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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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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…


Sport
Pitmen for promotion? 

22 Dec 17

The pair discuss Ben Bailey’s thoughts regards promotion for Hednesford Town, whilst an array of new signings are also mentioned…


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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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12 charged over ‘ride out’ event 

16 Dec 17

It’s alleged the men – aged between 18 and 39 – were among a large group of lout bikers who took part in an illegal bike rally through Solihull and across Birmingham during a five-hour rampage on 26 June last year…


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New lease of life for leisure centre? 

15 Dec 17

Willenhall Leisure Centre was closed amid a raft of council cuts seven years ago, with bosses at the time saying that statistically, the Bath Street site had been the worst performing in the Walsall borough in terms of visitors numbers…


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£286m Birmingham International scheme 

15 Dec 17

The plan has been backed by Solihull council, which has submitted a business case to the Government to transform Birmingham International Station…


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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…


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Inquest on man in huge search 

13 Dec 17

The South Staffordshire Coroner opened the inquest of Matthew Gill…


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Dog covered in dreadlocks after neglect 

11 Dec 17

Paul Padmore, of Kipling Road, Willenhall, admitted failing to meet the needs of Yorkshire terrier Poppy in front of Birmingham magistrates…


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Delays after Walsall fire 

11 Dec 17

Flames took hold on the first floor of the property on Corporation Street in Caldmore, which was closed off by police for safety precautions…


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New ERA for locks firm with new i54 HQ 

11 Dec 17

Builder Stoford Developments has announced work on the £10m site has been finished and Willenhall-based ERA will now be able to start moving in…


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Two colleges set to merge 

11 Dec 17

A Walsall Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday will discuss the possibility of the the adult college becoming part of the main college in a bid to get greater access to funding…


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Himley Hall ‘will not be sold’ 

11 Dec 17

The future of parts of the estate was clouded in uncertainty after it was listed on disposal list…


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£200 worth of trees taken 

8 Dec 17

They were taken from Bradshaws Christmas Trees, next to Bradshaws Farm Shop and Garden Centre in Wrottesley Park Road in Perton, near Wolverhampton…


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Reaction to pharmacy raids 

8 Dec 17

Masked men have targeted three Lloyds pharmacies in Bushbury, Codsall and Perton threatening workers with a mysterious liquid that could be acid, before taking perfumes and aftershave…


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Thieves target pharmacies 

7 Dec 17

Robbers targeted the Lloyds Pharmacy based at Northwood Park, Bushbury, another branch in Church Road, Codsall and most recently the Anders Square branch in Perton…


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Pupil hurt after being cut by knife 

5 Dec 17

The Cheslyn Hay High School pupil suffered a ‘small knife wound’ to his back after a blade he had in his bag cut him as he walked, Staffordshire Police said…


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MP speaks out over tree removal 

5 Dec 17

The South Staffordshire MP, who was recently appointed Defence Secretary, was in the city on Friday when he spotted the trees being taken up along the A449 Stafford Road…


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Turkey farm plans spark opposition 

5 Dec 17

Holt Farms has lodged plans with South Staffordshire District Council for four turkey rearing buildings at Toft Farm in Levedale Road, Stafford…


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Break out of TB and virus at HMP Oakwood 

4 Dec 17

One inmate at HMP Oakwood, in Featherstone, is suffering from tuberculosis and ‘around 30’ have the sickness bug…


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Sailing club stalwarts honoured 

4 Dec 17

Mary and David Harris, from Penn, have been familiar faces at Himley Hall Sailing Club since 1970, performing various roles over the years…


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Alert after van follows school pupils 

1 Dec 17

Two students reported similar incidents on Thursday morning on the way to Penkridge Middle School…


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Business owners hit out at bank closure 

1 Dec 17

The Lloyds Bank branch in Codsall is set to close as part of a nationwide move after officials said the number of customers visiting some of their branches had declined in recent years…


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Himley Hall estate sale on horizon 

1 Dec 17

The vast 180-acre estate – once home to the Earls of Dudley – is on a list of buildings and land Dudley Council is looking at off-loading as it bids to save £5…


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Family still suffering from sewage 

30 Nov 17

Morris Homes unveiled its Hartherton Place development in Cheslyn Hay three years ago…


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Lloyds bank branch to close 

29 Nov 17

It comes just a month after Lloyds closed the village bank in Brewood, just four miles away…


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Lloyds Bank to close Codsall branch 

29 Nov 17

It comes just a month after Lloyds closed the village bank in Brewood, just four miles away…


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Man jailed for terrorising neighbours 

29 Nov 17

Luke Shirley, 23, of no fixed abode, was sentenced for making threats to kill his father and brother, harassing his former neighbours, carrying out an assault on one of them and burglary in relation to his former flat…


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Dogs die from Alabama Rot 

29 Nov 17

Heartbroken dog owners are asking others to be vigilant amid the outbreak where there have been three cases reported at the same veterinarian practice – E C Straiton Partners LT in Penkridge…


Sport
Burglars trash football club 

29 Nov 17

Thieves raided the home of Wolverhampton Sporting Community FC at Great Wyrley…


Sport
Hednesford sign former Baggies defender 

28 Nov 17

The 21-year-old was released by the Baggies in the summer after coming through their youth academy…


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Crash causes rush hour delays 

28 Nov 17

The crash took place in Battlefield Hill, Wombourne, outside The Red Lion pub, at around 7…


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Telephone boxes face the chop 

28 Nov 17

Figures show that in Wolverhampton 11 are set to face the chop, while 18 in Dudley, 14 in Sandwell, and 17 each across South Staffordshire and Wyre Forest are under threat…


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Staffordshire firm’s Customer Focus win 

28 Nov 17

PP Control Automation, which employs 200 people at its state-of-the-art facility in Cheslyn Hay, picked up the ‘Customer Focus’ Award at the recent TMMX Awards held by The Manufacturer and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers…


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Gavin to push Gov’t on defence spending 

27 Nov 17

The South Staffordshire MP admitted he has yet to have a formal meeting with the Chancellor over the UK’s defence budget, but said he saw the current two per cent of GDP level of funding ‘as a base, as against a ceiling…


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Police search cars going into prisons 

24 Nov 17

The South Staffordshire Policing Team carried out searching visitors entering the prisons, with 83 cars searched on the day, two of which were seized for not having motor insurance…


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Zoo undergoing winter revamp 

24 Nov 17

Pens and enclosures are being torn down and rebuilt at the Animal Zone based at South Staffordshire College…





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