounding the streets of Leamington and Warwick getting the hard miles done in preparation for his first London ...

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Home – Sandal RFC – Apr 2016. 

1 Apr

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Sandal RUFC - 2nd April 2016.

Broadstreet 1sts Squad – Away – Luctonians RFC – Mar 2016. 

18 Mar

Broadstreet RFC 1sts Squad versus Luctonians RFC - 19th March 2016.

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Business news »

CWA has designs on growth with new NTDC contract 

3 May

CIVIL and structural engineering consultancy CWA has been appointed to deliver the civil and structural engineering work for the new National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University.

Consultancy creates 10 jobs with Birmingham expansion 

29 Apr

A UTILITIES consultancy has created 10 jobs with the opening of its second office.

Manufacturer to invest £20m in new UK headquarters 

29 Apr

AN industrial robot manufacturer is taking 170,000 sq ft at Coventry\'s Ansty Park as it relocates its UK headquarters across the city.

Business leaders welcome consent for JLR’s latest expansion 

27 Apr

BUSINESS leaders have welcomed approval of new plans for a massive expansion of Jaguar Land Rovers operations in Coventry.

Discover how to tackle the construction crises 

27 Apr

RETURNING for 2016, the Midlands Construction Summit is to be held on September 20 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and for the first time the Summit will be held alongside the Midlands Construction Expo...

Smoke alarm firm says sorry to shareholders after meltdown 

26 Apr

COVENTRY-based smoke alarm supplier Sprue Aegis has issued an apology to shareholders after the firms shares went into meltdown following a profit warning due to warranty issues with its device...

Ricoh Arena to host major international sporting fixtures 

22 Apr

INTERNATIONAL rugby league is returning to the Midlands after Coventry\'s Ricoh Arena was selected to host a double header in this autumn\'s Four Nations series.

Coventry gaming industry lands £4m US boost 

21 Apr

COVENTRYS important gaming industry has been handed a £4m boost after firms took part in an international trade mission to San Francisco.

Jaguar Land Rover expansion will drive Motor City growth 

21 Apr

TWO major investments in the automotive industry by Jaguar Land Rover will create world class manufacturing facilities for Coventry, it has been claimed.

Recruitment firm undergoes MBO 

18 Apr

A MIDLANDS recruitment company with bases in Birmingham and Coventry has undergone a successful MBO.

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Witness appeal following Coventry robbery 

4 May

A man was bound with a laptop cable during a robbery which took place at his Coventry home.

‘Sheriff of Hillfields’ Barney Barnes is hanging up his hat 

1 May

He has struck a chord with the Coventry community for more than two decades - but PC Barney Barnes is now hanging up his hat.

Police appeal for witnesses following a fatal collision in Coventry 

29 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Coventry yesterday, between a car and a pedestrian.

Police search for wanted Coventry man 

29 Apr

Police are searching for a Coventry man who is wanted for burglary.

Drugs ring crushed by West Midlands Police – members jailed for 30-plus years 

28 Apr

Members of a Coventry drugs ring have been jailed for more than 30 years - after their illegal empire was crushed by West Midlands Police.

Three charged with terrorism offences 

28 Apr

Two men and a woman from Birmingham have today (Thursday) been charged with terrorism offences.

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LocalGov »

New Road: Stoneleigh, Crackley Gap, Kirby Corner, A452, A46 

4 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Paul Thornton on 4 May 2016 .

Offensive graffiti on shop shutters, 4th May 

4 May

On outside shutter of a closed down fish and chip shop.

Potholes, 4th May 

4 May

Numerous potholes on Rothesay avenue.

Cars parking emergency services unable to get access, 3rd May 

3 May

Over the last few weeks / days the number of cars parked along this part of the road has increased which is now causing access issues on and off the estate Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Donnybrook...

Adult’s Social Care Case Management IT system 

3 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Hywel Martin on 3 May 2016 .

Children’s Social Care Case Management IT system 

3 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Jonny Halibut on 3 May 2016 .

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Arts & Culture »

Homeland is where the heart is 

5 May

THE DISHONOURED Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 5 th May, 2016   This new play by Aamina Ahmad is a mature piece of writing – an impressive debut, a very impressive debut, in fact.

My Big Fat Indian Wedding 

27 Apr

BRING ON THE BOLLYWOOD Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 26 th April, 2016   Katrina is a doctor – the trouble is she’s 32 and unmarried.

Remembering when Birmingham’s best would travel to perform in Coventry 

26 Apr

Remembering when Birmingham's best would travel to perform in Coventry Pete Clemons remembers when Brummie bands of the 1960s would make the short trip down the A45 http://www.

The history of Birmingham legends ELO and their connections to Coventry 

26 Apr

The history of Birmingham legends ELO and their connections to Coventry In his 125th article for Coventry Telegraph, Pete Clemons discusses the Brummie icons http://www.

Flashback: Remembering Coventry band Jigsaw 

26 Apr

Flashback: Remembering Coventry band Jigsaw Pete Clemons on the sixties and seventies Coventry and Rugby musical outfit http://www.

From the Tic Toc to the Kasbah: A history of the Coventry nightclub 

26 Apr

From the Tic Toc to the Kasbah: A history of the Coventry nightclub Pete Clemons on the historic venue in Primrose Hill Street http://www.

Turkey Pizza Base 

15 Apr

Last week I mentioned the chicken pizza base.

The Cravats – Overground Records – 2016 

14 Apr

The Cravats – Overground Records – 2016 Anyone who has had even a vague love of punk music over the last thirty five  years will know The Cravats or, at least, be aware of their existence.

Beat off 

13 Apr

HEARTBEAT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 12 th April, 2016   The much-loved TV series, a staple of Sunday night viewing for 18 years, is resurrected in the form of this touring production, a kind of extended episode featuring two members of the...

The Bread Cave 

4 Apr

Yesterday, after making the pizza base (we had regular pizza alongside the chicken base), there was some left over so I kneaded in some chilli flakes and flattened it out to make a flatbread.

Chicken Pizza Base 

4 Apr

We have been experimenting with alternative pizza bases recently.

Perfect Tense 

31 Mar

THE PERFECT MURDER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 30 th March, 2016   This production gets a new lease of life in a new tour starring EastEnders double act, Kat and Alfie Moon – Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie.

Breathing Space 

25 Mar

So maternity leave is officially over and I'm back at work (though since it's the Easter holidays I don't have to face the trauma of leaving my babies for another two weeks yet).

Acts of Violence 

24 Mar

GET CARTER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 23 rd March, 2016   The iconic British film was based on the novel Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis.

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