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Murder inquiry underway after stabbing in Handsworth

A murder inquiry is underway in Handsworth after a man was stabbed to death this morning.

West Midlands Police have arrested a 35-year-old man after emergency services were called to a disturbance on Thornhill Road, at around 9:20am.

A man was treated at the scene, but died in hospital a short time later.

Thornhill Road has been closed whilst officers complete their investigation.

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Terror suspect's sister 'spoke of family's fears last year'

The sister of a Birmingham man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria told Channel 4 News of her family's fears in July last year, the news programme has claimed.

Channel 4 News claims it knows the identities of both men arrested at Heathrow Airport today, and that the sister of 21-year-old Ali was worried after he left university and told them in a note that he was going to Istanbul.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said at the time: "In the past we have had conversations about Jihad and everything, and he wasn't that extreme that he wanted to go off and do something like that.

"He wanted a purpose, like a sense of belonging, and I think that's what they gave him".

Birmingham terror arrests: two men not an immediate threat

Police have told ITV News Central that two Birmingham men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after travelling to Syria, did not pose an immediate threat.

It is understood that officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit were unarmed when they detained the pair, both aged 21, at Heathrow Airport this afternoon.

The men, who are from Handsworth, are being questioned on suspicion of preparation for preparation for acts of terrorism contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2005.

Officers believe the men travelled to Syria in May last year.

Syria terror arrests: two Birmingham men being questioned

Two men from Birmingham who are believed to have travelled to Syria last year have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The pair, who are both aged 21 and from Handsworth, were detained at Heathrow Airport at around 3:30pm this afternoon (Monday 13 January).

They had arrived back in the UK on a flight from Istanbul and are being questioned on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to activities in Syria, at a police station in the West Midlands.

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Police looking for man who stole money from cancer patient

Police are looking for a man after a 71-year-old with cancer was attacked just after withdrawing money from a cash point at the West Bromwich bank on Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham.

She was punched in the back before her handbag was stolen. It contained a mobile phone, a bracelet and other personal items.

Police say they would like to hear from anyone who can name a man captured on CCTV. The crime happened at 15:00 on 19 July.

The offender is described by the victim as a short, thin, Asian man in his teens. He had short black hair and at the time of the attack he was wearing dark coloured trainers, dark jeans and a dirty looking t-shirt.

Birmingham protest over Royal Mail privatisation

The Government announced its plans to privatise the postal service in July Credit: PA

Campaigners in Birmingham are protesting against the proposed privatisation of the Royal Mail today.

An event is being held at Handsworth library at lunchtime in protest of the plans.

A demo is being held in Handsworth in Birmingham later Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Government says the nationalised postal service needs the 'commercial freedom' of the private sector to be able to 'thrive.'

The move to float the company on the stock market was unveiled by business secretary Vince Cable last month.

If it goes ahead the Government would keep a 49% share.

The Communication Worker's Union, who have organised today's demo in Handsworth, says Ministers are 'deluded' over the potential sale.

Read: Royal Mail staff accuse government of trying to 'buy them off'

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