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Firefighters walk out amid countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters across the region will today begin their longest strike yet - as many people gear up for bonfire and fireworks parties.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will not work for four days because of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

Today's strike is the latest industrial action as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions Credit: PA

Fire services say they will still be providing emergency cover, but warn response times may be slower and calls from automatic fire alarms will not be answered.

Anyone planning to host or attend and event in the countdown to Bonfire Night is urged to take extra precautions.


Midland buildings to be transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots

A stock photo of a woman using Wi-Fi Credit: Paul Zinken/DPA/Press Association Images

138 buildings in Birmingham will be transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots.

The government has announced that people will soon be able to get online at the library, the Council House and at the Bullring open market.

It is part of a multi-million pound investment to transform the country's digital capacity.

20 public buildings will also be transformed in Derby, including the library, council house, and the Central Museum, along with a number of other places.

Survey finds Birmingham Airport 'second best in UK'

A major airport satisfaction survey has placed Birmingham Airport as the second best in the UK.

Passengers were asked about queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff Credit: PA

The survey asked 10,000 passengers across the country their views on things including queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff.

Birmingham was pipped to the top spot by Glasgow Airport.

Man charged after allegedly threatening army cadet

A man who allegedly threatened an army cadet in Belper on Saturday has been charged with a public order offence.

Adelso Saws of Hillcrest Drive, Kilburn was charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoking violence.

The 34-year-old is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield later.

Engineering students to meet employers at Derby science show

They are meeting at the Derby College Roundhouse building Credit: ITV News Central

More than a thousand engineering students are gathering at Derby's Roundhouse today to meet with representatives from leading engineering companies.

The Graduate Engineer & Science Show aims to encourage young people to pursue a career in science, and to match employers with promising students.


Alfreton Town to play outfield player in goal

Alfreton Town will be forced to field an outfield player in goal for the entirety of tonight's FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at Lincoln.

Current first choice keeper James Severn is injured Credit: PA

The Conference side's first choice goalkeeper James Severn picked up a thigh injury during the first match, which ended 1-1, and is unavailable for another two months.

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MP calls for urgent meeting after HS2 stop in doubt

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry says she wants an urgent meeting with local councils after plans for a high speed railway stop in Toton in Nottinghamshire were thrown into doubt.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yesterday it was announced that the East Midlands station might be built in Derbyshire.

Business leaders and politicians in Broxtowe It was hoped the station would bring jobs and investment to the district.

Possible locations for the new site Credit: ITV News Central

'Hero' father dies in front of children after breaking up argument

Police in Derby are appealing for witnesses after a 'hero' father-of-three died after breaking up an argument.

The fight happened near this building on Burton Road Credit: Google

33-year-old Kevin O'Connell, from Wirksworth, had intervened in an argument between two people on Burton Road, just before 1pm on Saturday 25 October.

But he died after falling into the path of a car that was passing, which was witnessed by his three children.

We are in the early stages of the investigation but it appears that Mr O’Connell had stopped his car to try to break up a disagreement between two men.

One man ran off and Mr O’Connell was chasing him when he fell into the path of a car that was passing. This tragic incident was witnessed by his three children. He died a hero trying to help a member of the public he thought was being victimised.

– Sergeant Darren Muggleton, Derbyshire Police

Officers have spoken to several witnesses and are conducting house-to-house enquiries.

Two men, aged 27 and 34, who were involved in the argument were arrested on suspicion of assault on each other, and have been bailed.

Police forces launch gun surrender

Real and replica guns handed in during a gun amnesty Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

From this morning, Derbyshire Police is launching a county-wide gun surrender lasting for 12 days.

The county has not had a gun amnesty since 2003, and officers hope to pick up real, fake, antique and even licensed guns that are no longer needed.

Staffordshire Police is also launching a gun surrender today, lasting until November 9.

The force has said that many firearms may be held in innocence, with owners being ignorant of their illegality. Some may even be forgotten in people's homes.

The surrenders give gun owners the chance to hand in their weapon to police without facing prosecution.

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