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  1. Tennis: Dan Evans reveals positive cocaine test
  2. Life sentence for toddler murderer
  3. Man charged with murder bid over Highgate disorder
  4. The 'tearful' police officers leaving work in 'meltdown'
  5. Man who tortured boy has sentence increased
  6. Armed officers to patrol Eid events
  7. Villa wait on Terry contract offer
  8. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Simon Glover

All times stated are UK

Our coverage across the day

That's it for Friday's updates.

Join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

Drugs gang jailed

Members of a drugs gang arrested as part of an operation into the supply of Class A drugs have been jailed for between three and six years.

They were arrested after raids on properties in Malvern and Birmingham in December 2015 when "significant quantities" of Class A drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, were seized, West Mercia Police said.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Jonas, Jones, Bozward, Whittock
West Mercia Police
Pictured clockwise from top left: Jonas, Jones, Bozward, Whittock

The four admitted conspiring to supply Class A drugs and were sentenced yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court.

They received the following sentences:

  • Shane Jonas, 20, of Beaconview Road, West Bromwich was sentenced to five years and seven months
  • Kiyan Jones, 19, of Shenstone Road, Edgbaston was sentenced to six years and nine months in a young offenders institution
  • Elliot Whittock, 21, of Kendrick Grove, Birmingham, was sentenced to five years and three months
  • Neil Bozward, 45, of Duke of Edinburgh Way, Malvern, was sentenced to three years and five months. In a separate case Bozward was sentenced this week for child prostitution offences at Stafford Crown Court

Free Glasto ticket for man cleaning up site

Simon Glover

BBC Online

A Birmingham man has been sharing the perks of working as part of the recycling team at Glastonbury Festival - he gets a free ticket.


Kristian Birch-Hurst arrived at Worthy Farm on Tuesday and will be working to clean up the site during and after the festival for the fourth consecutive year.

The annual event is hosting acts including Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and The Jacksons over the weekend.

[Working on the recycling team] is a way to get a free ticket and kind of give something back as's just completely worth it."

Kristian Birch-Hurst

Small business owners' homes burgled in Tamworth, police say

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Masked men are thought to be behind a string of burglaries in Tamworth which have seen jewellery and large amounts of cash stolen.

Skye Close, Wilnecote

The group of men, Staffordshire Police says, have targeted the homes of small business owners in several roads between 16 June and 21 June.

In all cases, the force says they've worn face coverings or balaclavas, got in through doors and windows and then escaped in a white Audi.

Watch: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mainly cloudy day, here's what's in store for the start of this weekend across the West Midlands.

You can stay updated over the next couple of days through the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood

BreakingTennis: Birmingham's Dan Evans tests positive for cocaine

British number three Dan Evans, from Birmingham, has announced that he tested positive for cocaine in April.

Dan Evans
Getty Images

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man charged with attempted murder over Highgate disorder

A man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with violent disorder and a collision in which a pedestrian was hit by a car in Highgate, Birmingham, last Sunday.

The 45 year old remains in police custody. Three men arrested in connection with the same incidents have been released while investigations continue.

A 25-year-old is in hospital where his condition is described as critical but stable.

Several other people went to hospital with non life-threatening injuries including fractures and stab wounds.

Car within police cordon
Police cordoned off an area of Highgate

PCC backs calls for more police funding

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has echoed calls from the West Midlands force's chief constable for more funding and protection of front line policing.

David Jamieson

David Jamieson said "you cannot do as the government's been doing - cutting police resources, expect us to take on this enhanced terrorism threat and do the local policing; something has to give.

"Anybody can see there is a threat in this country from terrorism.

"What we want to see now is the home secretary to tell us just what she is going to do about it."

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

More than 100 injuries inflicted on murdered two year old

A two-year-old boy suffered injuries including a fractured skull and ribs at the hands of his mother's partner who murdered him.

Jeremiah's injuries
West Midlands Police

Chevaze McGregor has today been jailed for life for murdering Jeremiah Regis-Ngawah at the toddler's Wolverhampton home.

McGregor used his fists, a belt and a rod to discipline Jeremiah, West Midlands Police said earlier this month.

