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Coventry woman arrested after ‘Little Britain’ style shoplifting CCTV released

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Saturday 31 January 2015

Police seeking two ‘Little Britain’ style shoplifters have arrested a Coventry woman.

The pair were caught on CCTV in a Marks and Spencer food store at a service station on the A45 in Finham loading a rucksack with food items before leaving without paying. A woman, who feigned disability, left with a man pushing her in a wheelchair.

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WMP pounced on Red Dwarf ‘Cat’ lookalike − jailed for eight years after security van robbery

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Saturday 31 January 2015

West Midlands Police tracked down an armed robber after the security guard he attacked likened him to Cat from Red Dwarf!

Usman Ali, from Green Lane in Small Heath, threatened the Loomis driver with a hammer outside a Wickes store last July and made off with a cash box containing around £14,000.

The following day staff at a branch of Ladbrokes just yards from Ali’s home reported a man ploughing hundreds of pounds into gaming machines…notes that the eagle-eyed employees spotted were stained with dye.

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Police urge man to come forward following city centre assault

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Saturday 31 January 2015

Police have released an image of a man they are urging to come forward after a family man was severely injured in a Birmingham assault.

The 32-year-old was standing on Summer Row in the early hours of 27 December when a man ran towards him from the rear and pushed him over leaving him with severe head injuries. 

Detectives launched an investigation into the seemingly unprovoked attack and following extensive CCTV enquiries are now in a position to release an image of a man they would like to speak to. 

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Chilli robbers jailed

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Friday 30 January 2015

Brothers, who used chilli powder to temporarily blind their victims, have been jailed for a string of Birmingham city centre phone robberies. 
 
Kashif Ashraf, 34, and Khalid Ashraf, 28, both of Portland Road, Smethwick, were jailed yesterday (Thursday) at Birmingham Crown Court to six and seven years respectively after they were found guilty of four street robberies. 
 
The robberies took place between 21 June and 6 July last year and in each occasion the pair preyed on lone women who were using their mobile phones at the time. 

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Two due in court over Wolverhampton drugs and firearms recovery

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Friday 30 January 2015

Two men are due to appear in court this morning (30 January) after firearms and drugs were seized during searches in Wolverhampton.

Officers from Wolverhampton Central police station detained two men after stopping a Toyota Aygo on D’uberville Road, Parkfields at around 10am yesterday (29 January).

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Four arrested after Dudley gun seizure

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Friday 30 January 2015

Four men are in police custody this morning (30 January) after a gun was thrown from a car which failed to stop for officers in Dudley overnight.

Police on patrol attempted to stop a Ford Focus which was acting suspiciously on the Birmingham Road area just before 3am, but the car failed to stop and was followed towards the town.

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Retired teacher admits indecently assaulting former pupils

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Friday 30 January 2015

A retired teacher from Coventry has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting teenage pupils in the 1980s. 

John Patton, of Mount Nod, Coventry appeared before Warwickshire Crown Court in Leamington Spa yesterday (29 January) where he entered guilty pleas against three charges of indecent assault

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Student honoured for crime-busting safety patrols

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Friday 30 January 2015

A student who has led the fight against crime in Coventry has been honoured by the region’s most senior police officer.

Raluca Mocanasu, from the Foleshill area of the city, was presented with a Community Service Award by Chief Constable Chris Sims for her leading role in theStudent Street Watch scheme.

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Salon superheroes’ bravery award for tackling bag snatcher

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Thursday 29 January 2015

Staff at a Wolverhampton hairdressers cut short a bag snatcher’s getaway after teaming up to catch the thief - and have now received a police award for their bravery.

Cruel Jason Hall barged over an 83-year-old woman and her 86-year-old husband, who is blind, in Bilston Street last January before running off with her handbag.

But the 38-year-old hadn’t banked on Salon Superheroes John Hurley and teenage stylist Charlie Perry springing into action!

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Gone in six seconds!

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Thursday 29 January 2015

A CCTV clip released today shows that it can take as little as six seconds for a car crook to break into a van.

The video shows two men targeting a van, breaking in and stealing the contents, which could be thousands of pounds worth of tools.

The CCTV has been released as part of a campaign to tackle a rise in theft from vans − particularly in Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

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