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A loaded gun was found after police raided a gangsters’ meet-up held in a busy city centre in broad daylight.
A man was arrested on suspicion of threatening bar security staff after the gathering was disrupted in Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, at 5pm on Tuesday, September 17.
Officers later found a loaded revolver at an address linked to the suspect in Stafford Road.
It was believed to be a converted blank-firing revolver and was due to be forensically examined to check if was linked to any shootings.
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The gun recovered by officers. (Image: WMP)
A 36-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of making threats to kill and firearms offences.
Wolverhampton Police Chief Inspector Hasson Shigdar, said: “Our officers acted very swiftly to incoming intelligence there was the potential for disorder and it’s resulted in a lethal weapon being taken out of circulation.

“We always take intelligence and information passed to us seriously and handle it with the utmost confidence. If anyone suspects someone has access to firearms or carries weapons then please tell us so we can take action.” 
West Midlands Police can be contacted on 101 or via Live Chat at WMP Online; alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. 

This amazing aerial photo has revealed the on-going progress at the new McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village in Cannock.
The huge £160 million project – which has been dubbed the ‘Bicester Village of the Midlands’ – will open its doors for the first time in autumn 2020.
The vast majority of steelwork and building structures are now complete, with work to add facades and roofs ongoing.
The outlet’s car parking is now underway, as well as improvement works to the local nature reserve.

The £160-million McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village is coming together
Interior spaces are due to commence early next year as the designer outlet progresses towards completion.
Gary Bond, managing director of Development at McArthurGlen, said: “Works at the site are progressing really well and we’re looking forward to opening during autumn 2020.

Pictures: Progress at McArthurGlen designer outlet in Cannock

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“I would like to thank neighbours and the wider community for their patience during the works to date and I hope people enjoy seeing how things have progressed with these eye-in-the-sky aerial images.”
The development will become the group’s 26th centre, and their seventh in the UK.
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This investment will create a landmark retail destination and community hub, generating 1,000 jobs for the local area, supporting around £20 million of employment income for the local economy every year.

The centre is set to attract more visitors to the area, growing local tourism spend by more than £3 million annually.
Due to complete in 2020, Phase I will be home to 80 sought-after premium and luxury brands offering year-round savings of up to 60 per cent, a selection of restaurants and cafés, a children’s play area, bike parking for cyclists  and 1,400 car parking spaces.

Reanne Evans is hoping to face five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan after qualifying for snooker’s Champion of Champions event.Britain’s top female player will become the first woman to compete against the world’s best men in the televised tournament in Coventry.Her place at the 16-player event was confirmed when O’Sullivan won the Shanghai Masters.

“It’s brilliant news. I’d like to play Ronnie I think,” said Evans, 33.”I have played against him a couple of times in exhibitions and played with him. The crowds love him, so the atmosphere would be amazing.”The Champion of Champions, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena from 4 to 10 November, features tournament winners from the previous 12 months.Qualifiers are guaranteed a minimum of £12,500, with the winner earning £150,000, while total prize money for the 2019 women’s world championship was £15,000.Evans told BBC Sport she hopes the event, which sees players drawn into groups of four, can be “a big step forward” for the women’s game and snooker in general.”It’s not going to be easy, but it will be a great experience. You dream of playing in such events at those kind of venues,” said Evans, who is from Dudley in the West Midlands.”It’s fairly local and I’ve been as a spectator, so to get to play there will be class.”

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Evans triumphed for a 12th time this year at the Women’s World Snooker Championship, which this season was listed 27th on the list of qualifying events for the Coventry tournament.It meant she needed players to pick up multiple titles from events higher up the list – but her place was assured when defending champion O’Sullivan took the Shanghai Masters, having already qualified as UK champion, Players champion and Tour Championship winner.O’Sullivan, who has won the Champions of Champions tournament three times and finished second twice since it was first held in 2013, is set to play again along with fellow former champions John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy.The tournament, which is shown on ITV4, features four groups of four players over four days, with the winner of each group reaching the semi-finals.Earlier this year, Evans made history along with Emma Parker at the Snooker Shoot Out as they became the first women to play on television in the final stages of a ranking event in the UK. But Evans has never played competitive matches on television against opponents in the world top 16.Parker won the UK Women’s Under-21 title at the weekend, while Evans took the overall title for a ninth time to extend her unbeaten run on the Women’s World Snooker Tour to 11 months, with seven consecutive victories.

