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Woman due in court over cannabis worth £340,000

The woman is the ninth person charged in relation to a major international drug trafficking operation. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Archive/PA Images

A 24-year-old woman will appear in court today charged with importing thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.

The woman, who was arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday, is also charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis, possession with intent to supply and converting criminal property.

She is the ninth person charged in connection with a major international drug trafficking operation after police found £340,000 worth of cannabis at an address in Ballywalter, County Down last month.

She is due to appear before Newtownards Magistrates' court today.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "There are more arrests to follow. This investigation is complex, but we are vigorously pursuing all lines of inquiry to gather all evidence against those allegedly involved."


Two men injured after stabbing in Balsall Heath

Two men have been taken to hospital after what police are calling an incident of 'disorder' on Moseley Road in Balsall Heath this evening.

One is believed to have suffered a stab wound and is in a serious but stable condition.

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A second man suffered minor injuries and two other men have been arrested in connection with the disorder.

Officers were called to the scene at around 5.15pm.

Moseley Road is currently closed at the junction with Highgate while officers investigate what happened.

13 year old boy sentenced to 12 years behind bars for killing Glynis Bensley

The scene of the crime in Smethwick Credit: ITV News Central

A 13 year old boy has been sentenced to 12 years for the murder and robbery of 47 year-old Smethwick woman Glynis Bensley.

Petri Kurti was convicted of killing Ms Bensley last month.

20 year-old Zoheb Majid was also jailed for 10 years for her manslaughter and robbery.

The pair were both attending a sentencing hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

She suffered a bleed on the brain after her head was stamped on in a brutal attack following a robbery last September as she made her way home from a local pub.


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.

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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