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Six suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Walsall

West Midlands police made the arrests today in Walsall Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Six people thought to be illegal immigrants have been arrested in Walsall by West Midlands Police.

A lorry driver was also detained on suspicion of smuggling them into the country in a refrigerated lorry.

West Midlands Police were alerted at around 3.15pm by an emergency call from a member of the public reporting people jumping from the back of a truck in Brockhurst Crescent near the M6 at junction 8.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group arrested three people, believed to be Vietnamese, at the scene along with the driver.

The search that followed revealed another three people, believed to be Iranian nationals, hiding nearby.

The six have been arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally while the driver will be questioned on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK.

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Seventeen years in jail for man who attacked Birmingham father with concrete slab

James Macmillan has been handed a fifteen year prison sentence Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who tried to kill a Birmingham dad by repeatedly hitting him over the head with a concrete slab has been given a seventeen year prison sentence.

James Macmillan aunched an unprovoked attack on his 40-year-old victim after coming across him in Stud Lane in Stechford on 20 December last year.

The 24-year-old tried to start a fight with the man – who was walking to the chemist – goading him and hurling abuse before hitting him twice on the head with a stone taken from the floor.

He fled the scene, leaving the man critically ill in the street, and ran for cover at his mother’s address nearby.

Witnesses contacted the police regarding the incident and Macmillan eventually handed himself in to West Midlands Police in January.

He admitted attempted murder at a court hearing in June and was sentenced today at Birmingham Crown Court to 17 years in prison; he will also be subject to a five-year licence period upon his eventual release.

Trio jailed for violent Wolverhampton robbery

The three men were jailed for robbery in Wolverhampton Credit: West Midlands Police

Three men who robbed a Wolverhampton shopkeeper, threatening him with a machete and pistol-whipping him, have all been handed lengthy jail sentences.

Isaac Frazer (left), Ashley Haughton (centre) and Zubair Khan (right) ambushed the man in a courtyard near his home in Newhampton Road, Whitmore Reans, in the early hours of 13 December last year.

Frazer struck the man around the head several times with an imitation gun while Haughton brandished a machete.

The pair fled along with look-out Khan, from Seymour Road in Oldbury, with cash and key’s to the man’s van but were tackled by locals nearby as they tried to drive away.

Minutes later police swooped on the scene and arrested the trio for carrying out the violent robbery.

During a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court all three denied any involvement in the crime but a jury found them guilty.

Frazer, aged 33, was handed a 12-year sentence, Haughton, 26, was jailed for a decade and Khan, also 26, was given eight years behind bars.

Missing Sutton Coldfield teenager found safe and well

A teenager who had been missing from her home in Sutton Coldfield for over a week has been found safe and well, according to West Midlands Police.

Kayleigh Butler had been missing since Sunday 26 July but has now been found.

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Man left unable to walk after road rage incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left unable to walk with serious leg injuries in a road rage incident in Walsall.

The 54-year-old was driving along Primley Avenue in Alumwell at 2pm on 21 June when a dark green Renault Clio pulled out in front of him and blocked the road.

Both drivers got out of their cars and began to argue with one another, with a third man then joining the argument. The victim was then assaulted by the other two men resulting in the tendons in his legs being torn, a broken knee cap and bruising.

The driver of the Clio is described as white, in his late 20s, around 6ft tall and of slim build. He has short, fair hair and possibly has some facial scarring. The third man who joined in is described as black, in his early 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build.

Anyone who witnessed the assault is also urged to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two charged with terror offences after West Midlands police joint operation

A 24-year-old man from Reading and a 23-year-old woman from Earley have been charged with terrorism offences after a joint operation between the West Midlands and South East Counter Terrorism Units.

Mohammed Rehman, from Radstock Road, Reading and Sana Ahmed Khan, from Hutton Close, Earley, Wokingham, have both been charged this evening with preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK.

Rehman has further been charged with possession of articles for terrorist purposes.

Both will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday 5 June.

They were detained on Thursday 28 May. Their homes were searched and a number of items were removed for forensic examination.

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