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Man charged over Digbeth hostage situation

The scene of the hostage situation Credit: Ian Shaw

A man has been charged with false imprisonment and wounding after two women were held hostage at a Birmingham charity on Wednesday.

Michal Malecki, aged 31 and of no fixed address, will appear before Birmingham Magistrates later today after the two women were held in an office at Bita Pathways in Alcester Street, Digbeth for over four hours.

Police cordoned off the road outside the building and evacuated the immediate area while a force negotiator brought the incident to a successful conclusion.

Both women are receiving support following their ordeal. The first woman to be released has received hospital treatment for injuries to her arm and neck.

Fire crews to leave Digbeth factory fire shortly

West Midlands Fire service have confirmed that they're preparing to leave the site of a factory fire in Digbeth which broke out overnight.

A high-powered supercar and a luxury Rolls-Royce were destroyed in the suspected arson attack on the workshop in Birmingham.

A joint fire and police investigation is now under way after the blaze. At its height there were eight crews using breathing gear and water jets to fight the fire, which was eventually brought under control.

There were no reports of any injuries.


Digbeth factory fire 'believed to be arson'

Crews attended the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Fire services have confirmed that a fire at a factory in Digbeth is believed to be the result of an arson attack.

40 firefighters and eight fire appliances attended the scene where both jets and foam were used.

Fire investigation teams are assisting police with their inquiries.

The 150 metre squared building where the fire happened is used to house cars.

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