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Telford sex abuse trial: Photos picked out 17 years later

Allen Cook

BBC News

A woman who was allegedly passed around a group of men for sex and abused as a schoolgirl and abused picked out five suspects at photo-based identification parades up to 17 years later, a court's heard.

The five defendants
Helen Tipper
Defendants (L-R) Nazam Akhtar, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Ali Sultan, Amjad Hussain and Shafiq Younas deny wrongdoing

On the fourth day of the trial in Birmingham, a police officer told the crown court the woman said the men she picked out were responsible for attacking her in about 2002 at locations in the Telford area.

A defence lawyer asked if any thought was given to the fact appearances could have been "a lot different" up to 17 years ago.

The officer said it was considered and the law "allows for us to use a current image, an older image or both sets of images".

All five men deny wrongdoing and the trial continues.

Fire at The Range 'happened during roof repair work'

BBC Shropshire

A fire in the roof of a homeware store in Shrewsbury appears to have happened while the roof was being repaired, the fire service said.

Fire engines at The Range

All staff and customers were evacuated when the blaze broke out after 11:00 at The Range on the Sundorne Retail Park.

Firefighters said, during the repair work, it appeared the substance being used by workers ignited.

They used their aerial ladder to check if the fire had spread further.

Warning issued over foggy roads

BBC News Travel

There's some thick fog around this morning, with motorists being advised to take care.

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