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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.

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.

Couple escape serious flat fire in Tipton overnight

A couple have escaped a serious flat fire in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the blaze just after 11:30pm yesterday.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Crews arrived on scene to find a property already well ablaze.

Two people, believed to be in their thirties, had apparently jumped to safety from a third floor window.

A woman was treated for smoke inhalation and conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Medics also treated a man for a fractured leg. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, leg splint and placed on an orthopaedic stretcher before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

20 firefighters tackle flat blaze overnight in Tipton

More than 20 firefighters attended a serious fire in a block of flats in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

It happened during the latest wave of firefighters strikes.

This was a serious fire in a low-rise block of flats, which had the potential to be a great deal worse.

It happened half-way through the latest one-hour strike by firefighters. However, our contingency plans were in place which meant that we were able to send five fire crews and one of our hydraulic platforms to the scene. They quickly put in place assertive tactics to deal with the fire safely and effectively.

At the end of the strike, when our night crews returned to duty across the brigade at midnight, a number attended the scene to support our contingency arrangements.

The fire affected all of the flat in which it started. Our expert fire investigators will be looking into what caused it.

– Area Commander Simon Shilton (Emergency Response) of WMFS

A man and a woman jumped from third storey windows to escape the blaze. Both were treated at the scene and taken to hospital.

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