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LOCAL UPDATE: Firearms arrest in Erdington & PHE say ‘small number’ of Indian variant Covid cases in West Midlands

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A gun has been recovered and three people have been arrested after officers stopped a car in Slade Road, Erdington on Saturday at around 6pm.
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The car, with three people inside was stopped and searched, and a firearm was discovered on the back seat. Police armed firearms unit attended the scene to make the gun secure.  A teenager in the car, was also found to be in possession of a knife. All three were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.
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Public Health England says it is dealing with a 'small number of cases' of the Indian variant of Covid-19 across local authority areas in the West Midlands. They say most cases have a link to foreign travel but few appeared to have spread within local areas and teams were working hard to contain the new variant.
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A suspected explosive item found was found at Small Heath Railway Station on Sunday. Bomb disposal experts were called who identified it as a shell and removed it from the railway. The incident caused delays on local lines for hours.


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