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Criminals' goods make £24,000 at auction

One of the items in the auction Credit: Astons Auctioneers

West Midlands Police have raised £24,000 at a special auction.

All the lots had been taken from criminals in the region and items under the hammer in Dudley yesterday included Rolex watches, alcohol, gold jewelry and household goods such as speakers.

A Rolex Yacht Master design watch was the most expensive item, selling for £6000.

This Rolex watch sold for £6000 Credit: Astons Auctioneers

All the money raised is going to the Active Citizens Fund that helps good causes in the region.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says the auction 'shows that crime doesn't pay'.

Teenager suffers serious head injuries in gang attack

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Police are investigating after a teenage boy suffered serious head injuries following an attack in Wolverhampton.

The 17-year-old was attacked by a group armed with weapons on Prestwood Road at around 5.30pm on Monday 6 February.

We are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy suffered serious head injuries following disorder in a Wolverhampton street a week ago.

He was taken to hospital after being hit over the head and has now been discharged.

Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and bailed pending further enquiries.


Report: Birmingham's Chinese community gets own police officer

West Midlands Police is hoping to strengthen relations with the Chinese community in Birmingham. They have dedicated a police officer to better understand the culture and build community links.

The force wants to encourage Chinese people to speak to them and report crime. Our reporter Rebecca Burrows went to the Chinese Quarter to find out what the community thought of the new role.


Police urgently trying to find missing man from Coventry

West Midlands Police say they are urgently trying to find a 48-year-old man who has gone missing from Coventry.

Jeffrey Bromley Credit: West Midlands Police

Jeffrey Bromley went missing from his brother's home in Wood End at around 10.30am on Sunday (15 January). Officers say they are concerned for his well-being.

Jeffrey is described as 6ft 1ins tall, with long dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey puffa style jacket.

Inspector Lucy Bird, from Solihull Police, said:

We are urgently trying to trace Jeffrey and would ask him to get in touch so we know he is safe and well.

We would also ask anyone who may have seen Jeffrey to contact us as soon as possible.

– Inspector Lucy Bird

Dealer gets five years in prison for 'cannabis factory'

Jabari Collins Credit: West Midlands Police

A dealer has been jailed for five years after a cannabis factory was discovered at his home in Birmingham.

Police officers discovered cocaine and 21 cannabis plants with hydroponic equipment to assist their growth at Jabari Collins’ address in Ryland Road in Erdington back in January. More than £11,500 in cash was also found.

They searched the property after finding cannabis on another man who had been seen leaving the address.

Collins, aged 33, admitted cultivation of cannabis, but denied possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of cash as criminal property.

He was found guilty after a short trial and sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court last week.

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