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Coventry Tories slam ‘waste of time’ council EU referendum debate amid anger over no Greater Birmingham vote 

27 May

The Conservatives highlighted the amount of time council chief executive Martin Reeves was spending working in Birmingham on the formation of the WMCA...

Coventry weekly round-up: Our most-read and shared stories this week 

27 May

Your guide to the city's biggest talking points and headlines over the past few days...

Coventry city centre retailers carry on regardless despite EDL protest 

27 May

Given the history of other EDL gatherings in cities and towns across the UK retailers might have been forgiven for battening down the hatches and shutting up shop altogether...

Coventry takes most Syrian refugees 

27 May

Coventry takes the highest number of Syrian refugees in the UK, according to Home Office figures.

Horrific dashcam film shows Jaguar manager crashing into car in road rage chase leaving two young sisters paralysed 

27 May

Jaguar Land Rover manager Andrew Nay admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving...

RAC says number of West Midlands traffic cops cut by 25 per cent over last five years 

27 May

The motoring group claims the reduction is putting lives at risk across the region...

France fuel strikes: How will it affect British travellers? 

27 May

50 per cent of French petrol stations are running low or completely dry...

Butts Park Arena among potential new homes ruled out by Coventry Bees as new stadium search continues 

27 May

Stadium bosses say more than 20 possible locations have been ruled out but a site near Nuneaton offers hope...

Coventry pitbull owners admit dogs were dangerously out of control in city park 

27 May

Alex Quinn and Lisa Manning were sentenced after another dog walker was bitten on the finger...

How North Warwickshire & Hinckley College is tackling the engineering skills gap 

27 May

With the industry experiencing a boom, there really has never been a better time to pursue a career in engineering...

Revealed: How to opt out of nuisance calls by sending ONE free text 

27 May

New scheme aiming to help protect people with mobile phones launches...

Using a computer to charge your mobile phone? You could be HACKED, say experts 

27 May

Tech experts are urging phone owners to avoid unsafe methods of charging...

Coventry teenager charged with failing to tell police about terror attack 

27 May

Ahmad Ismail will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning...

How to avoid downloading Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade as users complain of being ‘tricked’ 

27 May

Tech giant accused of 'dirty tricks' in bid to get people upgrade to latest version of its operating system...

‘Fake’ 2p coin found to be worth THOUSANDS – could you be sitting on a fortune? 

27 May

Collectors urging local residents to dig behind the sofa and unearth hidden treasures...

Your ultimate guide to the May Bank Holiday weekend in Coventry 

27 May

Everything you need to know about enjoying the three-day break in the city...

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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...

‘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...

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University of Warwick honours Archbishop, Film Producer, and a founder of the BBC’s Asian network 

27 May

A former Archbishop of Canterbury, a leading film producer, and the founder of the BBC Asian Network in the West Midlands, are among those to receive honorary degrees from the University of Warwick at its 2016 summer graduation ceremonies.

Professor Giorgio Riello explores the history of luxury in his latest book 

27 May

Luxury: A Rich History is the latest book by Professor of Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick Giorgio Riello.

University of Warwick honours Archbishop, Film Producer, and a founder of the BBC’s Asian network 

27 May

A former Archbishop of Canterbury, a leading film producer, and the founder of the BBC Asian Network in the West Midlands, are among those to receive honorary degrees from the University of Warwick at its 2016 summer graduation ceremonies.

Professor Giorgio Riello explores the history of luxury in his new book 

27 May

Luxury: A Rich History is the latest book by Professor of History at the University of Warwick Giorgio Riello.

Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB appointed as the University of Warwick’s next Registrar 

26 May

Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB has been appointed as the University of Warwicks next Registrar following meetings of the Universitys Senate and Council held on 26 th May 2016.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the blind & partially sighted for 25th May 2016 

25 May

25th May 2016 In this week’s show Sheila reads an article about being “Old School”,  John Clarke concludes his talk about Caludon Castle, Sue has a piece about would be opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins and Dave reports from the recent ...

