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Fire rips through Wall Heath Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurant 

25 Aug

A severe fire rips through the thatched roof of a restaurant.

Dudley murder arrests after man’s body found 

12 Aug

Two men are arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in the Black Country.

Motorist makes lucky escape in Dudley crash 

11 Aug

A motorist makes a lucky escape after his car overturned and he was left trapped for half an hour.

Family’s tribute to crash death mum, 18 

22 Apr

The family of an 18-year-old mother killed in a crash in Stourbridge say she was a "beautiful, happy, smiley girl".

Link up tackles loneliness among the elderly 

8 Apr

According to Age UK more than a million older people in the UK go at least a month without talking to anyone.

‘Serious failures’ in child services 

5 Apr

"Serious and widespread failures" are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

DfE troubleshooter to assess whether to outsource Dudley children’s services 

5 Apr

The Department for Education has sent a troubleshooter into Dudley council to decide whether to strip it of control of children’s social care.

Children’s services rated ‘inadequate’ 

5 Apr

"Serious and widespread failures" are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

VIDEO: Hypnotherapy helps chicken nugget diet 

23 Mar

A Dudley teenager who lived on a diet of chicken nuggets, chips and white bread uses hypnotherapy to help...

VIDEO: Britain’s worst tourist attraction? 

16 Mar

The Dudley Eye has been branded "the worst tourist attraction in the UK" by some national newspapers.

Council leader defends ‘Dudley Eye’ 

16 Mar

Council leader Pete Lowe says criticism of the Dudley Eye big wheel is "absolute nonsense".

VIDEO: Huge 42ft rubbish pile being cleared 

13 Jan

Work to remove an illegal rubbish tip which has towered over homes in Brierley Hill for the last six years is under way.

Murder charge over flat body find 

4 Jan

A man is charged with murder after a man's body is found in a flat in Stourbridge.

Murder arrest after man found in flat 

2 Jan

A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a 59-year-old man is found dead at a flat in Stourbridge.

Two die as car crashes into wall 

24 Dec

Two men are killed as a car crashes into a wall in Brierley Hill.

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Sport »

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

22 Feb

Ranger Trophy Semi-finalsSnooks FC 1-3 Sporting DudleyGeorge Brades 4-5 Cradley SportsPremierO'Reillys 3-5 Ivy BushGSA FC 1-1 Khalsa SportsCrosswells Ath 2-5 OJMDivision 1Woodgreen West Park 1-9 Oldbury CottageDivision 2Lounge Bar 1-5 Netherton...

Kidderminster & DistrictFootball League 

22 Feb

PremierDarby End Athletic 1-8 WaterfallHarriers Trust 1-1 Dudley SportsNetherton Colts Sen 2-1 Areley KingsStation Inn 1-5 Grange AthleticStourport Swifts 0-7 Woodside UnitedDivision 1Kingswinford Swan 6-0 Wall Heath AllianceSporting Club 1...

DK undeafted in February 

19 Feb

3 wins in a row.

Neil Shillingford happy with Dudley Kingswinford’s progress 

15 Feb

Neil Shillingford has lauded the improvement of his Dudley Kingswinford side – and is now expecting a strong end to the Midlands One West season.

Pre-Match Meal for Sedgley Park Game 

15 Feb

Saturday 18th February 2017...

Girls’ Have Their Day at Stourton Park 

15 Feb

Girls' Pitch Up and Play - A Great Success...

BREAKING NEWS – Police vs Army Game at Stourton Park 

14 Feb

Semesa Rokoduguni to play for Army Team...

Defence is Key 

12 Feb

The result is all important in the conditions.

Announcing the Stourton Park Corporate Lunch for May 2017 

10 Feb

Friday 5th May 2017...

March Colour Belt Grading 

9 Feb

March Colour Belt Grading Thursday 16th March 2017 – 6.45pm start (please arrive 15 minutes early) The hall can be accessed from 6.30pm Oldbury TAGB The Portway Lifestyle Centre Newbury Lane Oldbury B69 1HE New starters need to provide...

This Weekend for Stour’s Teams 

8 Feb

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017...

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Comment »

Abortion rights and the wider struggle: a call to arms 

28 Jan

In this week of unfolding dystopia, there is a lot going on.

To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.

Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.

Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.

Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.

Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

9 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to counterfeit and substandard electrical goods, carbon monoxide alarms and opportunities for the development of small businesses.

Margot James responds to debate on workplace internships 

4 Nov

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure all workplace internships are paid the National Minimum Wage.

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage 

3 Nov

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage which has brought immense benefits and seen wages for the low paid rise more than twice as much as those on average or higher pay around the country.

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Features »

Zulu war talk at history society 

22 Feb

THE next meeting of the Halesowen History Society takes place on Thursday March 2, at 7.15pmThe group welcomes back speaker Max Keen, who will be giving a talk on the five-month long Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

Kind-hearted Keetan 

22 Feb

Our snow leopard enclosure appeal has been boosted by the fundraising efforts of an animal-mad eight year-old, who has raised £70 for DZG.

Highlights of the Caving Year 2016 

21 Feb

Dudley Caving Club 2016 Round Up.

Capuchin work underway 

21 Feb

DZG’s £295,000 anniversary revamp programme is underway with contractors getting to work on a new-look home for one of our rarest species of primate.

Bird box building 

20 Feb

It’s National Nest Box Week and we’ve joined forces with a group of crafty Dudley pensioners to help care for the site’s feathered friends.

Lemurs leave 

19 Feb

We’ve said goodbye to three lemurs who have gone to join a new animal collection in York, but said a brief hello to a familiar face! Black lemurs, Florence and Kagani, as well as collared lemur, Fred, have joined Askham Bryan Wildlife and ...

Buy2Help DZG! 

18 Feb

Do you love shopping? Then did you know you can support DZG through your purchases? We’ve signed up to Buy2Help, an online shopping experience where people can buy a variety of goods from fashion, gifts, beauty and furniture and donate to us ...

Spotlight on noisy primates! 

17 Feb

Discover all about some of the nosiest primates on site with our new half term talks.

Throwback Thursday 

16 Feb

We’re continuing our look back at DZG across the decades as part of our 80 th anniversary celebrations.

A pink streak! 

15 Feb

There was a streak of pink in Flamingo Falls yesterday morning as our leggy birds made a dash outside.

When Simon of Dudley were flying high around the world 

14 Feb

IF SOMEONE asked you to name a type of fire engine your response, especially if you are of a certain age, may be Green Goddess, but I would instantly reply Simon Snorkel.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air across DZG’s 40-acre site for the many furry, feathered, prickly and scaly couples who have been carefully matched as part of vital breeding programmes to ensure the continuing survival of the world’s ...

Hedgelayers hope to help save rare moth 

13 Feb

A GROUP of budding volunteers are this week learning the ancient craft of hedglelaying at one of the borough's local nature reserves.

Recognition for tiger funds 

13 Feb

DZG’s conservation work for critically endangered Sumatran tigers have earned us a Silver Certificate from 21 st Century Tiger in recognition of our fundraising efforts The certificate acknowledges the £1,000 we donated to the charity last year, ...

New reps settle in 

12 Feb

Five new exotic arrivals have boosted the Reptile House stock.

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Business »

New Range Rover needs to be a winner 

22 Feb

Prof David Bailey says latest car from Jaguar Land Rover is entering a sector dominated by big German marques...

Jaguar Land Rover set to launch all-new Range Rover model 

22 Feb

Jaguar Land Rover has teased the launch of its latest new product, a mid-range Range Rover, in what is seen as another major boost for the West Midlands motor industry.

Canadian fund plans to reduce stake in Birmingham Airport 

22 Feb

The private sector investor in Birmingham Airport is looking to sell a minority stake to take advantage of its current attractiveness.

Revealed: First look at new Range Rover 

22 Feb

Jaguar Land Rover gives a glimpse of latest addition to the Range Rover family ahead of big unveiling next week...

Mortgage lending boosts full results for building society 

21 Feb

A Black Country building society has seen strong full year results, buoyed by the positive housing market.

City council pleads for investors to bolster Innovation Birmingham 

21 Feb

Birmingham City Council is hunting for a new investor to ensure the pioneering work conducted at Innovation Birmingham Campus can continue.

£200K investment creates 40 new apprenticeship places 

20 Feb

An additional 40 apprenticeship opportunities have been created following a £200,000 investment by a West Midlands Training provider.

Controversial business rate changes will boost Midlands economy, insists Sajid Javid 

20 Feb

Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid insists tax changes will benefit Midlands employers as Government faces rebellion over impact on the south...

Tata Steel invests £4m in Black Country factory 

20 Feb

Steel group has created new high-tech robotic welding line at its service centre in Wednesfield...

Councillors fail to buy into new supermarket scheme 

17 Feb

Plans to build a discount supermarket next to a giant Asda store on the outskirts of Birmingham have been rejected by councillors.

Dudley firm helps to put wireless charging firmly on the map 

17 Feb

A DUDLEY fit-out and display firm has teamed up with to provide businesses with convenient, innovative wireless charging for customers.

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999 »

Stay ‘wheely’ safe! 

19 Oct

Cyclists are invited to a free event dedicated to safety on two wheels, being held at Brierley Hill community fire station.

International rescue! 

4 Jun

Six West Midlands firefighters are heading to Germany this Sunday, to take part in an international extrication challenge. 

17 Apr


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich 

11 Feb

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on a man waiting for a bus in West Bromwich.


6 Feb

West Midlands firefighters are set to wage ‘pancake war’ on Monday 16 February, when crews from various Black Country stations will battle it out for the title of ‘fastest flipper’! The brigade’s Black Country South partnerships team has ...

Forgotten victims of domestic abuse 

9 Dec

For most children Christmas means fun, presents and Santa, but for some, the festive period means…...

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LocalGov »

Childrens services structure 

21 Feb

Response by Dudley Council to Amelia Sowden on 21 February 2017 .

Very large pothole, 20th February 

20 Feb

Another large pothole has opened in the last few weeks.

18 inch pothole, 20th February 

20 Feb

A pothole is expanding for the last couple of weeks Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 13 Coppice Road, Coseley Report on FixMyStreet...

Salary of head teacher Summerhill school 

20 Feb

Response by Dudley Council to Nigel S on 20 February 2017 .

Exclusions from primary schools in Dudley. 

20 Feb

Response by Dudley Council to Kristofor karolski on 20 February 2017 .

Glass all over pavement., 19th February 

19 Feb

Dangerous for children and elderly.

Exclusions from primary schools in Dudley. 

19 Feb

Request sent to Dudley Council by Kristofor karolski on 19 February 2017 .

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    The chairlift at Dudley Zoological Gardens before it’s recent restoration. Dudley, West Midlands.

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