Birmingham man in court over kidnap and assault

A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with kidnap and sexual assault.

Jason Johnson, 25, of Raddlebarn Farm Drive, Selly Oak, is charged with attacking a woman in her 20s after meeting her on a dating website.

He appeared before Birmingham Magistrates and was ordered to attend a further hearing on 8 August.

West Midlands Police said the offences are alleged to have taken place in a Harborne car park on Friday 25 April.

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    News at 2pm 13:59: BBC WM

    Our top story is the murder investigation being launched after a body was found in a burnt out car in Erdington last night.

     
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    'Down to earth' 13:54:

    Joe Mace, 50, from Wolverhampton, said he had known Bob Jones for 50 years.

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    "A very good bloke has gone," he said.

    "He was articulate, friendly, simple. He wasn't stuck up even though he recently got elected to high office."

    West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Jones died on 1 July.

     
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    Black bows 13:38:

    Locomotive No.7 'Tom Rolt' at Tywyn Wharf has black bows tied on the front of it to mark the funeral of Bob Jones.

    Locomotive No.7 'Tom Rolt' at Tywyn Wharf

    Mr Jones was a member and supporter of Talyllyn Railway. His family ask those who wish to mark his death to make a donation to the charity.

     
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    'Popular man' 13:27:

    Paul Flint, 42, from Wolverhampton, is at the celebration for former Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones who died on 1 July.

    Mr Flint said he had known him for 10 years.

    "He was a very nice person, very personable, very easy to talk to," he said.

    "I saw him on various (Camra) trips and he was a very likable, very popular man."

     
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    Sewer collapse 13:18:

    Formans Road in Sparkhill, Birmingham, is closed in both directions at the A34 Stratford Road junction, because of a sewer collapse, BBC Travel News reports.

     
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    'Benefits Street' warning 13:17:

    James Turner Street in Birmingham had the spotlight shone on it when it appeared on Channel Four programme Benefits Street.

    Sign on a street in Southampton telling Love Productions not to film there

    The production company behind the programme, Love Productions, is filming in Southampton for a new series looking at immigration.

    It looks as though people in Southampton aren't keen though - this is one sign which has been placed warning camera crews not to film. BBC reporter Joanna Palmer tweets this photo on Derby Road in the city.

     
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    Coffin procession 13:07: Andrew Dawkins BBC News

    Bob Jones' coffin has been brought into Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

    Bob Jones' coffin
     
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    In the news 13:00: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    We'll have the latest local, national and international news headlines in the bulletin.

    Plus, we'll have the latest from our sports reporter Richard Wilford as Warwickshire hope to build on a sizeable score on day three of their County Championship match with Sussex. Listen live.

     
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    Guard of honour 12:50: Andrew Dawkins BBC News

    More than 800 people are expected at Wolverhampton Civic Hall this afternoon for a service to the police and crime commissioner Bob Jones.

    Friends of Bob Jones gathering outside Wolverhampton Civic Hall

    The coffin is due to arrive at 12:50 and I'm told there will be a police guard of honour. Friends, family and colleagues who knew Bob are wearing red.

    A private funeral will take place later this afternoon.

     
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    Body information appeal 12:40:

    Police want anyone with any information about the body found in a burnt out car in Erdington to get in touch.

    If you can help call police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

     
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    'Unusual crime' 12:34:

    A man remains in custody following the discovery of a body in a burnt out car.

    The identity of the person is yet to be established and a post mortem is due to take place, police say.

    Det Insp Warren Hines said it is the early stages of what is likely to be "a very complex investigation into an exceptionally unusual crime."

    "An arrest has been made and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this matter," he said.

     
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    Murder arrest 12:23: BREAKING NEWS

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was discovered in a burnt out car in Erdington last night.

    West Midlands Police say they were called out to Feltham Road at around 20:30 by a member of the public reporting a parked car on fire.

     
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    Heading to Wolverhampton 12:14: Andrew Dawkins BBC News

    I'm on my way to the service to celebrate the life of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones, that is happening in Wolverhampton later.

    Mr Jones, died "in his sleep" aged 59 earlier this month.

    Hundreds of people are expected to attend the service at the Civic Hall. They have been asked not to wear black but an item of red clothing by his family.

     
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    News headlines 11:58: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    The headlines at 12:00 on BBC WM:

    • A former care worker from Birmingham has appeared before magistrates charged with seven counts of sexual assault and one of rape
    • Hundreds of thousands of school support staff and local government workers are going on strike in September
    • People in part of Birmingham claim students are turning the area into a shanty town - with too many people living in houses and litter everywhere
     
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    Signalling problems 11:48:

    Due to signalling problems at Barnt Green, all trains between Birmingham and Worcester are not serving Bromsgrove, Network Midlands reports.

     
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    Flood scheme plans 11:36:

    A new flood scheme for Perry Barr and Witton is being proposed by the Environment Agency.

    Members of the public are being invited to attend two drop-in sessions next week.

    The proposal includes a localised low level wall construction and wall replacement through Witton.

     
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    Cricket commentary 11:25: Richard Wilford BBC WM Sport

    Another glorious morning at Horsham for day three of Sussex v Warwickshire.

    Sussex v Warwickshire - view from the press box

    Hear full commentary online now.

     
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    Bus sex assault 11:16:

    Police have released a photo of a man they would like to speak to after a woman was verbally abused and then sexually assaulted.

    Man police want to speak to

    The woman, in her late teens, was approached by a man on the number 243 bus during the afternoon of 30 April. He got off the bus in Cradley Heath.

     
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    In the news 10:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Another strike by school support staff and local government workers has been announced.

