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County Championship: Josh Poysden’s career-best 5-53 limits leaders Middlesex 

31 Aug

Warwickshire leg-spinner Josh Poysden takes a career-best 5-53 to help bowl out leaders Middlesex at Edgbaston.

Scales of Justice: Coventry woman jailed for stealing purses and handbags, possessing a knife and using threatening behaviour 

31 Aug

Round-up of cases heard at Coventry Magistrates Court on July 16 and 18...

Five things you might have missed in Coventry today: August 31, 2016 

31 Aug

Catch up on all of Wednesday's biggest headlines from across the city...

Jailed in August: Boss of Coventry drug empire and pervert who sent pictures to young girls 

31 Aug

Photos and details of criminals from the area locked up in August...

‘Deadly’ spider babies found in Lidl Nuneaton bananas 

31 Aug

A mother finds a sac of "potentially deadly" baby spiders in a bunch of bananas she bought from Lidl in Nuneaton.

Workers describe ‘whirlwind’ as police swoop on scene of Radford stabbing 

31 Aug

No arrests yet made following incident in Crampers Field...

Coventry MP Geoffrey Robinson among politicians most addicted to first-class train travel 

31 Aug

The member for Coventry North West was fifth on a list of MPs making the most first class journeys in 2015-16...

Man arrested after attack on guide dog in Coventry city centre 

31 Aug

Labrador Layla was helping Charlotte Nickson on a visit to Sainsburys when she was set upon by a Staffordshire bull terrier...

Pair arrested in connection with gunpoint robberies in Rugby 

31 Aug

Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint after picking up two passengers from Rugby train station and night porter ordered to open safe by man brandishing gun...

Men arrested after police chase from Rugby to Coventry 

31 Aug

Police pursuit of car that failed to stop ends just off J2 of M6 with a damaged police vehicle...

Coventry sign Newcastle’s Sterry on loan 

31 Aug

Coventry City sign Newcastle United full-back Jamie Sterry on loan until 3 January 2017.

Revealed: 20 best companies for ‘work-life’ balance 

31 Aug

Maybe you should swap your current role for a job in recruitment or a supermarket...

Everything you need to know today in Coventry and Warwickshire 

31 Aug

We bring you all the news as you wake up to on Wednesday, August 31...

Coventry and Warwickshire weather: Cloudy with showers threatening 

31 Aug

The forecast and outlook for the city and surrounding region today, August 31...

West Midlands Police launch huge recruitment drive – less than a year after revealing plan to cut jobs 

31 Aug

New officers, PCSOs and specialist roles will be created over the next three years...

West Midlands Police to recruit 800 officers 

31 Aug

West Midlands Police is to recruit 1,150 staff, including 800 constables, as the force commissioner pledges to make the region's streets "safer".

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Fairness, justice and wishful thinking 

31 Aug

As August departs in a blaze of sunshine, with a resigned sigh we contemplate an autumn of discontent and a winter of absolute, all consuming misery...

Medalling with worlds 

23 Aug

For a global sporting event to be considered successful, it must be preceded by dire predictions of unfinished facilities, dangerous infrastructure, drug scandals, blatant corruption and civil unrest...

Naked politics 

28 Jul

It has been five weeks since the great European referendum that was expected, regardless of outcome, to change British and European politics forever...

News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

In or out of Europe: what does it mean for women? 

7 Jun

Coventry Women’s Voices, Coventry Women’s Networking Group (WNG) and Coventry Feminists invite you to: Date and time: Tuesday 21 st June 2016, 7pm – 9pm Venue: Coventry Council House – Diamond Rooms 1 2 Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR The ...


2 Jun

Muchachas y los amigos de España; the great kingdom of Spain faces an unprecedented existential crisis brought about by unregulated immigration actively encouraged by faceless, unelected Eurocrats...

Facing forward in flats 

28 May

Viewed from this considerable distance, watching Hollywood musicals produced in the 1930s is tinged with an indistinct melancholia...


26 May

Clearly David Cameron is facing a number of questions that require something approaching answers rather than his predicable, tiresome and carefully rehearsed weasel words...

