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.
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.
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."
– DI Warren Hines, West Midlands Police Force CID
Anyone with information should contact Force CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.