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Dare to dream? PM excited by Aston Villa's semi-final

On a visit to Solihull to make an announcement on jobs as part of the Conservatives' election campaign, the Prime Minister David Cameron said he was looking forward to Aston Villa's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley tomorrow.

Villa beat local rivals West Bromwich Albion to reach Wembley, and recorded an important win at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend to give their Premier League survival hopes a boost.


Verdict given in inquest into death of soldier hit by speeding police car

Joshua Brown was a trainee soldier in Surrey Credit: ITV News Central

An inquest jury has returned a verdict over the death of a 21-year-old trainee soldier from Retford in Nottinghamshire, who was killed by a police car responding to a 999 call.

Joshua Brown was hit and killed as he walked along the A31 in Surrey, in the early hours as he was running back to his barracks. It happened in December 2012. The jury said his death was a road traffic accident.

Collage of 40,000 selfies made in world record attempt

The colourful collage reflects the Rainbow Hospice charity the group are raising funds for Credit: ITV Central

Forty volunteers have gathered at Bruntingthorpe Air Hangar today to try and make a new Guinness World Record with a colourful collage of over 40,000 selfies.

Selfies from celebrities including Miranda Hart and David Walliams will be combined with tens of thousands of selfies from the public to raise money for the Rainbow Hospice.

A postcard from PM David Cameron also features Credit: ITV Central

How should police deal with shoplifters?

ITV News Central has spoken to a teenage shop worker from Nottingham, who held a shoplifter in her store for three hours before police arrived, only for them to let the thief go with a caution, because the item stolen was worth £1.

Police say they have been given guidelines so that they should not send a case through the courts if it involves theft from a shop of an item worth under £200.

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Police renew appeal 2 years after Walsall murder

On the second anniversary of the death of a Walsall takeaway driver detectives are renewing an appeal for information to find the people responsible.

Yasar Abbas sustained heavy injuries and died in hospital four days after the attack Credit: West Midlands Police

Yasar Abbas was delivering Chinese takeaway food to an address in Maddison Avenue, Alumwell when he was attacked in April 2013.

Detectives believe the takeaway order was bogus and that Mr Abbas was ambushed as he got out of his car. Witnesses saw 3 people approach the car and attack the 28-year-old, who died four days later.

"People out there know who is responsible for the death of this young man and for the sake of his family who are still very much grieving for his loss, I am appealing to those persons to come forward and help us"

– Detective Inspector Gary Plant, West Midlands Police
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