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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

Long-serving Midlands MP to stand down

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd is to stand down Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of the West Midlands’ longest-serving MPs is to stand down after 35 years in Parliament.

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd has written to the chairman of his constituency party to say he will not stand again at next year’s general election.

The Tory, who has represented Aldridge-Brownhills since 1979, is 71. He was knighted in 2003.

Missing Scottish woman may be in Birmingham

Laura Gorrie has not been seen since October 10, when she said she was visiting ASDA in her home city of Edinburgh Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Edinburgh are asking for the public's help to trace a 32-year-old woman who may be in Birmingham.

Laura Gorrie has not been seen since October 10, when she said she was visiting ASDA in her home city of Edinburgh. She has gone missing on a number of occasions before, when she has travelled to London, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Blackpool and Glasgow.

Police believe Ms Gorrie may be staying in a hostel in Glasgow, Dundee, Birmingham or London.

Officers say that she is a particularly vulnerable person who depends on regular medication which she did not take with her.

Laura is described as white, 5 ft 8in, of large build, with long brown/strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and glasses. She has a Tasmanian devil tattoo on her upper right arm, with an ’S’ above and ’Dad’ below. She was last seen wearing a grey, hooded, ’Slazenger’ jumper and navy blue jogging bottoms.

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Hereford FC pay council more than £50,000 in unpaid rent

Hereford United has paid back more than £50,000 in unpaid rent to the county council today.

Hereford FC Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Club chairman Andy Lonsdale told ITV News Central that the payment was in response to a council attempt to take ownership of the Edgar Street ground last night, and threats of legal action.

Supporters hope 'this is beginning of the end' for owners

A member of the Hereford United Supporters trust says he is 'despondent' about everything that has gone on at the club.

Mike Baldwin says there have been broken promises and that he wants to see the owners stand down.

The reaction comes after Herefordshire council went to repossess Edgar Street over the club's unpaid rent.

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