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Man jailed for 5 years for causing death of child

A man from Birmingham has been jailed for five years after causing the death of a five year old boy in a collision on Easter Monday 2013.

Cameron Ward was with his parents and being pushed along on an adult bike when they were hit by a car driven by 32 year old Wayne Payne from Erdington. He was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a three day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Hopefully this sentence will be a warning to motorists who drive at excessive and wholly inappropriate speeds within residential areas. Payne will now have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.

– Sergeant Neil Higgins, West Midlands Police


'A day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop' says MP

On the day that Goodyear Dunlop brings tyre manufacturing to an end in Birmingham, Jack Dromey, the MP for Erdington, has said it is 'a day of shame' for the company.

Today is a day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop. They could have moved three miles to Aston. But a decision was made 3,500 miles away in Ohio to end 125 years of manufacturing in Birmingham. Their message to a highly-skilled and long-serving workforce is 'thanks for your past loyalty, here's your redundancy notice'.

He also had a message to the workforce, saying they 'deserved better', and that he would work to get them a new job.

You can be proud of who you are, decent men and women, Birmingham's best. I share your sense of betrayal. Three generations of one family alone in Erdington had served 102 years in the factory. You deserved better.

Now the task is to ensure not one Dunlop worker ends up on the dole. I will continue to work with good employers like Jaguar Land Rover and the Dunlop Aircraft Tyres factory to get you into a job as quickly as possible.

Birmingham Dunlop Motorsport factory to close today

The closure of the plant was announced in February Credit: PA

125 years of tyre-making will end at the Dunlop Motorsport factory in Birmingham today.

The closure of the plant was announced in February, with 241 people made redundant.

Despite calls from MPs to keep production in the city, production is being moved 3,500 miles away to Ohio in America.

Teen in court over Birmingham stabbing

A teenager is appearing in court this morning charged in connection with a stabbing in Birmingham.

The attack happened on Slade Road in Erdington a week ago.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear at Birmingham Magistrates to face a charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

Police say the victim, who has been named as 24-year-old Kurt Homer, is still fighting for his life in hospital.


Police try to trace man after alleged bus assault

Police want to speak to this man Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a Birmingham bus driver was assaulted and racially abused.

The driver of the bus did not allow the man on the bus as he had previously made racist comments to him in a separate incident in January.

The man started shouting abuse at the driver before repeatedly punching the plastic glass around the cab causing it to cave in.

Police want to speak to this man Credit: West Midlands Police

Police say the driver was uninjured but shaken by the attack which happened at around 6.15am on Wednesday 25 September on the 11C bus in Wood Lane, Erdington.

PC Michelle Arnold, from the Birmingham Investigation Team, said: "This was a nasty verbal and physical attack that left the driver very shaken and frightened.

"We believe the suspect is from the local area and would urge anyone who has information about him to come forward and contact us."

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