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150 strangers pay tribute to war veteran who died alone

More than a 150 people have attended the funeral of a second world war veteran from Derbyshire, who died with no known relatives. 95-year-old John Kearns from Long Eaton passed away last month, and his neighbours feared they'd be the only ones there to pay their respects.

But today strangers and members of the forces turned up in numbers for the cremation service after an appeal online by the Royal British Legion, so Mr Kearns could have a proper military send off. Chris Halpin reports.


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Ellie Simmonds home after Rio Paralympic success

Now it's fair to say Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds has had a busy few weeks since returning from Rio with a Gold and Bronze medal.

The 21-year-old has met royalty, been congratulated by thousands in huge celebrations in Manchester and London, but today she came home to Walsall, and Chris Halpin was there too.

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Police catch drivers going too close to cyclists in covert sting

The West Midlands has become the toughest place in the country for drivers who don't leave enough room for cyclists.

Today police carried out stings on motorists in Birmingham who broke the law while overtaking an undercover police officer on a bike.

West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to target motorists like this, but many drivers say it's not always possible to leave the one and a half metres the law dictates. Chris Halpin reports.


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Wolverhampton businesses get mobile app to fight crime

A thousand businesses across the Midlands have signed up to an online app to help fight petty crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Facewatch App allows firms to report crimes by uploading CCTV directly to police, but also to share pictures of suspected criminals.

Today Wolverhampton created its own network. It's the first time companies across the entire city have joined together in this way. Chris Halpin reports.

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Akhtar Javeed Trial: the men behind a fatal failed robbery

56 year old Akhtar Javeed was shot four times in a botched armed robbery in Digbeth in February.

The man police think pulled the trigger, Tahir Zarif from Derby, is believed to have fled to Pakistan.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court cleared two of murder, but Suraj Mistry from Leicester was found guilty of manslaughter, and Lemar Wali from Derby was convicted of conspiracy to rob.

During the six week trial the jury heard detailed evidence of the plans to rob Mr Javeed's warehouse, and the movements of the men who carried out the attack.

It was a conspiracy which spanned three Midlands cities, and a plot to steal thousands from a lucrative business with the help of an inside man. So who were these men and how did police finally catch up with them? Chris Halpin reports.

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How to explore the hidden deep end at Stirchley baths

This weekend could be great if you like exploring places you don't normally get to see. Thats because hundreds of historic buildings across the Midlands are opening their doors to the public for free.

This year Heritage Open Days are encouraging us to discover the hidden spaces in our towns and cities to learn about our past, and we sent Chris Halpin underground to find a secret swimming pool!

He's been to Stirchley Baths in South Birmingham which earlier this year became a community centre, after more than quarter of a century as risk of ruin.

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