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Man charged and second man arrested after brick thrown through police car windscreen

A brick was thrown through the windscreen of a police car on Sunday night Credit: West Midlands Police

A man has been charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life after two officers were injured when a brick was thrown from a Coventry bridge and smashed the windscreen of their police car.

Meanwhile, a second man aged 19 - has been arrested this morning in connection with the investigation and is to be questioned by detectives later.

A sergeant and a constable were treated in hospital for facial injuries after being injured on the city’s ring road, while responding to an emergency call on Sunday night.

Both men are now recovering at home.

Jason Gamble, aged 44 and of Harnall Lane West, Foleshill was arrested on Monday in the Hillfields area of the city and appeared before Coventry Magistrates’ Court this afternoon. He has been remanded in custody to appear on 28 May.

"This was a serious attack on officers in a marked police car and I am grateful to all those who contacted us with information, which has led to the arrests.

"Our officers work hard to keep people safe and when they are impeded in carrying out their duty through a mindless and dangerous act - such as the one we are investigating. Rest assured we will do all we can to find those responsible and bring them to justice."

– Detective Inspector Stuart Bell

Officers still digging near Ricoh Arena in Coventry

Police are digging in an area of land near the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Officers are excavating off Hales Industrial Estate in Rowleys Green Lane in Foleshill.

Police are acting on a tip-off from a member of the public Credit: ITV News Central
Officers have not given any details about what they are looking for Credit: ITV News Central
The dig is not believed to be related to any active investigation Credit: ITV News Central

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Police digging near Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Police are digging near the Ricoh Arena Credit: PA

Police are digging in an area of land near the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Officers are excavating off Hales Industrial Estate in Rowleys Green Lane in Foleshill.

They are acting on a tip-off from a member of the public, but they do not believe that the dig is related to any active investigation.

A cordon has been set up, but police have not given any details about what they are looking for.

Hales Industrial Estate Credit: Google Maps

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Coventry burglar absconds from Derbyshire prison

David Stephen Walker Credit: Derbyshire Police

A Coventry man has absconded from Sudbury open prison.

David Stephen Walker, 28, left the site near Burton upon Trent on February 14, and Derbyshire Police are now searching for him.

He was jailed for aggravated burglary and wounding in 2007, and he still has links to the Coventry area.

Anybody who sees Walker should not approach him, but should call the police.

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