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Jailed: Driver who hit clubber and left him to die

Fahid Saber has been jailed for five years Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who knocked down a clubber and left him to die has been jailed for five years.

Fahid Saber, from Bromford Lane in Birmingham, was handed the five year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving after pleading guilty last month.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Saber was speeding through the city before the crash in Broad Street in the early hours of December 15. The collision left 22-year-old Joseph O’Reilly fatally wounded.

Although Saber's car was badly damaged, the 21-year-old sped away from the scene.

He was arrested later that morning after officers tracked him to a house in Foxwell Road, Bordesley.

During sentencing today, Saber was handed an extra nine-month sentence for dangerous driving, which will run concurrently.

Saber was speeding through the city before the crash in Broad Street in the early hours of December 15 Credit: Google Street View

"Joseph had lived in Ireland for most of his life and was studying at Wolverhampton University at the time of his death.

"Broad Street is a well-known vibrant area with a large night time economy and Saber’s driving was totally inappropriate and utterly dangerous on any road, let alone in such a busy area.

"By fleeing the scene, knowing he had been involved in a significant collision he showed complete disregard for Joseph and today's sentence reflects the seriousness of his crime.

"Sadly, inappropriate speed features in many collisions we investigate. I would urge everyone to drive at a speed and in a manner that is appropriate for the conditions. As has been evidenced time and again, speeding kills and destroys lives."

– Inspector Paul Bennett, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit

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Dementia sufferer missing in Birmingham

Samuel McEwan went missing last night Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Birmingham are urgently searching for a dementia sufferer who has gone missing.

Samuel McEwan left St Anne’s Community Centre in Bradford Street, Digbeth at around 7pm last night.

Officers believe the 69-year-old from Warwards Lane, Selly Oak could be travelling on the bus network as he has a bus pass.

"We are very concerned for Mr McEwan’s welfare and fear that due to his condition, he may be unable to find his way home.

"We urgently need to hear from anyone who may have seen him since last night."

– Sergeant Mike Richards, from Birmingham South police

Mr McEwan is described as a heavily built Irish man, 6 feet 1 inches tall with receding grey hair, clean shaven, blue eyes and a ruddy complexion and glasses.

He was wearing a beige bomber jacket with a Welsh and Irish flag over a white checked shirt and black cord trousers.

Callous thief steals Military Cross from Cathedral

A Military Cross medal has been stolen from Leicester Cathedral Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are appealing for the public's help after a Military Cross medal was stolen from Leicester Cathedral.

The theft happened between July 1 and September 20 this year.

The medal was was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral. It was awarded to Lt Alfred Ernest Chambers, posthumously, for his actions in combat on the Western Front on October 29, 1918.

The medal was was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"How did I feel when I was told my late uncle's Military Cross, had been stolen, from Leicester Cathedral? I felt bereft and cried.

"What a sad world we now live in.

"My late uncle was a Lieutenant, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and died for our country at 22-years-old in October, 1918.

"Please, on behalf of myself and my family, help the police to catch these undesirable criminals. The medal of this brave soldier should be brought back to Leicester Cathedral, where it has been since 1983.”

– Stefanie Brown, Alfred’s great niece

“Clergy and staff at Leicester Cathedral were saddened to discover that over the last few months someone visiting the Cathedral decided to desecrate the plaque displayed in memory of soldiers killed in battle during the First World War.

"This particular plaque was on the wooden wall which separates the St Georges Chapel from the main Nave and is in full view of the Nave."

– A spokesperson for Leicester Cathedral
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Police: This kind of exploitation has no place in modern society

Darrell Simester Credit: Wales News

Gwent Police have paid tribute to the '"remarkable courage and resilience" of Darrell Simester as Dan Doran Jnr was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The years of exploitation of Darrell Simester by Dan Doran Jnr was an appalling betrayal, which took advantage of Darrell’s vulnerable and timid nature.

This conviction is a culmination of the Police, CPS and partners working closely together, and the strength and fortitude of the Simester family. Throughout this investigation and trial, Darrell and his family have shown remarkable courage and resilience and I again pay tribute to them for their determination to help to bring an offender to justice.

I sincerely hope that they can now move on with their lives.

Whilst this kind of prosecution is rare, incidents of slavery, servitude and forced labour continue to be identified across the UK. The police remain committed to working with partners in supporting vulnerable victims and prosecuting the offenders.

This kind of exploitation has no place in our modern society.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, Gwent Police
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