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One hundred swimmers take part in artistic protest

swimmers standing in the empty pool at Moseley Road Baths
Swimmers standing in the empty pool at Moseley Road Baths Credit: Attilio Fiumarella

The 100 Swimmers, a project by photographer Attilio Fiumarella, saw the empty Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath filled with swimmers, photography fans, city heritage enthusiasts and community supporters.

It was in reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015.

100 swimmers from across the UK took part
100 swimmers from across the UK took part Credit: Lyle Bignon

It also completed a community photographic project entitled The Swimmers which is on show at the Old Print Works in Birmingham until Wednesday 23 July 2014.

Attilio Fiumarella has been working to document the under-threat Grade-II Moseley Road Baths building over the past few months.

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Hundreds take part in Birmingham triathlon

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Swimmers finish water stage of Birmingham triathlon Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

The City of Birmingham Triathlon is taking place in Sutton Park this morning.

Organisers say more than 1,300 people are competing in the event - now in its third year.

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Runners finishing Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

It involves an open water swim in Powell's Pool, a cycle around the closed-to-traffic roads within Sutton Park, before finishing with a run through heathland and woodland.

Starting in different 'waves' the Olympic male competitors were in the water at 7 am, with the last competitors expected to cross the finish line around 1.30 pm.

PHOTOS: More flashes of lightning from last night's thunderstorm

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Lightning strikes Dudley last night Credit: Demi-Leigh Freeman
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A bolt of lightning in Newcastle-under-Lyme Credit: Robert J McLaughlin
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This was captured over Birmingham in the early hours of this morning Credit: Paul Johnson
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The sky was red with danger as lightning struck Kinghurst in Birmingham Credit: Linz Carter
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The sky above a housing estate in the West Midlands Credit: Rachel Slater

Midlands issued with 3 Flood Warnings and 20 Alerts

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Table showing Flood Warnings and Alerts for the Midlands Credit: Environment Agency

To see if your area is one of these at risk from rising waters, click here.

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Moazzam Begg denies terror offences in Syria

Moazzam Begg will stand trial for alleged terror offences in Syria in October.
Moazzam Begg will stand trial for alleged terror offences in Syria in October. Credit: PA

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has pleaded not guilty to seven terror offences connected with the civil war in Syria.

The 45-year-old appeared via video link from prison to deny the charges.

Begg, of Hall Green, Birmingham, is accused of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria October 2012 and April 2013 and funding terrorism by providing a generator in July last year.

He also faces five counts of possessing an article for a purpose connecting to terrorism between December 31, 2012 and February 26 this year.

Begg will stand trial at the Old Bailey on October 6

Birmingham MP slams leaked 'Trojan Horse' report

The Birmingham Ladywood MP has slammed the move to leak the Clarke report into the 'Trojan Horse' scandal.

The draft report commissioned by the government and leaked to the Guardian newspaper has found evidence of "coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos" in some Birmingham schools.

"I am disappointed beyond belief that today we have seen an extensive article on what is contained in the Clarke report. It is deeply ironic that they (both Secretaries of State) are currently looking into governance issues in Birmingham when it appears they cannot even control what comes out of their own department.

"I have already asked for the names of those individuals who had sight of the report, copies of their confidentiality agreements and a copy of the process of publication. Again I have not been given these. Nicky Morgan has been in the job two days and her department is already running rings round her.

– Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood

Leaked 'Trojan Horse' report finds evidence of "aggressive Islamist ethos"

Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations
Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations Credit: ITV News Central

A report by Birmingham City Council into the so-called "Trojan Horse" allegations of an extremist Muslim plot to infiltrate some Birmingham schools has found "no evidence of a conspiracy to promote an anti-British agenda, violent extremism or radicalisation".

However a draft report commissioned by the government and leaked to the Guardian newspaper has found evidence of "coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos".

That draft report was written by Peter Clarke, the former head of Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit.

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