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Cycling's Tour of Britain comes to the Midlands

The Tour of Britain comes to the Midlands today.

The riders on the opening stage of the Tour of Britain Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The cyclists, led by yesterday's surprise winner Eduardo Zardini start off from the Hive in Worcester at 10.45am.

The route takes them into Herefordshire and Gloucestershire before finishing 115 miles later in Bristol.

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Police deal with possible wartime shells in Boston

Police and members of the MOD's Explosives Ordnance Disposal team are investigating a garden in Boston. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Lincolnshire man believes he has found wartime artillery shells in his garden.

Police and members of the MOD's Explosives Ordnance Disposal team are investigating the area in Boston.

A cordon has been put in place, affecting Cotton Road, Tavener Road and Kyme Road.

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Warning for drivers as school traffic peaks today

Today is expected to be the busiest day on the roads for the post-summer break morning rush hour, as all schools in the region have now returned for the autumn term.

As many as one in five journeys today are expected to be school runs Credit: PA

Experts say as many as one in five journeys today will be parents doing the school run - and the busiest time is set to be 8am.

Traffic levels are then expected to ease off over the coming weeks.

Minister to launch support for businesses to grow online

A new programme of support to help growing UK companies break into the online trade market will be launched in Birmingham today.

The online trading industry is expected to be worth £68 billion by 2020 - and Trade Minister Lord Ian Livingston will be at the NEC to unveil the e-Exporting Programme.

Lord Ian Livingston will launch the e-commerce programme at the NEC Credit: PA

It means businesses of all sizes will be able to access specialised services to help boost their sales on a global scale.

Companies have also been invited to a round-table discussion with the UK Trade and Investment regional director Paul Noon, to discuss the challenges facing firms in the international market.

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'Ongoing disturbance' after immigration centre death

A "disturbance" involving a number of detainees is "currently ongoing" at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincolnshire, the Home Office says.

A statement said: "Specially trained staff have been deployed to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

"There are no reported injuries to staff or detainees relating to this incident."

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