Capital Reports: Birmingham

1 March 2017, 15:47


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.

Tougher Punishments Come In For Drivers Using Mobiles

If you've had your driving licence for less than two years you could have it taken off you if your caught using your phone on the road.

The penalty has now increased from 3 to 6 points - as well as a £200 fine.

Jed White is in charge of the motorway policing team around Birmingham and spoke to Capital about the new punishments.

Birmingham Dr Appears In Court Over Sex Assaults

A Black Country Doctor's appeared in court charged with sex assaults against five patients.

Doctor Amirual Haque from Ladypool Road in Birmingham is accused of committing five attacks on patients at the Dudley surgery last year.

His solicitor said he plans to deny the charges during his next court appearance at the end of the month.

Flybe Flight From Birmingham Has Emergency Landing

A flight from Birmingham to Edinburgh's had to make an emergency landing after a problem with it's front wheels.

The Flybe plane, with 60 people on board, landed safely at Edinburgh airport last night.

Tunisia Terror Attack Inquest Rules "Unlawful Killing"

The inquest into the deaths of 30 British people, including three from the Black country, in a terror attack at a Tunisian resort concluded a verdict of unlawful killing.

A total of 38 people were killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse in June 2015. They include 19 year old Joel Richards, his uncle Adrian Evans and grandfather Patrick, all from Wednesbury.

The inquest looked at whether the British government and travel firms failed to protect tourists properly but found that neglect could not be applied to people on holiday.

Some of the families of the victims say they are now planning to take legal action against tour operator TUI.

The Chief Executive of TUI said sorry.

West Mids Counter Terror Police Charge Man After Heathrow Arrest

West Mids Counter Terror Police have charged a man with Syria-related terror offences.

26-year-old Ismael Watson was arrested at Heathrow last week after getting off a flight from Turkey.

He's due in court this morning.

Reports Finds Inmates Cowing In Cells In HMP Featherstone

Inspectors have found prisoners cowering in their cells, some locked up for almost 24 hours a day, at Feathestone jail near Wolverhampton.

A report out this morning says some inmates were so scared they chose to be locked in their cells.

Two thirds also admitted it was easy to get drugs in there.

73 Laser Attacks On Planes At Birmingham Airport 

Figures out today show more than 70 laser attacks on planes flying in and out of Birmingham Airport last year.
It was the third highest number of attacks recorded in the UK after Heathrow and Glasgow.

Storm Doris Claims Second Life In The West Midlands

An 81 year old man has become the second person killed by Storm Doris after his car was hit by a tree in the West Midlands.

He died in hospital yesterday 3 days after the accident.

A 29-year-old woman also died on Thursday after she was hit by debris in Wolverhampton.

Awkward Moments At The Oscars

It all got a bit awkward at the Oscars - the Best Picture Award was originally given to La La Land - before organisers realised there'd been a mistake:

The producers of La La Land had been making acceptance speeches when it was revealed Moonlight had actually won.

Warren Beatty made the original announcement - and the actor tried to explain what happened, saying he'd been given the wrong award's card.

Moonlight got three awards in total including Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, who admitted the moment it was revealed they'd got the night's top prize was cringy.

La La Land - was the big winner of the night though, picking up six of the 14 awards it was up for, including Best Director and Best Actress for Emma Stone.

Best Actor - went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea.

13 Arrests After Trouble At Wolves V Blues 

Police are facing an investigation into how they handled trouble which broke out at the Wolves v Blues match.

There were seats and bottles thrown in the stands on Friday, then fighting outside Wolverhampton train station afterwards.

Officers say they had no choice by to use force to break it up after warnings were ignored.

13 fans were arrested.

Anti-Terror Police Get More Time To Question Suspect

West Midlands Counter Terror Police have been given more time to question a man on suspicion of Syria-related offences.

Officers held the 26-year-old after he got off a flight from Turkey on Thursday.

The extension means they can hold him till Tuesday.

Wanted Man Arrested After 5 Hour Stand Off In Erdington

A man has been arrested after he got onto the roofs of bungalows in Erdington and allegedly threw tiles at officers in a five hour standoff.

27 year old Akim Nicholson was wanted for questioning over a number of domestic incidents.

Police saw him in a suspected stolen Audi in Streetly Road early yesterday.

No officers were injured.

Knuckle Duster Robber Jailed

A robber who hit a Willenhall shop worker in the face with a knuckle duster's been jailed for 6 years.

21 year-old Oliver Stanton - of no fixed address - left his victim with facial cuts and bruising after the attack in Clarkes Lane last year.

Police tracked him down on social media.

CCTV Out After Hit And Run In Gay Village

Police have released CCTV after a girl was knocked down in Birmingham.

The 17 year-old was walking along Bromsgrove Street at around 6.30pm on Saturday 28 January with her mum last month when a car mounted the pavement and hit her.

It's left her in a serious condition in hospital.

Woman Killed During Storm Doris In Wolverhampton Named

Police have named a woman who died during Storm Doris in Wolverhampton as Tahnie Martin.

The 29 year-old worked at the City's Uni and was walking along Dudley Street yesterday when she was hit by falling debris.

The Vice Chancellor of the Uni, Geoff Layer said:

“We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss.

“During Tahnie’s short time at the University, she made a real impact both in a professional and personal capacity. She became a very popular member of the team and was highly valued.” 

The storm is continuing to cause disruption on the trains this morning - with the Cross City line shut - and others out of Birmingham are delayed and cancelled.

Beyonce Cancels Coachella Headline On Doctors Orders

Beyonce's pulled out of Coachella Festival on doctor's orders.

She been told rest more while she's pregnant with twins.

She'll now be on the line-up for the Festival in California next year.

Two Tourists To Be Flown To The Moon

It's been revealed two 'tourists' are going to fly around the Moon next year.

The private company SPACE X says they've already paid a "significant deposit" for the week-long trip and they'll start their official training later this year.

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