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Coventry crash death - police launch inquiry

An inquiry has been launched following the death of a man in Coventry Credit: West Midlands Police

Collision investigators have launched an inquiry following the death of a man in Coventry over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to Beake Avenue at around 4.50am on Sunday 16 February after a car left the road and collided with a house and parked cars.

The driver, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for around five hours whilst the damage to the building was assessed. Enquiries were made at the scene and the car, a red Volvo, was recovered.

The man’s family has been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them at this time.

Pensioner loses hundreds of pounds from scam

A pensioner duped out of hundreds of pounds by a phone con has warned other residents to be wary of thieves posing as police officers.

The 85-year-old from Birmingham handed over his bank card and PIN to "convincing" bogus detectives who called claiming his account had been hacked by card cloners


Police thank residents for their help during floods

Many local people are helping us out by reporting incidents and local farmers have been helping us at some incidents and clearing roads. We would like to thank you all for your support.

The weather conditions are exceptional so please stay safe, stay at home and only make essential journeys if you have to. If you do need to drive, take extra care and reduce your speed.

– Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector, David Bird

More 999 calls than a typical New Years Eve

Staffordshire Police are dealing with an unprecedented number of calls as weather conditions continue to affect the country.

Last night 425, emergency calls were made in the area and 691 calls to the non-emergency number.

The police say they have had more calls than a typical New Years Eve.

They have now set up a multi-agency response team to keep people safe during the floods involving:

  • Staffordshire Police
  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Staffordshire Council
  • Highways Agency

Protect yourself from courier fraud warn Police

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

1) Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards

2) Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number

3) If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

Elderly 'don't be conned' by scams urge Police

Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the West Midlands who have been stung by a "Courier Scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.

The scam involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.


Man found dead in canal identified as father-of-two

A man found dead in a Wolverhampton canal has been formally identified as father-of-two William Brittain.

The 64-year-old was rescued from the water on Saturday in the canal off Horseley Fields, but could not be saved by paramedics.

William Brittain Credit: West Midlands Police

Mr Brittain, who lived in the Heath Town area, had been out in the city the night before and was spotted on CCTV at around 1.25am in the early hours of Saturday.

He was seen walking towards Willenhall Road and Horseley Fields.

Officers say his distinctive stoop would make him noticeable and have appealed for anyone who spotted him that night to get in touch.

Police appeal for information after body found in canal

Our investigations so far have confirmed that the gentleman had been in Wolverhampton city centre on Friday night and was walking back out of town, towards the Willenhall Road and Horseley Fields at around 1.25am on Saturday morning.

That is the last time we have seen him alive and we want to hear from anyone who was heading out of town at around that time and may have seen him.

People will probably have been walking home themselves or maybe passed him by when in a taxi.

We need any information about this man to help us piece together his last known movements.

– Detective Inspector Gary Plant, West Midlands Police

Appeal for witnesses after man's body found in canal

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have been out in Wolverhampton city centre over the weekend. It comes after a man's body was found in a local canal. The man, who is believed to have been in his 60s, was spotted in the water off Horseley Fields.

Emergency services attended the scene but he could not be saved. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

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