Walmley humble high-fliers as Oli batters Berkswell


Oli smashes 64, and runs just six of them

Walmley Cricket Club scored a surprise victory against high-flying Berkswell in the top division of the Birmingham League today.

Bowlers Ray Cooper took four wickets and Greg Ricketts took three as Berkswell were skittled for 142, with former Warwickshire star Dominic Ostler out third ball for a duck.

In reply, hard-hitting Walmley batsman Oli Hairs smashed 64 from just 36 balls as Walmley reached their target for the loss of four wickets. Hairs had to run just six of his total – the rest came in boundaries, including 10 fours and 3 sixes.

Berkswell’s title chasing rivals, West Bromwich Dartmouth, beat Himley and opened up a 22-point gap at the top of the Premier Division.


On the run from Sudbury Prison for ten days

Adam Tyrone Murray

Adam Tyrone Murray

A Tyburn man who was serving a six and a half year sentence for robbery has been sent for trial for escaping from prison.

Adam Tyrone Murray, aged 27, of Hartwell Road in Erdington escaped from Sudbury Prison in Derbyshire earlier this month and was on the run for ten days.

He will face charges at Birmingham Crown Court next month.

Sudbury Prison has been at the centre of criticism in recent weeks. In addition to Murray’s escape, six other prisoners escaped from Sudbury in the space of seven days in June.

One of the men who escaped from Sudbury in June was Marcus Brotherson, aged 27, of Viscount Drive in Castle Vale. He was serving a four-and-a-half year sentence for breaking into the Hunter’s Moon pub and threatening staff.

Brotherson has since handed himself in to the police days after his escape. Jordan Hall, who was serving a sentence for grievous bodily harm, also handed himself in to police days after walking out of the prison.

Driver charged with dangerous, illegal and drunk driving in Castle Vale

A 22 year-old man has been sent for trial charged with driving dangerously and illegally in Castle Vale.

Curtis Levi Charles Garvey of Stechford is alleged to have driven a Fiat Punto dangerously on Yatesbury Avenue on 20th June while he had no licence or insurance, and while he had over twice the legal limit of alcohol in his breath.

He is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court to face the charges in November.



TK Maxx ban for threatening thief

A man has been banned from TK Maxx in Castle Vale after he pleaded guilty to a shoplifting offence and to using threatening behaviour.

Stephen Hamilton Bacchus, aged 45, of Faulkners Farm Drive in Erdington stole various items worth £45.96 from the store on 29th May,  and used threatening behaviour to another male.

He was ordered to appear at magistrates court next month for sentencing.

Four candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner

Election date: Thursday 21st August 2014

Four people have been nominated as candidates for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

  • David Charles Jamieson – Labour Party
  • Les Jones – Conservative Party
  • Ayoub Khan – Liberal Democrats
  • Keith Alexander Rowe – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on the day.

The election follows the death earlier this month of Bob Jones, who had held the post since 2012.

There were seven candidates at the election in November 2012. The four main political parties all fielded a candidate, and there were three independent candidates. This time there are no independent candidates.

Court appearance for man charged with Tia murder

Where was distinctive pink Audi from 6pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday evening, police ask

Tia Kounota: the 27 year-old was found dead in a burning car on Tuesday evening in Erdington

Tia Kounota: the 27 year-old was found dead in a burning car on Tuesday evening in Erdington

Damian Dinobewei, 34, appeared before magistrates today (Friday) charged with the murder of Tia Kounota, aged 27.

Her body was found in a burnt out pink Audi A3 car in Fentham Road Erdington, on Tuesday evening.
Dinobewei was remanded in custody until 29 July when he will appear at Birmingham Crown Court.
Police are hoping to learn more about the movements,  location and occupants of the bright pink Audi A3 in the early part of Tuesday evening.
From enquiries so far, the car was in the Rubery area of south Birmingham at 6.30pm, then it was driven into the city centre at 7.30pm and then into Erdington before it was discovered alight at 8.30pm.
 Anyone who may have seen the car between 6.00pm and 8.30pm is asked to contact force CID.
Detective Chief Inspector Warren Hines said: “This car is very distinctive as it was recently re-sprayed in a very bright pink; it is not a standard factory colour. It also has black alloys with five spokes which again is not standard for an Audi.
 “We know the convertible had its roof up when it was in Erdington but it is possible it may have been down earlier in the evening.”

Police charge 34 year-old with murder in Erdington burnt-out car case

Police seek witnesses to pink Audi before fire

A 34 year-old man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a woman in a burnt out pink Audi car in Fentham Road, Erdington on Tuesday evening.

Damian Dinobewei, unemployed, of Pershore Road, will appear before Birmingham magistrates tomorrow (Friday) morning.

The identity of the dead woman is yet to be established and a post mortem examination conducted earlier today proved inconclusive. Further tests will be carried out to determine a cause of death.

Detective Chief Inspector Warren Hines said: “I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw the pink Audi in the minutes and hours before it was found alight on Fentham Road.”