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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A pensioner battling cancer has been spared jail after shooting a teenage thug he feared was breaking into his home to attack him.
Over the weekend a cold front will cross the Midlands introducing some cooler and fresher air behind it, expect lower temperatures.
It will be another misty and cloudy start to the day.