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Woman knocked unconscious in street robbery

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Police are hunting two men who knocked a woman unconscious as she unloaded her car in West Bromwich.

It happened as the 68-year-old woman unpacked her black Audi car, which was parked under the Premier Inn in High Street, around midday on Wednesday 1 April.

She was approached by a man, who hit her across the head, knocking her unconscious, before he and another man stole an orange DKNY handbag, a laptop and some hand luggage.

The woman was cut on the back of her head and her armed was injured.

Sergeant Wayne Dudley from Sandwell Police said:

This was an unprovoked nasty attack on a vulnerable woman as she was taking her things out of the car boot. Despite checking local CCTV and carrying out witness trawls, we haven’t been able to identify these two men. I am sure someone will know who they are or will have seen something before or shortly after the attack on April 1.

– Sergeant Wayne Dudley


Two people arrested suspected of terrorism offences

West Midlands Counter Terrorism officers have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK. The pair, aged 24 and 23, were arrested in Reading and Wokingham at 7.30pm this evening.

Officers say the pair didn't pose an imminent threat to the public.

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Lovers jailed for 'body in suitcase' canal murder

A man who murdered his friend and then dumped his body in suitcases in a canal, is beginning a prison sentence tonight.

Lorenzo Simon is thought to have used Michael Spalding for slave labour to decorate his flat in Smethwick and killed him once he'd finished. He enlisted the help of his girlfriend Michelle Bird to dispose of the suitcases, which were weighed down with broken paving slabs.

One was later found by a Canal & River Trust contractor after it floated to the surface. Chris Halpin reports.


Man in critical condition after Wolverhampton attack

The 44-year-old man was on his way to the train station when he received a serious blow to the head Credit: West Midlands Police

Wolverhampton detectives are investigating an attack that has left a 44-year-old man in a critical condition in hospital.

The Hertfordshire man was walking to the train station with a group of friends when the incident took place in Littles Lane in Wolverhampton yesterday afternoon. The group were outnumbered and the man received a serious blow to the head.

West Midlands Police are investigating, and appealing to anyone with information.

Students name their school café after devoted policeman

1,300 pupils at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr voted to name their caf1,300 pupils at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr voted to name the café 'Joe's coffee', after their favourite policeman Credit: West Midlands Police

1,300 pupils at a high school in Birmingham have voted to name their café "Joe's Coffee", to show their appreciation of the man who has been policing the area for 25 years.

Students and teachers say PC Joe Cahill's work with Broadway Academy in Perry Barr has helped reduce crime and bullying, and made the school a safer place.

"I call into the school each day on my beat and the students all come up to me and have a chat. They see me as a person they can speak to and if there is a problem I am there."

– PC Joe Cahill

Police appeal to Wolverhampton crash witnesses

The crash happened shortly before 1am this morning (Sunday 1 March) Credit: West Midlands Police

The crash happened on Bridgnorth Road in Compton in the early hours of the morning.

At the scene, officers found a blue Fiat Punto had left the road leaving the driver, from Wombourne in Wolverhampton, with multiple injuries. She remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

West Midlands Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward with information.

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