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Sandwell Police see burglary crackdown success

Sandwell Police say they have arrested 45 people for burglary and vehicle crime since the start of a new operation to crackdown on offenders in the West Midlands area.

Operation Olympia, which began in October and will now continue throughout the winter, is focusing on handlers of stolen goods and looks to arrest those responsible for burglary and vehicle crime.

Neighbourhood officers are offering forensic property marking kits to local residents and encouraging everyone in the borough to register mobile phones and gadgets on a national database called ‘Immobilise’.

This operation has proven to have a significant impact amongst people who commit crime in Sandwell. We want offenders and their associates to remember that it will not be tolerated and we will do everything that we can to bring them to justice.

– Inspector Sally Ford, Sandwell Police

Three men wanted over attack on wedding party

Nine members of a wedding party were injured when they were attacked outside a Birmingham city centre bar.

Detectives have now released CCTV pictures of three men wanted in connection with the fracas, which happened outside Mechu bar in Summer Row.

One man suffered a cracked rib while several other guests were bruised when they were set upon by a group of around 15 people.

CCTV images have been released of three men wanted over an attack on a wedding party in Birmingham
CCTV images have been released of three men wanted over an attack on a wedding party in Birmingham Credit: West Midlands Police

Det Cons Pete Gee, from Force CID, said officers had been ploughing through CCTV from September 22 to try to discover what exactly happened that night - and urged anyone who recognises the three men in the images to come forward.

It’s amazing nobody was more seriously injured during this disturbance which involved a large number of people.

We’ve been closely scrutinising CCTV footage for several weeks in an attempt to establish exactly what happened that night and we have identified three individuals we want to trace.

One of the men was Asian, around 5ft 11ins tall with short black hair, and was around 21 or 22. The second man was white, aged between 22 and 24 and was the same height; while the third man was shorter, aged between 25 and 30 and was wearing a dark grey blazer.

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Police hunt attacker after stabbing in Nottinghamshire

A manhunt has been launched by Nottinghamshire Police after a 21-year-old was stabbed in the early hours of today.

The victim was attacked at around 1.15am in Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick. He was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Police this afternoon said he remains in a "serious but stable" condition.

Long Lane has been closed while investigations continue.

Teenage boy threatened and robbed on Birmingham bus

A man believed to have threatened a teenage boy and stolen his phone on a Birmingham bus is being hunted by police.

Officers from West Midlands Police have today released CCTV footage of the suspect, after the 19-year-old was targeted on the X64 bus in Bristol Street.

This is the man wanted in connection with stealing a teenager's phone on a bus
This is the man wanted in connection with stealing a teenager's phone on a bus Credit: West Midlands Police

The thief, described as black and in his 20s, then got off the bus and ran off with the boy's Samsung phone.

Det Cons Kelly Hill, from Birmingham CID, appealed for anyone who recognises the man to come forward.

The teenager wasn’t hurt but was threatened by the man and left shaken by what happened.

We hope that by releasing the image someone may recognise the man and provide us with some information about him.

The robbery happened shortly after 9pm on September 27.

Thieves target 17 cars in nighttime crime spree

Seventeen cars have been damaged and broken into in a crime spree overnight in Nottingham.

Sat navs, CDs, wallets and personal documents were stolen from the cars, which were all parked in and around the Aspley and Bells Lane areas.

Seventeen cars were targeted in a crime spree in Nottingham
Seventeen cars were targeted in a crime spree in Nottingham Credit: David Cheskin/PA

The thieves targeted cars in Welstead Avenue, Arklow Close, Dulverton Vale, Surbiton Square and Munford Circus.

Insp Gordon Fenwick called the crimes "unacceptable" and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

"To wake up on a Sunday morning only to find that a window to your vehicle has been smashed and things stolen from inside is a shock," he said.

"The aftermath of having to pay out to get things repaired can drag on for days or weeks – something that the people who did this just don’t care about. It is unacceptable."

Wanted man implicated in attack may be in Midlands

A man being hunted by police for attacking two people in Milton Keynes may be in the Midlands.

Darren Levy, aged 31, is wanted for attacking a man and a woman outside a Tesco Express store in the Walnut Tree area of the city, using a dog chain to attack the woman and fracturing her jaw.

