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Summary

  1. Wedding dress funded brother's 'IS' mission
  2. Trial of three accused of murdering music shop owner
  3. West Bromwich Albion sold
  4. WBA joins Wolves and Villa in Chinese ownership
  5. WBA's new owner is Guochuan Lai, 42
  6. Updates from Friday 5 August 2016

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Nottingham Forest players celebrate Henri Lansbury's late equaliser against Aston Villa

Phil Maiden

BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Henri Lansbury's 87th-minute goal rescues a draw for Nottingham Forest at Aston Villa in the Championship.

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Callum Wilson

Tim Oscroft

BBC Sport

Callum Wilson's superb late goal earns Bournemouth victory over West Brom, their first Premier League win of the season.

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Clayton Donaldson

Clayton Donaldson misses one penalty before scoring another as Birmingham City win at 10-man Fulham.

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Prince Oniangue

Will Miller hits an injury-time equaliser as Burton Albion deny Wolves a third Championship win of the season.

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Statue of Liberty

American Airlines is to stop its daily flights to New York from Birmingham Airport.

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American Airlines pulls flights out of Birmingham Airport

American Airlines said it was a  "difficult" decision to stop its service to New York's JFK airport from Birmigham 

The decision was made after constant evaluation "maximising our fleet and profitability while matching customer demand," it said.

American Airlines aircraft
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The airline "remains committed" to serving the UK market offering up to 24 flghts a day from other UK airports.

They'll also be working with Birmingham-based staff to offer open positions "if qualified and eligible".

Less airplanes in the air: Is that a good thing?

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Earlier, we told you about American Airlines stopping its daily service to New York's JFK airport from Birmingham.

We asked you for your reaction.

New York and Birmingham
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On Facebook Niki Fiku said: Can only be good news if there are less airplanes in the air.  

Bristol City fans

A group of football fans who claim they were "falsely imprisoned" before a match last year are to sue West Midlands Police.

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Nic Cruwys attack: Family say he 'will never fully recover'

Police have called the attack on Nic Cruwys an "appalling, unprovoked assault that has left lasting damage."

Three teenagers have been jailed for their roles in the attack with two others given non-custodial sentences for public order offences.

Mr Cruwys' family said in a statement: "Although Nic will never fully recover, we are now hoping to try and move on with our lives and try and put the horrific situation behind us. 

"We are delighted that the people involved have been charged and hope that the verdict reflects the injuries Nic suffered and our family's pain and suffering caused by their mindless actions."

(Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Lister, Pearson, Meer, Beech, Wood, Lloyd)
West Midlands Police

Pictured left to right, top to bottom are:

  • Joseph Lister, 19, of Palmer Close, Wednesfield, given 30 months after admitting wounding
  • Connor Pearson, 16, of Ettingshall Close, Wolverhampton, was given a one-year detention and training order after admitting wounding
  • Ryan Meer, 19, of Watling Street, Gailey, Staffordshire, was given a suspended eight-month sentence after admitting affray
  • Robert Beech, 19, of Springhill Road, Wednesfield, was given a two-month suspended sentence after admitting threatening behaviour
  • Joe Wood, 15, of Woodstock Road, Wolverhampton was given 56 months after admtting wounding with intent
  •  Daniel Lloyd, aged 19 from Longfellow Road, Sedgley, will be sentenced at a later date after admitting grievous bodily harm.
Nic Cruwys

Three teenagers, one aged 13, who attacked a rival football fan leaving him with a life-changing brain injury are given custodial sentences.

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Other carriers available, say Birmingham Airport, as daily flight cancelled

Passengers booked on American Airlines flights from Birmingham after 6 January 2017 will be contacted by the carrier.

Passengers can either book alternative flights or get a refund.

In a statement the airport also point out that United Airlines will continue to run a daily non-stop service to New York's Newark airport, and regular connections to North America "are also available with several other carriers."

New York and Birmingham Skylines
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Nic Cruwys attack: Victim spent three weeks in coma

As he passed sentence, Judge Ward said of the victim Nic Cruwys: "He was injured so severely that he spent the next three weeks in a medically-induced coma and the next three months in hospital."

