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Man appears in court over chemical attack

Teenager was attacked with high-strength cleaning fluid.
Teenager was attacked with high-strength cleaning fluid. Credit: SWNS

A man has appeared in court after a 19-year-old girl was doused in high-strength cleaning fluid.

Matthew Wood, who is alleged to have caused grievous bodily harm to Aleena Rafiq, was remanded in custody until July.

Ms Rafiq, formerly known as Vikki Horsman, suffered internal injuries and burns to her face and chest after she was attacked as she opened the door in MacDonald Close, Tividale on Tuesday.

She remains in a critical condition.

Wood appeared in court with his partner and mother who are both charged with perverting the course of justice. All three have been ordered to appear in Wolverhampton Crown Court on July 11.

St George's Day celebrations underway in Birmingham

Celebrations include a free concert in Victoria Square
Celebrations include a free concert in Victoria Square Credit: ITV News Central

St George's Day celebrations are already underway in Birmingham as hundreds of people attend the festivities in Victoria Square.

The celebration kicks off with a free concert followed by a fundraising charity concert in Symphony Hall in support of Troop Aid later on tonight.

Hundreds come out to celebrate England's Patron Saint
Hundreds come out to celebrate England's Patron Saint Credit: ITV News Central
Children can enjoy face painting, music and dancing.........
Children can enjoy face painting, music and dancing........ Credit: ITV News Central
.........as well as watching an old fashioned sword fight
.........as well as watching an old fashioned sword fight Credit: ITV News Central

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Man in critical condition after pub assault in Streetly

Police appeal for witnesses after a man is assaulted in The Deers Leap pub in Streetly
Police appeal for witnesses after a man is assaulted in The Deers Leap pub in Streetly Credit: ITV News Central

Police are appealing for witnesses as man is left in a critical condition after he was assaulted in a pub in Streetly.

They were called to the The Deer's Leap on Queslett Road at around 7.50pm yesterday evening.

A 27-year-old man was punched to the floor and taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Two men, 27 and 22, were arrested in connection with the assault and both remain in custody.

Detective Inspector Gary Plant, from Force CID, said:

The disorder broke out in the middle of the evening and there would have been a number of people who have information about what happened.

We are still in the early stages of this investigation and the pub will remain closed today while a forensic examination takes place.

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Woman injured in multiple casualty car crash dies in hospital

A 70-year-old woman injured, along with seven others, in a serious car crash in Lincolnshire has died in hospital. The accident happened on the A1104 at Snape Hill at Saleby near Alford yesterday (Good Friday) involving two cars and a van.

Four air ambulances and four land ambulances took the casualties to four different hospitals. The woman, who died was from Mablethorpe, and was a front seat passenger in a Ford C-Max car being driven by a 72-year-old man, who is seriously ill at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Two other passengers in the car including an 11-year-old boy are also in hospital seriously injured. Four people travelling in a Corsa are also seriously injured in hospital. The driver of the van a 50-year-old man from Boston was not injured. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Two injured & car mangled after city centre smash

The wreckage of the car after the crash in Digbeth this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has suffered a broken leg and fractured pelvis after a serious car crash in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance service were called to High Street in Digbeth shortly before 3.00am today.

A paramedic who was working at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s City Centre Treatment Unit in Broad Street was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

“One of the injured was trapped and was freed with the help of the fire service. He’s in his thirties and had a broken leg and a suspected fractured pelvis. The injuries were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. He was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham."

Shocking wreckage of police car rammed in Dudley

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An officer from West Midlands Police has tweeted a picture of the wreckage of a police car after a suspected drink driver ploughed into it last night in Dudley.

Two officers had to be taken to hospital after the smash at the junction of Smithy Lane and Tansey Green Road in the early hours of this morning.

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