A security guard and a 60-year-old man were both shot by an armed gang during a terrifying bank raid in Birmingham.

The security worker was blasted in the foot after being dragged from the Lloyds TSB bank in Walsall Road, Great Barr, West Midlands Police said.

The second victim, a member of the public, was shot in the leg, but neither man was said to have life-threatening injuries.


Millionaire architect Michael Morton has been jailed for seven years at the Old Bailey for killing his estranged wife who disappeared without trace eight years ago.

Her body has never been found.

Morton, 67, showed no emotion as he was led to the cells - taking with him the secret of how 40-year-old Gracia died - and where he disposed of her remains.

He was cleared of murdering his talented Argentinian violinist wife but convicted of her manslaughter after a retrial. The first jury was unable to agree on a verdict.


The leader of Birmingham City Council has called on the Government to make clear what funds would be made available to help residents whose homes were damaged in last week's tornado.

Mike Whitby said he had spoken to Local Government Minister Phil Woolas over the weekend and stressed the need for urgent action.

Around 150 people, including 50 children, remain in emergency accommodation following the freak twister, which hit the south of the city on Thursday afternoon.

Many more are thought to have been staying with friends and family.

Residents have criticised the council for a lack of information about the situation and the speed at which they are being allowing back into their homes.


The lead singer of Birmingham pop sensation Duran Duran is to return to sea this week to compete in a race in which he was almost killed 20 years ago when his yacht capsized.

Simon Le Bon will once again compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race with 20 of the original crew that escaped death when his yacht, Drum, capsized in bad weather off the coast of Falmouth while competing in the 1985 race.

During the dramatic race two decades ago, Drum lost its keel and capsized, trapping the singer and other crew members inside the hull for 40 minutes.

Now, Le Bon is being reunited on Friday for a celebration dinner with all but one of the original crew, before they set off on the race once again this Sunday from Cowes, Isle of Wight.

More on these stories in Tuesday's Birmingham Post