A wedding party was forced to evacuate a pub next door to a mental health charity at the centre of the hostage drama in Digbeth, Birmingham.Read the full story ›
More photos have emerged showing the extent of the damage done to a Digbeth workshop by fire, with police opening an arson investigation.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
Heath Mill Lane factory fire update, all firefighting operations have now ceased and we'll be leaving the scene shortly.
Luxury cars were among the items to be seriously damaged during a fire in a factory in Digbeth.
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.
Fire crews were called to deal with a fire at a factory in Digbeth around midnight last night.Read the full story ›
ITV News Central's reporter at the scene in Digbeth believes a second hostage has now been released.
She is believed to have left the charity building looking calm.
Police were called to Digbeth at around 15:00 this afternoon to reports a man had locked himself and two others into a building.
It's reported that the hostage released from the charity building in Digbeth, at around 7:30 this evening, was a woman, who was rushed to a waiting ambulance.
She appeared to be covered by a large plastic sheet as officers guided her to safety.
It's reported a man was seen acting suspiciously around Digbeth coach station shortly before the incident.