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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have announced three Forest Live shows – including two in the Midlands.
The Oasis rock star will perform a trio of shows, including one in Nottinghamshire and one in Staffordshire.
He will be playing with Australian outfit Confidence Man in June next year.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds plus special guests Confidence Man will play on Thursday 18 June in Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Friday 19 June will see The Chief play Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs, and on Friday 26 June, he will perform at Sherwood Pines, near Mansfield, Notts.

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds first emerged in 2011 with their eponymous album going double platinum in the UK and selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Chasing Yesterday and Who Built The Moon? followed, making it a hat-trick of Number 1 albums. Noel Gallagher has been at the forefront of the British music scene since the mid-nineties Britpop explosion.
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As a founding member and the principal songwriter of Oasis, Noel has sold over 70 million records, including the band’s generation-defining albums Definitely Maybe and What’s The Story Morning Glory?.
His new single, Wandering Star, is taken from the Blue Moon Rising EP, to be released in March 2020.
 At Forest Live, Noel with his 11-piece band will be performing tracks from his new series of EP’s and from the impressive Gallagher back catalogue.

Pictured Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on stage in concert at the Genting Arena, Birmingham tonight Friday 29th April 2016, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds complete a worldwide tour that included a sell out Arena Tour of the UK.
Tickets £52.50 (plus £6.25 booking fee) go on sale at 9am Friday 6 December from Forestry England box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online:  www.forestryengland.uk/music

Named and shamed – these are some of the most serious criminals who have been banged up in November in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
They include a man who murdered a father of four who was an innocent victim of a bitter family feud, 94 years jailed for a gun gang who shot a man dead as he sat in the passenger seat of a car, and a Nissan Qashqai uses as a drugs carrier.
Others jailed this month include a gunman who fled to Dubai after shooting a man dead in a gang-related feud, a mother and son who helped a brutal killer go on the run and a Midlands gang who smuggled millions of pounds of dirty cash out of the UK.
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See more BirminghamLive crime stories here .
See below some of the biggest cases in November – click the links to see the full story.
 

Nabeel Choudhary
A man will serve at least 26 years in jail after murdering a father of four who became the innocent victim of a brutal family feud. Nabeel Choudhary, 21, from West Bromwich, was part of a group of seven who brutally stabbed Yassir Hussain to death.
Mr Justice Nicol jailed Choudhary for life and ordered he serve a minimum term of 26 years and 37 days. A Birmingham Crown Court trial heard Mr Hussain tried to flee outside the Golden City takeaway in Lower Gornal on December 4 last year but was trapped and hacked to death.

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Mr Hussain’s family paid tribute to him as a “gentle” man who was an “innocent” in a long-running family feud that led to the chilling machete attack. The court heard how Choudhary had previously threatened his cousin Morrad Hussain, who managed to flee the scene.
Choudhary was sentenced to life in prison for murder but there was no separate sentence for charges of attempted grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.
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Dwain Smith, Kurrum Guild, Montell Gray and Seamus Williams
Four men involved in a fatal Wolverhampton shooting have been jailed for a total of 94 years.
Dwain Smith, 26, and Kurrum Guild, 22, shot 24-year-old Dwaine Junior Haughton as he sat in the passenger seat of a Peugeot 207 in Valley Road, Wolverhampton, in July 20 last year. The duo were convicted of murder in September following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court and today were sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years.

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Meanwhile Montell Gray, 22, of Springhill Road, Wolverhampton, and 24-year-old Seamus Williams, of Okemont Drive, Wolverhampton, who were convicted of manslaughter, were both jailed for 15 years.
The victim was a front seat passenger in a parked car which was struck by the bullets. He was driven to hospital with critical injuries but despite the best efforts of medics, he was pronounced dead in the early hours of the following morning.
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All four men were also found guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life as well as handling a stolen Audi A7. Smith, of Chainmakers Close, Bilston; Guild, of Oakthorpe Gardens, Tividale, and Williams were also convicted of arson after the £25,000 vehicle was torched after the shooting.
Guild and Smith were also sentenced for a stabbing in Vicarage Road, Wolverhampton, which happened five months after the fatal shooting. 
Mohammed Shazad
Mohammed Shazad was monitored by police making repeated, suspicious visits to a Nissan Qashqai parked in Middlemore Road, Smethwick.
Officers from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) arrested the 37-year-old on 7 February this year – and when the Qashqai was examined they found 10 1kg blocks of cocaine in a hide built beneath the rear seats.

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Forensics experts examined the packages and confirmed some of the cocaine had a purity of around 99 per cent – and with a conservative value of £280,000.
At Birmingham Crown Court Shazad, from Holly Road, Handsworth, was imprisoned for nine years and 10 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Keanu Bedward
24-year-old Bedward fled to Dubai after killing father-of-three, Remal Hunt during broad daylight on Birmingham street back in April.
Bedward was found guilty of murdering Hunt, 28, on Church Street, Erdington, before dumping the weapon in a reservoir and then fled the country.
After West Midlands Police made an appeal to find him, he was arrested in Dubai and flown back to the UK just 10 days later.

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Bedward, 24, of Norfolk Road, Erdington, had denied the charge.
Passing sentence, Judge Simon Drew QC said: “It would appear this offence was in some way gang-related. Certainly you were known to each other. Whether this in fact involved gangs is not entirely clear.
“Undoubtedly there was bad feeling between the two of you.”
After the sentencing hearing, the victim’s family said the killer had “ripped their hearts out”.
Bedward will serve a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
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Hannah Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Allan Stewardson and Jayne Lloyd
Former West Midlands Police call handler, Hayley Wilson, pleaded guilty to supplying confidential information to family members.
She was found to be supplying information to her sister on people they knew by checking their criminal records. She did this as well as giving her sister’s partner details on a court case he was a defendant of.
She also gave information to a pub landlady on incidents reported at other pubs, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

She had a close relationship with her sister, they would talk to each other regularly and would discuss matters, which she obtained from police logs, that were “ordinarily off limits”, the court heard.
She resigned from her position while under investigation and pleaded guilty to the charges, as did her sister Hayley Wilson, 38, of Ely Close, Rowley Regis.
Hayley’s partner Allan Stewardson, 49, also of Ely Close in Rowley Regis, and Jayne Lloyd, who lived at and ran the Knights Quest pub on Rowley Regis High Street, were each found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office at a trial in September.
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Aklakur Rahman
Aklakur Rahman attempted to attack and kill a prison officer while he was already serving time behind bars for a string of violent offences.
Originally from Ipswich, Rahman was handed the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this month after he launched the attack, armed with a piece of masonry he had got from a wall when he was serving time at HMP Lincoln in 2017.
It came a few days after an inmate at HMP Wayland in Norfolk was left needing 28 stitches to the back of his neck after Rahman attacked him with an improvised bladed weapon back in July.

