(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: Officers have arrested two more people on suspicion of murder and victim is named #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: Officers also need to hear from anyone who saw, or has dash cam footage, of a dark blue Citroen C3 leaving the area at speed and understood to have been driving on the wrong side of the road: A 20-year-old man previously arrested on suspicion of murder and a 29-year-old man for conspiracy to murder have been released on bail: A 22-year-old who was also injured remains in a stable condition in hospital. He will be questioned under caution in connection with the killing when medically fit:

WM Police Update: ‘Officers have arrested two more people in Birmingham murder investigation as appeal for information continues after a man shot dead in Birmingham has been named as Gavin Parry’

19th April 2021

Witness appeal man on scooter

Officers have detained the men, aged 21 and 23, earlier today as we continue to actively pursue those involved in the killing of Mr Parry in Western Road last Tuesday (13 April). The pair remain in custody for questioning over the killing of 31-year-old Mr Parry as we continue to appeal for witnesses to the shooting at around 5.30pm: We want to speak to a man who was riding a scooter near the scene at the time and may have vital information to assist our enquiries.

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from our homicide team, said: “This is active investigation as we seek to establish exactly what happened in Western Road last week: “ A man tragically lost his life and we believe there are people out there who can help us get the truth. We need anyone with information, however insignificant they feel it may be, to contact us.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact us via live chat on our website or call 101. If you have information, photos or video footage which could help the investigation you can do so via this dedicated web link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/20HQ20H24-PO1

We understand you may want to remain anonymous and you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You only need to tell them what you know − not who you are.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: One man has been charged over a domestic stabbing leaving a woman seriously ill & teen charged with Burbury Park attack with murder #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: Officers have arrested Elwell in Stechford shortly after the 1pm attack and last night charged him with attempted murder: The 24-year-old, from Sharps Close in Birmingham, is due to appear at the city’s magistrates court today:

Birmingham man charged over domestic stabbing: ‘Officers charged a man over a domestic stabbing that’s left a woman seriously ill in hospital & she remains in hospital with potentially life-changing injuries having suffered a stab wound to her back’

Matthew Elwell is accused of attacking the victim – a 33-year-old woman who’s known to him – at an address in Farndon Road, Birmingham, on Wednesday afternoon (14 April).

16th April 2021

Teen charged with Burbury Park attack: ‘Officers have charged a teenage boy with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old in Burbury Park on Tuesday (13 April).

15th April 2021

The 14-year-old boy was stabbed repeatedly just after 7pm at the park in Lozells. He was taken to hospital where he continues to recover from his injuries: Two 15-year-old boys were arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted murder. One has now been charged and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow (16 Apr). He cannot be named due to his age: The other has been released on bail pending further enquiries:

Superintendent Sally Simpson said: “Our investigations into the incidents on Tuesday evening are continuing at pace and this is a significant step forward: “ We understand the shock and concern that these incidents have caused residents in the area and the wider community, and I wish to stress that we are determined to route out those who continue to cause harm to others: “ We continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward, particularly anyone who may be withholding information through a misguided sense of loyalty. We must all work together to reduce the violence we are seeing.”

We can be contacted via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101. Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell us what you know, not who you are.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.18: 2021:

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(BIRIMINGHAM, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Four members of a Coventry crime gang have been handed jail terms totalling 18 years after we linked them to dozens of car-key burglaries #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.13: It’s estimated they stole high-performance cars with a combined value of £700,000 during the raids in Coventry, Leicestershire and Warwickshire:

Teens jailed for burglary spree in latest strike against Coventry gangs: ‘The quartet − all affiliated to the C2 gang in Coventry − struck almost 40 times in the space of four months between December 2019 and March last year’

12th April 2021:

We linked them to the break-ins through extensive phone work − recovering photos and video of them posing in stolen cars − plus examination of road cameras showing them making off from the violent raids.

And we also found DNA linked to one of the offenders in a BMW M140i − taken in Leicestershire on 11 December 2019 − that was found crashed in Coventry’s Silverdale Close 19 days later.
 
In the face of compelling evidence all four teenagers − three 17-year-olds and one aged 16 − admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and at Birmingham Crown Court on 8 April they were given custodial sentences, which combined – are just over 18 years – for their part in the burglaries.

