The latest unemployment figures show that between December 2011 and February 2012 189,000 people were out of work in the East Midlands and 239,000 in the West Midlands.
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Another cold day, with strong winds and wintry showers easing through the morning, leaving a sunny afternoon. Possible severe gales tonight.
Another cold, windy day, sometimes bright, but with wintry showers, these locally heavy over Derbyshire hills. Then possible severe gales.
Three men were today convicted of a terrifying gang-related ammonia attack caught on camera at a McDonalds in Northampton.