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Urgent appeal to find Oldbury man missing from medical centre

Christopher Roy has not been seen since Monday afternoon. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are now extremely concerned for Christopher Roy who went missing from a medical centre in OIdbury on Monday.

The 60-year-old has not been seen since leaving the West Midlands centre on Monday afternoon.

He is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, with short, thinning grey hair, blue eyes and a Birmingham accent.

He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, grey hooded top, blue jeans and black shoes.

Christopher has been receiving treatment for depression and other matters and needs to take medication.

He has not been doing so and now needs urgent health support.

We would advise members of the public to call us immediately if they see him, rather than approach him as he has been known to become violent in the past.

– Inspector Kevin Borg

Police search for man suffering from depression

Christopher Roy Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are searching for a man who was being treated for depression at a medical unit in Oldbury.

Christopher Roy left via an exit used by contractors on Monday. He has not been seen since. The 60-year-old needs medication and police want to make sure he is safe and well.

Christopher is 5ft 4in tall and he has a Birmingham accent. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, grey hooded top, blue jeans and black shoes.

“Christopher had been receiving treatment for depression and other matters and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him.

“We’d urge anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible, and not to approach him directly."

– Sergeant Gareth Snyman, from Birmingham North Police

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Six injured in serious crash between bus & car

The collision happened at the junction of Langley Green Road and Causeway Green Road at around 7.50pm last night. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Six people, including two children, have been injured in a crash between a bus and a car in Oldbury.

The collision happened at the junction of Langley Green Road and Causeway Green Road at around 7.50pm last night.

A woman in her thirties, and two boys who are both thought to be 11, were in the car.

The woman suffered serious head, chest and pelvic injuries. The one boy suffered serious leg injuries with the second boy suffering pelvic injuries.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

“All three received emergency treatment at the scene and the woman was then transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major trauma unit, with the two boys being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, all in separate ambulances. “Three people travelling on the bus suffered minor injuries. A woman and a seven year old girl received treatment and were transferred by response car to Sandwell Hospital. A man in his 20’s also received treatment for minor injuries and decided to make his own way to hospital with a friend.The bus driver was uninjured in the crash.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Four Romanians arrested on suspicion of shoplifting

Four Romanians have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a series of high-value raids across the Midlands Credit: West Midlands Police

Four Romanians have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a series of high-value raids at retail parks across the Midlands.

The gang's vehicle was picked up by officers on the M5 at junction 1 yesterday. Police on-board Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras suggested the car was linked to organised shoplifting.

Officers followed the gang into a car-park in Birmingham Road, Oldbury, before arresting all the occupants - men aged 21, 24 and 30, plus a 22-year-old woman – on suspicion of theft.

The group are being held in police custody, accused of stealing clothing from a Northampton store.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Trivium, which aims to help officers tackle foreign criminals in the Midlands.

Man drags terrified driver out of smashed window

Kirk Garner, who is wanted by police Credit: West Midlands Police

An Oldbury man is wanted by police after he chased another car at speed through the streets, before ramming into it and dragging the driver out through the window.

Kirk Garner, 34, was racing around the streets of Tipton in his Audi, following a silver Astra last December.

When the Astra stopped at a set of traffic lights, Garner rammed the car, before getting out and smashing the window to drag the driver of the car out.

He began assaulting his victim who managed to escape, but he ran into the path of an oncoming car as he did so.

"This was a particularly nasty attack.

"We believe at this stage that this was not a random attack and that the Astra driver may have been targeted.

"Following our investigations we are now in a position to name Garner.

"Enquiries are on going and we continue to check known addresses for him.

"I would appeal to anyone who has any information of his whereabouts to call me or one of the team on 101."

– Detective Constable Daniel Bailey from West Midlands CID

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30-stone man lifted through window of flat by fire crews

Specialist fire crews have had to remove a window from a flat in Oldbury so a 30 stone man could be taken to hospital.

A window had to be removed so the 30 stone man could be taken to hospital Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A hydraulic lift platform was used to lift the man down from his bedroom to an ambulance and firefighters, from the apartment in Rowley Regis, so he could be taken to hospital for an operation.

He was stable with a medical condition but needed to go to hospital. It was impossible to carry him downstairs from the first floor flat. We put him on a specialist stretcher and he was brought down on the hydraulic platform before being taken to hospital in a specially-equipped bariatrics ambulance.”

– Spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service

Mum's cervical cancer campaign after daughter death

A mother from Oldbury is stepping up her campaign to get the age for cervical cancer screening lowered, after her daughter died from the disease.

A mother from Oldbury is stepping up her campaign to get the age for cervical cancer screening lowered. Credit: ITV News Central

22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year.

Routine screenings aren't currently given to women under 25.

22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year. Credit: ITV News Central

Jodie Stimpson: 'missing London 2012 was the kick up the backside I needed'

Midlands athlete Jodie Stimpson says missing the Olympic Games was 'the kick up the backside she needed.'

She didn't compete in London 2012 but says it spurred her on to medal victory this year.

She won gold for England in the Women's individual triathlon at the Commonwealth games yesterday.

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