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We answer the questions you ask Google about Coventry 

29 May

From 'How does Coventry remember the Blitz?' to 'Why does Coventry smell...

Revealed: Lethal terror plots in region foiled by police 

28 May

At least eight major attacks linked to or originating in the West Midlands have been thwarted in recent years...

Hugh Road murder: Coventry father killed at hands of man he thought was his friend 

28 May

The Telegraph looks back the trial of Stephen Weeks and Drew Thorpe who were this week jailed for the murder of Lee Brooks...

Police catch Coventry man with bag full of tools trying to break into car 

28 May

Cases heard at Coventry Magistrates Court on March 28 and 29...

Mum saved Manchester Arena bombing victim by driving him to hospital at 100mph 

28 May

Ex-nurse Lianna Shutt says she was given permission by police to drive her car 'as quickly as possible...

Remember when Roger Moore appeared in an advert for a famed Midland product? 

28 May

Film legend who died this week once lived in the region...

Coventrians ‘don’t know how to make a proper cup of tea’ 

28 May

People in the city are also clueless when it comes to tea etiquette, according to a new survey...

‘Remain vigilant’ warn Coventry and Warwickshire police as terror threat level falls 

28 May

The threat level has fallen from critical to severe, but people are advised to stay on full alert...

Coventry’s hidden river uncovered by THIS rare video footage 

28 May

Mysterious tunnels and viaducts have been filmed...

Salman Abedi Manchester bomber: Final pictures taken moments before terrorist attack 

28 May

Greater Manchester Police have released the images as they appeal for information...

Coventry bomb hoax after Manchester terror attack prompts outrage 

28 May

Telegraph readers have reacted furiously to the prank...

Weather warning: Thunder, lightning, flooding, travel disruption and power cuts forecast 

28 May

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning as the bank holiday weekend ends...

When most Coventry families went on holiday at the same time 

28 May

On a May Bank Holiday weekend we take a look back at seaside holidays from the past...

Watch as M-Way driver cuts up then BRAKE TESTS car towing caravan 

28 May

Road rage incident as car tries to filter onto the motorway from slip road...

West Midlands Police confirm reports of suspicious package in Foleshill was a hoax 

27 May

Officers based in Foleshill will now investigate...

Dogging sites expected to be busy over sunny Bank Holiday weekend 

27 May

There are over 100 listed dogging sites in and around Coventry and Warwickshire...

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Which side are you on? 

26 May

I have to admit that until Monday evening, I had never heard of Ariana Grande and even now, more than 72 hours later, I remain completely unfamiliar with her work but recognise that her talent and status make her important as an icon and role model ...

What are the parties offering women at the 2017 Election? 

9 May

Come and question the candidates at our hustings meeting: Coventry Women’s Voices Hustings  Tuesday 16 May, 7-9pm Committee room 3, Council House The meeting is free but please email CoventryWomen@gmail.

Stockton-on-Tees syndrome 

7 May

After being forcibly abducted, illegally deprived of liberty, brutalised and threatened with violence and death, it is beyond belief that a hostage would regard a hostage-taker with anything other than complete contempt and utter loathing...

Breakfast, dinner and tea 

4 May

For all their blindingly obvious failings, it is still possible to feel some sympathy for arrogant career politicians forced out onto the streets and into radio and television studios to explain themselves to an unworthy and inferior electorate...

Sixth Republic 

26 Apr

At the end of the Second World War, the Fourth French Republic was established and governed with an unstable mix of Gaullist and Communist elected representatives until 1958 when the colonial civil war in Algeria, the debacle in Indochina and revolts...


10 Apr

Ask any legitimate gathering of jellyfish, amoebas, plankton, protozoa and an accredited assortment of single-cell organisms making a living as newspaper editors and politicians and they will all agree that Bashar al-Assad, the 19th President of ...


27 Feb

Imagine that after defying all the odds and confounding both critics and supporters alike, you wake up to find that you have guided Leicester City to unexpected and ultimate success as Champions of the Premier League...

