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Residents’ anger at surgery closure 

23 Jan 18

Pattingham surgery will be closing on February 16, with villagers expected to make the six-mile trip to Claverley for their healthcare instead or choose a different practice…


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Volunteers urged to help trust continue work to restore the Lichfield Canal 

22 Jan 18

Lichfield’s canal restoration trust is looking for more volunteers after making huge progress in the last year.


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The fight is on for Penkridge Library for the second time 

22 Jan 18

Campaigners managed to stop the county council transferring it into the community in 2014…


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Social work ethics ‘not routinely used’ to inform adoption practice, enquiry suggests 

19 Jan 18

An enquiry into the social worker role in adoption has said the profession is not routinely using ethics to inform practice.


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Cargill to take on 100 

19 Jan 18

Its chicken processing plant at Balliol Business Park, Bilbrook, already employs 170 and an extra production line is now being installed…


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Criminal with ‘terrible’ record jailed 

18 Jan 18

Michael Baker and three other men escaped with £2,500 worth of power tools from Woodward Transport in Great Wyrley, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told…


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Scouts thrown off campsite of 100 years 

17 Jan 18

The activity centre in Patshull, Wolverhampton, has played host to tens of thousands of children across the Black Country, south Staffordshire and Shropshire since before the First World War…


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Council tax to rise in county 

17 Jan 18

South Staffordshire Council chiefs want to levy a £5 increase from April and then again in 2019/20 while they intend to increase it by nearly two per cent (1…


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Closure threat to top of class 

16 Jan 18

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, in Wombourne, was nearly shut down for good in 2005 when low pupil numbers promoted a viability review…


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Call to stop Stafford commuters taking up all of village’s free parking 

16 Jan 18

Penkridge Parish Council wants to make some parking spaces short stay…


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Unacceptable conditions at jail 

12 Jan 18

Living conditions for prisoners at HMP Featherstone have been branded ‘totally unacceptable’ and ‘unfit for purpose…


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Historic home to go in new-builds plan 

12 Jan 18

Hatherton Lodge, once owned by Noah Hingley, will be pulled down to make way for seven new houses following a decision by Dudley Council’s planning committee…


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Rat and mice problem at HMP Featherstone 

11 Jan 18

The prison governor had to take action – planting poison and fitting meshes to lags’ windows – to tackle the problem…


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Prison block reopens after disorder 

10 Jan 18

Prisoners had to be relocated following the incident in House 5 at HMP Featherstone in August…


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99 potholes in one road is not on 

9 Jan 18

David Clifft, who represents Essington, said residents on Hobble End Lane in the village were ‘up in arms’ at the state of the road…


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Exciting year for winemakers 

5 Jan 18

Work has already begun on the first scheme at Halfpenny Green Wine Estate, in Bobbington which is an extension to the popular restaurant…


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Charges to go up at Himley Park 

3 Jan 18

Dudley Council says raising the price of season parking tickets will allow reinvestment in leisure facilities across the borough…


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Blow in campaign to save historic home 

27 Dec 17

The Victorian Society and Save Britain’s Heritage have pleaded with Dudley Council not to allow the demolition of Hatherton Lodge in Cradley, which was once the home of famous industrialist Noah Hingley…


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Dinner delayed by Christmas Day crash 

25 Dec 17

A cream-coloured Mini and a black Renault collided near The Dudley Arms pub on Wolverhampton Road in Himley at around midday today…


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Gavin blocks attempts to rebrand Army 

24 Dec 17

The South Staffordshire MP was responding after an official document which had been leaked suggested the slogan and crest depicting crossed swords, a crown and a lion were to be dropped as part of a rebrand exercise costing £520,000…


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Horse trailer stolen by ‘lanky’ thief 

23 Dec 17

The silver and red Ifor Williams model, worth over £1,000, was taken about midday on Friday from an address on Pendeford Mill Lane in Codsall…


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Man who threatened to kill loses appeal 

20 Dec 17

Ashley Lovatt, 22, was in custody at Staffordshire’s HMP Brinsford when he made the threat, London’s Appeal Court heard…


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Man charged for threats with fake gun 

14 Dec 17

Joseph Hall, from Windsor Road, Cheslyn Hay, was arrested in connection with three related incidents in Walsall on Tuesday morning…


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Codsall students win cooking contest 

14 Dec 17

Students Lily Pearson and Chloe Powell were named champions after battling it out at The Midcounties Co-operative’s ‘Codsall Cook Off…


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Man charged with murdering Kinver woman 

13 Dec 17

John Broadhurst, aged 39, of Blakeshall, Wolverley, appeared in court earlier today in connection with the death of Natalie Andrews…