As the offenders are under-18 we are not legally able to name them.

Coventry Police Detective Inspector Kerrie Martin, said: “Young men and, sadly, boys linked to this C2 gang are behind a lot of the violence we’ve seen in Coventry: “ We’ve now taken several members of the gang out of society where they no longer pose a danger to the public. And we will continue to pursue anyone who chooses gang life and causes fear and harm in our communities: “We have a dedicated gangs unit in Coventry that’s getting under the skin of these gangs and to disrupt their activity: “But for those who want to step away from gangs we can help. We work with partners to support anyone wanting to sever ties with gangs and get them on the path to a more fulfilling life.”

The group first struck on 8 December 2019 in Dawlish Drive, Stivichall, where they forced open a kitchen window before swiping keys to a Seat Ateca Cupra: We later recovered video from one of their phones showing them boasting about being in the £38,000 car and accelerating at speed. The Seat was found burned out and on false plates in Cleveland on 13 January: They went on to commit a string of violent break-ins where they kicked open doors, force windows or hurled bricks through windows to gain entry: Most offences were carried out during the day when residents were out but on occasions victims were threatened and assaulted: On Christmas Eve 2019 they tried kicking open the front door to a home in Stivichall Croft, Coventry, while a family were inside: And on 16 February a woman hid inside her bathroom after the gang broke into her home in Station Avenue, Tile Hill, before stealing a Mini: The final burglary on 8 March in Burbage, Leicestershire, also saw a couple take refuge in a bathroom while the thieves rifled through their home for keys to an Audi S3. They later told how they feared for their lives and had considered jumping from the window.

Det Insp Martin added: “These were really violent offences that left many victims terrified: “ Many of the offences were in broad daylight and in some the victims were at home. It was clearly a shocking experience for them and I hope the fact the offenders have been handed long jail terms will provide some comfort.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.13: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: Detectives have launched a murder investgation after a ‘fatal stabbing’ last night around 11pm following a dispute #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody:

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died following a dispute at a property in Birmingham last night (7 Apr). After Officers were called to the address on Woodhurst Road around 11pm where a 27-year-old man was found with stab wounds. He was taken to hospital but sadly died this morning (8 Apr)

8th April 2021:

Forensic examinations are being carried out at the property and officers are speaking to local residents.

Detective Inspector Michelle Allen, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “We are in the early stages of our enquiry, but we will be questioning the man in custody today:

“Anyone with information should contact us via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101.”  

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.08: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) JUST IN: WM Police Report: Officers are investigating after gun shots fired in Coventry on Monday night in the area of Foleshill #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Officers responded to reports of a shotgun being discharged in Mansel Street, Foleshill, at around 7.10pm:

Investigation after gun shots fired in Coventry: ‘Officers are investigating after a man was injured when gun shots were fired in a Coventry street last night (22 March)’

23rd March 2021:

We discovered damage to the window of a property and since recovered casings from within the area.

No-one was found with injuries at the scene but a 19-year-old man later presented at hospital with pellets in his foot. His injuries are not serious.

Enquiries to establish the full circumstances around what happened are under way and we’re appealing for anyone with information to contact us.

This can be done via Live Chat, or by calling 101, and quoting 20CV/81899K/21. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: Officers have ask: Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him about an attempted robbery on a bus in Winson Green, last month #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: A 57-year-old woman started to film what was happening, but the man assaulted her and tried to steal her phone:

Police appeal following attempted robbery in Winson Green: ‘The suspect boarded the number 11 bus at around 11am on 6 February & we understand that he was acting aggressively and threw a bottle at a passenger’

23rd March 2021:

We’ve released footage today as part of our appeal. If you have any information or recognise the man in the footage please get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call us on 101 anytime quoting crime reference 20BW/35410M/21.

Want to remain 100% anonymous? Ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Magistrates Court Report: Officers have charged a man following a ‘fatal stabbing’ in Hamstead last weekend: They were called to West Road just after 9.45pm last Sunday (7 March) and discovered Jack Barry, aged 19, seriously injured in the street #AceNewsDesk report

Man charged following Hamstead murder: ‘Despite the best efforts of emergency services, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene: Today, 13 March, Cameron Cheshire has been charged with murder Cheshire, aged 18, from West Road, Great Barr has been remanded to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday (15 March)

13th March 2021

Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse, from our homicide team, said: “Our investigation continues at pace and our thoughts remain with Jack’s family who have been informed of this development: “ We’re grateful for the support we’ve received so far as we seek to establish the full circumstances of what happened on Sunday evening: “ But we still believe there are people out there who have information which can assist our investigation and I’d urge them to contact us.”

