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Aston Villa sign full-back Richie De Laet

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Richie De Laet from Leicester City, the Championship club have confirmed.

The former Manchester United defender, who spent time on loan at Middlesbrough last season, has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park.

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Domestic abuse bullies are the focus of six-week blitz

The operation targets hidden crimes’ such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, honour based violence, and FGM Credit: PA

Domestic abuse bullies are the focus of a six-week blitz launched by West Midlands police in Coventry today.

A team of dedicated officers will target and arrest suspected abusers across the city as part of the intelligence-led operation.

West Midlands Police has been encouraging the public to report abuse through a series of campaigns - including the 'Salon Saviours initiative' which trains hairdressers and beauticians to spot tell-tale signs of physical or emotional torment.

Detective Sergeant Alex Tarr from Coventry Police is leading the crackdown. He said: "Domestic abuse can affect men, women and children and our message is very clear: it will not be tolerated".

The operation forms part of West Midlands Police’s Sentinel campaign, launched which targets ’hidden crimes’ such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, honour based violence, and FGM.

Anyone suffering domestic abuse is urged to contact West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU). The unit includes specially trained officers to deal with abuse issues sensitively - by phoning the 101 number.

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Investigation launched after city centre stabbing

A man remains in hospital in a critical condition Credit: ITV News Central

A man remains in hospital in a critical condition after he was stabbed in Birmingham city centre, just before midnight yesterday (Monday 22 August).

The man, thought to be in his late teens, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Part of Carrs Lane and Moor Street was cordoned off while forensic experts examined the scene. An investigation has been launched and officers are trawling CCTV to trace the offender.

ROADS: M6 NORTHBOUND - WEST MIDLANDS

One lane closed on M6 Northbound Credit: PA

One lane is closed due to emergency repairs on the M6 Northbound between J10 A454 (Walsall / Wolverhampton) and J10A M54.

The closure follows an accident which happened around 15:00 on Sunday afternoon (21st August). The lane closure is expected to remain in place for the rest of the week.

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