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Porn videos and magazines seized in raid.

Police have seized pornographic videos and magazines worth pounds 25,000 as part of an operation to smash a national distribution network in the Midlands.

In the latest raid, code-named Operation Warstock, 200 videos and 600 magazines were recovered from a building in Queens Road, Nuneaton, after officers from Warwickshire and West Midlands Police executed search warrants yesterday morning. No one was arre sted.

The latest operation follows raids held last week on private address and shops in Digbeth, King's Heath, King's Norton, Stirchley and Edgbaston .

Police chief reprimanded

A second police superintendent has been reprimanded for neglect of duty by the West Midlands Chief Constable, Mr Edward Crew.

Supt Ian Drayton was warned at a discipline hearing over claims that the force's crime figures were fiddled.

The officer, who is in charge of operations at Steelhouse Lane police station, Birmingham, admitted the charge.

Last week Det Supt Malcolm Ross was reprimanded by Mr Crew when he admitted a neglect of duty charge over similar matters.

Star's tribute to friend

West Bromwich Albion star Lee Hughes paid tribute to his former schoolmate Neil Homer, killed in a crash with a police car, as he unveiled a plaque in memory of his friend.

The Baggies striker said he still could not believe Neil was dead, even though it was now three years since the tragedy. "We went to school together and remained friends," he said.

Neil, of Park Avenue, Oldbury, was 20 when the accident happened in December 1995. The plaque, erected near the scene of the tragedy, was unveiled on what would have been his 23rd birthday.

Fumes scare mystery

Tests have failed to establish the cause of a fumes scare at the headquarters of a Midland building society which left scores of workers needing hospital treatment.

Forty-eight people were taken to hospital and 1,300 employees were evacuated from the Birmingham Midshires Building Society in Pendeford, Wolverhampton, on Tuesday after poisonous fumes left staff suffering sickness and breathing problems.

Staff were allowed back to work yesterday after the four-storey building was given the all clear by the fire service and environmental health officers.

Thieves trick woman, 84

An 84-year-old Wolverhampton woman had pounds 25 stolen from her home after being distracted by a teenage boy. The boy appeared in her backyard saying he wanted to use the outside toilet.

The pensioner told him to leave and went to alert a neighbour. Minutes later she found a second teenager in her home in the Cannock Road area of the town.

Carry on quarrying call

Work at a Midland quarry will be extended if councillors agree to do a

U-turn over a tree protection order.

Tarmac Heavy Building Materials Ltd wants to fell trees to allow an extra 130,000 tonnes of sand and gravel to be dug from the Windmill Quarry close to the M54 at Essington, near Cannock.

Staffordshire County Council's planning and economic development committee is being recommended to give approval to provide an extra 12 months' employment at the quarry.

Tarmac offered to set up a land management scheme for the whole of the Mill Ride area if it was allowed to fell the trees.

Park and ride plans

Extra park and ride facilities are planned at Tamworth rail station to encourage more commuters to use public transport.

Talks are being held between Tamworth Borough Council and Central Trains Ltd aimed at setting up a partnership to plan improvements at the station.

"This partnership would have the aim of providing additional car and cycle parking for rail passengers, improving waiting facilities and making arrangements for a bus-rail interchange," said Staffordshire County Council's development services director Mr Adrian Murray.

Meanwhile, bus operator Arriva Midlands North Ltd is winning support for a new Sunday service launched for the benefit of travellers in the Pennine Way area of Tamworth.

Post Script

Couples looking to impress their friends are being offered the chance to learn how to throw the best dinner parties.

The course at Solihull College aims to teach people a wide range of cooking skills to produce delicacies such as bouquet of crab and avocado, grapefruit and strawberry omelette.

Two cooking workshops will start in the New Year - Candlelight Suppers and Tastes of the World.
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