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Irish police urged to quiz IRA bomber Michael Hayes, Birmingham hearing told

Irish police have been asked to interview self-confessed IRA bomber Michael Hayes by lawyers acting for the Birmingham pub bombings inquests.

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Investigation after police shooting in Birmingham leaves man fighting for life

An investigation is under way into an armed police shooting which left a man in a critical condition.

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Man who stabbed bus passenger to death jailed for life

A man who knifed a bus passenger to death in an "uncontrolled and vicious" stabbing has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years.

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Boy, 16, arrested following blaze at block of flats

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a fire at a four-storey block of flats which left two residents suffering from the effects of smoke.

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Girl, 15, raped in rail station suffers second attack after flagging down help

A double manhunt is under way after a 15-year-old girl was raped by two different attackers, including a man she flagged down for help.

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Mother sentenced to a minimum of 16 years after murdering two-year-old daughter

A young mother who made a "sham" 999 call several hours after murdering her two-year-old daughter has been ordered to serve at least 16 years in jail.

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Refuse workers step up industrial action in row over jobs

Industrial action by refuse workers in a dispute over jobs is being escalated as the council involved in the row continues to clear a backlog of rubbish.

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Hopes of talks over Birmingham refuse workers walk-out amid rubbish backlog

Hopes have been raised that talks can be held to resolve a dispute over jobs among refuse workers which has led to a backlog of rubbish collections.

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Lap dance club facing crime probe after 'customers drugged and fleeced'

Strip club customers were allegedly drugged and fleeced of up to £93,000 and offered sex in camera-less rooms, according to a report.

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DIY SOS volunteers fall victim to thieves who break into vans and steal tools

Crooks have broken into vans used by TV's DIY SOS volunteer workforce while builders were tackling their latest life-changing project.

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MEP Bill Etheridge withdraws from Ukip leadership race

Ukip MEP Bill Etheridge has withdrawn his leadership bid - and urged "libertarian" candidates to unite against hard-liners using the party "as a vehicle for the views of the EDL and the BNP".

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Surgeon jailed over unnecessary breast operations is struck off

A surgeon jailed for carrying out unnecessary breast operations on 10 patients has been struck off.

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Jury begins deliberations in 'Three Musketeers' terror trial

The jury trying four men accused of plotting a Lee Rigby-style attack has been sent out to begin its deliberations.

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Finn the tiny tortoise is an internet hit after arrival at UK safari park

A tiny tortoise not much bigger than a 50p piece has hatched at West Midland Safari Park - and proved an instant hit on social media.

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Abandoned puppy Peanut looking for new home

A 10-week-old puppy found dumped in a box by the roadside is looking for a new home.

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Smiling killers who shot dead devoted father at traffic lights given life terms

Three smiling killers who gunned down a devoted father at point-blank range in a drive-by shooting have been jailed.

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Jailed surgeon Ian Paterson betrayed patients' best interests, tribunal hears

A surgeon jailed for 15 years for carrying out a raft of needless breast operations had betrayed the best interests of his patients, a medical tribunal has heard.

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Bus driver charged with killing eight-year-old and pensioner in Coventry crash

A bus driver has been charged with killing a pensioner and an eight-year-old passenger who died after a crash in Coventry city centre.

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Care home worker jailed after spraying aerosol can in 78-year-old woman's face

A care home worker who sprayed an aerosol can in the face of a 78-year-old woman with dementia has been handed a four-week jail term.

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Trio given suspended jail terms for racing at up to 134mph

Three drivers filmed racing at "manic" speeds of up to 134mph have been given suspended prison sentences and banned from the roads for 12 months.

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