Capital Reports: Birmingham

20 January 2017, 18:43


The latest news stories happening right across Birmingham and the Black Country updated throughout the day - listen on FM, online, on your mobile and on digital.

Trump Becomes US President

Donald Trump is officially President of the United States of America.


Anti Trump demonstrations have been taking place across the world - with Stand Up To Racism staging one in Birmingham.


 Poundland Fined For Birmingham Mouse Infestation

Poundland has been fined more than one hundred and thirty thousand pounds for breaching Health and Safety in Birmingham.

Two stores on Corporation Street were found to have a rodent infestation in 2015.

Pensioner Dies After Being Hit By Car In Edgbaston

A pensioner's died after being hit by a car in Edgbaston.

The 75 year-old was crossing Croftdown Road on Tuesday night when he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving - but has since been bailed.

Man Jailed After Robbing Birmingham Pensioner On Doorstep

A Birmingham robber who attacked a pensioner on his own doorstep's been jailed for more than 4 years.

Officers tracked him down from a till receipt he dropped at the scene.

35 year-old Leon Johnson from Bromyard Road pinned his victim to the ground in Acocks Green and punched him in the head before taking his wallet.

Walsall Woman Found Dead At Home 

A man's been charged with murder after a woman's body was found in Walsall.

She was found with stab wounds at her home in Gomer Street on Wednesday 18th January.

The 46 year-old will appear in Court on Monday 23rd.

Robber And Girlfriend Jailed After Threatening Family In Chelmsley Wood

An armed robber from Birmingham has been jailed for 12 years.

29 year-old Calvin Hunt from Truro Walk was found guilty after he broke into a house on Longley Walk in 2014 and threatened a family with a gun.

He also convinced his girlfriend to provide him with a false alibi, she got 10 months.

JLR Fined £1m For Solihull Plant Accident

Jaguar Land Rover has been fined nearly one million pounds for an accident at one of its West Midlands sites.

An employee was crushed between two vehicles at the Solihull plant in 2015 and needed his right leg amputated.

Since the accident, JLR has installed a buffer zone to reduce the risk of it happening again.

Reporting Of Historical Sexual Abuse Up In West Midlands

Reporting of historical sex offences in the West Midlands went up 25% in 2016.

That's compared to the year before - with that now accounting for a third of all serious adult sex crimes investigated by the force.

The Birmingham-based team got more than 260 reports of historic sex offences last year.

West Mids Employees Make The Top 100 Places To Be LGBT

An equality charity's named the top 100 employers for including LGBT staff - with three employers in Birmingham and the Black Country making the list.

Wolverhampton Homes, Uni of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council are among those praised by Stonewall for being most inclusive.

Officers To Stand Trial Over Birmingham Man's Death

Three West Midlands Police officers will stand trial in September in connection with the death of a Birmingham man in custody.

29 year-old Kingsley Burrell died in 2011.

The men, who are suspended, deny perverting the course of justice and perjury.

Digbeth Third Best "Hipster" Place In Europe

Digbeth has come third in a list of the top "Hipster" places to hang out in Europe.

Things like independent coffee shops are what make the neighbourhood an attractive place to go.

Pam Pinski from the blog "Digbeth is Good" told Capital what she makes of the report.


Dudley Garage Owner Jailed For Sex Assualt

A garage owner in Dudley's been jailed for 4 years, after sexually assaulting a woman, then intimidating her into dropping the charges.

52-year-old Robert Parke from Pensnett attacked the woman last May after she bought a car from him.

He went on the run but eventually handed himself in.

Robert Parke


Birmingham One Of The Friendliest Cities In The UK

Birmingham's been named as one of the friendliest cities in the country.

The Co-op survey looked at things like trusting a neighbour with a pet and signing for packages.

Sheffield came out top, with Birmingham in 5th.

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