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Woman arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

A 30-year-old woman from Leicester has been arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorist acts.

She was arrested at Birmingham Airport by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at 9.40am on 29 July. 

The woman’s home address and another, associated address are currently being searched.

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Police search for man wanted for failing to appear at court

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Tuesday 28 July 2015

Police have released an image of a man they want to trace in connection with a string of offences committed last year. 

James Wilson, previously of Bedlam Wood Road in Northfield, is wanted for failing to appear at court in connection with burglary, theft, wounding and criminal damage. He is also wanted for theft and damage in Harlow, Essex committed in February of this year. 

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Police officers commended for rescuing elderly man from burning home

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Tuesday 28 July 2015

Two police officers have been commended for bravery after saving an elderly man from his burning home.

Police Constables John Cross and Paul Clarke responded to a 999 call just after 10am on 6 August 2014. The line had gone quiet just after the call was made and the officers reached the house in Scott Road, Great Barr within seven minutes.

PC Cross tells how the officers’ instincts took over.

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Man jailed for 14 years for stabbing chip shop owner

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Tuesday 28 July 2015

A man who repeatedly stabbed a Birmingham take-away owner has today (28 July) been sentenced to 14 years behind bars.

In a statement to the court, the victim of Leon McTaggart’s unprovoked and frenzied attack has spoken of the “profound” impact the 29-year-old’s visit to Simply Fish & Chips, Hagley Road West in Quinton, on 6 November 2014, has had on him and his family. 

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Neighbourhood policing review underway

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Tuesday 28 July 2015

A review of neighbourhood policing is underway as part of the West Midlands Police WMP2020 change programme.

The neighbourhood review will look at how local policing will work from 2020 and beyond against a continued backdrop of financial austerity. 

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Double time for Black Country drug trafficker

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Monday 27 July 2015

A Walsall man has received prison sentences totalling 17 years following two separate investigations into drug and money laundering offences. 

Popinder Singh Kandola, aged 54, from Skip Lane, was jailed for 10 years in January at Birmingham Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin and money laundering

The National Crime Agency case can only now be reported as Kandola was involved in a second trial at Bristol Crown Court.

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