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Green light for flats despite objections 

24 Sep 18

South Staffordshire Council’s planning committee approved Housing Plus Group’s plans to build 20 accessible apartments to replace eight bungalows at the Burgesses…


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Headteacher promises a new era 

20 Sep 18

Headteacher Ian Moreton has taken over the reins of Great Wyrley Academy, which has formally became part of the Windsor Academy Trust (WAT…


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Cinema blaze is treated as ‘suspicious’ 

20 Sep 18

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said about 50 firefighters were involved in tackling the ‘severe’ blaze in the early hours of Tuesday(19…


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Trees felled as high winds hit 

19 Sep 18

The storm’s high winds felled trees in Willenhall, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Great Barr, as well as in gardens, car parks and train lines across the West Midlands…


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Gavin backs parents in school route row 

18 Sep 18

The South Staffordshire MP has lent his support to the Perton Action for Safe School Travel (PASST) campaign, after parents complained about the walking route to Codsall High School, along Heath House Lane…


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Old police HQ being used as playground 

17 Sep 18

Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, commander at Walsall Police, has said youngsters are putting themselves in danger by entering the dilapidated building on Green Lane…


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Firefighters tackle tyre fire 

16 Sep 18

Firefighters tackled the blaze in Hazel Lane, Great Wyrley, where a large amount of tyres caught fire at around 4pm…


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Country life celebrated at game fair 

16 Sep 18

Attractions at the event in Weston-under-Lizard, on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border, included performances by The Knights of Middle England, Ye Olde Redtail Falconry, as well as music by the Coventry Corps of Drums…


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Prison officers walk out 

14 Sep 18

Staff at HMP Oakwood, Featherstone, Stafford, Brinsford and Birmingham began striking this morning after being urged to leave their workplaces by their trade union…


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Country life celebration at game fair 

14 Sep 18

Thousands of country life enthusiasts will flock to the venue, in Weston-under-Lizard, on Saturday and Sunday…


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Minibuses are hired in school walk row 

12 Sep 18

Three minibuses will transport the students, aged 13 and upwards, from Perton to the school, after criticism of the route along Heath House Lane…


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Man charged over ‘police hit-and-run’ 

11 Sep 18

Clover Johnson was due to appear at Walsall Magistrates Court this morning in connection with the incident which left the officer seriously injured on Hatherton Road, Walsall, on Thursday…


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Multi-million deal for DIS 

11 Sep 18

DIS, which employs 18 people at its state-of-the-art studio and print production facility at Hilton Trading Estate, has been appointed as the official supplier of graphics and signage for all of the firm’s 46 gyms and health clubs across the UK…


Sport
Dundas praises battling Chasetown 

8 Sep 18

Gainsborough took the lead early in the second half through Alex Byrne before Levi Rowley equalised six minutes later…


Sport
Stafford excited by big step up 

7 Sep 18

A dramatic end to last season saw Stafford edge out Burntwood on points difference to secure promotion at the first attempt having dropped down in 2016/17…


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Vandals smash up minibuses 

5 Sep 18

Thugs smashed windows, snapped off aerials and broke wing mirrors on the vehicles at Westcroft School in Essington, near Wolverhampton – resulting in an estimated £4,000 worth of damage…


Sport
Rock’s Danish payday 

4 Sep 18

The 41-year-old, from Armitage near Rugeley, carded a 12-under-par total over four rounds, having been one of the tournament’s early leaders…


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PA Headline 

1 Sep 18

A man has been charged with murder following the deaths of a mother and daughter in Solihull…


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PA Headline 

31 Aug 18

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and daughter who were knifed to death in Solihull…


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Gang ‘used drug delivery drones’ 

30 Aug 18

The method was used at Featherstone and Oakwood, near Wolverhampton, and Winson Green in Birmingham…


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Wondering wallaby recaptured 

29 Aug 18

The animal, known as Holly, escaped from WILD Zoological Park in Bobbington on August 14…


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Crash driver guilty of killing grandad 

29 Aug 18

Emily Doyle-Gibbons was at the wheel of her Ford Fiesta when she lost control and careered across the carriageway into Malcolm Aplin’s Vauxhall Corsa, which was travelling in the opposite direction in South Staffordshire…


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Roadworks cause chaos for commuters 

28 Aug 18

Drivers were left confused and upset as they queued along the Stourbridge Road, on the A449, near Wombourne…


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PA Headline 

27 Aug 18

Screams woke neighbours in a residential Solihull street where a mother and daughter were stabbed to death…


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Trust sent patients up to 180 miles away 

27 Aug 18

The former South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust spent tens of thousands of pounds in a year by sending them away, with some having to travel as far as Somerset…


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Death crash driver: I was not in a rush 

