Here are the latest news headlines from BirminghamLive on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
It’s been a busy day in Birmingham. A man was caught on camera allegedly ‘smashing his way’ into a four-star city centre hotel. In another incident we reported police searching for wanted Lee Martin have arrested a 41-year-old man in Birmingham.
We have also reported how a serving police officer has been up at court after admitting an inappropriate relationship with a domestic abuse victim.
Catch up with the latest news below.
West Midlands Police confirmed an arrest was carried out just before 6pm tonight, September 14 in Ladywood
A Birmingham Police statement read: “Police searching for wanted Lee Martin have arrested a 41-year-old man in Ladywood within the last half an hour.
“The arrest followed a region-wide manhunt involving a large number of officers and widespread media and social media appeals.
“Crimestoppers increased their reward to £5000 today for information leading to an arrest.
“The 41-year-old will be taken into police custody for questioning.”
A man was caught on camera allegedly ‘smashing his way’ into four-star city centre hotel
A man, aged 39, and woman, 41, were taken into custody on suspicion of assault and criminal damage after the incident last Wednesday, September 8.
Footage has emerged of the moment a man appeared to ram doors at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, smashing the glass.
The posh Broad Street hotel has previously been used as a base for the Prime Minister during Tory party conferences.
West Midlands Police said a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage after they were called to the hotel at around 11.30pm.
A force spokeswoman said: “A 39-year-old man and woman aged 41 were arrested in Bridge Street, Birmingham, on suspicion of criminal damage and assault.
“Both have been released pending further enquiries.”
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Serving officer up at court
A serving West Midlands Police officer has been convicted of abusing his position after engaging in a relationship with a domestic abuse victim during the course of his duties.
PC James Ankrett admitted a charge of corrupt or other improper exercise of police powers at Wolverhampton Crown Court today (Sept 14) after he formed an inappropriate relationship with the woman in July 2017. The officer was charged in 2019 following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The force response officer was restricted from duties and has been working in a non-public facing role since the allegation was made. He is now being suspended from duties and will be sentenced during week commencing 18 October at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine said: “The actions of PC Ankrett have undermined the very essence of our force’s core value of protecting the public and helping those in need.
“He used his position to conduct a wholly inappropriate relationship and has significantly damaged the reputation of the force.
“He will now face an internal disciplinary process.”
Armed cops called as teens seen ‘armed with machetes’ in city park
Armed police were called to reports of teens armed with machetes in a city park.
The armed response team from West Midlands Police attended Ward End Park yesterday (September 13) at around 5.30pm.
However a spokesman for the force said they found ‘no trace of any one believed to be involved and we have not received any reports of any injuries’.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Our armed response officers attended the surrounding areas but there was no trace of any one believed to be involved and we have not received any reports of any injuries.
“No matter where you live in the West Midlands, knife crime is an issue which affects us all.
“We are playing our part in tackling knife crime, from operational activity aimed at reducing the number of knives on our streets to educational inputs in schools.
“We cannot do it alone – we need help from the community and parents in tackling knife crime. During the holidays we’re urging parents to speak to their children about the devastating impact of carrying knives. Our Life or Knife website provides guidance and help to anyone who can support us.”
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Heavily pregnant mum’s hell in Yardley council flat with ‘dead mice and a broken oven’
A heavily pregnant mum-of-three has hit out at the council after claims they left her family to live in a flat with ‘mice, mould and a broken oven’.
Hayley Wills says the rodents chew through ‘everything’ including school uniforms, the unborn baby’s clothes and the box for his cot as well as leave droppings on the sofa.
The 29-year-old, whose boys are ten, seven and two, found and pictured two dead mice behind her washing machine amid the problems at her Larch Walk flat, in Yardley.
The family moved into the two-bed flat as temporary accommodation in November 2018.
But she claims it took two years to get onto the bidding list with Birmingham city council, and she’s now bidding on properties weekly in the hope of escaping the ‘hellish’ temporary flat – which is one bed less than she’s now eligible for.
The mum told BirminghamLive: “The mice are everywhere [now]. I washed all the baby clothes, but I’m having to store things at my neighbours because the mice are destroying everything, they’re chewing through my children’s uniforms.
“My unborn baby’s cot is stored underneath my bed, they’ve chewed through the box. I could clean my living room, leave for the night, I’d go back in and take the cushions off and there’s mice poo under my cushions and my sofa.
“My youngest son, he picks up everything, he’s a toddler he puts everything in his mouth.
“I heard squeaking and when I looked, there were three dead mice stuck behind the washing machine. I’ve had to pull it out and where they’d been dead for a few days they had got maggots in,” said the mum, who is currently unemployed due to her ongoing health issues.
“I shouldn’t be here in three years, I should have had the support and the help that I needed. They’ve just put me in here and left me in here.”
“I’ve had enough of it now, I’m constantly cleaning the walls in the bedrooms. I’ve tried to make the flat look more homely, less clinical, more adequate for my kids to feel like it’s a home.
“They went to my mum’s in the six week holiday and when they came back they cried their eyes out because they just don’t want to be in this place no more – and I understand.
“I wake up every morning and I don’t want to get out of bed, I don’t want to get up and do nothing because there’s nothing I can do that will better this place.
“It’s affecting not only me, but my children, mentally, physically and medically.”
She is allegedly also still waiting for the council to fix the cooker, which she says has been broken for over a week. Cooking for her children has therefore been made difficult, with her now walking up to half an hour to her brother’s home to make their meals.
Hayley said: “I’m still waiting for someone to come and look at the cooker, it’s not just the mice.”
Birmingham City Council apologised for the ‘distress’ to Ms Wills and addressed the problems after BirminghamLive got in touch for a statement.
A spokesman for the council said: “We are very sorry for the distress that the mice at this property have caused the tenant. The property has now been inspected by a pest control officer and a treatment programme to control the current mouse infestation has begun.
“Regular bait monitoring will take place over the coming weeks until the current rodent issue has been eliminated.
“A programme of works has also been agreed with the tenant to repair or replace those items in the property which are defective or broken including the cooker.
“The only mould which the inspection found was behind the toilet which was minor and has been treated.”
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