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Two young women charged with wounding after person punched in nightclub

Two young women have been charged with wounding after a woman was punched in the toilets of a Sutton Coldfield nightclub.

Ellesse Strong, aged 21, and Kayleigh Procter, aged 20 - both from Castle Vale - were charged with wounding and bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 1 April.

They were arrested in February after police released CCTV images following the attack which took place in the toilets of Rumour in the early hours of Sunday 28 December.

A 21-year-old woman was punched in her face and suffered cuts and bruises resulting in two black eyes and severe swelling.


Man to be interviewed about Sutton Park attack

A man has made contact with police in connection with an assault in a Birmingham park.

On February 5, a dog-walker was head-butted by a man with two huskies in Sutton Park.

Utility company apologises for brown tap water

South Staff Water has apologised to some customers Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

A utilities company has apologised to customers who have reported brown water coming out of their taps.

South Staffs Water says an issue on the water network yesterday means that some people in Sutton Coldfield have found that their water supply is now discoloured.

The company advises anybody who is affected to run their cold tap for 15 minutes or until the water runs clear.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

"Our staff and network partners have worked throughout the night to ensure the water supply to customers in Sutton Coldfield has been restored.

"It is possible some customers may still experience brown water. Customers are advised to run their cold water supply until the water runs clear.

– Rachel Barber, South Staffs Water's Director of Customer Services

Suspected Midlands hacker arrested by NCA agents

A suspected hacker from Sutton Coldfield has been arrested in connection with an alleged cyber attack on the United States Department of Defence Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A suspected hacker from Sutton Coldfield has been arrested in connection with an alleged cyber attack on the United States Department of Defence (DoD) as part of a week-long UK-wide operation.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham on suspicion of offences linked to data stolen from a messaging service used by DoD employees around the world.

Contact information for around 800 people including name, title, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, as well as details for around 34,400 devices were obtained during the attack last June, the NCA said.

A sign outside the offices of the National Crime Agency (NCA) in London Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Following the attack, the hacker posted screenshots taken from the dashboard used to control the database as well as a bizarre message on the text storage website Pastebin.

It read:

"We smite the Lizards, LizardSquad your time is near. We're in your bases, we control your satellites. "The missiles shall rein upon thy who claim alliance, watch your heads, ** T-47:59:59 until lift off. We're one, we're many, we lurk in the dark, we're everywhere and anywhere. "Live Free Die Hard! DoD, DISA EMSS : Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services is not all, Department of Defense has no Defenses."

– The message on the text storage website Pastebin

The stolen data was used as part of an international satellite message dissemination system known as Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services.

It also included IMEI numbers, which are the unique codes used to identify a mobile device.

No sensitive data was obtained and none of the data obtained could be used to personally identify anyone or threaten US national security, the NCA added.

More than 40 arrests have been made this week by the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit at more than 20 separate locations across England, Wales and Scotland as part of a week of activity targeting cyber crime.

"Behind this week's activity is the message that all of us, as individuals, businesses or law enforcement agencies, have a role to play in making the UK a safe place to enjoy the huge opportunities provided by the internet. "Awareness of the type of cyber crime dangers which are out there is vital, whoever you are, as is collaboration between organisations across different sectors, regions and countries to develop the most effective ways of combating those threats. "We will continue to work with partners to pursue and disrupt the major crime groups targeting the UK, but also, crucially, to make the UK as difficult as possible a target for cyber criminals in the first place."

– Andy Archibald, deputy director of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit

"This arrest underscores DCIS commitment and the joint ongoing efforts among international law enforcement to stop cyber criminals in their tracks.

"DCIS special agents will use every tool at their disposal to pursue and bring to justice those that attack the Department of Defence."

– Jeffrey Thorpe, special agent in charge, at the US Department of Defence criminal investigative service (DCIS)


Teen found hanging from seatbelt in overturned car

A woman found hanging upside down by her seatbelt has been rescued from her overturned car in Sutton Coldfield.

The woman was rescued through the rear window of her car Credit: West Midlands Ambulance

Firefighters took the 18-year-old out of the car via the rear window.

Emergency crews were called to Halton Road in New Oscott, at about 8.10am today.

A parked car and van were also damaged.

“The woman was complaining of hip and back pain. Due to her position, ambulance staff worked with firefighters to lower her, face down, onto a spinal board before she was lifted out through the rear of the Citroen C2."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The woman was then taken to Good Hope Hospital for further treatment.

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