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Snooker club has license revoked over sex claims

A snooker club in Birmingham being investigated over claims it was being used by men to groom girls as young as 14 for sex has had its licence revoked. The Big Break Snooker Hall in Digbeth was forced to close down earlier this month.

The Big Break Snooker Hall in Digbeth was forced to close earlier this month Credit: ITV News Central

Today the City Council licensing authority was shown police evidence suggesting drugs were being used and sold on the premises; that there were serious breaches in fire regulations, and evidence suggesting the rooms were being used by men for illegal sexual activity with underage girls.

The licence holder was not present at today's hearing, and has 21 days to appeal the decision.

Snooker club license in doubt after sex claims

The Big Break Snooker Hall in Digbeth could have its license revoked Credit: ITV News Central

A snooker club in Birmingham could have its licence revoked after claims it was being used by men to groom young girls for sex.

The Big Break Snooker Hall in Digbeth was forced to close down earlier this month after police won a court order. The city council will review its licence today.


Three men stabbed inside Digbeth pub

Three men suffered stab wounds during an incident inside the Adam and Eve pub in Bradford Street, Digbeth.

Police were called to the scene just after 4am. Roads around the pub were sealed off throughout Sunday morning.

One person was been arrested and continues to be questioned by police.

Police lifted the cordon after 2pm.

Three men received stab wounds at the pub in Bradford Street just after 4am.

The stab injuries are not thought to be serious and one person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

– West Midlands Police

£5,000 reward offered on anniversary of shooting

A £5,000 reward for information is being offered on the first anniversary of the shooting of a man from Leicester at a Birmingham nightclub.

Crimestoppers is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of 35-year-old Sylvester Koroma.

He was shot at close range in the stomach just before midnight at The Rainbow Nightclub in Digbeth on 10 August last year and died from his injuries a week later.

Despite extensive enquiries police still need people who were to come forward with information about the night of the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal, said:

We know that there were hundreds of people at the event who would have witnessed the shooting and we need these people to speak to us.

The murder has left a family devastated and officers remain determined to bring whoever carried out the shooting to justice.

I believe the answer to the murder lies in Leicester. Sylvester was from the city and travelled to the club with several associates, also from Leicester, but so far none of them have come forward to co-operate with or assist police. It is vital these people speak to us.

Digbeth shooting: mother appeals to catch son's killer one year on

Sylvester Koroma was shot outside the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth last year Credit: West Midlands Police

The mother of a man from Leicester who died after being shot outside a nightclub in Birmingham is appealing for information to help catch his killer - a year after his death.

Sylvester Koroma, 35, was shot in the stomach outside the Rainbow Warehouse on Digbeth High Street on 10 August last year.

He died a week later in hospital.

10 fire engines called to Digbeth fire

10 fire engines and the ambulance service were called to the fire Credit: Scott Hawkins ?@wmasshawkins

40 firefighters and 10 fire engines were called to a severe fire on the High Street in Deritend earlier this morning.

On their twitter account the fire service said two people jumped from the upper floor to escape the fire. They were treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. 11 other people were also evacuated.

The fire service say the fire is now being damped down and that it involved multiple properties including a three-story Victorian building.

The road has been closed and the electricity supply isolated to buildings from Heath Mill Lane to Adderley Street.


Appeal for information following Digbeth shooting

Rainbow Warehouse Credit: ITV News Central

Police investigating the death of a man outside a Birmingham nightclub last month are appealing for anyone there at the time to come forward.

Sylvester Koroma from Leicester was shot in the stomach outside the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth High Street late on Saturday 10 August.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the shooting but police say they're disappointed many witnesses have not come forward with information.

Olympics legacy: Funding and support boosts gym

Small Heath boxing gym in Digbeth. Credit: ITV News Central

This week marks one year since the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Small Heath boxing gym in Digbeth is just one of the projects that's benefited from the Games through funding and increased public support.

They've recently had fighters called up to represent England.

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