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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

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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.

Southwell residents commemorate flood anniversary

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Cars were left floating in a pub car park after the floods Credit: PA

The community of Southwell will come together later for a 'Flood Fest' to commemorate last year's flood which affected almost 100 homes.

There will be sport, a BBQ, music and the first annual Southwell Tug o' War Championship.

The local residents will also tae part in the mass singing of a song for Southwell - "The Rain Came Down." The song tells the story of the increasing severity of the storm and what happened.

WATCH: Dramatic video shows raging flood water in Southwell

Second student named among dead in plane crash

Debris from the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that crashed last night killing 298 people.
Debris from the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that crashed last night killing 298 people. Credit: Reuters

A second student in the East Midlands has been named as one of those killed in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash.

20-year-old Ben Pocock had just completed the second year of his International Business BSc degree at Loughborough University and was travelling to Australia for a work placement.

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Father 'beyond devastated' over death of son in crash

20-year-old Richard Mayne was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School
20-year-old Richard Mayne was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School Credit: Richard Mayne/Facebook

The father of a student from Leicester who died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash says he is 'beyond devastated'.

20-year-old Richard Mayne, who was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth, was among hundreds of people who were killed when the plane came down.

When I first saw it on the news, my heart dropped. I just thought, oh god, oh god – I couldn't believe it. We were hoping and praying he had fallen asleep and missed his flight. You think you’ve got problems and them something like this happens and it all just takes over. I can’t even bring myself to look at a photograph of him. We are beyond devastated. It is such a beautiful sunny day but our lives have been torn apart.

– Simon, Richard's father

Leicester student killed in Malaysian Airline plane crash

Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University.
Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

University student Richard Mayne from Leicester has been named as one of the nine Britons on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine.

The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children and had trekked to Everest to raise money for charity.

The 20-year-old is originally from Leicester where he lived with his parents.

Read more tributes to Richard Mayne here

His University rugby team tweeted:

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Hearts go out to the friends & family of Richard Mayne, a popular clubman taken from us too soon. We pay tribute to an honest and kind man

The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children.
The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne
He had also trekked to Everest to raise money for charity.
He had also trekked to Everest to raise money for charity. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

Shocking video: Shopkeeper wrestles robbers armed with knives

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of the moment a shopkeeper wrestled armed robbers who were targeting his store in Hinckley.

It happened in February but the footage has only been released after his attackers were jailed over the brutal attack, which was caught on camera in his shop.

37-year-old Raj Rathod initially confronted one of the robbers who ran behind the counter and pulled out a knife.

You can see what happened next here:

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