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Nigel Barwell and Thomas O'Reilly have been found not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the December 1991 murder of Coventry teenager Nicola Payne.
The 18-year-old went missing on 14 December 1991 while walking to her parents house in Coventry.
A signalling problem caused by vandalism near Canley has led to delays of up to 60 minutes to trains between Coventry and Birmingham New Street.
This is expected to continue until approximately 09:00.
Virgin Trains services may be diverted between Rugby and Birmingham New Street, not calling at Coventry and Birmingham International.
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A series of exhibitions and events are taking place at Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry to mark the 75th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.
Coventry was one of the worst hit places during the German bombings of 1940, due to its prominence as a manufacturing city.
It was bombed many times during the war, but one of the most severe nights of devastation came on the evening of the 14 November, where many people died and a huge number of buildings were destroyed.
Three former directors at the parcel delivery firm City Link have been cleared of breaching labour relations law when firm collapsed last Christmas Eve.
In the West Midlands, more than four hundred of those who lost their jobs were based at its headquarters in Coventry. Staff at depots in Birmingham, Stafford, Shrewsbury and West Bromwich also lost their jobs on New Years Eve, along with 143 staff at depots in Nottingham, Peterborough, Lincoln and Northampton.
David Smith, Robert Peto and Thomas Wright were accused of failing to give 45 days notice of the dismissals. The judge said all three gave evidence that they genuinely believed a buyer could be found.
Chris Halpin reports.
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The laywer for three former directors of City Link says his clients are 'pleased' to be acquitted of failing to notify the Business Secretary of more than two thousand redundancies last December.
But lawyer Nicholas Greenacre added that they felt 'sadness and regret' that the company, and more than two thousand jobs, could not be saved.
The trade union RMT has called the acquittal of three former City Link directors a "bitter pill to swallow" for those who lost their jobs at the firm.
More than 2,356 redundancies were announced when the company collapsed on Christmas Eve last year.
“This verdict will be a bitter pill to swallow for the thousands of City Link staff brutally dumped out of their jobs on Christmas Day last year when the company eventually admitted that it had gone bust.
“RMT will continue to fight for stronger laws, as recommended by the Parliamentary Inquiry into the City Link collapse, and will campaign with the wider trade union movement to protect British workers"
The judge in the trial of three City Link directors over redundancies at the firm last year has found that they "genuinely believed" another buyer for the company could be found.
Thomas Wright, Robert Peto and David Smith were accused of failing to notify the Business Secretary of more than 2000 redundancies when the company collapsed on Christmas Eve last year.
But Deputy District Judge David Goodman found that they "genuinely believed a sale in administration was not only possible but quite probable".
"A director cannot be expected to put a crystal ball on his or her desk at a time of huge shock and turmoil, and predict the likely consequences of an action, unless a consequence is either the only foreseeable one or is the only consequence that can be reasonably envisaged."
"The defendants say that the redundancies were not the only foreseeable consequence, nor even in their view the most likely one because they believed the business could be sold."
He pointed out that the administrators Ernst and Young had identified a potential buyer for the company after it went into administration - and that a firm offer of £17m had been made.
- Second World War Family Day: 14 November (Coventry)
A full day of activities for all the family to get involved with this Saturday to commemorate the lives of those lost during the Second World War and the anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.
There’ll be workshops and experiences for all, from learning what to do in the event of an Air raid, seeing why certain items were recycled and why rationing was so important, to finding out about the inspiring women of the Second World War and the important roles they played during the war.
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