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Birmingham builder appears in court accused of 1981 murder of ex-partner

A builder accused of a 1981 murder of his former partner has appeared in court.

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Osmond Bell, from Birmingham, was charged earlier this month after a police cold case review into the death of Nova Welsh.

Bell, from Regent Road in Handsworth, is accused of murdering Ms Welsh in Birmingham on a day between July 25 and August 19 1981.

Appearing in the court dock wearing a blue hoodie and chequered shirt, spoke only to confirm his name during a brief hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

He was remanded by the judge to appear again at the court to enter a plea on November 11.

Bell's trial, estimated to take four weeks, is set for February 6.

The body of Ms Welsh was found in August 1981 in a utility cupboard at flats in Lighthorne Avenue, Ladywood, near Birmingham city centre.

A post-mortem examination found that the 24-year-old mother-of-two died from pressure to the neck.

Man arrested after dragging 74-year-old across the ground during theft

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A man has been arrested after a woman was knocked to the floor and dragged across the ground during a handbag snatch in Handsworth.

The 74-year-old woman was attacked in Rookery Road at around 3.55pm on Tuesday 14 June - she suffered severe bruising following the theft.

Officers have been carrying out a thorough investigation and after CCTV evidence was examined a 39-year-old man was arrested from an address in Handsworth today (30 June).

He is currently in police custody and is being questioned about the offence.


Appeal after 9-year-old in critical condition after collision

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy suffered serious head injuries following a collision in Handsworth yesterday (Friday 24 June).

The boy, a pedestrian, aged 9, was in a collision with a Ford Focus on Grove Lane near to the junction with Douglas Road and Hinstock Road at around 5.55pm Friday.

He was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the car, a 23-year-old man was spoken to at the scene by officers and is assisting the enquiry.

Man stabbed to death in Birmingham park

Police have launched a murder enquiry after a man was stabbed to death in a Handsworth park this morning.

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Officers were called to Waverhill Park in Waverhill Road, around 10.20 this morning, following reports of a man being stabbed.

Ambulance crews were called and the 34-year-old man was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

A forensic post mortem will take place in due course. The man is not being named at this stage.

Police have cordoned off the park and are currently carrying out forensic investigations and local house to house enquiries. Officers will also be examining CCTV covering the scene.

A murder inquiry has begun and investigations are currently on-going but an early stage. We are appealing for anyone who was in the park this morning and who may have seen anything or who has any information to call police on 101.

– Detective Inspector Shaun Egan from the force’s homicide team
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