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Police hunt youth after horrific attack on man.

A man who was stabbed several times in the back was found slumped unconscious in a Birmingham street.

Police are hunting a youth who staged the horrific attack on 19-year-old Tanvir Aktar which left him with a collapsed lung. Officers raced to Nansen Road in Alum Rock after shocked residents raised the alarm.

Mr Aktar, who lives in Alum Rock, was taken to Heartlands Hospital for emergency surgery and was said to be in a serious, but stable condition yesterday.

Det Sgt Steve Tonks, of Nechells police, said: "This was a vicious attack which was staged at 4.20pm on Sunday and appears to be one youth wounding another very badly."

Detectives are seeking an Asian youth, aged about 17, who fled from the scene.

Songs of praise

Sixties pop star Helen Shapiro is to visit Worcestershire to share her story of how she became a committed Christian.

Helen, who shot to stardom with hits such as Don't Treat Me Like a Child and Walkin' Back to Happiness, has developed into a respected jazz singer.

Now she is to visit Worcester to start a week-long series of Gospel Tent Meetings on September 26.

The gospel evening at the Ketch Field at the junction of the A38 with the A4440 and A422 will start at 6.45pm and tickets will be pounds 3 from Christian Bookshops across the Midlands.

The other meetings at 10am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm each day until October 2 will be free-oharge.

Happiness on tap

Water bosses are to set spend thousands of pounds on keeping Redditch residents happy and their supplies on tap - in a bid to fix a leaky underground pipe.

Severn Trent Water was heavily criticised by residents and business leaders who complained they had been given insufficient notice over the company's plans to cut off supplies to 11,200 homes in May.

Residents living in Mappleborough Green, Winyates East and West, Church Hill, Moons Moat, Park Farm, Washford and Matchborough, were affected by the leak to a main feeder pipe in Old Forge Drive.

A Severn Trent spokesman said: "We are preparing to bring in high-tech equipment which will allow residents to draw water from the taps and to ensure they are not affected by the repair work."

Clocking up the mileage

A group of Solihull pupils have taken the Silverstone race track in Northamptonshire by storm after clocking up an amazing 420 miles to the gallon in a home-made vehicle.

Team Ladder from Tudor Grange School notched up the figure during the Shell Mileage Marathon.

Despite the team's respectable effort, it was left in the shade by the winning vehicle designed by French team Microjoule. It achieved a staggering 8,428mpg.

ps Post Script

Salesman Jim Bourne has become a driving force in the motor trade - by selling a record 19 Porsches in June worth more than pounds 750,000.

The sales are a record for a month at the Porsche showrooms of Evans Halshaw at Hagley, near Stourbridge.

Mr Bourne, aged 26, who lives at Kidderminster, said: "I put my sales success down to the Porsche Boxster.

"Starting at around pounds 34,000 it is more affordable, so it is not surprising that 17 of the 19 cars I sold were Boxsters. The others were 911s."
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