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Brave teen who scared off burglar and protected sister nominated for PCC award

A 15-year-old who scared a burglar from her home has been nominated for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Outstanding Young Citizen award.

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Millie Dee from West Bromwich came face-to-face with the crook, armed with a bag of tools, on the stairs of her home.

She screamed ‘get out of my house!’ at the top of her voice and leading to the burglar fleeing.

She also made sure her 12-year-old sister Amber was safe in a bedroom upstairs before calmly calling 999 for the police, giving officers the ‘most detailed and precise description of an offender’ they had heard.

Millie will find out if she has won the award at the PCC’s Outstanding Citizens ceremony on July 13 at The Rep in Birmingham. She was nominated by West Midlands Police.

It was a Saturday morning and I was out at work and their dad was walking the dog.

There was a knock at the door and Millie noticed a strange car and a man she didn’t recognise outside. So she told Amber to leave it and they both stepped away from the door.

But he came back around 20 minutes later, broke in through the conservatory. The first thing Millie heard of it is the click of the living room door and then they were face-to-face on the stairs.

Millie screamed at the top of her lungs and he ran away the way he came. She called the police and stayed so calm and collected.

They say your reaction is either fight or flight and I’m really proud she stood her ground. She also gave a great description of the burglar. She was so observant considering it was just seconds. She and her little sister Amber worked as a team on that day and I am proud of them both.

– Millie's mum, Karen

The awards are our chance to say 'thank you' to those people who make the West Midlands a better place.

Millie was so brave on the day in question – there are not many people out there who would have stood their ground and been so fearless.

The fact that she was also able to give such a precise and detailed description given the circumstances is incredible. Well done, Millie.

– West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson


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Weekend Picks: Let's Rock Birmingham!

Let's Rock Birmingham!: Sat 11th June (Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich)

British Pop singer Kim Wilde performs on stage in 2012 Credit: Revierfoto / DPA/PA Images

Let’s Rock Birmingham! takes place at Sandwell Valley Country Park this weekend.

The line-up of artists including Holly Johnson, Kim Wilde, Jimmy Somerville and ABC, will bring visitors some of the very best music from the 80s.

The event is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy a range of activities including a circus workshops, face painting, crafts, tricycles and the “Disco Shack”.

VIP tickets allow access to a funky 80s themed VIP enclosure, where you can sit back and relax in the comfy chill out zone or enjoy the outdoor seating area.

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Weekend Picks: St George’s Day Celebrations in West Bromwich and Sandwell

This Saturday Manor House Museum will host a St George’s Day Family Fun Day.

St George’s Day Celebrations Credit: Sandwell Council Museums Service

There will be a re-enactment encampment, magic, crafts and much more. Food will also be available.

Then on Sunday it’s the annual St George's Day Parade and Family Fun Day. A parade will leave Westminster Road around 10.45am and arrive at Dartmouth Park an hour later.

The Royal British Legion will lead the parade and a remembrance and respect ceremony and one minute silence in the park at 12 noon.

The fun day then runs until 5pm, with a host of entertainment, including Pat Collins Fun Fair, At the fun day there’ll be bouncy castles, slides, go-karts, live performances and a children’s magic show.

There will be loads to see and do, and visitors can get a glimpse of this beautiful 13th century building. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.

– Jane Hanney, Sandwell Council’s Museums Service

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Murder investigation underway after man dies in West Bromwich

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Police have arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at a house in West Bromwich.

Officers were called to a property on Campville Crescent just before 2pm after reports of a stabbing.

A man believed to be in his early 40s died at the scene and another man believed to be in his early 20s has been taken to hospital.

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