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Hotel evacuated after bedroom fire

A hotel in Warwick was evacuated in the early hours of this morning after a fire in one of the bedrooms.

Fire crews were called to the Lord Leycester Hotel on Jury Street just after 2am.

2 fire-fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet. At 02:39 a message was received that all persons were now accounted for.

– Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service


Passengers escape from burning double-decker bus

Passengers had to escape a burning double-decker bus when it caught fire near Warwick University in Coventry this morning.

A female passenger noticed smoke coming from the back seats of the vehicle and alerted the driver, who pulled over in Gibbet Hill Road and managed to evacuate all seven passengers before the engine burst into flames.

The blaze took hold only 22 minutes after today's 24-hour fire service strike was imposed.

The bus was reduced to charred metal but nobody was hurt in the fire and nearby university buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

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Guinea pigs predict England's first World Cup clash

Two teams of guinea pigs have predicted the score of England's first World Cup clash against Italy, and unfortunately it didn't go our way.

The Italian squad were first round victors at the Hatton Adventure World Stadium near Warwick.

The game played out over 90 seconds, with two teams of 11 guinea pigs given a ball filled with food. The side in possession on the final whistle, won the match.

Pet pundits say Rooney played a blinder, filling his face on the grass filled football, dominating play for the 90 seconds.

But despite his hair raising efforts, the Italians sneaked the win in the dying seconds.

Staff at the centre now hope their prediction doesn't play out, when Roy Hodgson's full-sized 11 take on Italy in Manaus on June 14.

Today's stunt was organised as a bit of fun by the team at the Adventure Park in Warwick, but it's not the first time our four legged friends have been used to predict the beautiful game.

Midlands EuroMillions winner could lose out on £1m

The winning ticket was bought on New Year's Eve in the Warwick District Credit: PA

Players of the EuroMillions in Warwick are being warned to check their tickets this Bank Holiday, as time is running out to claim a £1 million prize.

The prize was one of 25 chances to win £1,000,000 in the New Year's Eve EuroMillions raffle draw, and the winning selection was GRN686516.

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before June 29, the prize money will go to the National Lottery Projects. Credit: PA

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to the National Lottery Projects.

Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.

Morris dancers maraud in Warwick for record attempt

The first Morris Dancers arrive in Warwick ahead of record attempt Credit: ITV News Central/Darryl Murphy

Scores of Morris dancers are descending on Warwick today in what promises to be one massive dance off.

It's all part of a World Record attempt for the largest mass Morris dance ever. It's hoped between 160-200 dancers will take part, and is going on until 4:00pm this afternoon.


Morris dancing World Record Attempt in Warwick

Stock photo of Morris Dancers Credit: PA

Nearly 200 people will attempt to smash the world record for the largest morris dance in Warwick later.

Between 16 & 20 Morris Dance sides are expected to take part in the event which is part of the Warwick 1100 years Celebration.

Morris Dancing in Nottingham's Old Market Square on St George's day this year Credit: PA

The vibrant & colourful dancing will take place around the centre of Warwick between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, which will culminate in 160 to 200 dancers joining in a massed dance to break the World Record.

Sophie Turner announced as patron of Playbox Theatre

It has been announced that Sophie Turner, the Game of Thrones star who was born in Northampton, is to become a patron of Playbox Theatre in Warwick.

Sophie Turner Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

Sophie grew up in Warwick where she attended the local theatre group from the age of three.

The 18-year-old plays Sansa Stark in the blockbusting TV series.

The Game of Thrones star Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Sophie only left Playbox when her filming commitments became more and more demanding.

Game of Thrones star to become patron of theatre in Warwick

Game of Thrones star, Sophie Turner, is to become a patron of Playbox Theatre in Warwick.

Sophie was born in Northampton and grew up in Warwick. She plays Sansa Stark in the series of Game of Thrones.

The 18-year-old was a member of the local theatre group from an early age.

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