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Midlands council worker killed in Tunisia - reports

A council worker from the Tipton area was among those killed in yesterday's terrorist attack in Tunisia, according to reports.

At least five Britons have been confirmed dead in the attack at the beach resort of Sousse.

Sandwell Council told ITV News the man's death has yet to be confirmed and they are awaiting official confirmation.


Pensioner seriously hurt in mobility scooter crash

Map showing area of collision Credit: ITV News Central

Police are investigating after a pensioner was knocked from his mobility scooter in Tipton by a vehicle.

The 88-year-old man was crossing Toll End Road near to Ocker Hill Roundabout when the collision happened at around 11:20am on Friday morning.

He is being treated in hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Sergeant Alan Wood said:

"People who stopped at the scene to help have been spoken to but I am keen to speak to anyone who may have actually witnessed the collision."

– Sergeant Alan Wood, West Midlands Police

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.


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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