Two men have suffered serious burns following an explosion at a flat in Birmingham. Gas engineers have been sent to the scene on Aldersmead Road in West Heath.
West Midlands Police is launching a security workshop to help local businesses join them in the fight against terrorism.
A range of activities to raise awareness of the threat from violent extremism will focus on five key areas: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing, and the tools that terrorists need to operate.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, from West Midlands Police, will tell an audience of business representatives in Birmingham this morning that the recent increase in the terrorism threat level demonstrates the need for everyone to work together to tackle terrorism.
The aftermath of an explosion at a flat in Birmingham which left two men with serious injuries has been shown in photographs released by West Midlands fire service.
Two men have suffered serious burns following an explosion at a flat in south Birmingham, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Emergency services were called to Aldersmead Road in Northfield shortly after 8:10pm.
Two men have been seriously injured in an explosion in a flat in south Birmingham.
Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath.
The cause of the explosion is not known but emergency gas crews are on their way to the scene.
The full extent of the damage to the building and neighbouring properties is still being established.
The two injured men are thought to be in their late 20s or early 30s and have been taken to hospital, and were believed to have been inside the flat at the time of the explosion. No other injuries have been reported at this time.
People in the area are being asked to return to their homes if safe to do so to give blue light services clear access.
Aldersmead Road and surrounding streets will be closed until the situation is resolved. Drivers and pedestrians should avoid the area.
The organiser of The Belfry's Magical Journey Christmas experience has apologised to visitors for closing after it was "hammered by the weather'.
Paul Dolan, organiser of The Magical Journey experience, said that work was underway to get all the issues fixed by Wednesday.
This morning organisers posted a message on the Magical Journey Facebook site saying it was 'closed for improvements'.
The attraction - designed by TV presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen - was immediately slammed on social media with hundreds of complaints from disappointed customers.
Three out of four lanes closed due to accident involving several vehicles on M6 Southbound between J3A M6 Toll and J3 A444 / B4113 (Nuneaton / Bedworth / Coventry).