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Johnson strikes early to put pressure on England

Ben Stokes was bounced out second ball. Credit: PA

Mitchell Johnson earned the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes early on day two.

The Australian bowled two superb bouncers, which the Englishmen found unplayable.

Joe Root made 63 before Mitchell Starc had him caught at first slip by Adam Voges.

Following their departure from the crease, Root and Jos Buttler dug in to progress the innings to 182-6.

Man fakes NYPD letter in attempt to gain licence

A would-be taxi driver from the West Midlands who faked a letter from the New York Police Department in a bid to get a licence has been found out.

The driver, from Sandwell, sent the local council a letter claiming to be from the NYPD as evidence of good conduct.

The letter was needed by the authority as the applicant had lived in the UK for less than five years.

However, the taxi licensing office became suspicious and liaised with the NYPD who confirmed the letter was forgery.

It was a great example of multi-agency co-operation, not just locally, but across the Atlantic."

– West Midlands Police spokesperson


Young boy suffers head injuries after falling off a cliff

A seven year old boy has suffered a head injury following a fall while out walking with his family.

The boy fell 30ft from a cliff Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stepping Stones in Dovedale, in the Peak District shortly before 4.40pm today.

A Community First Responder was already in the area and was therefore first on scene, joined by an ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.

They were helped by wardens from the National Trust which owns the land. The wardens helped to fetch and carry equipment and looked after the parents.

The boy had reportedly fallen about thirty feet and he had a head injury. His head wound was dressed and he was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Villa set to sign Spurs striker and Nantes midfielder

Adebayor is set to join Spurs Credit: PA

Emmanuel Adebayor remains in talks with Aston Villa and the club could also snap up Jordan Veretout by the end of the week.

Togo international Adebayor is close to joining Villa on loan from Tottenham but talks are on-going between the two clubs.

The striker has reportedly had a medical and a deal could be struck within the next 24 hours.

The 31-year-old would be a direct replacement for Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5million earlier this month.

Adebayor is believed to have visited the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday and talks were ongoing away from the complex on Wednesday.

Nantes midfielder Veretout is also a target and could become the third player from Ligue 1 to join Villa by the end of the week.


Police continue to question a woman on trying to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism

Birmingham airport Credit: PA

Police are continuing to question a woman from Leicester on trying to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism.

The 30-year-old was arrested at Birmingham Airport yesterday morning.

She was travelling with three children.

She was arrested under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act. Officer made the arrest under PACE legislation, meaning they have a maximum of 36 hours to question the suspect before charging, releasing, bailing,or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.

Police receive 'no reports of missing Australian batsmen'

Birmingham Police has tweeted that officers have received no reports of missing Australian batsmen, after England made a strong start on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston.

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Impressive England skittle underwhelming Australia

Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the bowlers. Credit: PA

England took control of the Third Test at Edgbaston by dismissing Australia for just 136 in less than 37 overs on day one.

Jimmy Anderson picked up six wickets, as the tourists struggled with the Lancastrian's swing.

Only Chris Rogers came out of the innings with any credit with the bat, hitting 52 before being trapped LBW by Stuart Broad.

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