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Landlord who murdered his housemate jailed for 19 years

Lorenzo Simon from Smethwick has been jailed for 19 years after subjecting a man living in his home to "slave labour" and then murdering him.

He dismembered the body of Michael Spalding and placed the parts in two suitcases which were dumped in the Birmingham canal. They were discovered by police last April.

Lorenzo Simon was jailed for 19 years. Credit: West Midlands Police

Mr Simon was convicted of murder after the trial heard that he beat Mr Spalding to death in their Oxford Road home on April 26 last year.

It was claimed Simon had been using Mr Spalding as free labour to renovate the house, which he shared with his girlfriend Michelle Bird.

She was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter but admitted assisting an offender.

She was handed a 2-and-a-half year jail term.

Michael Spalding's body was dismembered and placed in two suitcases which were dumped in the Birmingham canal Credit: West Midlands Police

Man breaks man's nose in bar brawl: police release CCTV image

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Police have released this image of a man they would like to trace after a man was punched in a pub, and his nose was broken.

It happened at the Lord Clifden pub in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter in the early hours of Saturday 21 February.

The man police would like to speak to is described as mixed race, 5’ 9" tall with a muscular build, a shaven head and stubble. He was wearing a leather jacket and a red top.

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David Harewood appears with white face in voter engagement campaign

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Homeland actor David Harewood is one of four black British stars featuring in a campaign to encourage minorities to register to vote ahead of the General Election.

They all feature with white skin, to convey the message that if people fail to vote, they fail to represent their community, and remove much of the country's identity.

Harewood, from Small Heath in Birmingham, plays CIA chief David Estes in the American spy drama Homeland.

He joins musician Tinie Tempah, ex-footballer Sol Campbell and Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan to front campaign Operation Black Vote.

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Historic tapestries of Holy Grail search on display in Birmingham

Six historic tapestries designed by world-famous artist and textile designer William Morris, illustrating the story of the search for the Holy Grail, are being put on display in Birmingham for the first time in seven years.

The tapestries are extremely rare, fragile and light-sensitive. Credit: Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museum Trust's conservation team will prepare the stunning tapestries ahead of them going on display on the 25th of April.

The tapestries are extremely rare, fragile and light-sensitive.

Their display this summer in 'Love is Enough' is a once in a generation opportunity to see them as following this showing they will need to rest for an extended period of time.

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CCTV released after pitch invasions at football match

Detectives investigating disorder that happened at an FA Cup match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park have released images of six more people today

The investigation was launched after disorder before the game and pitch invasions during it. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have already shared CCTV of 11 people and 10 of those have now been identified following a huge response from members of the public on social media.

The investigation was launched after disorder before the game and pitch invasions during it.

We had a massive response from members of the public following the release of the first batch of images at the end of March which has helped us to move the investigation forward. Once again we need your help to identify the people in these images. Some of the behaviour witnessed on that day was completely unacceptable and we need to bring the perpetrators to justice."

– DCI Paul Joyce

Drivers told to avoid areas due to massive roadworks

Parts of Birmingham city centre will be a no-go zone for drivers because of the £500 million regeneration of the Paradise Circus area, council officials have admitted.

The next phase of work on the huge redevelopment project will last from May 10 until November Credit: PA

The next phase of work on the huge redevelopment project will last from May 10 until November and will trigger road closures and major diversions.

Drivers are being warned to plan their journeys carefully as delays will be expected. The entire scheme is not due to be finished until 2025.

The city’s roads have been frequently gridlocked in recent months as a result of roadworks on the Paradise development, Bristol Street, Aston Expressway and the M6.

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