Staff training course now online 

23 Feb

New, bespoke ‘help for students’ module for university staff developed.

Combustion in the trouser department 

16 Feb

In primary classrooms, Sunday schools, Madrassas, Gurdwaras, Synagogues, Temples and nurseries across the planet the message is simple; if you tell a lie you will always be found out...

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Features »

Invitation to Civic Day Event – 17 June 2017 

27 May

You are cordially invited to the Coventry Society's Free event for Civic Day 2017.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 24th May 2017 

26 May

24th May 2017 In this week’s show we hear from the Posh Cha Lady, Cliff reads about the value of books, Alan reads For then, for now, Dave has part 3 of the Blind veterans UK report and Sheila reads an article titled “Tycoon smitten by tea”.

Wherever you go… 

26 May

As Centre receptionist I get to meet some lovely people.

Ta-ra a bit Mum 

26 May

We said goodbye to Mum yesterday.

Vroom in June at Noon 

24 May

We can confirm Voodoo Kings will be on the Green Stage on Sunday 4th June at Noon at this year’s brilliant Coventry Motofest On Greyfriars Green Radio Plus will be broadcasting live and there’s a great view of the action on the track below, food ...

Coventry parkrun 369, 20 May 2017 

23 May

This week 782 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 130 recorded new Personal Bests.

Researchers offer opportunity to re-enact history in unique Georgian playhouse 

22 May

Dr Katherine Astbury Associate Professor of French Studies in the University of Warwicks School of Modern Languages and Cultures is calling for amateur actors to take part in a theatrical melodrama on stage in the countrys most complete Georgian ...

V is for Victory 

22 May

I visited Hobbycraft last week and was delighted to find a series of American Craft goodies in the sale.

Glovax adventure gloves review 

20 May

This is a long overdue review.

Harry’s First Vote. 

20 May

Back in May, before the general election, Harry-who turned 18 back in October-voted for the forst time.

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Coventry City FC »

League Two Line Up Confirmed 

28 May

League Two Line Up Confirmed Vitalfootball:Coventry:28/05/2017 21:46:00 Exeter staying in the division...

City Face A Challenge From The East (Midlands) 

27 May

City Face A Challenge From The East (Midlands) Vitalfootball:Coventry:27/05/2017 21:27:00 Trio of clubs who will fancy their chances next season...

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18 

25 May

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18 Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/05/2017 20:58:00 The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season...

Dion Kelly-Evans: Coventry City full-back signs new contract with Sky Blues 

25 May

Coventry City full-back Dion Kelly-Evans signs new one-year contract with the relegated Sky Blues.

Coventry: Dion Kelly-Evans agrees new Coventry deal 

25 May

Coventry have agreed a new one-year contract with full back Dion Kelly-Evans.

Wheater wins PFA Fans’ award 

25 May

David Wheater has won the PFA Fans' League One Player of the Season award, ahead of Billy Sharp and Lee Gregory.

City Already Saved From Deadline Disaster 

25 May

City Already Saved From Deadline Disaster Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/05/2017 07:57:00 Signings spree spares last-minute player pursuit...

Coventry sign Hyam, O’Brien 

24 May

Coventry have signed defender Dominic Hyam and goalkeeper Liam O'Brien on two-year contracts.

Double Deal as Sky Blues Signing Spree Continues 

24 May

Double Deal as Sky Blues Signing Spree Continues Vitalfootball:Coventry:24/05/2017 14:01:00 Two more new faces takes City haul to six...

Coventry: Defender Dominic Hyam signs for Coventry 

24 May

Coventry have signed Dominic Hyam following the defender's departure from Reading.

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Sport »

Congratulations to the New Broadstreet RFC Committee 

24 May

Officers: President – Garry Watts Chairman – Simon Skene Treasurer – Peter Garlick Secretary – Paul Harcourt Social Secretary – Paul Hurst Fixture Secretary – Danny Rowan General Committee: Richard H...

