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Brave Police officer head-butted by man carrying loaded handgun

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A police officer was head-butted during a routine operation in Birmingham yesterday evening by a man who was later found to have a loaded handgun inside his bag.

It happened at the Newtown Shopping Centre at around 5pm on Tuesday (16 February) during an intelligence-led crackdown on drug dealing in the area, in response to local concerns.

When uniformed officers asked the 19-year-old to stop outside William Hill bookmakers, he quickly jumped on his bike and cycled away.

But he was challenged by other officers, dressed in plain-clothes, who were approaching from the opposite direction.

A struggle ensued and the teenager was handcuffed on the floor.

Despite being restrained and taken to a van, he tried to get away for a second time and head-butted a sergeant in his bid to escape.

He was arrested for assaulting a police officer in the execution of their duty and a subsequent search uncovered a handgun concealed inside his bag.

When specialists from West Midlands Police’s Firearms Unit examined the weapon, they found it was loaded with four rounds of live ammunition.

The man remains in custody today, where he is being questioned on suspicion of firearms and drugs offences, as well as assaulting a police officer.

The 32-year-old officer who was injured during the arrest suffered swelling to his eye, but did not go to hospital and continued with his tour of duty.

The weapon will be forensically examined by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) in due course to see if it is linked to any offences across the region.

Chief Inspector Chris Mallett, from Birmingham Police, said: “This was an absolutely fantastic arrest of someone who is clearly a very dangerous individual.

“Anyone who walks around with a loaded hand gun in their bag poses a potentially deadly risk to everyone in society and I’m glad we’ve been able to take it off the streets.

“Gun crime is the big talking point at the moment because of the devastation it’s caused over recent months and I want the public to know we are taking robust action to end the violence.”

Chief Insp. Mallett added: “Considering the lethal weapon this man had in his bag at the time of his arrest, the police officer who was injured was lucky to have only suffered a black eye.

“None of the officers involved could have known the extent of the danger they were in at the time and events like these show the risks police face on a daily basis.”

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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