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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
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Two hurt in factory explosion

Two men sustained burns to their face and bodies in an explosion at a factory in the Black Country.

Fire crews were called to AJS Metals on Downs Road in Darlaston, at about 0800 BST on Tuesday.

A small explosion occurred in the scrap metal furnace.

It is not yet known how it was caused and an investigation is under way.


King size chocolates to disappear

Birmingham based Cadbury's has announced it is to stop making king size chocolate bars.

From Monday all of the larger sized bars will be removed from sale as part of a drive to combat obesity. Bigger bars of Dairy Milk will still be available but slightly reduced in size.

A reduction in portion sizes is one of a number of pledges published by the Food and Drink Federation in its first manifesto.

Tony Bilsborough from Cadbury's says the company wants to promote a healthier image.


Faith and voluntary groups form neighbourhood alliance

Around 300 leaders from around Birmingham are planning to form an alliance to improve their neighbourhoods.

Representatives from nearly 40 faith and voluntary institutions from across the city will meet this week to agree a strategy for the group which will be known as Birmingham Citizens.

The "people organisation" hopes to tackle major issues, which will lead to positive changes in the local community.

Javed Khan from Sparkbrook's Islamic Centre said it was crucial that ordinary citizens have a say in issues that affect them.



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