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Four men arrested in Hanley as police investigate firearms reports

Four men were arrested in Hanley this afternoon on suspicion of firearms offences after they were spotted acting suspiciously.

The men were aged 16, 17, 17, and 27.

Staff at the city centre's CCTV control unit alerted police to the men in question after they were seen to be in possession of what looked like a firearm.

As a result of the information received both armed and unarmed officers were called to the city centre, along with members of the dog support unit.

The men were located and detained at approximately 4.15pm in the Stafford Street area. Officers have recovered what is believed to be two firearms. These will now be subject to examination.

An investigation into this incident is now underway.

Robbers who targeted cash vans jailed for 35 years

A group who robbed cash van drivers in Birmingham to pay for a lavish lifestyle of designer clothes and parties have been jailed for a combined total of 35 years.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street Credit: West Midlands Police

Emmanuel Koryang, 22, Peter White, 25, and 19-year-old Lance Cotterell attacked five security guards in just over a month last summer, including a pub raid where they doused a customer in spirits and threatened to set him alight.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street, Broad Street's Cine World and the Edgbaston Tap pub.

The men spent their loot as soon as they got it on designer clothes and travelling the country on big nights out. CCTV footage from a club in Newcastle after the Morrisons robbery shows them throwing thousands of pounds around and splashing out on bottles of expensive vodka. It’s clear from the level of violence used in the final robbery that they were prepared to stop at nothing in order to get what they wanted and when faced with anything more than a lone van driver, their brutality escalated."

– Detective Inspector Ben West

The three men denied conspiracy to rob but were found guilty following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Last Friday, Koryang and White were each given twelve year sentences while getaway driver Cotterell was handed an eleven year term.

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Stoke sign Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Molina

Sergio Molina is joining Stoke from Real Madrid Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Stoke have signed 19 year old Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Molina on a three-year deal.

Molina has signed a contract until 2018 at the Britannia Stadium, subject to international clearance, but he will initially join up with the Potters' Under-21s side.

A defensive midfielder, Molina has come through the ranks at Real Madrid, having joined the Spanish giants aged just nine, and he follows in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Moha, who arrived at Stoke from Barcelona earlier in the summer.

Missing Sutton Coldfield teenager found safe and well

A teenager who had been missing from her home in Sutton Coldfield for over a week has been found safe and well, according to West Midlands Police.

Kayleigh Butler had been missing since Sunday 26 July but has now been found.

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Two children rescued after getting stranded on island

Two children have been rescued from a lake after they ended up getting stranded on an island in the middle of it.

A 13-year-old boy had gone into the water to rescue a dog Credit: ITV News Central

A 13-year-old boy had gone into the water to rescue a dog. Then, an 18-year-old girl went in after the boy.

They got to an island in the middle of Sutton Park lake from where the fire service took them to dry land.

We warn people not to go into open waters such as this. The water is cold, you don’t know how deep it is. There were weeds and silt in this lake but we don’t know what else is in the water.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

Birmingham business owner jailed for selling dangerous phone chargers

A Birmingham business owner who sold unsafe mobile phone chargers as well as counterfeit goods has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

Mohammed Ibrar, 45, trading as Bling Bling Phones in Alum Rock, pleaded guilty to nine offences at an earlier hearing last month – five of selling unsafe phone chargers and four of selling fake mobile phones cases bearing Apple and Porsche logos.

Ibrar, who was jailed for separate offences relating to the handling of stolen goods, was sentenced to 16 weeks for each of the nine offences, which will be served concurrently to his existing sentence.

We will not tolerate the sale of counterfeit goods in our city. As tempting as they may be, fake goods sold at knock-down prices are often poor quality, are unlikely to meet safety standards and damage the trade of legitimate businesses.”

– Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham City Council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee
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