West Midlands Police has recovered a treasured Commonwealth Games gold medal stolen from Birmingham athlete Kelly Sotherton...less than 24 hours after the case featured in a Crimewatch TV appeal.
The case appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday night with the 38-year-old making a personal appeal for the return of her prized possessions. And yesterday afternoon (3 March) a Royal Mail delivery driver found the Commonwealth gold on his rounds while emptying a pillar box in Sutton Coldfield.
A Birmingham sex offender, who subjected three young girls to years of abuse, has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for a string of historic offences.
Gary Jukes, of Highters Road, Warstock was sentenced after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to sexually abusing children over a period of 21 years, between 1976 and 1997.
A Moseley fraudster who posed as a financial advisor to con over £370,000 from unsuspecting victims has been jailed for four years.
Unemployed Nabil Mohammed was first arrested by West Midlands Police in 2013 after his fraudulent activities were reported and an investigation was launched.
West Midlands Police have charged three bogus workmen with burglary and fraud after they were caught allegedly trying to con £300 from a 99-year-old Birmingham woman.
Officers arrested them at an address in Walmley yesterday (March 2) following reports of suspicious activity by men cold-calling residents...it's claimed they were trying to trick the woman into handing over cash for roof repairs they'd not actually carried out.
The arrests come on the back of a national 'think-tank' report suggesting UK police forces are "turning a blind eye" to burglary - a claim strongly refuted by West Midlands Police.