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New Army Brigade for the Midlands

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A new Army Brigade has been formed in the Midlands - which is now one of the biggest in the UK.

The new 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade was formed from the former 11 Signal Brigade and 143 (West Midlands) Brigade, and will oversee 6,865 Regular and Reserve soldiers and 5,400 Cadets.

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The change is part of a wider Army restructuring programme and the new Brigade will be based at Venning Barracks in Shropshire.

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New army brigade to be formed in the West Midlands

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The 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade will be formed today at Venning Barracks in Telford.

The Brigade will be made up of the 11 Signal Brigade and the former 143 West Midlands Brigade which was based in Shrewsbury, as part of the Army restructuring programme - the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Signal and West Midlands Brigade will oversee seven regular Regiments and four reserve Regiments as well as taking responsibility for support to all Army units in the West Midlands- that's around 6,000 soldiers.

It will be the new face of the Army in the West Midlands.

  • Their role will include:
  • Supporting Army personnel and their families
  • Liaising with the employers of reserve soldiers
  • Overseeing Cadet Forces
  • Community relations
  • Helping with national projects like flood relief and events like the Commonwealth Games and Political Party Conferences.

In 2015 the area will host more soldiers as two Regiments are due to leave Germany and be permanently re-based at Beacon Barracks in Stafford.

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Georgia's father: 'I hope killer rots in jail forever and a day'

The father of murdered teenager Georgia Williams has said he hopes her killer "rots in jail" forever.

It comes as Jamie Reynolds, who admitted murder at Stafford Crown Court last year, appealed his whole-life sentence.

Speaking outside the court, her father Stephen said he felt that cold-blooded murder was the worst crime he could imagine.

Reynolds, 23, of Wellington, Shropshire, duped Miss Williams, 17, into going to his home under the pretence of holding a photo-shoot.

After a major search, her body was eventually found in a stream in remote woodland near Wrexham, and a post-mortem examination showed she died of asphyxia as a result of pressure to the neck.

Prosecutor David Crigman QC said during the original hearing that it had been a "scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder", and described Reynolds as a "a sexual deviant" who had "a morbid fascination in pornography depicting violence towards young women in a sexual context since at least 2008".

Reynolds' appeal is based on the amount of credit he believes he should have been given in relation to his age and guilty plea.

A decision is expected in the coming weeks.

Decision delayed in 'deviant' killer's sentence appeal

A decision on an appeal by a 'sexual deviant' who lured a 17-year-old girl to her death against his whole-life sentence has been delayed.

Reynolds lodged an appeal against his sentence earlier this year. Credit: West Mercia Police

Jamie Reynolds was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court last year after admitting murdering Georgia Williams.

Georgia Williams was murdered at Jamie Reynolds' Telford house in 2013. Credit: West Mercia Police

The judgement to his appeal at the Court of Appeal will be a written statement and is expected to be handed down over the next few days.

Georgia Williams' family were at court for today's hearing.

Misconduct notices for six Jamie Reynolds cops

Jamie Reynolds, who killed Georgia Williams and tried to strangle another teenage girl five years earlier Credit: West Mercia Police

Six West Mercia police officers have been served with misconduct notices over the way they handled murderer Jamie Reynolds' attack on a teenage girl.

The man who would go on to brutally murder 17-year-old Georgia Williams in 2013 lured a young girl back to his Telford home and tried to strangle her five years earlier. He used the pretence of a photo shoot in an attack that mirrored Georgia’s murder.

Georgia Williams was murdered at Jamie Reynolds' Telford house in 2013 Credit: West Mercia Police

The Shropshire Star is reporting that letters have been sent to the officers who dealt with that incident in 2008, summoning them to interview by detectives from Devon and Cornwall Police under Operation Columbia. The investigation will focus on how the force dealt with Jamie Reynolds at the time, when he was cautioned over that first attack.

Now aged 23, Reynolds is serving a full life sentence.

Man charged with murder of woman in Telford

A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Telford.

The body of the victim, who has now been formally identified as Davinia May Loynton, was discovered in a flat on St John’s Street, in the Wellington area of the town, on Monday afternoon.

Kevin Hyden, from Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford, will appear at Telford Magistrates Court tomorrow morning charged with her murder.

A 35-year-old-man, a 21-year-old man, a 21-year-old woman, a 50-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, all arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail pending further investigations.

A 77-year-old man from Telford, who was arrested earlier today on suspicion of assisting an offender and attempting to pervert the course of justice, has also been released on police bail.

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Thomas Telford School celebrating achievement on GCSE results day

Pupils at the Thomas Telford School have achieved a UK first Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

As pupils across the West Midlands get their GCSE results this morning, one school in Telford will be celebrating an extra special achievement.

Thomas Telford School today becomes the first comprehensive school in the country where every year 11 student has achieved the benchmark of at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C, including Maths and English.

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