Carlton Pollock jailed for killing friend Lance Gregory

Carlton Pollock Carlton Pollock was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court

A man has been given a 10 year prison sentence after killing a friend at a meeting to settle an argument.

Lance Gregory, 26, was found on the ground in Craig Croft, Chelmsley Wood, in the early hours of 11 November. He was stabbed once in the chest.

Carlton Pollock, 25, of Moorend Avenue, handed himself in to officers at Solihull police station.

He pleaded not guilty claiming he acted in self-defence but was found guilty of manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court.

Mr Gregory, who lived in Chelmsley Wood, was taken to Heartlands Hospital, where he later died.

Detectives investigating the attack said the pair had been drinking with other friends throughout the day and night of 10 November and had "a brief altercation" before arranging to meet again to resolve the disagreement.

Martin Lindop, from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Mr Gregory arrived unarmed, but Pollock arrived carrying a knife and stabbed the victim once in the chest and then ran off leaving the victim bleeding.

"Throughout this prosecution, Carlton Pollock has maintained his stance that he acted in self-defence, however, the jury at Birmingham Crown Court found this to be a lie and he was found guilty of the manslaughter of Lance Gregory."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Weather

Birmingham

14 °C 13 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    New home for The Heathens 12:28: Mike Taylor BBC WM Sport

    The Cradley Heathens are once again looking for a new home after being told that they will not be able to race at Monmore Green in Wolverhampton next season.

    The Heathens, who closed down after losing their own Dudley Wood track in 1995, were revived in 2010, racing mostly at Monmore Green while they looked for a site to build a new track of their own.

    However, no such site has yet been found, and now the owners of Monmore Green, Ladbrokes, have decided to allow only one night of speedway each week - Wolverhampton's traditional Monday slot.

     
  2.  
    Speedway: Cradley Heathens 12:15:

    The Cradley Heathens have been informed that they will no longer be able to continue using Monmore Green Stadium as their home track from next season.

    The club says in a statement on its website: "Cradley Heath Speedway acknowledge this is a worrying time for supporters and riders alike and the management will make every effort to make alternative plans for the Heathens to be able to continue racing in 2015."

     
  3.  
    A38 Selly Oak closed 12:05: Birmingham Mail

    The A38 Bristol Road was closed in both directions at the A4040 Oak Tree Lane (Selly Oak Triangle) junction.

     
  4.  
    'Nag the council' 11:48: BBC WM

    The man who's been appointed by the government to improve Birmingham Children's Services has told BBC WM he is having to "seriously nag the city council" to do more to show the city is a good place to work.

    Lord Warner says social workers should be coming into the city to work, to fill shortages.

     
  5.  
    Morning meeting 11:35: Hilary McConnell Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    We've had the morning meeting looking at some of the stories we're going to be featuring on the programme today.

    We're looking at what services Birmingham City Council could be cutting in their budget for 2015/2016. They have to save £150m but have prioritised spending on children's services, arts and museums over school catering and cleaning.

    Also, we're on shark watch - as Birmingham's sea life centre awaits the arrival of Albie a nursing shark who's being brought to the city as part of the breeding programme. They're a bit behind schedule as they've had a few problems catching Albie in his tank in Blackpool, but apparently he's now on the road!

     
  6.  
    Trott signs deal to 2017 11:18: BBC Sport

    Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has signed a new three-year contract with the county.

    Batsman Jonathan Trott

    Trott (pictured right) says: "Hopefully we can build on the success of this year by achieving greater success in the years to come."

     
  7.  
    Savings 'don't go far enough' 11:08: Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

    With government borrowing rising again and its debt-reduction programme well behind schedule, the squeeze on public spending will almost continue until the end of the decade.

    What makes it even more difficult is that the savings so far achieved represent mainly "the low-hanging fruit".

    The next ones will be harder to reach, with some economists already warning that the savings made so far do not go nearly far enough.

     
  8.  
    News on the hour 10:58: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    Shares in the supermarket chain, Tesco, are down by 6% after it announced a sharp drop in profits and sales.

    West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey is chair of the business committee and says the chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent, needed to step down. Hear more on this story and others in the news on BBC WM at 11:00.

     
  9.  
    'Agonising decisions' ahead 10:51: Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

    As Birmingham City Council struggles to find savings of £150m in the coming year, its Labour Leader Sir Albert Bore admits his proposal to prioritise spending on the Arts and Museums will be controversial at a time when other services, especially child protection, are under unprecedented pressure.

