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Pub bombings: MP calls on PM to renew justice efforts

A Labour MP has called on the Prime Minister to renew efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings which killed 21 people.

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar Credit: ITV News Central

Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr) asked what action David Cameron intended to take on the 40th anniversary of the attacks.

Mr Mahmood told the Commons he attended a service at the weekend with families of those who lost loved ones, adding: "After a 40-year-long wait there is still no action to bring to justice the perpetrators."

Mr Cameron replied: "First of all, our sympathies and condolences should still go to those people who lost their relatives 40 years ago.<

"When you lose a relative that stays with you. The grief and the pain stays with you forever.

"I think it is important that we continue to work to try and make sure that we address all the issues that happened in the past and find those that are responsible and try to help people come to terms with what has happened.

"That needs to happen in Northern Ireland as well as on the mainland."

Two explosions in two packed bars, just a few minutes apart, killed 21 people and injured nearly 200 more Credit: PA

Twenty-one people lost their lives in the bombings on November 21, which also left more than 180 injured. The two blasts - at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs - happened when the bars were packed with teenage drinkers.

Police had tried to evacuate the premises after the Birmingham Post newspaper received a telephone warning the attacks were imminent, but failed to do so in time.

The so-called Birmingham Six were found guilty in 1975, but released after 16 years in prison when their convictions were overturned in 1991. The real perpetrators have never been prosecuted.

READ: Birmingham remembers pub bombings 40 years on


Police appeal for public's help in finding pensioner

Masked thief steals motability vehicle for disabled children

The mother of disabled twins has wrestled with a masked carjacker who snatched her family’s special motability vehicle.

Jo’s sons Jack and George, both have severe autism and rely on a set routine Credit: BPM Media

Jo Collier tried to stop him speeding off from her home in Gressel Lane, Birmingham at around 7.30am yesterday but he managed to get away with the door still wide open.

Jo’s sons Jack and George, both have severe autism and rely on a set routine – including using the same car.

“I turned around and there he was next to me wearing a balaclava and sitting in the driver’s seat. I said: ‘What are you doing?’ He started pulling the door shut towards him. I pulled at it the other way – he didn’t say a word. I don’t know what I was thinking when I challenged him. I could understand it if I had left the car unattended, but this guy stole the car when I was stood in the door. He just appeared and shoved me aside.”

– Jo Collier, Mother

Her insurers said a full investigation had to be launched because it was taken with the keys inside.

The boys are due to celebrate their birthdays this week Credit: BPM Media


Closed Magical Journey experience set to reopen

A Christmas attraction that has been closed since Sunday while improvements are made is due to reopen today.

The experience was created by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Credit: BPM Media

Hundreds of people complained about the Magical Journey experience at the Belfry Golf Club near Sutton Coldfield, saying it was unfinished.

Organisers said they are offering refunds to those affected and the attraction is now ready.

Royal couple visit schools and businesses in Birmingham

Birmingham City University's school of jewellery. Credit: ITV News Central

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are at the Birmingham City University's school of jewellery.

The Royal couple are visiting a number of schools, businesses and charities across Birmingham and Wolverhampton today.

The Royal couple are visiting a number of schools and businesses. Credit: ITV News Central
The Duchess of Cornwall Credit: ITV News Central
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