‘Time to grow up and work together’ – Sky Blues and council need to stop squabbling for the sake of the people of Coventry 

19 May

Telegraph chief reporter Simon Gilbert says it's time for all parties to start acting in the interests of Coventry and its citizens...

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Planet Nine could spell doom for solar system 

30 Aug

The solar system could be thrown into disaster when the sun dies if the mysterious Planet Nine exists, according to research from the University of Warwick.

Clever car racking & intelligent software combine to double number of cars in shipping containers 

25 Aug

Shipping cars could be safer and more efficient than ever before, thanks to innovative solutions developed by WMG at the University of Warwick for Trans-Rak International (TRI).

Clever car racking & intelligent software combine to double number of cars in shipping containers 

25 Aug

Shipping cars could be safer and more efficient than ever before, thanks to innovative solutions developed by WMG at the University of Warwick for Trans-Rak International (TRI).

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially sighted for 24th August 2016 

25 Aug

24th August 2016 In this week’s show Alan continues with extracts from Hurdy Gurdy Days, Sheila reads an article about the first monarch to write letters in English, we have the final part of Sue’s visit to the Nature Notes exhibition at the ...

Our September Meeting – Nick Marchini 

23 Aug

Our September 2016 Meeting - Speaker Nick Marchini...

Search for returning birds 

22 Aug

Monday 22nd August 2016 Interesting morning.

We Watch You Slip Away 

21 Aug

A few days ago, I listened to a song for the first time.

In search of returning Migrants 

21 Aug

20th August 2016 A few images from the past week's birding,despite the distractions of the Olympics, Birdfair and so on.

UK Scrappers Summer snaps challenge. 

20 Aug

On UK Scrappers this season a challenge has been set to take the following photos and then to scrapbook a few (of course!) I'll be collating mine here as I go along and then hopefully post the final outcome at the end of the summer.

Solihull student celebrates exam and apprenticeship success 

19 Aug

Chris Nix from Solihull is celebrating Level 3 results that have helped to secure him an apprenticeship with TATA Technologies.

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Wright move to Sky Blues 

1 Sep

Teenage striker Andre Wright has completed a loan move to Coventry from West Brom.

Andre Wright joins Coventry on loan from West Brom 

31 Aug

Teenage striker Andre Wright has completed a loan move to Coventry from Premier League West Brom.

Coventry City: Transfer News At Ten 

31 Aug

Coventry City: Transfer News At Ten Vitalfootball:Coventry:31/08/2016 21:33:00 Deadline day deals and rumours for the Sky Blues...

Coventry sign Newcastle’s Sterry on loan 

31 Aug

Coventry City sign Newcastle United full-back Jamie Sterry on loan until 3 January 2017.

Hammers Clash Provides City Morale Boost 

30 Aug

Hammers Clash Provides City Morale Boost Vitalfootball:Coventry:30/08/2016 21:40:00 4-1 win against West Ham youngsters...

Everton open Trophy with win 

30 Aug

A review of Tuesday night's action in the Checkatrade Trophy.

PL sides set for Checkatrade Trophy 

30 Aug

Premier League sides will be represented when the new-look Checkatrade Trophy kicks off on Tuesday.

Will Anyone Be Watching CCFC v West Ham? 

29 Aug

Will Anyone Be Watching CCFC v West Ham? Vitalfootball:Coventry:29/08/2016 21:50:00 EFL Trophy clash at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday...

2016/17 Summer Transfer Deadline Tomorrow 

29 Aug

2016/17 Summer Transfer Deadline Tomorrow Vitalfootball:Coventry:29/08/2016 20:50:00 The 2016/17 summer transfer window closes tomorrow - Wednesday August 31.

2016/17 Transfer Deadline – A Few Days Remain 

29 Aug

2016/17 Transfer Deadline - A Few Days Remain Vitalfootball:Coventry:28/08/2016 23:39:00 Well it's almost that time of the year again, only a final few days to go before the closure of the summer transfer window for 2016/17, and with the...

