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Campaign launched to reduce mobile phone thefts

West Midlands Police's campaign is called 'Love Your Phone' Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the number of mobile phone thefts across the region.

Central Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry have the highest number of phone thefts across the West Midlands.

Between June 2013 and May 2014, 752 crimes involving mobile phone theft or robbery were recorded around Birmingham's main nightspots.

A mobile phone being stolen Credit: Â ARNOÂ BURGI/dpa/PA

The public is being urged to mark their phone, note down the IMEI number, and register it online.

Posters are being put up on public transport.


Injuries of King Richard III in Battle of Bosworth revealed

New research by the University of Leicester has revealed the injuries inflicted on King Richard III during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

According to the findings, three of his injuries had the potential to cause death quickly - a blow to the skull and one to the pelvis.

King Richard III's skull Credit: University of Leicester

The remains of King Richard were found under a car park in Leicester.

CT scans were used in the process of analysing the bones.


Football: Full-time results


Birmingham City 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday

Charlton 1 - 1 Wolves

League One

Gillingham 2 - 1 Peterborough United

Notts County 1 - 1 Leyton Orient

Port Vale 0 - 3 Bristol City

Preston North End 3 - 3 Chesterfield

Rochdale 4 - 0 Walsall

Scunthorpe United 2 - 1 Coventry City

League Two

Wimbledon 3 - 0 Burton Albion

Cheltenham 0 - 1 Southend United

Mansfield 1 - 0 Morecambe

Northampton 5 - 1 Hartlepool

Shrewsbury Town 1 - 0 Carlisle

Unions slam 'savage' council cuts

Representatives from the Unite union, which represents more than 1,000 employees at Birmingham City Council, says the announcement that 6,000 jobs will go over the next four years is a "savage blow."

The union will hold meetings with council bosses tomorrow to discuss the cuts to the council's budget that could see the 13,000 people that work for the local authority cut to 7,000 by 2017.

Unite flag Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"This will be a crippling blow to the West Midlands regional economy as we estimate that for every pound spent on council staff wages 52 pence is spent locally."

– Gerard Coyne, Unite West Midlands

Gerard Coyne from the Unite union in the West Midlands said: “This will be heart breaking news for the council employees whose jobs are under threat and their families and further reinforces the savagery of the coalition’s austerity programme. People rely on council services to educate their children, to care for the elderly, to provide housing for those in need, and act as an agent of economic generation – all these services, and many more, will be severely eroded."

Football: Half-time scores


Birmingham City 0 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday

Charlton 1 - 0 Wolves

League One

Gillingham 1 - 1 Peterborough United

Notts County 1 - 0 Leyton Orient

Port Vale 0 - 1 Bristol City

Preston North End 3 - 1 Chesterfield

Rochdale 3 - 0 Walsall

Scunthorpe United 1 - 1 Coventry City

League Two

Wimbledon 2 - 0 Burton Albion

Cheltenham 0 - 0 Southend United

Mansfield 0 - 0 Morecambe

Northampton 3 - 1 Hartlepool

Shrewsbury Town 1 - 0 Carlisle

Man airlifted and bike bursts into flames after crash

A man was airlifted to hospital in Birmingham after a serious crash this evening Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a crash in Tamworth during rush hour this evening.

The accident happened on River Drive, near the Snowdome, just before 5pm. The man, who is believed to be in his 30s, had come off the road and was flown off his bike before colliding with the central reservation railings and roadsigns. His motorcycle had burst into flames.

When medical crews arrived at the scene, by standers were already administering first aid. The man had sustained chest and abdominal injuries as well as multiple limb fractures.

He was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for surgery and emergency treatment.

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