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Elderly woman critically injured in hit and run

Stratford Road in Shirley, where the accident happened Credit: Google Maps

An elderly woman is in a critical condition after having been hit by a car this morning.

The woman in her 90s was hit on Stratford Road in Shirley, near Solihull, at 11:45am today. The car then drove off.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and an Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

Paramedics arrived to find the woman lying in the road, being cared for by an off-duty nurse.

She had suffered serious head, ankle, and knee injuries. She has been taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit by ambulance.

"Witnesses report seeing a large silver-coloured people carrier in the area at the time the woman was struck. The car then left the scene and headed in the direction of the M42.

"We have spoken to a number of people who saw what happened and CCTV footage which may have captured the incident on camera is being reviewed. All officers have been alerted and are on the lookout for the car.

"One lane of Stratford Road remains closed this afternoon while specialist collision reconstruction staff examine the scene."

– PC Adam Green, from the Collision Investigation Unit

The woman received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and her condition was stabilised. The woman was then transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the woman’s arrival and her serious condition. Unfortunately, the woman injuries were described as life threatening.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

Child cyclist knocked unconscious in car accident

A 13-year-old boy was knocked unconscious in a car accident this morning Credit: PA

A 13-year-old boy was knocked unconscious this morning, after his bike crashed into a car.

It happened at 7.45am on the A34 Upper Green Lane in Walsall.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent a a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and an air ambulance to the scene. The helicopter had to land in the car park of the nearby Harvester restaurant.

When paramedics arrived, they found the child unconscious after his bicycle crashed into a car. After treatment from doctors, the teenager regained consciousness, but he had suffered suspected hip injuries. He was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital - the Air Ambulance Doctor accompanied him in the land ambulance.

The woman who had been driving the car was not injured but she was checked over for shock. She was discharged at the scene.

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Two young women charged with wounding after person punched in nightclub

Two young women have been charged with wounding after a woman was punched in the toilets of a Sutton Coldfield nightclub.

Ellesse Strong, aged 21, and Kayleigh Procter, aged 20 - both from Castle Vale - were charged with wounding and bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 1 April.

They were arrested in February after police released CCTV images following the attack which took place in the toilets of Rumour in the early hours of Sunday 28 December.

A 21-year-old woman was punched in her face and suffered cuts and bruises resulting in two black eyes and severe swelling.

Man arrested after stolen milk van chase being assessed under mental health laws

Officers used a "stinger" device to halt the open-sided delivery van in Small Heath Credit: West Midlands Police

A man arrested after a stolen milk van was driven the wrong way along a dual carriageway in Birmingham is being assessed under mental health laws.

West Midlands Police said the 28-year-old had been transferred into the care of mental health professionals after being granted bail on a number of motoring offences.

Officers used a "stinger" device to stop the open-sided delivery van in Small Heath.

Patrol cars had spotted the Ford Transit-based vehicle at Camp Hill Circus, where it failed to stop for officers before heading in the wrong direction on the nearby A45.

VisitBritain chiefs move The Mailbox to Manchester...

VisitBritain told followers that the Mailbox was in Manchester Credit: BPM Media

Red-faced tourist chiefs at VisitBritain have just told the world that the Mailbox is in... Manchester.

The country’s official tourist board ran a photo of the iconic Birmingham building on its Twitter account.

Which, of course, was good news.

The bad news is that they directed shoppers to the centre’s flagship Harvey Nichols with the hashtag #Manchester.

The tweet was eventually deleted after Brummies bombarded the site with scorn. James West's reaction was typical - he wrote: “Also worth checking out Hadrian’s Wall in Coventry and Cheddar Gorge in Walsall.”

Others posted sarcastic pictures of Spaghetti Junction labelled as “Manchester’s iconic Tagliatelle Turnpike”.

Some simply told the board they needed to actually visit Britain to “understand the difference” between the two cities.

The mix-up was bizarre, given the fact that the Mailbox is correctly identified as being in Brum on VisitBritain’s own site.

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