    Agonising decisions like this, far from going away, will be an increasing feature of the years ahead, whoever wins next year's general election.

     
  10.  
    Rowett favourite 10:37: Daz Hale BBC WM Sport

    Gary Rowett is now the bookies' overwhelming favourite for the vacancy at Birmingham City.

    Gary Rowett

    The Blues captain Paul Robinson says: "The most important thing is to pick up results. If a new manager comes in, he'll give us a boost and that's what we need now to move forward."

    Blues sought permission to speak to the Burton Albion boss earlier this week.

     
  11.  
    QE Hospital changes 10:27:

    The head of the NHS has outlined changes he wants to see at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England is demanding above inflation increases in funding.

    But with that extra cash he says health care can improve in the city.

     
  12.  
    Motorways 'safety risk' 10:15: Birmingham Post

    Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh says £360m schemes designed to ease congestion on very busy sections of West Midlands motorways are a safety risk.

     
  13.  
    Social services 'outrage' 10:06: Birmingham Mail

    Outrage as Birmingham social service workers make council funded trip to Chicago to make closer links with the University of Birmingham.

     
  14.  
    News on the hour 09:55: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    Birmingham Sea Life Centre will be welcoming a Nurse Shark to it's aquarium today.

    In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM we'll hear from the curator as Albie is being brought over from Blackpool as part of a breeding programme.

     
  15.  
    Bus service diversion 09:44:

    Network West Midlands tweets: Service 53 will have diversions in place today due to the closure of the Barclay Road, Bearwood. Further details here ow.ly/DcHS8

     
  16.  
    At Risk buildings 09:29: Amy Cole Reporter, Midlands Today

    Furnaces - believed to be where the famous Ironbridge was cast - have been put on the English Heritage At Risk register.

    The Coffin Works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

    English Heritage says Bedlam Furnaces in Ironbridge Gorge needs a roof to give it shelter from the weather and allow the structure to stabilise.

    The Coffin Works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter (pictured) have been taken off the list after being restored following years of campaigning.

     
  17.  
    'Tram failure' 09:16:

    Midland Metro tweets: Following a Tram failure- Midland Metro are now running a full 10 tram service from Bham to Priestfield, we apologise for any delays

     
  18.  
    From football to property 09:08: Express and Star

    He scored more than 200 goals for Wolves - but now club legend Steve Bull hopes to hit the back of the net with his first step into property investment. Read more online.

     
  19.  
    News on the hour 08:56: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    Arts, culture and sports are to remain a priority in Birmingham despite the city council's unprecedented level of funding cuts.

    In the news at 09:00 we'll hear from council leader Sir Albert Bore about why the cultural offering is so important. Listen live to BBC WM.

     
  20.  
    Happy Diwali! 08:44: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Indians across the world are celebrating the biggest Hindu festival, by lighting earthen lamps, bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets. You can see photos of the celebrations on BBC In Pictures.

    Widows light sparklers in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh October 21, 2014

    You can share your photos too - email, tweet or get in touch via Facebook.

     
  21.  
    Top headlines
     
  22.  
    Council saving plans 08:31:

    Pest control and school crossing services may be cut by Birmingham City Council under latest spending plans.

    Both are listed as low-priority in the authority's 2015/16 budget green paper.

    Arts and museums and the budget for Marketing Birmingham - which the council said attracts business to the city - are listed as high priority.

    It said child protection is its highest priority, and will see a funding increase after "years of underinvestment".

     
  23.  
    £150m council cuts 08:21:

    Birmingham City Council has announced £150m in spending cuts over the next year, but says it will continue its support of arts, culture and sports.

    Sir Albert Bore

    Services in the city have been ranked according to their priority to assist with the budget saving process.

    Council leaders say arts and culture are an important part of what puts Birmingham on the map as a great city in Europe.

     
  24.  
    M6 delays 08:10:

    There are delays and queuing traffic on the M6 southbound near Corley Services, because of an accident.

    BBC Travel reports that all lanes have been re-opened but travel time is about 30 minutes.

     
  25.  
    Showers likely 08:04: Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Some mist and murk to start with this morning on a mainly overcast and dull day where scattering of drizzly showers are likely on an otherwise dry day.

    BBC Midlands weather forecast Forecast for 16:00

    Breezy with slightly milder highs of 16C (61F).

     
  26.  
    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you'd like to comment on any of the updates we're featuring email or tweet @BBCWM.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.