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Man's 'lucky escape' after falling asleep whilst smoking

The fire aftermath Credit: Oldbury Fire Station

Fire crews are have released photos of the aftermath of a fire after a man fell asleep whilst smoking in bed.

They described how a man had a 'lucky escape' at the property in Harborne after falling asleep with a cigarette in the early hours of the morning.

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by a car last night

The man died at the scene Credit: PA

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Birmingham last night.

The accident happened on Croftdown Road in the Harborne area of the city at around 10.45pm.

Members of the public tried to save the pedestrian, a middle-aged man, with CPR until ambulance crews arrived.

Ambulance staff immediately began treating the man, but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

ROADS: A4123 - HARBORNE - WEST MIDLANDS

The A4123 Court Oak Road is closed in both directions due to an accident.

The area involved is between Hampton Court Road / Queen's Park Road and A4040 Lordswood Road / Crosbie Road.

Traffic heading away from Quinton is affected and buses are also being diverted.

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Man charged with Baljit Singh's murder to appear in court

A man is due to appear in court today charged with the murder of a father from Birmingham.

Baljit Singh disappeared after he went out to collect a birthday cake for his son Credit: West Midlands Police

Baljit Singh was last seen two days before Christmas when he left his home to collect a birthday cake for his son. His body was discovered in the basement of a house in Rowley Regis on New Year's Day.

A post-mortem found he died from head injuries and a knife wound to the neck. Stuart Millership, of no fixed abode, will appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court charged with his murder.

Police search for missing man from Harborne

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