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UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with Northfield murder

UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with Northfield murder | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it



POLICE investigating the death of a 22-year-old local woman in Northfield this morning (Tuesday 7 August) have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The man was found in the garden of a house on Allens Farm in south Birmingham just after 6pm, a short time after police issued a photograph of a man wanted in connection with the offence.

He has now been taken to a police station in the West Midlands.

Officers thank the community for their active support as the investigation progressed throughout the day.

Despite the latest development, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones from Force CID who is leading the investigation renewed his appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police to come forward.

“We urge anyone who witnessed the incident to call the incident room.”
Dimsdale Road, Hoggs Lane and Norrington Road remains closed this evening and are not expected to open for some time.

Patrols in the area have been increased to reassure concerned members of the public.

The woman has not been formally identified and a forensic post mortem examination will be conducted tomorrow.

Specialist liaison officers from West Midlands Police continue to support her family during this traumatic time.

Anyone with information to help the police inquiry should call Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Six Birmingham terror suspects in custody

Six Birmingham terror suspects in custody | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Six Birmingham men accused of plotting a terror attack have been remanded in custody.


Jewel Uddin, 26, Omar Mohammed Khan, 27, Mohammed Hasseen, 23, Anzal Hussain, 24, Mohammed Saud and Zohaib Ahmed, both 22, appeared via video link in a preliminary Old Bailey hearing.


The men are jointly accused of preparing an act or acts of terrorism between 1 May and 4 July this year.

They were arrested after police found weapons in a car on the M1.

Guns, knives, machetes and a home-made explosive device were allegedly discovered.

Mr Uddin, Mr Khan and Mr Hasseen were arrested after a routine stop of a Renault Laguna by police on the M1, near Sheffield, on 30 June.

The weapons are said to have been found in that vehicle along with a note addressed to the English Defence League, which was planning a rally in South Yorkshire that day.

Mr Hussain, Mr Saud and Mr Ahmed, who were arrested on 4 July, were allegedly travelling in a gold Rover which was in a convoy with the Laguna.

The men face an allegation that they took part in activities including the manufacture of an improvised explosive device, the acquisition of firearms and other weapons, and the purchase of motor vehicles connected with the charges.

It follows a series of arrests by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, assisted by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

On Tuesday, the men spoke only to confirm their identities.

They were remanded in custody ahead of a hearing in January next year.

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Black Crime: Birmingham riots gang jailed for up to 30 years

Black Crime: Birmingham riots gang jailed for up to 30 years | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Six members of a gang who shot at police officers during riots in Birmingham last August were jailed today for up to 30 years.


Birmingham Crown Court had heard how the men lured police to a blaze at a pub before opening fire, with West Midlands Police's helicopter also targeted.
Among the offences the five men and one teenager were convicted of were rioting, reckless arson and firearms possession.
Nicholas Francis, 26, was jailed for 30 years; Jermaine Lewis, 27, received a 23-year sentence, as did 20-year-old Tyrone Laidley; while Renardo Farrell, 20, and Wayne Collins, 25, were both handed jail terms of 18 years.
The 17-year-old also convicted, who can now be named as Amirul Rehman, was jailed for 12 years.

During a six-week trial jurors had been shown CCTV footage of a group of more than 40 people rioting outside the Bartons Arms in Aston on August 9.
Judge William Davis described their offences as a 'concerted attack on the police'.
'Members of the group attacked the building. They smashed windows, they went inside and ransacked the premises. They threw chairs and tables out on to the pavement,' he said.
'Other members of the group stayed on the pavement outside the building. Some threw missiles, bottles and the like, at a passing police car.
'Others lit petrol bombs that had been brought to the scene.
'The purpose of all this was not to loot or to steal. Nor was it mindless vandalism.
'The purpose, the common purpose, was to behave in such a way that the police would come to the scene and then to attack the police.'

