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Man 'scarred for life' after being glassed outside chippy

A man has been left with severe injuries after a vicious attack in Birmingham city centre.

The victim was trying to calm a dispute between a man, a woman and a larger group of men before being glassed by a man outside Skipper Fish Bar in Holloway Circus.

CCTV image of the man wanted in connection with an attack in Birmingham Credit: West Midlands Police

Police say he has been left scarred for life after suffering nerve damage to the side of his face.

Officers have been scouring CCTV taken from near the scene and are now appealing for witnesses or anyone who recognises the man in the picture to come forward.

The man’s injuries are severe and will leave him scarred for life. We need to find the man responsible to bring him to justice for his actions. I am sure that someone will recognise him from the images and I would urge them to contact me.

– DC Antony Watts, West Midlands Police

The man was mixed race and wearing a blue body warmer over a red hooded top and a black hat. He was with a woman at the time.

Man dies after crashing with police car

A man has died in a crash with a police car in Dudley.

The accident happened at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley, at around 11am yesterday.

The man, believed to be a van driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police said the officer had been driving a marked car and had been carrying out routine enquiries. He was not responding to an emergency at the time.

Central Drive was closed between Eachus Road and Sangwin Road for around five hours while emergency services attended the scene.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

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Appeal to identify men after Sparkhill disorder in July

Police want to speak to these two men Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released a picture of two men they want to identify in connection with a large scale disorder in Sparkhill in July in which one man died.

28-year-old Ikram Ullah Khan died after being stabbed in the neck during the disorder on July 2 in Grantham Road and Farm Road.

West Midlands Police's investigation remans ongoing. Several men have been charged with murder and are currently awaiting trial.

"We need to trace the two men shown in these CCTV images as they may have valuable information to assist the investigation team."

– DS Angela Baggott from Force CID Homicide

Police appeal over girl who ran off after asking for help

An image of the girl earlier today Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are urging the public for help in tracing a girl who asked passers-by for help, telling them she'd been separated from her mother, before then running off. Officers say she was seen asking for help around 4pm today. She's believed to be from Birmingham.

Police say she's between 8 and 12 years old, under 5 foot tall and wearing black leggings with a red or pink top with white letters. Her hair was braided and she has a scar under her eye. She was last seen in Pigeon Park in Birmingham.

Street racer banned and fined in police crackdown

Police say a man caught racing in his Subaru Impreza at more than 100mph in Birmingham has been banned from driving and ordered to pay £1,200.

Sheen was caught during a police operation in the city Credit: West Midlands Police

Mohammed Sheen, 27, from Alderbrook Road in Solihull was spotted racing on Fort Parkway.

He was found guilty of street racing earlier this week, banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,200 in fines and costs.

Sheen was caught as part of Operation Hercules - a crackdown on anti-social driving in the West Midlands.

Bus sex assault: CCTV released

Police investigating a sexual assault on a bus in Birmingham have released CCTV images of a man wanted in connection with the attack.

The man punched the victim in the chest after she had challenged him. Credit: West Midlands Police

It is after a man touched a 23-year-old woman inappropriately as she travelled on the 957 National Express bus from Birmingham city centre at around 3pm on Saturday 19 July.

The man ran off onto the Coventry Road near to the Swan Shopping Centre. Credit: West Midlands Police

This assault traumatised the young woman who was just going about her journey. She had the courage to challenge the man, however she has been very upset by the incident.

– DC Leigh O’Neill

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Masked raiders threaten village pub landlord with gun

Masked raiders threatened a village pub landlord with a gun and forced him to hand over cash in a violent armed robbery in Leicestershire.

The two men stormed into The Three Horseshoes in Main Street, Whissendine, at around 9.30pm yesterday.

The raid took place yesterday at The Three Horseshoes pub in Whissendine Credit: Google Maps

There were no customers in the pub at the time and nobody was hurt.

The robbers were both wearing face coverings, and were around 5ft 10ins tall with distinctive bright blue eyes.

Det Cons Conroy Crowe said officers were carrying out visits to local residents as part of the investigation.

We would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area around 9.30pm yesterday to contact us.

Even if you didn’t see anything but were in the area at that time we would like to speak to you.

– DC Conroy Crowe, Leicestershire Police

CCTV released in bid to find tower block attacker

Detectives investigating the stabbing of a man outside a Tower Block in Birmingham have released CCTV imaged in a bid to trace his attacker.

Police want help finding this man Credit: West Midlands Police

A 31-year-old man suffered eight stab wounds in a confrontation with another man outside Medway Tower on Cromwell Street in Nechells, at around 8am on Saturday 23 August.

The man had attended a gathering in a flat although he had not been invited and was not known to any of the people there.

After words were exchanged with the victim, they went outside and got into a fight where the unknown man produced a knife.

I urgently need anyone who knows the man or saw him on that Bank Holiday weekend to contact me.

– DC Sarah McDonnell, West Midlands Police

The man is described as aged around 27 and Somalian. He was wearing a striped short sleeved polo shirt and a distinctive red cap.

Police say the victim is continuing to make a full recovery.

Man arrested on suspicion of arson after Redditch fire

The fire started in the middle of a block of flats on Winslow Close in Redditch. Credit: West Mercia Police

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire began at a block of flats in Winslow Close, Redditch.

The fire which was reported at 7pm on Saturday caused around sixty residents to be evacuated from their homes.

One person required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation and several others have been re-housed in temporary accommodation due to smoke damage.

It is believed that the fire started at a property in the middle of the block but fortunately the fire was contained and did not cause any major damage.

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