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Man arrested after dog thrown from tower block

A stock image of an American Bulldog Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/PA Images

Police have arrested a man after a dog was thrown from a window at a tower block in Druids Heath, Birmingham at around 7.45pm on Saturday 29 August.

Officers attended the scene in Netheravon Close and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and animal cruelty. He has been bailed with strict conditions pending further investigation.

The dog, believed to be an American Bulldog, was taken to a vet, but sadly was dead on arrival.

“Enquiries into what happened are currently on-going and we are working closely with our partners at the RSPCA. We are asking for anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact Birmingham Police on 101.”

– Inspector Matt Crowley from Birmingham South


Willetts slams May over 96,000 foreign students claim

Home Secretary Theresa May has been criticised by a former colleague for using "unreliable" statistics to call for tougher restrictions on foreign students coming to Britain to study.

David Willetts and Theressa May Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment/John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ex-universities minister David Willetts took exception to Mrs May's claim that 96,000 more students were arriving in the country each year than were leaving.

In an article for the Sunday Times, Mrs May wrote: "The gap between the number of non-EU students coming to this country and departing each year is 96,000 - half the net migration from beyond the EU."

But Mr Willetts - who left government last year and is soon to join the House of Lords - said the figure was "not a solid basis for policy".

People who come here to study should study, perhaps do some post study work and then go back to their country...We are selling them a service, we reap a lot of benefits from that, but studying in Britain is not and should not be a means to settlement. My disagreement I'm afraid is that the particular figures that were being cited ... for number of students staying on is very unreliable. It is a widely disputed and doubted figure and would not be a solid basis for policy.

– David Willetts

Man shot dead by police outside London property

The man was shot outside an address in Cedar Road, Enfield. Credit: Google Maps

A man has been shot dead by police outside a property in London.

Officers were called to an address in Barnet at 9.35pm on Sunday following reports that a man was making threats to kill and in possession of what was believed to be a firearm.

The man had left by the time police arrived, but officers were later called to an address in Cedar Road, Enfield, where a man was shot shortly before 11.50pm.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The man, believed aged in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A non-police firearm has been recovered from the scene."

The Directorate of Professional Standards is at the scene and the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.


Tighter border controls in Austria after migrant deaths

Last week, 71 bodies were found in the back of a lorry in Austria. Credit: Reuters

Border controls have been tightened in Austria as authorities try to clamp down on human trafficking.

The interior ministry said tougher checks were being put in place at eastern borders after 71 migrants were found dead in the back of a lorry abandoned on an Austrian motorway.

"We will do controls for an undetermined length of time at all important border crossings in the eastern region, looking at all vehicles that have possible hiding places for trafficked people," minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told local radio.

Huge queues formed on a Hungarian motorway leading to Austria as the new checks were introduced.

Traffic was jammed for 12 miles on the country's M1, according to local media.

Boil water notice lifted for more homes in Lancashire

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A further 86,000 homes in Lancashire have been told they no longer need to boil water after an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

United Utilities lifted restrictions in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble following work to remove the cryptosporidium bug.

On Thursday, the notice was lifted for 80,000 homes in the region.

Some schools have been warned the notice may still be in place when pupils return from the summer holidays.

United Utilities said it has arranged for 174 schools to be supplied with bottled water while the notice is still in effect.

Weather: Heavy rain forecast for most today

Latest weather forecast Credit: Met Office

A band of rain, heavy at times across England and Wales, will slowly clear from the west throughout today, with some brighter conditions developing across some western parts during the afternoon.

Scotland and Northern Ireland however will see a mix of sunshine and showers, with the showers perhaps turning heavy at times, especially across western Scotland.

A top temperature today of 19C in the south, with a strong northerly wind developing in the east later today.

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