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Nicola Payne case: Two accused cleared of murder

Nicola Payne went missing in December 1991. Credit: West Midlands Police

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.


No trains at Coventry and Birmingham International due to vandalism

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.

Routes affected:

  • Cross Country between Reading and Birmingham New Street / Nottingham / Manchester Piccadilly
  • London Midland between Northampton / London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Crewe
  • Virgin Trains between London Euston and Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street / Glasgow Central / Manchester Piccadilly / Shrewsbury / Lancaster

Exhibition to mark 75th anniversary of Coventry blitz

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 Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.


Weekend Picks: Coventry World War Family Day

  • Second World War Family Day: 14 November (Coventry)
Coventry was hit heavily during the war Credit: PA

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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