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Jobseeker immolates himself outside a Birmingham jobcentre

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A job centre. Photograph: Getty Images

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a jobseeker has "set himself alight" outside a jobcentre in Selly Oak:

A DESPERATE job seeker set himself alight outside a Birmingham Jobcentre in an alleged row over his benefit payments. Horrified eyewitnesses saw the man douse himself in flammable liquid after tying himself to railings at the Jobcentre Plus in Harborne Lane, Selly Oak, at around 9.20am. Cops rushed to the aid of the 48-year-old man and sprayed him with fire extinguishers after he suffered burns to his lower legs.

Read more at the Birmingham Mail's site.