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Business concerns over charity bike ride 

19 Aug

Bosses at businesses like Halfpenny Green Vineyards and Wild Zoological in Bobbington say they knew nothing about road closures including Tom Lane (B4176) and the Six Ashes Road on September 24 for the first Velo Birmingham ride as up to 15,000 ...


Police officer guilty of drink driving 

18 Aug

Pc Thomas Doubtfire, based at Wombourne Police Station, attended Birmingham Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with driving a motor vehicle over the prescribed limit and was sentenced to 16 months disqualification and ordered to pay a fine and ...


Staffordshire Police officer found guilty of drink-driving 

18 Aug

A Staffordshire Police officer has been found guilty of drink-driving.


Most Popular Pub of the Year announced 

18 Aug

The unique Codsall Station on Chapel Lane won the award, sitting a short walk from the nearby railway station.


Jeff Bonser’s old factory to be levelled 

17 Aug

The zinc allow castings and bathroom fittings company, called JW Bonser Ltd, has been derelict since the firm collapsed in 2015 which saw the last 20 remaining jobs go with it.


Crews battle Stonnall farm fire 

17 Aug

Crews from Codsall, Tamworth, Rugeley, Lichfield and Cannock attended the fire on farmland just off the A452 Chester Road after receiving a call at 3pm on Thursday.


A-level results day 2017 – round-up 

17 Aug

Many schools and colleges saw their pass rates rise and around the region happy teenagers were all smiles as they secured places at university.


Man jailed for historical sex offence 

17 Aug

David Vaughan, aged 66, of Lane Green Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.


Two face fire safety charges 

17 Aug

Daniel Orasanu, aged 42, and Carmen Lupu, aged 27, face 29 charges against the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order, including breaching a prohibition notice, following the evacuation of four-storey former office block Metro Court in the High Street.


Men wearing ski masks attack teen girl 

17 Aug

The 17-year-old was walking alone when she was confronted by the gang in masks and dark clothing.


Snake discovered on Kinver Edge 

17 Aug

The Western Hognose was found slithering across a pathway by Dale Preece-Kelly, of Kidderminster-firm Critterish Allsorts.


Coroner calls for speed cut on busy road 

17 Aug

Frederick Dudley, aged 90, was hit by a Volkswagen Scirroco, which failed to stop after the collision on the busy A449 Stourbridge Road, between Wolverhampton and Wombourne just up the road from Miller Carter.


Crunch time for A-level students 

17 Aug

Around one-in-four pupils across the country were expected to receive top grades.


Battle to remember war heroes 

17 Aug

But his heroic actions in helping hold off hundreds of the enemy for fellow soldiers to escape earned him a Victoria Cross and his name is still held up today as one of the bravest of the brave.


Vandals wreck grave of VC hero 

17 Aug

Yobs targeted the grave of Zulu War veteran Colour Sergeant Anthony Clarke Booth – who famously covered the retreat of fellow soldiers for three miles as they came under attack from hordes of Zulu warriors in 1879.


Diocese of Lichfield appoints chaplain to lead deaf church services 

17 Aug

The Diocese of Lichfield has appointed a chaplain to lead deaf church services across the region.


Fire ongoing at Norton Canes Factory 

16 Aug

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to Norton Green Lane at around 11:45am.


Appeal after 17-year-old girl assaulted in Wombourne in South… 

16 Aug

A 17-year-old girl was assaulted in South Staffordshire after being confronted by a group wearing ski-masks.


West Midlands unemployment rise 

16 Aug

The Office for National Statistics said the number of people in work nationally rose by 125,000 to 32.07 million in the three months to June, with the employment rate climbing by 0.3 per cent to a record 75.1 per cent.


Church restoration plan a step closer 

16 Aug

St Thomas’s Church in Finchfield, Wolverhampton, was originally a school before serving as a mission church for more than 80 years until 1997.


How football prank still haunts me 

16 Aug

On August 15, 1987, the life of avid Wolves fan Andrew Charlesworth changed forever in a day that remains part of football hooliganism folklore.


Buses replace trains during rail work 

16 Aug

The Chase Line, which runs between Walsall and Rugeley, will be closed until August 28 for a £100 million upgrade.


Prison facing ‘increased’ drone threat 

16 Aug

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has stated the problem remains an 'ongoing issue' at HMP Oakwood, which is bringing in military grade radar to combat it on a six-month trial.


Tributes paid for Bilston Town saviour 

16 Aug

Graham Hodson dragged Bilston Town up from the doldrums when he took over the club in 2009.


Homes plan for Gestamp factory 

15 Aug

Gestamp Tallent, which is moving to a mammoth new £70 million site in Four Ashes, has submitted plans to turn its factory on Wolverhampton Road in Cannock into 180 homes and 30,000 sq ft of industrial space.


Black Country house prices rise £5,000 

15 Aug

House prices across the Black Country are around £5,000 higher on average than a year ago but the annual pace of growth is slowing, official figures show.


Buses replace trains during work 

15 Aug

The Chase Line, which runs between Walsall and Rugeley, will be closed until August 28 for a £100 million upgrade.


Finance expert to face rape charge 

15 Aug

Frank Cochran, who runs Wolverhampton-based FSC Investment Services Limited, in Waterloo Road opposite Molineux, will appear before magistrates on six charges.


Three taken to hospital after crash 

14 Aug

Emergency services were called after the two-vehicle smash between a car and a lorry outside the Royal Oak pub, in Rising Brook, just before 7am.


£40m DX merger is off 

14 Aug

It follows a profit warning by parcel delivery and logistics firm DX earlier this year in which it cautioned over "challenging" trading conditions, and a management overhaul last month.


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