He carried out a third attack at HMP Wakeland in August of the same year, in which he cut the neck of a prison officer with a screw.
In July of this year, Rahman was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder relating to the attacks at HMP Wayland and HMP Lincoln, and one count of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent for the incident at HMP Wakefield.
On sentencing, at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, November 15, Mr Justice Pepperall said he was satisfied Rahman had planned each offence, “carefully preparing the most dangerous weapons he could fashion from the limited materials available to him”.
Prince Rowe
The 38-year-old was jailed for 16 months after he stole a £23,000 Rolex and £1,000 tracksuit from a Premier League footballer after a failed attempt to catch the player cheating.
Rowe planned to capture incriminating footage of the cheating sportsman and sell it to the press.
The footballer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, escaped by jumping from the hotel room window in his underwear and ran down a fire escape before taking shelter in a nearby restaurant.

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Bristol Crown Court heard Rowe then made a “spur of the moment” decision to steal the star’s Rolex watch and tracksuit.
Rowe, who is from Birmingham, was wearing the tracksuit when he was arrested while waiting to board a flight to Dubai days later, while the watch was discovered at a friend’s home.
Judge Martin Picton jailed Rowe for 16 months for the thefts, describing them as part of a “honeypot set-up”.
Tevin McLeod
28-year-old pilot Tevin McLeod was arrested and charged with the rape and sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13 after landing a plane at Manchester Airport.
McLeod, from Birmingham, initially denied the offences, but Birmingham Crown Court heard he had sent a number of messages to the girl – acknowledging the abuse – in a desperate bid to stop her reporting the sickening crimes.
In the messages, he spoke about his reputation being tarnished if people found out about the incidents, which happened between 2015 and 2016.

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He also told the girl he would lose his career as a pilot and go to jail because she was underage.
McLeod, of no fixed address, later admitted to the rape and sexual assault and was jailed on Friday, November 8.
He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order on his release.
Det Con Stewart Garratt, from West Midlands Police’s Birmingham Child Abuse Public Protection Team, said: “For a child to speak out and report sexual abuse is a huge deal for them and I commend the bravery of this young girl for confiding in someone.”
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Benjamin Kidd
A drug dealer who chopped a man’s finger off with a machete in Lichfield for “short changing” him has been jailed for eight years. Benjamin Kidd, of Birch Avenue Cannock, attacked the man, who was buying drugs from him, servering a finger and inflicting cuts to his arm, head and back.
Medics were was not able to reattach the victim’s finger. The 30-year-old was seen in Burwaye Close, at around 8.20pm on May 19, stepping out of a Toyota Aygo and attacking the victim with a sharp weapon.
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Police found his car and searched a nearby house where they found Kidd hiding in the loft space behind a water tank. Kidd was jailed at Stafford Crown Court on Monday (November 18).
Detective Constable Gareth Morris said: “We are pleased with the sentence given. This was a violent attack where the victim suffered serious life changing injuries and this behaviour will not be tolerated in Staffordshire.”

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Waqar Khan
A hit-and-run driver who lied about being carjacked to cover up for running down two pedestrians has been jailed. Waqar Khan, 19, was driving a Seat Ibiza which hit two men after they stepped off a bus in Adderley Road, Saltley, at around 7.20pm on January 12.
The car drove off but the front registration plate came off and was left at the scene . Around 20 minutes later, Khan’s father, Fazil Khan, rang police saying his son had been carjacked in Arden Road.
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And ten minutes later, Khan called 999 from an address in Arden Road, claiming he had been dragged from the Ibiza by robbers. He gave officers a number for his mobile phone which he said had also been taken, but later admitted that one digit was incorrect.
Suspicious officers checked his phone records, which revealed Khan had called his father from the same number seven minutes after the alleged theft of his car and phone. Khan, of Finnemore Road, Bordesley Green, admitted perverting the course of justice when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, November 18, and was jailed for six months.

Edward Wiseman
A car thief who hit 130mph as he tried to outrun police on the M6 was rescued by officers after the Audi smashed into an Eddie Stobart lorry and exploded. The stolen A1 was left a mangled wreck and criminal Edward Wiseman suffered a string of broken bones when he ploughed into the HGV.
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The 20-year-old stole the car from an address in St Mark’s Road, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, at 5.30am but was traced by police to the M5/M6 interchange. He ignored the 60mph limit – in place for roadworks – and weaved in and out of traffic as he tried to give cops the slip.
Wiseman was already doing 100mph when officers picked up on the car but he hit 120 and then 130 as he tried to get away. After hitting 130mph, he slowed to 117mph – narrowly missing a box van as he reached roadworks with a 50mph limit.

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Sarah Broadbelt
A fraudster has been jailed after changing her name by deed poll to sell a £75,000 house – without the real owner knowing. Sarah Broadbelt took out a passport under her new identity of Marion Patterson – the name of the legal owner – to dupe the authorities dealing with the sale.
The scam was only rumbled when the real Marion tried to sell the property – and was told it had been sold four months earlier. Now Broadbelt, 32, of Fledborough Drive, Sutton Coldfield, has been jailed for 20 months, having previously admitted charges of fraud and possessing a false identity document.
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Jane Sarginson, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court it was a “brazen and calculated” fraud that “struck at the heart of the conveyancing system”. Passing sentence, Judge Michael Chambers QC told her: “You played a prominent role in a sophisticated fraud to deprive the owner of the house of its ownership.”
The court heard the real Marion had the house in Welsh House Farm Road, Quinton, valued at up to £200,000, having rented out the home she had owned since 1993 after moving to Cornwall to get married.

Shamar Fairclough and Kai Bell
Two men have been jailed after Police officers caught them en route to what officers believe would have been a machete attack. Alert officers stopped a silver Ford Mondeo in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton on February 15, having spotted Kai Bell in the passenger seat alongside fellow gang member Shamar Fairclough.
Fairclough made off from the scene but 19-year-old Bell – who uses the street name ‘Muller’ and features in drill music videos in which he makes veiled threats to rivals – was arrested and a foot-long Gurkha style machete was found in the foot well.
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Bell, from Hopyard Gardens, Wolverhampton, was also found with a balaclava on the top of his head which he told detectives in interview he “used as a hat.” A small dagger was also found discarded near the Mondeo which was pulled over in Woden Road.
Offircers later apprehended Fairclough, from Coppice Green Lane in Telford, and on Wednesday the pair were both found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of possessing a bladed article.
Bell was jailed for 15 months – plus an additional three months for breaching a community order – while Fairclough was imprisoned for nine months.

