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Coroner to consider reopening Birmingham bombings inquest

A senior coroner will consider whether to reopen the inquest into those killed in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.

Two bombs were set off in pubs in Birmingham, killing 21 people Credit: PA

After years of campaigning by the families of victims Maxine Hambleton, Trevor Thrupp and James Craig, the senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull will hear arguments on February 12 next year.

The decision will follow on February 24.

The IRA detonated bombs at two pubs in Birmingham city centre just minutes apart in November 1974, killing 21 people and injuring 182 .

The inquest was opened and adjourned by Coroner Billington in 1975.

Six men, who became known as the Birmingham Six, were convicted but ultimately released on appeal after a series of failures in the investigation - and to date, nobody has been brought to justice for the explosions.


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.

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