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CCTV images of pharmacy robbery released

CCTV image Credit: West Midlands Police

Sandwell Police have released CCTV images of a man thought to be responsible for an attempted robbery in a West Bromwich pharmacy. The images were captured in Beacon View Chemist on Beacon View Road at just before 10am on Saturday 15 February.

A man wearing women’s tights over his face and armed with a knife demanded sleeping tablets and cash, but the pharmacist fought the would-be robber off with a plastic box and chased him from the store.The robber is described as a heavily built white man, 6 ft 2 ins tall and aged between 20 and 30.

CCTV image Credit: West Midlands Police

The incident is currently being linked to a robbery at PJ Ingram Pharmacy in West Bromwich High Street on Saturday 25 January shortly after 4.30pm, where a man fitting the same description demanded the same brand of sleeping tablets.

DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith, from Force CID, said: "We are linking these two incidents and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or who has any information which will lead us to identify him."

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Firefighters tackle scrap yard fire overnight

Thirty firefighters were called to tackle a blaze which swept through a West Bromwich scrap yard overnight.

Several cars were destroyed in the fire, which broke out at the yard in Lath Lane late yesterday evening.

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Scrap yard fire in progress in Lath Lane, West Bromwich. 5 fire engines and 1 aerial in attendance......more to follow

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Scrap yard fire in Lath Lane, West Bromwich is now under control. Majority of the fire is now out, approx 6 vehicles still alight.

Man due to be sentenced over West Bromwich murder

Jagdev Singh Rai was yesterday found guilty of murdering his friend Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who murdered his friend and threw his body into a lake in West Bromwich is due to be sentenced today.

Jagdev Singh Rai lured his friend Jasbir Singh Bains to Dartmouth Park, slit his throat and flung his body into the water.

Rai stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds from the death.

For full background on the case, click here.

Murderer labelled 'a cold-blooded killer' by police

West Midlands Police have called Jagdev Singh Rai, who murdered his friend for an insurance pay-out, a 'cold-blooded killer'.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said:

It was a difficult and complex investigation, taking us many months to build up the evidence to identify Rai as a suspect, but as a result of old-fashioned detective work, we quickly built a strong case against him.

The evidence we uncovered, although circumstantial, presented a very compelling case, one that the jury agreed was right.

He denied the murder from day one but I’m glad the jury saw through his lies and that this cold-blooded killer is facing a lengthy period of imprisonment.

– Detective Inspector Warren Hines

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Man tried to plot 'the perfect murder' of friend

After a man was found guilty today of murdering his friend as part of an insurance con, West Midlands Police have described how he was 'secretly plotting' the 'perfect murder'.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Jagdev Singh Rai stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds from killing his friend, Jasbir Singh Bains, in November 2012.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said:

In the last few months of his life, Jasbir had a difficult existence; he had no fixed home, was an alcoholic and had little direction in life.

Through it all, he thought he had a friend in Jamie Rai who, in the few weeks before his death, was very hospitable and let him sleep in a van parked at the back of his house.

But Rai was secretly plotting what he thought would be the perfect murder; he would become a rich man by killing his ‘friend’, out of sight of the public and away from any CCTV cameras.

– Detective Inspector Warren Hines

Murderer stood to make six-figure-sum from killing friend

Jasbir Singh Bains, was murdered by his friend for insurance money Credit: West Midlands Police

Jagdev Singh Rai, who murdered his friend Jasbir Singh Bains in November 2012, stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds, a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Mr Rai, found guilty today, changed his name to Jasbir Bains, the same as the victim’s, eight years ago and took out a life assurance policy worth almost £319,000 two years later.

He then executed a trust deed which meant his own children would be the beneficiaries of the policy in the event of Jasbir’s death.

The prosecution claimed this was the reason for the murder.

Man guilty of murdering friend in West Bromwich

Jagdev Singh Rai found guilty of murdering his friend Credit: West Midlands Police

A man has been found guilty of murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court today.

The jury heard how Jagdev Singh Rai lured a friend to Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich, on the night of November 27th 2012, when he killed him.

Jasbir Singh Bains, from Sandwell, was murdered and thrown into a lake.

Mr Rai is yet to be sentenced.

Markus Rosenberg: Former West Brom player leaves entire contents of Midlands home to charity

Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom
Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom Credit: PA

Former West Brom striker Markus Rosenberg has left the entire contents of his Solihull home to charity.

The Swedish player had his contract cancelled by mutual consent at the start of February.

Before leaving, he donated everything inside his house to the Sue Ryder care centre.

It took six hours for the charity to clear his furniture, kitchen plates, cutlery and utensils.

The organisation is expected to raise several thousand pounds from the items.

Karen Rogers, Sue Ryder's regional retail manager said:

"Support like this is amazing, and helps Sue Ryder provide incredible care to over 16,000 people living with life-changing illness across the UK.

"Just one bag of unwanted clothes could help us provide four hours of incredible hospice and neurological care to people with life-changing illness across the UK.

"With help like this we can continue to support people with the care they need and deserve, so thank you to Markus for supporting us."

Rosenberg was less generous with his goals for the Baggies, failing to score in his 33 appearances.

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