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Man in coma after 'vicious' brick attack in street

A man has suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit over the head with a brick during a row in a Birmingham street.

The man is in an induced coma after being hit by a brick as he walked to the shops. Credit: Google Maps

The victim, 40, is believed to have been walking to his local shops along Stud Lane, Stechford, when he became involved in an altercation with another man at midday on Saturday.

A witness told police how his attacker "picked up a brick before striking him over the head" and leaving him unconscious in the street.

The victim has been placed in an induced coma in hospital while doctors assess his head injury.

Police said it was a "vicious attack on a local family man", describing it as "an outrageous response to a verbal spat in the street".

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with mousy brown hair, and was wearing a light blue padded jacket, jeans and trainers.

Birmingham Airport expects busiest day of Christmas period

More than 24,000 people are expected to pass through Birmingham Airport today Credit: PA Wire

Birmingham Airport says today will be one of its busiest of the year with 24,000 people passing through.

The airport says around 340,000 passengers are expected to travel over the next two weeks - an increase of 7.4% over the same period last year.

Passengers are being warned not to take wrapped Christmas presents in their hand luggage as they may need to be opened during security checks.

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Change of location for Peshawar victims vigil in Leicester

Organisers of the vigil for the victims of the Pakistan school massacre this afternoon have had to change the location where it will take place.

It is still happening at 4.30pm, but it will now be held at the clock tower instead of the Town Hall.

It's because more people are expected to attend than first thought.

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Education Secretary opens learning centre at Caterpillar in Desford

The Education Secretary and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has been at the Leicestershire headquarters of digger manufacturer Caterpillar.

Nicky Morgan MP arrives at the centre Credit: ITV News Central

She's been there to open a new Learning and Inspiration Centre designed to get more schoolchildren interested in science and engineering.

The centre provides hands-on activities for youngsters such as assembling digger parts and designing components.

Caterpillar based in Desford has struck up an educational partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College. Together they set up an Apprentice Academy in 2011 which has seen 550 young people go through its doors.

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