The region has voiced its support for the Black Lives Matter protests currently taking place in cities across the United States of America.

Protests erupted in Minneapolis following the death of an unarmed black man.

George Floyd died after a policeman kneeled on his neck when in custody last Monday and an officer has now been charged with his murder.

In the Midlands, Aston Villa FC, Nottingham Forest, and Leicester City are just some of the football clubs to show their support, with West Bromwich Albion participating in the Black Out Tuesday movement.

Meanwhile, a protest took place in Coventry this afternoon where crowds of people could be heard chanting "I can't breathe", the notorious words said by Mr Floyd in a viral video of the incident.

Birmingham City FC also changed their bio information to: "Enough is enough. Together we are stronger" followed by the hashtag BlackLivesMatter.

Similar support was shown from Northampton Saints who posted: "Our Club, our sport, is a place where people of all cultures, creeds and colour come together. We stand against racism."

Elsewhere, a photographer captured the work of street artist Nath Murdoch, who painted an anti-racism mural in Peterborough.

On Twitter, photographer Joe Giddens who captured the image said: "The poignant artwork has been seen by residents of Minneapolis as they hope it will resonate with the community following the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests around the US."

Artist Nath Murdoch adds the finishing touches to his anti-racism mural. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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