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Public sector workers have gathered in Nottingham in a row over pay, pensions, conditions, jobs and spending cuts.
A Leicestershire school has sent a letter to parents telling them they are staying open today despite their teachers supporting the public sector strike action.
St. Peter's Catholic School in Earl Shilton told parents they "strongly support the strike action" but are not walking out because it "would cause too much disruption for our year 6 children's final week."
The school also says it means a lot to them to say farewell to the children who have "been part of our lives for the past seven years."
A man has been found guilty of murdering Jamie McMahon in a churchyard in Northampton.
The 26-year-old was left for dead at St Giles' Church in October last year. 19-year-old Mark Lewis had already admitted robbery and murder but the jury had to decide if Michael Francis, who's 33, was also guilty.
He had admitted being in the graveyard on the night but denied being part of the attack. The jury, who retired yesterday afternoon, today found him guilty of murdering Jamie.
In court, the public gallery was packed with Jamie's family and friends. Many held hands and sobbed as the verdict was read out.The judge, Mr Justice Mayo, said Lewis and Francis will both receive life sentences. He will set the minimum term on the 1st of August.
The Library of Birmingham says it is offering a reduced service today because of the public sector strike action.
It also advises people to check with their local library to see if it is closed.
Contact details for Birmingham libraries can be found here.
A man who cannot remember his own name has spoken of his torment as he struggles to recall any details of his life.
Robert, the name given to him by doctors, was found in a park in Peterborough suffering from severe amnesia.
"The last few weeks have been truly horrible. I go through so many different emotions. At times I am angry, frustrated, depressed, lost and confused. I just need to find out my name and I hope someone out there will recognise me and help," Robert said.
Doctors say there has been no improvement in his condition since he was found two months ago, prompting an appeal to identify him.
A man who was found in Peterborough two months ago with severe amnesia has "no physical problems."
Dr Manaan Kar-Ray from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundational Trust says the man is frustrated that he does not have any recollection of his identity.
"Robert" was found in a park in Peterborough on 18 May. He has no memory of who he is, his name, age, or where he comes from.
Birmingham residents who are expecting rubbish to be collected today have been told it may not be picked up until the weekend ahead of the public sector strikes.
Members of the GMB, Unison, Unite and NUT unions are walking out, meaning many schools will close and council services will come to a halt today.
Birmingham City Council said: Residents who are due to have a rubbish, recycling or green waste recycling collection on Thursday are asked to put their bin, sacks or boxes out for collection as usual.
"If these have not been collected by the end of the day, please leave the rubbish and recycling out for collection – which will be collected during the weekend, so there is no need for residents to report a missed collection as this will not result in a quicker service."
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the strike action and assure residents we will do our best to collect the waste as soon as we can.”
One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down coach on M6 Northbound between J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction.
A coach has lost a wheel and is situated in lane one (of four).
The wheel was next to the central barrier around 300 yards north but has since been retrieved.