People in the West Midlands who own weapons are being urged to hand them in as part of a campaign to get dangerous items off the streets.
The 'Weapons Surrender' campaign is being launched today and will focus on Birmingham after a rise in the number of gun-related incidents in recent months.
Weapons of all types can be binned in secure bins during the six month period.
A service is being held later today to mark 180 years to the day since the first police patrol set off in Leicester.
On February 11 1836, the first police officers from Leicester Borough Police set off on patrol from the Guildhall in Leicester.
At the time, the force employed just fifty officers. In the years that followed, two other forces were formed to police Leicestershire and Rutland before several mergers finally led to the formation of one force in 1967.
It was known as Leicestershire Constabulary until 2012 when it changed its name to Leicestershire Police.
A service will be held in Leicester Cathedral late today, followed by an event at the old police headquarters in the Guildhall.
New contracts could be imposed on junior doctors by the Health Secretary after union leaders rejected his "best and final offer".
The Government's chief negotiator, Sir David Dalton, had warned talks were at "the end of the road" should the British Medical Association not endorse his latest offer by Wednesday afternoon.
Instead the BMA again called on the Health Secretary to accept its own proposed pay model and withdraw his threat to force through changes, even though the Government has refused to "remove that from the table".
A 24-hour strike by medics will end at 8am today.
A new gibbon forest has opened at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. The two million pound enclosure is now ten times bigger and is one of the largest in Europe and is ten times bigger than their previous enclosure.
The development marks the latest phase in the zoo's £55m investment programme.