BBC coverageHow to follow:Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteRuben Neves says the Wolves’ run in Europe has not contributed to their poor Premier League start.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finished seventh last season but are winless this term after advancing to the Europa League group stage following six qualifying games.”Fatigue doesn’t have anything to do with it, we’re all top players and are used to it,” Neves said.

“The Europa League doesn’t have anything to do with our position.”Wolves have beaten Armenian side Pyunik and Serie A club Torino to reach the main stage of a European competition for the first time since 1980. The Black Country club’s route to their opening Group K fixture – a first-ever meeting with Braga – began against Crusaders in July, meaning they have played nearly twice as many matches as most of their domestic rivals.”It’s been a beautiful journey into the Europa League and it’s a historic moment for Wolves; we’re going to do our best,” Portugal midfielder Neves added.”It hasn’t been an easy start to the season – we’ve had extra Europa League qualifying games and the Premier League is the best league in the world. “You are always going to have these moments in the season and we need to return to winning ways as soon as possible.”We have these games ahead of us and the most important thing is the game tomorrow. Our objective is to win the game. It’ll be difficult but we’re going game-by-game.”Team newsWolves head coach Nuno has no injury worries with Ryan Bennett expected to be available after he missed the 5-2 home defeat by Chelsea in the Premier League last Saturday.Left winger Wilson Eduardo and defender Vitor Tormena could both be absent for Braga, who finished fourth in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last term.Braga coach Ricardo Sa Pinto has no other major injury concerns although his side have – like Wolves – made a disappointing start domestically, sitting a point above the relegation zone after one win in their opening five games.Match factsThis will be the first competitive meeting between Wolves and Braga.Wolves have won five of their six previous meetings with Portuguese opponents (L1), though all of those came between 1971 and 1974.Braga have only won one of their eight away matches against English opposition (D2 L5), beating Birmingham 3-1 in the 2011-12 Europa League.The Portuguese side have never lost their opening group stage game in the Europa League before, winning three and drawing one. All three of those wins have come in away games.This is Wolves’ first appearance in a major European competition since the 1980-81 Uefa Cup. They won all six of their Europa League qualifiers this season, netting 19 goals, with Diogo Jota having a hand in eight of those goals (three goals, five assists).

An 80-year-old woman has been found not guilty of murdering her terminally ill husband in a “mercy killing”.Mavis Eccleston was accused of giving her husband Dennis, 81, a potentially lethal dose of prescription medicine without his knowledge.She told Stafford Crown Court they both intended to take their own lives. Jurors heard she had also taken an overdose but survived. Mrs Eccleston was also cleared of manslaughter after a two-week trial.The court heard she wrote a note saying the couple both wished to end their lives. But they were found by family members at their bungalow in Huntington, near Cannock in Staffordshire, on 19 February last year.They were rushed to hospital where Mrs Eccleston was given an antidote for the drugs she had taken.Jurors were told after his bowel cancer was diagnosed as terminal, Mr Eccleston had made a decision to receive no further treatment except for medication for pain management and did not wish to be resuscitated by medical staff. Mrs Eccleston told jurors her husband had kissed her hand after she agreed to “go with his wishes” to die.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

A pensioner has been cleared of the “mercy killing” murder of her terminally ill husband, who died after they both took an overdose at their home.
Mavis Eccleston was also acquitted of the manslaughter of 81-year-old Dennis Eccleston after telling jurors they were both of sound mind, and had agreed to take medication to end their own lives together.
Prosecutors had alleged Mr Eccleston, who was in the “end stages” of bowel cancer, was unaware that he was taking a potentially lethal overdose, and that his wife later made admissions to two mental health nurses.
Mrs Eccleston, 80, sobbed in the dock after being unanimously cleared of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter following a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court.
She told the jury last week that her husband – who had previously talked about travelling to Switzerland to end his life on his own terms – had kissed her hand in thanks after she agreed to “go with his wishes” to die.

