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Businessman jailed after condoning criminal activity

Muhammed Ibrar, who let his workshop become a hub of criminal activity Credit: West Midlands Police

A West Midlands businessman has been sentenced to 21 months in jail after allowing his mobile phone store to become a workshop masking criminal activity.

Muhammed Ibrar, who owns the Bling Bling Phones on Alum Rock Road, was found guilty of a number of crimes connected to the handling and sale of stolen goods.

Police search for group of men who spat on train conductor

Police are searching for this man in regards to an incident at Hawthorns station. Credit: London Midland

Police want to talk to this man in regards to an assault, which took place at Hawthorns station. They believe that he has important information concerning the incident.

CCTV images show a man spitting at a conductor as a train left for Stratford-upon-Avon.

On Wednesday, 18 February, a group of seven young men boarded a train to Stratford-upon-Avon at Hawthorns station. A short time later, during a routine ticket check by the conductor, the men refused to show valid tickets for their journey. They all had to buy tickets from the member of staff.

“When the train arrived at Birmingham Snow Hill, the conductor was surrounded by the group of men on the platform and a verbal altercation ensued.

– PC Zulfkar Hussain

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference M/B4 of 25/06/2015.

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Police car flips after crashing into railings

The police officers escaped with only minor injuries. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two police officers have escaped with minor injuries after a collision with a transit van.

They were responding to an emergency incident in Wolverhampton last night when the crash happened.

The marked Vauxhall Insignia collided with a white transit van at the junction of Bilston Road and Steelhouse Lane around 11:30pm and, after crashing into railings, rolled onto its roof trapping a female officer.

5-year-old injured in hit and run collision

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision that happened in Malvern.

The incident occurred on Thursday 18 June at around 6.15pm on Moat Way.

A five-year-old boy was crossing the road when he was in collision with a vehicle, which failed to stop and drove off from the scene.

Thankfully, the boy sustained only minor injuries.

The vehicle involved is believed to be a four by four style vehicle and was seen driving towards the shops on Moat Way.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any further information to help police with their inquiries, is asked to call 101 quoting incident 592S of Thursday 18 June.

Chief Constable for the West Midlands Police Service announces his retirement

Chris Sims,the Chief Constable for the West Midlands Police Service. Credit: West Midlands Police

The Chief Constable for the West Midlands Police Service, Chris Sims, has announced that he is to retire.

An outstanding public servant, Chris Sims has devoted his life to protecting the security and the safety of the public in the West Midlands.

"He is rightly regarded to be one of Britain’s best police chiefs.

"He will be sorely missed, but he is entitled to be proud of what he has achieved.”

– Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington and Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister

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Riot in Rutland prison leaves officer injured

Police outside HMP Ashwell near Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire as specialist officers deal with a disturbance inside the prison. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A prison officer has been hurt after a riot broke out in Rutland.

The brawl involved around 60 prisoners who assaulted the officer in what is being described as a "serious incident of indiscipline", according to a Prison Service spokeswoman.

Police and fire crews were called in after small blazes were lit during the disturbance.

The officer who was assaulted was treated in hospital and discharged on Sunday night, while four prisoners were taken to hospital and two officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

Order was not restored in the prison until specially-trained officers intervened.

Around 30 inmates have been transferred to other prisons.

This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. We are absolutely clear that prisoners who behave in this way will be punished and can spend significantly longer behind bars. Those suspected of being actively involved in this incident have already been moved to higher security prisons."

– A Prison Service spokeswoman
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