Thousands of people are expected to strike in the Midlands today over working conditions.
According to the The Public and Commercial Services Union, court, job centre and tax office workers will walk out from 1pm.
The union says the government's review of working conditions could mean people have to work longer hours with less flexibility for family arrangements.
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Nottingham hosts the 37th Robin Hood marathon and half marathon.
The Worcestershire town of Bewdley has adorned its streets with decorated bikes to welcome 15,000 cyclists.
The 100 mile race which starts and ends in Birmingham takes in Herefordshire and Worcestershire via Sandwell, Dudley and Staffordshire.