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Driver lucky to escape after crash

The scene of the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Ambulance staff were left stunned after turning up at the scene of a crash to find a car that had suffered massive damage, yet the driver was unhurt.

The crash happened on Soho Way in Smethwick at about 11.10pm last night.

An ambulance was sent to the scene after three 999 calls.

When crews arrived they found a car that had been left in a ‘banana’ shape with the roof crushed down after rolling over and hitting a lamppost.

The man driving had somehow managed to get out of the vehicle and was walking about at the scene.

He was complaining of some back and chest pain but had no obvious injuries.

He refused immobilisation but was taken to Sandwell Hospital as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman



Julie Walters gets Bafta nomination for role in Brooklyn

Julie Walters has been nominated for a Bafta Credit: PA

Actress Julie Walters has been nominated for a Bafta for her role in the film Brooklyn.

The Smethwick-born star has been nominated in the supporting actress category alongside Kate Winslet, Rooney Mara, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alicia Vikander.

He Named Me Malala, the film documenting the journey of Malala Yousafzai being shot in the head by the Taliban to her life now in Birmingham, has also been nominated for best documentary.

Police charge 17-year-old with teenager's murder

15-year-old Jamar Walker died after suffering stab injuries Credit: West Midlands Police

Police investigating the death of 15-year-old Jamar Walker, who died after suffering stab injuries in Smethwick last month, have charged a 17-year-old youth with his murder.

The 17-year-old from Smethwick, who cannot be identified legally, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with murder as well as a further charge of attempted murder last night.

He will appear before Wolverhampton Youth Court this morning.

Enquiries into the death of Jamar continue, who was found injured in Raglan Road, Smethwick around 2.20am Sunday 20 December 2015.

Jamar was taken to hospital where he died.

A 17-year-old man also suffered a minor stab injury to his lower back and was treated at hospital following the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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