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Dozens protest against plans to build on a park in Rugby

Dozens of people in Rugby turned out to protest against plans to build more than 60 new homes on a recreational site and park.

Protesters at Oakfield Recreation Ground site Credit: ITV News Central

Families with children and dogs joined together at Oakfield Recreation Ground site this morning to show their strength of feeling.

Residents say they are concerned about the impact a housing development would have on traffic and schools, and say it's the only place for their children to play.

In a statement Heart of England Co-operative Society, who own the land, say they are acutely aware of the strength of feeling amongst local residents and say discussions are continuing and, as yet, no planning application has been submitted.

Birmingham Airport expects one of its busiest-ever weekends

Birmingham Airport is expecting one of its busiest-ever weekends for travellers - with 340,000 passengers expected over the next two weeks.

Birmingham Airport is expecting one of its busiest-ever weekends Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It comes as the big Christmas getaway goes in full swing and people from across the region are heading off for the festive break.

Here is some more travel information for the festive period:

On the trains

  • Passengers are being advised to avoid the West Coast Mainline over the Christmas period as Network Rail continues its improvements.

On the roads

  • Motorists are being told to plan their journeys before they set off for the festive period.

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Lincoln City Council facing 16% funding cuts by Government

Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council have both announced that further cuts to their funding have been made by Central Government.

Funding cuts made at Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council Credit: ITV News Central

City of Lincoln Council says it is facing a 16% reduction in the money it has for next year compared to last. Meanwhile, Lincolnshire County Council says it expects to receive around 14% less funding than last year.

Both councils say they were expecting the cuts and intend to protect frontline services where possible.

Man shot by three masked men in his home in Tipton

An investigation is underway after a man was shot in the stomach by three masked men, in his home in Tipton last night.

A man was shot by three masked men in his home in Tipton Credit: ITV News Central

The 22-year-old was shot by three masked men described as black afro-carribean and wearing balaclavas. Five other occupants in the house, including a young baby, went unharmed.

Police are urging anyone with any information to contact DS Austin on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Lincoln City Council facing 16% reduction in spending power

City of Lincoln Council and Lincolnshire County Council have both announced that further cuts to their funding have been made by Central Government.

City of Lincoln Council says it is facing a 16% reduction in the money it has to spend for next year compared to last.

Meanwhile Lincolnshire County Council says it expects to receive around 14% less funding than last year. Both councils say they were expecting the cuts and intend to protect frontline services where possible.

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Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn dies aged 63

Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn has died aged 63, the Conservative Party has announced. The West Midlands MEP, who had served in the European Parliament since 1999, was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after being re-elected in May and died last night.

His no-nonsense approach to politics made him a powerful voice for the West Midlands as well as a resolute defender of the British taxpayers' interests in Brussels and Strasbourg.

– Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservative MEPs

Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservative MEPs, said Mr Bradbourn was a "one-off" adding that he was "a much loved character who could always be relied on for a robust intervention and a succinct summary of a political point".

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