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Divinder Bhadesh
A callous thief has been jailed after he left a woman with broken fingers when he pulled her to the pavement as he snatched her handbag. Divinder Bhadesh was in Market Place in Wednesbury town centre on October 14, when his unsuspecting victim stood near him while she waited for a taxi.
He seized the opportunity to steal the 57-year-old woman’s handbag and stopped at nothing to get it. The 23-year-old approached the woman from the side and grabbed the strap of her bag from her shoulder and began tugging.
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When the woman refused to let go, Bhadesh pulled her to the floor – making her hit her head off a signpost. The woman was left with broken fingers as he ran off down the road with her bag, which contained £40 in cash, a debit card and personal items of no significant value.
The following day, West Midlands Police released CCTV images of the prime suspect on social media. Less than 24 hours later, Bhadesh was identified and swiftly arrested.
In police interview, he admitted to the offence and said he needed money for medical treatment. Bhadesh, of no fixed address, was jailed for three years and two months when he appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, November 14). He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149.

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Amos Price
A thug who allowed his dog to maul a helpless cat to death has been jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life. Amos Price admitted setting a lurcher-type loose to savage a pet cat in Woodlands Crescent, Pelsall, on October 23.
He pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act. The horrifying attack – which has sparked national outcry – was caught on CCTV.
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Sickening footage shows Price provoking the dog to attack the cat, called Cleo. The 30-year-old can be seen grabbing the dog by the collar and lifting it up to ensure it is aware of the cat, which was sat on a wall.

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Walsall Magistrates Court was told Price, who fled the scene, returned a short while later to look for the dog, which wandering the street.
Cleo’s owner, Gary Truefitt, only realised what had happened when he checked CCTV after his pet failed to return home. He said he has had many sleepless nights” since making the horrific discovery.

Zahir Qayum
A bogus buyer who threatened sales reps with a knife before driving off in £60,000 of cars from showrooms has been jailed. Zahir Qayum struck at dealerships across the region by pretending he wanted to test drive cars. Once seated, he would threaten sales reps with weapons or force them to jump out the way as he sped off.
His crime spree only came to an end when he left a cup of water on the roof of a Yaris at Toyota World which flew onto the ground as he drove off on March 25. Cops were able to match DNA on the discarded cup to the 41-year-old. They also identified him using CCTV at three other dealerships and a betting shop where he used a syringe to threaten a worker during an attempted robbery.
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Following a four-day trial Qayum, of Maryland Avenue, Hodge Hill, was convicted of three counts of robbery and jailed for nine years at Birmingham Crown Court on November 7.

Patrick Lynn
A speeding Birmingham driver overtook a van on a blind bend and ploughed into a schoolgirl crossing the road – leaving her with a badly broken leg. At first Patrick Lynn denied being responsible for the 15-year-old’s injuries, blaming the van driver for braking for his decision to overtake.
But at a further hearing at Warwick Crown Court he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of causing serious injury to the girl in Kingsbury Road, Curdworth, north Warwickshire, by dangerous driving.
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Lynn, 29, of Rubery Lane South, Rubery , was jailed for 25 months and banned from driving for three years after which he will have to take an extended test.

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Kelly Palmer and Zak Palmer
A mother and her son have been jailed for their parts in helping a brutal killer go on the run. Kelly and Zac Palmer and their friend Kelly Casey all helped James Atherley flee after he stabbed Callum Lees to death at a house party in Kingshurst.
Atherley, 21, was caught hiding out in a Newcastle Upon Tyne hotel nearly a month after the killing. He was snared because a picture of him enjoying himself in a nightclub was posted on Facebook.
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He had gone to his friend Zac Palmer for help, who had enlisted his mother Kelly Palmer, and her friend Kelly Casey in helping him escape after the killing in August 2017. At Birmingham crown court in August of this year – two years after the murder – all three were convicted of assisting an offender.

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On Tuesday, they were all sentenced for their parts in helping Atherley evade justice. Atherley is serving a 26-year jail term for the murder of 20-year-old Callum Lees at a house party in Hopwas Grove, Kingshurst, Solihull, on August 6, 2017.
Kelly Palmer, 41, of Letitia Avenue,  Meriden , was jailed for 18 months. Zac Palmer, 23, of Fallowfield Avenue, was sentenced to two years in prison. Kelly Casey, 38, also of Letitia Avenue, was sentenced to 18 months jail, suspended for two years.

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Arturs Nespors, Alexksej Rybnikov and Marius Stancikas
A Midlands gang who smuggled millions of pounds of dirty cash out of the UK have been jailed. Arturs Nespors, 30, and Alexksej Rybnikov, 42, and Marius Stancikas, 40, were part of an i nternational organised crime network involved in cigarette trafficking, drug smuggling and money laundering.

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HMRC recovered more than £1 million at a ‘cash safe house’ in Coventry and another £251,000 from the boot of a car in Manchester, during a Europe-wide operation to smash the ring. Nespors and Rybnikov, of no fixed abode, and Stancikas, of Broad Street, Coventry, were today (November 6) jailed for a total of 12 years and nine months at Birmingham Crown Court.
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The criminals are believed to have acquired an estimated 680 million Euros between 2017 and 2019. HMRC joined law enforcement agencies across Europe in the co-ordinated operation, which was supported by Europol and Eurojust.
More than 450 police and customs officers, including police and special interventions units carried out raids targeting members of the criminal network on 15 May 2019. HMRC led UK-based investigations into Nespors, Rybnikov and Stancikas, who were involved in moving millions of pounds of criminal money out of the UK. The money is believed to have derived from the sale of illicit tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.

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Shylo Thomas
An ex-footballer who ran a County Lines drug operation using teenagers to flood Staffordshire with heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed. Shylo Thomas – described as ‘aggressive and intimidating’ – recruited vulnerable kids as young as 15 as street dealers to travel from Birmingham to Burton and Rugeley, where they were made to deal Class A drugs for cash.
These dealers were cut off from their families, made to stay in the homes of local drug users or squat elsewhere- a process known as ‘cuckooing’ in the County Lines trade. Thomas, together with five other men and a teenager who all hail from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine .
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Stafford Crown Court heard that a total of 1.5kg of class-A drugs was moved from August 2017 to February 2018. Thomas – who played for Walsall FC as a youngster – ran the network of street dealers in Burton upon Trent and Rugeley, detailing their income, rent payments and shift patterns in a handwritten ledger.

