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CCTV clues to assault at Birmingham Pride

Police have released CCTV footage after a woman was assaulted during the Birmingham Pride event in May.

The attack happened on Hurst Street just after 6pm on Sunday 25 May when a man in the crowd fell into the woman during a disagreement with someone else.

As she reacted, he grabbed her around the neck and pushed her to the floor. He then walked off through the crowd.

Sergeant Jonathan Beach, from Digbeth police station, said:

This was an unprovoked assault at a time when everyone was enjoying this immensely popular event.

It happened in the middle of a large crowd with many witnesses. The attacker was wearing a distinctive purple cap and a purple T-shirt. I am sure that someone will know who he is and I would urge them to contact me.

The man is described as around 5ft 6ins and black. He is also thought to have been wearing purple trousers or shorts.


Students say CCTV in taxis will improve safety

CCTV cameras will be installed in taxis in Nottingham to keep both drivers and their passengers safe.

The aim is to crack down on violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

Taxis will display a "city safe cab" sticker on their windows, so passengers know they are being filmed.

Community groups and students at the University of Nottingham believe it will improve safety.

Paddy Tipping: CCTV in taxis is 'safe and secure'

CCTV will be used in some city council-licensed taxis in Nottingham from today.

Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, has contributed nearly £100,000 to the scheme.

He says the pilot scheme will make it safer for both drivers and passengers.

Taxi drivers with CCTV will display a sticker to inform passengers they are being filmed.

City council licensed cabs in Nottingham get CCTV

CCTV is to be used in some city council licensed taxis in Nottingham from today.

The scheme is being administered by Nottingham City Council as part of their licensing arrangements.

A taxi in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, says the scheme will make taxis safer for drivers and passengers.

Cabs with the cameras will display a sticker to inform passengers they are being filmed.

Mr Tipping, said: "I am convinced that CCTV in cabs is the way forward. The 'eye' in the cab will be a strong deterrent to abusive behaviour and criminal activities, enabling law-abiding drivers and passengers in taxis to feel protected."

CCTV images of pharmacy robbery released

CCTV image Credit: West Midlands Police

Sandwell Police have released CCTV images of a man thought to be responsible for an attempted robbery in a West Bromwich pharmacy. The images were captured in Beacon View Chemist on Beacon View Road at just before 10am on Saturday 15 February.

A man wearing women’s tights over his face and armed with a knife demanded sleeping tablets and cash, but the pharmacist fought the would-be robber off with a plastic box and chased him from the store.The robber is described as a heavily built white man, 6 ft 2 ins tall and aged between 20 and 30.

CCTV image Credit: West Midlands Police

The incident is currently being linked to a robbery at PJ Ingram Pharmacy in West Bromwich High Street on Saturday 25 January shortly after 4.30pm, where a man fitting the same description demanded the same brand of sleeping tablets.

DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith, from Force CID, said: "We are linking these two incidents and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or who has any information which will lead us to identify him."


Birmingham could lose 53 CCTV cameras

53 surveillance cameras could be scrapped Credit: PA

A review of Birmingham’s fixed-camera CCTV network is underway. It's proposed that 53 cameras will be decommissioned from the 276-camera network.

Currently the cameras cost Birmingham City Council £966,000 annually. The proposed changes would reduce that to £780,500 from 2014/15 onwards.

The council has concluded 53 could be decommissioned with limited impact upon the integrity of the overall scheme. The details of those cameras will be made public in the upcoming Cabinet report, due for publication early next month.

Cllr James McKay said: “CCTV cameras are a vital tool, helping councils and the police to fight crime.

“The Government has raised the bar over when and where CCTV can be used, so we have got to take that into account when reviewing our network of cameras.

"Also, taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for cameras that don’t help in the fight against crime."

CCTV image released of man linked to assault

Police are looking for this man in connection with an assault in Birmingham Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police is appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault on a 65-year-old man at Birmingham Moor Street railway station.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they believe will have information which can assist the investigation into the incident which took place in January.

Stamford burglaries: police release CCTV images

Lincolnshire Police have released two CCTV images of men they wish to speak to in relation to two burglaries in Stamford in December. Police believe distraction tactics were used while the offences were committed.

CCTV image of a man Lincolnshire police want to contact Credit: ITV News Central
The second man police wish to speak to Credit: ITV News Central

The burglaries occurred on the 30th December 2013 between 4pm and 4.30pm. The first incident was in a shop on St Paul's Street in which a mobile phone was reported stolen. In the second case a small amount of cash was reported stolen from a shop on the High Street.

Anyone who recognises either of these men is asked to call 101 with information for the attention of investigating officer PC Andrew Donaldson.

Police seek witnesses to New Year pub attack

Two men wanted in connection with a Birmingham city centre pub attack. Credit: West Midlands Police

CCTV images have been released of two men wanted in connection with a Birmingham city centre pub attack.

A 33-year-old man was left with a broken jaw and a bleed on the brain, while his 34-year-old friend suffered cuts to his face and a broken tooth after the assault in the Victoria public house in John Bright Street on Saturday 11th January.

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