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Heroic shopkeeper describes “terrifying” moment he bravely tackles gunman 

19 Jan 18

The CCTV footage was captured after a masked gunman walked into Save n Spend, in Pleck Road, Walsall…


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Dance teacher Neil Harris, 72, jailed for sexually abusing pupils 

19 Jan 18

He was locked up for five years and put on the sex offenders register for life…


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Recycled Christmas trees help to raise £11,000 for St Giles Hospice 

19 Jan 18

Recycled Christmas trees have given a boost to a local charity.


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Shocking figures reveal TWELVE car break-ins in SIX DAYS in Great Barr 

19 Jan 18

Car thefts are on the rise in Pheasey Park Farm, Great Barr…


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Six to face trial in Birmingham over National Action membership 

19 Jan 18

All six were charged after an inquiry involving the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit…


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Lichfield groups benefit from a share of £5,000 funding pot 

19 Jan 18

Two projects in Lichfield are celebrating after sharing a funding pot of more than £5,000.


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Candidates invited to complete nomination form for Stowe ward by-elections in Lichfield 

19 Jan 18

Prospective candidates are being invited to throw their hat into the ring to become a new councillor for the Stowe ward on Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council.


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Dedication ceremony planned for new memorial in Alrewas to British victims of terrorism overseas 

19 Jan 18

A dedication ceremony for a new memorial to British victims of overseas terrorism will be held on May 17, it has been confirmed.


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Report into role cathedrals play in communities welcomed by the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral 

19 Jan 18

A report praising the role of cathedrals in local communities has been welcomed by the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral.


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Government won’t seek review of John Worboys release 

19 Jan 18

Victims of Worboys had prepared a legal challenge over the decision to order his release from prison…


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Building firm delighted to “come home” to Burntwood for new housing development 

19 Jan 18

A Burntwood building firm says it is pleased to have “come home” for its latest project.


Local news
Hacker Alex Bessell who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

19 Jan 18

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own ‘Deep Web…


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Flu death roll rises to 120 this winter as Aussie, French and Japanese flu hit UK 

18 Jan 18

Public Health England (PHE) also said there was an 11% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate…


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Hacker who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

18 Jan 18

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own ‘Deep Web…


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Injured man’s DESPAIR at battle over dam access at Chasewater Reservoir 

18 Jan 18

Carl Downs has gone public after a string of legal letters threatened court action over Pool Lane…


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These are the five celebrity diets you MUST avoid in 2018 – according to experts 

18 Jan 18

Over recent years we have been excited to see peoples interest in food, health, fitness and wellness increasw…


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Petrified man holds off masked gang with bats in botched Great Barr home raid 

18 Jan 18

Wearing gloves and dark clothing, the gang demanded to be let into a house in Stanford Avenue…


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Murder suspect Tahir Zarif arrested in Pakistan prison two years after Digbeth businessman shot dead 

18 Jan 18

Akhtar Javeed was shot dead as he bravely tried to protect his employees during a failed armed robbery…


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Pervert Paul Cotton, 45, branded danger to girls after sex with underage teen in Travelodge hotel room 

18 Jan 18

He blindfolded 15-year-old and recorded her without her knowledge…


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Armed robbers storm Co-op store in terrifying raid for VODKA and cash 

18 Jan 18

Masked crooks with knives demanded cash from the till, stole bottles of alcohol and escaped…


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Doctor who sexually abused four women patients jailed for 12 years 

18 Jan 18

Jaswant Rathore was convicted of ten offences at Wolverhampton Crown Court after a seven-week trial…


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Police ‘increasingly concerned’ for missing woman Sandra Hollowood 

18 Jan 18

Vanished 57-year-old believed to have left Cannock bus atthe White Lion pub in Huntington…


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Crunch pub bombings legal fight decision to be revealed 

18 Jan 18

Ruling expected over whether issue of bombers should be considered…


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Cold weather likely to put emergency services under further strain 

18 Jan 18

Its weekly figures on winter pressures show there were 12,600 ambulance delays of more than 30 minutes this week…


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Suspected drugs house uncovered after ‘day of action’ by police 

18 Jan 18

Officers have praised the public for their part in passing on information to them…