Wesley McDonnell
A callous burglar who targeted the Birmingham home of a World War 2 veteran has been jailed after forensic experts found droplets of his blood on a broken window. Upon analysis, the blood returned a DNA hit to Wesley McDonnell – who has a history of breaking into pensioners’ homes.
McDonnell forced his way inside the 98-year-old’s Bordesley Green home at 11pm on September 26 and snatched £200 in cash. The victim – who served around the world with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm – phoned a friend who alerted West Midlands Police to the burglary.
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At the scene, droplets of blood were found on a glass door pane the 40-year-old smashed as he tried forcing open the property’s front door. As a result, detectives traced McDonnell, from Well Close in Bromford, to an address in Shirley where he was arrested on October 6. Initially he denied the offence, claiming to have cut himself while carrying out work at the victim’s address.
However, he entered a guilty plea on the eve of his trial and at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday (November 5) and was jailed for four years four months, plus an additional eight months for handling stolen goods.

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David Brennan
This is the unbelievable moment a dangerous driver who led police on a 137mph chase jumped into the back seat to fool cops. Officers were forced to use tactical contact to stop the Mini Cooper from driving the WRONG WAY up an M6 slip road .
Central Motorway Police Group spotted the Mini just before 3.20pm on Wednesday, September 18, near to junction 9. They’d been told about a car matching the description which had been stolen in a burglary in Halesowen, so followed it. The Mini headed onto the M54 before it sped away from officers, who started a pursuit.

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The Mini regularly hit speeds in excess of 100mph, often driving on the hard shoulder and weaving between lanes. At junction 10 of the M6, the driver tried to head the wrong way up a slip road. Officers used tactical contact to halt the car safely.
David Brennan, 23, jumped out of the driver’s seat and into the back of the car − but he didn’t fool officers, who had captured his every move on camera.
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Unemployed Brennan, of Tamerton Road, Bartley Green, went on to admit dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (October 31). He was given a further three-year driving ban.
Brian Topliss
The paedophile pensioner who groomed boys and filmed them performing sexual acts at his Birmingham home was jailed for ten years.
Topliss befriended his victims by ‘offering his home as a place to play computer games, or by taking them to parks or swimming’, a court heard, but instead, he repeatedly abused one boy and ‘invited other boys into his home on a regular basis’.
His offending only ended when one victim told a social worker and nurse about being abused and police became involved.

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Police, who then investigated the allegation made a number of visits to the defendant’s home and recovered a computer and many data storage items.
One of his victims, a man now in his 30’s, was “befriended” by Topliss when he gave him swimming and diving lessons.
He would also show them pornography, give them drugs and sweets and get them to perform sexual acts, the court heard.
Topliss recorded what went on and police later recovered 173 still images and three videos.
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Jarrett Kinson
Former police officer Kinson sent two explicit videos of himself to an alleged victim of domestic violence and was jailed for eight months earlier in November.
He sent “explicit and flirty” messages to the woman over the course of two weeks and had previously been warned about inappropriate behaviour, heard Birmingham Crown Court.
Kinson, 37, a response officer based in Burton for Staffordshire Police, had previously admitted a charge of improper exercise of police power.

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Timothy Harrington, prosecuting, said: “There is a history of similar inappropriate behaviour for which the defendant was dealt with internally.”
He said that in November 2010 Kinson had sent sexually explicit text messages to a woman who had made a complaint of harassment against her partner.
Kinson, who was given “strong advice” by a police inspector said he was sorry and gave assurances the behaviour would not be repeated.
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Two crooked brothers fled abroad after masterminding a £100,000-plus eBay sales scam – leaving a trail of devastated victims in their wake.
Calvin and Jared Ainsworth roped in unsuspecting stooges to sell cut-price items on their own accounts – but the items were never delivered and the pair trousered the profits.
The pair blew the cash on gambling in casinos and business class trips to the Philippines – and fled back there as the net closed in, leaving those who sold the goods to face the music as police probed more than 100 fraud complaints.
Some were hounded by bailiffs chasing debts owed to duped customers, police said. One woman was forced to re-mortgage her home while another spiralled into depression.

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Calvin, 26, was arrested at a flat the pair shared in Great Colmore Street, near Birmingham city centre, in September 2015 but skipped bail and returned to the Philippines, where his 31-year-old brother later joined him.
Both were returned to the UK earlier this year. Calvin admitted 35 counts of fraud by false representation and was jailed for five years and seven months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, November 22.
Jared, was jailed for three years and four months after he admitted three counts of money laundering and possessing a Taser.
His girlfriend Ameena Hussain was given a suspended jail term and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community service after she admitted money laundering, possessing criminal property and lying in order to obtain a passport.
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West Midlands Police said the brothers pretended to run recruitment agencies and looked for trading assistants to help sell phones and tablets online.
The unwitting sellers they recruited posted the electronics on eBay, offering them at lower prices and then handed the cash to Jared and Hussein, who acted as couriers, and collected at least £106,000.
Dozens of complaints were made to the national Action Fraud reporting centre and West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit picked up the case in 2015.

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They initially traced a web IP address used to contact the victims to Calvin Ainsworth’s former home in Beech Close, Rugeley.
A police warrant was issued for an address in Sheffield for Hussain.
Calvin was detained in June 2018 by the Philippine Fugitive Search Unit and returned to the UK in June this year.
Jared was initially arrested at Manchester Airport arrivals in November 2015 and was found with a Taser-type stun device, disguised as a torch.
He also fled to the Philippines but was arrested on August 15 this year when he surrendered.
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Hussain’s attempt to escape was stopped when officials alerted the police about her application for a new passport.

Det Con Louise Watt, from the force’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “This was a large-scale fraud; bogus job adverts were placed on Facebook, Reed, Monster, Total Jobs and other sites and there was no shortage of applicants.
“They were asked to post electrical items for sale…but the products didn’t exist. We’ve identified 115 victims – many in the West Midlands but others in Blackpool, Manchester and Leeds – and that figure I’d suggest is the tip of the iceberg.
“Some victims were chased by debt collection agencies and suffered huge amounts of stress at being tricked while the Ainsworths spent their criminal cash on luxury holidays.
“This has been a painstaking investigation stretching back several years. We linked the brothers to the frauds through detailed analysis of their phone activity, computer use and financial dealings. The compelling evidence led to all three admitting their guilt.
“I hope this case illustrates that serious fraud conspiracies like this will be fully investigated and offenders face time behind bars.”

Firefighters administered CPR to critically-injured man who was trapped after a horror two-vehicle smash at an industrial estate.
The man – who has not been named – was taken to hospital after the smash in Redbrook Lane, Rugeley, just after 9.10am on Friday, November 22.
Staffordshire Police said the crash involved a lorry and another vehicle at Hawkins Logistics.
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A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers were called to a report of a man who sustained serious injuries following an incident at Hawkins Logistics on Redbrook Industrial Estate in Rugeley at around 9.18am this morning.
“The man is currently in critical but stable condition in hospital. The incident is now in the hands of the Health and Safety Executive.”
Firefighters administered CPR after freeing the trapped man.

