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Five Wasps players take up long term contracts

Five players have committed their futures to Wasps with all having agreed long-term contract extensions.

Wasps' at an earlier match at the Ricoh Arena. Credit: Simon Cooper / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jake Cooper-Woolley, James Gaskell, Alex Lundberg, Simon McIntyre and Will Rowlands have all signed the extended contracts.

It’s been couple of years of change at Wasps and, with the move of the training ground and playing staff to Coventry next season, we’re really pleased another five players have bought into the vision and are enjoying the direction the club is moving in.

Jake, James, Alex, Simon and Will are all at different stages of their development. But each of their games has come on significantly this season and, as young, talented players, they still have plenty of exciting potential to fulfil.

They will be looking to kick on with their careers and we’re very pleased they will be doing that in black and gold.

– Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young

I’m very happy with how things have progressed for me personally here at Wasps, after being given the opportunity by Dai. It’s great to see now how the club is starting to become successful again, competing at the top end of the table and it feels like a great place to be.

– Jake Cooper-Woolley

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Two jailed for 19 convenience store burglaries in less than two months

Two men from Coventry have been jailed for more than nine years after a nationwide crime spree netting thousands of pounds.

Credit: West Midlands Police

They were convicted of 19 convenience store raids from York to Cheshire and the midlands, and Bristol to Southsea and the Isle of Wight.

Scott Johnston, 35, from Lancia Close and Scott Warner, 33, from Missing Oak Close, Bedworth, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.

Warner was sentenced to 52 months for conspiracy to commit burglary and Johnston was sentenced to 56 months with an extra six months for dangerous driving, for which he will be disqualified for two years and will need to sit an extended retest.

Between 21 May and 17 July last year the pair targeted four Tesco Express and 15 Sainsbury Local convenience stores in the early hours of the morning. Wearing masks and dark clothing, they forced the main doors of the premises and ransacked the self-service tills for cash.

Johnston and Warner thought they could evade capture by travelling far and wide using their tried and trusted MO. Even though they had been arrested and bailed in other police force areas they brazenly continued their offending.

But a combination of Automated Number Plate Recognition work along with forensic and phone analysis linked them both to each raid.

Faced with the evidence against them, they had little choice other than to admit their guilt and the court accepted 12 guilty pleas each which covered all 18 burglaries. I am satisfied that they have been given custodial sentences.

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rob Clarke
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Weekend Picks: MTV Crashes

MTV Crashes: Fri 27th - Sat 28th May (Ricoh Arena, Coventry)

MTV to stage first Crashes live music event of the year in Coventry this weekend Credit: MTV

MTV Crashes Coventry will take over the Ricoh Arena this Friday and Saturday.

It’s the first time the MTV Crashes event has been staged in an arena. On stage there’ll be live music from chart topping DJ’s and singers.

The lineup on Saturday includes Basement Jaxx, Pete Tong, The Chainsmokers and Wilkinson and Kano.

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