Describing how she and her husband agreed to take their own lives at their home in Raven Close, Huntington, near Cannock, the pensioner told the court he “knew full well” what medication they were taking and administered his overdose himself.
Mrs Eccleston was given an antidote in hospital for the drugs she had taken in the early hours of February 19 last year.
During her evidence to the jury, Mrs Eccleston said she had fetched medication from a nearby cupboard at her husband’s request, adding: “It was an understanding between us. He had to tell me what I had got to do.”

Mavis Eccleston denies charges the murder and manslaughter of her 81-year-old husband Dennis
After they had both taken medication, the court heard, Mrs Eccleston kissed her husband on the head, pulled a cover over him, and he said “good night darling” as she went to lie down on a sofa.

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Answering questions from defence barrister Mark Heywood QC, the defendant added that she had written a note saying the couple had decided to take their own lives, to explain their actions to their children.
“The next thing I knew I was in hospital,” she told the court.
Jurors took around four hours to reach their not guilty verdicts after hearing claims that the prosecution of Mrs Eccleston was based on “throwaway remarks” between her and two nurses.
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During a closing speech to the jury, defence barrister Mark Heywood QC said Mrs Eccleston had immediately disputed what the nurses alleged she had said.
The barrister also submitted that it was a “fantasy” to suggest Mr Eccleston would not have asked his wife what medication he was taking.
Mrs Eccleston was arrested on February 21, a day after her husband passed away while she held his hand in hospital.

Mavis Eccleston has been found not guilty of both the murder and manslaughter of her terminally ill husband Dennis.
Eccleston, 80, denied the murder and manslaughter of Dennis Eccleston, who prosecutors claimed was unaware he was taking a potentially lethal overdose of prescription medication before his death in February last year.
A two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court heard Mrs Eccleston was arrested a day after her husband passed away in hospital, after she allegedly made an admission to two mental health nurses.
Before asking the jury to retire, Judge Michael Chambers QC instructed them not to feel under any pressure of time during their deliberations.
The jury was sent away until 10.15am on Wednesday after deliberating for around two hours.

Mavis Eccleston denies charges the murder and manslaughter of her 81-year-old husband Dennis
The Crown alleged the couple had not formed a “clear and common” agreement to end their own lives at the time they took overdoses in the early hours of February 19 at their home in Raven Close, Huntington, near Cannock.
It was further alleged that an overdose was a significant cause of the death of Mr Eccleston, an 81-year-old retired miner who had refused treatment for bowel cancer and did not wish to be resuscitated by medical staff.
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A jury of eight men and four women were told Mrs Eccleston wrote a note before being found unconscious near her husband, which stated that they were of sound mind and both wished to end their lives.
Giving evidence in her defence last week, the mother-of-three said she and her husband of almost 60 years had prepared medication for the overdoses after he gave her instructions and “more or less begged” for her help.
After breaking down several times in the witness box, she told the court Dennis had kissed her hand in thanks before they both took medication, and had said “good night darling” as she went to lie down on a sofa.

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During his closing speech to the jury, defence barrister Mark Heywood QC said Mrs Eccleston had immediately disputed what the nurses alleged she had said.
The barrister also submitted that it was a “fantasy” to suggest Mr Eccleston would not have asked his wife what medication he was taking.

