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School pays tribute to pupil killed in grenade attack

Nelson Mandela School in Sparkhill have paid tribute to eight-year-old pupil Yuusuf Warsame who died after a grenade attack in Sweden.

As a close school community we are devastated with the death of dear Yuusuf Warsame. Yuusuf was a kind, thoughtful and calm child. He loved learning and was successful because he always gave his best. Yuusuf was a charming boy who gave us all so much happiness. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time. Azita Zohhadi and Staff.

– Nelson Mandela School
Eight-year-old Yuusuf had been visiting relatives in Sweden. Credit: BPM

The eight-year-old was sleeping in the living room of a flat when a hand grenade was thrown inside, detonating at about 3am on Monday.

He had celebrated his birthday two days after flying out with his brothers, sisters and mother to visit relatives in the city of Gothenburg.

Plane turns back to Birmingham Airport after bird strike

The Thomas Airways plane had to loop back towards the runway. Credit: PA Images

A passenger plane had to return to Birmingham Airport after a bird strike.

The Thomson Airways flight to Paphos in Cyprus had been scheduled to take off at 2.05pm but the plane had to loop back towards the runway.

There were no reports of any injuries aboard the 189-seat 737-800 plane.

The airline Thomson has apologised for the delays and wants to reassure customers that issues of this nature are very rare.

They did a loop back around and landed safely. There are no injuries and the passengers were all taken off and are now awaiting another plane.

– Spokesman for Birmingham Airport

Biker seriously injured after collision with road sweeper

A motorcyclist has been treated for multiple fractures. Credit: PA Images

A motorcyclist has been treated for multiple fractures following a collision with a road sweeper this morning.

Emergency services were called to Cateswell Road in Sparkhill shortly after 11.50am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said crews arrived to find a man on the floor after falling from his bike in the collision.

The man, believed to be in 30-years-old had suffered a number of serious injuries.

He was treated for leg and arm fractures as well as head and shoulder injuries before being taken to hospital.

The driver of the road sweeper was uninjured.


Emergency landing after reports of smoke in Aer Lingus cockpit

59 passengers and 4 crew were on board Credit: Haydn West / PA Archive/Press Association Images

A full emergency on a flight between the UK and Ireland has been "stood down" after the plane carrying 59 passengers landed safely.

It followed reports of smoke being seen coming from the cockpit.

The captain of the Aer Lingus service EI3701 from Birmingham to Cork declared a "full emergency" about ten minutes before it was due to land.

Reports of smoke being seen from the cockpit could not be confirmed by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which is responsible for Cork Airport. However a DAA spokesman said the plane landed safely as scheduled at about 10.05 am with emergency services on stand-by.

There were 59 passengers on board and four crew. The Air Accident Investigation Unit has been called in to investigate the incident.

Man in critical condition after city centre stabbing

A man was found with life threatening injuries on Summer Lane Credit: ITV News Central

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Birmingham last night (23 August).

Officers were called to Summer Lane in Newtown at around 7.55pm to reports of the stabbing. A man was found with life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where his condition remains critical.

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