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Coventry music students release charity music single

The students on stage in Coventry launching the single Credit: ITV News Central

Music students in Coventry have released a charity single to raise money for the local hospital's Neonatal unit.

The Sixth Form students are from Cauldon Court School in Coventry Credit: ITV News Central

The students from Caludon Castle School in Coventry performed their song - Someone - in the city's Broadgate Square before the official release.

They wrote it with staff from the hospital.

Council made nearly £100,000 from wrongly marked bus lane

Driving Instructor had his fine refunded by Coventry City Council
Driving Instructor had his fine refunded by Coventry City Council Credit: BPM Media

A driving instructor has had a bus lane fine refunded after he was caught out by a wrongly-marked road sign.

Geoff Kendall appealed the fine as he claimed the sign and road markings on the bus lane in Sky Blue Way in Coventry were wrong until they were altered in mid-January.

The signs leading up to the bus lane were wrong
The signs leading up to the bus lane were wrong Credit: BPM Media

The Council did not contest the appeal and will now face having to pay out thousands in refunds.

The Council made nearly £100,000 in the first month of the camera being installed.

Geoff is hoping for refunds for many other drivers.

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Boys save sister after she accidentally hanged herself

The boys realised something was wrong and raised the alarm
The boys realised something was wrong and raised the alarm Credit: BPM Media

Phoebe Darton from Coventry was four when she was playing on a swing and got her neck tangled in the rope.

Older brothers William and John, who were also playing in their back garden at the time, realised something was wrong and ran to tell their mother.

Phoebe's mother Kate ran to get her down from a hanging position and began CPR. Her screaming alerted a nurse at the care home next door who rushed out to help.

Pheobe was playing on a swing and got caught in the rope
Pheobe was playing on a swing and got caught in the rope Credit: BPM Media

The boys dialled 999 and stayed on the phone until an ambulance arrived.

William raised the alarm after his sister stopped responding to him while they were playing.

Kate remembered the events of the day and said: "She’d managed to get trapped inside the rope and one loop was around her neck so tight she’d lost consciousness. The blood vessels had burst in her face and she was covered in bruises."

Pheobe was then taken to hospital and was kept in a coma for two days. She made a full recovery and is now aged five.

The three children received bravery awards at a West Midlands Ambulance Service ceremony.

The three siblings were given bravery awards
The three siblings were given bravery awards Credit: BPM Media

William said: "I feel very proud of what I've done. I was proud to get the award, too. It’s my very first one."

Coventry's Cal Crutchlow starts eighth in opening MotoGP race

by James Clark
Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow smiling during last year's MotoGP in Czech Republic Credit: Vaclav Salek/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Coventry's Cal Crutchlow will start the opening MotoGP race of the 2014 season eighth on the grid.

The 28-year-old clocked a qualifying time of 1min 54.888secs on his Ducati motorcycle for this evening's Grand Prix race in Qatar.

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'Usingh Bolt' prepares for marathon challenge

Barry Cheema is looking to run six full Marathons and ten Half Marathons in just seven months
Barry Cheema is looking to run six full Marathons and ten Half Marathons in just seven months Credit: Family photo

A Walsall runner has set himself the challenge of running six full Marathons and ten Half Marathons in just seven months.

Barry Cheema, known as "Usingh Bolt", will start his challenge with the Coventry Half Marathon today.

He will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support during the challenge.

Barry said:

“My family think I’m a little crazy, but they are extremely supportive of what I’m trying to achieve. My wife even encourages me to go out training when I’m having an off day, so I couldn’t ask for more really!”

Coventry Half Marathon: road closures in place

A number of road closures are in place ahead of today's Decathlon Coventry Half Marathon.

Organisers are warning runners and supporters to make note of the planned road closure times and to give themselves as much time as possible to get there.

More than 2,000 runners are expected to take part - many of them will be raising money for local and national charities.

Find out details of what time roads in the city will be closed here.

Council to debate findings of report branding its children's services 'inadequate'

Two years after the death of the Coventry schoolboy Daniel Pelka, children's services in the city have been judged 'inadequate'.

Ofsted inspectors said the department, which failed to stop the four-year-old from being starved, tortured and murdered - is not improving quickly enough.

Tonight, campaigners have described the situation as 'depressing' and say children are still suffering.

This evening the leader and deputy leader of Coventry City Council called for a meeting of all councillors to debate the findings of the report on the 15th April.

The council says it is committed to improving services for the most vulnerable children.

Council calls meeting to discuss Ofsted findings branding children's services 'inadequate'

Coventry City Council have called a meeting of all councillors to debate the findings of an Ofsted report which branded its child protection measures 'inadequate'.

Deputy Leader, Cllr Phil Townshend, said: "We are neither complacent nor in denial about the degree of challenge to be faced. We need to ensure effective but constructive political oversight around managing progress generally, and specifically around the fifteen recommendations from Ofsted."

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