You can do this via Live Chat, or by calling 101, and quote log 3871 of 7 March. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Crossbow killer will serve at least 33 years for double murder: ‘Three men have been jailed for life after two men were brutally killed with a crossbow during a cannabis farm burglary in Brierley Hill’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport- Mar.14: Saghawat Ramzan, his son Omar Ramzan, and Mohammed Sageer claimed they acted in self-defence when they brutally killed Khuzaimah Douglas, aged 19, and Saghawat’s own brother, Waseem Ramzan, aged 36.L – R: Omar Ramzan, Saghawat Ramzan and Mohammed Sageer

Crossbow killer will serve at least 33 years for double murder: ‘Three men have been jailed for life after two men were brutally killed with a crossbow during a cannabis farm burglary in Brierley Hill’

Omar Ramzan, Saghawat Ramzan and Mohammed Sageer

‘The Ramzan’s lived next door to their professional and lucrative cannabis factory in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill. Living just next door, they were able to keep a close eye on any potential risks, including those posed from other criminals’

Crossbow

12th March 2021

At 3.30am on 20 February last year, the house was raided by a group of around 10 people wanting to steal their crop. Knowing an attack of this kind was likely, the Ramzan’s had amassed a huge collection of weapons including a large panther crossbow , a smaller crossbow , a sword, knives and a knuckleduster.

Saghawat Ramzan and his son Omar rushed next door to see what was going on also calling Saghawat’s brother, Waseem who lived further down the street for help.

Armed with a crossbow and sword, Saghawat began to attack the raiders, he fired a shot from his crossbow which just missed. They tried to run away but one of the robbers, Khuzaimah, was caught by Waseem and wrestled to the ground.

At this point Mohammed Sageer arrived and joined in the attack. 

Watch the CCTV here.

Khuzaimah struggled to free himself, but all three men attacked him and Saghawat reloaded his crossbow with a bolt and fired at almost point-blank range in the direction of Khuzaimah. He missed and hit his brother, Waseem, in the left side of his abdomen. CCTV showed Waseem remove the bolt from his body. 

Saghawat then reloaded his crossbow and took another shot which hit Khuzaimah just above his hip. He managed to struggle to his feet and ran off but collapsed across the road. The bolt had embedded in his pelvic bone, he suffered massive blood loss, and despite medical assistance, sadly died of his injuries at the scene.

Meanwhile, the others decided to get help for injured Waseem – he was taken by car to hospital. Saghawat left shortly after to tidy up the weapons and secure the property. The hospital called police due to the nature of the injuries as fortunately crossbow injuries are extremely rare.An image of the crossbow

Saghawat gave a false account of what happened, telling officers he’d heard a commotion and found people attacking his brother.

In a bid to evade police, the trio stopped using their phones but Saghawat, aged 47, from Pensnett Road, was found at a property in Stoke on 23 February. The following day, his son Omar, aged 24, also from Pensnett Road, handed himself in telling officers he had acted in self-defence.

A similar account was made by Sageer aged 33, from Gorsty Avenue, Brierley Hill, who’d travelled to Scotland and then Bradford, before handing himself in on 25 February. All three were charged with murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from our homicide team, said: “The actions of these three men were shocking, brutal and calculated.

“To protect their cannabis grow, they were happy to use extreme violence in a brutal and sustained attack on Khuzaimah. 

“We believe they wanted to send a clear message to the people who’d attempted to rob their cannabis factory. However, Saghawat also killed his own brother during the attack which further highlights their determination to cause serious harm and just how dangerous their weapons were.

“There is no place on our streets for violence like this or the armoury of weapons they chose to have and ultimately use. 

“Two lives have been lost because these men decided to use extreme violence in an attempt to protect their illegal drug business.”

