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Plebgate police's 'web of lies' outlined at High Court

Police officers were today accused of spinning a “web of lies, deceit and indiscipline” which led to the resignation of former government minister Andrew Mitchell over the so-called ‘plebgate’ scandal.

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

The court heard Mr Mitchell, the former chief whip, and his family were subjected to an “unpleasant and vitriolic” press campaign as a result of the allegations, which were leaked to The Sun by officers in September 2012.

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".

Read: Plebgate officer sacked over press leaks

Woman rescued by firefighters after blaze in Sutton Coldfield

Fire at Cumberland Walk, Falcon Lodge. Credit: Erdington Fire station

A 30-year-old woman from Falcon Lodge, Sutton Coldfield, had been rescued by fire crews after she was trapped in her bedroom by the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at around 8am this morning and broke down the front door before finding the woman trapped in her bedroom.

She was rescued and taken to Good Hope Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Crews also rescued her dog but it sadly died after failed attempts to revive it.

Officers said the fire was probably caused by a cigarette which had not been put out properly and set the sofa in the living room on fire.

A woman was rescued from her bedroom after a fire started in the lounge. Credit: Erdington Fire station

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Council release statement over housing protest

Current projections show that there will be a need for more than 80,000 homes in Birmingham by 2031 as a result of an anticipated population increase of 150,000.

As required by law, we have carefully looked at all available sites for housing and the BDP offers the best possible solutions to the challenging situation we face.

– Birmingham City Council Statement

Sutton Coldfield already at 'saturation point' says organiser

Suzanne Webb, organiser of the Sutton Coldfield protest, expressed her frustration at the lack of open space in the area which she believes is already at 'saturation point'.

She told ITV News Central that the protest walk today is about the community coming together and protesting against the plans to build six thousand new homes.

Council bosses say the land, off the A38 near Walmley, is needed to meet the growing demand for housing in Birmingham.

Protest over Sutton Coldfield housing plans

Around one hundred people have met to walk across fields near Sutton Coldfield which could be developed for housing. Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell joined the group in their campaign against the development.

Campaigners protest against greenbelt land in Walmley being sold off. Credit: ITV News Central

Council bosses say the land, off the A38 near Walmley, is needed to meet the growing demand for housing in Birmingham.

Members of the Project Fields campaign to save the green belt organised the protest this morning.

Protest on greenbelt land that is expected to be developed to address Birmingham's housing shortage. Credit: ITV News Central

"Current projections show that there will be a need for more than 80,000 homes in Birmingham by 2031 as a result of an anticipated population increase of 150,000. As required by law, we have carefully looked at all available sites for housing and the BDP offers the best possible solutions to the challenging situation we face."

– Birmingham City Council Statement
Residents in Walmley gather against plans to develop housing on greenbelt land off the A38 Credit: ITV News Central

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Car shoots off road and smashes through house

A car careered off the road in Streetly last night, before smashing through a house.

The driver was pulled out of the car by a passer by, and she was taken to hospital for treatment. The homeowner was not injured.

Firefighters were called to the scene on Thorn Hill Road at 10.30pm last night, to find the detached house's porch completely destroyed.

They spent an hour working at the scene, before passing the incident over to the police.

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