Police have arrested two men on suspicion of fitting a device on a cash point in Stoke-on-Trent which could steal card details.
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More people are in work as new figures show unemployment has fallen to 8.1% in the West Midlands and by 6.4% in the East Midlands.
Customers at a Lloyds Bank branch got an unexpected windfall when a cashpoint started giving out free money.
The hole-in-the-wall in in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, developed a fault yesterday morning that resulted in it spewing out incorrect amounts of cash on demand.
Eye witnesses say that as word got round, up to 60 people were queuing to use the machine.
A customer reported the problem at lunchtime and Lloyds Bank finally closed down the cash point around 3.20pm in the afternoon.
A scheme to reopen a line in the West Midlands that would provide new links to other transport infrastructure in the region, including HS2 and Birmingham Airport has attracted interest from the Chinese.
China Railway Group confirmed its interest to design, build and finance the project which would restore the 11.7 kilometres (7.3 miles) Stonebridge Railway.
The scheme would restore a route originally opened in 1839 between Hampton-in-Arden and North Warwickshire.
It would cost an estimated £240 million, or £280 million with full electrification.
Research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG has found that the Midlands has the highest number of people getting permanent jobs in the country.
Kate Shoesmith, head of policy at REC said:
The UK labour market is starting the new year in robust form. Our latest figures show sharp growth in the number of people finding new permanent jobs and the most rapid rise in starting salaries since October 2007.
Increasing demand for temp workers has driven up hourly pay rates for agency workers for the 11th month on the trot. Growing confidence means more and more employers are willing to invest in their workforce and take on more people.
The real concern now is the mismatch between demand and supply, with recruiters reporting that they can't source suitable candidates for vacancies in a whole range of sectors.
The number of people getting permanent jobs last month in the Midlands was the highest in the country, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG said.
Temporary job positions also increased at the fastest rate for 15 years.
People in Wolverhampton are today being asked for their views on how to cut £14 million from the transport budget.
The region's transport authority, Centro, has been tasked by West Midlands councils to make the cuts over the next two years.
Some free train and tram services for pensioners could go, and children's bus fares could increase.
Councillor Andrew Johnson says that no area of the council can be protected from the cuts. It comes as Wolverhampton City Council say that immediate action is needed to stop insolvency.
In the East Midlands 52% of houses were affordable for first time buyers last year. In the West Midlands it was just 13% of houses - that's according to figures from the Halifax.
House prices are deemed to be affordable if they cost up to four times earnings.
Nationally the number of first-time buyers grew by around one fifth in 2013, marking the strongest annual increase in more than a decade.
Commuters across the Midlands have returned to work in 2014 with an annual annoyance - public transport fare increases.
Ticket prices on trains, trams, and buses across the region all went up this morning - a yearly season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by more than £150.
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From today fares for National Express West Midlands bus and trams will increase.
An adult single and a daysaver increase by 10p, while weekly travelcards will increase by 50p a week, and monthly travelcards will increase by £1.50 a month.
Peter Coates, Managing Director for National Express West Midlands said:
We have kept the increase to a minimum and worked hard to ensure that family fares are frozen together with Term Travelcard prices for children and students. The price rise will allow us to continue our significant investment into the region’s bus network and meet rising business costs.