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Huge plumes of smoke from fire near West Brom ground

These are the latest pictures from a fire in Handsworth near West Bromwich Albion's football ground.

It's reportedly causing problems on nearby roads and some trains.

The fire is near West Bromwich Albion's football ground Credit: Wozza Grant
This is the fire in Handsworth Credit: Wozza Grant
The fire is causing problems on some trains Credit: ITV News Central
Plumes of smoke are rising into the air form the huge blaze Credit: ITV News Central

Special Report: ITV correspondent speaks to Education Secretary

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has delivered her first keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Our correspondent Gareth Owen has part two of this special report from the conference.

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200 tonnes of scrap metal on fire near West Brom ground

200 tonnes of scrap metal is on fire on Charles Street in Handsworth.

It is near West Bromwich Albion's ground.

It's causing problems on nearby roads and some trains.

More to follow...

Car smashing into house was like 'earthquake erupting'

A sick pensioner in Birmingham has said he was terrified after a car being pursued in a police chase smashed into his house.

A Renault Clio ploughed through his garden wall and into his Nissan Note parked on his driveway Credit: BPM Media

73-year-old Thomas Maguire, who is currently battling cancer, compared the impact in Olton Boulevard East, in Acocks Green to like an earthquake erupting.

A Renault Clio ploughed through his garden wall at around 12.30am and into his Nissan Note parked on his driveway which was forced backwards, demolishing his porch.

An 18-year-old was arrested at the scene on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, dangerous driving and possessing two bags of cannabis.

The pensioner compared the impact to an earthquake erupting. Credit: BPM Media

Soldier 'murdered and left with broken neck', jury hears

A soldier was left with a broken neck after being brutally murdered by his comrade at a barracks in Shropshire after a night out drinking, a jury has been told.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead in Shropshire in March Credit: West Mercia Police

Prosecutors claim 23-year-old Lance Corporal Richard Farrell "inflicted heavy blows" to fellow unit mate Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, at their base in Shropshire in March this year.

Cpl McNeill, who was born in Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, was found dead in his room at Tern Hill's Clive Barracks.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell denies murder.

The trial, expected to last four weeks, continues.

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Man survives after being shot in the face in Sparkbrook

A man has survived after being shot in the face in Sparkbrook last night.

The 34-year-old was shot in his car near Warwick Road at the junction of Golden Hillock Road Credit: Google Maps

He was hit while sat in his car near Warwick Road at the junction of Golden Hillock Road around 10pm by a driver who pulled up alongside him in a black Audi and shot at him through the window.

The 34-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.

West Midlands Police say his injuries are not life threatening but he will require surgery.

National College for HS2 to be based in Birmingham

The home of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be spread between two locations in Birmingham and Doncaster, the Government announced today.

A governing board, based in Birmingham, will be established to oversee the development of the college Credit: HS2 Ltd

A governing board, based in Birmingham, will be established to oversee the development of the college which will provide specialist vocational training to the engineers working on HS2.

2,000 apprenticeships will be created by HS2, and there will be around 25,000 people employed during construction.

The benefits of high-speed rail will not just be seen by those commuting between London and the North, but through the thousands of local jobs and apprenticeships created because of HS2. The opening of this National College will also ensure that we have a pool of locally-trained workers with the right skills to draw upon for future projects.”

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Fascinating close-up photograph of a dragonfly

A close up shot of a butterfly taken in Hinckley Credit: Graham Rainbow

ITV Central News viewer Graham Rainbow sent us this fantastic photograph of a Dragonfly no doubt enjoying the unseasonable weather!

Did you know that in Great Britain and Ireland there are about 30 species of dragonfly but they only live for an average of 6-8 weeks!

Send your weather photos to: centralweather@itv.com

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