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Man in court accused of abducting missing teenager

A Birmingham man has appeared in court, accused of child abduction, in connection with the disappearance of a West Bromwich teenager.

Mohammed Khan, of Arundel Place, Sparkhill was arrested when police visited his flat on Saturday morning and found a missing 13-year-old girl, who was last seen by her concerned family on 29 July,

Khan, 20, was arrested on suspicion of abducting the teenager along with a 16-year-old boy who was also at the flat. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 23-year-old man arrested earlier this month in connection with the girl’s disappearance remains on police bail while inquiries continue.

Khan was charged on Sunday night with child abduction and appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday where he was remanded in custody. He will appear before Birmingham Crown Court on 8 September.

Photo released of six-year-old killed in West Brom crash

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Lena Chalajczak died from her injuries in hospital Credit: West Midlands Police

The family of a six-year-old girl, who died in a car crash in West Bromwich last week, have released a picture of her.

Lena Chalajczak was killed while crossing Lyng Lane with her mother at around 5.15pm on 7 August, after they were involved in a collision with a Land Rover Freelander.

Lena and her mother were taken to hospital and despite the best efforts of medical staff, Lena later died from her injuries.

Lena’s mother suffered minor injuries in the collision and was released from hospital days later.

The driver of the Freelander was interviewed at the scene and is helping officers with their inquiries.

Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said:

This is a tragic event in which a young child lost her life and our thoughts go out to her family and friends at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.

Lena’s family have kindly offered this beautiful picture of their little girl but are understandably too devastated at the moment to put together a full tribute.

We know she was a pupil at Lodge primary school in West Bromwich, where she has been described as a very popular pupil, and she recently received a glowing report.

Our specialist family liaison officers continue to liaise with the family and help them through this very sad time.

An inquest into Lena’s death was opened and adjourned yesterday.


Man arrested in connection with missing West Brom girl

Sabeela Waid has been missing since 29 July Credit: West Midlands Police

A 23-yr-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 13-yr-old girl as we grow increasingly concerned.

A man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a teenage girl, as police grow increasingly concerned of her whereabouts.

Sabeela Waid, 13, was last seen by relatives on 29 July as she left her West Bromwich home.

Information has led police to believe Sabeela could be in the east Birmingham area.

She is described as Asian, around 5ft 3" tall and was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, grey skinny jeans and navy blue hi-top trainers with white laces.

Inspector Sally Ford, from West Bromwich police station, said:

Sabeela is not in any trouble but being only 13 we need to locate her and make sure she is safe and well.

We believe that she may be in the Sparkhill or Bordesley Green area of Birmingham and we are urging people who may recognise Sabeela or know of her whereabouts to contact the police.

A 23-year-old man was arrested by police investigating Sabeela’s disappearance earlier this week, on suspicion of abduction. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police appeal after child killed in West Brom crash

A six-year-old girl has died after she and her mother were hit by a car in West Bromwich.

The child was with her mother in Lyng Lane yesterday afternoon when they were hit by a Land Rover. She later died from her injuries.

The crash happened on Lyng Lane yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

The mother, who is in her 30s, is still being treated in hospital but her injuries are not thought to be serious.

The driver of the Land Rover was interviewed at the scene and is assisting police with their investigation.

Sgt Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said:

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision.

This is a tragic event and we are currently following up a number of enquiries.

It is important that we piece together the events leading up to the collision and I would appeal directly to anyone with any information, no matter how small it may seem, to contact myself or any member of my team.

– Sgt Paul Hughes, West Midlands Police

Woman granted bail for mental health assessment

A 23-year-old woman has been bailed to a secure unit for a mental health assessment after she was arrested during a police investigation into Goldfield Court.

Several members of staff who live and work at Goldfield Court have been taken ill alongside residents, who have all experienced symptoms similar to food poisoning.

West Midlands Police are continuing their investigation into the exact cause of the illness.

An 23-year-old woman has been arrested and bailed to a secure unit for a mental health assessment while the police investigation continues.

Enquires are on-going and police are working with the management of the extra care unit along with health care professionals and Sandwell social services to progress the investigation.

Anyone with information in relation to the investigation should contact Sandwell Police by dialling 101, anyone with any concerns should contact the extra care unit.

– West Midlands Police


Care worker suspended over residents and staff illness

A care worker from Goldfield Court care home in Sandwell, West Bromwich has been suspended after residents and staff were taken ill with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Housing and Care 21, which runs Goldfield Court in partnership with Sandwell Council has confirmed the suspension.

Housing and Care 21 can confirm that a care worker has been suspended from Goldfield independent living scheme in West Bromwich. We are providing information and assistance to the police and Sandwell Adult Social Care Services and will support them with any further investigation.

Our thoughts are with both residents and staff at the Goldfield community and we are ensuring they are supported during this difficult time.

– Housing and Care 21

Arrest after staff and residents fall ill at care home

The symptoms have been described as 'similar to food poisoning'
The symptoms have been described as 'similar to food poisoning' Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA/Press Association Images

An arrest has been made after residents and staff were taken ill at Goldfield Court care home in Sandwell, West Bromwich.

An individual is assisting police in their inquires after several staff and residents showed symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Further tests and inquiries are under way to determine the exact nature and cause of the illness.

Sandwell social services, management of the home and healthcare professionals are assisting West Midlands Police in their investigation.

Sandwell Council, which runs Goldfield Court in partnership with Housing and Care 21, made no statement and referred enquiries to West Midlands Police.

Blind Dave Heeley to run in Sahara desert

Blind Dave Heeley from West Bromwich plans to take on the Sahara foot race. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

The marathon runner and record breaker, Blind Dave, from West Bromwich has revealed his latest fundraising challenge which will take him to the desert.

Dave Heeley is the only blind person to have run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. He also is the only blind person to have run and cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End which is the equivalent of ten marathons in ten days.

In April 2015, the charity fundraiser will take on the Sahara Desert, one of the toughest foot races on earth with a distance of more than 150 miles and soaring temperatures to contend with.

Blind Dave during cycling challenge Credit: ITV News Central

Blind Dave will raise money for The Albion Foundation. He said: "Being an ambassador for the Albion Foundation has enabled me to see the fantastic work they do helping disable people to become involved in sport, in particular their blind football."

Drunken man seen walking down M5 motorway

Motorway police in the West Midlands are warning drivers on the M5 to be careful after a drunken male was seen wandering down the carriageway.


Currently watching a drunken male walking on the M5 J2-1. Drive carefully if you're anywhere near.

Officers tweeted that a male was seen walking between junction 2 for West Bromwich and 1 for Oldbury.

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