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Jailed: Taxi driver who claimed 'American friend' was at the wheel of speeding cab

A taxi driver has been jailed for perverting the course of justice after falsely claiming a friend visiting from America was at the wheel when his cab was caught on camera speeding.

Nigel Taylor was jailed for four months Credit: PA

Nigel Taylor, from Sherbourne Grove in Birmingham, claimed he was asleep at home when his private hire vehicle was flashed by a speed camera in Pershore Road in August 2012 - and that a friend from Los Angeles had used the car without his permission.

In light of his alibi the prosecution was discontinued - but the enquiry was passed to West Midlands Police PC Steve Jevons at the West Midlands camera enforcement unit.

He probed the claim with Birmingham licensing enforcement officers and interrogation of Taylor’s driver records from his taxi base showed he was working at the time of the speeding offence - and had invented the story as he already had seven points on his licence.

Taylor was interviewed and admitted driving the vehicle at the time and was charged with perverting the course of justice after refusing a fixed-penalty ticket.

He was jailed for four months at Birmingham Crown Court and ordered to pay £580 costs.

West Midlands Police's soon-to-be puppy recruits

Trev, Ted, Tyler, Topsey, Trotter and Turvey Credit: SWNS

Trev, Ted, Tyler, Topsey, Trotter and Turvey are soon to be trained by West Midlands Police to help catch some of the toughest criminals in the region.

The seven-week-old Springer-Cocker Spaniel cross pups - known as Sprockers - were born last month.

They were born in August Credit: SWNS

They will be looked after until they are a year old, before beginning an eight week training programme to become specialist search or sniffer dogs.

“After their time with the puppy walkers, they’ll go on an eight-week course to develop their search instincts.

They’ll complete searches in buildings, streets, open spaces and vehicles with a view to becoming either a drugs sniffer dog or specialist search dog, depending on what they show an aptitude for.

But for now, it’s important they’re just allowed to be pups and have fun developing in a happy environment, without any fears.

Anyone over 18, who would normally be at home during the day to look after the pups can apply.

We’re also looking for puppy walkers as we’re quite low on numbers at the moment and could really do with some more volunteers."

– Dave Raymond, breed scheme manager at the force's dog unit
The pups Credit: SWNS


Mid Staffs nurse gives evidence at inquest

A statement was read to the court from Mark Saville, a staff nurse at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, that talked of staff shortages at the time Mr Moore-Robinson died.

"When I started working at the trust in 2006 we were understaffed."

– Mark Saville, a staff nurse at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust
John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen Credit: ITV News Central

The statement went on to describe how two nurses in Accident and Emergency would have responsibility for thirteen patients.

The court was also told that "there was no minimum standard" for the taking of vital signs from patients at Mid Staffs at the time.

Network operator EE to buy 58 Phones 4U stores

Network operator EE is to buy 58 Phones 4U stores.

The deal will save more than 350 jobs at the collapsed Staffordshire-based mobile phone retailer.

The firm went into administration last week.

Network operator EE is to buy 58 Phones 4U stores Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Vodafone said on Friday it would buy 140 stores, securing more than 850 jobs.

EE said the stores and 359 employees will be transferred with immediate effect, although the location of the shops has not been disclosed.

The stores will be re-branded to EE and it is planned that most will be opened in the next week.

Phones 4U went into administration last week Credit: PA
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