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Police investigate 'deliberate' house fire

Investigations continue into a West Bromwich house fire which police say was started deliberately Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Investigations are continuing into a fire at a house in West Bromwich, which police say was started deliberately.

Three teenage boys and their parents had to jump from a bedroom window to escape at around 5am yesterday.

They were treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze in Ruskin Street.

Family jump from first floor to escape 'suspicious' fire

A family of five had to jump from a bedroom window this morning after a 'suspicious' fire at their home in West Bromwich.

The alarm was raised at just after 5am this morning. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The mum, dad and three teenage boys had to be treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze in Ruskin Street, which started at just after 5am.

Police have said they believe the fire may have been started deliberately.


Four arrested after man 'critically injured' in assault

Four people have been arrested after a man was attacked and left critically injured in West Bromwich last night.

Police were called to Jervoise Lane, Stone Cross at around 12.45am and found a man collapsed in the street, having been assaulted.

A man in his 30s had was found with a serious head injury and a second man, also in his 30s, was taken to hospital having been assaulted.

One man remains in a critical condition and the other has been discharged following treatment.

DC Pete Miller from Force CID in Smethwick, said:

The men appear to have been approached while walking home along Jervoise Lane.

We believe that the offenders may well have been attempting to rob them but ran off without anything.

The man’s injuries are quite serious and he is in hospital in a critical condition at this time.

We need to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have seen the attack or people running away from the scene.

Police detained four men, aged 17, 18, 19 and 20, a short distance away moments after the attack. They were all arrested on suspicion of assault and remain in police custody.

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

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 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
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