  • Saghawat Ramzan, aged 47, was sentenced to a minimum term of 33 years for the murder of Khuzaimah Douglas and his own brother Waseem Ramzan.
  • Omar Ramzan, 24, who is the son of Saghawat and nephew of Waseem, was jailed for 22 years for the murder of Mr Douglas and the manslaughter of Waseem.
  • Mohammed Sageer, aged 33, has been jailed for 20 years for the murder of Mr Douglas and the manslaughter of Waseem.

A further investigation into the drugs element of the case is ongoing with a number of people charged with conspiracy to burgle. They are awaiting trial at a later date.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.14: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Following a six week trial, Mobeen Shahzad, 28, was found guilty of murder and Sheridan Fitzsimmons, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter: They were sentenced on Friday 12 March #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: WM POLICE CASE NOTES: Mazammal Butt, affectionately known as ‘Zammy’ was fatally stabbed outside his family butchers in Lozells Street on Sunday 17 November 2019: Moments before Zammy was fatally stabbed, Shahzad and his wife Fitzsimmons were arguing with Zammy in the carpark of the family butchers: After hearing the heated argument, Zammy’s wife came out to see what was going on and was grabbed by Fitzsimmons who told Shahzad to kill Zammy: The pair then went out of view. Moments later Shahzad returned telling his sister, that he had killed her husband in the street. Fitzsimmons immediately fled in the couples white Audi while Shahzad walked home:

Butcher and wife jailed for killing their brother in law in Lozells: ‘A husband and wife have today been jailed after being found guilty of killing their brother in law in Lozells in 2019’

12th March 2021

Shazad and Fitzsimmons

COURT NOTES: The jury heard how Zammy had been seen ‘running for his life’ before being found in a pool of blood, alone in the street: Despite the best efforts from emergency services, Zammy was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.Mazammal Butt, affectionately known as ‘Zammy’ was fatally stabbed outside his family butchers: An hour later Shahzad and Fitzsimmons were stopped in their car by officers on Alum Rock Road and Shahzad was arrested. After being arrested his reply to officers was “Okay, sound.” Officers searching the car found a knife: In the hours that followed, Fitzsimmons involvement in the lead up to the attack were revealed and the next day, she was also arrested on suspicion of murder: Following the arrest of her husband, Fitzsimmons had carried out a Google search on how long a life sentence is. The jury also heard that she had sent her husband a message before the murder advising him to delete previous chats as they could be ‘evidence of hurting Zammy.’

Mobeen Shahzad and his wife Sheridan Fitzsimmons have been jailed:

  • Shahzad, aged 28, of Osborne Grove, Lozells, was handed a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 23 years before he is considered for release.
  • Fitzsimmons, aged 29, of Conybere Street, Highgate, was jailed for 10 years, of which she will serve at least two-thirds in custody.
Mazammal Mahmood Butt

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from the Homicide Team, said: “This was a tragic case where a young man lost his life at the hands of two people who were family, two people who were intent on him coming to harm: “ My thoughts are with Zammy’s family. I hope now they can find some comfort knowing that the pair responsible for his death have been brought to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.14: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report:Officers recovered three knives and arrested two teenagers after responding to reports of a boy being chased by a group armed with weapons in Coventry #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.12: Officers quickly identified two suspects and they were detained in Draycott Road where the knives were recovered:

Knives recovered and teenagers arrested in Coventry: ‘A 16-year-old boy was approached by three youths in Blackberry Lane, Walsgrave, at around 3pm yesterday (10 March) He was pursued by the group, but thankfully managed to escape, as officers responded to a series of calls and rushed to the area’

‘The teens, aged 14 and 16, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and remain in custody for questioning: This is being treated as an isolated incident and we’re continuing with our enquiries’

11th March 2021:

We’re particularly keen to identify a third suspect and anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact us via Live Chat or by calling 101. Quote 20CV/68807V/21.  

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.12: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: Officers from ‘East Organised Crime Unit’ teamed up with armed police and a dog unit to execute seven early morning warrants at addresses in the east of the city #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.12: Officers have carried out a series of raids during a three-day blitz on gangs in Birmingham: The 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drugs supply and gun possession in connection with an operation we ran last October that led to the discovery of guns and drugs from a parked car:

Man arrested up tree as we carry out blitz on Birmingham gangs: ‘During one in Ward End Close, Washwood Heath, on Monday (8 March) a man fled the address but was tracked down hiding in a tree in a nearby garden’

11th March 2021:

He’s been bailed pending further enquiries.

