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Tipton couple make history as same sex marriage comes into force

Same sex couples will be able to wed from today as the new law permitting same sex marriage comes into force.

Rebecca Green and Sarah-Louise Billington at their commitment ceremony Credit: Matthew Billington Photography

Rebecca Green and Sarah-Louise Billington from Tipton will make history when they become one of the first couples to take advantage of the change in the law when they marry later this morning.

The couple have been together for three years and have an 18-month-old son.

Drug dealer John Anslow found not guilty of murder

John Anslow is currently serving 29 years in prison
John Anslow Credit: Staffordshire Police

A prisoner who at one point was considered Britain's most wanted man has been found not guilty of the murder of a father who was shot in his bed.

John Anslow, 33, from Tipton, was cleared by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court of arranging the murder of Richard Deakin, 27, in Chasetown, Staffordshire.

Richard Deakin was shot in his bed at his home
Richard Deakin was shot in his bed at his home Credit: Staffordshire Police

It can now be revealed that Anslow is currently in prison for a number of offences including conspiring to escape from prison and the supplying of drugs.

The gunman, David Harrison, and the driver of the getaway car, Darryl Dickens, were jailed for life for a minimum of 37 and 30 years respectively for the murder of Mr. Deakins.

David Harrison is serving life in prison for the murder of Richard Deakins
David Harrison is serving life in prison for the murder of Richard Deakins Credit: Staffordshire Police
Darryl Dickens is serving life in prison for murder
Darryl Dickens is serving life in prison for murder Credit: Staffordshire Police

Anslow, who denied involvement in the murder, had been on the run for more than a year after escaping from a prison van in Worcestershire in January 2012.

He was eventually arrested in Northern Cyprus in March 2013 for immigration offences and deported back to the UK.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Harding, who led the murder investigation, said: “We accept the decision returned by the jury today which follows a very lengthy investigation into the tragic murder of Burntwood man Richard Deakin, 27, in July 2010.

“We are very disappointed by the result but we cannot lose sight of the fact that Anslow is already serving a significant prison sentence"

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Police want to find man missing from Nottingham

Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in January Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from Nottingham, who also has links to areas of the West Midlands.

Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in the Radford area of Nottingham at about 8.30pm on Sunday 5 January this year.

The Polish national is known to have friends in Radford, Sherwood and Hyson Green in Nottingham, as well as Tipton in the West Midlands.

The 22-year-old is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair and a muscular build.

He has a number of distinctive tattoos, including a set of lips on his neck and a cat on his ankle.

He was last seen wearing a grey hooded jumper, dark jeans and black trainers.

Det Sgt Claire Fowler said:

We are extremely concerned about Bogdan and I know his family just want to know he is safe.

We are doing extensive enquiries in Nottinghamshire, including translations of our posters for the Polish community. We are also extending our search nationally in the hope that someone may recognise his picture or may have seen him.

Major Tipton fire started deliberately, fire crews say

A major fire at a wood recycling plant in Tipton was started deliberately, West Midlands Fire Service says.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out on Bloomfield Road on Sunday afternoon.

The force says it reviewed CCTV footage which shows the fire was an act of arson.

Two fire engines remain at the scene damping down and are expected to be there throughout the night.

Firefighters still on the scene of recycling plant blaze

Firefighters are still at the scene of a major fire at a recycling plant in Tipton.

One water jet is still in use this morning as crews tackle the blaze. Residents living in the area have been warned to keep their doors and windows closed due to the amount of smoke.

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The #tiptonfire is still causing large amounts of smoke in the area, residents need to keep their doors and windows closed.

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Fire crews work hard to keep Titon fire at bay

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The high volume pump has now arrived giving us more water. Crews working hard in the sunset #tiptonfire http://t.co/I77yKrIjk0

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