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Thu, 30 Sep 2021 08:53:11 +0000
A busy stretch of the M6 is closed after a lorry overturned on the motorway.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 07:30:10 +0000
The benefits of offering a second jab to 12 to 17-year-olds outweigh the risks, researchers have claimed.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 06:17:00 +0000
Art exhibition at Wolverhampton record shop
An artist and David Bowie fan, from Wolverhampton, is planning to stage a pop-up exhibition at Stay Loose Records in the city on October 2.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:14:00 +0000
Golf day helps fund air ambulance charity
A day of golf has helped raise nearly £30,000 for the region’s air ambulance charity.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:11:00 +0000
Oldbury gardener lands national award
Everything in Dennis Amos’s garden is blooming wonderful and the owner has now netted a national award for being the best in the country.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:08:00 +0000
Recovery for all the theme of art exhibition
An art exhibition has been helping to showcase the work of people in recovery from different forms of addiction.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:04:30 +0000
Councillor accused of moving to seaside town
A long-standing Labour councillor has been accused of trying to represent Walsall from "beside the seaside" after claims she had moved to Great Yarmouth.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:04:00 +0000
Schoolchildren urged to get tested
Secondary schools in the region are being hit by some of their highest Covid-19 rates yet with mobile testing units moving to some sites to curb the spread.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:03:30 +0000
Murder accused was afraid of alleged victim, jury told
A man on trial for the manslaughter of a disabled man told the jury he was "scared" of his alleged victim.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:03:00 +0000
Blood bike volunteer celebrates 1,000 shifts
A Sandwell blood bike volunteer is celebrating 1,000 shifts of transporting much-needed medical goods to Midlands patients on his motorbike.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:02:30 +0000
Blue plaque to mark life of Tipton nurse and author
A blue plaque has been unveiled to mark the life of Tipton district nurse and author Edith Cotterill in the presence of two of her relatives.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:02:00 +0000
A healthcare-at-home provider that operates in the West Midlands is creating 5,000 new jobs across the UK.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:02:00 +0000
City office block almost fully let
A new city office block that hosts a Government department is almost fully let after one of the UK's largest pension funds signed a deal to take over two floors.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:01:30 +0000
Firms to help council draft business strategy
The leader of a crisis-stricken council has pledged to draft a new business strategy in a bid to spark job creation in a borough.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:01:00 +0000
Staffordshire golfers tee off to help charity
Golfers teed off to success during a charity fundraising day for a care centre which provides support for adults with learning difficulties as well as day opportunities.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:00:00 +0000
School pupils pick up honours in art competition
A primary school has been declared the winner of an arts competition for pupils' depictions of a church.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:00:00 +0000
Having spent a chunk of the past 18 months talking to a rather disinterested electorate over Zoom, this year's Labour conference was Sir Keir Starmer's big chance to try and get his message through.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 18:25:35 +0000
A pile of rubbish including wooden pallets, plaster, wallpaper and paste was dumped by fly-tippers on an area popular with walkers.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:40:09 +0000
The video platform is expanding its policy on not allowing videos containing Covid-19 vaccine misinformation to all approved jabs.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:39:10 +0000
Starmer takes aim at ‘trickster’ Johnson
The Labour leader said the party had to address the issue of how it had failed to defeat the ‘inadequate’ Prime Minister in 2019.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:32:11 +0000
Kettering, Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf continue to record the highest rates.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:23:09 +0000
The long awaited film will finally be released on Thursday.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:20:21 +0000
Domestic abuse reports rise by 23 per cent
Hundreds of new reports of abuse are being received by police each year in Walsall as domestic violence rises in the town.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:16:18 +0000
Woman 'raped by up to four men at strip club'
A city centre strip club has had its licence suspended following the alleged rape of a woman involving up to four men.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:01:10 +0000
Ice rink and market planned at winter wonderland
A park in Staffordshire will be transformed into a winter wonderland with an ice rink and Bavarian-style market on offer.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:53:23 +0000
A flagship vaccination site is celebrating the delivery of its 150,000th COVID-19 jab.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:23:17 +0000
The hunt is on for a developer to transform a former industrial site in Wolverhampton city centre into an area featuring 1,000 homes, shops and businesses.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:17:11 +0000
Chinese city kills cats after positive Covid tests
A community worker tested the cats after the owner tested positive and went into isolation.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:11:10 +0000
Trial of man accused of wife’s murder adjourned
The case had been due to begin this autumn but it was adjourned for a further six months at the latest hearing.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:07:10 +0000
Private bidders have until weekend to make up minds.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:02:11 +0000
What we learned during Labour leader’s address in Brighton
Here is what we learned during the Labour leader’s address in Brighton.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:59:11 +0000
Tributes to 'loving boyfriend' killed in crash
The family of a driver killed in a crash have paid tribute to a "funny, energetic and caring" young man.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:58:10 +0000
Attack 'played negligible role' in victim's death
An attack on an alleged murder victim in a park only played a "negligible" part in the man's death, a court has been told.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:34:11 +0000
Sharna Walker, 25, heard she could face jail after admitting racially aggravated common assault and criminal damage.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:09:22 +0000
A further five coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the region's hospitals, in the latest figures released by NHS England.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:09:11 +0000
Petrol station boss explains increased fuel price
The owner of a Black Country petrol station has said an increase in fuel prices was down to a higher delivery charge.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 14:38:00 +0000
A massive multi-million-pound Government investment to create a new transport gateway in Sutton can kickstart the masterplan to revive the town centre, say local leaders.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 14:03:10 +0000
Woman fined after rubbish is dumped by remover
A woman from Smethwick who paid an unlicensed waste carrier to take away bags of rubbish which were later dumped has been fined £400.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:47:12 +0000
Doctor surgeries have faced pressure like never before because of the Covid pandemic.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:21:10 +0000
The retailer said businesses will be hit by the ‘looming skills crisis’ unless ministers relax the immigration rules.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:15:16 +0000
Frasers said that just over 15% of shareholder votes were cast against the pay deal despite criticism from advisory groups.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:09:20 +0000
The brothers of a man with cerebral palsy are running the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday (October 3) to raise money for a national disabled charity and awareness of the condition.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:39:11 +0000
Wayne Couzens accused her of breaking the Covid-19 lockdown, a prosecutor said.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:33:48 +0000
Myth of statue's oh sower painful encounter with Sir Mick
Come on people of Cannock, when are you going to apologise to Sir Mick Jagger?