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In a simultaneous raid we forced entry to a house in Church Road, Stechford, where a significant quantity of cash, a CCTV hard drive and mobile phones were seized: More addresses were raided in Malthouse Lane and at neighbouring homes in Ward End Park Road, Washwood Heath; Swancote Road in Stechford; and Clent Hill Drive, Rowley Regis, in the early hours of Tuesday and Wednesday morning: No further arrests were made but more phones were seized for forensic analysis plus a machete recovered from the Sandwell raid: The action came on the back of simmering tensions between rival groups and the threat of violence escalating.

Inspector Sharon Revitt from our Birmingham East Organised Crime & Gangs Unit said: Her team has recently been expanded − and that more people with gang links can expect similar rude awakenings: She added: “There have been incidents of disorder and firearms discharges which we suspect are linked to tensions between two gangs in east Birmingham: “ It’s totally unacceptable: in any incident like this there is a chance a totally innocent member of the public could end up being seriously hurt: “ We’ve increased our officer numbers which gives us more scope to carry out disruption activity against people affiliated with gangs: “ We work with partners to help divert young people away from gangs and support those wanting to exit gangs and on paths to more positive futures: “ But for anyone who refuses our help, and continues to be a threat to our communities, we will come after them and use all tactics at our disposal to minimise their threat.”

If you suspect anyone is linked to drugs supply or firearms you can pass information to the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.12: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Court Report: 41-year-old Jahnger Ahmed a Birmingham ‘ Drug Dealer ‘ was jailed for 11 years on Friday (13 April) ‘ with intent to supply a Class A drug ‘ after he was found with over a million pounds worth of heroin in his car on the M6 motorway in January #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: A Birmingham drug dealer found with over a million pounds worth of heroin has been jailed for 11 years: Jahnger Ahmed, of Torrey Grove in Bordesley Green was stopped in his car by officers on the M6 motorway travelling towards Birmingham in January, after information linked his Volkswagen Passat car to the supply of controlled drugs #AceNewsDesk reports

wmpJahnger Ahmed

On searching the car, officers became suspicious of an area in the boot which was found to be a sophisticated compartment made of plywood which was concealing two black canvas bags full of heroin………..The 19 packages found were forensically examined and were discovered to be worth a street value of £1,775,000 with a wholesale value of around £344,000.

wmpDrugs haul found in Ahmed’s car

Leading the investigation, DC Chris Woodward from the Force CID team, said: “This was a significant haul of heroin which no doubt would have ended up on the streets of the West Midlands……….“It had the potential to cause widespread harm within communities in the Midlands. It’s a clear message, if we suspect you of being involved in illegal activity, we will get you.”

wmpThe boot of Ahmed’s car

The 41-year-old was sentenced to 11 years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (13 April) for possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

#JAILED This is 41-year-old Jahnger Ahmed from #Birmingham who was jailed for 11 years on Friday (13 April) after he was found with over a million pounds worth of heroin in his car on the M6 motorway: https://t.co/L4grHGC4avpic.twitter.com/xtlB6deWkB— West Midlands Police April 15, 2018

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‘ PETRA’S FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION VIDEO ‘

Ace News Group – BRITAIN (Birmingham) – November 05 – Thanks for your interest in this local news we reported on yesterday. A number of people have asked for further details: 

' Petra's BBC Midlands Today Interview '

‘ Petra’s BBC Midlands Today Interview ‘

This is a follow-up with the video link here: BBC Interview  will try and get a download copy direct for non-windows users.  

 Since the interview Petra has been contacted by local Radio and this campaign now has legs and is walking.

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` No New Investigation into the the Birmingham Pub Bombings of 1974 ‘ Julie Hambleton will continue Fighting ‘

#AceUKNews – BIRMINGHAM – April 07 – (BBC) – Reports that there is to be no new investigation into the Birmingham pub bombings, the family of one victim has been told.

Twenty one people were killed and another 182 injured when two bombs exploded at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town in November 1974.

Six people were jailed in 1975, but their convictions were quashed in 1991.

Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine was killed, met West Midlands Police on Monday, but said she had been told there would be no fresh inquiry.

She said she was angry, but had feared this outcome.

