A public-transport vandal has been sentenced to a community order after being caught damaging a bus on camera.
21-year-old Richard Tracey, from Clements Road, Yardley, was caught on CCTV on 14th July, as he sprayed the bus with graffiti and urinated on seats.
He appeared before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 7th November, where he admitted criminal damage on the number 45 bus, but only after the video was circulated by Police and subsequently posted on the social-networking site Facebook.
PC Shaun Hickinbottom, from the safer travel team, said:
When faced with the CCTV evidence, Tracey had no option but to admit the offences...
... This really is testament to the power of social media and just shows the public are not willing to tolerate this sort of behaviour on their public transport.
Tracey will serve his community order until 16th December and has been ordered to pay £600 compensation to National Express along with court costs amounting to £100.
Firefighters have been tackling a severe house fire in Lodge Drive, Yardley where every room in the house was on fire.
Four engines with 19 firefighters on board were called to the fire earlier this morning.
A man has been taken to hospital for a check-up. Crews are now damping down and an investigation into the cause has begun.
Re: multi-vehicle RTC, A45 Yardley, Bham. Two walking wounded; one with arm injury and one child with v. small cut. http://t.co/4qEstUpSTq
West Midlands Police are reporting on Twitter that 15 people may be injured after a 10 car collision on the A45 Coventry Road in Yardley, Birmingham.
10 car collision on the A45 Coventry Road, near the Swan Shopping Centre, at 5.10pm - avoid the area if possible, large queues expected.
Understood up to 15 people may be injured - no details on severity of injuries - in the collision that occurred in the underpass by Tesco
A45 Coventry Rd carriageway into the city has been blocked - officers directing traffic. Take extra care on the roads after the snow flurry
Police investigating the murder of a former soldier in Yardley, have bailed three people who were arrested in connection with the death.
A 39 year old man, 39 year old woman and a 17 year old have been bailed while officers continue to investigate the murder of 64 year old Brian Farmer.
Mr Farmer's body was found by police at 6.10pm Saturday 19 May. It is believed his body may have been there for some days.
A post mortem has proved inconclusive and police are awaiting the results of further tests.
– DI Warren Hines, West Midlands Police Force CID
I want to reassure the local community that investigations are ongoing into Brian's death. This is a complex inquiry, where we need to ascertain what the circumstances are leading up to his death, his lifestyle and the people he associated with."
"We are appealing for people who may have known Brian and his movements in the days leading up to his death to come forward."
Anyone with information should contact Force CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a 67-year-old man in Yardley, Birmingham.
He was found in a flat in Coventry Road, Yardley on Saturday.
a 17-year-old and two people aged 39 are being questioned.
Reports of A45 Coventry Road Westbound in Yardley blocked. Heavy traffic due to accident at A4040 Yardley Road (Swan Island).