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The father of a footballer who lost his contract when he was unable to play after a hospital failed to diagnose a fracture, has spoken out.

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Staffordshire based JCB takes £35 million order

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire
JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Staffordshire based JCB has taken its biggest order of the year.

One thousand machines, worth a total of £35 million will be made in the Midlands for a UK customer.

It puts the firm, which employs 12,000 people around the world, on course for their best year since 2007.

81% of homes in the East Midlands "unaffordable" for average family

New research from the housing charity Shelter has found that 81% of homes on the market in the East Midlands are unaffordable for the average family.

The charity looked at asking prices for thousands of homes in the region and compared them with average mortgages that first time buyers and families can afford based on average wages.

Single people in the East Midlands have the least chance of getting on the property ladder, with only 6 out of every 100 homes on the market affordable for someone on an average wage, according to Shelter.

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77% of properties for sale in West Midlands "unaffordable"

New research from the housing charity Shelter has found that 77% of homes for sale in the West Midlands are unaffordable for the average working family.

The charity looked at asking prices in the region and compared them with the mortgages that people on average wages could afford as first time buyers.

The charity found that single people in the West Midlands have the least chance of getting on the property ladder. Only 6 out of 100 homes on the market are affordable for someone on an average wage, according to Shelter's research.

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Boston and Lincoln see biggest rise in food bank users

Food bank in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV Calendar

The number of people relying on food banks in Lincolnshire increased by ten times in one area.

A report by charities including The Trussell Trust found that food banks in Boston and Lincoln saw the biggest rises in the number of people seeking help. Meals were handed out to more than 10 thousand people across the county.

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Boston flood victims fail to claim repair cash

Thousands of pounds set aside for property repairs following the floods in Boston is going unclaimed.

According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, only around a a hundred and fifty households out of the eight hundred have applied for the five thousand pound "Repair and Renewal Grant."

An event has been held today in Boston Market Place where people could get information about grants, flood warnings and defence systems.

Midlands EuroMillions winner could lose out on £1m

The winning ticket was bought on New Year's Eve in the Warwick District Credit: PA

Players of the EuroMillions in Warwick are being warned to check their tickets this Bank Holiday, as time is running out to claim a £1 million prize.

The prize was one of 25 chances to win £1,000,000 in the New Year's Eve EuroMillions raffle draw, and the winning selection was GRN686516.

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before June 29, the prize money will go to the National Lottery Projects. Credit: PA

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to the National Lottery Projects.

Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.

Westfield Derby shopping centre sold for £390 million

Westfield Shopping Centre in Derby city centre Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Westfield Derby shopping centre has been sold for £390 million to property group Intu.

The group has also acquired 50% of Merry Hill shopping centre near Dudley in the West Midlands at a price of just over £408 million.

Intu already owns both Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh in Nottingham.

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