Darren Levy, 31, from Milton Keynes
Darren Levy, 31, from Milton Keynes Credit: West Midlands Police

He is also wanted on recall to prison.

Police believe he could be in the Northamptonshire or West Midlands areas.

They have warned anyone who thinks they have seen him not to approach him but to let them know immediately.

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Hunt for 'fat' burglary suspect after pensioner targeted

A "large" man caught on camera is being hunted by police for stealing from a pensioner at a home in Birmingham.

The man is suspected of carrying out a distraction burglary at a sheltered accommodation home in Wretham Road, Lozells.

The man wanted in connection with a distraction burglary in Lozells
The man wanted in connection with a distraction burglary in Lozells Credit: West Midlands Police

Police believe he arrived at the home at around 1.30pm on September 29. He convinced a patient with dementia to let him in, before asking an 87-year-old man to lend him a notepad so he could write a note to the manager.

CCTV footage appears to show him searching through the man's coat pockets while his back was turned, making off with a wallet containing £160 cash.

Aged in his 30s or 40s, police say the man was white, around 5ft 9ins, with a "very large fat build".

Detective welcomes jailing of 'dangerous' robbers

A senior police officer who helped put three armed robbers behind bars for smashing their way into a Warwickshire bank with a digger has welcomed their 40-year sentence.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months for a string of robbery offences, including a raid on HSBC in Atherstone.

Det Insp Rob Harris said they were "dangerous" men who had been "motivated by greed".

These were a group of dangerous individuals motivated by greed who would stop at nothing to try and steal cash.

They were clearly intent on using extreme force, which included the use of a firearm, and after their actions at the HSBC in Atherstone it is a miracle no one was hurt as the staff inside the building were only inches from the collapsing wall.

We conducted a long and complex investigation to bring these offenders to justice, so I am very pleased with the result.

These convictions should send a clear message that we will be tenacious in our investigations and do everything in our power to protect the public from this sort of offending.

I would also like to reassure the public that these types of incidents are rare, and overall crime rates are falling.

– DI Rob Harris, Warwickshire Police

Armed robbers caused major damage to bank

Three armed robbers caused major damage to a Warwickshire bank when they ploughed through the back wall using an earth-moving digger.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months for a string of robbery offences, including the raid on HSBC in Atherstone in June last year.

The damage caused by the digger at HSBC in Atherstone
The damage caused by the digger at HSBC in Atherstone Credit: ITV News Central

The digger had been stolen from a site in Leicestershire the day before the robbery, on June 11.

Four masked men - including the trio now behind bars - stormed into the bank through the hole in the wall. One of them was armed with a handgun.

The three men who used the digger to tear a hole in the bank have now been jailed
The three men who used the digger to tear a hole in the bank have now been jailed Credit: ITV News Central

They escaped in a blue BMW which had been reported stolen from Birmingham the day before.

This broke down a short distance away - so they car-jacked a silver Corsa, forcing a woman and her young child out of the vehicle and driving off in it.

The Corsa was found abandoned nearby shortly before 1.30pm.

Read: Witness appeal after bank armed robbery

Men who used digger in bank robbery jailed for 40 years

Three men who used a digger to smash their way into a bank have been sentenced to a total of more than 40 years behind bars.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry stole an earth-moving digger from a site in Leicestershire and used it to break into the rear of the HSBC in Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a string of robbery offences across Warwickshire
Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a string of robbery offences across Warwickshire Credit: Warwickshire Police

Armed with what looked like a gun, four men - including the three men now in jail - stole around £6,000 from the building during the raid in June last year.

And when their stolen BMW escape car broke down, they hijacked a new one, forcing a mother and child to get out of their car.

White, aged 27, of Marie Close, Atherstone, and Kennea, 27, from The Radleys, Birmingham, were each sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to rob the bank, plus 10 years for conspiracy to rob G4S personnel and six years for possession of an imitation firearm, to run concurrently.

Barry, 28, of Ely Close, Birmingham, was sentenced to three years for aiding and abetting robbery, plus 18 months for robbing a William Hill bookies in Erdington in April of this year.

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