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Cutbacks on food for 250,000 children in West Midlands

Almost a quarter of a million children in the region are living in households that are cutting back on food and heating.

They say it's a result of the decision not to raise children's benefits in line with the cost of living. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Research from the End Child Poverty coalition found that nearly one in five families in the West Midlands struggle to meet their children's basic needs.

They say it's a result of the decision not to raise children's benefits in line with the cost of living.

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CCTV released after gang attack man defending woman

CCTV footage has been released of a gang of men after a teenager was attacked with a bottle for defending his female friend.

The 19-year-old had been inside the Scholars nightclub in Coventry on Friday 3rd April with a group of friends when a man kept passing the group and inappropriately touching one of the girls.

Later in the night, the girl spoke to the man before throwing a drink over him, after which the man grabbed a bottle and turned on the group. He was then joined by several other men.

The main offender repeatedly approached one of the girls in the group and that’s what led to the escalation of violence - however the teenager who ended up with the injury was not greatly involved but ended up needing hospital treatment. We’d urge anyone who can identify these men to contact us as soon as possible."

– PC Jag Singh

Coventry in ground breaking prostate cancer research

Researchers from Coventry University have been awarded a £0.5 million grant for ground breaking prostate cancer research.

Scientists at Coventry University have been given a £0.5 million grant Credit: PA

It will be used to explore the side effects of hormone therapy in treatment of the condition. Prostate cancer kills around 10,000 people every year.

Elizabeth Grunfeld, Professor of Health Psychology at the University who will be leading the three year project, said:

Hormone treatment is the standard first treatment for most men who are diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and for many it can keep the disease at bay for years.

However some men report a decline in their cognitive ability as a result of the treatment.

With this substantial grant we will identify which factors make men more or less likely to be at risk of cognitive decline as a result of hormone therapy.

This would help men and their doctors make more informed treatment choices as well as leading us closer to finding a method of treating this side effect.

– Elizabeth Grunfeld, Professor of Health Psychology

Hospitals in Lincolnshire to get £25m upgrade

Three hospitals in Lincolnshire are to undergo a £25 million pound upgrade.

Boston Pilgrim is one of the hospitals set for an upgrade Credit: ITV News

Pilgrim, Lincoln County and Grantham and District Hospitals will benefit from the money which will be used to improve facilities and accommodation.

Work has already started on site and the redevelopment is expected to be finished by March 2016.

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New blood donor centre opens in Nottingham

One thousand new blood donors are needed Credit: ITV News

A new blood donor centre is being officially launched in Nottingham today, in the hope of recruiting one thousand more donors.

NHS Blood and Transplant hope members of Nottingham's Black, Asian and Minority Ethinic communities will come forward to fill the urgent demand for minority blood donors.

To find out more information on how to give blood, head to the NHS UK website.

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