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Robbers who targeted cash vans jailed for 35 years

A group who robbed cash van drivers in Birmingham to pay for a lavish lifestyle of designer clothes and parties have been jailed for a combined total of 35 years.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street Credit: West Midlands Police

Emmanuel Koryang, 22, Peter White, 25, and 19-year-old Lance Cotterell attacked five security guards in just over a month last summer, including a pub raid where they doused a customer in spirits and threatened to set him alight.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street, Broad Street's Cine World and the Edgbaston Tap pub.

The men spent their loot as soon as they got it on designer clothes and travelling the country on big nights out. CCTV footage from a club in Newcastle after the Morrisons robbery shows them throwing thousands of pounds around and splashing out on bottles of expensive vodka. It’s clear from the level of violence used in the final robbery that they were prepared to stop at nothing in order to get what they wanted and when faced with anything more than a lone van driver, their brutality escalated."

– Detective Inspector Ben West

The three men denied conspiracy to rob but were found guilty following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Last Friday, Koryang and White were each given twelve year sentences while getaway driver Cotterell was handed an eleven year term.


Man killed in hit and run in Birmingham city centre

A man has died after a car crash on Broad Street in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

The 22 year-old man was killed in the collision outside Solomon Cutler pub at around 5.15am.

Broad Street is expected to re-open at 11am this morning Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police says it is trying to trace a vehicle which left the scene of the crash.

The lower end of the street, from Paradise Circus to Gas Street, will be closed until around 11am.

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Head-stamping attack 'the most sickening I've seen' says investigating officer

The Detective Constable investigating the attack on Broad Street, Birmingham, where a man had his head repeatedly stamped on, has described the assault as 'the most sickening attack'.

Piara Purewal, 22, slammed his foot down 10 times on the back of an 18-year-old's head who had been knocked out cold.

The ferocity of the attack – the repeated, furious stamping – meant we could have been looking at a murder enquiry.

The lad suffered nasty facial injuries, lost several teeth and it was thought he could lose the sight in one eye. Thankfully he made a good physical recovery but understandably he was traumatised by what happened.

The victim was a totally innocent party: he got caught up in an incident not of his making and was understandably unhappy at being shoved to the ground. He approached Purewal and was punched unconscious and repeatedly stamped upon.

He was lying prone, face down on the floor, and unable to defend himself ... it was the most cowardly, sickening attack I've ever seen and Purewal has rightly been handed a long jail term for his actions."

– Detective Constable Sarah McDonnell, Investigating officer

Purewal, from Capstone Avenue in Hockley, who admitted wounding with intent to cause GBH last September, was today sentenced to seven years in prison.

Birmingham head-stamp attacker jailed for seven years

The attack by Piara Purewal was described as 'cowardly' and 'sickening' Credit: West Midlands Police

A Birmingham man who repeatedly stamped on a teenager's head has been jailed for seven years.

Piara Purewal, 22, slammed his foot down 10 times on the back of an 18-year-old's head, who had been knocked out cold.

The pair had clashed in Broad Street in September 2012.

Police say the victim was left with a bleed on the brain, was in hospital for several days and at one stage feared he may lose sight in one eye.

Purewal, from Capstone Avenue in Hockley, admitted wounding with intent to cause GBH.


Man assaulted in Wolverhampton

Police have cordoned off Broad Street in Wolverhampton after a 20-year-old man was assaulted in the early hours of this morning, just before 4am.

He was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

"The road has been closed as police and forensic experts examine the scene. Anyone with any information should contact police on 101."

– West Midlands Police

Second man charged with head attack on Broad Street

A second man has been charged with assault after an attack where an 18 year-old was floored and stamped on the head during a night out on Broad Street in September.

The 22 year-old from Hockley was arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted murder and has been charged with two counts of assault.

He will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow.