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Brumwrap: Runaway bin lorry; club’s licence suspended; decoder gang jailed

Here are the latest news headlines from BirminghamLive on the evening of Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Watch hair-raising moment runaway bin lorry misses dog walker by inches

A dashcam captured the terrifying moment a driverless, runaway bin lorry hurtled down a busy Birmingham street.

Rolling through oncoming traffic, a dog-walker only realises the danger at the last moment, jumping out of the way as the out of control truck smashes through a wall.

The incredible footage caught on a dashcam by Victoria Williams shows a refuse truck, with no driver on board, speeding down Jockey Road in Sutton Coldfield, forcing motorists to reverse.

The bin lorry crashed through a wall in Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield, causing damaging to two parked cars but narrowly avoided a pedestrian

The incident took place shortly before 8am on Wednesday (September 15) after Victoria had dropped her children off at school and was heading down Jockey Road towards Boldmere, while on her way to work.

Driving in her Mercedes A Class, the 38-year-old was following a blue Corsa over the railway bridge before heading towards a bend, around which the drama unfolds.

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Black Country gang jailed for 25 years after using ‘decoder’ device to steal items worth £416k

A Black Country gang which used a ‘decoder’ device to steal vehicles that they used in a spate of burglaries has been locked up for a combined 25 years.

The five-strong group stole more than £416,000 worth of cars and property after targeting Ford vehicles and taking them without the keys by interfering with the software.

The stolen cars were then used on false or cloned number plates to carry out a number of burglaries at commercial premises.

Brumwrap: Runaway bin lorry; club's licence suspended; decoder gang jailed
Clockwise from top left: Anthony McDonagh, Mitchell Baker, Liam Baker, Sundeep Dyail and Ashley Poultney

Just over £416,000 worth of cars and property were stolen by the gang in the Black Country between June and October 2017.

Detectives from West Midlands Police ‘s high harm team were able to link to gang to 23 vehicle thefts and 12 burglaries, they also caused significant damage to commercial premises as they forced their way into them.

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Big surge in demand for Birmingham properties is hiking up rent charges

A surge in demand for rental properties in Birmingham has seen monthly rents rise by more than three per cent in a year, according to a new Zoopla report.

Its latest Rental Report shows that renters in Birmingham are paying an average of £722 a month for a home – up 3.3 per cent compared with last year.

And across the West Midlands, the report reveals that monthly rents rose by four cent between July 2020 and July 2021 – taking the average monthly rent to £716.

Gráinne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla, said competition for rental homes is fierce at a national level, with properties letting almost a week faster compared with last year.

She said the steep increase has been driven by renters returning to cities, but the rise in tenant demand has not been met by an increase in the number of homes to rent, forcing rents higher.

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‘A waste of money’ – Bungling council now fines itself 834 times for driving in Clean Air Zone

More than 800 fines have been issued by the city council to itself for not paying Clean Air Zone charges – with £13,000 paid so far.

Birmingham City Council has revealed it has now issued itself 834 penalty charge notices (PCNs) since the start of charging for the Clean Air Zone (CAZ ) on June 14.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service reported in July the council had fined itself 82 times for non-payment of the £8 or £50-per-day charge.

Brumwrap: Runaway bin lorry; club's licence suspended; decoder gang jailed

The city council gave the figure in response to a written question from Cllr Simon Morrall (Con, Frankley Great Park) ahead of yesterday’s full council meeting (Sept 14).

The council was not able to give the number of charges paid on time by the council – only instances where a fine was issued.

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Bambu nightclub’s licence suspended after alleged stabbings in ‘ferocious’ fight

A Birmingham city centre nightclub has had its licence suspended after two people were reportedly stabbed during a “large fight” at the weekend.

West Midlands Police had called for an urgent licence review hearing after the incident which it described as a “major disorder” at Bambu in Wrottesley Street in the early hours of September 11.

A Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee today (Sept 15) heard the police are unsatisfied with the running of the premises in the wake of the “serious” incident.

Google Street View image of the entrance to Bambu nightclub
Google Street View image of the entrance to Bambu nightclub

The victims were both male – with one suffering stab wounds to the right shoulder and hand and the other having been reportedly stabbed in the right hip.

The meeting heard two knives were recovered from the scene – one outside the premises discarded in a drain and the other was recovered near to the dance floor upstairs.

It was also heard there was a “large amount of blood” inside the premises and a first aid kit appeared to have been used to treat the stabbing victims.

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