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Car accident blocking road out of Birmingham

The A45 Coventry Road Eastbound in Birmingham is blocked. It's due to an accident between Forest Road / Holder Road and the A4040 Yardley Road. Police are directing traffic and emergency services are telling drivers to avoid the area.

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Police search for cyclist who mugged 61-year-old

The woman's bag was stolen on Broomfield Street North Credit: Google Maps

Police in Dudley are asking the public to help them trace a young cyclist who mugged a 61-year-old woman as she walked through Halesowen.

The woman was on Bloomfield Street North at around 1pm on Wednesday 18 February when a young man cycled up to her and grabbed her handbag as he went past. He snatched the bag with such force that the woman fell to the floor, but luckily, she was not injured.

The thief was described as a being in his late teens or early 20s, of slim build, wearing a black hooded top with the make ‘Bench’ written across the top in white text. He wore dark jogging bottoms and he was riding a black mountain bike. After the mugging, he cycled off towards Attwood Street, with the woman’s bag over his handlebars.

National housing campaign reaches East Midlands

A national campaign to tackle Britain's housing crisis reaches the East Midlands today Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A national campaign to tackle Britain's housing crisis reaches the East Midlands today for the first of six events being attended by local MPs, tenants and representatives from the National Housing Federation.

It's part of the national Homes For Britain campaign to highlight the challenge faced by people who cannot find affordable homes.

The Government says it is supporting house builders and its Help to Buy scheme has helped more than 8,000 East Midlands people to buy a new home.

Today's event is being held in Derbyshire and the campaign will then move on to Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, ending at Daventry on March 16.

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Transport Secretary to visit site of Ilkeston station

Transport Secretary and Derbyshire MP Patrick McLoughlin will visit the site of the old Ilkeston train station later.

Artists impression of the new station. Credit: Derbyshire County Council/URS

It was closed 50 years ago after a report by the then chairman of British Railways Dr Beeching.

It will be demolished and make way for a new one that'll cost £6.5 million.

The new station will have two platforms, automated ticket machines, a 150-space car park and a taxi rank.

It will also service the Nottingham to Leeds line.

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