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Public urged to grasp HS2 economic potential

The Government is urging areas to grasp HS2's economic potential
The Government is urging areas to grasp HS2's economic potential Credit: HS@/PA Wire

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is urging towns and cities to grasp the full economic potential of HS2 - and has promised strong government support to help them.

Earlier this week Birmingham announced its regeneration plans for the HS2 Curzon Street site.

The government says it'll work with all places to ensure they're ready to use the economic benefit before the high speed line opens.

Arrested man sectioned following double murder

The scene of the murder in Hermitage road, Solihull
The scene of the murder in Hermitage road, Solihull Credit: ITV News Central

A man arrested on suspicion of the double murder of a couple from Solihull has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The 23-year-old was arrested earlier this month after emergency services were called to the family’s home, on Hermitage Road, where the bodies of a couple were discovered.

Pin Chang aged 58 and his wife Quoi Chang aged 50 both had been stabbed.

Read: IPCC will not launch inquiry into the circumstances of double stabbing

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Demonstration on saving cash by cutting food waste

People in Birmingham will be able to pick up top tips on saving money by cutting food waste at an event in the city centre today.

The Liquid Greens Machine will turn produce which commonly goes to waste into smoothies
The Liquid Greens Machine will turn produce which commonly goes to waste into smoothies Credit: PA

The Love Food Hate Waste event will be in Victoria Square from 8am until 2pm to showcase how people could save £200 a year by changing the way they handle spare food.

One of the items on show will be the Liquid Greens Machine, which will turn produce which commonly ends up getting thrown away into healthy smoothies.

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Father 'sad and shocked' over kids' disappearance

A father has described his sadness and shock after his two children went missing in Birmingham.

Police have launched a search for Saina Sava,11, and her brother Adi, 3, who have not been seen since leaving their family home in Wright Road, Washwood Heath at around 11.30am this morning.

"I feel very sad and shocked because my kids are missing," Ion Sava, 33, told the Birmingham Mail.

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Saina Sava and her brother Adi were last seen on Wright Road, in Washwood Heath. Credit: Google Maps

"They have never done this before. They only ever go to the shops with their parents.

"They walked out the door and that was the last time I saw them. I've tried calling their friends' parents - but nothing."

Mr Sava's wife was said to be too distressed to speak.

Read: Police increasingly concerned for missing children

Extra officers drafted in to hunt for missing children

Detectives hunting for two young children missing since lunchtime have stepped up the operation amid growing concerns for their safety.

Extra officers, including specialist search teams and backup from the National Police Air Service, have been drafted in to sweep the area around their home in Wright Road, Washwood Heath.

Eleven-year-old Saina Sava was last seen pushing her brother Adi, three, in a black and red four-wheeled pushchair outside their home, at around 11.30am.

They were reported missing a short time later.

Adi and Saina Sava
Adi and Saina Sava Credit: West Midlands Police

The family is originally from Romania and have only been in Birmingham for three months.

Saina is white, around 5ft tall and of average build, with long dark hair in a bun. She is thought to be wearing a white t-shirt and light blue jeans with a diamond pattern on both legs.

Adi is also white and around 3ft 3ins tall. He was wearing a yellow t-shirt and yellow-brown shorts. His hair is short on the back and sides and longer on top, brushed forwards.

Anyone who spots the children is urged to call 999 immediately.

Missing children: Pictures and names released

Pictures of two young children who have gone missing in Birmingham have been released by police.

They have now been named as 11-year-old girl Saina Sava and four-year-old boy, Adi Sava.

Adi and Saina Sava
Adi and Saina Sava Credit: West Midlands Police

ITV News Central understands that the pair - who are related - were playing outside in Wright Road, Washwood Heath, and wandered off at around midday.

Read: Urgent appeal to find two missing children

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