Capital Reports: Birmingham

18 April 2018, 11:35


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.

FIFA Drop Investigation Into Racism Against Wolves Youngster

FIFA won't be taking any action against a Spanish player accused of racially abusing Wolves player Morgan Gibbs-White during England's Under-17 World Cup final win last year.

His team-mate, Rhian Brewster, claimed an opponent had called the midfielder a "monkey".

FIFA had been investigating the matter but say there is a "lack of sufficient evidence" to back up the allegation.

Police Name Birmingham Shooting Victim

A man shot and killed in Birmingham at the weekend has been named as Tyrone Dorsett.

The 20 year old - from Shropshire - was shot in the back in Bordesley in the early hours of Sunday.

His family say he touched the lives of many - and will be sorely missed.

Birmingham Man Jailed After Arranging Shooting At Gang Rival's Home

A man from Birmingham - who a judge described as a "violent gang member" - has been jailed.

23-year-old Jamie Wood faces more than three and a half years behind bars after arranging a shooting at a rival's home in Northfield last year.

He filmed the whole thing on his phone and was caught after police raided his home.

Brighton Issue Statement After Baggies Striker's Race Charges Dropped

Brighton defender Gaetan Bong insists he didn't mishear West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez - who he accused of racially abusing him during a Premier League match in January.

The claim was found not proven by an independent tribunal - and Rodriguez has always denied it.

In a statement released by the club, Bong says his conscience is clear - and those who've accused him of lying don't know him.


Premier League Back Sports Minister Over Safe Standing Trials

The Premier League is backing sports minister Tracey Crouch's decision to reject safe-standing trials for fans at matches in England.

West Brom had its application turned down earlier this month.

The top flight says it's carrying out its own research - and so far only 5-percent of supporters say they want to stand for the whole match.

Strict rules about all-seater stadia were brought in after the Hillsborough disaster.

West Mids Terror Officer Sacked After Top Secret Files Stolen

A Senior Counter Terrosim Officer for West Midlands Police has been dismissed after top secret documents were stolen from his car.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beal has been let go after the classified material was taken in May last year.

It's just a few days before he was meant to retire.

Dudley Hospital Trust "Requires Improvement"

Inspectors say a hospital trust in Dudley "requires improvement" after Russell's Hall was found to have a lack of safety.

During a visit, inspectors had to step in to help a patient with suspected sepsis.

The Trust which runs the hospital says it knows there's work to do and it's already working on improvements.

Birmingham Woman Charged With Stabbing Woman At Wales Train Station

A 42-year-old woman from Birmingham has been charged with stabbing another woman at train station in South Wales.

Lisa Savage from Weoley Park Road is accused of attempted murder after the attack on Sunday night in Chepstow.

The victim's injuries aren't believed to be life threatening.

Cat Survives 100ft Drop From Birmingham Flats

A cat's survived a 100ft fall after reportedly being thrown from a block of flats in Birmingham.

The animal broke its jaw after the drop in Guild Close earlier this month.

Police are trying to track the owners.

Birmingham Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder

An 18 year-old man from Birmingham's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

It's after a teen was found in a property in Stratford-upon-Avon with a gunshot wound back in December.

A man - already charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm - is due to stand trial in June.

Birmingham Man From Syria Backs Military Airstrikes 

A charity worker in Birmingham, whose family live in Syria, has told Capital he wants people to educate themselves on the situation in the war-torn country.

Osama Zein Al-Abdeen's in favour of last week's airstrikes.


Rape Charges Dropped After Birmingham Men

Two men accused with raping a 14-year-old girl in Birmingham last summer have seen their charges dropped.

27-year-old Khurrum Rahi from Smethwick and 23-year-old Mohammed Ismaeel from Witton were due to face trial after the teenager was allegedly attacked twice in and around Witton Station.

The two men have been released with no further action after the prosecution of new evidence.

Dan Evans To Return From Doping Ban In Glasgow

Birmingham's Dan Evans will return from a one-year doping ban at the Glasgow Trophy later this month after being given a wildcard entry.

Former British tennis number two tested positive for cocaine during the Barcelona Open 12 months ago.

Evans was once ranked 41st in the world, but is now just inside the top thousand.

He says he's learned a lot during his drugs suspension and is grateful for the support he's been given.

Sandwell Street Name Saved

A street in Sandwell called Bell End is keeping its name after thousands signed a petition to save it.

Some residents of the street in Rowley Regis said it had become a laughing stock.

Only 100 people voted to get rid of it, but nearly 5,000 people wanted it stay.

Sharapova To Make Birmingham Classic Return

Maria Sharapova's officially joined Birmingham's Classic this summer.

She was chosen as the wild card for last year's tournament, following her return to tennis after a doping ban.

She had to pull out because of injury.

She won the title in the city in 2004 and 2005, and says she's excited to be back.