School-leavers across the Midlands will receive their GCSE results today.

GCSEs: What to do now you've finished?

All school-leavers must stay in education or training- but what if you don't know what to do OR you've missed out on the grades you wanted?

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New 'planetarium' will take visitors back in time

One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.

John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:

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Football fans: Who travels furthest for away games?

Which football fans travel the most to away games?
Which football fans travel the most to away games? Credit: PA Image

It's been revealed that Aston Villa fans have to travel the least to get to away games, out of any Premier League club.

According to findings from the AA route planner Newcastle United supporters have it the hardest, they will travel the furthest at around 8,200 miles, costing them £1,100 in fuel.

Take a look at the list below to see where your team is on the list of the number of miles travelled.

  • Newcastle United- 8,198
  • Swansea City- 7,905
  • Southampton- 6,781
  • Hull City- 6,259
  • Crystal Palace- 5,924
  • Burnley- 5,660
  • West Ham United- 5,508
  • Chelsea- 5,419
  • Tottenham Hotspur- 5,392
  • Everton- 5,362
  • Liverpool- 5,334
  • Queens Park Rangers- 5,285
  • Arsenal- 5,234
  • Manchester City- 5,097
  • Manchester United- 4,871
  • Stoke City- 4,570
  • West Bromwich Albion- 4,412
  • Leicester City- 4,398
  • Aston Villa- 4,237

Robbers jailed for threatening 9 year old boy with axe

Gavin Hunt, Christopher Dixon and Jamie Dixon
Gavin Hunt, Christopher Dixon and Jamie Dixon Credit: West Midlands Police

Three robbers who threatened a nine-year-old boy with an axe in Birmingham have been jailed for almost 29 years.

Gavin Hunt, Christopher Dixon and Jamie Dixon all targeted homes with expensive cars across the Midlands and stole several high-powered vehicles over a series of months.

During one burglary a man was hit with a crowbar, on another occasion the nine-year-old son of a homeowner tried to hide behind the sofa but was grabbed by one of the robbers who held an axe above his head.

During one burglary a man was hit with a crowbar
During one burglary a man was hit with a crowbar Credit: West Midlands Police

Hunt, aged 41, received two sentences of 12 years and 10 months, to run concurrently, for all the robberies.

Jamie Dixon, aged 32, was sentenced to eight years and ten months as a ‘dangerous offender’.

Christopher Dixon, aged 29, was jailed for seven years and three months.

We are satisfied with the sentences handed to these dangerous individuals, and that they will no longer be able to terrorise residents in their homes or people at work for cash and cars. Thankfully, none of the victims were badly hurt in these robberies, but I have no doubt that the gang would have used serious violence to achieve their objectives if they had not got what they wanted."

– Det Con Damian Forrest

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Pictures of "Supermoon" lighting up Midlands sky

The Supermoon
The Supermoon Credit: Rachel Leighton

A "super moon" has appeared in the sky in the Midlands.

In one of the year's most dramatic lunar events the moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

These are some of the photos we've been sent in by viewers who caught it on camera.

Tonight's super moon shines over Blakenall in Walsall
Tonight's super moon shines over Blakenall in Walsall Credit: David Mottram

Midlands firefighters in week long strike over pensions

Firefighters in the Midlands will continue to strike this week in a row over pensions.
Firefighters in the Midlands will continue to strike this week in a row over pensions. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters in the Midlands will continue to strike this week in a row over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out between 12 and 2 this afternoon, and again between 11 and midnight.

The government has previously criticised the action.

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Lincolnshire second highest county in UK for rural crime

Lincolnshire has the second highest rate of rural crime in the country, according to new figures.

Rural crime soars in Lincolnshire
Rural crime soars in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The NFU Mutual survey found that thefts of tractors, fuel and tools cost £2.3 million in 2013 - more than a quarter higher than the previous twelve months.

Watch: Farmer not surprised Lincolnshire in worst rural crime table

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