27 Aug 18

Emily Doyle-Gibbons, 20, was on her way to meet a friend for a pub meal in Brewood, in south Staffordshire, when her Ford Fiesta collided with a Vauxhall Corsa travelling in the opposite direction…


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Solihull Summer Fest returns 

26 Aug 18

On Saturday, fans were entertained by 10CC, Sister Sledge, Blue, Rak-Su, Alesha Dixon and Roland Gift…


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Cave houses make top locations list 

25 Aug 18

The historic Rock Houses at Kinver Edge, are well known for being the last troglodyte – caveman – dwellings occupied in England…


Sport
Chasetown out to avoid upset 

24 Aug 18

The Scholars have experienced a start to the season like no other, losing Ollie Hayward to a broken leg in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Mossley, before two players sensationally quit the club DURING Tuesday’s loss at Runcorn Linnets…


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Care home to be sold off 

24 Aug 18

Leonard Cheshire Foundation, the charity that runs St Anthony’s in Wombourne, has confirmed that it is one of the 17 care homes across the country that has been placed on the market…


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Codsall school walk route review 

23 Aug 18

Parents called on Staffordshire County Council to ensure pupils at Codsall High School received free transport due to the condition of roads leading to the school…


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Parents say school walk ‘dangerous’ 

21 Aug 18

Pupils from Codsall High School, aged upwards of 13, who live within three miles have to make their own way to the school, according to government rules…


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Residents flee house fire 

20 Aug 18

Emergency services were called to a house, in Turnberry Road, Perton, on Sunday evening after the building’s roof caught fire…


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Teed up for charity event 

16 Aug 18

The Haven is clubbing together with Perton Golf club for a charity golf tournament on Friday September 21, sponsored by TRiM barbershops and hosted by Signal 107’s Dicky Dodd…


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Missing kangaroo spotted 

16 Aug 18

A wallaby was spotted in Bridgnorth Road near Sainsburys in Wombourne last night…


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Cargill recruits for £35m new line 

14 Aug 18

American group Cargill is taking on production operatives, shift engineers and team leaders for the £35 million investment at its factory on a 13-acre site at Balliol Business Park, Bilbrook…


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Nine prisoners released by mistake 

13 Aug 18

They came from HMP Birmingham, and HMP Featherstone, HMP Oakwood and HM Brinsford in Featherstone, near Wolverhampton…


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Thousands of pounds stolen in burglary 

13 Aug 18

A gang broke into Wombourne Leisure Centre in Ounsdale Road…


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Drug abuse deaths soar 

10 Aug 18

It is the same in the Stafford borough, Cannock Chase and South Staffordshire, where deaths have trebled…


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Fresh details of Patshull Estate sale 

7 Aug 18

It is owned by the Crown Estate – which manages the Queen’s public estate – and extends across around 4,000 acres of farmland and woodlands at Patshull, near Pattingham…


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Prison attacks hit record high 

6 Aug 18

According to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures, South Staffordshire’s three prisons saw 313 assaults on staff last year – four times as many as in 2012…


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Travellers conned elderly out of £160k 

4 Aug 18

Fred Smith, 62, and his two sons in law, George Thomas Humberstone, 35, and Mitchell Seedhouse, 26, all of Clees Park Travellers Site in Great Wyrley, targeted victims in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Shropshire and elsewhere…


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Village police station to close 

25 Jul 18

Staffordshire Police is shutting Wombourne Police Station as part of a programme to save £13…


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Dudley Building Society marks 160th year 

24 Jul 18

Speaking at its AGM at Himley Hall, Lord Digby Jones said the society epitomised his ideal of “socially inclusive wealth creation”, helping working people to save and buy their own homes since in launched in 1858…


Sport
Tennis charity launches more sites 

20 Jul 18

Tennis For Free, which already has sites in Hednesford, Lichfield and Sandwell, is launching at four sites in Walsall and one in Great Barr…


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Self-service libraries plan backed 

19 Jul 18

The changes, which come after months of public consultation, will allow community groups to manage four Staffordshire libraries, as well as putting Cheslyn Hay Library at risk of closure, in an effort to save £1…


Sport
Rock chases Open spot 

13 Jul 18

Rock, from Armitage near Rugeley, carded six birdies in a bogey-free round to finish with a six under par 64…


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Controversial plans set for green light 

13 Jul 18

Developer Bloor Homes unveiled its proposal for a housing estate just north of the centre of Penkridge last year…


Sport
Fan is butt of pals’ jokes 

11 Jul 18

Daring Alex Allan Smith, 18, from Lichfield in Staffordshire got the unusual inking while on holiday in Magaluf, Spain, on Friday night…


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Rock one off lead in Ireland 

6 Jul 18

The 41-year-old, from Armitage, near Rugeley, carded a four-under-par 68 at Ballyliffin to sit just one shot off the lead, held by New Zealand’s Ryan Fox…







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