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Jailed hit-and-run driver 'is a selfish man' - Police

Bashir is a selfish man who had no thought for the man he had hit. He only cared about himself and tried to get rid of the car and destroy any evidence that linked him to scene of the crash. He even unwittingly implicated his wife.

Throughout his police interviews he refused to comment and only changed his plea to guilty when he realised we had enough evidence to prove his guilt.

Mr Chappell was a loving grandfather and leaves behind two sons and two daughters. I hope the sentencing brings some comfort to the family as they continue to come to terms with their loved one’s death.

– PC Paul Du Cros, West Midlands Police

Uninsured hit-and-run driver who killed father jailed

Majid Bashir has been sentenced to four years and nine months Credit: ITV News Central

A hit-and-run driver who killed a father of four in Birmingham after driving his wife’s car without a licence or insurance has been jailed.

Majid Bashir, from Osborne Road, Sparkhill, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after admitting killing Stephen Chappell on Bordesley Green Road last year.

The 39-year-old was driving his wife’s Nissan Micra on the afternoon of 30 January 2013 when he hit Mr Chappell, 49, and left him for dead.

He was found lying in the road with serious head injuries and died in hospital a week later.

Bashir dumped the car a few streets away but when officers traced the keeper, it led them to straight to his door. He was arrested along with his wife who subsequently faced no further action.

After refusing to comment throughout his interview, Bashir was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and causing death by driving a vehicle whilst the driver is unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured.

He pleaded guilty at a hearing in October was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

Coventry woman guilty of stealing car badges

A woman has been found guilty of handling stolen car badges from Coventry Transport Museum and of stealing badges from cars in the local area.

49-year-old Maxine-Ann Sokil attempted to sell the badges on an Internet auctioning site when a museum employee identified some as stolen property.

Police found over 700 badges in a search on Sokil’s flat in Coventry. The defendant had claimed she acquired the badges from car boot sales and scrap yards.

Sokil was sentenced to a 12 month community requirement. Two requirements include a supervision order and 10 week curfew between 9pm and 7am.

In this case, most of the victims failed to report the theft of their car badges and this enabled Sokil to escalate her criminal activity.

Although such crime may be viewed by some as low level, it is exactly this type of offending which blights communities and has an adverse effect on victims.

– Helen Whitehead, West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service

Appeals for witnesses as man found in burnt out car

The body of a man has been discovered in a car which was burnt out in West Bromwich this morning.

Officers were called to the scene by the Fire Service just after 7.30am in Wattle Road after they discovered the body.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have seen the car to contact them:

"We would like to hear from anyone who saw the red Mazda in the area early this morning or who witnessed the blaze.

"We are in the early stages of this enquiry and would like to appeal for anyone to come forward at the earliest opportunity."

– Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Bob Hazel

The man has not yet been identified, will undergo a forensic post-mortem.


Unexplained body found in car blaze

A body has been found in a car in West Bromwich Credit: ITV Central

Police are investigating after a body was found inside a car which was alight in West Bromwich.

The cordoned off area on Wattle Road where a body was found inside a car on fire Credit: ITV Central

Fire services were called to the blaze on Wattle Road where they discovered a body inside.

Police say they are treating the death as unexplained Credit: ITV Central

The area has been cordoned off while an investigation is carried out, police say they are treating the death as unexplained.