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Salvation Army uses 'the dress' in domestic violence campaign

The charity's branch in South Africa has used the internet sensation to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The dress that sparked the famous "white and gold or blue and black" debate was designed in Birmingham.

The UK branch of the Salvation Army has also been promoting the messages on their twitter account.

Man seriously injured in A46 crash in Stratford

The West Midlands Ambulance service says the man involved in this crash on the A46 in Stratford was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“Crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and van.

“A man in his forties was trapped in his car for two hours before he was released by emergency services.

“He was treated for serious foot, leg, pelvic and arm fractures. The patient was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Two male patients in their twenties and travelling in the van were assessed at the scene and later released without further hospital treatment.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesperson


Fears grow for 'vulnerable' missing woman in Birmingham

Jaquiline Christine Vassall left her home in Moseley at around 8.15 this morning. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Birmingham are urgently appealing for help in finding a woman who has been missing from her care home since this morning.

Jaquiline Christine Vassall, aged 50, described as vulnerable, left her care home in Ascot Road, Moseley at 8.15 this morning.

Jaquiline, who left without her medication, has not been seen since and police are concerned for her safety.

Jaquiline is described as black, 5’7 and slim with short afro hair and was wearing a pink long-sleeved top, beige trousers and flat black shoes with Velcro fastening.

Jaquiline has learning difficulties and doesn’t normally go out on her own- she is extremely vulnerable and we are appealing for anyone who has seen her to contact us.

It is believed she may have walked towards Moseley Village."

– PC Lesley Pulling


Police launch murder investigation after Coventry man dies in assault

Credit: PA

Detectives investigating the death of a Coventry man yesterday have now launched a murder enquiry.

Two people, a 34-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, were arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of his death and remain in police custody.

The 48-year-old man was admitted to hospital around 4am after being assaulted at his home address in Foleshill Road on Thursday.

He died later in the morning and a post mortem is due to take place later today to determine the cause of his death.

Officers are in the early stages of this inquiry and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Education key to stopping FGM, say Leicester campaigners

Female genital mutilation is the subject of a conference in Leicester today.

Leading figures in the fight against the illegal practice gathered at Leicester University this morning.

The event was organised by an FGM survivor, who says more than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 will be at risk this year. Religious leaders, community activists and doctors heard how education is the key to stopping the practice.

To find out more about FGM, click here

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