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Knife-wielding thief robs hairdressers and spends cash in pub

A knife-wielding masked robber threatened staff at a Birmingham hairdresser before going to a nearby pub to spend the stolen cash.

Darren Davies Credit: West Midlands Police

Initially workers at Scissors salon thought the robbery in January was a practical joke.

But 42-year-old Darren Davies from Bartley Green then produced a large kitchen knife to threaten them.

However, he was caught just two hours later, when police were called to the nearby Balmoral pub following reports that a man had been seen with a knife protruding from his pocket and counting a large bundle of cash.

He was jailed for 30 months at Birmingham Crown Court.

Burglar caught after leaving his DNA on coffee cup

A distraction burglar, caught after leaving his DNA behind on a coffee cup, has been jailed for five-and-a-half-years.

Shaun Higgins Credit: West Midlands Police

Shaun Higgins convinced an 81-year-old resident of a flat on Belgrave Middleway, Balsall Heath, to let him in, after pretending to know the man’s carer.

The 39-year-old then helped himself to a cup of coffee before taking the man’s mobile phone and laptop while he was out of the room.

Saliva left on the coffee cup he drank from was a direct hit for Higgins, who was already behind bars over a burglary at a warehouse in Birmingham in November, when we went to arrest him.Those who prey on the elderly and vulnerable are the scourge of our society and we hope the local community is reassured that Higgins will now be behind bars for a considerable amount of time."

– Detective Constable Darren English

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Supporters of West Midlands clubs 'worst train yobs' in Britain

Supporters from three West Midlands clubs have been named as among the worst train yobs in Britain.

40 incidents were carried out by Birmingham fans, 25 by Wolves and 24 by Villa supporters. Credit: PA Images

Figures from the British Transport Police put Aston Villa, Birmingham and Wolves fans near the top of the leagues for disturbances on trains.

40 incidents were carried out by Birmingham fans, 25 by Wolves and 24 by Villa supporters.

Shocking photo of victims injuries after baseball bat beating

Jamil Ahmed, 27, was in hospital for more than two weeks after the attack. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released a graphic image of a 27-year-old man who was attacked with a baseball bat in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Jamil Ahmed was walking along Ladypool Road on 15th December last year when he was beaten by three masked individuals.

He was left with a bleed on the brain and required hospital treatment for more than two week before he was allowed to be discharged on New Year's Eve.

West Midlands Police have released the image in the hope that it will persuade someone to come forward.

So far, their investigation has been unable to identify who was responsible for the attack.

There can be no justification for an assault of this nature. It was a cowardly attack by three people, armed with baseball bats and with their faces covered.

This happened during a busy time of day on Ladypool Road in full view of members of the public.

Somebody must have seen something, or suspects who is involved, and I would appeal to their consciences to come forward with information.

– Investigating officer DC Michelle Akers
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