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Team News for Pre-season Triple-Header 

26 Aug

Courtesy of John Wilkinson and the official site, team news for tomorrow's friendlies at the Butts is as follows...

The Ivor Preece Centre As Your Sporting Venue 

26 Aug

Broadstreet RFC's Ivor Preece Centre For All Of Your Sporting Events The Ivor Preece Centre offers high quality sports facilities for your sporting event.

Mini & Junior Registration 2016 

23 Aug

Calling all Broadstreet parents (potential ones as well ;-), It's that time of the year again, registration of your child(ren) in preparation for the new season.

Studying at Coventry University or Warwick University? 

23 Aug

Coventry and the surrounding area are very lucky to have two leading UK universities on our doorstep.

Supporters’ Club Relaunch: 27th August 

22 Aug

The Coventry Rugby Supporters Club is being formally relaunched on August 27th at the Butts Park Arena.

Broadstreet Rugby Club Playing Rugby as #ONECLUB 

22 Aug

Whether you are keen to play Broadstreet Rugby Football club are proud to offer some of the best rugby facilities in the area, offering quality structured grassroots and performance rugby union devel...


22 Aug

Volunteers for Mini and Junior Rugby Now that we have your attention there are volunteers required to assist at Broadstreet RFC to keep our facilities at the condition that we expect, we also need vo...

Get Back in the game Return to Rugby 

21 Aug

Return to Social Rugby If you are thinking about playing rugby then why not play rugby in Coventry for Broadstreet Social.

Coventry 56 – 40 Newport 

20 Aug

Cov ran in eight tries to Newport' s six, to run out winners by 56 points to 40.

Broadstreet RFC Membership and Player Registration 

20 Aug

Broadstreet RFC offers Men, Boys and Girls, of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to play or learn to play Rugby Union.

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Councils urged to relax greenbelt restrictions as warehouse crisis deepens 

31 Aug

LOCAL authorities in Birmingham and Coventry are being urged to relax restrictions on greenbelt land amid fears that demands for new commercial warehousing might not be met.

Flurry of new deals at Warwickshire shopping centre 

31 Aug

AN out-of-town shopping park on the outskirts of Coventry has seen a flurry of leasing deals and the arrival of seven new retailers.

Special reunion for two historic Jaguars 

26 Aug

TWO historic Jaguar E-Types built on the same day 55 years ago have been reunited.

Multi-million pound refinancing secures care group’s future 

24 Aug

A COVENTRY-based adult social care business has completed a £32m refinancing to secure the future of its specialist care services.

Coventry manufacturer set for a lift from global elevator market 

18 Aug

A COVENTRY manufacturer is eyeing new growth in China after opting to increase the sizer of its sales force.

Train cutbacks ‘wholly unacceptable’ Midlands transport chiefs tell Government 

17 Aug

PROPOSALS to cut the number of inter-city trains at stations like Wolverhampton and Coventry are wholly unacceptable, West Midlands transport chiefs have told the Government.

Transport centre puts Coventry on the road to innovation success 

16 Aug

WORK has started on Coventry Universitys multi-million-pound National Transport Design Centre, which is being established to boost design innovation in the sector and bridge a shortfall in crea...

$8bn business sets up base in Coventry to be close to Jaguar Land Rover 

11 Aug

A YORKSHIRE automotive components firm has opened a new office in Coventry to be closer to one of its biggest clients.

Appointments: Rider Levett Bucknall; PKF Cooper Parry; Coventry BID 

10 Aug

PROPERTY consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall has appointed Adam Ellis-Morgan as managing partner of its Birmingham office, 18 months after he joined the firm.

HomeServe boosts Black Country service provision with new franchise 

8 Aug

HOME maintenance group HomeServe has expanded its domestic franchise network with the addition of a firm close to its Black Country heartland.

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Help us find park bike menaces – police tough stance against off-road riders 

31 Aug

Police in south Birmingham have issued images of men suspected of tearing through children’s play parks and dog-walking hotspots on off-road bikes – and warned they will seize scramblers ridden anti-socially.

