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Pub bomb victims' families vow to continue fight for justice

The relatives of one of the 21 people killed in IRA bomb attacks at two Birmingham pubs say they are determined to continue pushing for authorities to reopen the case.

Brain and Julie Hambleton's sister Maxine was killed in the blasts at the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town pubs, which happened 40 years ago today.

Julie Hambleton, aged 49, told ITV News they were "not going to let this go", and vowed to keep fighting as part of the Justice for the 21 campaign group.

Six men were initially convicted for the bombings. Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker - known as the Birmingham Six - spent 16 years in jail until their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in March 1991.

Since then, nobody has been brought before the courts over the tragedy.


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Memorial service on 40th anniversary of pub bombings

A memorial evensong service for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings will be held at the city's St Philip's Cathedral this evening to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham Credit: PA

The bombings claimed the lives of 21 people and injured 182.

The evensong will be attended by family and friends of those who were killed or injured, and will then continue in Cathedral Square.

A minute's silence will be held at 8.26pm to mark the moment the first bomb exploded.

The remnants of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham, where the bombs exploded Credit: PA

The service will be an opportunity to reflect on a deeply difficult time.

At this time our thoughts will be with the families of those that suffered not only with the loss of loved ones, but also those who received injuries.

I hope the service will bring strength and depth to all.

– The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham

Sex abuse surgeon 'will never practice medicine again'

The judge who sentenced Birmingham neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid to 16 years in prison has said he will never practice medicine again.

ITV News Midlands Reporter Ben Chapman reports from Birmingham Crown Court, where Hamid convicted of sexually abusing six female patients


Victims 'shocked and deeply upset' by surgeon's abuse

A Birmingham neurosurgeon jailed for sexually abusing patients encouraged women to remove their clothes and on some occasions removed them himself with no chaperone present, his trial heard.

The jury was told that Nafees Hamid would then perform intimate examinations without wearing gloves and made inappropriate sexual remarks.

An expert witness told his trial that the practices Hamid used were "inappropriate and medically unjustifiable" despite the surgeon's claims to the contrary.

Crown Advocate Aliya Rashid, who acted as a junior counsel, said: "Nafees Hamid, whilst in a position of high trust, carried out intrusive and inappropriate examinations on vulnerable women while masking his true purpose, which was personal sexual gratification.

"These examinations left women shocked, confused, embarrassed and deeply upset."

Sex abuse surgeon claimed medical justification for crimes

Nafees Hamid, 51, was found guilty of nine charges and cleared of six. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Upon his initial arrest, surgeon Nafees Hamid claimed there was a medical justification for the intimate examinations he conducted on his female victims.

Only after independent medical opinion was sought on his practices was the Birmingham neurosurgeon charged with sexual assault, police said.

Hamid called upon his comprehensive knowledge of medical research as part of his consistent denial of any offence.

"He has said that what he did was medically justified or that, on occasions, the victims were incorrect," West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Ian Ingram said following Hamid's conviction today.

Police: Predatory surgeon may have other victims

Police have warned that a predatory surgeon convicted today of a string of sexual offences against female patients could have abused others.

Detective Inspector Ian Ingram of West Midlands Police said the conviction of Nafees Hamid may encourage more people to come forward.

"He's been a neurosurgeon for a period of time, and these are the victims that have come forward to us at the moment," he said.

"It may be that we get further victims come forward. It's important that if they do, we will help them."

"And it might show that it's been occurring over a longer period."

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