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Birmingham 'cowboy' gun suspects appear in court

Two men from Birmingham have appeared in court on suspicion of robbing teenagers with a "cowboy" gun in Hodge Hill.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how a 26 year-old man from Bromford and a 22 year-old man from Handsworth are accused of threatening two 17 year-old boys in Ashby Close as they pulled up in a car asking for directions.

They are also accused of robbing a 16 year-old boy on Johnson Close in Sparkhill and of handling stolen goods after an Audi A8 car was stolen in Edgbaston two weeks ago.

Both remain in custody and until their next appearance at Birmingham Crown Court in October.

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Liam Byrne says his 'no money' note was 'foolish'

Liam Byrne has admitted to ITV News West Country that his note to his successor David Laws that said "I'm afraid there is no money" was "foolish":

Of course it was a very foolish thing to do.

I left something else at the Treasury, which was a Budget I'd drawn up with Alistair Darling that would have halved our deficit over four years.

That was a good plan, it was a plan that would have worked and I'm afraid it was a much better plan that we've ended up with now.

– Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne
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MP did not expect reaction to 'there's no money' note

David Laws has spoken exclusively to ITV News West Country about the now infamous note he received on his first day at the Treasury from his Labour predecessor saying "there is no money."

The former Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: "I really didn't regard it as a big thing and I only mentioned it almost by accident at a press conference that we held a few days in to the government, not expecting rather naively, the huge reaction that it got."

Three in hospital after Hodge Hill fire

Three people are in hospital following a building fire in the early hours of this morning.

Eight people were treated by ambulance crews and three were taken to Hartlands and the Queen Elizabeth hospitals to be treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out at a three storey building on Stetchford Road.

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