Teenager charged with series of Birmingham robberies

A Birmingham teenager has been remanded in a youth offenders institute today (27 March) having appeared in court on suspicion of being involved in a series of robberies.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on Saturday (25 March) on Villa Road, Lozells, and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.

He appeared at Birmingham Youth Court this morning accused of involvement in multiple robberies since 31 January this year, including an attack at a flat in Wheely Lane, Hockley, in the early hours of Saturday (25 March) where occupants were assaulted and cash stolen.

He is next due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 24 April.

A 14-year-old schoolboy was also arrested on Villa Road on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Cadets get a taste of life in a different uniform

Forty police cadets were put through their paces by Army Sergeant Neil Seymour and his team, who ran an army training session at Leicestershire Police Headquarters on Saturday morning (25 March).

The session covered both mental and physical training, and aimed to give the cadets a taster of life in the army while demonstrating the level of fitness required from new applicants.

Sergeant Seymour led the event, and said: “It’s been a really productive morning, all of the cadets participated well and I hope they enjoyed themselves too.

“They worked against the clock to do a range of command and leadership exercises, helping them to quickly and efficiently solve tasks as a group. Then they moved on to the strenuous physical training activities, and it’s fair to say they gave everything.”

Volunteer Police Cadet Josh Stone, 14, participated in the event on Saturday and said: “The training was very physical and quite tiring; I gave it my best shot and had a great time.

“My favourite part was definitely the ‘gun run’, it was an obstacle exercise where we had to carry individual pieces of equipment along the length of the field, and crawl with it under a large army net. It was really fun.”

Parents were invited to stay and watch the event, which included a question and answer session with some of the recruitment soldiers.

Police Sergeant Paul Crewe organised the day, and said: “We feel very privileged to have had the army recruiting officers with us. The training was certainly tough, but the range of exercises and the teambuilding activities reflect the values and commitment that we encourage in the police cadets. The cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we will surely be inviting the army back for future training days.”

Applications to our Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme are only open for another five days, and will close this Friday (31 March), so if you’re interested, or know anyone that might be, please submit your application forms before this date.

All of the details, including the application form, can be found on our website.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News