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'Mr Bean' lookalike set for Bollywood

A 49-year-old mortgage broker is heading for Bollywood after impressing film producers with his take on the beloved comedy character Mr Bean.

Steve Keefe from Hockley Heath, Solihull gave up his job as a mortgage broker seven years ago to play the character full time. Steve said:

“People kept telling me I was like Mr Bean and, before I knew it, I was doing birthday parties, music festivals and making public appearances.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the film call.”

Rowan Atkinson created and played Mr Bean in a hit comedy series in the early 1990s. The slapstick hero is still well-known across the world, and according to Steve, "massive in Asia".

Producers saw his take on Mr Bean - known as 'Mr Asbean' - after Steve uploaded a video to file sharing site YouTube. So far it has been viewed more than 3.4 million times.

Here is a clip of the video that landed Steve his film role (credit: Media Impact):

Steve will be playing a bumbling policeman character called "in the style of Mr Bean" in the film Total Siyapaa - translated as Total Chaos.

Click here to see Steve's full five minute routine.

Police appeal after shooting in Birmingham

Police have appealed for information from the public following a shooting in the Hockley area of Birmingham.

Two men turned up at a hospital in the city early this morning with gunshot wounds and stab injuries.

"A full inquiry has been launched into this morning's events and we urge anyone who was in or around Lodge Road, at the junction with Heaton Street, in the early hours to come forward.

"Officers are at the scene this morning making enquiries and they will be speaking with local people to offer some reassurance to the affected community."

– DCI Andy Bullman, West Midlands Police CID


Two in hospital after Birmingham shooting

Two men are in hospital after a shooting in the Hockley area of Birmingham.

The pair turned up at an accident and emergency department in the city at around 3am this morning with gunshot wounds and stab injuries.

One of the men, who is in his 20s, is in a critical condition.

Officers have been carrying out searches on Lodge Road in Hockley - and the street has been closed off this morning for forensic examination.

Three in hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning

Three people from Birmingham have been taken to hospital after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says fumes from a barbeque entered a residential property on Lodge Road in Hockley last night.

All three patients, a woman in her 30’s, a man in his 40’s and a man in his late teens, were displaying classic symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning; they were complaining of nausea, vomiting and severe headaches.

The patients were treated at the scene and conveyed to City Hospital for further oxygen therapy.

– West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman

100 jobs at risk at jewellery firm base in Birmingham

Signet in Hockley in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

Up to 100 people may lose their jobs at a jewellery firm.

They work at Signet in Hockley in Birmingham. The company runs H Samuel and Ernest and Jones in the UK. It says it's reviewing its business to make it more profitable. It made fifty six million pounds last year. Signet is American owned and used to be known as Ratners.

Man impaled on railing

The 34-year-old man was found impaled on a fence in Newhall Hill, Hockley this morning Credit: Google Maps

A man has been rescued after becoming impaled on a fence in Hockley, Birmingham.

At 9.47 this morning the emergency services were called to New Hall Hill where a 34-year-old man was found to be impaled on ornamental fencing.

West Midlands fire crews requested further assistance when their attempt to remove the railing using hydralic equipment failed.

Fire crews instead suspended the man in a sling while other specialist equipment was used to remove some of the railing.

The man was then taken to hospital to have the rest of the railing surgically removed from his leg.