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Anger as TV bosses discuss 'Benefits Street' return

The first series caused a media storm when it was shown on Channel 4 earlier this year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The TV company which made 'Benefits Street' in Birmingham has been speaking to residents about returning to the area.

A representative from Love Productions emailed a local councillor saying:

"We have been talking to some residents of James Turner Street about possibly doing some more filming.

“However, nothing at this stage is confirmed.”

The email has led to families who live on the street in Winson Green to organise an emergency meeting.

Emma Johnson, principal of Oasis Academy Foundry, the school in James Turner Street, said: “We’ve had enough of lights, camera, action.”

Channel 4, which screened Benefits Street, yesterday insisted there were no plans to return to Winson Green for a second series.

Pressure for public inquiry into Birmingham riot deaths

The Prime Minister David Cameron has been sent a letter calling for a public inquiry into the deaths of three men during the 2011 riots in Birmingham.

Eight men were cleared of murder after it emerged during their trial a police officer had lied in court, & witnesses were offered protection for any involvement they had in the disorder, if they gave evidence.

A recent report by the police watchdog found West Midlands Police did mishandle the case, but stopped short at disciplinary action for one of the officers involved.

Now the West Midland Police & Crime Commissioner Bob Jones is calling for the Prime Minister to intervene. Chris Halpin reports.

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Seven charged over 'Benefits Street' drug raids

James Turner Street has been the subject of a controversial Channel 4 documentary Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police say they have charged several people with drug offences following a series of raids carried out in James Turner Street, Winson Green, Birmingham last year.

The street most recently featured in the Channel 4 documentary 'Benefits Street.'

The drugs raids took place in June 2013 and several people were arrested. On Wednesday they were charged with several offences and have been bailed to appear in court next month.

Woman loses sight in one eye after attack

A woman from Birmingham who lost the sight in her right eye after being beaten is appealing to the public to help catch her attackers.

She was walking along Wellington Street in Winson Green on Wednesday 24th April at around 2:30pm when she was attacked by two men.

The woman suffered a broken nose and finger, and the permanent loss of sight in her right eye.

The first man is described as around 30-years-old, white, 6ft tall, of skinny build with short shaven dark hair, wearing a white t-shirt and grey jogging bottoms.

Police have described the second man as in his early to mid 30s. He is a light skinned black man, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft tall, with short black hair and medium to stocky build. He has a distinct scar across his left cheek.

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Winson Green families to hold demonstration outside police headquarters

The families of three men who died during last year's riots in Birmingham held a press conference yesterday Credit: ITV Central

The families of three men killed during last year's riots in Birmingham will demonstrate outside West Midlands Police Headquarters later.

It's after they announced yesterday they are seeking legal advice after eight men were cleared of the men's murders.

Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir died in Winson Green in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir died after being hit by a car in Winson Green.

West Midlands Police issue statement on Winson Green Trial

We do not underestimate the impact that the deaths of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir had on their families, friends and the wider community of Birmingham, and indeed nationally.

Earlier this week, Chief Constable Chris Sims met with Harry Ireland, Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service, to discuss what further steps could be taken following the end of the trial.

I, alongside local officers, continue to meet with members of the community who are working hard to maintain calm and strengthen relationships.

– Sharon Rowe, Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police
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