Warwick spin-out develops new ‘stick and mix’ additives for plastics 

25 May

University of Warwick spin-out, Interface Polymers Ltd, is pioneering a new way of making plastic alloys and composite materials using its patented range of polymer additives: Polarfins.

Missing Lunch on the Beach 

25 May

I was too late for a spot of fish n’chips in newspaper on the beach yesterday.

Lessons today’s banks should take from Great Depression Chicago 

24 May

New research from the University of Warwick serves as a warning to banks not to over invest in mortgages.

A Look Back at Spire House and Christchurch House 

23 May

A Look Back at Spire House and Christchurch House With the submission of the planning application for the new Water Park on New Union Street, Coventry Society member and Architect Angus Kaye takes a look at the buildings that face demolition to make ...

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Coventry City FC »

Hibernian & City Bosses in Millers Frame 

27 May

Hibernian City Bosses in Millers Frame Vitalfootball:Coventry:27/05/2016 08:21:00 Rotherham keen to talk to Stubbs and Mowbray.

No More Quarter Final Replays For Coventry 

27 May

No More Quarter Final Replays For Coventry Vitalfootball:Coventry:26/05/2016 23:45:00 Should Coventry City progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

City Boss Looks to Add to Transfer Jigsaw 

26 May

City Boss Looks to Add to Transfer Jigsaw Vitalfootball:Coventry:26/05/2016 09:54:00 Mowbray sits down for a cuppa with potential signings...

League One Managerial Changes Afoot? 

25 May

League One Managerial Changes Afoot? Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/05/2016 13:13:00 Boss speculation surrounding Oldham Bradford City...

Nuneaton Start for Sky Blues 

25 May

Nuneaton Start for Sky Blues Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/05/2016 08:24:00 Traditional curtain-raiser for City...

50 Years of Hurt – Art Of Football 

24 May

50 Years of Hurt - Art Of Football Vitalfootball:Coventry:24/05/2016 12:47:00 New collection for Euro 2016...

League One Thoughts on Football League Restructure 

23 May

League One Thoughts on Football League Restructure Vitalfootball:Coventry:23/05/2016 11:03:00 Peterborough against, Gillingham possibly for...

Annual General Meeting – Monday 18th July 2016 

23 May

The Sky Blue Trust will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm on Monday 18 July 2016, at the Royal Warwicks Club, Tower Street, Coventry.

Coventry – FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16) 

22 May

Coventry - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16) Vitalfootball:Coventry:22/05/2016 22:16:00 The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Ex-City Boss Makes Third Transfer Swoop 

22 May

Ex-City Boss Makes Third Transfer Swoop Vitalfootball:Coventry:22/05/2016 20:09:00 Pressley busy with Fleetwood squad rebuild...

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Sport »

Top 10 Ticket Deal – Save £30! 

26 May

Newfrom the club, the Top Ten Ticket offer.

Recruitment Complete, Four New Players Sign. 

23 May

Rowland Winter has completed Covs first-team recruitment with another four players joining the club.

Three new nines… 

19 May

It's a bit like buses, you wait all day for a scrum-half and then three turn up at once.

National League 1 Season 2016/2017 

18 May

The final play off place for promotion to NL1 has just been completed with Old Albanian, as expected beating Sedgley Park to enable them to take their place amongst the 16 teams ready for the new season, thus joining fellow promoted sides ...

Possible Ground Share with Coventry City FC? 

18 May

One of the biggest items of news that seems to have broken loose from last nights forum, is that the club are in talks with Coventry City about the possibility of a ground sharing arrangement at the Butts.

Supporters’ Club Relaunch. 

18 May

The CRFC Supporters Club is to be relaunched.

New Faces following the Annual AGM 

17 May

There is a positive look to the newly formed committee following last nights AGM, some familiar faces with some different roles to keep the club on track for its planned objectives.

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.

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Business news »

First phase of £300m Chinese investment creates 50 jobs 

24 May

THE first 50 jobs of a hoped-for 1,000 jobs are being created by a Coventry automotive firm that signed a multi-million-pound investment deal with a Chinese company.