Blitz on domestic abusers as more sufferers break silence 

23 Aug

Domestic abuse bullies are the focus of a six-week blitz launched by police in Coventry today (Tues August 23).

Teenagers praised for helping lost dementia sufferer 

21 Aug

Two kind-hearted teenagers have been praised by West Midlands Police after caring for a lost dementia sufferer they stumbled across in the early hours of the morning.

Bilston company and boss found guilty of manslaughter 

16 Aug

A Bilston company has today (Tuesday 16 August) been fined £600,000 after being found guilty of gross negligence and manslaughter following the death of an employee.

Off-road bikes seized in series in Sunday morning raids  

14 Aug

West Midlands Police has seized eight off road bikes in a further phase of hard-hitting crackdowns on dangerous riders.

Prolific Coventry crook jailed for running “industrial scale” drugs network 

12 Aug

A prolific Coventry crook who ran cannabis ‘farms’ at addresses across the city – and was producing drugs on an “industrial scale” – has been jailed for more than four years.

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Asbestos in Coventry schools 

31 Aug

Response by Coventry City Council to Lucie Stephens on 31 August 2016 .

Asbestos in Coventry schools 

31 Aug

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Lucie Stephens on 31 August 2016 .

Seeking feedback from the public 

30 Aug

Coventry City Council’s Public Health team recently asked the views of city residents on drug and alcohol support and recovery services.

I Am Team GB Event at Ricoh Arena hailed as a massive success 

30 Aug

More than 4,000 people helped bring the spirit of Rio to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday as part of the I Am Team GB event.

PET-Xi Traineeship & Apprenticeship meet & greet session 

30 Aug

Aged 16-24? FREE meet & greet breakfast session Tuesday 30 August to find out how we can help to fast track you into employment and earning a wage! Plus, FREE breakfast.

Log damming the Brook, 29th August 

29 Aug

A log is in the Brook and is damming it, with other flotsam collecting up against it.

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Coming Soon… 

29 Aug

It’s all quiet on the reviews front at the moment but I’m already getting excited about what’s coming up in the new season – and there are some big shows coming to the region.

People’s History of Pop Broadcast – Coventry 

9 Aug

In January 2016 Pete Clemons, Trev Teasdel, Paul Wright (A London Specials fan) arrived at BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire to talk about aspects of Coventry's rich music history as part of a wider programme created by the production company 7 ...

Remembering Coventry-born Moody Blues producer Tony Clarke 

9 Aug

Remembering Coventry-born Moody Blues producer Tony Clarke http://www.

Remembering Nektar guitarist and Coventry musician Roye Albrighton 

8 Aug

Remembering Nektar guitarist and Coventry musician Roye Albrighton http://www.

Apple and Banana Flapjacks 

23 Jul

I found some mashed banana and some apple puree in the freezer while I was trying to make room to put away some shopping.

Celebrating 50 years of The Moody Blues 

13 Jul

Celebrating 50 years of The Moody Blues http://www.

Rockaway Park – Temple Cloud – Somerset. 

9 Jul

I have been to visit Rockaway Park based at Temple Cloud, a tiny village in Somerset four times now.

‘Godiva Festival showcases Coventry’s wonderful talent’ 

6 Jul

'Godiva Festival showcases Coventry's wonderful talent' http://www.

Why a Lower Holyhead Road building is crucial to Coventry’s music heritage 

29 Jun

Why a Lower Holyhead Road building is crucial to Coventry's music heritage.

Remembering Coventry folk legend Dave Swarbrick 

29 Jun

Remembering Coventry folk legend Dave Swarbrick.

Flashback: Remembering when Cream played in Coventry 

29 Jun

Flashback: Remembering when Cream played in Coventry http://www.

Flashback: When Motorhead played Coventry Theatre 

29 Jun

Flashback: When Motorhead played Coventry Theatre http://www.

Review: ‘Triumphant’ – Elvis Costello, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 

29 Jun

Review: 'Triumphant' - Elvis Costello, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry.

Independent record label providing ‘kaleidoscope of music’ 

29 Jun

Independent record label providing 'kaleidoscope of music' http://www.

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