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:17:12 +0000
Warning over fake Covid-19 pass scam
People have been called on to be vigilant over fake emails, texts and phone calls inviting them to apply for a Covid-19 pass.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:08:11 +0000
Teenager arrested after man is hit by car
A pedestrian needed his heart restarted after being hit by a car in Great Barr.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:04:18 +0000
Calls for sites to be dropped from housing plan
Dozens of angry residents vented their feelings against plans to build hundreds of homes on greenbelt land as part of the Black Country Plan.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:02:12 +0000
Decision on caravan site changes delayed
Councillors have delayed their decision on proposed changes to a residential caravan site so they can visit to check the rest of the development is being carried out in line with approved plans.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:59:12 +0000
Councillors needed for vacancies across region
If you’ve ever fancied being a local councillor, now could be your chance.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:57:38 +0000
Action plan being made to revamp bus services
Plans to improve bus services across Staffordshire are being developed by transport operators and the county council.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:54:22 +0000
'Greed' criticised amid rising petrol prices
Drivers were left facing rising prices as the fuel shortage crisis continued across the region, with some wholesalers criticised for "pure opportunist greed".

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:47:12 +0000
Covid memorial plans for borough unveiled
Memorial woodlands and an online book of residents’ recollections are two of the ways the coronavirus pandemic will be marked in Staffordshire.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:40:11 +0000
The RAC said average prices may hit 143p per litre for petrol and 145p per litre for diesel in the next few weeks.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:33:21 +0000
Disabled school transport 'can be pretty awful'
Transport for disabled children in Sandwell can be ‘pretty awful’ and needs to be improved, a mother and councillor has said.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:27:29 +0000
M&S loss triggered drop in centre value
The loss of the flagship Marks and Spencer store saw the value of a Walsall Council-owned shopping centre plummet, auditors have revealed.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:17:15 +0000
Emergency police hubs to go in estates shake-up
West Midlands Police is set to cut the number of emergency response hubs operating across the region under money-saving plans.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:07:10 +0000
Next warns over price hikes and Christmas staff shortages
The fashion giant said the lorry driver crisis and warehousing staff shortages may affect its delivery service over the peak festive season.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 09:35:15 +0000
Rainbow wreaths prove a hit for LGBT social group
A social group has brought a touch of colour to a shopping centre as it hosted its first face-to-face activity class since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 07:11:13 +0000
Report urged officials to prioritise certain projects.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 07:11:10 +0000
Government launches hospitality council
The group contains industry leaders including the bosses of Nando’s, Greene King and Starbucks.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 05:05:30 +0000
£50 million plea for new officers to fight surging crime
A police chief has demanded more than £50 million in new funding to enable his force to boost officer numbers and stave off a budget crisis.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 05:05:00 +0000
Police struggle to deal with record demand levels
West Midlands Police is now dealing with more 999 calls than non-emergency calls as it continues to struggle with record levels of demand.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 05:04:20 +0000
Controversial green belt plans to come under scrutiny
A key public meeting is set to take place next week over controversial plans to hand over green belt land for thousands of homes.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 05:04:00 +0000
Youth violence hits highest level in years
Youth violence hit its highest level in the West Midlands for years after nearly 800 incidents were recorded in just one month.

