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Trial of Simon Harris hears from 12-year-old Kenyan boy

A 12-year-old Kenyan boy has described how he was raped by a man from Herefordshire who is on trial at Birmingham Crown Court charged with multiple sex offences.

Simon Harris, from near Leominster, denies 22 charges including rape and sexual assault, and also faces five counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Simon Harris Credit: ITV News Central

The boy said he was nine at the time of the alleged rape, and appeared by video link with an interpreter.

Harris, a former teacher who was working for a charity in Kenya, is alleged to have abused 11 boys between 2001 and 2013. He denies the charges.

Reports Gary Rowett approached for Blues job

It is being reported that Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett has been approached by Birmingham City over their vacant manager's position.

It follows the sacking of Lee Clark on Monday.

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Rowett played for Birmingham during his playing career almost 100 times and has been a favourite to take over at St. Andrews since Clark's departure.

The Blues lost 1-0 away at Blackburn last night with co-caretaker manager Malcolm Crosby in charge.

An approach by Birmingham City has also apparently been declined by MK Dons over their manager Karl Robinson.

Lee Clark was sacked by Birmingham City earlier this week Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport


Suspected brothel raided in crackdown on foreign crooks

Officers from eight different countries are joining West Midlands Police in targeting foreign criminals in the region.

A suspected brothel has been raided this morning as part of the scheme, called Operation Trivium.

Police from Latvia, Holland, Denmark and Finland are among those carrying out spot checks on foreign-registered cars and suspect businesses.

It comes after 300 people were arrested in a similar operation in March.

Study: Manufacturing is 'major factor' in region's economy

Manufacturing is responsible for more than half of the West Midlands' economy, despite reports of its demise, according to a new review out today.

Manufacturing is responsible for more than half the West Midlands' economy Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Manufacturing makes an estimated 53 per cent contribution both directly and indirectly to the region's economy, and 30 per cent to the UK as a whole, according to a study by the West Midlands Economic Forum at Birmingham City University.

The findings comes as The Office for National Statistics today hosts an event on The Changing Shape of UK Manufacturing.

Crisis meeting to take place over the price of milk

A crisis meeting will be held today between the government and farmers as part of an ongoing dispute over the price of milk.

Pressure group Farmers for Action say prices have fallen so low there is no point in milking cows anymore.

A crisis meeting is called as farmers air their fury over the price of milk Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fury that stores such as Iceland are selling four pints of milk for 89p has led to high-level discussions between the government and Dairy UK, the body which represents farmers, milk producers, and milkmen.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss will meet representatives from the milk processing industry in London later to discuss the problems facing the dairy sector.

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