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Map shows location of motorcycle crash hit and run

A motorcyclist from Coventry has died after crashing with a car in a hit and run.

Police say it is understood Dean Tilley, from the Hillfields area, was hit by a black Vauxhall Vectra.

The motorcyclist was travelling home from work along London Road, near to the junction with Abbey Road
The motorcyclist was travelling home from work along London Road, near to the junction with Abbey Road Credit: ITV News Central

The car did not stop following the crash at around 3:15am on Saturday. It was found abandoned nearby.

The 43-year-old died in hospital.

Police are appealing for information.

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Motorcyclist dies after crashing with car in hit and run

A motorcyclist from Coventry has died after crashing with a car in a hit and run.

Police say it is understood Dean Tilley, from the Hillfields area, was hit by a black Vauxhall Vectra. He was travelling home from work along London Road, near to the junction with Abbey Road.

The car did not stop following the crash at around 3:15am on Saturday. It was found abandoned nearby.

The 43-year-old died in hospital.

Police are appealing for information.

We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision…we’ve heard from one witness that said a red Micra was close by and, though not involved, the driver could have crucial information.

This person may have stopped at the time and spoken to emergency crews, it’s unclear, but we need them to get in touch.

This is a terribly tragic event that’s resulted in a man losing his life. We’re following up a number of enquiries but it’s vital that anyone who was in the area at the time, or anyone with information about the crash, contacts us. Even the smallest snippet of information, no matter how trivial it may seem, could be crucial.

I’m also appealing to the driver of the Vectra to come and speak to me. It may well be they are unaware of the seriousness of the incident so it’s important they make contact; we need to hear their side of the story so we can piece together exactly what happened.

– Sergeant Paul Hughes

Dean was a hard-working man from a private family. He was returning from working a night shift when this happened…we desperately need to find out what happened and ask anyone who knows anything about the collision to help the police.

– A statement issued on behalf of Mr Tilley’s family
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Former Wisbech mayor given a suspended prison sentence over firearm

A former mayor of Wisbech has been given a 21 month prison sentence - suspended for two years and ordered to do community service after a Second World War pistol was found at his home.

Jonathan Farmer was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm after a two-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

The 56-year-old had argued the weapon was an antique and he did not know it was loaded.

Fans scramble for precious CCFC Ricoh tickets

The queue outside the Ricoh Superstore as fans queue for tickets to CCFC's first home game in more than a year
The queue outside the Ricoh Superstore as fans queue for tickets to CCFC's first home game in more than a year Credit: Andy Harris

Hundreds of fans are scrambling to get tickets to Coventry City's match against Gillingham next week.

The club has been playing its home games at Northampton for over a year, and fans are desperate to be present for the Sky Blues' long-awaited homecoming.

People have been queueing to buy tickets since 3am this morning, and the line is stretching back from the kiosk through the car park.

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Meanwhile, those fans who have opted to purchase tickets online are facing long delays as the website struggles to cope with demand.

The football club say the site is still functioning, but that fans will have to be patient. They are also answering as many phone calls as possible.

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Coventry holds bone marrow drive to help toddler

Khalid Adam only has three weeks to find a bone marrow match
Khalid Adam only has three weeks to find a bone marrow match Credit: BPM Media

A public drive to find a bone marrow donor for a toddler from Coventry with blood cancer will be held in his home city today.

20-month-old Khalid Adam has three weeks left to find a match because doctors say he may become too weak to cope with the operation.

The event, run by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, will take place at the Masjid Zeenat ul Islam mosque in 283-287 Stoney Stanton Road in Foleshill and will run between 1.30pm and 5pm in the car park.

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Councillor to be sentenced over firearm

Jonathan Farmer
Jonathan Farmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Wisbech mayor is due to be sentenced today after a Second World War pistol was found at his home. Jonathan Farmer was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm after a two-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

The 56-year-old had argued the weapon was an antique and he didn't know it was loaded. The judge said he should expect a custodial sentence.

Huge demand expected for Coventry City tickets ahead of Ricoh return

The Ricoh Arena
The Ricoh Arena in Coventry where Coventry City will play against Gillingham on Friday 5th September. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coventry City fans will be hoping to secure a seat at the Ricoh Arena for the club's first home game of the season, back in Coventry. Tickets go on sale this morning (9:30am) for the home fixture against Gillingham next Friday.

It comes after a deal was reached to allow the club to return to the Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues have played all their home fixtures for more than a year at Sixfields in Northampton after a row over rent at the Ricoh.

The club said it was expecting to see a huge demand for tickets for the return fixture.

"We really want to show the footballing world that Coventry City Football Club is back in the city and what this means to the people of Coventry. We need the fans more than ever now to get behind Steven Pressley and his team for our first game back and throughout the season and that is why we have set prices so low.

– Steve Waggott, Development Director, CCFC

Tickets for the Gillingham game for adults will be £10.

Former Coventry man jailed for human trafficking

A former Coventry man has been jailed for 14 years for human trafficking and sexual exploitation
A former Coventry man has been jailed for 14 years for human trafficking and sexual exploitation Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A former Coventry man has been jailed for 14 years for human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

An international operation was launched to bring Albanian national Vladimir Ismaili to justice, with Warwickshire police officers collecting him from Greek police and bringing him home.

Ismaili, 40, was convicted of false imprisonment, two counts of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation and causing or inciting prostitution for gain and blackmail.

The convictions relate to the part he played in trafficking two Eastern European women in to England, for sexual exploitation.

The investigation came after an 18 year old Lithuanian woman was safely rescued from an address in Nuneaton. She had been tricked into coming to England from Lithuania and forced to work as a prostitute.

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