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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.

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.

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Pilot badger culls come to an end but remain controversial

The latest pilot badger culls officially end tonight in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The National Farmers Union told ITV News Central it felt the cull had gone better this year.

But anti-cull campaigners say it was a failure last year and support vaccinations instead of culls.

Badger cull results will decide whether the scheme is used elsewhere

Badger culls come to an end in Gloucestershire & Somerset. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The latest pilot badger culls officially end tonight in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The government is attempting to reduce the spread of Bovine TB, which is a major problem for UK farmers.

The results from these trials will determine whether or not the culling scheme is rolled out to TB hotspots nationwide.

The decision has been controversial with anti-cull campaigners however, who believe a vaccination is the better option.

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Top tips: How to make the biggest energy savings

Turn off to save money Credit: PA Pictures

According to the Energy Saving Trust here in the Midlands we could make big savings on our energy bills. Here's their tips on how

Standby Savers - There here are a number of products available to help cut down your standby electricity consumption, such as standby savers that allow you to easily turn all of your appliances off from standby without having to reach for the plug.

Televisions and games consoles are now among the primary sources of our everyday entertainment, yet when left on permanent standby they are costing us £45-80 a year. Check your appliances regularly and switch your supplier to take control of your bills.

Cold appliances - Is your fridge-freezer 15 years or older? If it is, then the chances are that it could be using more electricity than required. As fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it could be worth finding models that are more energy efficient and will save you money on electricity bills. Tenants can ask their landlord to buy a newer model if the current one is faulty or not performing efficiently. If it's not possible to replace the model, then the following tips and advice can help save money on refrigeration:

o Make sure the back of your fridge-freezer is ventilated and dust free - dusting should be done at least once a year to keep it running efficiently;

o Make sure the fridge-freezer is out of direct sunlight from outside or other sources of heat from inside the home, such as your oven or boiler;

o Make sure the door seal is not damaged

o Check that it is cycling on and off as it should - ideally you should only be able to hear your fridge or freezer running 30-40% of the time; and

o Don't keep the fridge-freezer doors open longer than necessary.

Lighting - Lighting is a vital aspect of any home, especially during the darker winter evenings. Lighting makes up 16 per cent of household electricity consumption. By turning off the lights when they're not needed you could save around £7 a year. If households want to go further, replacing all the remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs and all the halogens with LEDs could typically save around £45 a year.

Froch near to confirming Vegas fight with Chavez Jnr

Carl Froch has told ITV News exclusively that he is near to confirming he will fight in Las Vegas against Mexican boxer Julio Chavez Jnr.

He told us:

I've said before if I can't fight in Vegas I'll probably call it a day, it has to be big, and Chavez Jnr is that man, and I have had a good chat with my promoter this morning and we are making good progress with that fight and hopefully we'll have an announcement soon.

– Carl Froch
Nottingham boxer Carl Froch Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"I've said before if I can't fight in Vegas I'll probably call it a day, it has to be big, and Chavez Jnr is that man, and I have had a good chat with my promoter this morning and we are making good progress with that fight and hopefully we'll have an announcement soon."

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