The judge, who said 12 shots were fired at police and four handguns recovered, added: 'The intention was to endanger life. Although no physical injury was suffered, that was wholly a matter of luck.
'Had the police helicopter been struck, the consequences could have been catastrophic.
'There may have been no physical injury to a police officer, but the damage to the well-being of the city of Birmingham caused by an armed gang prepared to act in this way was grave.
'It is very difficult to conceive a case of this type more serious than this one.'

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Surprise suprise - Woman Stabbed to Death in Northfield Taxi, police looking for 'Asian'

Surprise suprise - Woman Stabbed to Death in Northfield Taxi, police looking for 'Asian' | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Police are searching Birmingham for a man who’s suspected of stabbing a woman in a taxi.

The woman, who was 22 years old, died at the scene following the incident at 8am at the junction of Dimsdale Road and Hoggs Lane in Northfield.

She’d been a passenger in a taxi along with a man, who ran away from the scene after she was injured.

The taxi driver called the police and ambulance service but the woman died from her injuries at the scene.

DCI Wayne Jones, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Officers have sealed off the scene of this incident, and are making significant enquiries in the local area as we search for the man who ran from the scene.

“We believe that the victim and the suspect are known to one another and one line of inquiry is that this incident is domestic related.”

“The suspect we are searching for is described as a mixed-race Asian man, around 5ft 8in tall, in his 20s, with short black hair. He was wearing a dark jacket.”

“We urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has seen this man, to come forward and contact police.”

Dimsdale Road, Hoggs Lane and Norrington Road have been closed whilst emergency services work at the scene and detectives begin forensic examinations.

Superintendent Andy Shipman, from Birmingham South Police, added: “We urge local people to come forward to help with this investigation.

“Our officers are out in the area conducting house to house enquiries and speaking to members of the community to offer some reassurance to those distressed by this morning’s events.”

“Violent crime is very rare in south Birmingham and we hope local people can be reassured that this is being treated as an isolated incident between two people, at this stage of the investigation.”

“Relatives of the victim are being informed and will be supported by specialist liaison officers from West Midlands Police.”

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Birmingham drug brothers jailed for 20 years

Birmingham drug brothers jailed for 20 years | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

TWO Birmingham brothers behind a heroin street supply chain have been jailed for 20 years after being netted in an undercover West Midlands Police operation.

Asif and Gultasib Khan – age 31 and 34 – are among the latest dealers brought to justice by the force’s Gangs & Organised Crime Unit as part of an on-going campaign tackling drug supply in the city.

The recent focus of the investigation has been Aston and Handsworth.

It’s led to the seizure of Class A drugs – largely heroin and crack cocaine – with a street value of up to £300,000, plus the recovery of handguns and ammunition.

Police have also frozen bank accounts used by the men whilst cars and properties they owned have been seized pending enquiries likely to see them sold under the Proceeds of Crime Act with money put back into the public purse.

Today’s convictions at Birmingham Crown Court bring the total number of men jailed since the operation launched in 2009 to 24, with more major players in the city’s drug supply scene in custody awaiting trial.

Asif Khan, from Amblecote Avenue in Great Barr, and Gultasib Khan from Onibury Road, Handsworth, admitted conspiring to supply heroin and firearms offences and were each jailed for 10 years.

Two other men – Harmesh Rangla and Sikander Aslam, brother-in-law to the Khans– also pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs.

Rangla from Hampstead Road in Handsworth was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in prison, whilst 24-year-old Aslam from Earlsbury Gardens in Aston – who also admitted possessing a handgun – was sentenced to eight years behind bars.

Sergeant Tony Smith from the Organised Crime Unit, said: “These men were involved with the supply of large quantities of heroin and supported their criminal activities with the use of firearms.

“This latest success saw heroin seized with a potential street value of £280,000; this valuation is backed up by the large amounts of cash recovered alongside identified cash deposits paid into the men’s bank accounts.

“Without doubt these individuals are significant middle market dealers operating in central Birmingham with identified criminal assets way beyond those possessed by lesser street dealing drug suppliers.”

The Khan brothers’ street supply business was smashed last summer when police raided their home addresses and uncovered half a kilo of heroin, wraps of crack cocaine and £12,000 in cash.

