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Dementia sufferer missing in Birmingham

Samuel McEwan went missing last night Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Birmingham are urgently searching for a dementia sufferer who has gone missing.

Samuel McEwan left St Anne’s Community Centre in Bradford Street, Digbeth at around 7pm last night.

Officers believe the 69-year-old from Warwards Lane, Selly Oak could be travelling on the bus network as he has a bus pass.

"We are very concerned for Mr McEwan’s welfare and fear that due to his condition, he may be unable to find his way home.

"We urgently need to hear from anyone who may have seen him since last night."

– Sergeant Mike Richards, from Birmingham South police

Mr McEwan is described as a heavily built Irish man, 6 feet 1 inches tall with receding grey hair, clean shaven, blue eyes and a ruddy complexion and glasses.

He was wearing a beige bomber jacket with a Welsh and Irish flag over a white checked shirt and black cord trousers.

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Long-serving Midlands MP to stand down

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd is to stand down Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of the West Midlands’ longest-serving MPs is to stand down after 35 years in Parliament.

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd has written to the chairman of his constituency party to say he will not stand again at next year’s general election.

The Tory, who has represented Aldridge-Brownhills since 1979, is 71. He was knighted in 2003.

Missing Scottish woman may be in Birmingham

Laura Gorrie has not been seen since October 10, when she said she was visiting ASDA in her home city of Edinburgh Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Edinburgh are asking for the public's help to trace a 32-year-old woman who may be in Birmingham.

Laura Gorrie has not been seen since October 10, when she said she was visiting ASDA in her home city of Edinburgh. She has gone missing on a number of occasions before, when she has travelled to London, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Blackpool and Glasgow.

Police believe Ms Gorrie may be staying in a hostel in Glasgow, Dundee, Birmingham or London.

Officers say that she is a particularly vulnerable person who depends on regular medication which she did not take with her.

Laura is described as white, 5 ft 8in, of large build, with long brown/strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and glasses. She has a Tasmanian devil tattoo on her upper right arm, with an ’S’ above and ’Dad’ below. She was last seen wearing a grey, hooded, ’Slazenger’ jumper and navy blue jogging bottoms.

Hereford FC pay council more than £50,000 in unpaid rent

Hereford United has paid back more than £50,000 in unpaid rent to the county council today.

Hereford FC Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Club chairman Andy Lonsdale told ITV News Central that the payment was in response to a council attempt to take ownership of the Edgar Street ground last night, and threats of legal action.

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Supporters hope 'this is beginning of the end' for owners

A member of the Hereford United Supporters trust says he is 'despondent' about everything that has gone on at the club.

Mike Baldwin says there have been broken promises and that he wants to see the owners stand down.

The reaction comes after Herefordshire council went to repossess Edgar Street over the club's unpaid rent.

Councils say term time holiday rules should be overturned

Tough new rules on term time holidays should be overturned, council leaders urge.

Tough new rules on term time holidays should be overturned, council leaders urge. Credit: ITV News Central

The current law can lead to fines for parents who take their children out of school without permission.

Council leaders say headteachers should decide whether to allow pupils to be taken out of school.

The Local Government Association (LGA) says the current law fails to recognise family life is not simple and there may be times when parents need to take children out of lessons for legitimate reasons.

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