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Three injured in two-car crash in Birmingham

A woman believed to be in her 60s was trapped in a car for over half an hour this morning, after a two-car collision in Birmingham in which three people were injured.

The crash occurred at the junction of Chester Road and Court Lane, Sutton Vesey at around 6.35am.

The woman in her 60s was treated at the scene for abdominal, back and pelvic injuries and later transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for emergency treatment.

A man believed to be in his 30s was also trapped and suffered back and wrist injuries. He was transferred to Heartlands Hospital for treatment.

A woman in her 30s, who was a passenger in the second car, suffered back pain and was also transferred to the Heartlands Hospital for treatment.

Growing concerns for missing boy, 13, from Solihull

A 13-year-old boy from Solihull has been missing for two days and there are growing concerns for his welfare.

Connor Kells hasn't been seen since Thursday Credit: West Midlands Police

Connor Kells was last seen at home on Cropthorne Road at around 10am on Thursday 23 October and was spotted near a chip shop in Bordesley Green Road later that night.

The 13-year-old is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, dark brown hair and brown eyes.

With every passing hour we are becoming increasingly concerned for Connor and we want to make sure he is safe and well.

We would ask anyone who has seen him to get in touch with us as soon as they can. I would also appeal directly to Connor to get in touch and let us know he is okay.

– Inspector Keith Portman, Solihull Police

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Bearwood's first food festival opens its doors

Bearwood's first food festival has opened its doors. The event run by Bearwood Pantry, a local food co-operative, is hoping to attract hundreds of people today.

There are a huge array of stalls offering local and international foods plus the chance for a food and recipe swap.

Organisers are also hoping people will enjoy sampling food and good conversation at the communal table.

“It’s really different to everything else that’s happening. This food festival is celebrating our diverse community and championing great quality, affordable food. "

– Jo Capper, Bearwood Pantry

CCTV released after Birmingham bus stop assault

CCTV images have been released of a man police want to speak to after a woman was assaulted at a bus stop in Birmingham.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: West Midlands Police

The 44-year-old woman was waiting for a bus on Pershore Road on 2nd September when a man, described by police as black, in his 40s, around 5ft 5" tall and wearing a burgundy coloured jumper, grabbed her before boarding a bus.

The woman dialled 999 to alert police and minutes later officers stopped the bus but the suspect had jumped off just moments earlier.

This was an unprovoked assault on a woman who was merely waiting for a bus. Understandably it has left her feeling very upset and scared. Since the assault she has changed her usual bus route.

We have been investigating the assault and are now appealing to anyone who recognises this man to call me or one of the team on 101.

If the man recognises himself I would urge him to do the right thing and come forward.

– PC Kate Ross, Safer Travel Team

First Royal British Legion poppy appeal at Arboretum

For the first time, the National Memorial Arboretum branch of the Royal British Legion is launching a poppy appeal today.

A poppy wreath from The Royal British Legion Credit: PA

A Field of Remembrance will also be dedicated at a special service this morning, similar to the one near Westminster Abbey.

The Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey Credit: PA

The Field of Remembrance gives an opportunity for everyone who wishes to plant a poppy cross in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in battle since the First World War.

The event will include contributions from two choirs and music from the wartime years.

Memorial slab to be laid in memory of football coach

Antoin Akpom was stabbed in Kent Street in September last year during a confrontation Credit: ITV News Central

A memorial slab will be laid today in memory of 20-year-old football coach Antoin Akpom, who was stabbed to death in Leicester last year.

Just hours later, five family members died when their home was set ablaze in a revenge attack - but the wrong house was targeted.

Antoin's mother Cheryl plans to set up a foundation to help young people and steer them away from violence and anti social behaviour.

More: Teenager jailed for life for murdering football coach

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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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