A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service added: “The fire service was called to Redbrook Lane, Rugeley at 9.15am today to reports of a collision involving a lorry and another vehicle.
“Crews from Lichfield and Cannock attended and found one male casualty trapped and injured. Firefighters administered CPR and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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“Firefighters left the scene 10.30am.”
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Birmingham City and the rest of the teams in the Sky Bet Championship are in the middle of the final international break of the calendar year.
Blues went into the two-week hiatus on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Fulham last weekend, and now lie in 13th place in the Championship table.
Pep Clotet and his players will rest up and gradually begin preparing for their return to action next week as Blues travel to face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Blues writer Brian Dick held his regular Q&A earlier this week, here’s what was discussed.

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Matt B: Why is Camp seemingly undroppable when we have so many keepers?
BD: I don’t think it’s a case of undroppable, Pep Clotet has considered him to be better than the other options, Connal Trueman, David Stockdale and Moha Ramos – and for all but the last month or so I’ve agreed with him. I don’t think the alternatives guarantee you a mistake-free game.
However, for the first time on Saturday I got the impression that balance was starting to tip. In the last few games you can look at Derby, Wigan and Fulham and justifiably say ‘That goal’s on him’.
I asked Clotet about the incident against Fulham and he said: “I need to speak with Darryl [Flahavan] the goalkeeper coach and ask his opinion but you would take it that the ‘keeper needs to catch that ball or put it out.”
That’s significant to me, it’s the first time he’s said anything like that.
Also significant was the reaction of a couple of the defenders. If they lose faith in him then that becomes a very big issue. There’s definitely analysis to be done over the next two weeks. Definitely.

Phil Barnes, Telford: How many chances does pep give camp?
BD: I think he’s asking himself that very question now. Over the last month the errors have been very destabilising. Does he trust Trueman or Stockdale to come in and do the job better?
I’m guessing here but I reckon for the first time he might be erring towards doing so. Trouble is, I’m not convinced he sees any of the other options as flawless.
Pez Clarke, Rugeley Do you know if Pep and the club have identified a keeper target for January or will one of the in house keepers be given a chance? Poor old Campo looks like he needs taking out of the firing line – the mistakes are proving more costly and are happening more frequently.
BD: Honestly I don’t know if a new goalkeeper is on the shopping list. I don’t believe it was in the summer, although they were linked with Adam Davies who ended up going to Stoke., I guess they hoped David Stockdale would come in and make an undeniable case.
There was certainly talk of Connal going out on loan in the last window- but clearly that didn’t happen either.

I would imagine they will start seeing what’s out there, how thing pan out over the next nine games and take a view from there.
If the perception is that there’s someone out there who is cost effective and who could take the team forward then they are obliged to look at it because I don’t think this side is too far away from mounting a decent challenge.
Richard, Birmingham: Lee Camp has cost the team at least 6 points. What is wrong with our reserve keepers…loyalty to Camp is admirable but you cannot get promotion with him in goal. If the other keepers are good enough…get rid of them. We also need a goal scorer. Lukas Jutkiewicz works hard but has no pace…the others don’t have proven goal scoring records…we can’t rely on small, nippy, clever midfielders.
BD: Turning to your point about the reserve goalkeepers I don’t think Stockdale has looked that good in the games in which I have seen him, particularly the Brighton friendly. I am not convinced he’d be a massive improvement.
Connal Trueman has excellent potential but he remains unproven. I would have loved to see him go out on loan and get half a season of senior football under his belt. The last time I saw him play for the 23s was at the end of September and he didn’t have much to do but he did pull off one very good save. His agility and shot-stopping are good.
As regards dominating his six-yard box, all I’ve got to go on is his most recent first team appearance, away to Middlesbrough in August 2018 when he found that difficult against a Tony Pulis team. The fact he hasn’t been given chance to develop since then is an oversight.
As for Moha Ramos, I haven’t seen him in the flesh so it would be unfair to judge him but the fact he hasn’t yet been involved with the first team is probably an indication of where the staff – including the goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan, see him.

Lee Camp apologises to Birmingham fans after the defeat at Wigan (Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Steve L: Why persist with Camp. We are paying Stockdale a fortune. And he is far better than Camp. Camp is the worst goalkeeper we have had since Dave Latchford
BD: I’d reply with Richard Kingson. I think Blues have been blessed in the goalkeeping department for decades, remarkably so in my opinion.
Randolph, Butland, Hart, Foster, Taylor, Bennett – that’s in just the last 20 years.
As said earlier, I’m not sure I agree that Stockdale has shown himself to be far better.
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Dan, Katowice: Do you think too much is being asked of Jude Bellingham in having him start every game?
BD: I don’t think too much has been asked of him – until the last couple of games maybe.
The way he started in central midfield in his early games was remarkable, I know it’s passé to point out the fact that he’s only 16 – but he’s played at a level way beyond that of other, older, more experienced players over the last few years.
I think it is unfair to ask him to play the whole season though, judging when to take him out is going to be one of Clotet’s major management decisions and it’ll have to be packaged skilfully so that everyone understands what’s going on.

For me I think the Cardiff game was a hot one for him to handle and he was up against some very good opponents on Saturday.
If Gary Gardner is available again soon I’d be looking to give the lad a rest and a period of reflection with a view to him having a really productive Christmas period.
John Reidy, Birmingham: Having being involved with football for sometime, I feel you are trying to address the forward situation,so I feel once your team really gel we will see more goals but in my opinion a team has to be led from the back, so I feel you have two areas to address goalkeeper who breeds confidence in defenders and a top quality centre back , I feel if you address these two areas it will balance the team and make them more confident from the back
BD: Some really good points, successful teams are built from the back – and we if we look at the back five, goalkeeper and defence, I think most of it is in place.
Maxime Colin and Kristian Pedersen have been excellent, Marc Roberts has been a revelation. I trust him way more now. I thought Harlee Dean looked to be improving in the last few weeks but didn’t have a great day at Cardiff.

(Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Jake Clarke-Salter did really well with Mitrovic on Saturday and he looks to be a real contender, albeit for the captain’s place.
The point you make about a goalkeeper inspiring confidence is very valid -and as I said earlier, there was a sign of frustration in that on Saturday.
But surely the chance conversion ratio has to go up – and for that it’s about a striker who is willing to press and work hard when Blues are out of possession – and be poised enough to finish them those opportunities off.
Kevin Kelly, Hodgehill: Hi Brian, lack of competitive pressure on Lee Camp lets him repeatedly off the hook. Would you drop him for next two away games and give it Stockdale and shake it up. Trueman I feel too young for this dilemma.
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BD: It’s so difficult, I don’t think any of the answers are guaranteed – but the point you make – drop or not, means a decision has to be made.
I take your point about Trueman but I’d be inclined to give him some games to see how he’s developed. Huddersfield and Sheff Wed away would certainly be huge tests for him – but the only way to find out is by giving him the chance.
If does prove himself ready then his upside as a shot-stopper would be invaluable.
I’m really not comfortable with the – ‘throw him in and see what happens’ approach so that means Pep Clotet and Darryl Flahavan have some real analysis to do in the coming days. The issue needs looking at though.
Chris: No questions, just comments really: Clarke-Salter was good on Saturday – Dean hasn’t been so over recent weeks, so would like to see the loanee keep his spot. Bellingham is absolutely remarkable for such an age – sounds like England might have left him out because of how much we’ve been playing him. Pedersen must have one of the best attacking profiles for a full-back in this league. He must have the best xG of a defender in the division?
BD: I thought Clarke-Salter was excellent on Saturday, two more games like that and Clotet has a big decision to make.
I mentioned Bellingham above – and yes I know fans get sick of hearing how old he is – but you’re right. His development is best served by playing Championship matches.

And Pedersen, I love the way he’s applied himself to a role that – and he would dispute this – seems more suited to Colin than it is to him. He’s a real danger at set-pieces and he’s come on massively carrying the ball.
I am not a lover of the xG stat – but you are right, he’s done himself huge credit so far this season.
@DuffersKRO: What is the situation regarding the interest in Bellingham…will he be a Blues player in February (& I don’t mean loaned back)?
BD: As I understand it it’s speculation, clubs from across Europe are watching virtually every game he plays.
I would be staggered if Blues cash in on him in January, it’s in their interest to hold on to him and allow him to build his value for as long as possible. And I don’t think there’s a financial pressure for a fire-sale in the way there was with Butland and Nathan Redmond.
And I think it’s in his interest to keep playing Championship matches.

(Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
@MattyBrennan: In the Q&A, you lightly touched on one of my greatest concerns, the fact that a goalkeeper gives the defenders in front of him confidence. Or possibly not given Camp’s current form. He still seems undroppable and it’s baffles me as to why. Positioning X Handling X
BD: He makes errors, that’s obvious. However, I think his positioning his decent, which is why he rarely seems to make many spectacular saves, he knows his angles. I actually think his kicking is of a good standard too – and that’s important to the way Pep wants Blues to play.
He can look really untidy though, I’d love to his parries pushed further to the side of the goal, or more punching unless he’s 100 per cent confident he’s going to catch it.
The point you make about inspiring confidence – that’s the key to this whole issue. And that’s the one Clotet is going to have to decide in the next couple of weeks.

Industrial action will affect London Northwestern and West Midlands Railway train services on Saturdays in November and December 2019.
Both rail firms have sounded a final warning to Birmingham passengers ahead of Saturday, November 16.
Services provided by both train companies will be affected and commuters have been warned only to travel if necessary.
Rail workers have planned a strike on every Saturday leading up to the end of the year.
The firms say: “Because of industrial action by members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), we will run a reduced service on Saturdays in November and December.
“We will only be able to provide a very basic service. We ask our customers to carefully consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary, as significant disruption is expected.”

The train companies are working very hard to resolve the dispute with the RMT Union – please note the affected dates could change at the last minute, so check your journey again before you travel.
On an affected day:
there will be fewer trains running,
some stations will not be served,
some London Northwestern Railway services will finish earlier than normal,
there will be no additional replacement bus services.

West Midlands Railways train (Image: West Midlands Railway)
If your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more, you’re entitled to compensation under the  Delay Repay  scheme. Please keep a hold of your ticket and submit your claim within 28 days.
Not affected:
Snow Hill Lines: Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town
We will be running a normal service every Saturday.
There will be NO service on the following lines:
Birmingham New Street to Worcester / Hereford
There will be no train service between Hereford / Worcester and Birmingham New Street in either direction.
Trains via Birmingham Snow Hill will operate only between Kidderminster and Birmingham Snow Hill in both directions.
Birmingham to Shrewsbury via Wolverhampton
There will be no train service between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury in either direction.
Passengers for Shrewsbury and Telford Centre, advised to travel on Transport for Wales or Virgin Trains services along this route, where possible.
There will be no service calling at Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal or Oakengates.
Birmingham to Rugeley via Walsall
There will be no train service between Rugeley and Walsall in either direction.
There are local bus services available between Walsall and Rugeley.
Snow Hill Lines:
There will be no service between:
Stratford-upon-Avon and Whitlocks End
Stratford-upon-Avon and Dorridge
Leamington Spa and Dorridge
Kidderminster and Worcester / Great Malvern
Birmingham New Street and Worcester/Hereford.
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These services will be REDUCED:
Cross City Line: Lichfield – Birmingham – Redditch / Bromsgrove
one train per hour from Bromsgrove – Birmingham – Four Oaks (in both directions),
two trains per hour from Lichfield – Birmingham – Redditch (in both directions).
Wolverhampton to Walsall via Birmingham New Street
There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day
Birmingham to Northampton via Birmingham International & Coventry
There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day
Birmingham to Liverpool via Crewe (with London Northwestern Railway)
There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day.
There will be no service calling at Stone, Stoke on Trent, Kidsgrove or Alsager. East Midlands Railway runs trains between Stoke on Trent and Crewe.
Services at Acton Bridge have varying gaps between calling services throughout the day.
There is a ‘shuttle service’ in both directions between Crewe and Liverpool until 17:00
Snow Hill Lines: all trains via Birmingham Snow Hill
There will be a reduced service throughout the day:
between Dorridge and Kidderminster,
between Kidderminster to Whitlocks End
Nuneaton – Coventry – Leamington Spa
There will be a reduced service throughout the day:
A half-hourly service will operate between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton
Services are expected to be busier than usual