Jeremiah's injuries
West Midlands Police

Murdered toddler was 'beautiful', says his father

The father of Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah was in court today to see his son's murderer jailed.

In a statement read in court, Sahr Ngaujah said he had "many hopes and dreams" for Jeremiah Regis-Ngawah to whom Chevaze McGregor subjected to violence that left the boy, the court heard, "broken and battered".

Jeremiah's mother Sindyann Regis has been jailed after admitting allowing the death of her son.

Chevaze McGregor and Sindyann Regis
West Midlands Police
Chevaze McGregor and Sindyann Regis have both been jailed

Mr Ngaujah said he regretted that he would "never know what [Jeremiah] may have become as a young man".

Murderer believed it was 'right' to punish two year old

A court heard how a man jailed today for murdering his partner's two-year-old son believed it was his "job" to punish the child.

Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah

Chevaze McGregor has been handed a life sentence for inflicting more than 100 injuries on Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah at the boy's Wolverhampton home.

The court heard McGregor had written in a letter it was the job of the parent to correct children and "God" created pain "so we know to do the right thing".

Two year old was 'broken and battered'

A church-goer who admitted murdering his partner's two-year-old son at the boy's Wolverhampton home has been jailed for life.

Chevaze Sanchez McGregor
West Midlands Police

Chevaze McGregor will serve a minimum of 21 years for inflicting a string of injuries on Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah before a heavy blow ruptured his intestines which led to his death.

Birmingham Crown Court heard 27-year-old McGregor repeatedly struck London-born Jeremiah with a rod and a belt at the toddler's home in Wednesfield.

Jeremiah's mother Sindyann Regis has been jailed for three years and four months after pleading guilty to allowing the death of her son.

Jeremiah was left broken and battered with life-threatening injuries and as his life ebbed away moment by agonising moment, Chevaze McGregor stood by and watched, knowing full well what he had done."

Sally Howes QCProsecutor

Murdered two year old had more than 100 injuries

Chevaze McGregor who has been handed a life prison sentence for murdering his partner's two-year-old son had admitted his guilt at an earlier hearing.

Jeremiah Regis-Ngawah suffered more than 100 injuries including a fractured skull and ribs.

Jeremiah Regis-Ngawah was hit with fists, a belt and a rod.

McGregor believed in physical chastisement to "toughen children up" and used his fists and items such as a belt and a rod to discipline Jeremiah, West Midlands Police said earlier this month.

BreakingLife sentence for man who murdered partner's son, two

Chevaze McGregor, who murdered his partner's two-year-old son in Wolverhampton after causing him a skull fracture and a bite wound, has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 21 years.

Man left with head injuries in machete attack

A man was attacked with a machete at a shop in Lye near Dudley this morning, police say.

Officers were alerted to the incident in High Street at about 09:30 and think it was a targeted attack, with no risk to the wider public.

A 36-year-old man was taken to hospital with what police - who shut High Street - described as "serious" but not life-threatening head injuries.

Enquiries are under way to identify those responsible.

Man who tortured three year old has sentence increased

A Wolverhampton man who tortured a three-year-old boy over 11 days has had his prison sentence increased at the Court of Appeal.

Kuzivakwasha Chigariro, 23, caused at least 28 injuries including a serious arm fracture, burns and numerous bites all over the child's body.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for five years and four months in April.

But the appeal judges have today ruled that the sentence was unduly lenient and increased it to eight years.

The 'tearful' police officers leaving work in 'meltdown'

A senior West Midlands Police figure says sickness and mental health problems are rife in the force.

It comes as the chief constable of the West Midlands force called on the government to increase funding to offset operational pressures.


DI Warren Hines warns that a heavy workload is affecting wellbeing.

We've got examples of police officers who have been conveyed to hospital from work because they've had a meltdown. I'm aware of incidents where sergeants ... are allocating work on the basis of who is the least tearful that morning when they get to work."

DI Warren HinesWest Midlands Police

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J9 for A461 and J8 for M5 affecting J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J8 M5, because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minute. Congestion to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Calls for extra police funding continue

Simon Glover

BBC Online

The Interim Chair of West Midlands Police Federation has written an open letter to MPs in the region urging them to support a funding boost for the force.

