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Teenager robbed at knifepoint on bus in Birmingham

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a teenager was robbed at knifepoint on a bus in Birmingham.

Police want to speak to this man Credit: West Midlands Police

A 16-year-old boy was travelling on the 28 bus along Hawthorn Road in Kingstanding on the afternoon of 23 August earlier this year.

A man pointed a knife at the boys leg before telling him to hand over his phone.

The man is described as white, aged around 25, 5ft 7ins tall, of a large build with ginger stubble. He was wearing a baseball cap, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms, black hooded jacket and red and black Nike trainers.

"We would like to reassure parents that this is an isolated robbery, rather than part of a wider issue of youths being threatened in this way.

Thankfully, the teen was not injured in anyway but understandably he has been left shaken by what happened.

We are taking this matter extremely seriously and we have been carrying out numerous inquiries since the robbery, which happened at around 3.45pm on 23 August 2014.

– Detective Constable Emily Sparkes

Coventry man arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism

The man was arrested on Thursday Credit: ITV News Central

A 19-year-old man from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.

He was detained by officers at Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon as he disembarked a flight from Jordan.

He is currently in custody in the West Midlands area.

Police say the arrest was pre-planned and intelligence led, and the suspect did not pose any risk to the flight.

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Video report: the night Birmingham changed forever

Over the next hour on this night 40 years ago, lives would be wrecked & families ripped apart, after bombs were planted by the IRA in two pubs in Birmingham city centre.

A warning call would be made to the Birmingham Mail at 8.11pm, saying bombs would go off under the Rotunda and on New Street.

At 8.17pm a device exploded at the Mulberry Bush. Ten minutes later, a second blast destroyed basement bar The Tavern in the Town.

A total of 21 people would lose their lives in the terrorist attacks. In half an hour's time 182 more would be maimed and injured.

One of the survivors on this night in 1974 was Les Robinson. Watch his incredible story above.

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Bomb survivor lost friends in compensation 'jealousy'

Les Robinson was 22 when a bomb devastated the Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham city centre on this night exactly 40 years ago.

He was meeting around 15 to 18 friends in the pub that night. Many hadn't arrived when the bomb exploded, but seven of his friends were injured.

None of his friends lost their lives, but Les says friendships did fall apart in the months after the terrorist attacks, but for reasons you'd never expect, as he explained to ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin.

How anti-Irish hatred divided Birmingham after bombs

Mainland Britain lived in the shadow of terrorism during the 1970s, with bombings commonplace, but the Birmingham bombs were to be the deadliest of the decade.

Attitudes towards the city's Irish community during the Northern Ireland Troubles was tense before that night. Now hostility became hatred.

Bomb survivor Les Robinson, who was stood just ten feet away from the blast in the Tavern in the Town when a device exploded at 8.27pm on this night in 1974.

Here Les explains how the blast divided his family, with his Irish uncle too ashamed to visit him after he was injured.

School children arrested in armed robberies probe

Three teenage boys have been arrested after what was believed to be a gun was brandished in a series of robberies across Tipton yesterday.

The boys - aged 14, 15 and 18 - were arrested on suspicion of robbery and two air weapons were recovered.

The first robbery was reported at around 8.30pm when a 14-year-old girl handed over cash on Webb Road after being threatened with a suspected handgun.

At around 8.50pm a 16-year-old boy was assaulted on Bourne Road and a few minutes later two teenagers had their phones stolen after being threatened on Powis Avenue.

Fortunately the people who were robbed are not seriously hurt but being threatened with what appeared to be a firearm must have been terrifying.

We recovered two items which, when examined, turned out to be air weapons.

We have local officers who have been at schools in the area today to give young people an assembly on the dangers of carrying weapons and to reassure people that we take incidents of this nature very seriously.

Fortunately this is an extremely rare occurrence for Tipton. I want to reassure people that we have taken action and arrested three people and that if anyone has any concerns then please speak to one of the local officers who can allay any fears.

– Inspector Akeel Najib, West Midlands Police
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