A Birmingham taxi-driver who raped a teenager after picking her up from a night out in Birmingham city centre has been jailed for 10 years.
West Midlands Unions Strike Against Pay and Pensions
Thousands have turned out at protests across the West Midlands over government cuts, pay and pensions.
Unions are in a dispute with the government over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Teachers, firefighters and public sector workers have all been involved.
One of the biggest demonstrations in the country was in Birmingham's Victoria Square.
In Walsall 49 schools are affected by strike action with 30 schools closed all day and 18 are operating with limited staff.
Coventry has over 90 schools affected, while 49 schools in Warwickshire are closed or partly closed.
15 schools in Staffordshire are partially closed and 19 closed all day.
For Birmingham the schools that are closing have contacted parents directly.
In the biggest strike under the coalition government, David Cameron has taken a stance of defiance, as he has called the strikes not legitimate.
A convicted murderer from Staffordshire who raped a woman in front of her children 30 years ago has been jailed for life.
The body of a woman has been found in Wolverhampton after officers say her husband called Kent Police.
A Wolverhampton man's been jailed for life for the murder of a 21-year-old found stabbed to death.
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