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Two more arrests over violent disorder at The Belfry

Two more people have been arrested as police investigate the six stabbings at the Bel Air nightclub. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two more people have been arrested as police investigate the six stabbings at the Bel Air nightclub in Sutton Coldfield on New Year's Eve.

The men are both 27 and from Birmingham. They were arrested this morning on suspicion of violent disorder.

The three men who were arrested yesterday have been released on bail.

Three men are still in hospital. Two are in a stable but serious condition and one will probably be released this morning.


Six people stabbed at The Belfry's New Year's Eve party

Security block off entrance to Belfry while police investigate Credit: BPM

Six people were stabbed during a New Year’s Eve party at The Belfry resort, leaving one man in a critical condition.

Police were called to the Bel Air Nightclub at around 12.50am to reports of 21-year-old man being stabbed in the chest.

But as they dealt with that incident, further violence broke out both inside and outside the club – during which five others suffered stab wounds.

One 28-year-old man remains in a critical condition while four others, aged between 20 and 27, were released from hospital after treatment.

A 26-year-old man was held on on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, while the 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Violence broke out at a night club at the Belfry Credit: PA

The 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

They arrested a 26-year-old man from Birmingham on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

All remain in police custody.

Detectives have urged anyone who was inside, or in the vicinity of, the nightclub during the incidents to contact police.

A boss at the upmarket Belfry said the golf resort remained open for business as usual on New Year’s day.

However customers were unable to access the site through the main gates on Lichfield Road, near to which a car park remained sealed off with police tape.

Man who strangled ex-wife due to be sentenced today

Luan Leigh was strangled to death by Andrew Leigh in June Credit: BPM Media

A man from Sutton Coldfield who drugged his ex wife before strangling her to death is due to be sentenced today.

43 year-old Andrew Leigh murdered his wife of 22 years, Luan, at her home in Pype Hayes Birmingham in June. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told Leigh was a controlling man who refused to accept their marriage was over.

Much criticised Magical Journey Christmas experience closes its doors

Credit: BPM Media

The Magical Journey Christmas attraction at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield has closed today.

They've blamed the loss of a key financial backer in its final week and organisers say they've been left with no other option.

Families booked to attend are being told to contact their debit or credit card provider for a refund.

We are truly sorry. After all we've been through having to shutdown in the final week is devastating. Although we had quite the time of it in the press and on social media, feedback was great with over 600 four and five star reviews. However, today a key financial backer has dropped out leaving us in the lurch. We have tried desperately over the last few hours to find a replacement but to no avail.

– Magical Journey organisers

ITV Central viewers have already been in touch with their reaction after receiving emails from the organisers.

We have now all received an email saying it is closing down and we cannot get a refund from them - we have to claim it back ourselves. Not only is this time consuming and costly to us with phone calls etc. some people can't afford to take their children elsewhere when the Magical Journey cost so much. We all have to face the issue of finding somewhere to take our children this late in the day when places are booked up.

– Hayley Bailey


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Mitchell admits to 'bad language', but denies 'pleb' insult

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The MP told the High Court today he could be “impatient” when he felt he was being hampered from going about his business.

I even admit that I can be - or at least that I can appear to be - rude on these occasions.

To the best of my recollection, I have never called anybody a 'pleb', however, let alone a policeman.

Since the incident I have thought long and hard about this and cannot recall a single instance when I have called anybody a 'pleb'. It just isn't a word I use.

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News Group Newspapers (NGN) is relying on an account given by PC Toby Rowland, who said that Mr Mitchell had demanded and been denied the right to leave via the main gates.

Andrew Mitchell arriving for a Cabinet meeting at No 10 Downing Street on his bicycle Credit: PA

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The Sutton Coldfield MP stood down as whip a month after the reports. He denies “demanding” to use the gates or using those words – though admits muttering under his breath: “I thought you guys were supposed to f**king help us". He has apologised for swearing.

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ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener is at the hearing:

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Representing Mr Mitchell at the High Court, James Price QC today opened the Sutton Coldfield MP’s libel action against News Group Newspapers (NGN) over the story.

Former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell is suing News Group Newspapers over the story Credit: PA

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Mr Mitchell claims the piece portrayed him as guilt of launching a grossly offensive and arrogant attack at Downing Street police officers two days earlier, branding them "f**king plebs" and"morons".

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