Detectives identified that the pair had hired 36-year-old Rangla to help prepare drugs for sale and all three were charged and remanded in custody.

Following a successful bail application, Gultasib Khan was released as the case progressed through court – but on August 31 he was spotted by undercover officers handing a package to Aslam in Antorbus Road, Handsworth.

Police stopped Aslam’s Vauxhall Vectra minutes later and discovered the package contained an ‘American Bulldog’ .44 calibre revolver with several rounds of ammunition.

A property registered to Aslam in Aldridge was subsequently searched and half a kilo of heroin and £87,000 cash was found.

And last week (July 5) two other men – Kamran Afser from Frederick Road in Aston and Kamran Nabi from Albert Road, Aston – were also jailed for conspiracy to supply heroin as part of the operation.

It followed police raids in April 2011 in Frederick Road when more than two kilos of heroin, quantities of cocaine and cannabis, plus 11 9mm bullets were uncovered, whilst almost £12,000 cash was found hidden in the oven of a neighbouring house.

Nabi – said in court to be the drug haul’s “controller” who used Afser to store and supply narcotics on his behalf – was handed a seven-and-a-half year prison term with Afser jailed for four years.

DS Smith, added: “Interrogation of Nabi’s bank accounts revealed he’d paid in over £50,000 cash…this was later proved to be drug money which, along with his home, is eligible for seizure under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“Properties and cars owned by the Khans have also been held by the Crown as criminal profits and will actively be pursued by the authorities.

“This is a long-standing, continuing operation that to date has seen 24 people involved in drug supply being put behind bars for almost 120 years.

“Detectives have recently made other notable arrests, including men suspected of importing drugs into the region, plus top-level conspirators.

“No-one involved in the import, supply, preparation or sale or drugs in Birmingham can rest easy – we are infiltrating their networks and offenders face long prison terms plus losing any cash or belongings obtained through drug dealing.

“Drugs bring misery to the lives of many people and communities where this kind of activity takes place, whilst drugs are linked to wider criminality like burglary. It’s a priority issue for us to tackle and, as this operation proves, we’ve taken giant strides to clean up Birmingham’s streets.”

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Birmingham taxi drivers threaten to bring city to a standstill

Birmingham taxi drivers threaten to bring city to a standstill | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
FURIOUS taxi drivers have threatened to bring Birmingham to a near standstill this summer over a 25 per cent hike in licensing fees.

A one-day strike could also be on the cards with cabbies upset about a rise in the annual vehicle and driver licence fees charged by Birmingham City Council.

The warnings of industrial action came as more than 250 private hire operators descended upon the council licensing department in Rocky Lane, Aston.

Hakil Ahmed, joint chair of Birmingham Private Hire Drivers’ Group, which represents around 500 drivers, said: “All the council is concerned about is making the rules up as they go along.

“But there are things we can do try to make them change their mind.

‘‘We’ve got a go-slow demonstration through Birmingham planned for June 1 and we can also do a withdrawal of service to show how essential our services are to the community.”

The city council has defended the fee rise – from £380 to £478 for a new one-year licence – saying they were cheaper than, or similar to, charges in other major cities and boroughs.

The fee for renewal licences, which affects existing cabbies, has also increased from £190 to £240.

A spokesman for the Private Hire Association, which represents around 2,200 drivers, said it was in “ongoing” talks with the council.

But among those threatening industrial action yesterday was dad-of-five Javed Khan, aged 45 and from Sparkbrook, who has been a driver for around 20 years.

He said: “We’re all very upset about this rise as there’s been no consultation with drivers. Going on strike won’t be easy for us because this is our living, but we’ve got to get to the bottom of this issue.”

A city council spokesman said the authority’s renewal cost was rising by just £1 per-driver per-week.

“Compared to other expenses drivers incur, such as radio hire, fuel, insurance and vehicle servicing, this still represents a very small proportion of their total expenses,” he said.

“All money gathered through licence fees is invested directly back into the service. This rise is necessary partly due to fees having been artificially frozen or increased only marginally over the past five years, and therefore not covering costs.”


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