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Birmingham boxer to go head-to-head with rival ahead of fight

Frankie Gavin fights Sacky Shikukutu earlier this year
Frankie Gavin fights Sacky Shikukutu earlier this year Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Frankie Gavin, the current British and Commonwealth Welterweight Boxing Champion from Birmingham, will meet his rival head-to-head later ahead of their fight on Friday in Wolverhampton.

Gavin is taking on Leonard Bundu for the European Welterweight Championship.

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Fresh warnings over swimming in quarry lakes

A quarry lake in Worcestershire where a teenager died swimming last year
A quarry lake in Worcestershire where a teenager died swimming last year Credit: ITV News Central

Quarry operators across the Midlands are warning young people about the dangers of swimming in quarry lakes as the warm weather continues.

Four young men have died in quarry lakes since May, and the campaign is being supported by Stephen Harris, whose 18-year-old son died after falling into a quarry lake in Nuneaton in 2009.

The number of young people who may be tempted to swim in them increases during the school holidays.

Man missing for 3 weeks has distinctive rucksack

James Henderson has been missing for 3 weeks
James Henderson has been missing for 3 weeks Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are asking the public for help in searching for a man missing from Birmingham, who was last seen in Warwickshire on 5 July.

James Henderson has been missing from his Northfield home for three weeks, but he was last pictured by CCTV in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The CCTV footage shows the 37-year-old carrying a distinctive rucksack, and police hope that will help trace him.

The rucksack pictured on James Henderson's back
CCTV shows the rucksack on James Henderson's back Credit: West Midlands Police

Mr Henderson has had no contact with his family since leaving, and they are extremely worried about him, urging anyone with information to come forward.

He is described as 5ft 7ins tall, slim build with cropped brown hair, brown eyes and possibly a stubbly beard.

James’ disappearance is completely out of character and his family are desperate to make sure that he is safe.

I would appeal directly to James to get in touch with either myself or a member of his family.

– Detective Sergeant Alisha Reavley, West Midlands Police

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Nottingham's Sharman wins silver in 110m hurdles

William Sharman running in the heat earlier today
William Sharman running in the heat earlier today Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Nottingham sprinter, William Sharman, narrowly missed out on gold in the men's 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He came second to Jamaica's Andrew Riley, after a slight mistake at the 8th hurdle cost him some time.

Watch: Nottingham hockey star fires in for England

Adam Dixon, from Nottingham, scored a fantastic goal as Team England couldn't manage to earn victory against New Zealand in the hockey.

He scored England's only goal as they lost 2-1 - but what a goal it was!

Great work by Phil Roper down the right allowed Dixon to fire in.

But it wasn't enough, and England are now on course to face Australia in a probable semi-final.

Man accused of killing football coach found not guilty

Antoin Akpom was killed last September
Antoin Akpom was killed last September Credit: ITV News Central

The jury in the re-trial of a man accused of killing a football coach in Leicester has found him not guilty of murder, and failed to reach a verdict on charges of manslaughter.

20-year-old Abdul Hakim, of Wood Hill, Spinney Hill, will not face a third trial.

Antoin Akpom, who was 20, was stabbed to death after an altercation in Kent Street, on the evening of Thursday 12 September 2013. A post-mortem examination revealed he died of a single stab wound to the back.

Hussein Hussein has already been convicted of murder
Hussein Hussein has already been convicted of murder Credit: ITV News Central

A second man, Hussein Hussein, of no fixed address, was convicted of Mr Akpom's murder in April, following a trial at Stafford Crown Court.

He was originally sentenced to life in prison and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years. But the Court of Appeal has since raised the life sentence to 22 years.

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