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Five rushed to hospital after late night house blaze in Birmingham

Five people were rushed to hospital as 20 firefighters tackled a late-night blaze which gutted a home in Yardley.

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The flames destroyed much of the roof of the semi-detached address in Waterloo Road.

The blaze broke out at just after 1.10am.

Crews from Hay Mills, Sheldon and Ward End responded.

Officers wearing specialist breathing equipment remained at the scene until after 4am.

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West Midlands Fire Service said it started accidentally in or near a boiler.

There were unconfirmed reports that work was being done on the property in the days before the fire broke out.

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Bullring evacuated after reports of man falling

Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham was evacuated after reports of a man falling:

Shoppers have said the shopping centre has been reopened now:

We can confirm there was an incident at the centre this afternoon.

Medical assistance was called immediately and the male in question has been taken to hospital by the emergency services for further medical attention.

– spokesman for the Bullring

Bride arrives bin lorry: 'It's spotless at the back, you ought to see it inside'

A bride in Birmingham today arrived at her wedding in the front of one of the city council's bin wagons.

Hilli Fletcher organised the stunt as a surprise for her groom, Paul, who works as a bin man.

He was delighted, and said he had never seen the lorry looking so clean:

Bride arrives in style to wedding, in a Dustbin lorry!

It is not every day you see a bride turn up to her wedding in a dustbin, but that is exactly what happened in Birmingham today!

Hilli with the dustbin lorry Credit: ITV News Central

Hilli arrived at the registry office in the glamorous looking bin wagon much to her fiance's, Paul's, surprise.

Birmingham City Council helped set it all up as Paul works as a dustbin man.

You can see the arrival on ITV News Central's Facebook page.

Hilli with the dustbin lorry Credit: ITV News Central

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Safety mechanisms 'were working' at flat where toddler died

Ryland House Credit: BPM Media

Safety mechanisms in place on the windows at a flat where a toddler fell to her death in Birmingham were working.

That's according to Birmingham City Council who have released a new statement.

They said an initial review has been carried out following the death of the 18-month-old on Monday.

"An initial review following the tragic incident at Ryland House has concluded the safety mechanisms on the windows at the flat were in full working order.”

– Rob James, Service Director for Housing Transformation at Birmingham City Council

Cordon lifted at retail centre after suspicious items found

A search of the property has since found nothing that poses any danger. Credit: Google Maps

A cordon at the West Cross Shopping Centre on Oldbury Road in Smethwick has been lifted.

The centre and surrounding area were evacuated at around 11am after concerns were raised by an ambulance crew who found suspicious items inside a flat above a shop while looking after a patient.

A search of the property has since found nothing that poses any danger.

The area has been deemed safe and no further police action will be taken.

Shopping Centre evacuated after suspicious items found

The West Cross Shopping Centre on Oldbury Road in Smethwick has been evacuated as a precaution after the discovery of suspicious items at a flat this morning.

Roads within 100 metres of the shopping centre have also been cordoned off Credit: Google Maps

Roads within 100 metres of the shopping centre have also been cordoned off including Marriott Road, Malin Street, West End Avenue, part of Oldbury Road and Narel Sharpe Close.

Officers were called to the property above a shop at around 11.20am after concerns were raised by an ambulance crew who were tending to a patient at the address.

The Hazardous Area Response Team is carrying out an initial examination of the items.

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit is also currently en route to the scene.

People in the area are advised to follow the instructions of police and other emergency services personnel at the scene and to evacuate only if asked to do so.

Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Sean Phillips, said:

I recognise the impact the evacuation will have on local people and I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The safety of the public is our primary concern and we’re working closely with our partners to minimise the effect on the community and thank everyone for their understanding and patience.

We hope to have the area returned to normality as soon as possible.

– Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Sean Phillips
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