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Teachers in Birmingham for national conference

One of the biggest teaching unions in the country, NASUWT, will be holding its annual conference in Birmingham over the next four days.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates will be speaking at the conference
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates will be speaking at the conference Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Delegates from the union will be discussing issues including stress, workload, pay and working conditions at the event at the ICC.

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Teenager attacked with chemicals named locally

A 19-year-old girl who was left with severe burns after being attacked with cleaning fluid on her own doorstep has been named locally as Vikki Horsman.

Vikki Horsman was attacked with cleaning fluid on her own doorstep
Vikki Horsman was attacked with cleaning fluid on her own doorstep Credit: SWNS

Vikki answered the door of her house in MacDonald Close, Tividale, Sandwell, at around 3pm yesterday - and a man doused her with what is believed to be industrial cleaning fluid.

Vikki Horsman, pictured before the attack
Vikki Horsman, pictured before the attack Credit: SWNS

Four men and two woman have been arrested in connection with the attack and continue to be questioned by police.

Is this the tiniest portrait of Jesus in the world?

A minuscule portrait of Jesus Christ - thought to be the smallest image of him in the world - has been carved by a Birmingham sculptor.

The image of Jesus Christ is thought to be the smallest in the world
The image of Jesus Christ is thought to be the smallest in the world Credit: Graham Short

Graham Short created the microscopic image on the head of a pin from his studio in the Jewellery Quarter.

He designed the portrait to coincide with the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The carving was done on the head of a pin
The carving was done on the head of a pin Credit: Graham Short

Mr Short has also previously carved tiny portraits of other famous characters - including one of the Queen, created for her Diamond Jubilee.

See it here.

Firefighters rescue fox cub trapped on riverbank

Firefighters in Birmingham today rescued a baby fox cub which has been trapped on the bank of a stream for two days.

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The tiny creature was rescued by a crew from Perry Barr fire station, who had to use a triple extension ladder to get to the tricky spot next to the Alexander Stadium.

The fire service was called by the RSPCA who requested assistance in saving the struggling cub.

Police arrest six after teenager left with serious burns

West Midlands Police have arrested four men and two women in connection with the attack on a 19-year-old girl which left her with serious burns to her face and neck on Tuesday.

Police had launched an inquiry after the woman was doused with what is believed to be an industrial cleaning fluid when she answered the door of a house on MacDonald Close in Tividale.

Three men had been seen fleeing the scene on CCTV.

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'Two-thirds of lamb kebabs contain other meats'

A graphic from Which? shows widespread misadvertising of lamb kebabs.
A graphic from Which? indicates widespread misadvertising of lamb kebabs. Credit: Which?

Forty percent of all lamb takeaways are 'contaminated' with other meats, according to a survey by consumer group Which?.

The research - timed to coincide with a similar study from the Food Standards Agency - showed that lamb kebabs were particularly affected, with 67% containing chicken and beef.

The watchdog said that, of 60 takeaway lamb curries and lamb kebabs tested in Birmingham and London, 24 were found to contain other meats, while seven were said to contain no lamb at all.

Which? is calling on the government, local authorities and the FSA to crack down on 'food fraud' in order to restore trust following last year's horsemeat scandal.

Read: FSA launches crackdown on rogue lamb dishes

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