Tom Cuddeford's letter
West Midlands Police Federation

Tom Cuddeford says the government needs to act on the party pledges that were made during the election campaign to keep the nation "safe and secure" by recruiting more police officers.

We need a commitment to make changes for the better. We appreciate there is no quick fix, but the police service needs investment to be able to deliver all is expected of it."

Tom CuddefordInterim chairman of West Midlands Police Federation

The force's chief constable Dave Thompson has said of budget cuts the "strain is showing".

Football: Albion 'willing' to test new scheme

Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

West Bromwich Albion has told the Premier League that it remains ready to carry out a pilot scheme for "safe standing".

West Bromwich Albion
Getty Images

It's after league bosses sent a letter to all 20 clubs in the top flight asking whether they would be willing to reintroduce standing sections in their grounds on a test basis.

The Baggies' director of operations Mark Miles has indicated that the home and away sections at the Smethwick End would be the most likely site if the club were to go ahead with a pilot.

Chief constable warns of funding squeeze

The squeeze on police funding has left police and crime commissioners needing to increase local taxation "to the maximum" while many forces are using "considerable reserves to maintain current staff numbers," says the chief constable of West Midlands Police.

In a blog, he warns counter-terror policing is "in no place to deliver efficiency savings" and also calls on the Government to cut red tape as a means to ease pressures.

"It's also time to ask why a growing proportion of the police budget is being allocated to managing complaints or non-policing spend at a time when our core role is under strain," he said.

Mr Thompson said extra spending should target the growing cyber threat and urged policymakers "to think very carefully about the need for enhanced protection for our officers who run towards the terrorists".

Baroness of Solihull calls for greater jobs diversity

The Liberal Democrat Equalities spokesperson has urged engineering firms to make use of the "incredible" talent pool of women workers across the UK.

Baroness Burt

Baroness Burt of Solihull says leaders within the industry need to seize advantage of the benefits that diversity can provide as well as encouraging female leaders within the sector to "blaze a trail" for future generations of female engineers.

Gender diversity is very important, there is a business case for having more women, as well as a moral and talent case."

Baroness Burt of SolihullLiberal Democrat Equalities spokesperson

Tennis: Konta defends Birmingham loss

Britain's tennis star Johanna Konta has insisted her second round exit at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham isn't a blow.

Johanna Konta
Getty Images

It follows her defeat to Coco Vandewegh in straight sets at the Edgbaston Priory Club yesterday.

Me losing against a very good player on this surface is by no means a blow. It's part of the game. Just because I am seven in the world does not mean I am entitled to winning every single match."

Johanna Konta

Police chief calls for increased funding

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says his force is under strain and the government should increase funding if it's to deal with large-scale disorders.

Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police

Dave Thompson, in his role on the National Police Chiefs Council, says without fresh investment, neighbourhood street patrols will "disappear".

He said funding needed to be "stabilised with real terms protection for policing as a whole".

The Home Secretary's acknowledged police resources were "very tight".

Oldbury woman calls for more blood donors

Alex Lester

Presenter, BBC WM

A woman from Oldbury is appealing for more black blood donors to step forward.


Sadeh Graham, 25, was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was born and has to have treatment every four weeks.

She requires blood with a special subtype which 50 per cent of black blood donors have compared to 2 per cent of white ones.

This is a condition that affects mainly the black and African Caribbean community...we just need to be there for each other and try not to rely on everybody else to be there as well."

Sadeh Graham

Severe disruption: A458 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

A458 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between Chapel Street and A458 High Street.

A458 West Midlands - A458 High Street in Lye closed northbound between the Chapel Street junction and the A458 High Street junction, because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - National Express buses - 9 and 276 - Cemetery Road and Pedmore Road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

John Terry

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

Aston Villa do not expect immediate progress in their bid to sign John Terry after making him a lucrative contract offer.

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'Robust' police operation promised for Eid celebrations

There will be a "robust" security operation in place for Eid celebrations in Birmingham this weekend, West Midlands Police says.


Thousands are expected to attend an event in the city centre on Sunday to mark the end of Ramadan.

The force says that armed officers will patrol the area following recent terror attacks but insist people shouldn't be alarmed.