A general election is set to take place on December 12- meaning voters across the Cannock Chase constituency will have their say on who gets the seat.
The conservatives gained the seat in the 2010 poll after a 14 per cent swing in their favour.
Every election since then they have managed to hold the seat.
The party saw an increase of 10.8 per cent in votes in the 2017 election and have seen the parties votes rise in every poll.
Here are the candidates:
Labour –  Anne Hobbs
Liberal Democrats – Not standing due to Remain alliance
Conservatives – Amanda Milling
Green – Paul Woodhead
Why are we having an early election?
A general election – which determines who runs the country – normally happens every five years.
There are 650 constituencies, where voters are invited to select an MP to represent their area.
Nearly three-and-a-half years ago voters were called to the ballot box to decide whether the UK should remain in or leave the European Union.
The majority chose to leave and we were supposed to have left on March, 29 this year, however, it has since been delayed after MPs failed to back plans put forward by former Prime Minister Theresa May and now Boris Johnson.
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Three men – all from Birmingham – have been taken into custody by police.
Cops have apprehended the trio after they were spotted on a Staffordshire driveway having put through the windows of an Audi.
The Audi S5 – worth upwards of £30,000 new – was parked on Hill Street in Rugeley, in Staffordshire.
The men smashed the glass in the early hours of the morning yesterday (November 12), reports StokeonTrentLive .
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Officers from the Staffordshire Police Response team later stopped a car on Rugeley Road in Armitage and three men – all from Birmingham – were taken into custody.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers were called at 2am to reports that three men were attempting to steal an Audi from a driveway and had smashed the window to gain access to the vehicle.
“A 42-year-old and two 19-year-olds, all from Birmingham, were taken into custody after a vehicle was stopped on Rugeley Road in Armitage.”
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Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police quoting incident 26 of November 12.
This can be done via:
Facebook – sending a private message to the  Staffordshire Police page• Twitter – sending a direct message to the police account  @StaffsPolice• Website – report a crime via the police website  here• Phone – call on 101
Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The international break means  Birmingham City  have the next two weeks to pick through their defeats to Cardiff and Fulham and prepare for their trip to Huddersfield Town.
They do so in 13th position, having won seven of their 15 matches and having producing some scintillating football  – as well as some self-inflicted wounds.
Fans have been at times inspired and at others deflated – and on Saturday the main talking point was the circumstances of Fulham’s winning goal.
Blues writer Brian Dick held his weekly Q&A, here’s what was discussed.

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Matt B: Why is Camp seemingly undroppable when we have so many keepers?
BD: I don’t think it’s a case of undroppable, Pep Clotet has considered him to be better than the other options, Connal Trueman, David Stockdale and Moha Ramos – and for all but the last month or so I’ve agreed with him. I don’t think the alternatives guarantee you a mistake-free game.
However, for the first time on Saturday I got the impression that balance was starting to tip. In the last few games you can look at Derby, Wigan and Fulham and justifiably say ‘That goal’s on him’.
I asked Clotet about the incident against Fulham and he said: “I need to speak with Darryl [Flahavan] the goalkeeper coach and ask his opinion but you would take it that the ‘keeper needs to catch that ball or put it out.”
That’s significant to me, it’s the first time he’s said anything like that.
Also significant was the reaction of a couple of the defenders. If they lose faith in him then that becomes a very big issue. There’s definitely analysis to be done over the next two weeks. Definitely.

Phil Barnes, Telford: How many chances does pep give camp?
BD: I think he’s asking himself that very question now. Over the last month the errors have been very destabilising. Does he trust Trueman or Stockdale to come in and do the job better?
I’m guessing here but I reckon for the first time he might be erring towards doing so. Trouble is, I’m not convinced he sees any of the other options as flawless.
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Pez Clarke, Rugeley Do you know if Pep and the club have identified a keeper target for January or will one of the in house keepers be given a chance? Poor old Campo looks like he needs taking out of the firing line – the mistakes are proving more costly and are happening more frequently.
BD: Honestly I don’t know if a new goalkeeper is on the shopping list. I don’t believe it was in the summer, although they were linked with Adam Davies who ended up going to Stoke., I guess they hoped David Stockdale would come in and make an undeniable case.
There was certainly talk of Connal going out on loan in the last window- but clearly that didn’t happen either.

I would imagine they will start seeing what’s out there, how thing pan out over the next nine games and take a view from there.
If the perception is that there’s someone out there who is cost effective and who could take the team forward then they are obliged to look at it because I don’t think this side is too far away from mounting a decent challenge.
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Richard, Birmingham: Lee Camp has cost the team at least 6 points. What is wrong with our reserve keepers…loyalty to Camp is admirable but you cannot get promotion with him in goal. If the other keepers are good enough…get rid of them. We also need a goal scorer. Lukas Jutkiewicz works hard but has no pace…the others don’t have proven goal scoring records…we can’t rely on small, nippy, clever midfielders.
BD: Turning to your point about the reserve goalkeepers I don’t think Stockdale has looked that good in the games in which I have seen him, particularly the Brighton friendly. I am not convinced he’d be a massive improvement.
Connal Trueman has excellent potential but he remains unproven. I would have loved to see him go out on loan and get half a season of senior football under his belt. The last time I saw him play for the 23s was at the end of September and he didn’t have much to do but he did pull off one very good save. His agility and shot-stopping are good.
As regards dominating his six-yard box, all I’ve got to go on is his most recent first team appearance, away to Middlesbrough in August 2018 when he found that difficult against a Tony Pulis team. The fact he hasn’t been given chance to develop since then is an oversight.
As for Moha Ramos, I haven’t seen him in the flesh so it would be unfair to judge him but the fact he hasn’t yet been involved with the first team is probably an indication of where the staff – including the goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan, see him.

Lee Camp apologises to Birmingham fans after the defeat at Wigan (Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Steve L: Why persist with Camp. We are paying Stockdale a fortune. And he is far better than Camp. Camp is the worst goalkeeper we have had since Dave Latchford
BD: I’d reply with Richard Kingson. I think Blues have been blessed in the goalkeeping department for decades, remarkably so in my opinion.
Randolph, Butland, Hart, Foster, Taylor, Bennett – that’s in just the last 20 years.
As said earlier, I’m not sure I agree that Stockdale has shown himself to be far better.
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Dan, Katowice: Do you think too much is being asked of Jude Bellingham in having him start every game?
BD: I don’t think too much has been asked of him – until the last couple of games maybe.
The way he started in central midfield in his early games was remarkable, I know it’s passé to point out the fact that he’s only 16 – but he’s played at a level way beyond that of other, older, more experienced players over the last few years.
I think it is unfair to ask him to play the whole season though, judging when to take him out is going to be one of Clotet’s major management decisions and it’ll have to be packaged skilfully so that everyone understands what’s going on.

For me I think the Cardiff game was a hot one for him to handle and he was up against some very good opponents on Saturday.
If Gary Gardner is available again soon I’d be looking to give the lad a rest and a period of reflection with a view to him having a really productive Christmas period.
John Reidy, Birmingham: Having being involved with football for sometime, I feel you are trying to address the forward situation,so I feel once your team really gel we will see more goals but in my opinion a team has to be led from the back, so I feel you have two areas to address goalkeeper who breeds confidence in defenders and a top quality centre back , I feel if you address these two areas it will balance the team and make them more confident from the back
BD: Some really good points, successful teams are built from the back – and we if we look at the back five, goalkeeper and defence, I think most of it is in place.
Maxime Colin and Kristian Pedersen have been excellent, Marc Roberts has been a revelation. I trust him way more now. I thought Harlee Dean looked to be improving in the last few weeks but didn’t have a great day at Cardiff.

(Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Jake Clarke-Salter did really well with Mitrovic on Saturday and he looks to be a real contender, albeit for the captain’s place.
The point you make about a goalkeeper inspiring confidence is very valid -and as I said earlier, there was a sign of frustration in that on Saturday.
But surely the chance conversion ratio has to go up – and for that it’s about a striker who is willing to press and work hard when Blues are out of possession – and be poised enough to finish them those opportunities off.
Kevin Kelly, Hodgehill: Hi Brian, lack of competitive pressure on Lee Camp lets him repeatedly off the hook. Would you drop him for next two away games and give it Stockdale and shake it up. Trueman I feel too young for this dilemma.
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BD: It’s so difficult, I don’t think any of the answers are guaranteed – but the point you make – drop or not, means a decision has to be made.
I take your point about Trueman but I’d be inclined to give him some games to see how he’s developed. Huddersfield and Sheff Wed away would certainly be huge tests for him – but the only way to find out is by giving him the chance.
If does prove himself ready then his upside as a shot-stopper would be invaluable.
I’m really not comfortable with the – ‘throw him in and see what happens’ approach so that means Pep Clotet and Darryl Flahavan have some real analysis to do in the coming days. The issue needs looking at though.
Chris: No questions, just comments really: Clarke-Salter was good on Saturday – Dean hasn’t been so over recent weeks, so would like to see the loanee keep his spot. Bellingham is absolutely remarkable for such an age – sounds like England might have left him out because of how much we’ve been playing him. Pedersen must have one of the best attacking profiles for a full-back in this league. He must have the best xG of a defender in the division?
BD: I thought Clarke-Salter was excellent on Saturday, two more games like that and Clotet has a big decision to make.
I mentioned Bellingham above – and yes I know fans get sick of hearing how old he is – but you’re right. His development is best served by playing Championship matches.

And Pedersen, I love the way he’s applied himself to a role that – and he would dispute this – seems more suited to Colin than it is to him. He’s a real danger at set-pieces and he’s come on massively carrying the ball.
I am not a lover of the xG stat – but you are right, he’s done himself huge credit so far this season.
@DuffersKRO: What is the situation regarding the interest in Bellingham…will he be a Blues player in February (& I don’t mean loaned back)?
BD: As I understand it it’s speculation, clubs from across Europe are watching virtually every game he plays.
I would be staggered if Blues cash in on him in January, it’s in their interest to hold on to him and allow him to build his value for as long as possible. And I don’t think there’s a financial pressure for a fire-sale in the way there was with Butland and Nathan Redmond.
And I think it’s in his interest to keep playing Championship matches.

(Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
@MattyBrennan: In the Q&A, you lightly touched on one of my greatest concerns, the fact that a goalkeeper gives the defenders in front of him confidence. Or possibly not given Camp’s current form. He still seems undroppable and it’s baffles me as to why. Positioning X Handling X
BD: He makes errors, that’s obvious. However, I think his positioning his decent, which is why he rarely seems to make many spectacular saves, he knows his angles. I actually think his kicking is of a good standard too – and that’s important to the way Pep wants Blues to play.
He can look really untidy though, I’d love to his parries pushed further to the side of the goal, or more punching unless he’s 100 per cent confident he’s going to catch it.
The point you make about inspiring confidence – that’s the key to this whole issue. And that’s the one Clotet is going to have to decide in the next couple of weeks.

An ex-footballer who ran a County Lines drug operation using teenagers to flood Staffordshire with heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed.
Shylo Thomas – described as ‘aggressive and intimidating’ – recruited vulnerable kids as young as 15 as street dealers to travel from Birmingham to Burton and Rugeley, where they were made to deal Class A drugs for cash.
These dealers were cut off from their families, made to stay in the homes of local drug users or squat elsewhere- a process known as ‘cuckooing’ in the County Lines trade.

Shylo Thomas, a former footballer has been jailed for 10 years. (Image: Staffordshire Police)
Thomas, together with five other men and a teenager who all hail from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine .
Stafford Crown Court heard that a total of 1.5kg of class-A drugs was moved from August 2017 to February 2018.
Thomas – who played for Walsall FC as a youngster – ran the network of street dealers in Burton upon Trent and Rugeley, detailing their income, rent payments and shift patterns in a handwritten ledger.

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Thomas, 28, and Malachi Mitchell, 26, used two mobile phones which sent out up to 80 texts per day to run their operation, referring to themselves as ’Turbo.’
Drug-users would place an order with one of the lines and Thomas and Mitchell would then direct their street dealers, remotely, to meet the user and carry out the transaction.
The dealers were transported from Birmingham to Burton and Rugeley where it was their responsibility to meet users and supply them with heroin or cocaine for money.

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These dealers were given accommodation in Burton and Rugeley by Thomas, which was either home addresses of local drug users or by occupying premises as squatters.
Detectives gathered evidence from CCTV, mobile phones, forensic examinations and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).
Thomas was arrested on February 20, 2018 and detectives found one of the ‘Turbo’ phones and a further phone belonging to a 15-year-old girl that he was exploiting as a ‘street dealer’ in Burton.
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Mitchell was arrested at his home address in April 2018 in possession of heroin and crack cocaine.
Detective Sergeant Jim Byrne, from Staffordshire Police , said: “We’re glad this conspiracy, which was highly organised, has been brought to an end and this group are now serving their sentences.
“We will not tolerate drug-dealing in Staffordshire and, following on from a number of successful convictions across the county, we will continue to bring offenders before the courts.”
Judge Jonathan Salmon said: “This was a difficult case and considerable time and expertise was demonstrated by the officers who investigated.“It is a tragedy to see such exploitation of the young.”

The following all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin:
Thomas of Hutton Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, was jailed for 10 years seven months
Mitchell of Leasow Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, was jailed for three years seven months.
Callum Murphy, aged 19, of Arthur Street, Small Heath, Birmingham, sentenced to 22 months; he has already served this on remand and receives a 12-month community order, two-month curfew

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Troy Farquharson, aged 24, of Francis Road, Yardley, Birmingham, sentenced to three years, including pleading guilty to a burglary
Kieron Smith, aged 19, of Tame Avenue, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham , sentenced to two years suspended for 18 months, community order, four-month curfew and 150 hours’ unpaid work
Rayees Ali, aged 18, of Marsh Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, sentenced to 12-month community order, four-month curfew and 120 hours’ unpaid work
A 17-year-old youth from Birmingham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to a 12-month community order, four-month curfew and 60 hours’ unpaid work
Atiyyah Gidden, aged 20, of Grosvenor Road, Aston, Birmingham, will be sentenced in December


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