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'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.


Police appeal for help finding missing Birmingham man

Delroy Huxtable has learning difficulties Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help finding a missing man from Birmingham who has learning difficulties.

Delroy Huxtable, 38, was last seen at 9.30am on Friday 25 April getting onto the Number 8 bus on Golden Hillock Road, Small Heath. He had been going to a day centre in Saltley.

Delroy, from Farmer Road, Small Heath, is described as black, with light stubble, wearing jeans, a grey jumper with a diamond pattern, a black coat with a hood and black shoes.

Anyone who might have seen him is asked to get in touch with police on 101.

Delroy Huxtable was last seen on Friday morning Credit: West Midlands Police

Councillor backs school's energy drinks ban

The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Birmingham City Council has praised a Birmingham headteacher for banning high caffeine energy drinks.

Cllr Steve Bedser has responded to the decision by a headteacher at Small Heath School to ban them over fears students were drinking three cans a day.

He said:

These drinks are clearly not aimed at children. They do not form part of a sensible diet and can destroy concentration levels - ruining lessons for pupils and teachers alike.

We want our young people to get the best possible start in life - both in terms of health and physical development and of course in terms of their education.

So, while I'm sure some pupils and maybe one or two parents will be critical of the ban, I applaud Mr Slough for taking a stand and would urge other head teachers across the city to follow his lead.


Police hope picture taken after iPad is stolen could lead them to the thief

Police would like to speak to this man Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of an iPad. The picture was taken after the device was stolen.

The tablet computer was stolen from Manor Walk in Market Harborough on the 30th December.

Since the incident the victim has logged on to his iCloud account where he is able to view images from the stolen iPad.

One of those images has been released by the police who would like to speak to the man in question.

They say some of the images on the account suggest the man they want to speak to may be from the Small Heath or Bordsley Green areas of Birmingham.

Woman dies and man arrested after collision in Small Heath

A car collided with pedestrians and a wall Credit: ITV News Central

One woman has died and three other people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

A car collided with pedestrians and a wall Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and several pedestrians on Heybarnes Road in Small Heath, Birmingham yesterday afternoon.

A 21-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving.

A car collided with pedestrians and a wall Credit: ITV News Central

A four-year-old boy had suspected fractures to his pelvis and leg and was taken to the city's Children's Hospital.

A car collided with pedestrians and a wall Credit: ITV News Central
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