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Fire service free schoolboys stuck in child swing

Firefighters had to cut two secondary schoolboys free after they got stuck in a child's swing in a play area.

A crew from Northfield Community Fire Station went to the Victoria Park play area on Tuesday 16 June.

The boys were stuck in the swing for about an hour Credit: Facebook/Northfield Community Fire Station

A picture posted on the station's Facebook page showed two children stuck in a swing with bars to stop smaller children from falling out.

The post on social media also said the firefighters used cutting gear to free the boys, with the only injuries being "a bit of bruised pride".

Police investigate after man touches himself in front of teen on train

The man police want to speak to in connection with the incident Credit: British Transport Police

Police have released CCVT images after a man touched himself and behaved indecently in front of a teenage train passenger.

It happened on January 26 on a train between Longbridge and Birmingham New Street at around 9.15am.

The man is believed to have boarded the train at Northfield and is thought to have got off at either University of Five Ways station.

The man police want to speak to in connection with the incident Credit: British Transport Police

“A man boarded the train and sat opposite the 17-year-old victim, during the journey he inappropriately touched himself in front of her and performed an indecent act.

“We do not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour of any kind on the transport network and take all reports extremely seriously."

– PC Iftikhar Hussain, British Transport Police

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Woman who stabbed partner to death jailed for murder

A woman who stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife has today been jailed for a minimum of 12 years for his murder.

Susan Hughes was sentenced to life for the murder of Barry Wilkins Credit: West Midlands Police

Susan Hughes, 48, of Norrington Road in Northfield, was found guilty in August of the murder of 71-year-old Barry Wilkins after a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. She was sentenced to life imprisonment today and will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Barry Wilkins was stabbed eleven times in total on 24 November last year and suffered injuries to his stomach and shoulder.

Despite having extensive surgery, he did not recover and died in hospital five weeks later on New Years’ Eve.

Susan was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but after his death charged with his murder.

Susan has shown no remorse since Barry’s death or during the trial.

He was a generous man who gave Susan Hughes a roof over her head; she repaid him in this brutal way. In a drunken argument she armed herself with a large kitchen knife and violently attacked Barry in the bedroom.

Whilst she was attacking him she called the 999 system and whilst on the phone she was heard attacking Barry, physically and verbally abusing him.

Once again, our thoughts go out to the family for the tragic loss of Barry. He was a loved popular man, liked by all his family and friends.

Barry’s family can now attempt to put this tragic event behind them and try to rebuild their lives.

– Detective Sergeant Harry May, Homicide Case Progression Team

Police dogs can be 'difference between life and death'

Police Dog Ska with handler PC Keith Bennett Credit: West Midlands Police

After a woman was saved by a police dog in Northfield in the early hours of this morning, Inspector Russ Evans from West Midlands Police Dogs Unit said:

"Our dogs are highly trained and are able to follow a scent over long distances, in all sorts of conditions - so when someone is in grave danger, they really can make the difference between life and death."

Police dog Ska, along with handler PC Keith Bennett, was called in to help locate the woman when police were alerted to concerns over her welfare.

Police dog saves seriously injured woman

PD Ska with handler PC Keith Bennett

A police dog has saved a woman after tracking her blood trail in the Northfield area of Birmingham.

The police dog, named Ska, led handler PC Keith Bennett to the woman's location by tracking her scent and a trail of blood.

The West Midlands Police Dogs Unit were called in the early hours of this morning after evidence of an injury was reported near the scene.

After being saved by Ska the woman, yet to be named, is recovering in hospital.

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Killer of mother of three children was 'violent and controlling'

Junior Saleem Oakes stabbed Natasha Trevis 26 times Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police says Natasha Trevis and Junior Saleem Oakes were living apart at the time of her death as she had wanted to end the relationship.

The night before the attack she had agreed to meet with him to celebrate his birthday.

The two of them argued throughout the evening and into the next day, before leaving together early that morning in a taxi. They were intending to drop Oakes at his home address in Dimsdale Road before continuing onto Natasha’s home.

The argument continued in the taxi and on arriving in Dimsdale Road, Oakes tried to get Natasha to leave with him but she refused.

A short time later the taxi driver heard Natasha scream as she was being stabbed. Police say she was chased out of the car by Oakes who stabbed her multiple times.

Man jailed for life for killing woman in taxi

A Birmingham man who murdered the mother of his three young children in the back of a taxi has been jailed for life.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Junior Saleem Oakes killed Natasha Trevis in a "savage and prolonged" knife attack.

Oakes killed Natasha Trevis five days after the social worker revealed she had aborted a fourth child, stabbing her 26 times in total.

28 year-old Oakes, from Northfield, will serve at least 22 years in prison.

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