Coventry manufacturer bought by engineering investor 

23 May

WEST MIDLANDS private equity firm Investx has bought Coventry manufacturer PBK Micron for an undisclosed sum.

Driverless vehicle pioneer close to securing £15m of new orders 

20 May

A COVENTRY manufacturer helping to pioneer driverless car technology is setting its sights on becoming a global force in autonomous vehicles, after revealing it is in advanced discussions to secure mo...

LTC parent secures £275m fundraising to support zero-emission black cabs 

20 May

THE parent company of Coventry-based London Taxi Company has raised £275m ($400m) to support the development of its zero-emission cabs.

Car supermarkets close after Lloyds pulls the plug 

20 May

TWO car sales operations in the West Midlands close for the last time today with scores of people set to lose their jobs.

5 things to do in the West Midlands this weekend 

19 May

Get down to the sounds of New Orleans The Copper Rooms in Coventry will be playing host to the Hot 8 Brass Band this Saturday night.

£8m education scheme gathers pace 

18 May

AN £8m special school in Coventry will be built that will double the capacity available for children of primary school age.

£50m-turnover chemicals group agrees deal to relocate HQ 

18 May

CHEMICALS group Norman Hay is to move its head office across Coventry after agreeing a 15-year lease on a new building.

Galliford Try wins £40m university contract 

18 May

CONSTRUCTION firm Galliford Try has been named as preferred bidder for a £40m contract to build a 770-bedroom accommodation for Coventry University.

Business community tells Coventry’s new leader he must push growth 

12 May

BUSINESS leaders in Coventry have told the new leader of the city council that he must continue to drive forward the citys economic growth.

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Three charged with terror offences 

26 May

West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism officers have charged three men with Syria-related terror offences.

Three men arrested on Syria-related terrorism offences 

23 May

Detectives from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit are today (Monday 23 May) questioning three men on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Coventry protests pass off peacefully 

21 May

Protests and counter protests in Coventry today have passed off without incident with just four arrests and no reported injuries.

Ten men guilty of teenage sex ring 

20 May

Twelve men have been convicted of historical sexual offences against two young men who were both sexually exploited in their teens.

Robbers jailed for string of shop raids – #OpBlueSteel strikes again at heart of Coventry crime gangs 

19 May

Three robbers who held up 13 shops over five months armed with swords, hammers and crowbars have been jailed for a total of more than 40 years following a West Midlands Police investigation.

Euro fraud and burglary arrests as #OpTrivium nets overseas crooks 

19 May

More than 100 vehicles have been seized in the West Midlands and 39 people arrested in the first few days of a concerted offensive against overseas criminals.

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Loose drain cover, 26th May 

26 May

Outside my flat is a loose what i think is a drain cover cars keep driving over it sounds awfull like my letterbox keeps going ive had numerous residants come to me complaning pls can you fix this as its driving us crazy thankyou i live at ...

Essential maintenance work – Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June 

26 May

Due to essential maintenance work, a number of online systems will be inaccessible.

Essential maintenance work – Saturday 4 June and Sunday 6 June 

26 May

Due to essential maintenance work, a number of online systems will be inaccessible.

Push bike left attached to street sign for 4 days, 26th May 

26 May

Some one has left a push bike locked to a street sign for four days now and people are struggling to get by.

Suspect giant hogweed, 26th May 

26 May

I think this may be giant hogweed next to the footpath on the roundabout.

Taste of the bazaar in Coventry 

26 May

Coventry shoppers can be transported to a north African bazaar or Peruvian market if they visit Bull Yard over the next week.

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Arts & Culture »


13 May

WIPERS Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 12 th May, 2016   Ishy Din’s new play, co-produced by the Belgrade with Leicester’s Curve Theatre and Watford’s Palace Theatre, is a good fit for the B2 space.

Sharp Practice 

10 May

REHEARSAL FOR MURDER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Monday 9 th May, 2016   The whodunit is a staple of the touring theatre circuit.

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.

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