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Arrest after couple lose everything in removal fraud

Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, lost all of their possessions when moving home Credit: Good Morning Britain

A man has been questioned by police on suspicion of theft after a family from Bilston lost everything they owned in a removal van fraud.

Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, had their furniture, clothes, photographs and engagement gifts stolen by two men they had booked as removal men over Facebook.

The couple were moving out of their home in Mount Pleasant with their seven-month-old daughter on 25 September when a 'man with a van' drove off with all of their possessions, worth around £10,000. They were moving into their new flat in Walsall.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on 2 October. He has since been bailed pending further investigation.

Mystery of taxi abandoned in Walsall waterway

The cab was found in a canal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Police are investigating after an abandoned taxi was found submerged in a canal.

Specialist search teams scoured the Walsall waterway before the empty red Renault Megane was pulled out of the water at 10.45pm on Thursday.

Crews in the Walsall waterway Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Firefighters from Perry Barr, Aldridge and Bloxwich carried a thorough search of the towpaths and canal bank near the waterway in Wood Lane, Pelsall.

There was no trace of anyone inside the cab and no-one was found in the water.

Police are investigating the abandoned vehicle Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

A West Midlands Police investigation into the incident is continuing. A spokeswoman said the owner was still being sought.

Floyd Mayweather to visit Leicester and Walsall

Mayweather has tweeted that he is due to take a tour of the UK and Europe. Credit: PA Wire

The American boxing superstar and WBO, WBC and WBA welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather is set to visit the Midlands this October.

The 38-year-old tweeted that both Leicester and Walsall would be included on his UK and European tour to over 6 million of his followers.

No further details will be announced, but it is believed the events are to offer fans a chance to meet the multi-time world champion.


Police 'extremely worried' about missing man

Arthur Deeming Credit: West Midlands Police

Police say they are 'extremely worried' about a man who has gone missing from his home in Walsall.

Arthur Deeming left his house in Hunts Lane, Short Heath around 8pm on Wednesday.

Arthur, 44, does not have any belongings with him and officers say he may be in his white Ford Transit box van, which has the registration number X4 CFD.

"We are extremely concerned for Mr Deeming’s welfare and his family are very worried.

"I would urge anyone who has seen him to get in touch with us on 101."

– Inspector Steve Willetts from Walsall Police

Mr Deeming is white, 5’9" tall and of medium build. He has short brown hair and is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a brown and red check shirt, brown chino trousers and brown trainers.

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