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Mother fights for disabled son's 'lifesaving' equipment

A mother from Birmingham says her disabled son can't leave the house because the NHS has refused to pay for the equipment he needs.

Fourteen-year-old Hamid Hussain from Erdington has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and needs a machine to help him breathe.

Because he doesn't have a portable one he is effectively house bound.

Hamid's 19-year-old brother Ahmed, who has the same condition, did get funding for a 'cough-assist' machine, meaning he can enjoy more freedom, doing the things other teenagers do. The NHS says it does not 'routinely commission' the machines. Chris Halpin reports.

Appeal to help find missing Syrian woman

Police in Birmingham are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing Syrian woman.

Soumia Altaha, who does not speak English, was last seen on Broad Street in the city centre at around 11am on 17 February.

Soumia Altaha was last seen on 17 February Credit: West Midlands Police

The 22-year-old is described by police as Asian in appearance, 5ft 5ins tall, with shoulder length black hair. She was last seen wearing a dark blue skirt, pink woollen coat, beige headscarf and black handbag.

Soumia has only been in the country since the end of January, when she came here to join her husband who works as an interpreter.

She was living in the Kingsbridge Road area of Bartley Green at the time of her disappearance and although we have made numerous inquiries in the area and with her family back in Syria, we are yet to trace her.

Soumia does not speak the language, has no money on her and - to the best of our knowledge - does not know anyone else here, so as time passes we are becoming increasingly worried about her welfare.

We just need to know that she is safe and well and I would urge anyone who has seen her - or Soumia herself - to contact us on 101.

– Detective Constable Mark Roberts, Bournville police station

Mice infestation at Poundland causes store to remove food

Poundland has removed food from shelves at it's branch in Birmingham city centre because of a mice infestation, according to the Council.

File photo of a Poundland store Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The store claimed it had been advised to remove food from its Corporation Street store on Friday (February 26) because of nearby “road works”.

But the council’s environmental health team have now said that it had received complaints of mice and, after a visit, concluded there was an “imminent risk”.

Birmingham City council said food went back on sale in the store on Monday.

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Teenager critical after being attacked in head with hammer

A 16-year-old schoolboy is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked with a hammer in Birmingham

There was an argument before one produced a hammer and hit the young boy over the head. Credit: PA

He is an induced coma after suffering serious injuries in the attack which happened as he walked home through the Hodge Hill area with his girlfriend on Saturday.

The victim and his girlfriend, also aged 16, were on Coleshill Road when three other teenagers approached them just before 7pm. There was an argument before one produced a hammer and hit the young boy over the head.

Three boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested following the attack and were later released on bail.

Flights from Beijing to Birmingham to begin this Summer

Birmingham Airport will host chartered flights from Beijing this Summer, carrying almost 4,000 Chinese tourists into the UK.

It should result in £19 million being contributed to the regional economy. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP has welcomed the news which should result in £19 million being contributed to the regional economy.

There's so much more to the UK than London, so it's great that this new route will let Chinese visitors fly direct to the heart of England this summer. Improving international connections is a key part of our long-term economic plan, and a regular flight between China's capital and Britain's second city will boost the tourist industry and help forge links between businesses in both countries."

– Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

Image released of man wanted in connection with rape

Police have released an image of a man wanted in connection with the rape of a woman in Shropshire.

Roumel Haylette Credit: West Mercia Police

24-year-old Roumel Haylette is described as having a tattoo on his chest which says 'fearless'.

The incident is thought to have taken place in the Wellington area of Telford in August last year. £2,000 worth of jewellery was also stolen from her.

He is thought to have links to the Handsworth area of Birmingham.

Tributes paid to former Derby manager Dave Mackay

Tributes are being paid to former Derby manager Dave Mackay who has died aged 80.

Dave Mackay Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He won the league with Derby and also managed Nottingham Forest, Walsall and Birmingham City.

The ex-midfielder passed away at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday.

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