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Prince William enjoys a brew during visit to Birmingham

Prince William enjoying his brew Credit: ITV News Central

Prince William has been visiting Birmingham after this morning dedicating a new memorial in commemoration of the 1914 Christmas Truce at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The Duke of Cambridge visited St Basils Supported Accommodation which helps young homeless people in the city.

Prince William arriving at St Basils Supported Accommodation Credit: ITV News Central
Prince William greeted on arrival in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Four EDL members jailed after violent city centre clash

Four members of the English Defence League have been jailed for a total of more than six years after taking part in violent clashes with police during a demonstration in Birmingham city centre.

Four members of the English Defence League have been jailed Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Jake Hill, 22, of Mill Street, Brierley Hill, was jailed for 22 months
  • Adam Beebee, 28, of Boundary Road, Erdington, was jailed for 13 months
  • Lee Joshua, 43, of Highbridge Road, Netherton, was jailed for 16 months
  • James Harrington, 30, of Swarcliffe Road, Leeds, was jailed for 24 months.

The demonstration on July 20 last year saw 2,000 members of the EDL gather on Broad Street before attempting to march to Centenary Square.

Between 200 and 300 EDL supporters broke away in a bid to reach Centenary Square and clashed with the police, who were pelted with bottles, bricks, coins and cans.

A&E at Heartlands Hospital under 'extreme pressure'

Bosses at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham announced overnight its Accident & Emergency is under extreme pressure.

People are being urged to only go if they have an 'acute urgent illness'. Patients are asked to use walk-in centres, local pharmacies or the NHS 111 number instead.

Cops reveal cute canine Christmas calendar

West Midlands Police will reveal their 'Twelve Pups of Christmas' calendar on December 13 Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police launches a canine countdown to Christmas tomorrow.

The force's digital calendar will feature a different German shephard puppy every day until Christmas Eve.

The dogs were captured on camera at the unit's Balsall Common base, and the photographs will be released on West Midlands Police's new Pinterest account.

The force hopes the project will capture the public's attention so that officers can deliver helpful crime prevention tips at this time of year.

A teaser picture ahead of the force's Christmas crime-prevention calendar, which will be released on December 13 Credit: West Midlands Police

"Unfortunately crime doesn't stop for Christmas and there will be some opportunist thieves looking to swipe purses and bags from unsuspecting shoppers or take advantage of sloppy home security.

"There's nothing like a cute police puppy to grab people's attention…we're hoping the campaign will act as a fun way to spread some important messages that will help people protect themselves."

– Crime prevention expert, Sergeant Andy Gregory

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EDL thugs jailed for Birmingham protest violence

The first of 52 men have been sentenced for violent disorder at an English Defence League protest in Birmingham last year Credit: West Midlands Police

The first of 52 men have been sentenced for violent disorder at an English Defence League protest in Birmingham last year.

Adam Beebee, 28, of Boundary Road, Erdington, Birmingham; James Harrington, 30, of Kentmere Avenue, Seacroft, Leeds; Jake Hill, 32, of Church Street, Stourbridge; and Lee Joshua, 43, of St Mary’s Court, Brierley Hill were sentenced to a total of almost six and a half years at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The first of 52 men have been sentenced for violent disorder at an English Defence League protest in Birmingham last year Credit: West Midlands Police

The remaining 47 defendants who have been convicted will be in court next week.

A crowd of around 2,000 protestors gathered in Birmingham city centre on 20 July 2013, during which a fight broke out between some supporters of the English Defence League and a counter protest group.

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