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Police target West Midlands in terrorism crackdown

UK counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley
UK counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of Britain’s top police officers has highlighted the West Midlands as a hotspot for Syria-related terror probes.

UK counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley said there had been a huge increase in investigations in recent months, with five times as many suspects arrested now than last year.

"High priority operations, especially against those involved in attack planning or on the cusp, have increased greatly.

“The biggest growth in Syrian-related investigations has occurred in London and the West Midlands.

“We appeal to the public to help identify aspiring terrorists for us."

– UK counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley

£4.5 million upgrade to Midland Metro tram tracks

Midland Metro tram
Midland Metro tram Credit: ITV News Central

A £4.5 million project to upgrade the Midland Metro tram tracks through Wolverhampton will start next month.

The work, which is scheduled to begin next month and take around 12 weeks to complete, will see the badly worn tracks in Bilston Road taken out and replaced.

To allow contractors to start on site, the Metro line between Priestfield and St George’s will be closed after the last tram on Friday September 5.

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Warnings as thousands to fly from East Mids Airport

More than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport.
More than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport. Credit: ITV News Central

The public are being warned to expect the roads to be busy this bank holiday as more than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport.

The Highways Agency say some roadworks will be suspended, but others, including on the M1, will stay in place for safety reasons.

Police seek men over Wolverhampton robbery

Police are searching for Donavon Wilson (left) and Omari Maitland (right)
Police are searching for Donavon Wilson (left) and Omari Maitland (right) Credit: West Midlands Police

Police officers are hunting two men in connection with a car robbery in Wolverhampton.

The pair are wanted for questioning after a car ran into the back of a woman's vehicle on Robert Wynd, Woodcross in June.

When the driver got out to exchange details, she was violently pushed to the ground by one of the men from the other car, who then sped off in her vehicle.

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