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that he was attacked in the city as he made his way from Molineux Stadium to the railway station following a match in March last year. 

Nic Cruwys
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The 44-year-old was knocked out as he fell to the ground following a punch, and was then stamped on and kicked three times despite being unconscious. 

Addressing the five defendants in the dock and a sixth defendant who was present in court but will be sentenced at a later date, the judge added: "Four of you in this room are responsible for all of that."

Nic Cruwys attack: Family 'didn't think he would survive'

The judge heard Watford fan Nic Cruwys, who was not wearing club colours, was attacked while with a group of friends. 

Today two other defendants were given non-custodial sentences for public order offences - a sixth defendant will be sentenced at a later date. 

Nic Cruwys
PA

Passing sentence, Judge Ward said of the victim: "He suffered extensive skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury. He was so badly injured that doctors told his family they didn't think he would survive." 

Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed today that all six individuals have been banned from Molineux for life.

BreakingNic Cruwys attack: Three jailed for football attack

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Three teenagers who launched a "devastating" unprovoked attack on a rival fan, leaving him with a life-changing brain injury, have been given custodial sentences. 

The attack left Watford fan Nic Cruwys in a coma following a match at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 7 March 2015. 

- Joe Wood, 15, of Woodstock Road, Wolverhampton, was ordered to be detained for 56 months after admitting wounding with intent.

- Joseph Lister, 19, of Palmer Close, Wednesfield, was given a 30-month sentence after admitted wounding. 

- Connor Pearson, 16, of Woodstock Road, Wolverhampton, was given a one-year detention and training order after also admitted wounding

Daily flights from Birmingham to New York scrapped

US carrier American Airlines is to stop its direct flights to New York.

The airline has run daily flights to New York's JFK airport since May 2015.

The airport has said there is a strong demand for service and it was "optimistic" another carrier will fill the gap shortly.

Birmingham Airport
BBC

The service will finish on 6 January 2017.  

New cut-down warehouse plans revealed for brickworks site

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

New plans have been unveiled for a distribution warehouse on the site of a former brickworks in Essington.

Hobnocks Road, brickworks site in Essington
Google

The initial proposal was rejected in May by councillors despite being recommended for approval. 

DX Network Services Ltd, the company behind the new centre, say the design has now been reduced in size by 30% and moved further away from nearby homes.

Court sketch of the four accused men

Four men are charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism following arrests in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.

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Hawthorns head coach reacts to speculation about his job after transfer window closes
Head coach Tony Pulis has said he never considered leaving West Brom - despite the club's failure to land some of his preferred transfer targets this summer.
More than 1,000 people expected at event in memory of Tunisia terror attack victims
More than 1,000 people are expected at Sandwell Valley Country Park on Sunday to take part in the Run For Joel.
Helen and Rob Titchener, The Archers

Claire Bates

BBC News Magazine

It has been a rollercoaster week for Helen Titchener in The Archers who has been on trial accused of attempted murder. The storyline has shone a light on the workings of British courts.

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Andy Street

John Lewis confirms managing director Andy Street plans to run for the office of the Mayor of the West Midlands.

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Men charged over Stratford jewellery store raid

Two men have been charged and remanded in custody after an armed raid at a jewellers in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday.

Ioachim Karp, 19, from Birmingham, was charged with aggravated burglary and Andrei Florin, 28 and also from Birmingham, charged with aggravated burglary and escape from lawful custody.

Both men are due to appear at Leamington Magistrates' Court later. 

Walter Zenga

Wolves head coach Walter Zenga says he now has enough players to "play one team on Tuesday and one on Saturday".

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Scene of stabbing

A man appears in court charged with murder after another man is found in a street with multiple stab wounds.

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Asda Uttoxeter

A police officer is sacked after being caught on CCTV attacking her mother's love rival in the reduced meat aisle of Asda.

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Varun Chopra

Varun Chopra joins Essex from Warwickshire earlier than expected, to feature in their final two games of the season.

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