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Police step up patrols after serious sexual assault

The assault happened in Stirchley, Telford Credit: PA

Police have stepped up patrols after a serious sexual assault in Stirchley, Telford on Sunday (25 June).

West Mercia Police said a woman was walking in Havenwood, Stirchley at around 9.30pm when a man approached and sexually assaulted her.

The woman, in her 20s, approached a member of the public for help, who then called police.

Detective Inspector Rob Mountford said:

I understand that news of this incident will be alarming for the local community. West Mercia Police takes incidents of this nature very seriously. A full and thorough investigation is underway and reassurance patrols are also taking place.

I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time who saw anyone acting suspiciously to contact police; the information you have could prove vital to our investigation.

– Detective Inspector Rob Mountford

Ambulance called to home almost 500 times in one year

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request Credit: PA

An ambulance was called to one Birmingham city centre address almost five hundred times in just one year.

And new figures have revealed a patient was taken to hospital 89 times from the unnamed Edgbaston property by West Midlands Ambulance staff.

A Freedom of Information request showed this was the number of 999/101 calls from the home in 2016

The full address has not been revealed, though it is believed to be in the city centre/Edgbaston region between Hagley Road and Edgbaston resevoir.

The Birmingham address takes over from a property in Alcester, Worcestershire, which received the most ambulance callouts in 2015 with 241 calls registered.

Three of the top ten addresses for ambulance calls in 2016 came from Wolverhampton, with three addresses accounting for 660 calls between them.

Addresses also responsible for a combined 442 calls between them were:

  • West Bromwich
  • Walsall
  • Telford

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman declined to comment on the figures. She said:

The trust cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman
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