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Firefighters dealing with office building fire in Ladywood

West Midlands firefighters are currently dealing with a fire at a three storey office building in Ladywood in Birmingham.

Crews were on the scene within four minutes. Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation.

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Cultural centre encourages deaf people to get involved in sport

The centre is trying to raise awareness of the difficulties deaf people face getting involved in sport Credit: PA Wire

A Birmingham cultural centre is trying to raise awareness of the difficulties deaf people face when they play sport.

The Deaf Cultural Centre in Ladywood in Birmingham says deaf people are often excluded from sport because of their hearing loss. It says it hopes an event it is holding today will encourage people with hearing loss to get more involved in sport.

Two arrested in connection with Birmingham canal body discovery

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were discovered in a Birmingham canal.

The man, aged 33, and woman, 34, were arrested from an address on Oxford Road in Smethwick at around 5am today. The address has been cordoned off.

The scene where the body was discovered Credit: ITV News Central

The body was discovered in the canal near Icknield Port Road in the Ladywood area of Birmingham by men who were working on the canal.

A forensic examination has since taken place and the victim has been formally identified as 39-year-old Michael Spalding, known to friends and family as ‘Spud’.

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison said:

We are still in the early days of what is a very complex investigation and I would like to re-appeal for witnesses to come forward.

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