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Gunshots fired in disorder in Birmingham suburb

Police are on the scene at Lockwood Road in Northfield Credit: PA

Police are investigating after gunshots were fired in disorder in Northfield in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning,

Officers were called to Lockwood Road just before 1.30am after a window was smashed and around an hour later a man arrived at hospital with an injury to his face.

He continues to receive treatment and is currently in a stable condition.

Chief Superintendent Chris Todd said:

"We understand that this is a concerning incident for local people in the area and we have detectives working around the clock to find out what happened and locate those involved."

"At this stage this appears to have been a targeted attack and I want to reassure the community that there is no immediate risk to members of the public."

– Chief Superintendent Chris Todd, West Midlands Police

Birmingham named country's capital for rat infestations

Stock photo of a rat Credit: BPM Media

Birmingham has been named as the worst place in the country for rat infestations.

In the last 12 months in the city there were 14,812 call outs to deal with infestations of the rodents – the most anywhere.

The British Pest Control Association also revealed that there were 559 call outs for cockroaches, 595 for bedbugs, 360 for mice and 1,504 for wasps.

But the organisation warned that increasing cuts to the amount local authorities spend on pest control was declining – with some councils no longer providing a free service.

Birmingham City Council deals with residential infestations of rats and other problems for free - but charges for wasps and bed bugs.

Stratford celebrates Shakespeare's 451st birthday

Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: ITV News Central

A massive birthday cake will be the centre-piece of celebrations for the 451st birthday of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon today.

The 'cake' has been made by members of the community and will head a parade through the historic Warwickshire town this lunchtime, with other events taking place including Morris dancing all afternoon.


Hundreds expected at badger cull march in Worcester

Stock picture of a badger. Credit: PA

Hundreds of anti-badger cull campaigners are expected to take to the streets in Worcester later.

Organisers say around 500 people are due to stage a friendly protest against the unpopular measure aimed at reducing the risk of TB in cattle.

The pilot badger culls have been taking place in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Campaigners claim since culling began in 2013 2476 badgers have been killed, costing the tax payer of 15 million pounds.

The government say culling is needed and is working, with leading vets say it needs to be part of the strategy to tackle the disease in England.

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