Julie Hambleton vowed to “continue to fight until justice is done”

` History of that Night tells a Story for the Victims ‘

(History of War) – On November 21st 1974 the terrorist group the PIRA exploded two bombs in the centre of the city of Birmingham, UK. This was the worst terrorist attack in UK history until the London bombings of July 2005 and killed 19 people, injured 182 and two further victims died later.

The bombs were triggered by timers and were placed in two busy inner city pubs, the ‘Mulberry Bush’ which was underneath Birmingham’s famous Rotunda building, and in a low level pub ‘The Tavern in the Town’ in New Street near Birmingham’s central shopping area and main railway station, (this pub is now renamed the Yard of Ale).

At 20.11 the Birmingham Post newspaper received a phone call saying that there was a bomb in the Rotunda building. The Police were informed and started to search the Rotunda buildings upper floors but the Mulberry Bush pub at ground level was still packed out, 6-12 minutes after the phone call, the first bomb exploded, quickly followed by the second bomb exploding 50 yards (47 meters) away, luckily a third IED placed outside a bank on Birmingham’s busy Hagley Road failed to detonate. Both pubs were packed with young people and the bombs had gone off at one of the busiest times of night leaving a scene of carnage behind. Many of the injured were taken to hospital in private cars and nearby taxis as the ambulances arrived. Maurice Buck then assistant Chief Constable for the West Midlands Police described the devastation caused by the bombs as “disastrous and appalling”. The impact on the people of Birmingham was enormous and the attacks severely damaged relations with the Irish community and are still remembered today. A plague to remember those who died can be found in the grounds of central Birmingham’s St. Philip’s Cathedral.

It is thought the attack was planned to coincide with the return to Ireland of the body of James McDade, a PIRA member who had died in Coventry the week before when a bomb he was planting exploded prematurely. Some PIRA members later said that the short length of time between the warnings and the bombs going off was an error and this would certainly fit the profile of Irish terrorist attacks during this period as the intention was not a large body count but to gain media attention. A PIRA member who was later arrested for another attack claimed that the public phone boxes that they had planned to use to make the warning calls from had been vandalised so it took time to find a working phone box. In 2004 on the 30th anniversary of the attack Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams expressed regret for the loss of life in the attacks but the PIRA has never officially taken responsibility for the attacks.

Under immense pressure to get a result the British police quickly arrested six men, Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and Johnny Walker. These men became known as the Birmingham 6 and were convicted in 1975, but the conviction was unsafe to say the least and was over turned 16 years later and the six were released. Three detectives were charged with perjury but their trial was abandoned in 1993 due to media coverage influencing the jury. The real bombers have never been brought to trial and it remains one of the most controversial cases in British counter terrorism history and one of the most painful for the people of Birmingham.

Courtesy of Dugdale-Pointin, T. (28 November 2007), Birmingham Pub bombings, 21 November 1974, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/birmingham_pub_bombings.html

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` Four Britons from `Birmingham’ are `Arrested’ and `Suspected’ of `Terrorism’ charges related to Syria’

#AceUKNews says Police have arrested four UK nationals from the Birmingham area on Tuesday on terrorism charges related to Syria, Reuters reported.

One of them, a 45-year-old man, is suspected of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas, according to the West Midlands police.

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#AceUKNews `Dunlop Tyre Production’ Could be Moved to Europe’ from `Birmingham’ putting `Jobs’ at Risk”

#AceNewsServices says `Dunlop Tyre Making Could Leave Birmingham’

BBC News reported today that a manufacturer of `Dunlop Tyre Production’ could be moved away from Birmingham, putting more than 240 jobs at risk.

dunlop_tyre_factoryThe 125-year-old manufacturer said its lease on the Erdington factory would expire on 1 September and no other appropriate site was available locally.

Dunlop Motorsport Europe said it was looking instead at moving production from the site to other plants in its European Manufacturing Network.

The company said it understood it was a “difficult time” for employees.

Dunlop Brand Europe managing director Sanjay Khanna said its “strong preference” was to remain on its existing site but this “has not proved possible”.

He said: “For several months, we have also worked closely with local agencies and authorities to identify local Birmingham site alternatives.

“Unfortunately no other appropriate site was available locally which would have provided continuity of supply to our key customers.”

