An MP has apologised after tweeting that he would "punch" a female journalist "in the throat".
In a series of tweets, the MP said he would never seriously threaten anyone with violence.
Just out of dentist. 1 It appears that some people who don't know me think I actually go round punching "in the throat". Not true.
2. If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise
3. I am afraid I know I would get v angry if I had been on the Ch4 debate last night. Glad it was Rod Liddle and not me!
A Tory MP has appeared to tweet about physically assaulting a female journalist by punching her in the throat.
The Twitter account of Mike Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, made the comment in reference to a debate on last night's Channel 4 News on between journalists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Rod Liddle.
I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat
Labour's shadow minister for women immediately condemned the comments as "disgusting".
A 12-year-old boy has been injured in Lichfield this afternoon, after being hit by a car.
Ambulance crews, including the West Midlands Air Ambulance, were called to Main Street in Whittington at 4pm.
On arrival at the scene a 12 year old boy was found on the floor after he had reportedly gone underneath the wheels of the vehicle. The pedestrian was treated at the scene for a potential pelvic injury. The boy was immobilised and given pain relief before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A Critical Care Paramedic from the air ambulance travelled on board the land ambulance with the crew continuing to provide medical treatment to the casualty whilst en route to hospital.
The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed at the scene. She was visibly shaken following the incident but did not require any further hospital treatment.
People have been enjoying stunning views across the Midlands after Lichfield Cathedral reopened its Tower Tours.
Restoration work has been going on since 2010 but people can now climb the Great Central Tower.
The A5127 Birmingham Road in Lichfield is closed in both directions between Knowle Lane and Fosseway / Shortbutts Lane after a lorry hit a railway bridge.
The road is likely to stay closed into this afternoon while recovery work takes place.
A man has died after his car veered off the road and crashed, landing on its roof in Staffordshire in the early hours of today.
It happened on Fisherwick Wood Lane in Lichfield shortly after midnight.
West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman Suzie Fothergill said:
Crews arrived to find a 4x4 vehicle that had left the carriageway and was found overturned down an embankment.
Unfortunately on assessment of the driver, a man, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene
The MP for Lichfield in Staffordshire has raised over £1,200 for Movember after wearing a fake moustache at Prime Minister's Questions earlier in the week.
Michael Fabricant was encouraged to wear the moustache by friends and he has raised £1,204 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Mr Fabricant said he felt very nervous and embarrassed when he entered the house.
An event being held at Lichfield Cathedral today is aiming to help families and parents who have lost a child during pregnancy or afterwards.
The service today will be the fifteenth taking place in the UK this year. Saying Goodbye says the event is open to anyone of any faith. It says the services aim to remember and acknowledge the lives of children lost through poetry, music and discussion.