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Weekend Picks: Food and Drink Festival

Children dancing at the Leamington Food & Drink Festival Credit: Mischa Haller

The Leamington Food and Drink festival is back this weekend for the 9th annual year.

There will be more than 150 traders offering culinary delights to visitors as well as a Live Kitchen, Kids Cookery School, competitions and live music.

There will also be a BBQ Masterclass for visitors to learn how to make the perfect grill.

The food and drink festival is always a landmark occasion in Leamington’s calendar which attracts thousands of visitors from across the country.

People can look forward to an exciting programme of demonstrations, cooking and baking competitions as well as sampling a wide range of delicious dishes”

– Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington

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Man charged with attempted murder over stabbing

A woman was stabbed in Newland Road on Friday evening Credit: ITV News Central

Daniel William Bourke, from Leamington Spa has been charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was found with stab wounds.

Police were called to the incident at 5.52pm on Friday 26 August where they discovered a woman, who is also from Leamington Spa, with stab wounds to her neck, back and abdomen.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

45-year-old Bourke will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates Court on Monday 29 August.


Woman stabbed in alleged attempted murder

A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in her neck, back and abdomen.

A woman was stabbed in Newland Road on Friday evening Credit: ITV News Central

The 45-year-old man was detained last night at a house in Newland Road, Leamington Spa.

Police had been called just before 6pm and found a woman in her 30s with the injuries. She was taken to hospital and is in a critical but stable condition.

At this time we believe the suspect and victim were known to each other and there was no risk to the wider public. We will be continuing our enquiries at the house throughout the day.

– Detective Inspector Jon Belcher, Warwickshire Police
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Weekend Picks: Warwickshire Pride

Warwickshire Pride: Sat 20th Aug (Pump Room Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa)

Warwickshire Pride takes place in Leamington Spa this weekend. Credit: Leanne Taylor

Diversity will be celebrated this weekend at Warwickshire Pride in Leamington Spa.

The family friendly event will have a Royal theme this year and feature food and drink from around the world, live performances on stage throughout the day, fairground rides and a royal themed Warwickshire Pride Dog Show.

Warwickshire Pride is a fantastic, positive celebration of LGBT culture and diversity.

Anyone is welcome to come to the festival, not just LGBT people. We’ve made sure it’s a whole family friendly event and we’ll have lots going on for people of all ages to enjoy.”

– Daniel Browne, Director of Warwickshire Pride

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Delays of up to an hour on trains between Birmingham International and Coventry

There are delays of up to one hour on London Midland trains between Birmingham International and Coventry and cancellations due to a faulty train.

Credit: PA

Tickets being accepted on local bus routes.

Trains are unable to run on some of the lines. Also affecting Virgin Trains West Coast and CrossCountry services.


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Weekend Picks: Spider Exhibition

British Tarantula Society 31st Annual Exhibition: Sun 22nd May (Meridienne Exhibitions Ltd, Royal Leamington Spa)

Monocentopus balfori was the best in show winner last year. Credit: Peter Kirk

More than 50,000 spiders are heading to Warwickshire this weekend for an event likened to ‘The Crufts of The Spider World'.

The British Tarantula Society (BTS) is staging its 31st annual exhibition, which will attract visitors from as far away as America, Asia and Europe. Visitors will be able to see and buy a variety of arachnids, scorpions, stick insects, beetles and other insects throughout the day.

Society members will be able to submit their prized spiders for a series of awards including 'Best Brachypelma Species', 'Best New World Terrestrial' and 'Best Scorpion'.

“We are expecting around 70 exhibitors selling spider-related items ranging from tarantulas and equipment to books, jewellery and T-shirts.

There will also be all sorts of bugs and creepy crawlies for the visitor to see. There’s even a guy who makes bug sculptures with a chainsaw.”

– Ray Hale, Vice Chairman of the British Tarantula Society

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Police appeal for help to find missing Leamington Spa man

Warwickshire Police are appealing for help to find a 24-year-old man who has gone missing from Leamington Spa.

Jaigkai Lin Credit: Warwickshire Police

Jaigkai Lin was last seen on 26 April shortly after 1pm on Bath Street in Leamington, heading in the direction of the railway station.

He is described as 5'9" tall, of slim build with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a green parka-style coat with a white fur trimmed hood, dark jeans and dark trainers.

It is thought that he may have travelled to the Dover area.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Jaigkai's welfare. We would urge anyone with any information to contact Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident reference number 322 of Tuesday 26 April.

– Sgt Christopher Pitt

Police appeal for 30-year-old man missing since Thursday

Warwickshire Police have appealed for help in their search for a 30-year-old man missing since Thursday.

Damien Ward Credit: Warwickshire Police

Damien Ward was last seen leaving his mother's house on Springwell Road in Leamington Spa on Thursday morning.

He is 6ft tall with short brown hair and stubble. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a grey hoody and a 'Superdry' brown coat.

This is out of character for Damien and we are very keen to speak to anyone who has seen him or may know of his whereabouts.

At the moment we think he may still be Leamington and Warwick area so I would urge local residents to keep a look out for him and report any sightings.

– Sergeant Colin Matthews

Anyone with information that could help with the police inquiry is urged to call 101 and quote incident 202 of 16th April 2016.

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