‘No loyalty’

The company said it had started informing affected employees at the Erdington site.

“It is important our attention is now focused on supporting the employees who will be affected,” the managing director added.

“We will work with our unions and employees throughout the consultation process to provide support.”

The firm said the proposal still remained subject to a consultation with union representatives.

However, Andy Taylor from the Unite union said he believed a decision over the plant had already been made and the union had not been properly consulted beforehand.

He added: “They’ve done it after the decision appears to be made and we’ll obviously be seeking legal advice on that.”

Dominic Hinks, from the GMB union, said he felt “really let down” by the news and that the company had been “disingenuous about how seriously it has considered the option of relocating in Birmingham”.

In September the Birmingham Post reported Dunlop Aircraft Tyres was given a £1.5m government grant to develop tougher and lighter aircraft tyres.

 

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#HS2: “Reason’s Against According to Passenger Transport”

#AceNewsServices says according to ” Passenger Transport Magazine” in their recent article, these are the reason’s against HS2 

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English: New London Midland Class 350/2 stands at Birmingham New Street with an unidentified classmate, having just arrived from London Euston on London Midland’s new hourly West Coast Main Line service, on the 22nd December 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Objection 1: That rail demand won’t grow fast enough and the trains will be empty.

George’s piece starts out with an admission that total transport demand has fallen in recent years, and argues this is due to increasing petrol prices and road congestion. He makes the strong point that rail demand has increased strongly over the past 15 years, then, like the government, unthinkingly projects that forward. However, nothing goes on forever, and there is emerging evidence that long distance rail demand may be flattening out.
A number of key indicators suggest this:

Recent ORR data shows flat long distance demand for over a year, although London and South East demand is still growing strongly;

Virgin’s passenger miles showed rapid growth after completion of the upgrade, but growth has now virtually ceased (Figure 1).

This is similar to the experience on the West Coast at the time of electrification in the 1960s;

The Department for Transport’s own statistics, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show a decline in peak passenger numbers to and from Euston from 2011 to 2012.

So we need to understand what’s really happening before committing £50bn of our money to HS2.

There are some obvious factors which have driven long distance rail demand. Increasing company car taxation has dramatically reduced company car use, and there has been significant modal shift from air to rail between Manchester and London following the West Coast Main Line upgrade – but these are one-off changes, and aren’t the basis for assuming perpetual, compound growth. Perhaps the most important factor has been service improvements on all the main InterCity routes – frequencies from London to Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, and Cardiff have doubled; Manchester has improved from one train an hour to three, Birmingham from two to three; and journey times have been cut, particularly on the West Coast Main Line, and the Cross Country network has improved dramatically. It would be very surprising if passenger volumes hadn’t grown, but I suspect that much of this is a one-off effect, with rail now the dominant mode for middle and long distance demand to central London, so further growth to London is dependent on structural growth in the market, not increased modal share. East Coast and Eurostar are already demonstrating this; the Eureka timetable on East Coast, with more trains and some faster journey times, has produced little or no additional revenue – East Coast passenger miles grew by only 0.5% in 2012/13, and Eurostar is increasingly looking to markets beyond Paris and Brussels, where it already has something like an 80% market share, and low growth.

Lastly, there is at least anecdotal evidence that business travel is declining as smart technology increasingly substitutes for face to face meetings. I travel to Manchester several times a year, and my own counts, together with the official numbers for peak trains to and from Euston, suggest a gradual reduction in business travel (Figure 2). Yet the claimed economic benefits for HS2 relate overwhelmingly to business travel.

In summary, there is clear evidence that the boom times may well be coming to an end for InterCity rail travel. To quote John Maynard Keynes: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

Objection 2: That we don’t need HS2’s capacity because Virgin WCML trains are running with plenty empty seats in the peak.

George acknowledges that Virgin’s current load factors are low, but doesn’t recognise that most services could be lengthened to 12 cars (three first, nine standard) giving a total of 693 seats, more than three times the average peak loading of 229, without the need to run more trains. Yet he asserts that “It is extremely unlikely that the spare capacity, plus any extra which can be added, would not be fully used up by growth well before the Y of HS2 is finished” – back to endless growth. In reality, long distance services to Waterloo, Liverpool Street and Victoria are full now (Figure 3), with no prospect of significant extra capacity, and London and South East volumes are still growing. Rationally, how can HS2 be a priority?

