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Investigation after man steals 2-week-old puppy

Man wanted in connection with stolen puppy
Man wanted in connection with stolen puppy Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police have released an image of a man in connection with an investigation into a stolen puppy.

The puppies were taken from a home in Fremount Drive, Beechdale after their owners put them up for sale.

As they were showing the puppies to a potential buyer a white man, wearing dark clothes entered the property demanding money before stealing a two-week-old puppy.

Police believe the man in the image could hold vital information on the missing pup and have asked for anybody with information to get in touch.

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Teenager charged after diabetic man targeted while ill

A teenager has been charged after a diabetic man had his mobile phone snatched from his hands when he fell to the floor suffering a hypoglycaemic attack in Coventry.

The 43-year-old man became ill while waiting for food at Benny's Chicken in Far Gosford Street in the early hours of March 16.

Benny's takeaway in Far Gosford Street, Coventry
Benny's takeaway in Far Gosford Street, Coventry Credit: West Midlands Police

He collapsed to his knees - and while a member of staff ran to help him, another customer took advantage of the situation and took the iPhone out of his hands before running away.

A 17-year-old from Coventry has now been arrested and charged with theft, and has been bailed to appear before Coventry Youth Court on May 1.

Wanted: Police hunt man over stabbing in Stoke

A man is being hunted by police for questioning over a stabbing in Staffordshire at the weekend.

Officers today released a picture of Ismail Yahaya in a bid to track him down after a stabbing in the Fegg Hayes area of Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday.

People are warned not to approach Ismail Yahaya but to call 101 if they spot him
People are warned not to approach Ismail Yahaya but to call 101 if they spot him Credit: Staffordshire Police

Yahaya, aged 23, was last known to live at Stanley Street, Tunstall.

Police urge anyone who spots him not to approach him, but to call 101 immediately.

Mystery motorist sought by Police after he saved man

Police appeal for witness after attack in Willenhall
Police appeal for witness after attack in Willenhall Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have appealed for a mystery motorist who stopped a violent robbery in Willenhall last Sunday evening.

The driver drove past attackers stamping on the head of their victim and beeped his horn at which point the attackers ran away.

The robbery took place on Bilston Lane at around 8.45pm for 15 minutes. The 22-year-old victim was attacked for his mobile phone but did not give it up despite being kicked in the head.

The attackers continued the beating until the driver sounded his horn when they ran away towards Rose Hill.

Detective Sergeant Craig Newey said:

We really need to speak to anyone who saw the assault. In particular I’m very keen to hear from driver who sounded their horn and stopped this from potentially becoming a much more serious matter.

Jail for rapist who attacked small child and woman

A man has been jailed for 18 years today after being found guilty of raping both a small child and a young woman.

Stoke-on-Trent man Francis Gilbert, aged 48, raped the 25-year-old woman and the youngster - who was under six years old - in 2012.

Francis Gilbert has been jailed for 18 years
Francis Gilbert has been jailed for 18 years Credit: Staffordshire Police

Gilbert, of Ridgway Road, Hanley, denied the charges but was found guilty after two separate trials.

Detectives today welcomed the lengthy prison sentence.

Det Insp Adrian Scott said he hoped it would encourage other victims - no matter their age - to come forward.

Today’s sentence is to be welcomed and I hope it provides some comfort to Gilbert’s two victims, who bravely spoke out about what happened to them and gave evidence.

All allegations of sexual abuse, including historic offences, are thoroughly investigated and we work with partners to tackle these very serious crimes in a sensitive manner. I commend all victims for coming forward and reporting these crimes.

We are also determined to bringing the offenders of such crimes to justice.

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Man built his own 'Buckingham Palace' by dodging taxes

Mohammed Suleman Khan was sentenced to four years in jail
Mohammed Suleman Khan was sentenced to four years in jail Credit: West Midlands Police

A man from Birmingham who build a house the size of Buckingham Palace by dodging taxes has been jailed.

Mohammed Suleman Khan, 41, was arrested from his gated house in Edgbaston on suspicion of money laundering.

Police worked in connection with HM Revenue and Customs to uncover plans for a house the size of Buckingham Palace in the Attok region of Pakistan.

The blueprints showed the mansion had its own cinema, library, servant's quarter and a guard house for a security team. The estimated construction cost is £2.3 million.

Khan's mansion in Attok ragion of Pakistan
Khan's mansion in Attok ragion of Pakistan Credit: West Midlands Police

Detective Inspector Andy Bannister, from Force CID, said:

Khan’s bank accounts bore no resemblance to his day-to-day-living. He maintained he was a debt collector and business man but failed to provide investigators or the court with any evidence to back this up.

Khan was sentenced to four years in jail.

Man who beat partner with a curtain pole re-arrested as he walks free from jail

Martin Trevis was jailed for another 51 weeks at Birmingham Crown Court
Martin Trevis was jailed for another 51 weeks at Birmingham Crown Court Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who was jailed after he severely beat his partner with a curtain pole has been re-arrested as he walked free from prison.

Martin Trevis, 24, was walking free from Oakwood Prison in Wolverhampton when Police re-arrested him.

It had emerged he had written several threatening letters and phone calls to his ex-partner despite a restraining order after previous violent attacks.

Police obtained recordings of the calls and intercepted letters at Birmingham Crown Court. He admitted breaching the restraining order and was jailed for another 51 weeks.

Armed police swoop after reports of man with gun

Armed police have arrested a man in Stoke-on-Trent this evening after reports of someone carrying a handgun and knives through Tunstall town centre.

The man was arrested in Tunstall
The man was arrested in Tunstall Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

The 28-year-old was arrested at around 7.20pm after a number of calls from members of the public.

A number of people also stayed on the scene when a knife was dropped on the ground.

Nobody was injured.

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