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Man arrested as Birmingham charity siege ends

A man has been arrested after two women were hold hostage at a charity in Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands Police said.

Officers said the man who had held two women captive at BITA Pathways in Alcester Street, Digbeth was unarmed.

The man's motive is currently unknown and both women are receiving treatment and support following the incident, police said.


Person taken from building amid Digbeth 'hostage situation'

One person has been taken out of a charity building where two people were believed to have been held hostage, an onlooker at the scene has told ITV News.

The apparent victim was taken directly to an ambulance covered by a large plastic sheet, David Barnes, a local businessman said.

He posted a picture on Twitter shortly after the release, and said a large number of people were crowded around the vehicle.

Police called as man 'locks two charity staff in private area'

Police are seen evacuating people from a nearby pub. Credit: David Barnes

West Midlands Police have been called to a charity in Birmingham after reports a man had locked himself and two members of staff in a "private area".

The incident is believed to have taken place at mental health charity BITA Pathways in Alcester Street, Digbeth, with police called at around 3pm.

It is unclear at present whether it is an armed incident.

BITA Pathways describes itself as "offering training and work opportunities for adults with mental health problems".

Birmingham man arrested on suspicion of terror offences

Police were searching the property having already arresting the man on suspicion of going equipped and possession of an offensive weapon. Credit: PA

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in Birmingham.

The 27 year old was detained on Sunday afternoon after "suspicious items" were found at his home.

Police were searching the property in Naseby Road having already arrested the man on suspicion of going equipped and possession of an offensive weapon.

Homes in the street were temporarily evacuated while experts from the Army, West Midlands Police and the fire service checked the items.

The man was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act concerning the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

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