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CCTV of international drug boss meeting drug mule

This is footage of Tahir Mahmood from Stourbridge meeting a courier at a UK airport who was wearing specially adapted clothing full of heroin.

Tahir Mahmood was the ringleader of the multi-million pound international heroin smuggling gang, he has been sentenced to 16 years in prison today.

His right-hand man, 43-year-old Anwar Bashir from Bradford, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty by a jury after a trial.

Leader of international drug smuggling gang jailed

Tahir Mahmood Credit: National Crime Agency

A man from Stourbridge who controlled a multi-million pound international heroin smuggling gang has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Tahir Mahmood was jailed for a variety of offences into importation of significant quantities of heroin into Europe and UK after previously pleading guilty.



Lawnmowers fitted with GPS to tackle shed burglary

Burglars beware - everyday tools are being fitted with specialised tracking systems to help police catch crooks who target garden sheds.

Lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and power cleaners are being fitted with the trackers by police in Dudley, as part of a 'capture shed' scheme to help reunite victims with their stolen goods.

Lawnmowers are being used to fight crime in Dudley Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The kit uses tiny CCTV cameras and satellite information to track the items which have been stolen, and can be fitted inside sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

The 'capture sheds' will be set up in areas where there have been a spate of burglaries reported in the past - as burglars often return to people they have targeted before, knowing they will have replaced their goods.

Officers will unveil the technology at en event at the Ryemarket in Stourbridge today.

False alarm after 'grenade-like' device found in Stourbridge

Police have said a device believed to be a grenade, which was found in Stourbridge, was a car part.

Experts were called out to Ludge Bridge Rook off Wollescote Road following the discovery, at around 10am on Sunday morning.

The area was closed off for several hours.

West Midlands Police have said the object was in fact a hydro-pneumatic suspension cylinder from a car.

Midland Tesco stores under fire for stocking 'dirty' tuna

Tesco stores in the Midlands have come under fire after an investigation discovered they were selling a brand of tuna criticised for its fishing methods.

Oriental & Pacific tuna has been labelled one of the "dirtiest on supermarket shelves" by activist group Greenpeace and by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Tesco stores in Birmingham and Stourbridge are among those facing criticism Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

People in Birmingham and Stourbridge helped in an investigation to discover which stores still had this and other 'unsustainable' brands on the shelves.

Oriental & Pacific are said to use fishing methods which are lethal to sharks, rays and turtles.

Greenpeace accused the supermarket chain of "rolling back" a pledge to protect ocean wildlife by filling the shelves with "dirty" tuna, despite a promise to to 100 per cent pole- and line-caught tuna in their own-brand products.

Man's leg crushed by rolling car

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a car rolled off a driveway and over his leg.

Emergency services arrived at the address off Roman Road, Norton, in Stourbridge shortly before 11:45am.

Ambulance services gave him pain relief before airlifting him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for emergency treatment.

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