David L Parker of Broadstreet RFC nominated for inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards 

18 May

#VolunteerOfTheYear and @MitsubishiUK @EnglandRugby David L Parker of Broadstreet RFU has been nominated for the inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards for their work as a rugby vol...

AGM 2017 

17 May

NOTICE: BROADSTREET RFC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held at the Rugby Road clubhouse on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 @ 7.00pm.

Will Maisey grabs the awards. 

15 May

Will Maisey capped a terrific return to Cov with a couple of very significant awards...

Colts Double adds to Street success 

3 May

Pete McKenna, Jamie Richardson and first aider Nikki O'Brien join Broadstreet Colts double Warwickshire champions Following on from the 1st team success of last week, becoming champions of National L...

Broadstreet U15’s 2016/17 bring home Silverware… 

26 Apr

Pinley held their first ever Junior festival on Sunday 23rd April.

Mini & Junior Section Newsletter 

26 Apr

Spring Term 2017...

Guild Annual Charity Game 

26 Apr

The annual Pete Beaufoy match is planned for Saturday 29th April...

Eggcellent Start to Easter break 

15 Apr

Broadstreet enjoyed a bumper weekend as the Easter break kicked off with 2 brilliant Broadstreet victories which could possibly make the 16/17 season one of the club’s most successful ever.

Colts XV feature in Warwickshire Cup Final 2017 

2 Apr

Its coming to that vital part of the season and there is still a lot of interest for Broadstreet RFC Colts XV, The side have come through our successful mini and junior rugby setup and managed to sta...

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Coventry’s streets to shape City of Culture if victorious 

16 May

City unveils some of the details in its bid document as it continues campaign to win 2021 crown...

RICS to relocate team to Birmingham 

26 Apr

Property industry body decides against keeping Coventry staff in the city in favour of a new home in Birmingham...

Birmingham IT firm acquired by Arden Group 

20 Apr

Coventry group makes third acquisition in the space of 18 months as it aims to boost its roster of services...

Subcon Lasers: ‘in the forefront’ due to continual investment in the latest technology 

16 Apr

Subcon Laser Cutting, based in Nuneaton, invests in the latest technology available to keep at the forefront of a rapidly changing and challenging manufacturing environment.

Fifth anniversary for Coventry & Warwickshire Champions 

9 Apr

Business from across the West Midlands region gathered for a prestigious Coventry Warwickshire Champions meeting...

Strategy launched for thriving games and digital industry in and around Leamington 

24 Mar

A new strategy for growing the games cluster and the wider digital creative sector in and around Leamington has been launched by Coventry and Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

MIPIM told speculative development a sign of Coventry & Warwickshire’s strength 

15 Mar

Speculative development of both large sheds and smaller units is a key barometer of the strength of Coventry and Warwickshires commercial property sector, investors at the MIPIM property exhibi...

RSC supplier aims to make light work of expansion 

14 Mar

A Coventry business that designs and manufactures specialist LED lighting for locations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Emirates Stadium and Twickenham, has announced plans to double in s...

Traffic Alert: Fire closes M6 near Birmingham 

13 Mar

Problems continue on the M6 around Birmingham, with long delays on the northbound carriageway after a serious fire.

West Midlands Chambers publish business manifesto for elected Mayor 

13 Mar

Three West Midlands Chambers of Commerce have united to produce a business blueprint for the work of the West Midlands elected Mayor.

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Men sentenced following brutal murder in Coventry 

27 May

Two men who beat another man to death following an argument have been convicted of murder and given life sentences in prison following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Appeal for information after motorcyclist loses his life in A45 collision 

21 May

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist lost his life in a collision on the A45, near to Birmingham Airport this afternoon (21 May).

Three men jailed for Coventry rape 

19 May

A group of men who repeatedly raped a woman in Coventry, subjecting her to a horrific ordeal have been jailed.

Police arrest five men in Coventry on suspicion of funding terrorism 

9 May

Five men have been arrested today (Tuesday 9 May) on suspicion of funding terrorism.

