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Man charged over teenager's stabbing

The attack happened in the early hours of Saturday 30 September Credit: ITV News Central

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenage boy was stabbed near a mosque in Small Heath in Birmingham.

Dominic Palmer who's 29 and from Small Heath is due before Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow after a 15-year old boy was attacked on Herbert Road in the early hours of Saturday 30th September. He has been remanded into custody.

"This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time, we’ve since learnt that the boy only celebrated his 15th birthday two days before the attack.Our investigation is continuing as we work to establish the circumstances of what happened so that we can provide his family with the answers they need."I would ask anyone with information to come forward."

– Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, Complex Team at Bournville police station


Department of Education 'urgently' investigating leaflet racism claims

Department of Education 'urgently' investigating leaflet claims Credit: PA

The Department for Education has released a statement after a Muslim faith school in Birmingham accused Ofsted of racist conduct.

Ofsted said it discovered leaflets branding music and dancing as "acts of devil" at the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Small Heath.

The school said the leaflets were not found on its premises but at the rear door of an adjacent mosque.

Department of Education spokesperson:

These leaflets should have no place in any school – and we will not hesitate to take strong action when schools focus on ideological indoctrination rather than a high-quality education.

We are urgently investigating the concerning allegations about this school and as part of this we commissioned Ofsted to do an unannounced inspection.

Extremism has no place in our society and when we find schools promoting twisted ideologies we will not hesitate to take action, including closing the school or working with the police if necessary.

– Department of Education spokesperson


'Red Dwarf' robber has sentence extended after 'hopeless' appeal

Usman Ali had his sentence extended Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An armed robber who was traced after a witness said he looked like Cat from the cult TV series Red Dwarf has had his sentence extended by judges after mounting a 'hopeless' appeal.

Usman Ali, 26, was involved in a raid on a security van and was caught the next day spending the stolen money, which had been stained with dye, in a betting shop.

Ali, from Small Heath in Birmingham, was jailed for eight years at the city's crown court in January, after being found guilty conspiracy to rob.

He today launched a bid to challenge his sentence at London's Criminal Appeal Court, complaining that the term was 'too long'.

But his complaints were thrown out by three senior judges, who said his objections were 'without merit'.

Having wasted the court's time, Ali was then told he would serve an extra three weeks behind bars.

Ali and accomplices ambushed a driver for a security firm outside a Wickes store on July 26 last year. They threatened him with a hammer before fleeing with a box containing £14,000.

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