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Brum Wrap: The five top news stories you may have missed today

Here are the latest news headlines from BirminghamLive on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Police in manhunt for ‘dangerous’ fugitive Lee Martin

A manhunt is continuing for wanted suspect Lee Martin following a spate of violent attacks.

Read more: ‘Mindless violence cannot go on’ – Police step up patrols after tragic city nightlife deaths

Martin was first sought in connection with the kidnap and stabbing of a woman in Solihull on September 5.

But police say the “armed and dangerous” 41-year-old is now wanted for questioning over a string of other crimes across the region.

Cops have urged caution, telling the public to stay vigilant but to not approach 41-year-old Martin, who is alleged to have rammed traffic officers in a bid to evade justice.

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Lee Martin

Police swoop on cars and seize weapons, drugs and cash during gangs clampdown

Police swooped on cars during a clampdown on criminal gangs – and recovered weapons and drugs.

Cops flooded parts of the city to disrupt anyone with suspected links to organised crime groups and urban street gangs.

The operation involved visible officers and spotters monitoring the streets into the early hours in unmarked cars.

Police says there were no reported firearms discharges during the 12-day operation and officers made 15 arrests, with offences ranging from possession of weapons to supplying drugs.

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Tragic mum behind bleed kits reacts as lives of two knife victims saved

Brum Wrap: The five top news stories you may have missed today
Campaigner Lynne Baird with the anti-bleed kit

A mum of a fatal Digbeth stabbing victim says Birmingham knife crime is “out of control” after her foundation’s bleed kits saved two lives on Saturday (September 11).

Lynne Baird’s world came crashing down on July 8, 2017 when her son Daniel, 26, was fatally stabbed outside The Forge Tavern.

A friend drove him to nearby Heartlands Hospital, but his mum believes her son was already dead on arrival.

Afraid of history repeating itself, Lynne set up the Daniel Baird Foundation (DBF) and began issuing bleed control kits around the UK – equipment which she believes would have saved his life.

On Saturday, September 11, they were used on two men who were stabbed at a private party at Bambu nightclub. Their lives were saved.

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West Midlands Police hit by 60,000 cyber attacks

West Midlands Police has been targeted by more than 60,000 cyber attacks in just one year.

And the force is now spending £147,000 annually to counter the online crooks who can send phishing emails and ransonware programmes to hack into computer systems.

New figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have revealed cyber crime cost the UK more than £1.3billion in the first seven months of 2021.

Individuals as well as businesses, councils and even the NHS have previously fallen victim to criminals who attempt to steal bank details or sensitive information.

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X Factor star banned from Birmingham’s Broad Street after being carted off by police

An X Factor star was banned from Broad Street – after being carted off by West Midlands Police outside a Birmingham nightclub.

Brum Wrap: The five top news stories you may have missed today

Bradley Hunt alleges he was attacked for being gay, and says he became frustrated with WMP cops when he tried to report it.

He admitted to flinging a bottle of strawberry-flavoured volvic towards the nightclub’s sign outside Rosie’s on Broad Street in Birmingham.

Bradley said: “Obviously I was drunk, and I did retaliate. But throwing a bottle of water at the club sign is a small gesture considering the constant abuse I get.”

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