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Driver's 'lucky escape' as car flips over

The car flipped onto its roof Credit: Bournbrook Fire

A driver had a lucky escape in Birmingham this morning after an accident involving two vehicles left one car on its roof.

Fire crews were called to the accident which happened in the Selly Oak area of the city earlier this morning.

The incident earlier this morning is causing delays on Pershore Road in both directions at Selly Wick Road. There is also congestion on Pershore Road to Cartland Road (Bournville).

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Man stabbed to death in Birmingham park

Police have launched a murder enquiry after a man was stabbed to death in a Handsworth park this morning.

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Officers were called to Waverhill Park in Waverhill Road, around 10.20 this morning, following reports of a man being stabbed.

Ambulance crews were called and the 34-year-old man was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

A forensic post mortem will take place in due course. The man is not being named at this stage.

Police have cordoned off the park and are currently carrying out forensic investigations and local house to house enquiries. Officers will also be examining CCTV covering the scene.

A murder inquiry has begun and investigations are currently on-going but an early stage. We are appealing for anyone who was in the park this morning and who may have seen anything or who has any information to call police on 101.

– Detective Inspector Shaun Egan from the force’s homicide team

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Weekend Picks: Dragonboat Festival

Dragonboat Festival: Sat 18th June (Brindleyplace, Birmingham)

The event will see boats race along the Birmingham and Worcester Canal Credit: Brindleyplace

In teams of 11, more than 200 of the city’s professionals will take to the water in 30ft traditional Chinese longboats this weekend for the annual Dragonboat festival in Birmingham.

Now in it’s 17th year the event will see boats race along the Birmingham and Worcester Canal.

In honour of Father’s Day, on Sunday 19 June, and as part of the Cure Leukaemia team, former footballer and blood cancer survivor, Geoff Thomas, will also be competing in the race in a ‘boat of dads’.

This is a totally unique event to the city and nowhere else in Birmingham can you watch this fantastic spectacle for free.

There’s also plenty for the whole family to enjoy throughout the day… there will be performances from traditional Chinese Lion Dancers in between the racing.”

– Alex Perrins, Marketing Executive at Brindleyplace

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/dragonboat-race-2016/

Department of Education 'urgently' investigating leaflet racism claims

Department of Education 'urgently' investigating leaflet claims Credit: PA

The Department for Education has released a statement after a Muslim faith school in Birmingham accused Ofsted of racist conduct.

Ofsted said it discovered leaflets branding music and dancing as "acts of devil" at the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Small Heath.

The school said the leaflets were not found on its premises but at the rear door of an adjacent mosque.

Department of Education spokesperson:

These leaflets should have no place in any school – and we will not hesitate to take strong action when schools focus on ideological indoctrination rather than a high-quality education.

We are urgently investigating the concerning allegations about this school and as part of this we commissioned Ofsted to do an unannounced inspection.

Extremism has no place in our society and when we find schools promoting twisted ideologies we will not hesitate to take action, including closing the school or working with the police if necessary.

– Department of Education spokesperson
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