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West Midlands named the most patriotic region in UK

Celebrations in the West Midlands over the weekend
Celebrations in the West Midlands over the weekend Credit: ITV News Central

A survey by The English Heritage has named the West Midlands as the most patriotic region in England with 25 per cent of adults planning to celebrate St George's Day compared with a national figure of 19 per cent.

St George's day celebrations will take place across the Midlands including the annual parade in Nottingham which will feature St George and the dragon.

The parade will start at the Forest Recreation Ground later the morning arriving in Old Market Square at 12.30pm.

Stephen: 'Best way to help myself is to help others'

Staffordshire teenager Stephen Sutton, who is close to raising a million pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, told ITV News Central in December that being diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 "made me realise I wanted to do something with my life".

The inspirational teenager dedicated his life to "spreading kindness" and inspiring others, as he explains in this interview about his involvement with the Fixers organisation.


Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations

William Shakespeare turns 450 today
William Shakespeare turns 450 today Credit: PA

Celebrations are starting today in Stratford-upon-Avon for William Shakespeare's birthday. The famous playwright was born in the town in 1564.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will celebrate Shakepeare's 450th birthday with a firework display from the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after the evening performance of Henry IV, Part 1.

The celebrations will continue over the weekend offering a range of free family theatre activities including stage fighting workshops and blood, guts and gore make-up classes.

Calls for 'squalid' Brinsford to close

Inspectors found 'squalid' conditions at the young offenders institution
Inspectors found 'squalid' conditions at the young offenders institution Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There are calls for a young offenders institution near Wolverhampton to be closed after inspectors found inmates were living in "squalid conditions" among the worst ever seen.

Inmates at the HMYOI Brinsford were found to be living in dirty cells with graffiti and poor furnishings.

The report added some cells had no window panes and no toilet screening.

Chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick said:

These are the worst overall findings my inspectorate has identified in a single prison during my tenure as chief inspector. Across all of our four tests of a healthy prison, we found outcomes to be poor.

Since the inspection a new governor, Michael Spurr chief executive officer of the National Offender Management Service, has been appointed.


Leicester fire: trial of eight people accused of murdering Leicester family to begin

Bilal and Jamil died in the fire at their home in Leicester
Bilal and Jamil died in the fire at their home in Leicester Credit: Pukaar News

A jury is expected to be sworn in today for the trial of seven men and a youth accused of murdering a mother and her three children, who died when a fire engulfed their home in Leicester.

Kemo Porter, 19; Tristan Richards, 22; Nathaniel Mullings, 19; Shaun Carter, 24; Jackson Powell, 20; Aaron Webb, 20; Aaron Jeffers, 21; and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, are expected to go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

They are each charged with the murders of Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and teenage sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, who died in a blaze at their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, on September 13 last year.

All eight deny the charges and are remanded in custody.

The trial is expected to last up to eight weeks.

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