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Appeal launches to surrender guns or face life in jail

The gun surrender campaign has been launched as the maximum sentence changes to life in prison. Credit: PA

West Midlands Police have begun a gun surrender campaign asking people to give up any weapons they might have.

It comes as the maximum sentence for gun possession has been changed to life in prison.

The force hopes it will get more guns off the streets.


Escaped cows prove 'udderly unpredictable' for police

Police in Wolverhampton say their call out to a herd of cows on the loose this morning is an example of 'another udderly unpredictable day'.

Tweeting about the escape this morning on Windmill Crescent near Smestow School, Castlecroft, officers from West Midlands Police said:

We're pleased to report that the escaped cows are no longer causing an obstruction. Another udderly unpredictable day for @wmpolice!

Sixteen animals managed to escape at around 7:45am this morning, swapping their field for a patch of grassland on the housing estate.

It didn't take long for them to be moo-ved on however, as the video posted by the Express & Star shows!

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Mugshots of Birmingham terror pair released

Mugshots of two men from Birmingham who travelled to Syria to fight have been released after they earlier admitted preparing to carry out terrorist attacks.

Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, spent eight months in Syria last year, before being arrested at Heathrow Airport on their return home in January.

West Midlands Police released images of the pair posing with rifles during their visit to the war-torn country.

Mohammed Nahin Ahmed. Credit: West Midlands Police
Yusuf Sarwar. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police reveal names of Solihull double murder couple

The scene on Hermitage Road in Solihull yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

Police have revealed the names of a couple who were found murdered at their home in Solihull yesterday morning, as Pin Chang aged 58 and his wife Quoi Chang aged 50.

A post-mortem examination revealed both died from stab wounds at their home on Hermitage Road, after officers were called shortly after 5:00am on Monday.

A 23-year-old man remains under police guard in hospital in connection with the deaths.


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Judge delays sentencing in Birmingham terror case

Nahin Ahmed holding a toy gun - pre travel to Syria - in an image taken from his computer. Credit: West Midlands Police

Judge Topolski QC has said he would not pass sentence on the two men until a Court of Appeal decision about a similar case had been heard later this summer.

However, sentencing is due to open this afternoon.

The judge earlier told the court that he was willing to offer a reduction in sentence if the defendants were to plead guilty.

He described the case as a "grave one".

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Families of both men urged them to return from Syria

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar Credit: West Midlands Police

The families of Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar urged both men to return home when they realised they had gone to fight in Syria.

Sarwar's family reported him missing to police in May last year after they found a hand-written letter from him in which said he had left to join a terrorist group called Kataib al Muhajireen (KaM)- later renamed Kateeba al-Kawthar - "to do jihad".

Part of Sawar's letter to his family in which he says he is going to wage Jihad in Syria. Credit: West Midlands Police

Days earlier he had told his family he was travelling to Turkey as part of a two-week trip organised by Birmingham City University, where he was a part-time computer science student.

West Midlands Police said the men showed the mind-set to go and join the jihad in Syria, before carrying out research, buying equipment, and finally travelling a well-trod route to get inside the battle zone via Turkey.

Police release chilling photos of Syria terror pair

Sawar brandishing a gun during training in Syria Credit: West Midlands Police
This picture of Ahmed was found on the pair's return to the UK Credit: West Midlands Police
Surveillance footage of the pair arriving at Heathrow before they set off for Turkey Credit: West Midlands Police
Ahmed on his return to the UK in January, with his beard shaved off Credit: West Midlands Police

Syria terror men lied they were on holiday in Turkey

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed of Farcroft Avenue - both aged 22 - pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court today. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two young men from Birmingham who have pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism while in Syria, had lied to their parents they were actually on holiday in Turkey.

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed, who are both 22 and from Handsworth, bought one-way tickets in May 2013 then crossed the Syrian border to train with rebel fighters.

They were arrested by officers from the West Midlands Police counter terrorism unit when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.

Traces of military grade explosives were found on their clothing and pictures on their camera showed them brandishing weapons.

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