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Shots fired by masked robbers in packed pub

The Hamstead Pub Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after three masked men burst into a pub in Smethwick and fired shots into the ceiling.

It happened at the Hamstead pub on Green Lane just after 5.30pm on Thursday 11th August.

The men robbed two men of personal belongings and, as other customers came to their aid, the shotgun was fired into the ceiling. No-one was injured and the offenders made off in a silver car.

Detectives are viewing CCTV at the premises and following up a number of lines of enquiry.

Anyone with information to assist the investigation should call police on 101.

Mother and her two children missing from West Bromwich

Jane Callaghan Credit: West Midlands Police

A mother and her two children have gone missing from West Bromwich.

Jane Callaghan is described as white, 34-years-old, around 5ft 2ins tall and of slim build. She has blonde shoulder length hair which she wears in a ponytail. Police are unsure exactly what clothes she was wearing.

Her two children, Cameron Callaghan, aged 13 and Rajan Kumar, aged 12 have not been to school since Tuesday 14 June.

Jane and the boys were last seen on Wednesday 16 June at a church on Burlington Road, West Bromwich. Police believe that they may be staying in the Smethwick area.


Vaisakhi Parade takes place in Smethwick

Hundreds of people have gathered in Smethwick for the Vaisakhi Parade.

The parade started on the High Street and will make its way past the Guru Nunak Gurdwara Temple before ending in Handsworth Park where festivities will continue.

The following roads in Sandwell will close on a rolling basis:

  • B4169 High Street - from its junction with St Alban's Road to its junction with High Street (A4030)
  • A4030 High Street - from its junction with High Street (B4169) to its junction with Tollhouse Way (A457)
  • A457 Tollhouse Way - from its junction with Crocketts Lane to its junction with Fenton Street)
  • B4135 Rolfe Street - from its junction with Tollhouse way (A457) to its junction with Rabone Lane (B4236)
  • B4136 Rabone Lane - from its junction with Rolfe Street (B4135) to its junction with Booth Street (B4135)
  • B4135 Booth Street - from its junction with Rabone Lane (B4135) to the borough boundary
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