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Jill Saward's funeral: Grieving husband speaks of heartbreak ahead of service in Lichfield

Ms Saward was the first rape victim to waive her anonymity after she was attacked by intruders at her father's vicarage in Ealing, west London, in 1986. She died at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital on January 5 after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhag

26 min. ago in Regional West
 
Sadness at death of Dudley's ‘King of Rock’ sweet firm boss Teddy Gray

Sadness at death of Dudley's ‘King of Rock’ sweet firm boss Teddy Gray

Ted Gray, who ran Edward Gray's of Dudley with his sister Betty, was 81. He had worked at the factory started by his grandfather in 1826 since he was 15 and continued into his mid-70s. His daughter Julie Healy, 53, said: "He was very proud of the...

today, 10:12 in Regional West
 
Kevin Nunes investigation: Some officers’ conduct during inquiry ‘did not meet high standards of force’

Kevin Nunes investigation: Some officers’ conduct during inquiry ‘did not meet high standards of force’

It added that procedures had been overhauled. The force released a management review into concerns in the unit dealing with witnesses and informants on the case after a year-long Freedom of Information battle with the Express & Star. Deputy Chief...

today, 10:12 in Regional West
 
Kingswinford house fire: Grandmother discovered in blaze sparked by cigarette had already died

Kingswinford house fire: Grandmother discovered in blaze sparked by cigarette had already died

The blaze broke out on the ground floor of Edith Williams’ home in Catesby Drive, Kingswinford, just after 11.15pm on November 14. Black Country Coroners’ Court heard how neighbours were alerted to the fire after hearing the smoke alarm go off and seeing

today, 10:12 in Regional West
 
Tunisia terror attack inquest: Police 'could have stopped gunman' at Sousse beach

Tunisia terror attack inquest: Police 'could have stopped gunman' at Sousse beach

The hearing into the deaths of 30 Britons in the June 2015 assault by extremist Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi heard that a local investigation into the slaughter criticised some police for stalling as they made their way to the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba

yesterday, 18:51 in Regional West
 
Sean Williams inquest: Boy 'ran across two lanes of traffic' before crash tragedy

Sean Williams inquest: Boy 'ran across two lanes of traffic' before crash tragedy

Sean Williams was hit by a Nissan Juke after he ran across two lanes of traffic at a set of lights. He was hit at the junction of March End Road and Lakefield Road on December 29. The court heard that the lights were on green at the time of the accident,

yesterday, 16:25 in Regional West
 
Tunisia terror attack inquest - Live updates from day one in London

Tunisia terror attack inquest - Live updates from day one in London

Among the dead were three members of the same Black Country family, Joel Richards, 19, his uncle Adrian Evans, 49, and his grandfather Patrick Evans, 78, from Wednesbury. Suzanne Davey, aged 42, originally from West Bromwich, was also killed. The hearing

yesterday, 10:22 in Regional West
 
Dudley teenager Tyler Bate named WWE UK champion

Dudley teenager Tyler Bate named WWE UK champion

Professional wrestler Tyler Bate, 19, was crowned WWE UK champion at The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, on Sunday night. Played out live on the WWE Network - which has nearly two million subscribers - Bate was presented with the new belt by wrestling legen

yesterday, 10:22 in Regional West
 
Wolverhampton canal to get £120,000 revamp

Wolverhampton canal to get £120,000 revamp

The Birmingham Canal Old Main Line runs through the city as well as other parts of the Black Country. Now, a new programme of work will see the canal’s lock gates replaced and historic brickwork restored. The works are being carried out by skilled crafts

yesterday, 08:36 in Regional West
 
Black Country's Bradley Arm Canal could be bought back to life in £7.5 million project

Black Country's Bradley Arm Canal could be bought back to life in £7.5 million project

The Bradley Arm Canal, which runs through Wolverhampton, Walsall and Sandwell, could once again carry boats if plans are given approval. The proposals moved a step forward when they were shown to residents at a meeting held by project organisers – who sa

Sunday, 08:19 in Regional West
 
Fly-tipping in Staffordshire ‘on way up after waste charge’

Fly-tipping in Staffordshire ‘on way up after waste charge’

Cannock Chase District Council’s leader George Adamson said environment boss Councillor Gill Heath had told him to ‘stop talking’ about fly-tipping over fears it could encourage more people to dump rubbish. As Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet membe

Sunday, 08:19 in Regional West
 

We didn’t want our drive dug up! Wolverhampton nurse comes home to muddy patch of land and £2.5k bill -...

Nurse Tracey Jones was horrified to find a muddy patch of land where her drive used to be on returning to her home in Finchfield. She then discovered a bill had been pushed through the door, asking for the cash. It came days after she had turned down wor

Saturday, 08:09 in Regional West
 
Lifeboat tribute to Kidderminster rescue colleague set to launch

Lifeboat tribute to Kidderminster rescue colleague set to launch

The official launch of the lifeboat will take place at Stourport Boat Club on January 21. It will carry the name of Stuart Frost, whose call sign was W26. Stuart, aged 42, was an operational crew member with the rescue association. He was a nurse working

Friday, 14:20 in Regional West
 
Walsall and Aston Villa legend Chris Nicholl: Heading footballs has left me brain damaged

Walsall and Aston Villa legend Chris Nicholl: Heading footballs has left me brain damaged

Now 70 years old, Nicholl, who still lives in the West Midlands, struggles each day with memory loss. A tall and commanding centre-half, he won two League Cups with Villa in the 1970s and is fondly remembered for scoring a long-range screamer in the 1977

Friday, 12:34 in Regional West
 

Snow arrives in the West Midlands: In pictures

Temperatures fell to around -1C (30F) overnight. It will rise to around 4C (39F) today but gusts of up to 40 mph will make it feel colder. Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office across swathes of the country for high winds, snow and i

Friday, 10:18 in Regional West
 
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