A man who attacked the elderly in their homes is jailed for life. Warning: article contains graphic image of injuries.
Sexual assault referral centres in the Midlands say that recent celebrity abuse convictions have prompted a rise in reports.
The white tennis dress made famous in the iconic 1970s Tennis Girl poster has been sold for £15,500 at an auction in the West Midlands.
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gets underway tonight in Glasgow.
Commonwealth Games 2014 facts:
- 71 nations and territories are taking part in the games.
- This is the 20th Commonwealth Games.
- The Games were originally known as the British Empire Games until a name change in 1978.
- 3,000 volunteers from all over Scotland are taking part in the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.
- The Queen's baton, containing a message from Her Majesty, has travelled for 250 days, visiting all of the 71 nations represented on its way to the opening ceremony.
- Although there will be 40,000 people watching the opening ceremony at Celtic Park, the global TV audience for the curtain-raiser is expected to be a whopping 1.5 billion.
Adam Dixon from Nottingham is in the hockey team for his second Games after narrowly missing out on a medal in Delhi four years ago.
19-year-old Omar Tafail from Birmingham is taking part in the wrestling event and is hoping to come away a winner.
Nottinghamshire County Council is warning residents to 'be prepared' a year on since the summer flash floods hit Southwell.
The area was badly flooded last year, forcing some people out of their homes.
Residents are being advised to have emergency supplies in case it happens again.
A5009 Baddeley Green Lane in both directions closed due to serious accident and recovery work between Gilman Avenue and Trentfields Road.
Serious accident occurred in the early hours of this morning, recovery procedure continues on the scene and it's likely the closure will remain in force for much of this morning's peak period.
The New Saints FC failed to reach the next round of the Champions League after losing 2-0 to SK Slovan Bratislava last night.
TNS are the current Welsh Premier League champions and are based in Oswestry in Shropshire.
They lost the Second Qualifying Round by 3-0 on aggregate.
Full time: TNS 0-2 SK Slovan Bratislava.
A West Midland branch of Sainsbury's has made history by breaking away from the National Grid and using its own food waste to power the store.
The supermarket in Voyager Drive, Cannock, sends all its waste to an anaerobic digestion plant which turns the waste into electricity - and has now installed a 1.5km cable linking it directly to the store.
Head of sustainability at the supermarket giant, Paul Crewe, said the store already send surplus food to charity or to use in animal feed, but that still left thousands of tonnes of food waste to deal with.
– Paul Crewe, Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's sends absolutely no waste to landfill and we're always looking for new ways to reuse and recycle.
We're delighted to be the first business ever to make use of this link-up technology, allowing our Cannock store to be powered entirely by our food waste.
A memorial service in honour of the late West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones will be held today.
Mr Jones, who also served as a Wolverhampton councillor for more than 30 years, died suddenly in his sleep on July 1.
The service will be held at the Civic Hall in North Street, Wolverhampton city centre. A cortege will arrive at the centre at 12.50pm.
A cyclist suffered a serious leg injury after being hit by a lorry in Staffordshire this evening.
The man, in his 30s, severely fractured his lower leg in the crash, which happened near a pedestrian crossing in Rising Brook, Stafford, shortly before 5.35pm.
He was taken to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further treatment.