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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.

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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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Man arrested in police terror threat investigation 'eliminated from inquiry'

A man arrested in connection with a threat to kidnap and kill a West Midlands police officer has been eliminated from the inquiry.

The force was made aware of the threat on Monday night. Officers were kept on shift late for additional security briefings. The 31-year-old man arrested yesterday remains in custody but on immigration matters.

Man remains in custody following terror threats arrest

A man remains in custody following his arrest in connection with an investigation into terror threats made to West Midlands Police officers.

A 31 year-old man is currently being questioned by police over the alleged terror threats Credit: PA Wire

The 31-year-old was arrested at a house in the region by officers at the Counter Terrorism Unit.

Police have not confirmed the specific details of the case, but did not deny reports that there had been a threat to kidnap and kill a police officer.

Arrest made over West Midlands Police terror threats

A 31 year-old man is currently being questioned by police over the alleged terror threats Credit: PA Wire

A 31 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into terror threats made to West Midlands Police officers.

The man was arrested at a house in the region by officers at the Counter Terrorism Unit.

MP: Threats to police were 'serious and credible'

The MP for Selly Oak in Birmingham has said that violent threats against the police are an attempt to disrupt counter terrorism activity.

Steve McCabe MP added that he felt yesterday's threat sounded credible and "serious".

He said the public needed to co-operate with the police and the armed forces to defeat terrorism in the UK.

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