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Fatal tree disease found in Birmingham

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Experts are checking trees in parks in Birmingham after two ash trees were found to be infected with the fatal tree disease, Ash Dieback.

The infected trees in Rectory Park in Sutton Coldfield were removed and burned along with six others thought to have the disease.

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RAIL: DISRUPTION BETWEEN STRATFORD AND BIRMINGHAM

A signalling problem between Stratford-upon-Avon and Whitlocks End is causing disruption to journeys to Birmingham Snow Hill / Hatton.

Problems are is likely to continue until at least 17:00.

Trains are not running on some parts of the route or terminating early. For travel tips click HERE

Memorial service on 40th anniversary of pub bombings

A memorial evensong service for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings will be held at the city's St Philip's Cathedral this evening to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham Credit: PA

The bombings claimed the lives of 21 people and injured 182.

The evensong will be attended by family and friends of those who were killed or injured, and will then continue in Cathedral Square.

A minute's silence will be held at 8.26pm to mark the moment the first bomb exploded.

The remnants of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham, where the bombs exploded Credit: PA

The service will be an opportunity to reflect on a deeply difficult time.

At this time our thoughts will be with the families of those that suffered not only with the loss of loved ones, but also those who received injuries.

I hope the service will bring strength and depth to all.

– The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham

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Woman subjected to 'terrifying' sexual assault in park

A 20-year-old woman was subjected to a "terrifying" sexual assault and robbery in a Birmingham park this week, police said.

The woman was taking pictures in Sheldon Country Park off The Radleys around 8am on Tuesday when she was grabbed and dragged into bushes where the assault took place. The man made off with her camera - a black Sony A37 - mobile phone and bank card.

This young woman suffered a terrifying ordeal at a time of day when people were going to work, walking dogs and taking children to school.

I would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the park on Tuesday morning or who recognises the description of the attacker.

– Inspector Ian Ingram, Public Protection Unit, West Midlands Police

The man is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown eyebrows and clean shaven. He was wearing a navy blue top with the hood up and a black body warmer.

Police are continuing to conduct house to house enquiries and trawl through CCTV in the area in a bid to identify the man.

Police name Italian man found dead in Birmingham

Police investigating the death of a man in Birmingham have named him as Francesco Leccese.

The 21-year-old Italian national was found dead at his home address in Daley Close, Ladywood just after 9am on Tuesday.

A post mortem revealed he died as a result of stab injuries.

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder. The man, also an Italian national, has been sectioned under the mental health act and continues to be assessed at a secure unit.

Investigations into the death and the circumstances leading up to the incident continue and forensic enquiries are on-going at the address.

I would appeal for anyone near Daley Close and saw or heard anything between 5am and 8.30am on the morning of Tuesday 18 November to call police on 101.

Mr Lecesse was living in Birmingham and working as a croupier in the city centre. His family are now in the city and are being supported by specially trained liaison officers.

– Detective Inspector Justin Spanner

Birmingham City FC reveal tribute for pub bombing victims

Birmingham City Football Club will pay tribute to the 21 people who died in the Birmingham pub bombings to mark the 40th anniversary.

The names of all the victims will be read out and displayed on the big screen Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The names of all the victims will be read out and displayed on the big screen at half-time in their home fixture against Nottingham Forest on 29 November.

There will also be a full-page tribute in the matchday programme.

A mass of rubble, the remnants of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham, where bombs exploded Credit: PA
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