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Patients asked to think twice before going to A&E

Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield are asking people to think twice before going to A&E.
Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield are asking people to think twice before going to A&E. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield are asking people to think twice before going to A&E.

Medical staff are trying to encourage people to consider visiting their GP or a pharmacy first, as A&E departments continue to face pressure.

Minor accidents which don’t need emergency treatment include cuts, sprains and rashes. Patients suffering with these can visit local walk-in centres without an appointment, where they will be seen by a doctor or nurse.

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M42 roadworks to last 15 days

The Highways Agency will carry out resurfacing work on a section of the M42 near Birmingham Airport, from Saturday August 30 for 15 nights.

The work will be carried out on the northbound carriageway on the section between junctions 5 and 6 near Solihull, close to Birmingham Airport.

Between 9pm and 6am, the northbound exit slip road at junction 6 of the M42 will be closed.

The northbound M42 will be reduced to one lane during the work between junctions 5 and 6, with a 50mph speed limit in force.

Northbound traffic looking to access Birmingham Airport at junction 6 of the M42 will be diverted off at junction 5 of the M42, and via the A41, Damson Parkway and the A45 onwards to the airport.

Traffic that misses junction 5 should proceed to junction 9 at Curdworth and turn around to head southbound back to junction 6 of the M42.

Police seek help to find Birmingham sex attacker

Police are looking for a beanie-hat wearing attacker who sexually assaulted a woman in Birmingham
Police are looking for a beanie-hat-wearing attacker who sexually assaulted a woman in Birmingham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police are asking for the public's help to find a beanie hat-wearing attacker who sexually assaulted a woman as she walked through Ward End Park.

The 51-year-old was grabbed by a man in his 20s as she was walking towards the Sladefield Road entrance on the morning of June 8.

As the woman reached a corner in the path the man walked up to her and grabbed her around the neck, throwing her to the floor.

The man then held her down and threatened her before assaulting the woman as she lay on the floor. He then got up and ran towards the Sladefield Road exit.

He is described as a white man, around 5ft 3ins tall, of medium build, with light eyes, stubble and he was wearing a grey waterproof jacket, denim jeans, white trainers and a grey or silver coloured beanie hat, under which he appeared to have blonde hair.

Day centre could close after break-in

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Locks were broken during the break-in Credit: ITV News Central

A day centre in Birmingham, which offers respite for parents of children with special needs, could be forced to close after thieves took cash and vital equipment. Fourteen laptops, cash and cameras were taken from the CATS centre in Balsall Heath.

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Workers said that those responsible had been through everything. Credit: ITV News Central

Saeeda Bi told ITV News Central those responsible had been through everything.

Walsall FC player dropped off at Albion training ground

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Ha, some Walsall FC player turned up at our training ground this morning in a taxi, Sorry lad, wrong team!

A Walsall FC player got a shock this morning, when his taxi dropped him off at West Bromwich Albion by mistake.

Staff and players at West Brom could not resist poking fun at the anonymous hapless player, with goalkeeper Ben Foster spilling the beans on twitter.

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Nurse who survived road crash takes on half marathon

An X-ray image of Kate Mansbridge's shattered leg after her accident
An X-ray image of Kate Mansbridge's shattered leg after her accident Credit: ITV News Central

An inspirational nurse will tackle the Bupa Great Birmingham Run in October - eight years after doctors told her she would never walk again.

Kate Mansbridge was hit by a car whilst on a cycling holiday in the French Pyrenees.

She was so badly injured in the accident that she was forced to undergo a dozen operations and months of daily physiotherapy.

Kate - who is now an Emergency Nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham - made a miraculous recovery.

On October 19, she will join thousands of runners at the starting line of the city's half marathon.

Kate Mansbridge (left) working as a nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Kate Mansbridge (left) working as a nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Stolen motorcycle trophies were 'priceless'

The trophies stolen by thieves at The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull are said to be worth tens of thousands of pounds
The trophies stolen by thieves at The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull are said to be worth tens of thousands of pounds Credit: ITV News Central

The trophies stolen by thieves at The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull are worth tens of thousands of pounds, according to the museum's director.

James Ewing told ITV News that some of the silver plates and trophies that were taken in a burglary last night date back to the 1920s.

"They clearly targeted the trophies to melt them down, but the cash value for that would be very little compared to the enormous historical value. In that sense, the trophies are priceless."

– James Ewing, Director of the National Motorcycle Museum

RSPCA hunt passenger who left kitten on train

Dumped kitten Thomas with RSPCA officer Scott Vanes
Dumped kitten Thomas with RSPCA officer Scott Vanes Credit: BPM Media

RSPCA officials are hunting a rail passenger who dumped a kitten in a train carriage.

The animal, which has been nicknamed Thomas, was handed over to staff at Birmingham New Street Station after being found in a basket on a train from Sutton Coldfield.

A ginger-haired suspect was earlier captured on CCTV cameras at Sutton Station carrying a cat container.

CCTV grab of the person believed to have dumped the kitten
CCTV grab of the person believed to have dumped the kitten Credit: BPM Media

"Luckily this cat was found and was unharmed.

“But it must have been quite scary for him watching so many people get on and off the train and hearing strange noises.

“Despite his ordeal Thomas is doing really well, and he is a lovely, friendly little fella.”

– RSPCA officer Scott Vanes
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