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Watch: Armed robbers use sledge hammers to smash open jewellery cabinets during raid 

26 Sep 18

A scared lone member of staff looks on as the men ransack the premises around her…


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The number rape charges in the West Midlands is falling – despite increase in reports 

26 Sep 18

The fall in charging comes despite the number of cases being referred to the CPS by West Midlands police…


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Manhunt as smiling axe casino robber escapes from prison 

26 Sep 18

Grant Walker – pictured grinning from ear to ear – absconded from HMP Sudbury where he was serving a sentence of eight years…


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Teenage ‘slave’ rescued following exploitation fears 

26 Sep 18

There were fears the 18-year-old Romanian male was being controlled and exploited by an older man in Erdington during the past three months.


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Brothers who staged ‘rat catcher con’ on householders jailed for new rogue trader scam 

25 Sep 18

Errol and Timmy Flynn had previously sneaked dead rats into homes to get money from homeowners…


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Wanted: Armed robbers stage two raids in two weeks at One Stop stores in Solihull 

25 Sep 18

CCTV images show the armed men who made their getaway from both stores in a Citroen C3 car…


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Nearly 3,000 people treated for drink or drug abuse in Solihull 

25 Sep 18

‘Drug and alcohol-related crime is estimated to inflict major cost on local communities…


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Contaminated blood scandal inquiry urged to look ‘into department of health’s hark corners’ 

25 Sep 18

Della Hirsch, whose 35-year-old son Nick died having contracted hepatitis C as a result of his haemophilia treatment, said: Science screwed us.


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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer finally released 

25 Sep 18

The highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sees Eddie Redmayne return as Newt Scamander…


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Police blasted over offering ‘night in Fred West’s old prison cell for £75’ 

25 Sep 18

West Midlands Police has found itself at the centre of a huge furore ahead of the event…


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Pervert John Mottram ‘walked into a trap’ when he thought he was meeting underage girls called Nina and Katie 

25 Sep 18

The 49-year-old was jailed for inciting sex with children…


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£1.5 million cycle plan for Sandwell 

24 Sep 18

It includes plans to improve cycling links to local railways and tram stations across the borough…


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James Bulger killer Jon Venables ‘wants prison release before Christmas’ 

24 Sep 18

The pair were granted lifelong anonymity by a High Court judge…


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The eight hours sleep advice is actually a myth – unless you do this too 

24 Sep 18

You see, the age-old advice of getting eight hours is actually nothing but a myth…


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The tell-tale signs your drink has been spiked – and what to do about it 

23 Sep 18

It may be done with the intent of stealing from the victim, assaulting the victim or as a prank…


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This week in court – Killer, cleaner, voodoo nurse and burglars 

22 Sep 18

We name and shame the criminals who have appeared in court in the past week…


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Latest victim of ‘Corsa cannibals’ awakes to find half his car missing 

22 Sep 18

The victim had his car parked outside his home in Chelmsley Wood…


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Brit Daniel Holmes reveals what life is really like in a foreign jail – after seven years there 

22 Sep 18

He quit Wales for Malta back in 2004, but his hope turned to a nightmare…


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Watch: Shameless thief takes his DOG as he raids Audi 

21 Sep 18

Owners stunned when they played back CCTV footage…


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Teenage pregnancy posters grab attention on Walsall buses 

21 Sep 18

The posters feature images of a tube of lipstick or a high-heeled stiletto shoe…


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‘Whimpering’ dad accused of killing Mylee Billingham kicked out at police giving him first aid, court told 

20 Sep 18

William Billingham allegedly remained silent and offered no help to police officers who found him whimpering…


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Burglar Edward Galbraith drunk on Lambrini and John Smith’s used giraffe statue to smash way into shop 

20 Sep 18

Edward Galbraith fell asleep at the crime scene after drinking Lambrini and John Smith’s beer with friends…


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Town ‘not immune’ to child exploitation – warning to Solihull 

20 Sep 18

‘Some of those young people who are being exploited [sexually] are linked to other ways of being exploited…


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Voodoo nurse Josephine Iyamu who trafficked vulnerable Nigerian women for sex has sentence increased 

20 Sep 18

Solicitor General Robert Buckland went to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term handed out to Josephine Iyamu…


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Watch: Terrorist Khalid Masood buys ‘last supper’ of fish and chips hours before killing spree 

20 Sep 18

The attacker’s final movements have been revealed in new footage…


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Police say any parent whose child plays online should watch this video 

