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Footage appears to show man jumping onto lorry following fire

This viewers footage appears to show a man being rescued after jumping onto a lorry following a house fire in Kidderminster last night.

A mother and her young son are being treated for critical injuries after a fire broke out at their flat above a shop in the Horsefair area of the town.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Council considering 'ban orders' against men thought to be sexually exploiting a vulnerable child

Leicester City Council is considering taking civil court action against men who are thought to be sexually exploiting a vulnerable child following ground-breaking moves by social services bosses in Birmingham.

The council says it has concerns about a 16-year-old girl.

Council officials are having discussions with the police.

Birmingham City Council has already succeeded in gaining injunctions against ten men who were thought to be sexually exploiting a vulnerable 17-year-old girl in Birmingham.

Orders preventing the men from contacting the girl - and from approaching girls they do not know - have been made at a series of High Court hearings in recent weeks.


Man sentenced to life for Christmas Day murder

A man has been found guilty and sentenced to life for murdering an 83-year-old man from Stafford on Christmas Day last year.

Josef Moscicki Credit: Staffordshire Police

23-year-old Josef Moscicki, of Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead in Wokingham, was convicted of murdering Bernard James Smith, from Shakespeare Road in Stafford, and will serve a minimum of 21 years.

Bernard James Smith Credit: Staffordshire Police

Today’s conviction and sentence is to be welcomed and I hope it brings some comfort to Mr Smith’s family.

The death of any person in such circumstances is always deeply tragic, but at Christmas time it seems especially worse."

– DCI Darren Harding, who led the investigation (Staffordshire Police)
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