Capital Reports: Birmingham

30 September 2016, 17:09


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.

Birmingham To Bid For 2026 Commonwealth Games 

Birmingham's bidding to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games - and the West Midlands could benefit.

Local authorities say the event could boost the region's economy by nearly 4 hundred million pounds.

Liverpool has said it will definitely bid, while Auckland in New Zealand and Edmonton in Canada have been mentioned as potential rivals.

Manchester and Glasgow have staged the Games in recent years.

Top Birmingham Lawyer Admits Trying To Kill Wife

A top Birmingham lawyer who stabbed his wife in the head has admitted attempted murder and been jailed for 6 years.

Iain Farrimond from Battenhall Road in Worcester attacked his wife in their bedroom in the early hours one night in May.

More Details On Birmingham Drug Dealer's Murder

A court's heard that an 18 year- old man was shot dead in Birmingham after straying onto another drug dealer's turf.

Kenichi Phillips was hit once at close range as he sat in his brother's car.

18 year-old Disharn Downie's on trial accused of murder alongside another man who's currently on the run.

The trial continues.

Birmingham Stabbing Thought To Be Targeted

Capital's been told that a 25 year old man's in hospital after being stabbed in Selly Oak last night

Police say the man was knifed in the stomach as he got out of his car in Barnes Hill outside Asda just after 8 o'clock

Officers believe it was a targeted attack.

Armed Robbers Arrested Within Hours Of Raid

Two armed robbers have been arrested after a raid in the Black Country.

The masked men burst into a One Stop shop in Dudley just before ten last night and threatened staff with a kitchen knife before taking cash and vodka.

Officers used CCTV footage to track 'em down within 12 hours - one of them tried running away from police in just his boxers!

Birmingham Men Deny Brussels Bombing Involvement

Two men from the West Midlands will stand trial in November - after they denied giving money to Brussel's bomb suspect Mohamed Abrini.

27 year-old Mohammed Ali Ahmed and 26 year-old Zakaria Boufassil allegedly met 'the man in the hat' in a Birmingham park last July.

They'll stand trial in November.

Former West Mids Officer Has Sentence Extended For Hoax 999

A West Mids Police officer who made a hoax 999 call to his own force has had his jail sentence increased by 2 years.

Pc Amar Tasaddiq Hussain was given a seven-year sentence in May - that's now up to nine.

In 2014, he made an anonymous call warning that a terrorist was gonna kidnap a Muslim policeman.

Police Investigate Whether Birmingham Boy Had Bleach Thrown At Him

Police are looking into whether liquid hurled at a 12 year-old boy in Birmingham contained bleach.

He was walking home from school in Great Barr on Friday when it happened.

Officers want anyone with info to get in touch.

Lorry Driver Dies After M6 Crash

The driver of a lorry has died after a serious crash on the M6 this morning.

It happend just after 9 on the southbound carriageway at junction 3A.

The road's still closed there with congestion back to junction 5 for Castle Brom.

West Midlands Economic Boost As It Stages Conservative Party Conference

Birmingham's gearing up for a big week as it hosts the Conservative Party Conference.

The last time it was here - 2 years ago - it brought in 17 million pounds to the city.

Emma Gray from Marketing Birmingham says business interest in the West Mids is high right now.

Packed Meeting Quiz Redditch Hospital Chiefs over Alex

Hundreds of residents in Redditch have demanded answers from hospital chiefs over the future of the Alexandra Hospital.

Campaigners packed out a heated local meeting, after children's services were withdrawn.

It follows the earlier transfer of maternity and gynaecology services.

Redditch MP Karen Lumley told Capital just getting the Trust to the meeting is a huge step forward.

John Lewis Boss To Stand For West Midlands Mayor

The managing director of John Lewis is stepping down after being selected to run for West Midlands mayor.

Andy Street has been the retailer's MD for the last nine years and ill stand as the Conservative candidate.

Former Aston Villa Manager Named In Telegraph Football Sting

Southampton assistant manager Eric Black has rejected an allegation he discussed how to target football officials with illegal payments, after being named in the Telegraph's latest football investigation.

The former Aston Villa caretaker manager  was secretly filmed by the paper, but says that's not what he thought the meeting was about.

He says he doesn't remember being asked about it. Southampton say they're committed to investigating.

Second Teen Arrested After Assault In Tamworth

Staffordshire police have arrested a 15 year-old girl and 13 year-old boy in connection with the assault of a girl in Tamworth.

The 13 year-old was treated for minor injuries in hospital after it happened on Monday in Amington.

Officers are asking for footage of the attack not to be shared online anymore.

"No Surprise" Illegal Highs Not Being Sold In West Midlands Shops

A manager of a drug and alcohol support service in Wolverhampton has told Capital he's not surprised police found no trace of "illegal highs' in the West Midlands.

Police searched 30 stores that used to sell them before the law banning the sale of them came in, in May.

Sunny Dhadley is the manager of the service that helps addicts - called SUIT, says sale of the products have gone underground.

Black Country Slavery Arrests

3 people have been arrested at a scrap yard as part of an investigation into modern slavery in Sandwell.

Sites in West Bromwich and Oldbury were raided yesterday - where 6 Polish men were found and suspected of being employed as slave labour.

One appeared to be working with a broken shoulder while others showed signs of malnutrition.

Hunt Continues For Suspect In Digbeth Robbery Murder

After a man was jailed over the shooting of a Birmingham warehouse boss, West Midlands Police have told Capital they're not giving up searching for the man believed to be responsible

Akhtar Javeed was killed during a botched robbery in Digbeth back in February. Yesterday a 26 year old was jailed for 23 years for manslaughter.

Police believe Tahir Zarif - who's fled to Pakistan- is the one who pulled the trigger.

Smartphones Have Impact On Our Relationships

It's claimed half of under 24's get up in the middle of the night just to check their messages.

A survey also reckons 1 in 3 people argue with their partner because they spend too much time on their phones.

Two Teenagers Arrested Over Tamworth Assault

A 15 year old girl and 13 year old boy arrested in connection with an assault in Tamworth have been bailed.

They were questioned after a 13 year old girl was attacked in Amington on Monday.

Police want people to stop sharing a video of the incident that's been circulating on Facebook.

Sheeran Buys Sheerham

Turns out it was Ed Sheeran himself who bought a massive statue of a pig - which was made to look like him.

The statue was nicknamed 'Ed Sheerham' and raised money for a hospice near to where Ed is from.

Britney Wows At Apple Music Fest

Britney Spears managed eight costume changes in the space of 90 minutes at the Apple Music Festival last night.

She also performed some classic tracks at the Roundhouse in London.

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