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St George's Day celebrations underway in Birmingham

Celebrations include a free concert in Victoria Square
Celebrations include a free concert in Victoria Square Credit: ITV News Central

St George's Day celebrations are already underway in Birmingham as hundreds of people attend the festivities in Victoria Square.

The celebration kicks off with a free concert followed by a fundraising charity concert in Symphony Hall in support of Troop Aid later on tonight.

Hundreds come out to celebrate England's Patron Saint
Hundreds come out to celebrate England's Patron Saint Credit: ITV News Central
Children can enjoy face painting, music and dancing.........
Children can enjoy face painting, music and dancing........ Credit: ITV News Central
.........as well as watching an old fashioned sword fight
.........as well as watching an old fashioned sword fight Credit: ITV News Central

Man in critical condition after pub assault in Streetly

Police appeal for witnesses after a man is assaulted in The Deers Leap pub in Streetly
Police appeal for witnesses after a man is assaulted in The Deers Leap pub in Streetly Credit: ITV News Central

Police are appealing for witnesses as man is left in a critical condition after he was assaulted in a pub in Streetly.

They were called to the The Deer's Leap on Queslett Road at around 7.50pm yesterday evening.

A 27-year-old man was punched to the floor and taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Two men, 27 and 22, were arrested in connection with the assault and both remain in custody.

Detective Inspector Gary Plant, from Force CID, said:

The disorder broke out in the middle of the evening and there would have been a number of people who have information about what happened.

We are still in the early stages of this investigation and the pub will remain closed today while a forensic examination takes place.

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Two injured & car mangled after city centre smash

The wreckage of the car after the crash in Digbeth this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has suffered a broken leg and fractured pelvis after a serious car crash in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance service were called to High Street in Digbeth shortly before 3.00am today.

A paramedic who was working at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s City Centre Treatment Unit in Broad Street was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

“One of the injured was trapped and was freed with the help of the fire service. He’s in his thirties and had a broken leg and a suspected fractured pelvis. The injuries were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. He was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham."

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Football match in memory of Birmingham rap artist

A football match is being organised in memory of a Birmingham rap artist, who was stabbed to death last year.

18-year-old Joshua Ribera, or 'Depzman' as he was known, was murdered by Armani Mitchell, 18, in Selly Oak, in September. He was found guilty last month.

The match will take place at Birmingham City FC on 21 May.

Teachers in Birmingham for national conference

One of the biggest teaching unions in the country, NASUWT, will be holding its annual conference in Birmingham over the next four days.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates will be speaking at the conference
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates will be speaking at the conference Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Delegates from the union will be discussing issues including stress, workload, pay and working conditions at the event at the ICC.

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