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CCTV of mobile phone robbery suspects released

Images of two men have been released by police investigating a two attempted mobile phone thefts from students in Birmingham.

Man wanted by police in connection with attempted mobile phone robberies. Credit: West Midlands Police
Man captured by CCTV near scene of attempted mobile phone robbery in Perry Barr. Credit: West Midlands Police

The first attempted robbery took place in a subway off Aldridge Road, near to the UCE campus in Perry Barr between 5.20-5.30pm Friday 10 October. A 19-year-old man was grabbed by two men, who then tried to steal his mobile phone, when the man refused to let go, he was punched in the face several times, before the attackers ran off without stealing anything.

The second incident took place at 1.35pm Thursday 23 October. A 19-year-old woman was approached by two men and she walked while speaking on her mobile. The men grabbed her wrist and tried to steal her phone, however, she refused to let go and they ran off empty handed.

Officers say they would like to speak to both men in connection with the investigation.

Officers search river for missing Telford man

Police have released CCTV of a missing man from Telford who has not been seen since a night out in Shrewsbury last weekend.

It is believed Daniel Hodgin left the Buttermarket nightclub at around 3.30am on Sunday morning.

Officers will be in Shrewsbury's Buttermarket today searching for the 20-year-old.

Police have released this CCTV Credit: West Mercia Police

“We are carrying out extensive searches in the Shrewsbury area to locate Daniel. These involve using police dogs, the police helicopter and boats to search the river area. We are often reliant on the help and support of the public to assist us and urge anyone with any information to contact us”.

– Chief Inspector Tom Harding
Daniel Hodgin Credit: West Mercia Police


Great Central Railway resubmits £10m bid to create museum in Leicester

The Great Central Railway has resubmitted a £10 million lottery bid to create a museum in Leicester, after missing out on funding earlier this year.

The attraction would open at the terminus at Leicester North in 2019 and would be filled with priceless locomotives and artefacts which tell the story of how railways have helped Leicester to thrive.

Bosses say 300 jobs would be created in the construction of the museum Credit: Great Central Railway

"We had some really constructive feedback from the Heritage Lottery Fund Trustees following our last bid and we are confident we have made this visionary project even better! Not only will the museum help people reconnect with their railway story, sitting right alongside our thriving heritage line it will be a unique attraction. We're confident tens of thousands of people will visit every year."

– Managing Director of the Great Central Railway Bill Ford

Bosses at the Great Central Railway predict that 300 jobs would be created in the construction of the new museum and nine full-time posts created once the attraction opens.

The total cost is estimated at £16 million. The remaining match funding would be secured through other grant applications and a fundraising programme.

The attraction would open in five years time Credit: Great Central Railway

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed at a fish and chip shop in Birmingham.

A 51-year-old man was violently assaulted on the afternoon of November 7th at Simply Fish and Chips on Hagley Road West in Quinton. He is being cared for by family as he continues to recover.


England Women's Kabaddi team confident ahead of World Cup

England Women's Kabaddi team have been taking part in their final training session in Hinckley in Leicestershire before they travel to India for the 5th Kabaddi World Cup.

Kabaddi is a team contact sport which originated from the Punjab region more than 6,000 years ago.

Around 40,000 spectators are expected at each game.

Despite some tough competition, England say they have a good chance of going far.

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