    Members of Unison will walk out on Tuesday the 30th of September over their ongoing row over pay. Hear that story and others in the news at 11:00. Listen live.

     
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    M6 lanes re-open 10:50:

    Highways Agency tweets: All lanes now open on #M6 sb btwn J3A and J3 due to an earlier accident. Thanks to @Highways_Agency Traffic Officers and @warkspolice.Delays

     
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    'Terrific legacy' 10:39:

    The widow of Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones says the service today is to say "thank you" to her husband who spent so much of his life helping others.

    Sarah Jones says: "He was very good at listening. And then following it up and trying to do something about it.

    "All the letters I've had, at least half of them say say 'Bob did so and so for me'. It's helped us. It's a terrific legacy to have - that you've managed to help people."

     
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    Inside a helicopter 10:28:

    Ever wondered what it looks like inside a police helicopter? NPAS Birmingham tweets this 360 photo of the cabin.

    Inside the West Midlands police helicopter
     
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    Neighbour's arson charge 10:17: Birmingham Mail

    Neighbour charged with arson following fire at Coseley flats.

     
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    M6 delays 10:11:

    Two lanes of the M6 Warwickshire are closed southbound between J3a M6 Toll and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident, BBC Travel News reports.

    Travel time is 60 minutes. Congestion to J4, M42 (Coleshill).

     
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    In the news 09:59: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Students say that claims they're turning some parts of Birmingham into ghettos aren't true.

    In the news at 10:00, we'll hear from a student living in Selly Oak who lives in a house with seven other people. Listen live.

     
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    Which sport? 09:58: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place in Glasgow later. To mark the occasion, and to have a giggle, BBC News has put together a short test to work out which sport best suits you. Answer the questionaire now.

    Commonwealth Games sports icons

    My closest matches are: Hockey - Rugby sevens and athletics (throwing).

    I did play hockey and throw shot put at school - though that was some time ago!

     
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    Teachers' 'Trojan Horse' review call 09:44:

    The council-commissioned review into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers say.

    Ian Kershaw's report

    Members of the National Association of Head Teachers said Peter Clarke's government-commissioned report into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of schools was more thorough.

    The two reports differed in their conclusions, although neither found evidence of extremism in the schools.

     
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    Cricket: Sussex v Warwickshire 09:30: BBC Sport
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    Council meeting 09:15:

    Birmingham City Council health and social care scrutiny panel meeting is live online from 10:00.

    The agenda includes an inquiry session on dementia.

     
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    Summer fun ideas 09:07: via Facebook

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    News headlines 08:57: Kevin Pashby Journalist, BBC WM

    I'm reading the news bulletins on BBC WM this morning. The headlines at 09:00:

    • There's calls for restrictions to be brought in to limit the number of people who can live in one property - over claims students are turning parts of Birmingham into shanty towns
    • A fourth man has appeared in court charged with murdering a man in Sparkbrook at the start of the month
    • US intelligence officials say they have no evidence of "direct" Russian involvement in the Malaysian jet crash over eastern Ukraine
     
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    Metro delays 08:53:

    The Metro tweets: Midland Metro running with minor delays due to a tram failure in Birmingham

     
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    Bob Jones memorial 08:50:

    Friends, and colleagues will gather in Wolverhampton today at a memorial service for the West Midlands police commissioner Bob Jones, who died earlier this month in his sleep.

    Bob Jones

    Hundreds are expected to attend today's celebration of his life at the city's Civic Hall.

     
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    Speedway: Wolves 44-46 Lakeside 08:40:

    Speedway, Wolves' hopes of making the play-offs in the Elite League took another turn for the worse with a 46-44 defeat at the hands of Lakeside at Monmore Green last night.

    Ricky Wells was Wolves' top scorer with 12 points.

    Team manager Peter Adams says Lakeside were lucky to win after two of his riders suffered bike problems.

     
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    Baton guard 08:33: Halesowen News

    A former Wolverley CE Secondary School pupil is guarding the Queen's Baton on its relay around Scotland as part of this year's Commonwealth Games.

    The baton arrives in Glasgow today.

     
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    Cannon Hill Park 08:30:

    BBC Local Live's Ed Barlow snapped this picture of "tropical Birmingham" while running through Cannon Hill Park this morning on his way to work.

    Cannon Hill Park

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    Slow traffic 08:20:

    BBC Travel News reports of delays of up to 40 minutes on the A456 eastbound in Halesowen between the B4183 Hagley Road junction and the B4043 Manor Lane junction.

    And in Birmingham there's slow traffic on the inbound A38(M) Aston Expressway and the A38 southbound and northbound around St Chads Queensway because of the tunnel closures.

     
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    Sparkbrook murder charge 08:13:

    A fourth man has appeared in court, charged with murder after a man was stabbed in Sparkbrook earlier this month.

    West Midlands Police say Sardar Khattak, 34, from Bordesley Green, has been remanded in prison.

    So far four men have been charged with the murder of Ullah Khan, who died from a stab wound to the neck as violence broke out between two groups of men on 2 July.

     
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    'Shanty town' claims 08:09: BBC WM

    People in a part of Birmingham claim students are turning the area into a shanty town - with too many people living in houses and litter everywhere.

    Residents in the Bournbrook district of Selly Oak say they're fed up with landlords turning properties into student accommodation.

    Hear more on this story on BBC WM.

     
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    Patchy low cloud will soon clear, to leave another mostly dry and fine day and it will become very warm or locally hot.

    Isolated heavy and thundery showers may move westwards across some southern parts in the afternoon. A high of 28C (82F).

     
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