Leamington man jailed for attempted murder and possession of firearm 

9 May

A Leamington man has been jailed for 17 years for a botched robbery which left another man’s arm nearly severed from a shotgun blast.

Jailed: Gunman who blasted family home with shotgun 

30 Apr

A man who blasted shotgun cartridges at a family home in Coventry – shattering the front door and window – has been jailed for nearly 10 years after West Midlands Police proved he was the shooter.

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt 

30 May

Direct from a smash-hit West-End and international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-fille...

Beauty and The Beast Sing-A-Long 

30 May

'Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long', Tuesday 30th May at 11:00am.

Pot hole 1002 broad lane, 26th May 

26 May

Pothole in gutter off 1002 broad lane causing car damage when pulling onto drive Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 998 Broad Lane, Coventry Report on FixMyStreet...

Holes in road surface, 26th May 

26 May

There's holes in the road surface on the junction of Longford road and Ibstock road affecting a vehicles handling when turning in to Ibstock road.

Coventry curry house fined over ‘lamb’ meal 

26 May

The manager of a Coventry curry restaurant has been fined after Trading Standards officers ordered a lamb balti – and ended up with a meal made only of beef.

Owners fined over dogs’ microchips 

26 May

Two dog owners have been fined for not keeping their dogs’ microchip details up to date.

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Arts & Culture »

Voices and Choices 

26 May

MY COUNTRY Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 25 th May, 2017   This touring show from the National Theatre is described as a work in progress – largely because, I suspect, Brexit has yet to happen and the debate still rages on – this ...

Badfinger – musical legacy 

15 May

Badfinger - Musical Legacy By Pete Clemons To view the history of Badfinger and conclude it as just complicated is a massive understatement.

Godiva Rocks – The Coventry Musical 

15 May

Godiva Rocks The Coventry Musical.

Pete Shelley / Howard Devoto 

4 May

Pete Shelley / Howard Devoto By Pete Clemons Continuing a theme, I set myself during 2016, of attempting to celebrate the new wave of bands, and their music, that had shook up the whole scene some forty years previous, I think it must be worth ...

David Bowie at the Kasbah, Coventry 

29 Apr

David Bowie at the Kasbah, Coventry.


26 Apr

OUT OF THIS WORLD Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 25 th April, 2017   Mark Murphy’s latest piece for V-Tol pulls out all the stops in terms of theatricality – in fact, when it begins, I feel bombarded and disoriented by the barrage of ...

Tim Bowness, vocalist. 

24 Apr

Tim Bowness, vocalist.

Ian Bourne, Nuneaton Singer Songwriter. 

24 Apr

Ian Bourne, Nuneaton Singer Songwriter By Pete Clemons I don’t know Ian Bourne , as such, but I do know of him.

Led Zeppelin – Locarno 1971 

17 Apr

Led Zeppelin – Locarno 1971 Pete Clemons Rock band, Led Zeppelin, are considered to have been one of the most innovative, influential and successful rock groups in the history of modern day popular music.

Bubbling Over 

7 Apr

THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 6 th April, 2017   A co-production with Theatre Royal Stratford East, this new version of Kirsten Childs’s appealing musical froths with effervescence, like ...

The Play Works 

5 Apr

THE MACHINE STOPS Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 4 th April, 2017   This production from Pilot Theatre comes to the end of its tour at the Belgrade’s B2 studio.

Joe O’Donnell’s Gaodhal’s Vision 

4 Apr

Joe O’Donnell's Gaodhal’s Vision by Pete Clemons To celebrate its 40th anniversary Coventry resident Joe O’Donnell is giving his 1977 concept album, Gaodhal’s Vision, a complete makeover and a whole new lease of life.

The Sorrows in Europe October 2016 

28 Mar

The Sorrows in Europe October 2016 By Pete Clemons They say you can’t keep a good band down.

Honky Tonk Rose 

28 Mar

Honky Tonk Rose by Pete Clemons Honky Tonk Rose Buried within the bleakness of a country album called ‘ Deguello Motel ’, is a more upbeat song called ‘ Honky Tonk Rose ’.

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