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Starbucks 'shocked' by woman falling down lift

Starbucks Credit: PA

Starbucks has released a statement after a woman fell down one of their lifts in Solihull.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the woman fell approximately 25 feet at the chain's shop in Solihull High Street.

A Starbucks spokesperson said:

"We are shocked and distressed by this terrible incident and we’re working closely with the authorities as they investigate how this could have happened.

"Our store will remain closed until the investigation is finished."

– Starbucks spokesperson


Witness appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision with car

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in Castle Bromwich.

Christopher Clarke Credit: West Midlands Police

Christopher Clarke from Yardley was travelling on a blue Yamaha which collided with a black Toyota Auris on the A452 Collector Road at around 3.50pm on Sunday.

The 32-year-old was confirmed dead at the scene of the crash near the junction with Auckland Drive. Two people in the car suffered minor injuries.

We are trying to piece together exactly what happened and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.

Even the smallest piece of information could help us build a picture of what happened.

A man has tragically lost his life and our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.

– Sergeant Steve Newbury, from the Collision Investigation Unit

Collision investigators can be contacted on 101 or via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Motorcyclist dies after collision with car

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car in Solihull.

Air ambulance crews were at the scene. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A452 Collector Road shortly after 3.50pm on Sunday.

A man who was riding the motorbike was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

There were two people in the car, a man and a woman, both in their thirties. The man had an ankle injury, the woman was in shock. Both were taken to Heartlands Hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The West Midlands CARE (Central Accident, Resuscitation and Emergency) team, a BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) doctor, a paramedic area support officer, two ambulance crews and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended at the scene.


Three teenagers stabbed in Solihull

Detectives have launched an investigation after three teenagers were stabbed in Solihull last night.

It is believed that the attack happened at around 6pm. Credit: Google Street View

The teenagers turned up at a local hospital with stab injuries at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

A 16-year-old is being treated for serious injuries and his condition is described as stable and two 15-year-old boys were treated for minor injuries.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Credit: ITV News Central

It is believed that the attack happened at around 6pm on grassland around the Hobs Meadow area near to Westcote Close.

Detectives cordoned off the areas while specialist search officers and forensic experts examined the scene.

We are in the very early stages of our investigation and are appealing to anyone who was in the area yesterday evening and who may have seen something to come forward.

It is still unclear as to what actually happened and we have officers working around the clock to establish the circumstances and enquiries are on-going to apprehend those responsible.

Officers continue to trawl CCTV and house to house enquiries are being conducted in the area of Castle Lane and Westcote Close.

Anyone with information is urged to call me or one of my team.

– Detective Sergeant Sam Price, Solihull’s Violent Crime Team

Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Pub bombings inquest hearing: 'New evidence' exists

A lawyer representing the families of the Birmingham pub bombings has told a hearing into the potential reopening of the original inquest that new evidence has yet to be heard.

No one has been successfully convicted over the bombings in November 1974, which killed 21 people and injured almost 200 more.

The original inquest was closed in 1975 without hearing evidence and never reopened after the wrongful convictions of the 'Birmingham Six' were quashed in 1991.

Ashley Underwood QC has told the hearing what the victims' families think the scope of the inquest should be:

  • 1. Was there time for police to evacuate pubs on 21 November 1974?
  • 2. If there was time between a bomb warning and the explosions, why didn't an evacuation happen?
  • 3. After the explosions, were all reasonable attempt made for ambulances to attend to the needy?
  • 4. Was there a falsification by police of records, and if so why?

The hearing in Solihull lasts three days, and a decision on whether to reopen the inquest will be made by the Senior Coroner later this month.

Follow our reporter Chris Halpin for the latest.

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