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Newtown fire: smoke seen across Birmingham

Smoke can be seen across Birmingham as West Midlands Fire Service deal with a blaze in Newtown.

Motorists in the area are advised to take care as the smoke is blowing across the A34 New Town row between B4144 Park Lane and A4540 New John Street West/A4540 Newtown Middleway/B4114 New Town Row

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Family tribute to British boy killed in Newtown massacre

The parents of Dylan Hockley, the British boy who was killed in the Newtown massacre, have released a poignant tribute to their six-year-old son.

In a statement released last night, they said they did not regret moving to the area from England:

Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him. His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music.

He loved to cuddle, play tag every morning at the bus stop with our neighbours, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies, the colour purple, seeing the moon and eating his favourite foods, especially chocolate.

He was learning to read and was so proud when he read us a new book every day. He adored his big brother Jake, his best friend and role model ...

We will always be a family of four, as though Dylan is no longer physically with us, he is forever in our hearts and minds.

We love you Mister D, our special gorgeous angel.

– dylan hockley family statement


Student killed after being struck by police car named

A student hit by an unmarked police car in Birmingham who later died from his injuries has been identified by police as 24-year-old Xuan Wei Zhang.

It happened outside the Newtown shopping centre at about 7pm on Wednesday 4 April.

Mr Zhang, who was from China, was a student at Birmingham City University.

His mother and father flew into the UK on Thursday to formally identify their son.

West Midlands Police says the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has yet to confirm whether it will investigate.