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Graveyard sex attacker jailed for fifteen years

Michael Ware was jailed for fifteen years. Credit: West Midlands Police

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."

– Inspector Ian Ingram, Birmingham’s Public Protection Unit

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.

Sixteen-year-old charged over bullying video

West Midlands Police Credit: IAN NICHOLSON/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A 16-year-old girl will appear in court later today to hear claims she assaulted two schoolgirls in Northfield on Saturday night.

The alleged attack was caught on camera and has since been widely posted on social media sites over the last two days.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with robbery and assault and will appear at Birmingham Youth Court later today. She was remanded in custody last night after being charged.

Police have warned members of the public to remove the video from their social media accounts, now that a suspect has been charged and out of respect for the victims.

They have also reminded social media users that naming the teenager online would jeopardise court proceedings.

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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

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

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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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