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Elderly rambler from Sedgley found dead in fishing pool took his own life, coroner rules

Elderly rambler from Sedgley found dead in fishing pool took his own life, coroner rules

William Jewkes, who was 75, was found in water in Parkes Hall Road in Dudley on November 25 by a man walking his dog. When Mr Jewkes was found about a mile away from his home, the keen rambler was wearing a rucksack filled with roof tiles, the Black Coun

today, 13:44 in Regional West
 
West Midlands Police inundated as 3,000 apply for 1,150 jobs

West Midlands Police inundated as 3,000 apply for 1,150 jobs

A third of candidates are from black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds. The force is recruiting 800 officers, 150 police community support officers (PCSOs) and 200 specialist staff over the next three years. The Labour Police and Crime Commissioner D

today, 13:44 in Regional West
 

Great Barr pub attacker may face death charge as victim dies three years after assault

Stephen Jolley followed John Mercer outside the Special Spices pub in Great Barr on September 23, 2013, hitting his victim with an uppercut, causing him to fall back and smash his head on the road. Jolley was jailed for four years in July 2015 after bein

today, 09:54 in Regional West
 

Children are flocking to this dad's Christmas winter wonderland in Walsall

Professional boxer Gary Groves has turned his home on Bagnall Street into a Winter Wonderland with over 4,600 lights and inflatable sleighs filling his front garden. He offers parents the chance of taking their children to see Santa and getting into the

today, 09:54 in Regional West
 

West Midlands weather: Driver caught at 110 mph on motorway as heavy fog descends

Police branded a motorist 'simply irresponsible' for hitting the speeds with viability cut due to the fog. The incident happened on the M6 Toll close to Norton Canes services close to Cannock this morning. Officers from Central Motorway Police Group twee

yesterday, 14:16 in Regional West
 
Feed a Family This Christmas: Corrie’s bad boy David Platt backs foodbank appeal

Feed a Family This Christmas: Corrie’s bad boy David Platt backs foodbank appeal

The Coronation Street actor threw his weight behind the foodbanks campaign when he heard about it during a visit to Stourbridge to switch on the town’s Christmas lights. He urged people to get behind the appeal and donate what they can for families in ne

yesterday, 12:19 in Regional West
 
Tributes paid to crash victim Jack de Bell after car hit tree

Tributes paid to crash victim Jack de Bell after car hit tree

Former Kinver High School pupil, Jack de Bell, died aged 18 after his Ford Fiesta hit a tree at about 4.30am on Saturday. The teenager was well-known in Kinver, and on the evening after his death a large group of family and friends united in his memory a

yesterday, 09:44 in Regional West
 
New lap dancing club to open next to adult cinema in Bilston

New lap dancing club to open next to adult cinema in Bilston

The opening of Foxy Lady’s Dance Bar has been delayed because they cannot recruit the staff. The new bar, which features three poles, a stage, several booths and a bar set in the backdrop of darkness, is due to open in mid to late January. Around 20 jobs

yesterday, 09:44 in Regional West
 

More homes on way at former Goodyear factory site in Wolverhampton

The new homes would be among the total of 685 houses to be built on the Stafford Road site, with 124 homes currently under construction. A total of 84 of the proposed new two-storey homes will be privately rented while the remaining nine will be affordab

Monday, 13:52 in Regional West
 
Wolverhampton's Moseley Hall goes on the market for £950,000

Wolverhampton's Moseley Hall goes on the market for £950,000

Grade II-listed Moseley Hall, Fordhouses, has recently been put on the market, complete with its impressive price-tag. But with 10 bedrooms, a billiards room, a summer house and sweeping views of surrounding fields, it could be argued that potential buye

Monday, 11:41 in Regional West
 
Could this Black Country town finally be about to get a train station?

Could this Black Country town finally be about to get a train station?

Transport for West Midlands, along with Walsall Council, has submitted a funding bid for a new railway station in Willenhall, with a decision expected early next year. This bid is part of the New Stations Fund 2 and, if successful, construction of a new

Monday, 09:54 in Regional West
 
Council on edge of Cannock Chase buys Christmas tree from 200 MILES away

Council on edge of Cannock Chase buys Christmas tree from 200 MILES away

The 50-foot tree, which is decorated with lights and on display in Market Square, was bought from the vast Kielder Forest in Northumberland. But the authority has come under fire for not opting to purchase the £1,700 tree from closer to home such as the

Monday, 09:54 in Regional West
 
Keys handed over as Dudley Hippodrome deal is sealed at last

Keys handed over as Dudley Hippodrome deal is sealed at last

Work to transform the historic venue, which will see it re-open to the public as a theatre for the first time in half a century, can now begin after a lease agreed with Dudley Council was signed off. Preparations to refurbish the iconic building will now

Monday, 08:01 in Regional West
 
Necessary or nuisance? Your views on Wolverhampton Railway Station road closure

Necessary or nuisance? Your views on Wolverhampton Railway Station road closure

Railway Drive will be closed to motorists from January 8 next year as council officials work to install a Metro line. The plans are part of the multi-million pound Interchange project which will see the new multi-story car park, which is currently under

Sunday, 15:53 in Regional West
 

Hundreds hit Stourbridge streets as Corrie star turns on Christmas lights

The 28-year-old joined the Mayor of Dudley Councillor Mohammed Hanif to light up the town in the finale of a day of entertainment. Before the switch-on Jack had hosted a 'meet and greet' session at Chicago's where 300 fans flocked to have their photograp

Sunday, 13:40 in Regional West
 
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