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To be Frank: Bruno pops into Penkridge chip shop 

25 Mar

Frank Bruno might be the former heavyweight champion of the world but he still tucks into a portion of fish and chips on a Friday night.

Great Wyrley crash: Driver faces jail after grandmother died and daughter seriously injured 

25 Mar

A driver is facing jail after admitting causing the death of a grandmother and seriously injuring her daughter.

Confirmation work to solve flooding on Chasetown High Street will start in April 

24 Mar

A notorious Burntwood flooding hotspot could be fixed – but not until next month.

Controversial Codsall commuter car park is backed 

23 Mar

A controversial car park for rail commuters will be built in a village – despite fierce opposition from campaigners.

Bosses rule out South Staffordshire College and Walsall College merger 

20 Mar

A formal merger between South Staffordshire and Walsall colleges has been ruled out by their principals and governors.

Shock as staff locked up by armed robbers during raid on Co-op supermarket 

17 Mar

Traders and residents spoke of their shock as armed raiders struck at a Co-op shop in a South Staffordshire village.

Town crier to take centre stage at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show 

13 Mar

The city’s town crier will be part of a group performing at the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show.

Holy Wombourne watering hole is blessed by priest after revamp 

10 Mar

Alcohol is believed by many Christians to be a gift from God – so it was fitting that a priest should bless a pub following its six-figure revamp.

Ex-inmate reveals horrors behind bars at Featherstone Prison 

7 Mar

"When I got out of that place I swore I’d never go back.

The future of social work education in universities is under threat 

7 Mar

by June Thoburn, Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris Much attention has been paid to the climbdowns the government was forced into on key clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill last week, with critics labelling the handling of the bill a shambles.

Warning to drivers as Essington road floods 

3 Mar

Drivers in Staffordshire were facing a wet drive home today after an A road flooded near the M6.

DX Freight’s bid for £36m Essington super hub REFUSED again 

28 Feb

Controversial plans for DX Freight’s £36 million super hub have been refused for the second time.

Essington DX Freight row: Decision just hours away on controversial super-hub 

28 Feb

South Staffordshire councillors face one of their most controversial issues in recent years tonight when they decide on DX Freight’s plans for a £36 million super-hub.

‘Shocking’ standards found at Featherstone prison 

28 Feb

Inspectors report violent attacks against staff have risen at HMP Featherstone, with drug use rife.

HMP Featherstone ‘RIFE with drugs as inmates forced to live in dirty cells’ 

28 Feb

Featherstone prison is rife with drugs and violence with prisoners locking themselves up for months on end to escape it all, it can today be revealed.

Aerial photo offers new view of wartime Featherstone factory 

27 Feb

It has been earmarked for a major industrial development which would create more than 2,000 jobs – and possibly bring about a controversial new link road.

Anglers hit with £5,680 for not having licences in… 

22 Feb

Eight anglers caught illegally fishing in Staffordshire pools have been hit with fines totalling 5,680.

Brewood Middle School rated inadequate after letting pupils go home for afternoon 

22 Feb

A school which put pupils at risk by asking them to leave at lunchtime has been graded ‘inadequate’ by inspectors.

DX Freight plans for Essington super-hub poised to go ahead despite opposition 

22 Feb

Controversial plans for a £36 million DX Freight distribution centre on green belt land in Essington are poised for approval despite fierce opposition.

More jail staff at Featherstone and Brinsford as violence soars 

17 Feb

Troubled prisons will take on an extra 50 recruits as part of a drive to cut down on ‘unacceptable’ violence.

Kinver church sets up full 32-piece symphony orchestra 

15 Feb

It’s not everyday that a humble village church has a full 32-piece symphony orchestra.

Staffordshire link road would hit ancient Moseley Old Hall say National Trust 

13 Feb

The National Trust has objected to controversial plans for a link road in South Staffordshire.

Staffordshire University “committed” to offering higher education at Lichfield campus 

13 Feb

Staffordshire University says it is “committed to the provision of Higher Education” in Lichfield.

Police called as flytipping blocks Kinver road 

11 Feb

A road has been blocked by flytippers in Kinver.

Featherstone prison ‘fight club’: Concern as footage shows inmates brawling 

8 Feb

Shocking footage showing two prisoners in a ‘fight club’ style boxing match at a prison has emerged online sparked concern from community leaders today.

Woman freed from car after accident on Hilton Road in Hartshill 

7 Feb

A woman has been freed from her car vehicle following an accident near a hospital this afternoon.

Caught on video: HMP Featherstone inmates brawl in shocking mobile phone footage 

7 Feb

This shocking footage shows the moment prisoners brawled behind bars at HMP Featherstone.

One person in hospital following fire at flats on Wolverhampton… 

28 Jan

One person has been taken to hospital and around ten people were evacuated following a fire at a block of flats.

Firefighters at flat fire on Wolverhampton Road in Stafford 

28 Jan

Firefighters are dealing with a flat fire tonight.

More than 1,000 homes and 20 traveller pitches on way in South Staffordshire 

19 Jan

More than 1,000 homes and 20 new permanent gipsy and traveller pitches are on the way to South Staffordshire.

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