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Anti-Fascism protesters have gathered near the Godiva statue in Coventry City Centre to organise a counter demonstration to the planned English Defence League march this afternoon.

Protesters from various anti-fascism groups gather in the centre of Coventry. Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson
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'A much loved dad, granddad, great-granddad and brother'

The family of a man who died in a Coventry collision have paid tribute to their loved one.

Leonard Steptoe Credit: West Midlands Police

Leonard Steptoe, 73, was struck by a car on Sewall Highway near to Sullivan Road at around 1.30pm on Thursday 28 April. He was taken to hospital but sadly died.

His family have paid a tribute to Leonard, saying he will be 'missed greatly':

A much loved dad, granddad, great-granddad and brother, also a friend to many, taken from us so tragically, is going to be missed greatly.

– Family of Leonard Steptoe

Officers investigating the circumstances into the collision are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

We continue to support the family and our thoughts remain with them at this sad time.

This collision happened at a busy time of day and we are urging anyone who was in the area and who has not already spoken to us to come forward.

– Sergeant Adam Green, from the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit

A 41-year-old man was spoken at the scene and is assisting the inquiry.

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Coventry Council win dispute over Ricoh Arena

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The Court of Appeal has ruled that Coventry City Council acted lawfully when it bailed out the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City owners Sisu claim the council broke state aid law when it loaned the arena £14 million.

Sisu say by bailing the arena out the council prevented them having a share of the stadium. The judge ruled that the council had acted lawfully last year, Sisu appealed the decision but the judge has dismissed it today and ordered them to pay court costs.

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