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Hunt for men who attacked victim in broad daylight

Police are working to trace two men who attacked a man in broad daylight, leaving him with a broken jaw Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are working to trace two men who attacked a man in broad daylight, leaving him with a broken jaw.

The 35-year-old victim was walking along Upper Church Lane in Tipton at noon on December 15, when a pair of men who had walked past him turned around and punched him in the face.

The attackers then ran down the street, got into a white Ford Transit van and drove away.

"This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on a lone man in broad daylight.

"As a result of their actions, this man suffered a broken jaw, in two places, and needed surgery.

"We want to hear from anyone who knows these two men or who has information to help us with this investigation."

– PC James Finnegan, from the violent crime team of West Midlands Police

The first attacker is described as an Asian man, in his mid 20s or mid 30s, of stocky build, with black brushed back hair, approximately 5ft 8in to 6ft tall. He is described as having very large hands, wearing a dark green short sleeved t-shirt and blue jeans.

The second man was also Asian and in his mid 20s to mid 30s, of medium build, with short black hair, approximately 5ft 4in tall, wearing a dark blue tracksuit top with a hood and bottoms.

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Couple suffer serious injuries in bus collision in Tipton

The scene of the crash in Toll End Road Credit: John Kennett

Five people have been taken to hospital, two with serious injuries, following a collision involving a car and a bus in the Black Country.

An air ambulance and five ambulance crews and were sent to Toll End Road, Tipton shortly after 1.20pm today

A man and woman were cut free from the car before the woman was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with head, back and chest injuries.

The male driver was taken by ambulance to the same hospital with head injuries.

Three bus passengers were taken to hospital with back and neck pain.

Midlands Air Ambulance airlifted a woman to hospital Credit: John Kennett
Damage to the bus in Toll End Road Credit: John Kennett

Two schoolboys charged with firearm offences

Two schoolboys have appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates Court charged with firearm offences.

The pair, aged 14 and 15, were arrested on Thursday by police investigating four gunpoint robberies across Tipton.

They are accused of robbery, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

An 18-year-old man from Yardley in Birmingham arrested at the same time as the two boys has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

School children arrested in armed robberies probe

Three teenage boys have been arrested after what was believed to be a gun was brandished in a series of robberies across Tipton yesterday.

The boys - aged 14, 15 and 18 - were arrested on suspicion of robbery and two air weapons were recovered.

The first robbery was reported at around 8.30pm when a 14-year-old girl handed over cash on Webb Road after being threatened with a suspected handgun.

At around 8.50pm a 16-year-old boy was assaulted on Bourne Road and a few minutes later two teenagers had their phones stolen after being threatened on Powis Avenue.

Fortunately the people who were robbed are not seriously hurt but being threatened with what appeared to be a firearm must have been terrifying.

We recovered two items which, when examined, turned out to be air weapons.

We have local officers who have been at schools in the area today to give young people an assembly on the dangers of carrying weapons and to reassure people that we take incidents of this nature very seriously.

Fortunately this is an extremely rare occurrence for Tipton. I want to reassure people that we have taken action and arrested three people and that if anyone has any concerns then please speak to one of the local officers who can allay any fears.

– Inspector Akeel Najib, West Midlands Police

Toddlers parents 'feel like luckiest in world' after fall

The parents of a toddler who fell from a first floor window say they 'feel like the luckiest in the world', after their daughter survived and returned home.

Lilly Taylor fell from her bedroom window last Thursday, but returned home after just five days in hospital - which involved having emergency brain surgery.

Stephanie Morton and Craig Taylor said they thought she would have to stay in hospital for months.

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Baby hurt in horrific fall arrives home after brain surgery

A 16-month-old baby girl has arrived home from hospital after an horrific fall from a window at her home in Tipton.

Lilly Taylor Credit: BPM Media

Lilly Taylor plummeted to the ground from the upstairs of the house after being put to bed for a nap last Thursday.

She smashed her head on concrete and bricks in the garden, fracturing her skull and knocking herself unconscious.

She needed 60 stitches in her head and had to have emergency brain surgery.

Lilly needed to have emergency brain surgery. Credit: BPM Media

Man drags mattress onto street to help woman caught in flat fire

A local resident from Tipton has described the moment he dragged his mattress from his bedroom onto the street for a neighbour to jump onto after a flat fire.

Two people escaped the blaze, which was described as 'serious'.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the fire overnight.

Gurvinder Takhar has been speaking to ITV News Central about the moment.

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