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Man charged after pounds 7m drugs haul from car.

Ecstasy tablets, amphetamines and cocaine, with a street value of pounds 7million, have been seized by police in Stafford.

David Annesley (45), from the Whiston area of Liverpool, (all cor) was arrested by officers from the National Crime Squad as he drove in the town.

He appeared before Stafford magistrates yesterday charged with three counts of possessing drugs and three of possession with intent to supply.

He was remanded in custody until October 5.

A spokesman for the National Crime Squad said forensic tests were still being carried out on the substances found in the car.

Virus may have killed boy

A healthy five-year-old boy who died after collapsing in front of his parents may have been killed by a viral infection, a Walsall inquest heard.

Aaron Alexander, of Queen Mary Street, Palfrey, was certified dead at the Manor Hospital, after suffering a mystery illness on September 20.

Home Office pathologist Dr Christopher Allan said it appeared Aaron had died after contracting an "overwhelming" infection.

"Further tests need to be carried out before I can give a cause of death," he said.

The hearing was adjourned.

Bogus policeman con

An elderly Birmingham woman was conned out of pounds 70 when a bogus policeman and bank official called at her home claiming to be looking for counterfeit currency.

The 93-year-old woman from Hall Green handed over the cash to the men who promised to return it the next day.

Woman foils bag snatcher

A woman foiled a hooded handbag snatcher at Smethwick - minutes before another woman had a pounds 150 gold chain stolen in the same road.

Police were linking the thefts and were hunting two teenage men.

At 9.25pm on Saturday, a woman, aged 53, was at the junction of Shireland Road and Waterloo Road when a man grabbed her handbag. The woman was pushed to the ground and banged her head but she clung on to the bag and her attacker fled.

The chain snatch, five minutes later in Shireland Road, involved two men who robbed a 49-year-old woman.

Driver's crash agony

A man needed hospital treatment after two cars crashed in Walsall yesterday.

The man suffered head and chest injuries in the accident at 10.20am in Chester Road, Streetly.

Ram-raid at car showroom

Ram-raiders smashed the front window of a car showroom in Streetly after stealing three cars from inside the premises.

The cars, valued at pounds 30,000, were driven off from Millennium Car Sales in Chester Road shortly after 5am yesterday.

Two men arrested near the garage were being questioned by police.

The cars have not been recovered.

Pair escape after smash

Two people escaped through the back doors of a van after the vehicle was damaged in a collision with a Fiat car.

The front doors of the Ford Transit were jammed after the collision on the A515 at Yoxall, near Lichfield, yesterday. The occupants received minor injuries.

The car driver was also slightly hurt.


Lord Attenborough and actress Julie Walters will make a Hollywood-style mark on the largest cinema in Europe next month when work starts on the complex in Birmingham.

The two British film celebrities will be placing their hands in concrete on October 14, when they launch a special "walk of fame" at the 30-screen Warner Village Megaplex at Star City, Watson Road, Nechells.

The solid casts will later be turned into brass plaques which will form a walkway of 30 handprints leading up to the entrance of the cinema.

When the building is completed in the year 2001 it will have a seating capacity of more than 6,000 and a new film will start every 20 minutes making the cinema the biggest in Europe.

A Warner spokesman said: "The complex will bring world class facilities to Birmingham with a combination of technology, comfort and convenience. It will showcase some of the most innovative design features to be seen in any cinema in the world."

The cinema will be the showpiece of Star City, sited at Junction 6 of the M6.

Developed by Tarmac Richardson, Star City is one of the largest commercial leisure projects proposed in Europe.

ps Post Script

Growers displaying produce at a show hope to have notched up a world record.

The Three Counties Potatoes consortium put 422 varieties of potatoes on display at the Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire.

Its stand took the Best in Show title and adjudicators from the Guinness Book of Records believe it has set a world record for the number of varieties of potato on show at any one time.

Some of the potatoes had been saved from extinction by the consortium.
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