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CCTV after woman sexually assaulted in Birmingham

CCTV has been released after a woman was sexually assaulted in Birmingham.

The 25-year-old had been on a night out and left Walkabout with a man, known only as Kevin Credit: West Midlands Police

Police were called to a building on Broad street on Sunday 19 October where she was attacked.

The 25-year-old had been on a night out and left Walkabout with a man, known only as Kevin, the pair were stopped by a man who then spoke to Kevin before going off with the woman leaving Kevin alone.

Detectives are trying to trace him as they believe he is a significant witness.

NHS workers in the Midlands striking over pay

Nurses, midwives and paramedics are now on strike across the Midlands.

The government say they can't afford the 1% pay rise Credit: PA Wire

The walk out will take place for four hours until 11am in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

The government has previously said it cannot afford the recommended rise.

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'Drunk' lorry driver caught driving wrong way down dual carriageway

West Midlands Police say they've arrested a lorry driver going the wrong way down a dual carriageway, who then tested more than twice over the drink drive limit.

The driver is said to be a foreign national, and was stopped driving the wrong way down the Black Country Route by Traffic Police overnight.

Suspected gas explosion rips apart flats injuring two

Fire crews are investigating whether the blast was caused by a gas explosion Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Two men have suffered serious burns after an explosion at a flat in Birmingham.

The emergency services were called to the flats in Northfield shortly after 8.00pm last night Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Paramedics were called to a property on Aldersmead Road in Northfield just after 8.00pm last night. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

The flats were completely ripped apart by the blast Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers
Two men were taken to hospital with 30 percent blast injuries and burns. Another man was treated for shock. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

One man in his 30s and another in his 20s were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A shot looking into the kitchen of the downstairs flat, which is thought to be the source of the explosion Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Another man, thought to be in his fifties and living in the flat above where the explosion happened, is being treated for shock and is being cared for by his family.

Campaign to get public involved in tackling terrorism

West Midlands Police is launching a security workshop to help local businesses join them in the fight against terrorism.

Businesses will be told how to become more aware of terrorism threats Credit: PA

A range of activities to raise awareness of the threat from violent extremism will focus on five key areas: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing, and the tools that terrorists need to operate.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, from West Midlands Police, will tell an audience of business representatives in Birmingham this morning that the recent increase in the terrorism threat level demonstrates the need for everyone to work together to tackle terrorism.

Experience from around the world shows us that terrorists will target busy, crowded places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact.

Businesses, particularly those in town and city centres, have an invaluable role to play in preventing potential attacks. Staff working in shops and entertainment centres are often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong.

We need everyone to be vigilant to things that are out of place or look suspicious, and then feel confident to come forward and report it to the police.

We are encouraging businesses to check that their security measures are effective and train their staff to detect potential threats and, if the worst should happen, respond to an attack.

– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, West Midlands Police

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Aftermath of Birmingham flat explosion

The aftermath of an explosion at a flat in Birmingham which left two men with serious injuries has been shown in photographs released by West Midlands fire service.

The men suffered serious burns in the explosion. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Aldersmead road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Emergency gas crews were sent to the scene of the explosion. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Two suffer serious burns in flat explosion in Birmingham

Two men have suffered serious burns following an explosion at a flat in south Birmingham, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Emergency services were called to Aldersmead Road in Northfield shortly after 8:10pm.

“On arrival, crews found two men who had reportedly been inside the property at the time of the explosion, both of whom had suffered serious burns injuries.

The first patient, a man in his 30s, was treated for burns to his arm, head and back.

The second patient, a man in his 20s, was treated for burns to his back, neck, hands and arms.

Both patients were given pain relief on scene before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

A third patient from a nearby property was assessed on scene but did not require hospital treatment.

The cause of the explosion is unknown.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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