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Terror charges against Moazzam Begg dropped

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg will walk free from prison after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him linked to the civil war in Syria.

Moazzam Begg Credit: PA

The 45-year-old from Birmingham has been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

At an earlier hearing he had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

But at a pre-trial review today lasting just five minutes the prosecution dramatically dropped the case.

When Mr Begg was charged with a number of offences earlier this year the Crown Prosecution Service were satisfied there was sufficient evidence to afford prosecution. In the months that have followed the prosecution have kept under review the sufficiency of the evidence in this case. The prosecution have recently become aware of relevant material and in light of which, after careful and anxious consideration, have reached the conclusion that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case. The prosecution therefore offer no evidence."

– Prosecutor Christopher Hehir

MVP cricketer Jeetan Patel commits to Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that Jeetan Patel, who recently won the FTI Most Valuable Player (MVP) in County Cricket title, has committed to the Club for the next two seasons.

Jeetan Patel Credit: Warwickshire CCC

The 34-year-old has taken 107 wickets in all competitions for Warwickshire this season, helping the Bears to their first NatWest T20 Blast title and runner-up spot in the LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup.

Jeetan has given a huge amount to Warwickshire and is already recognised as one of the most successful overseas players in the Club’s history. Not only is he one of the leading spin bowlers in the world, but an outstanding fielder and a destructive batsman who can change the course of a match. His experience and cool head has helped the team triumph in many pressure situations and everyone at Warwickshire is thrilled to secure his return.”

– Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC


Peter Pannu no longer Birmingham City FC acting chairman

Peter Pannu Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

It's been confirmed that Peter Pannu has left his role as Birmingham City acting chairman.

The club have released this statement:

Birmingham City Football Club can confirm that the service agreement of Peter Pannu will not be renewed beyond 30 September 2014. Panagiotis Pavlakis (Panos) will continue to act as representative of the BCFC Board in the UK and oversee the day-to-day running of the club with full support from the UK management team. BCFC wishes Mr Pannu all the best for the future.

– Birmingham City statement

Woman charged following death of toddler in Coventry

A woman has been charged with neglect following the death of a toddler from Coventry.

Two-year-old Khaleel Hussain died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Credit: PA

Two-year-old Khaleel Hussain died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Tuesday 22nd October last year after suffering a serious head injury.

24-year-old Samina Kauser from Richmond Street, Upper Stoke in Coventry, will appear before magistrates this morning.

A 22-year-old man currently remains on bail in connection with the investigation.

Haunted inn for sale near where Black-Eyed child spotted

A ghostly 17th century inn less than three miles away from Cannock Chase, where a mysterious Black-Eyed child was spotted, has gone up for sale.

The Black Eyed Child Credit: BPM Media

The derelict Four Crosses is classed as one of the spookiest pubs in Britain and is up for sale for £325,000.

Spirits are said to roam its ancient rooms, including a Roundhead soldier and a broken-hearted damsel called Emily, often spotted crying in the ladies’ toilets.

It is not known if the Black Eyed Child has visited but ghost children are said to frequent the downstairs bar.

The derelict Four Crosses is classed as one of the spookiest pubs in Britain Credit: BPM Media

Other paranormal incidents reported include glasses flying off the shelves and spooky footsteps.

A phantom-like figure of a man dressed all in black has also been spotted standing on the car park looking longingly at the pub.

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