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 05:03:00 +0000
Call for cost of gun ownership to be increased
The Home Office has been urged to give police more control over firearms licensing amid claims forces were "subsidising gun ownership".

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 20:02:16 +0000
Family of man killed in e-scooter crash call for mandatory helmets
"I think about him all the time – we spent every day with each other, literally, we were inseparable. He was my best friend."

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 18:41:13 +0000
Town centre Poundland branch closing down
Poundland is closing its town centre store in Stourbridge after its lease came to an end, bosses have confirmed.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:30:37 +0000
Hay! Event debut is success
Unusual characters appeared in Coven during the weekend and took their place in the first ever Scarecrow Festival to be held in the village.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:19:18 +0000
Pupils serve up tea and cake for cancer charity
Big-hearted schoolchildren served up a cuppa and cake to a mayor and mayoress at their Macmillan coffee morning and afternoon tea, raising more than £400 for the cancer charity.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 16:52:22 +0000
A school rated "good" across the board by Ofsted wants to provide "the very best education" for its children inspectors have found.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 15:49:12 +0000
Motorcyclist hospitalised after collision with car
A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a car at a junction.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 15:08:16 +0000
Autistic teen's delight at special trike
A severely autistic teenager and his mum are celebrating being able to spend time outside safely on a brand new, specially adapted trike.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:59:10 +0000
Morrisons workers win legal battle in pay fight
A judge said shop floor and warehouse positions should be considered similar as part of a case brought by staff for higher wages.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:50:18 +0000
Vow after police chief mocked for attending Pride
A police chief has insisted his force will "actively advance" equality and diversity under his watch after he was mocked for attending the Birmingham Pride celebrations.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:40:17 +0000
A 'talented' apprentice electrician at Sandwell Council has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:35:12 +0000
Mother died while waiting to speak to GP
The heartbroken daughter of a woman who died after waiting to talk to her GP surgery is determined to discover what caused her death.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:12:11 +0000
Ministers deny PM too slow acting in fuel crisis
Troops have been put on standby to drive petrol tankers as filling stations continue to run dry.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:08:11 +0000
Man dies after cardiac arrest at park
A man has died after suffering a cardiac arrest while in a park in Stourport, despite attempts to save him.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 13:27:17 +0000
Fuel crisis: Top driving tips to save petrol as pumps run dry
Running low? The fuel crisis has offered us all a reminder of just how we take filling up the car for granted.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 13:17:26 +0000
Rural areas of the West Midlands are suffering a new wave of cases – while rates in more densely populated towns and cities appear to be falling away.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:55:21 +0000
Police admit shortcomings in case of woman who died
Police chiefs have apologised and admitted they "could have performed better" in the case of a woman who took her own life after a dispute with neighbours.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:46:16 +0000
West Midlands Police set to introduce gender-neutral hats
West Midlands Police is set to bring in 'gender-neutral' hats in the first major change to its uniform in decades.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:43:10 +0000
Snowdome served with notice to ‘manage’ collision risk
Louis Watkiss, who was 12, died following an incident at the SnowDome on Friday.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:32:23 +0000
Dad to take on marathon in aid of children's hospital
A dad is taking on the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday to raise money in the name of his son's best friend who has battled leukaemia.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:19:10 +0000
A motorcyclist has been killed after a crash that also involved two cars.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 11:52:21 +0000
More details of a five-year improvement plan for the Merry Hill shopping centre have been revealed.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 11:51:11 +0000
Teenage motorcyclist killed in crash is named
Police have named the teenage motorcyclist killed in a head-on crash on Monday evening.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 11:09:00 +0000
A Staffordshire man has received a suspended sentence after admitting growing cannabis worth in the region of £10,000.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 09:49:11 +0000
Murderer attacked man then left him to die in bathtub
A man who brutally attacked another man before leaving him to die a in a bathtub has been convicted of murder.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 09:30:11 +0000
Troops have been put on standby to drive tankers as filling stations in many parts of the country continue to run dry.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 09:26:11 +0000
Fuel crisis: Army drivers to be put on standby
Military drivers will now get specialised training in preparation for their possible deployment, ministers announced.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 09:12:12 +0000
The Rocky Horror Show comes to The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Let's do the Time Warp again... it's time to throw open the switches on the sonic oscillator to reanimate that perennial favourite musical blending sex and drugs and rock and roll.