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Donington Historic Festival: Sat 30th April - Mon 2nd May (Donington Park, Derby)

Around 400 world-class historic racing cars from the 1920s to the 1990s are due to be on display Credit: Peter de Rousset-Hall

Around 400 world-class historic racing cars from the 1920s to the 1990s are due to be on display at Donington Park this bank holiday weekend.

With three full days of racing, each featuring a mix of grids across a range of eras from pre-War to the 1990s, the Donington Historic Festival hopes to offer something for everyone.

“There is something very special about Donington Park. The only pre-War race circuit that is still in use, it brings an unrivalled sense of history to the meeting, which is highly appropriate for a historic event” - Duncan Wiltshire, Festival founder

In addition to all the on-track action and open-access race paddock, the event will feature live-action historic rally car demonstrations, infield displays from dozens of car clubs, historic karting demos and a trade village full of automobilia, prints, books.

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Norbury Canal Festival: Sat 30th April - Mon 2nd May (Norbury Junction, Stafford)

This bank holiday weekend visitors are invited to a three-day canal festival Credit: Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust

This bank holiday weekend visitors are invited to a three-day canal festival celebrating life around the Shropshire waterways.

The festival will take place along both sides of the canal at Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal, between Newport and Stafford.

There’ll be a whole host of activities for all the family to get involved with.

Visitors will get the chance to take a look inside some of the narrow boats to see what life is like on board. Live bands will also provide entertainment in the main marquee.

“We are delighted that we have been able to lay on more activities and stalls than ever before by expanding onto both sides of the canal for the first time.

It is always a really great weekend of entertainment for the whole family and the chance to find out more about life on and around the canal.” - Bernie Jones, Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust Chairman

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Ambulance workers ballot over 'unfulfilled promises'

Ambulance staff across the Midlands are being balloted from today on potential industrial action against what they call 'unfulfilled promises' from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The ballot runs until 25 May. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

GMB, the union for ambulance staff is demanding better pay and working condition for ambulance workers.

The union also wants a safe and sensible retirement age, proper training and improved development and career progression for ambulance drivers.

The ballot runs until 25 May.

Woman dies in Birmingham house fire

A woman has died in a house fire in Birmingham.

More than a dozen firefighters tackled the blaze on Mears Drive in Stechford on Thursday evening, West Midlands Fire Service said.

The 55-year-old woman, who was found in an upstairs bedroom, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the house at the time, the fire service added.

The cause of the fire, which has since been put out, is not yet known.

Man's body found in Worcestershire village

A member of the public discovered the body of a man on Middle Lane in Wythall on Thursday morning. Credit: PA

An investigation is underway after the body of a man was found in a village in Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police said the body was discovered by a member of the public on Middle Lane in Wythall at around 10am on Thursday.

A large section of the lane has been closed off, the force added.

The circumstances surrounding the man's death are being investigated and officers are working to identify him and contact his next of kin.


Aston Villa hand striker Agbonlahor 'substantial fine'

Gabby Agbonlahor has stepped down as skipper. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have confirmed their investigation into Gabriel Agbonlahor has resulted in him receiving a "substantial" fine, with the striker "reminded of his responsibilities as a professional footballer".

His suspension has been lifted and Agbonlahor will be available for selection from Monday.

Birmingham address searched after terror arrest

Searches are being carried out at two London addresses and an address in Birmingham as part of the investigation, police said. Credit: PA

An address in Birmingham is being searched by detectives after a man suspected of planning to travel to Syria to commit terror offences was arrested in London, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 21-year-old was arrested just after midday and was taken to a police station where he remains in custody.

Searches are also being carried out at two London addresses, police added.

Agbonlahor says sorry as he quits as Villa captain

Gabriel Agbonlahor Credit: PA

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has stepped down as the club's captain with immediate effect and apologised for his recent actions.

The forward is currently suspended by the club after he was pictured apparently partying immediately after their relegation from the Barclays Premier League earlier this month.

An investigation into his behaviour is due to be concluded by the club, with Agbonlahor banned by the club since last week.

The forward released a statement on Instagram:

I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore.

This role was a huge honour to me and it hurts to have lost it.

My celebrations and passion, especially in games against local rivals, shows my loyalty to Aston Villa.

I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I'm hurting as well despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise.

I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!

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