Serious collision, A390 Callington

Police, ambulance and fire were called to a two-vehicle collision on the A390 at Callington at noon on Wednesday 5 July.

The head-on collision involved a Peugeot Boxer van and a Peugeot 206.

A 2-year-old child has sustained a potentially life-threatening head injury.

Air ambulance has taken the casualty to Derriford Hospital for initial treatment; the boy is expected to be transferred to Bristol hospital, along with his family.

The road remains closed to allow the Serious Collisions Unit to undertake scene investigation work. Vehicle recovery is expected to take place later this afternoon.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the police on [email protected] quoting log number 393 for the 5th of July.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Trio convicted over drive-by killing of Black Country dad

Three men have been convicted of carrying out a drive-by shooting in which a Black Country dad died in a hail of bullets.

Father-of-one Carl Campbell was ambushed as he sat in a car at traffic lights in Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, on 27 December last year.

(Carl Campbell)

Gunman Mohammed Humza, aged 19, fired five shots at the Ford Fiesta in which Mr Campbell was a passenger; one of the bullets ricocheted off the dashboard into the 33-year-old’s head and killed him instantly.

Humza (middle) was sped from the scene in a stolen Audi Q5 by getaway driver Vikesh Chauhan, aged 24, with co-conspirator Jaspal Rai in the front passenger seat.

They were seen by a witness laughing, smiling and appearing “quite happy with themselves” as they dumped the Audi across town in Kiniths Crescent.

However, West Midlands Police officers had already flooded the area having been alerted to the shooting over police airwaves − and both Humza and Chauhan (left) were arrested as they tried running out of the residential cul-de-sac.

Both men were detained within just 10 minutes of the killing, while 24-year-old Rai (right) was arrested by Belgian police on 8 January 24 hours after he skipped the UK in a failed bid to seek refuge on the Continent.

(Pictured L-R: Chauhan, Humza, Rai)

Two spent bullet cartridges fell from folds in Humza’s jacket as officers searched him in the street and another casing was later found in his pocket.

Humza was seen discarding items as he fled and an extensive search of gardens near the abandoned Audi uncovered a Smith & Wesson revolver, a sheathed knife and gloves.

Forensic tests on Humza’s jacket revealed high levels of gunshot residue, while his DNA was found on the knife and the black gloves − significant as a witness described the shooter wearing black gloves when they pulled the trigger.

Chauhan’s DNA was found on the driver’s door handle and steering wheel of the Audi, while Rai’s fingerprints were found in the car and his DNA on another glove found in nearby Dagger Lane.

Both claimed they had no idea Humza was armed with a loaded revolver and played no part in a murder conspiracy.

However, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court didn’t believe them and today 20 July Chauhan and Rai were found guilty of the joint enterprise murder alongside Humza, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

They will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court next Tuesday.

Lead investigating officer, Detective Inspector Jim Munro, said: “The motive for the killing is still not clear − but what we can say definitively is that together they intended to kill or cause really serious injury to Carl Campbell.

“Chauhan and Rai pleaded ignorance − but Humza would not just produce and use a loaded gun and shoot someone in front of people who were not in on the plan and whom he could not trust; he would be taking a huge risk to do so.

“He counted on their support and assistance…and that’s what he got. This was a joint venture between the three; the gun was in Humza’s hands but the others knew about it and that it was to be used to shoot and kill. In essence, they were all in joint possession of the gun on that fateful day.

“I am happy for the victim’s family that the jury has returned this verdict and hopefully they can take some comfort from the fact the killers will spend much of their lives behind bars.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Appeal: Help us trace liquid attacker who shouted “I’ve got acid” 

A man shouted “I’ve got acid” before squirting what’s thought to be cleaning fluid in the face of a drinker outside a Solihull pub.

Detectives have released clear CCTV images of the attacker who leapt from a car in Main Street, Dickens Heath, on Tuesday night before firing liquid from a bottle at a group of people outside The Chalice.

The substance hit one man in the face before the thug was driven away by an accomplice; the victim splashed water over his face and escaped unhurt.

Investigating officer PC Dave Spencer, from Solihull Police’s Investigation Team, urged anyone who recognises the man to get in touch.

He said: “Given the recent spate of acid attacks in London this was a hugely irresponsible act and very scary for the victim. The attacker shouted ‘I’ve got acid’ but we believe it was actually an ammonia-based cleaning fluid.

“The victim was wearing glasses which prevented the substance going into his eyes and he reacted quickly by picking up a dog bowl of water and throwing it over his face. He didn’t report feeling any burning sensation and was thankfully unhurt.

“It’s understood the attacker was in a car being driven anti-socially in Main Street and, when the group shouted for them to slow down, the pair jumped out and confronted them.

“We need to know who this man is and I’d urge anyone with information to contact me on the 101 number or call Crimestoppers anonymously.”

The attacker – who struck at around 8pm on Tuesday – was dressed in a blue T-shirt, beige shorts, shoes and with a ‘man bag’ across his shoulder; he has dark hair, a closely cropped beard and is believed to be in his 20s.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police have arrested a man suspected of driving the car, seized a vehicle and also recovered a bottle containing a clear liquid.

A 21-year-old man from Solihull has been charged with a public order offence and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 16 August.

Anyone who believes they recognise the attacker is asked to contact PC Spencer via 101 (ext: 891 3092) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

Man injured at St Nicholas Place underpass

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that happened in Leicester city centre earlier this morning (Thursday 20 July).

Shortly after 4am police were called to St Nicholas Place underpass following reports that a man had fallen onto the underpass.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was treated at the scene by ambulance crews and taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he is reported to be suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The southbound underpass was closed to enable an investigation of the area to be carried out, but has been reopened in the last few minutes.

The road closure inevitably caused delays for motorists and it will take some time yet for congestion to clear.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of the underpass and Vaughan Way around 4am this morning and who may have witnessed something.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quoting incident 80 of 20 July.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News