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PICTURES: GCSE results day across the Midlands

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results
Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results Credit: ITV News Central

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results following a huge shake-up in the exam system.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed in module units and the January exams were also scrapped.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed
For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed Credit: ITV News Central

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire saw a slight fall in the number of students gaining 5 A*-C grades but experts say comparisons with previous years are virtually meaningless because of the scale of the reforms.

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire
Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the changes to exams though it was a record year for GCSEs at Haywood Academy in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Haywood Academy
Haywood Academy Credit: ITV News Central

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Iraqis in Derby fear for lives of Yazidi relatives

Two people in Derby say they fear for the lives of their relatives, who are currently in northern Iraq.

David Sleman and Ysra Khalil's relatives are Yazidi, and they are at risk of being killed by Islamic extremists in Iraq, if they don't convert to Islam.

They also told ITV News that the worry is affecting their lives in the Midlands.

Family claims Yazidis told: 'Convert or face death'

A family from Derby who have Yazidi relatives in Iraq say they've escaped to live on a mountain.
A family from Derby who have Yazidi relatives in Iraq say they've escaped to live on a mountain. Credit: ITV News Central

A family from Derby who have Yazidi relatives in Iraq say they've escaped to live on a mountain.

They say they were threatened with death unless they converted to Islam.

The family say that some of their relatives have now disappeared.

Campaigners fight plans for homes near Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall itself is owned by the National Trust
Kedleston Hall itself is owned by the National Trust Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners are fighting plans to build up to 400 new houses on a large area of parkland near the Kedleston Hall estate in Derbyshire.

Campaigners, who call themselves 'the Kedleston Voice', are opposing the sale of the land to the housing developers on the grounds of harm to the environment and wildlife, traffic congestion, and a lack of schools and other facilities.

The National Trust, who own Kedleston Hall, say they do not own the land which could be sold for housing, and that they are concerned that the development of that site could impact on the setting of the hall and historic grounds.

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Reports: Malaysian man charged with students' murder

The British inquests into the students' deaths have been opened and adjourned
The British inquests into the students' deaths have been opened and adjourned Credit: Facebook

A Malaysian fishmonger has been charged with murdering two british medical students in Malaysia, according to AFP reports.

Neil Dalton, from Belper in Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were killed after an apparent row in a bar, in Kuching, Borneo.

Five Malaysian men were arrested over the deaths. One of the suspects, 23-year-old Zulkipli Abdullah, was charged with murder, according to reports from The Star daily.

The charge carries a mandatory death penalty. No plea was recorded.

Midlands commuters will pay 3.5% more for rail fares

Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year.
Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year.

According to the TUC a season ticket from Northampton to London is set to increase by £185 to £5,317 and Stoke on Trent to Birmingham New Street could rise by £102 to £2,934.

Prices have shot up by 25% since 2010.

Two firefighters injured after fire service vehicle overturns

The firefighters were taken to hospital as a precuation
The firefighters were taken to hospital as a precuation Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Two firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue have been injured after their aerial ladder platform left the road and overturned.

The two men were taken to hospital as a precaution. No other vehicles were involved in the incident on the A5270 near Buxton, and their were no other casualties.

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DFRS is currently providing support to the individuals and families of all those involved in this incident. A full investigation is underway

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