Gunman in Birmingham?



An armed man is on the loose in Birmingham, police have warned.

The 21-year-old man is thought to be absent without leave from a military base in London and police believe he is carrying "at least one firearm".

The unnamed suspect, who is said to be a member of the Irish Guards, is thought to be in the Northfield area of the city.

Police have sealed off an area of the city and, according to reports, a road has been closed.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said a news conference would be held this morning in Birmingham in relation to the disappearance of a man who is thought to be armed.

A force spokesman said: "The man has gone missing and is believed to be in possession of a firearm.

"Police are concerned for his welfare and further details will be released at the press conference".
on a grassy knoll?


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Soldier Hunted After Rifle Theft

Police are hunting a 21-year-old Iraq War veteran after a military rifle was stolen from an Army barracks.

West Midlands Police said they were anxious to trace Lance Corporal James Piotrowski, a member of the Irish Guards based at London's Wellington Barracks.

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Hyde told a news conference in Birmingham: "It is very important that James is located as part of this investigation and I would call upon his friends to help us find him."

Mr Hyde said the joint operation with the Royal Military Police to locate the soldier had led to the arrest of two women and one man.

He said it was vital to locate the serviceman, who originates from Northfield, Birmingham, to ensure his welfare.

Describing Mr Piotrowski, Mr Hyde said: "Although his military service has been short, he has served his Queen and country bravely, including three months at the height of the Iraq War.

"Having succeeded in all his training courses, he was promoted very quickly in recognition of his skills and ability.

"James has a number of friends and colleagues from the Northfield area, many of whom will want to ensure his and the public's safety. It is very important that James is located as part of this investigation and I would call upon his friends who may know where he is, and who may be reluctant through misplaced loyalty, to help us.

"The best service you can do, as a friend, is to help us locate him.

"I would like to reassure the public that we are undertaking additional patrols within the Northfield area of the city and have undertaken a great deal of work during the night to try to find James."

I hope that they find him soon before he can harm either himself or others.

Lifted from the "Real Stories 1930hrs" thread.

Police have arrested a soldier who was thought to have gone absent without leave from the Irish Guards regiment in London.

Lance Corporal James Piotrowski was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

West Midlands Police said they were investigating an incident in which a military rifle was stolen from an Army barracks.

Two women and another man are being questioned in connection with the incident.

A force spokesman said: "Following a media appeal this morning, a 21-year-old man has been arrested. This is the man that police were seeking."

Lance Corp Piotrowski, 21, from the Northfield area of Birmingham, was arrested in the Dudley Road area this morning.

The soldier, who served three months in Iraq at the height of the war, has been described as a "brave and caring person".

Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Hyde had urged the soldier to come forward.

Police had posted extra patrols in the Northfield area.


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Looks like he's been found.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 November, 2004, 11:55 GMT

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Officers arrest missing soldier

Mr Piotrowski served in Iraq for three months
A solider has been arrested in Birmingham in connection with firearm offences, police have said.
It follows an appeal to find Irish Guard Lance Corporal James Piotrowski, from Northfield, Birmingham, who went missing with a firearm.

West Midlands Police said they arrested the 21-year-old on Tuesday morning.

Two women and a man have also been arrested on firearms offences in connection with the investigation

(c) the BBC
An Irish Guardsman... what are they doing recruiting Brummies???
One of their VC's was a Brummie, and my Father's Platoon Sergeant at Depot.
Surely not even the Monkeys could lose a guy once arrested? Maybe he told them where he was going but they just couldn't understand the accent?
Yorkie said:
An Irish Guardsman... what are they doing recruiting Brummies???
A large proportion of the Battalion is now made up of non-Irish. Selected recruiting areas include Brum, Liverpool and Manchester. 8)

With reference to the "armed Gunman" loose in Brimingham. He was not armed when on the run but had (subject to trial) stolen a firearm and hid it in bits around his house broken down. He handed himself in but escaped when at a medical to asses his condition.
You just got to love the press's ability to turn a story into life and death :?
or had he nicked it and then it had fallen to bit all on its own

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