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Venues signal 'red alert' for live events

Theatres across the West Midlands and Cheshire joined a day of action around the UK to highlight the crisis facing the live events scene.

Crewe Lyceum lit up
Crewe Lyceum

Venues including the Crewe Lyceum, Lichfield Garrick, Bedworth Civic Hall and Rugby Theatre turned their lights red as part of the Red Alert campaign.

The Red Alert movement and #WeMakeEvents marches aimed to raise awareness about the threat of job losses in the sector.

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Last month, the government announced a £1.57bn support package aimed at protecting theatres, galleries and museums.

The government has previously said that will lead to more work for freelancers. The furlough scheme and support for self-employed people are due to end in the coming months - and many freelancers were not eligible for them at all.

Your photos: Dramatic lightning strikes overnight

BBC Weather Watchers

We had thunderstorms and lots of lightning across the West Midlands last night and our BBC Weather Watchers were busy trying to snap photos of it.

Here are three from users Greg in Stoke-on-Trent, LeoPaul in Leominster, Herefordshire and WetWest in Kingsbury, Warwickshire:

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WetWest