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Vandals deface Gandhi statue in Leicester

Vandals have defaced the statue of Gandhi in Belgrave Credit: ITV Central News

A statue of Gandhi has been defaced in Leicester's Belgrave, it comes as protests take place in London today to mark the 30th anniversary of the Amritsar Massacre by the Indian army, who attacked Sri Harmander Sahib - the Golden Temple.

Vandals had daubed the words, “Never forget 84” and “We want justice 84” on two sides. Credit: ITV Central News
It is not known who left the graffiti on the statue in Belgrave Credit: ITV Central News
Leicester statue defaced by vandals Credit: ITV Central News


Two further men charged over university protests

West Midlands Police have charged two further men with violent disorder after a protest at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday.

It follows a charge against another man earlier today. Ten other people have been released on police bail following disorder which saw buildings on the Edgbaston campus damaged.

Man charged after Birmingham University protests

A 22-year-old man has been charged with violent disorder following the protests at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday.

Simon Furse, of Pershore Road, Edgbaston, is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning.

13 people were initially arrested following the protest, which turned violent when protesters clashed with Police and security, but five men and five women were released on bail last night.

Two more men remain in Police custody.

Mothers campaign against closure of children centres

A group of mothers campaigning against the closure of children centres in Dudley say they will not be able to travel to ones further away because of the cost.

Dudley Borough Council plan to reduce the number of centres from 20 to 13 due to funding cuts, but say they are holding a period of consultation to see what can be done to save them.

Campaigners say the service is a lifeline for many mothers.

Blacklisting protest in Birmingham

The TUC held a protest in Birmingham this morning against the blacklisting of construction workers who were illegally targeted for pushing for better health and safety on building sites.

Protesters in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

The demonstration took place outside the offices of Sir Robert McAlpine on Paradise Street in Birmingham city centre before moving to Wolverhampton where it will continue later this morning.

Other TUC protests are taking place around the country today alongside the construction unions GMB, UCATT, and Unite who will lobby MPs to call for justice against blacklisting.

In 2009, it emerged that more than 40 construction industry employers in the UK had been using a list of more than 3000 building workers in order to keep activists out of work. These workers have never been told they have been blacklisted, nor paid any compensation.

The TUC are calling for an inquiry into the practices and say the aim of today's protests is to hold the industry account.


Lord Mayor of Birmingham supports campaign to save Fusiliers

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham is lending his support to the campaign to save an historic army battalion from falling victim to defence cuts.

Councillor John Lines joined a delegation in Westminster today raising concerns about the proposal to disband the Second Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The battalion has strong links to the City of Birmingham. Campaigners say they want the decision reversed.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham takes regiment petition to Downing Street

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines Credit: ITV News Central

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines, has today taken an e-petition to Downing Street in opposition of the disbandment of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The regiment, which is considered to be one of the best in the Army, was chosen by the Chief of the General Staff to be disbanded.

The unit, which was a merger of regiments including the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, will cease existence in June 2014.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers march through Celle, Germany. Credit: PA
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