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Knife-wielding thief robs hairdressers and spends cash in pub

A knife-wielding masked robber threatened staff at a Birmingham hairdresser before going to a nearby pub to spend the stolen cash.

Darren Davies Credit: West Midlands Police

Initially workers at Scissors salon thought the robbery in January was a practical joke.

But 42-year-old Darren Davies from Bartley Green then produced a large kitchen knife to threaten them.

However, he was caught just two hours later, when police were called to the nearby Balmoral pub following reports that a man had been seen with a knife protruding from his pocket and counting a large bundle of cash.

He was jailed for 30 months at Birmingham Crown Court.


V Festival 2015: Further acts announced

V Festival have announced more acts to be added to the line-up for this year's event.

170,000 people attended last year's V Festival across two sites. Credit: PA

Wretch 32 and The Charlatans, Sigma, Echo & The Bunnymen, Hilltop Hoods, Lawson and Indiana.

Big name acts who have already been confirmed include Leicester rockers Kasabian- who are headliners, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Olly Murs and The Script.

The festival takes place at Weston Park in Staffordshire in August.

Leicester rockers Kasabian are headliners Credit: Yui Mok/PA


Burglar caught after leaving his DNA on coffee cup

A distraction burglar, caught after leaving his DNA behind on a coffee cup, has been jailed for five-and-a-half-years.

Shaun Higgins Credit: West Midlands Police

Shaun Higgins convinced an 81-year-old resident of a flat on Belgrave Middleway, Balsall Heath, to let him in, after pretending to know the man’s carer.

The 39-year-old then helped himself to a cup of coffee before taking the man’s mobile phone and laptop while he was out of the room.

Saliva left on the coffee cup he drank from was a direct hit for Higgins, who was already behind bars over a burglary at a warehouse in Birmingham in November, when we went to arrest him.Those who prey on the elderly and vulnerable are the scourge of our society and we hope the local community is reassured that Higgins will now be behind bars for a considerable amount of time."

– Detective Constable Darren English

21,000 tickets sold for Wasps v Leicester Tigers

Wasps have today announced they have already sold over 21,000 tickets for ‘The Stinger’ - the Club’s end of season battle against Leicester Tigers on Saturday 9th May.

It is a potentially massive game for both sides with vital spots in the Aviva Premiership table resting on the result Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

It is a potentially massive game for both sides with vital spots in the Aviva Premiership table resting on the result.

As part of the day Wasps also plan to distribute 15,000 Ashley Johnson wigs for fans to masquerade as the Ricoh Arena favourite.

The wigs form part of a charity campaign to raise money for Wasps Academy’s charity partner, the Brain Tumour Charity.

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