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Police appeal over girl who ran off after asking for help

An image of the girl earlier today Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are urging the public for help in tracing a girl who asked passers-by for help, telling them she'd been separated from her mother, before then running off. Officers say she was seen asking for help around 4pm today. She's believed to be from Birmingham.

Police say she's between 8 and 12 years old, under 5 foot tall and wearing black leggings with a red or pink top with white letters. Her hair was braided and she has a scar under her eye. She was last seen in Pigeon Park in Birmingham.

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Birmingham half-marathon spectators praise runners & organisers

One spectator described the Birmingham half-marathon as 'one of the best things' that the city does.

21,000 runners took part in the 13.1-mile race, which is the biggest half-marathon in the Midlands.

The course included iconic sites in the city, including the Bullring, the Cadbury's factory in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground.

Stoke-on-Trent man breaks record for fastest half-marathon time in fancy dress

Steven Bazell from Stoke-on-Trent has broken a new world record for completing the Birmingham half-marathon in fancy dress.

Steven ran the race to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

His son was born with a congenital heart condition and has undergone two life-saving operations.

Pictures: Half-marathon runners celebrate crossing the finish line

Helicopter cameras show Great Birmingham Run crowds

The National Police Air Service's Birmingham helicopter has been tweeting photos of today's Great Birmingham Run.

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Great Birmingham Run taking place

The Great Birmingham Run is taking place in Birmingham today.

The finish line on Broad Street Credit: ITV News Smith/Wesley Smith

21,000 runners are taking part in the 13.1-mile race, which is the biggest half-marathon in the Midlands.

The course includes iconic sites in the city, including the Bullring, Cadbury's factory in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground.

Businesses come together to celebrate Diwali

Diwali fireworks light up the sky Credit: ITV News Central

Businesses in one part of Birmingham are coming together to celebrate Diwali in a special community outdoor celebration.

Staff from 560 mainly independent businesses who are part of the Soho Road BID group, which stretches from Holyhead Road to Soho Hill, will join thousands from across nearby communities to help mark one of the biggest events in the Asian calendar. The Midlands is home to some of the most celebrated Diwali events outside India.

The Festival of Light celebration in Birmingham begins at 2pm today, with lights officially being switched on at 7pm. The event will feature well-known bhangra stars, many of whom are originally from nearby areas in the city.

“We are very excited about running our first community event. It’s been a lot of hard work and determination and you’ll get to see a great celebration that the community can be proud of.”

– BID manager Craig Bucky

“The long term strategy is to make Soho Road an exciting place to work and live which in turn will create more visitors to the area.”

– BID Chairman Dipak Patel

ROADS: M6 J6 CLOSED BOTH DIRECTIONS

Emergency teams have tweeted updates of what's being described as a "serious road traffic accident" on the M6 Junction 6 Southbound. Other traffic teams at the scene are warning of delays further along the motorway. People are being asked to avoid the area.

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