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Man in hospital after arson attack

AN EIGHTEEN-year old Bilston man is in hospital after suffering burns in a “severe” arson attack on his home. Fire crews from Bilston and Fallings Park were called by the victim to the two-storey mid-terrace house in Myatt Avenue at 6.30pm on Thursday. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a 999 [...]

City Launches Gun Shot Detection Technology

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Safer Birmingham Partnership, a joint partnership between West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and other leading public and voluntary sector agencies, is leading the way in the UK’s fight against gun-related crime. It launched a new operation, known locally as ‘Birmingham Safe and Sound’, which is designed to combat gun-related crime in the north-west of [...]

Men To Appear In Court Accused Of Shop Burglary

TWO MEN ARE DUE IN COURT this morning accused of attempting to burgle a convenience store in Brierley Hill. The men have been charged with attempted burglary in connection with the incident at the Londis store on Stourbridge Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Offenders had allegedly attempted to break through a wall [...]

Police Seize 50K Of Heroin

POLICE from the Nechells neighbourhood policing team have successfully executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Monkswell Close, Small Heath. Officers found more than a kilogram of suspected heroin in a vehicle that was parked on the driveway of the property. The two blocks of resin have a street [...]

Wolverhampton praised in bid to become Curry Capital

Judges have hailed Wolverhampton’s ‘tremendous’ bid to be named Curry Capital of Britain, which saw the city finish in a very creditable third place and ahead of near neighbours Birmingham. After a two-month contest, organiser Peter Grove announced that Wolverhampton was pipped to the title by Glasgow, which finished first, and Bradford, which came second. [...]

Amazon hit by web service failure

The European sites of web retailer Amazon have suffered a temporary failure, amid ongoing threats against major sites by pro-Wikileak activists. British, French, German, Austrian and Italian sites were down for about 30 minutes on Sunday during a peak pre-Christmas shopping period. A group of cyber activists, Anonymous, is hitting firms that withdrew services from [...]

U.S. pastor who threatened to burn Koran plans British visit

U.S. pastor who threatened to burn Koran plans British visit

An American Christian preacher who rose from obscurity to cause global uproar this year by threatening to burn the Koran says he plans to visit Britain to speak at an event hosted by a far-right anti-Islamist group. Anti-extremist groups have urged the British government to ban entry to Florida Pastor Terry Jones, whose threat to [...]

Warwick Castle to be prosecuted following death of visitor


The company which runs Warwick Castle is being prosecuted following the death of a visitor who fell from a bridge while visiting the top tourist attraction three years ago. Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The charges follow the [...]

Bank Boss in Fraud Bid

A Birmingham bank manager, a man and two sisters have been charged with stealing almost half a million pounds from a customer. Parminder Bhachu, 42 from Smethwick, Puspaben Patel, 35 from Hall Green, Niranjnaben Patel, 35 from Streetly and Satwinder Ghattaura, 42 from Moseley all appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday. Each denies charges [...]

Temples ‘breaking the Sikh code’ on meat and alcohol

Temples 'breaking the Sikh code' on meat and alcohol

Some gurdwaras in the UK are going against their religion by serving meat and alcohol on their premises, according to an association of Sikh followers. The UK Sangat, an association of Sikh followers, has started a national campaign to stop what it says is the violation of the basic principles of Sikhism. Some Sikhs have [...]

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