A man who held a gun to the head of a teenager before raping her in a Birmingham grave yard has been jailed.
Twenty three-year-old Michael Ware, 23, from Northfield was sentenced to fifteen years at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to the assault.
Ware had followed his 19 year-old victim from Kings Norton railway station on the evening of 6th December last year.
He threatened her with the imitation firearm on Back Road, Kings Norton and forced her into church grounds nearby.
During the attack, the woman managed to grab the gun from Ware and used this as her chance to escape.
When officers combed the crime scene for clues they found a damaged mobile phone that was traced back to Ware.
This must have been a terrifying ordeal for her and we would like to commend her for her bravery. "She had the presence of mind to pick up the gun that had been placed on the floor and used this as her means to escape."
"Ware planned the attack and we are convinced that he would have carried on offending, the fact that he was caught following another potential victim proves this."
He was arrested a few days later after a neighbourhood police officer spotted him following a woman from Kings Norton train station.He matched the description circulated to officers following the assault and when stopped and searched was found be armed with a knife.
Ware received 15 years for four counts of sexual assault and rape, seven years for possession of an imitation firearm and one year for possession of a bladed article ? to run concurrently.
He will also be placed on the sex offender register for life.
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Two care workers have appeared in court accused of failing to seek medical help for an elderly resident who died after suffering a head injury at a nursing home in Birmingham.
Benter Ouma and Sabrina Hewitt are both alleged to have wilfully neglected 85-year-old Norah Boyle on September 5 last year.
A district judge sitting at Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard that Ouma, 31, and Hewitt, 39, are accused of failing to use proper manual handling procedures, causing a fall, and then giving false information which delayed proper medical treatment.
The offence is alleged to have taken place at The Green nursing home on Wharf Road, Kings Norton.
Ouma, of Summerfield Crescent, Edgbaston, and Hewitt, formerly of Uplands Road, Handsworth, were both granted bail to appear at a plea hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on January 16 next year.
A swan who lost an eye after being shot nine times in Birmingham is to be released back into the wild.
The bird was shot last month at a canal in Lifford Lane in Kings Norton.
Six pellets were removed from the neck and beak of the swan, but it sadly lost one of its eyes.
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Four properties in Ithon Grove in Kings Norton have been evacuated because of an 'unsafe' tree.
A tree officer deemed it necessary for the 40ft conifer tree to be immediately removed. It appears the roots have lifted because of the recent bad weather.
An exclusion zone is now in place.
An historic canal lock, the Guillotine Lock on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal near Kings Norton, has been restored after years of decay and vandalism. It's so important it has been listed as a "scheduled monument".
The renovated structure was unveiled by the actor and canal enthusiast Timothy West.
But the boat the actor was on, the West Midlands' historic working boat Scorpio, bumped into the lock, to the amusement of all the passengers on board.
Our transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson reports.