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IPCC to recruit 200 people for new Birmingham office

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced it is recruiting 200 staff to a new office in Birmingham.

The premises in Quinton are due to open in July, and the new workforce will be recruited over the next few months.

The team in Birmingham will look into any new investigations into forces in the region, including:

  • West Midlands Police
  • West Mercia Police
  • Staffordshire Police
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Leicestershire Police
  • Northamptonshire Police
  • Warwickshire Police

One Direction star Louis tweets support for Stephen

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has tweeted support for Stephen Sutton, a teenager from Staffordshire who's battling bowel cancer, for his efforts to raise money for the Teenager Cancer Trust.

The One Direction member has 16 million followers, and his tweet has now been retweeted nearly 20,000 times.

Stephen, from Burntwood, originally set himself a target of raising £10,000 for the charity, but set the bar at £1 million after raising hundreds of thousands more than his first goal. He has now smashed the revised target, with the total now at more than £2 million.

Earlier this week he tweeted a final thumbs up photograph from his hospital bed, after one of his lungs collapsed at the weekend. But today his condition has improved, and he was visited in hospital by comedian Jason Manford, who himself is a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Article: Comedian visits teenage cancer patient in hospital

Full story: The latest on Stephen's inspirational drive to fundraise from hospital

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Group hears mothers' concerns over Syria 'daily'

Sajda Mughal of the JAN Trust organisation said the group hears the concerns mothers have "daily" and understands the need to "protect your child".

Speaking after a campaign was launched to urge British Muslim women to their relatives against travelling to Syria, Ms Mughal said: "It is important for these mothers to protect and safeguard their children in order for them not to place their child's life at risk".

Funeral of Dr Mohammed Naseem held in Birmingham

Family members by the coffin of Dr Mohammed Naseem
Family members by the coffin of Dr Mohammed Naseem Credit: ITV News Central

A funeral service for Dr Mohammed Naseem is being held at Birmingham Central Mosque today.

Dr Naseem died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital aged 90.

Later his body will be taken to a burial service at Handsworth Cemetery.

People pay their respects at Dr Naseem's coffin in Birmingham Central Mosque
People pay their respects at Dr Naseem's coffin in Birmingham Central Mosque Credit: ITV News Central
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