Emergency services are currently dealing with a large fire following an explosion at a fireworks factory earlier this evening. Police, Fire and Ambulance services were called by members of the public across the Stafford area reporting a large explosion and smoke from the large factory unit on Baswich Industrial Estate.
Baswich Lane remains completely closed and a large cordon surrounds the location to protect the scene and to allow the emergency services to tackle the fire.
Colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service have taken two men to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. One, who is in his 60s has a back injury and was suffering from smoke inhalation. The other is a man in his 40s with serious burns.
Two women, one in her 40s, the other in her 50s were assessed for smoke inhalation and discharged at scene.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have brought the fire under control and are working to extinguish it as quickly as possible.
An investigation has been launched after a man was taken to hospital following a shooting in Handsworth this afternoon (30 Oct).
Emergency services were called to Holliday Road, at the junction with Marrowfat Lane, at 4.15pm after gun shots were fired outside an address.
The man was taken to a Birmingham hospital with a gunshot wound to the legs. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Detective Inspector Phil Asquith, from Force CID, said: “Detectives and local officers are currently at the scene as we launch a full inquiry into this afternoon’s events.
“Thankfully the man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening, however we obviously need to trace those who find it acceptable to carry and use a loaded firearms on the streets of the West Midlands.
“We urge anyone who was in the area and may have seen the crime, or anyone leaving the scene, to contact us as soon as they can.”
Police urge anyone with information to contact Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Holliday Road and surrounding streets are currently closed while police forensically examine the scene.
Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, responding to today’s report on protecting children from Ann Coffey MP said:
“The abuse or exploitation of any child is appalling and our hard working members do everything within their powers to stop this happening.
“However I think there has to be a degree of realism injected into the current debate on child protection as to exactly the difficulties police officers have to overcome when trying to bring matters before the courts.
“It is grossly unfair that both the organisation and our police officer members collectively are singled out and blamed by some for what is a failure of the whole system.
“We expect officers to build relationships with victims in the most difficult circumstances imaginable in a fraction of the time where often the education and social care system has failed to do so.
“Given we work in law enforcement, we then catapult these young, vulnerable...
Seven people have been jailed after holding two men hostage and threatening them with an arsenal of weapons, including an iron, a hammer, and knives.
Fateh Kashief Ahmed (12/12/66) of Alms Hill Road, Cheetham Hill
Shakoor Ahmed Butt (1/7/79) of Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill
Shazwan Ashraf (22/4/83) of Kelvin Grove, Cheetham Hill
Tariq Dhamial (19/7/60) of Glanford Avenue, Blackley
Ghulam Ali (29/1/81) of Heywood Street, Cheetham Hill
Abdul Zubair Qadus (7/7/81) of Bowker Street Salford and
Mohammed Khateer Ali (20/10/83) all pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment.
Today, Thursday 30th October 2014, Tariq Dhamial was sentenced at Manchester Crown Square Court to four years in prison for each count of false imprisonment, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Fateh Kashief Ahmed, Shakoor Ahmed Butt, Shazwan Ashraf, Ghulam Ali and Abdul Zubair Qadus were all sentenced to 32 months for each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Up to £100,000 in cash and quantities of cocaine have been seized by police in Tameside.
This morning, 30 October 2014, officers from the Tameside Organised Crime Team swooped on a number of addresses in the Dukinfield and Ashton-under-Lyne areas.
From properties in the Ashton and Stalybridge areas, officers seized large amounts of cocaine.
Split across the addresses, police also recovered up to £100,000 in cash.
A 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and a 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and all three remain in police custody for questioning.
Detective Constable Joe Harrop said: “These warrants follow an investigation into the supply of cocaine on our streets, and what we recovered shows it was clearly a lucrative criminal enterprise for all those involved. We have made three arrests and our inquiries will continue until we uncover...
Firefighters today responded to claims from government ministers that the pension proposals for firefighters are generous by reminding them that firefighters pay proportionally more than ministers for a pension.
It is also worth noting that a firefighter’s pension also grows far slower than that of government ministers and that the taxpayer contribution to government ministers’ pensions is significantly more generous than that of firefighters.
Firefighters across England will strike for four days from 6pm on Friday in a long running and bitter dispute about changes to pensions. The Fire Brigades Union argues that the proposals will leave many firefighters at risk of dismissal as their fitness declines as they age into their 50s.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “We have a government of millionaires who are wrecking the pensions of firefighters and other public sector workers while the real scandal is that their own pensions are by far the...
The Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt has written another open letter (28 October) to firefighters. The letter contains a number of misleading and faulty statements. We have therefore provided detailed answers to all points the minister has raised.
PM: I have this morning issued a Written Ministerial Statement to update the House of Commons on the pension reforms and laid the pension regulations in Parliament. I have been clear all along that my goal is to deliver the best deal possible for firefighters. As a new, incoming Fire Minister I have wanted to satisfy myself that the reformed pension scheme is both fair and sustainable and to have worked through your concerns myself. Pensions are complex, and the issues that have been raised by all parties have been considered methodically. Until recently it has not proved possible to give a final outline of the pension scheme, I can now set these out for you.
FBU: The minister has written previously to firefighters...