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Man in hospital after arson attack

AN EIGHTEEN-year old Bilston man is in hospital after suffering burns in a “severe” arson attack on his home. Fire crews from Bilston and Fallings Park were called by the victim to the two-storey mid-terrace house in Myatt Avenue at 6.30pm on Thursday. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a 999 [...]

City Launches Gun Shot Detection Technology

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Safer Birmingham Partnership, a joint partnership between West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and other leading public and voluntary sector agencies, is leading the way in the UK’s fight against gun-related crime. It launched a new operation, known locally as ‘Birmingham Safe and Sound’, which is designed to combat gun-related crime in the north-west of [...]

Men To Appear In Court Accused Of Shop Burglary

TWO MEN ARE DUE IN COURT this morning accused of attempting to burgle a convenience store in Brierley Hill. The men have been charged with attempted burglary in connection with the incident at the Londis store on Stourbridge Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Offenders had allegedly attempted to break through a wall [...]

Police Seize 50K Of Heroin

POLICE from the Nechells neighbourhood policing team have successfully executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Monkswell Close, Small Heath. Officers found more than a kilogram of suspected heroin in a vehicle that was parked on the driveway of the property. The two blocks of resin have a street [...]

Wolverhampton praised in bid to become Curry Capital

Judges have hailed Wolverhampton’s ‘tremendous’ bid to be named Curry Capital of Britain, which saw the city finish in a very creditable third place and ahead of near neighbours Birmingham. After a two-month contest, organiser Peter Grove announced that Wolverhampton was pipped to the title by Glasgow, which finished first, and Bradford, which came second. [...]

Warwick Castle to be prosecuted following death of visitor


The company which runs Warwick Castle is being prosecuted following the death of a visitor who fell from a bridge while visiting the top tourist attraction three years ago. Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The charges follow the [...]

Bank Boss in Fraud Bid

A Birmingham bank manager, a man and two sisters have been charged with stealing almost half a million pounds from a customer. Parminder Bhachu, 42 from Smethwick, Puspaben Patel, 35 from Hall Green, Niranjnaben Patel, 35 from Streetly and Satwinder Ghattaura, 42 from Moseley all appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday. Each denies charges [...]

Two British Pilots Killed In Helicopter Crash

Two British Pilots Killed In Helicopter Crash

Martin Rutty and Simon Lichtenstein, who had both been pilots for some time, came down in the Tourrettes-sur-Loup valley. The two fathers, described by a friend as “best buddies”, were directors of helicopter sale and rental company Fly-Q and had both represented Britain in the World Helicopter Championships. Mr Rutty, 50, from Little Hereford, and [...]

City’s focus on economic growth and jobs ‘stronger than ever before’

Economic growth and the creation of job opportunities for local people will be the focus of Wolverhampton’s strategy for the next decade. With a vision to bring prosperity with opportunity for all, the city’s Draft City Strategy 2010 to 2026 has been prepared by Wolverhampton Partnership, which includes the council, police, Primary Care Trust, university [...]

A strong future for our Post Office

Vince Cable MP

A decision by the Business Minister Vince Cable to end Post Office closure programmes has been welcomed by Liberal Democrats in Wolverhampton. Under the previous Labour Government, 7,000 Post Office branches were ordered to close, including the one on Newhampton Road West. Mr Cable, one of the most senior Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, [...]

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