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Frail 84-year-old woman injured in 'despicable' attack

A man attacked a frail 84-year-old woman and stole her handbag, leaving her with a fractured wrist and cuts to her face.

The pensioner suffered a fractured wrist and sever bruising Credit: West Midlands Police

The attack happened as the woman was walking home from a shopping trip on Larch Walk in Yardley on Sunday 16 November at 4.15pm.

She was approached from behind by a man who pulled on her handbag, causing her to fall over. He then stole her bag and shopping. These were later recovered, but he did take £60 cash and her debit card.

This was a despicable attack on a vulnerable elderly lady, who was walking home after getting some grocery shopping and one which has caused great physical and emotional distress.

Although we haven’t got much of a description at this stage, we believe as the attack took place in a fairly busy area someone will have seen the incident and may be able to give a better description, and we ask they should contact police at Stechford on 101.

– DC Cheryl Ray, West Midlands Police

Firms fined £39 million over energy saving failure

Two power generation firms have been fined £39 million by the industry regulator for failing to deliver energy saving measures to low-income households.

Yorkshire-based Drax Power will pay out £28 million for not hitting targets under the Government's Community Energy Saving Programme.

The Drax power station near Selby in Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The company delivered just 37.1% of its carbon emissions reduction target, leading to thousands of households missing out on measures which would have helped lower bills.

Ofgem also handed a penalty of £11 million to generator InterGen after it delivered 61.2% of its required energy saving measures to around 2,200 households by the end of May 2013.

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Police called to seven Tesco stores across Greater Manchester

Police have been called to seven Tesco stores across Greater Manchester overnight following reports of disturbances at ‘Black Friday’ sales events.

Thousands of people turned out across the region to bag a bargain. Two people were arrested and one woman was injured by a falling TV.

  • Officers were called to Tesco Central Park, Wigan after reports of several hundred people trying to get in. Two men were ejected before control was regained.
  • In Ashton Road West more than 500 people attended the store.
  • The Tesco store at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden was closed down. Shoppers were asked to leave.
  • The Tesco Extra in Stretford was closed after fights broke out between shoppers. A woman suffered minor injuries after being hit by a falling television. The store closed just over half an hour after the sales started.
  • Shortly after 1am, police were called to Tesco on Woodrow Way, Salford. One man was arrested on suspicion of assault after his conduct in store was challenged by staff. He threatened to “smash” a staff member’s face in.
  • At 12.40am, officers were called to Tesco Extra on Barton Road, Middleton, following reports that around 200 people would not leave, despite being told stock had all gone. Doors had been locked but they refused to leave.
  • Around midnight police were called to Tesco Extra on Stockport Road, Hattersley, following reports of fighting in store. Approximately 300 people were present. One man was arrested for a public order offence.

Rifleman to be sentenced for making a nail bomb

A young rifleman who admitted making a nail bomb and possessing a banned book will be sentenced later today.

Ryan McGee has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to two terrorism offences. Credit: Press Association.

Ryan McGee had pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to two charges, one of possessing the Anarchists Cook Book contrary to terror laws, and one of making an explosive device.

Currently on bail, he will be sentenced this morning at 10:15.

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Woman and boy in critical condition after suspicious fire

A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and son, are in a critical condition after a fire at an apartment in Kidderminster.

A map of the location of the fire in Kidderminster Credit: ITV News Central

Police are treating the fire in The Horsefair as suspicious.

The two seriously injured have both been taken to hospital - the woman to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and the boy to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Two others were treated for smoke inhalation, and were taken to Worcester Hospital, where their condition is not described as serious.

Plans are being put in place to house people who will not be able to return to nearby properties tonight.

The road at the scene remains closed to traffic.

We are currently treating this fire as suspicious and would appeal for anyone with information that may help with our investigation to contact us.

The investigation will be led by a detective inspector and will involve investigators from the fire and rescue service and our scenes of crime officers.

We would like to thank everyone in the surrounding area for their support and patience while we manage and investigate this incident.

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

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Police called out as sales get underway

Police were called to a number of Tesco stores across south Wales last night after staff became concerned by the number of people who had turned up to sales events.

Police were twice called the Tesco store on Excelsior Road in Cardiff after midnight. Credit: Bing

At just after midnight, officers were twice called to the Tesco store on Excelsior Road in Cardiff, when concerns were raised about customer conduct inside the shop.

The sales marked the beginning of 'Black Friday' - one of the biggest shopping days of the year in Britain with sales on at various stores.

No further incidents have yet been reported.

"South Wales Police received a handful of calls from staff at a number of Tesco stores who had become concerned due to the volume of people who had turned up to sale events...Any incidents had dispersed prior to police arrival and no arrests were made...Suitable advice has been given to management at the stores to prevent further issues."

– South Wales Police

Voters more concerned by 'the number of migrants'

Voters are more concerned by "the number of migrants coming" to the UK than they are by EU nationals moving to Britain to claim benefits, a leading Conservative backbench MP has told Good Morning Britain.

Peter Bone praised David Cameron's plans to block benefits to EU migrant workers for the first four years they were in the UK, but criticised the PM's plans for failing to tackle the root of the problem.

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