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Man critically ill after single punch in Walsall

The man police would like to talk to

A man is critically ill in hospital after being floored by a single punch in a Walsall bar last night (16 June) and police have released images of the prime suspect.

The 30-year-old suffered a bleed on the brain following the attack in Yates on Leicester Street at around 9.30pm.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images is urged to contact detectives as soon as possible.

We have a man who is currently fighting for his life in hospital and it’s vital we find the person responsible.

I would appeal to anyone who can assist us with this inquiry to get in touch. I would also appeal directly to the man in the image if he recognises himself to do the right thing and come forward.

– Detective Inspector Greg Evans

Man ordered to pay £2.2m for running cannabis farm network

A cannabis dealer from Walsall has been ordered to pay £2.2 million or face a jail term for more than 10 years.

Credit: West Midlands Police

In the last month drug dealers and a thief have been ordered to hand back cash or face extended jail terms, with money recovered to be used on community or crime prevention projects.

Nirmal Saund, who posed as a respected businessman but co-ordinated a multi-million pound cannabis farm network has been ordered to pay back £2.2 million after a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

The 52 year-old, from Skip Lane, was jailed for 10 years and six months after renting industrial units and residential addresses across the Midlands.

His nephew Darryl Saund, aged 32, of Foxcote Drive, Shirley, who was sentenced to nine years for his role in the operation, was told to pay back £114,115 at an earlier hearing.

This was a sophisticated drugs network and officers carried out a lot of diligent work to identify cash which was put into multiple accounts.

We worked with a variety of law enforcement agencies internationally and this case should act as a warning; we will leave no stone unturned in making sure criminals do not prosper from their crimes.

– Detective Constable Derek Tinsley, Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART)

West Midlands Police also took action against Mann Singh Landa, who stole money from gaming machines and was told he must return £42,000 or be jailed for a further two years after a POCA hearing on 26 May.

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