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Car crash leaves two people with life threatening injuries

Four people have been injured, two seriously following a car crash in Hall Green, Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

The crash occurred on Stratford Road, near the junction of Highfield Road at around 1.30am.

“It is believed a car carrying four people left the road and was in a significant collision with a tree. The car had suffered extensive damage.

“A teenage passenger travelling in the car suffered serious head, chest and leg injuries. The girl, believed to be around 14 years old received emergency treatment at the scene, and due to the serious nature of her injuries was anaesthetised by the trauma Doctor.

“Once the girls condition was stabilised she was transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The trauma doctor travelled on board the ambulance continuing with treatment to hospital.

“Unfortunately the girls’ injuries were considered life threatening.

“A second teenage girl, believed to be around 19 years old, suffered serious pelvic and hip injuries in the crash. She also received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and was transferred to the same hospital for further treatment.

“A woman, believed to be in her late 40’s, suffered back, leg and arm injuries in the crash. The driver, believed to be a man in his late teens, suffered minor injuries.

“Both received treatment at the scene and were transferred by ambulances to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“Ambulance crews worked seamlessly with other emergency service staff at the scene to ensure the patients received the best treatment as quickly and safely as possible.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Birmingham Library opening hours to increase following launch of Google digital hub

A general exterior view of the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, as the flagship £189 million library is to extend its opening times after agreeing to host foreign language courses and a business hub backed by Google. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

Opening hours at the Library of Birmingham are to increase by 26 hours a week.

Earlier this year, the city council cut down on opening hours in a bid to save money.

However, the library will now open from 9am until 9pm on weekdays, after agreeing to host foreign language courses and a business hub.

Just days after Goggle's opening of a "pop-up garage" in the Library to nurture digital talent, the city council has confirmed in a statement that the Brasshouse Language Service will relocate to the building next year.

We have listened to feedback from residents and library campaigners and recognise that people want to use the library for longer and for a variety of uses."

– Penny Holbrook, Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture

Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan to be adopted

The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan is set to be adopted by the city council at its cabinet meeting today.

An aerial view of how Curzon Street station could look Credit: HS2 Ltd

The masterplan, which was launched for public consultation last year, sets out proposals to deliver a "world class integrated city centre terminus station" - Birmingham Curzon - along with major regeneration across Eastside, Digbeth and the City Centre Core.

The planned regeneration will boost the city's economy by an estimated £1.4bn a year and is expected to create 36,000 jobs and 4,000 homes.

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Police appeal for help to trace Birmingham man who has been missing for a week

Hugh Holt was last seen wearing grey jeans, a red top and grey coat. Credit: Birmingham Police

Hugh Holt, 48, from Northfield in Birmingham was last seen by a friend at his home in Genners Lane on 16th July.

Officers have been making enquiries with friends and family as well as, searching the local area and visiting hostels and hospitals.

However, the police are now asking the public for any sightings or information that may help them trace him.

He is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build, with brown eyes and grey thinning hair.

He was last seen wearing grey jeans, a red top and grey coat.

Tackling knife crime: opportunity to hand in weapons

Credit: Katie Collins/PA

A knife surrender bin is being set up today in Handsworth in Birmingham.

Any weapons left at the Baptist Church on Soho Road will be turned into a statue of an angel, as a legacy to victims of knife crime.

Rev. Bryan Scott from the church says,

We as a community need to ensure that we play our part and remember one knife surrendered could be one life saved.

– Rev. Bryan Scott

Knife crime in the West Midlands is falling, according to police, but they say complacency is not an option as people's lives are still affected by knife crime every day.

Video: 'Ghost Dog' acts as 'doting mum' to abandoned pups

A stray dog, commonly referred to in areas of Walsall as the 'ghost dog' has become a doting foster mother to six abandoned puppies.

The puppies were abandoned in Walsall and left to die.

However, the stray, who is seldom spotted around the town came to the rescue now won't leave their side.

They were taken to a local barn and given water and food, when a stray dog, known as the 'ghost dog', who is known to locals but rarely seen, approached the puppies.

She has since mothered the puppies and won't leave their side.

The puppies still need new owners, and a loving home.

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