Graduates of 24 top UK universities are more likely to find work soon after graduating than those from other universities, research says.Four-fifths of Russell Group graduates entered full-time work within weeks of leaving compared with two-thirds of those from other institutions, a survey for graduate recruiter Milkround found.It said firms used a tick-box system to filter candidates via the league table position of their universities.Milkround surveyed 1,500 new graduates.The graduate jobs board has helped students and graduates to connect with leading employers for decades.’Fairer recruitment’It pointed out that some of the best academic universities, such as Aberdeen, St Andrews and Lancaster, did not belong to the prestigious research-focused Russell Group.The degrees that make you rich… and the ones that don’tYoung ‘pessimistic’ about social mobilityPrivate school and Oxbridge ‘take top jobs’The Russell Group is made up of 24 leading universities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York.Georgina Brazier, a graduate jobs expert at Milkround, said businesses were missing out on the chance to recruit some “fantastic grads from other universities”.She also urged employers to take a more balanced approach, rather than taking “tick-box exercises such as filtering candidates by university league tables”.”While there’s no doubt that many students dream of attending reputationally prestigious universities such as Oxford or Cambridge, most graduates are left with the same level of debt or student loans (and same tuition fees) regardless of what university they attended,” she said. “The investment students make to attend university and gain their degree is substantial and whilst academic success should be applauded, some graduates feel the return on investment when entering the workplace should be fairer.”A separate poll of 7,000 students for Milkround found a significant minority wanted recruitment to be carried out “blind” to candidates’ gender, religion and anything that would denote socio-economic background.Exam gradesA number of high profile firms, such as Deloite, KPMG and the civil service, already use name blind application processes.Dr Jack Britton, at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found, in 2017, Russell Group graduates earned an average of £33,500 after five years – about 40% more than those who had studied at other universities.Graduates of several other institutions – many of them dance and drama colleges – had average earnings closer to £15,000.But Dr Britton said much of this could be attributed to the abilities and interests of the graduates themselves rather than the quality of their universities.And he pointed out entrants to Russell Group universities started their degrees with better exam grades, on average.In November last year a study from Department for Education and Institute for Fiscal Studies found that women with a degree earn on average 28% more than non-graduate women.The study also found men with degrees earn an average of 8% more than non-graduates.Do you believe your university choice has affected your search for a job? Tell us about your experience by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.ukYou can also contact us in the following ways:Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

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Australian Ben Sawyer has been appointed head coach of the Birmingham women’s team for The Hundred when it begins in 2020.Sawyer, 40, is assistant coach and fast bowling specialist for the Australian national women’s team.”I’m very excited,” said Sawyer, whose appointment follows that of fellow Australian Andrew McDonald for the men’s team.

The Birmingham team name is expected to be confirmed as the Phoenix.Sawyer added: “I’m looking forward to assembling a team that can combine global superstars with a lot of the local talent here in the West Midlands that has performed so well in the recent women’s county T20.”Sawyer is also the coach of two-time Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) winners Sydney Sixers.At least one England Test player in each men’s teamThe Hundred: ECB confirms playing conditionsThe only team still to appoint both their men’s and womens’s coaches are the second of London’s two teams, based at The Oval, while the Manchester side are still to name their women’s coach.Of the six women’s coaches appointed so far, three are English and three Australian, while none of the eight men’s coaches are English.The men’s player draft for The Hundred will take place on Sunday, 20 October – the first time any such draft has been undertaken in a major British sport.There have been 11 venues chosen to host stand-alone women’s matches in The Hundred, while the eight women’s teams will also play double-headers alongside men’s sides at their main host venues.The Hundred coachesBirmingham: Andrew McDonald (Australia, men’s); Ben Sawyer (Australia, women’s)Cardiff: Gary Kirsten (South Africa, men’s); Matthew Mott (Australia, women’s)Leeds: Darren Lehmann (Australia, men’s); Danielle Hazell (England, women’s)London (Lord’s): Shane Warne (Australia, men’s); Lisa Keightley (Australia, women’s)London (The Oval): Tom Moody (Australia); women’s TBAManchester: Simon Katich (Australia, men’s); women’s TBANottingham: Stephen Fleming (New Zealand, men’s); Salliann Briggs (England, women’s)Southampton: Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka, men’s); Charlotte Edwards (England, women’s)


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