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.”

Clean-up week helped by 90 volunteers

Castle Vale face-lift

facelift for Castle Vale Stadium changing rooms

facelift for Castle Vale Stadium changing rooms

Around 90 people took part in twelve litter picks in a Castle Vale Clean-up campaign last week.
Residents joined young people from the local youth club, Greenwood Academy students and volunteers from CVCHA, the TRA, the Council’s Environmental Health team, CVCRS, nPower and local councillors.
As part of the project, the community gardens at the allotments got a special clean-up and the Castle Vale stadium changing rooms were painted.
The Clean-Up Week was organised by Castle Vale Neighbourhood Partnership Board.
Organiser Carla Belle said: “The aim of the week was to raise awareness around environmental issues such as dropping litter, dog-fouling and getting rid of waste as well as promoting the many different ways for the community to deal with and report issues.”

Volunteers and organisers from the Castle Vale Clean-up team

Volunteers and organisers from the Castle Vale Clean-up team

Dozens of firearms handed over in police amnesty

New law means life sentence for illegal firearms possession

A .44 revolver, WW2 pistols and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition have been handed in to West Midlands Police in the first few days of their firearms amnesty.

So far, 25 firearms have been handed over since 18th July.

A further three firearms have been picked up from the homes of elderly residents who could not make the journey to the police station.

The amnesty lasts until 2nd August.

The maximum sentence for illegal forearm possession was increased from 10 years to life, in a new law which came into effect on 14th July.

A police spokesperson said: “Past experience tells us there will be people in the West Midlands who, out of mis-guided loyalty, are storing guns for partners, relatives or friends. They are risking life behind bars, even if they have no intention of using the gun themselves…they need to contact us before it’s too late.”

Anyone given a prison sentence, including suspended sentences, of three months or more is now banned from possessing antique firearms which could previously be held as a “curiosity or ornament” with a relevant certificate.

Guns can be taken to any one of the 41 police stations across the West Midlands.



Summer Story and Activity Sessions at Castle Vale Library

Summer activity schedule

Throughout the summer holidays, Castle Vale Library will be hosting  a variety of children’s story and craft activities, as well as the Summer Reading Challenge.

“This year it is called Mythical Maze and our events will be fun-packed and filled with dragons, monsters, mermaids and so much more,” says librarian Liz Thomas.

The dates and times of the sessions are:

  •  Monday 28th July 2.30 -3.30 Dragon Stories and Craft session (age 4 years and over) Limited Places
  • Monday 4th Aug,
  • Tuesday 5th Aug and
  • Thursday 7th Aug 2.00-4.00 Colouring, Mazes and Activity Sheet Extravaganza, Drop-In Session. All ages welcome
  • Monday 11th August 11.30 -12.30 Lion Learners, with real live animals! (age 4 years and over) Limited Places
  • Thursday 21st August 2.15 -3.00 Under 5’s Story and Craft session (0-5 years) Limited Places
  • Thursday 28th August 2.30 -3.30 Story and Activity session –Grand Finale Limited Places

Places are limited, so booking is essential. Call in at  Castle Vale Library to book your place or telephone 0121 464 7335

Castle Vale Library: Sign up for the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge

Children’s reading challenge

 This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Mythical Maze, is organised by the Reading Agency and has been illustrated by award-winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a really fun way to encourage children to read throughout the long summer holiday, and for families to discover the wealth of activities libraries have to offer,” says  Castle Vale librarian Liz Thomas.

To get involved simply sign your child up at Castle Vale Library. To complete the challenge children need to read any six library books of their choice.

For each book they read children can either write or draw a review and will receive stickers and other fun prizes.

At the end of the summer, all children who have completed the challenge will be invited to Castle Vale Library to an Awards Ceremony to receive a special medal and certificate.

For further information contact Castle Vale Library 0121 464 7335.

Burnt-out car victim was female

The victim discovered in the burnt-out car in Erdington on Tuesday night was female, police have revealed.

A member of the public alerted police to the burning car in Fentham Road at around 8.30pm.

Shortly afterwards, a 34 year-old male was arrested in the vicinity.

Police have said that this could be a very complex case.


Teenage girl charged with assaulting five police officers

A 16 year-old girl from the Tyburn area of Birmingham has been charged with assaulting five police officers on 1st July.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been bailed to appear at Birmingham Youth Court next month.