Objection 3: That the environmental damage to the Chilterns and the disruption to residents around Euston are so bad that we should abandon this project.

There is clearly a balance to be struck between environmental impact and the wider good. But if the case for HS2 is fundamentally weak, then the impact on Camden, the Chilterns and every affected location all the way along the route to Church Fenton south of York is unforgiveable and unacceptable.

Objection 4: HS2 won’t release much useful rail service capacity around Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds.

George claims this is a “bad argument – not true” but writes that he will return to this.

It’s actually a compelling argument. Take Leeds as an example: there are eight main rail corridors into the city, and HS2 only relieves one of them, the route from Doncaster via Wakefield. In the morning peak, East Coast operate just two trains arriving in Leeds before 0900, both of which are well loaded with commuters from Doncaster and Wakefield. So the trains would need to run anyway, at least from Doncaster, and the total of “extra capacity” released by HS2 equates to the number of passengers on these trains from London who would transfer to HS2; the trains leave Kings Cross at 0550 and 0630, so it won’t be a great number. The impacts in Birmingham and Manchester are similar – early morning Virgin services from Euston are packed with commuters from Coventry to Birmingham.

Objection 5: That HS2 won’t benefit  the North.

George dismisses the comparison with the lack of economic impact of HS1 domestic services on Ebbsfleet and Ashford in Olympian fashion: “you should not have expected HS1 to have helped very much” and then goes on to develop a novel argument that HS2 is different from other European high speed lines because the population served is so much greater. This is simply a scale effect: if high speed rail has favoured Madrid rather than Seville, than we can expect it to favour London rather than Manchester.

I don’t claim to be an expert in spatial economics, but those who are – academics such as Henry Overman and John Tomaney – appear very sceptical about the benefits to the Midlands and the North and the cost effectiveness of HS2 as a means of reducing the North-South divide. George seeks to counter their views by inventing his own back-of-an-envelope economic theory.

Objection 6: That there are better ways to improve transport in the North than HS2.

There are certainly better, cheaper and more cost effective ways to improve public transport in the Midlands and the North, and all the benefits, both in terms of the construction work and the improvements delivered, would be wholly contained in the regions, not siphoned away to the overheated and richer London and the South East.

Objection 7: The Business Case is weak.

George writes: “You can chip away at the edges if you want, but a benefit cost ratio of 2.3 … for a large project is good.” It isn’t a matter of “chipping away at the edges”; the business case is deeply flawed, and still critically dependent on discredited values of time for business passengers, even though this has been cleverly disguised in its latest formulation. There are also a number of other significant errors and heroic assumptions, and if the business case is corrected for these, it would struggle to get a benefit cost ratio above 1.0.

HS2 is not value for money.

 Objection 8: That, in the words of the HS2 Action Alliance, there is a “desperate attempt by the government to spin the report by KPMG which claimed HS2 would generate £15bn a year of wider economic benefits. Its conclusions were widely mocked by academics and commentators as lacking credibility with it being pointed out that if the report’s figures were correct there would be £1,000 worth of benefit to the economy for every extra journey created by HS2.”

George simply asserts that HS2 Action Alliance is “talking tosh”. But the £15bn a year figure is based on an assumption – implicitly acknowledged in small print in the KPMG report – that “connectivity”, as measured by a model of the rail services assumed in the HS2 business case, is the only driver of economic performance; not the availability and skill of the labour force, nor connectivity by road, despite the fact that 90% of journeys are made by road.

The KPMG report was considered in some detail by the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee on November 5 last year. It’s pretty clear from the evidence of professors Graham and Overman that the KPMG work is fundamentally flawed, the benefits are massively overstated, and are double counted with the wider economic benefits already factored into the business case.

The big picture on investment

George writes: “HS2 is the latest in a line of major – and essential – transport projects”, but signally fails to demonstrate that it is either essential or a priority. Investment in infrastructure projects is undoubtedly critically important for the future economic prosperity of Britain, but the chosen projects need to be rigorously assessed and prioritised. This has not applied to HS2, which from Day 1 has been a solution in search of a problem.

About the author:

Chris Stokes is a partner at First Class Partnerships, and previously advised local authorities opposed to the HS2 project

 

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