20 Sep 18

Breck’s Last Game will be shown to schoolchildren to help raise awareness of online grooming…


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Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood obsessed over ‘racist and rude’ Donald Trump and ‘sick liar’ Theresa May, inquest told 

19 Sep 18

Masood, 52, was shot dead by police following a stabbing attack on Pc Palmer, 48…


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Mum moans about losing babysitting mum-in-law to cancer – and it doesn’t end well 

19 Sep 18

The mum spoke out on the popular parenting platform this week…


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Organic yoghurts ‘among most sugary on supermarket shelves’ 

19 Sep 18

Fewer than one in 10 of all products (9%) and 2% of children’s yoghurts were classed as low in sugar…


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The six ingenious methods burglars are using to break into your home 

18 Sep 18

Most burglary techniques seem to consist of a good plan and timing…


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Sick thugs steal four geese and break their wings 

18 Sep 18

Officers were called to Bordesley Green where they found the injured birds with torn wings…


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Father of schoolgirl Mylee Billingham to stand trial accused of her murder 

18 Sep 18

William Billingham, 55, denies the charge and second allegation of threatening to kill child’s mother…


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Watch: Beaten traffic warden speaks out after Alum Rock robbery and says ‘I forgive my attackers’ 

17 Sep 18

Warden Charlie gave interview to Bearded Bros about brutal street attack…


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Cowboy builder leaves disabled couple’s garden ‘looking like construction site’ – and now they’re unable to buy Christmas presents 

17 Sep 18

Darren Woodley, of Meadow Lane, Newhall, Swadlincote, has heartbreakingly stopped the disable victim buying Christmas presents…


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Inside Katie Hopkins’s £950,000 mansion as she faces crippling debts 

16 Sep 18

Monroe, a campaigner against the rise of UK poverty, previously sued the controversial commentator over two defamatory tweets…


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Police arrest 19-year-old after traffic warden beaten and robbed in Alum Rock 

16 Sep 18

Teenager arrested on suspicion of robbery after handing himself in at police station…


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Juror in Carl Bridgewater murder case claims he was threatened by convicted killer Bert Spencer 

16 Sep 18

Tim OMalley claims he received menacing phonecall over unsolved Carl Bridgewater case…


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Call to fit traffic wardens with bodycams after brutal Alum Rock attack by thugs 

15 Sep 18

Cllr Majid Mahmood hit out at the ‘mindless pack of thugs’ who are being hunted by West Midlands Police…


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Four men arrested for attempted murder after shotgun fired in Oldbury street 

15 Sep 18

Police were called to reports a shotgun was fired in Fisher Road at around 3pm yesterday…


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Violent thug Rickardo Wilson jailed for killing ex-lover after she left him 

14 Sep 18

He lured Claire Harris back to home but attacked her and left body on the floor…


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Primary school headteacher who admitted making indecent images of a child escapes jail 

14 Sep 18

The teacher, who is currently suspended, must also sign the sex offenders’ register for five years…


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New sentence for man who created 26,000-tonne waste mountain 

13 Sep 18

John Bruce caused misery for residents as several high-risk fires were lit…


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Three arrested over Bewdley deer massacre which saw 18 shot dead 

13 Sep 18

They were detained in early-morning swoops…


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Monkeypox warning as potentially deadly disease spreads ‘via bedding and towels’ 

13 Sep 18

The first ever case of the disease in the country was reported at the weekend…


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How to find out if you could get all your NHS prescriptions for free 

13 Sep 18

It usually takes 3minutes to check…


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Convicted sex beast Farhang Wali on the run from police 

13 Sep 18

Farhang Wali – who previously lived in Tipton and Smethwick – was found guilty at trial…


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Burglar jailed for Jewellery Quarter luxury apartment raids which netted him £100k in property 

12 Sep 18

Craig Reid, 37, kicked open front doors to steal designer goods and keys to brand new Audis…


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Sex-obsessed Charlotte Teeling murderer Richard Bailey facing life in prison 

12 Sep 18

Jurors deliberated for an hour and 15 minutes before unanimously convicting Richard Bailey of the murder of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling…


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Callous killer Leroy Campbell told probation staff he might rape again weeks before murdering nurse 

12 Sep 18

At the time of the attack, he was subject to supervision in the community having been released from prison four months earlier…


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Police are failing the public because of funding cuts – and the West Midlands has bigger cuts than other forces 

11 Sep 18

West Midlands Police is unfairly hit by a system which means it suffers bigger cuts than other forces, official watchdog the National Audit Office warns…







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