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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 »

Stourbridge Lions vs Leek 

28 Mar

Saturday 8th April 2017 - Top of the Table Clash...

Real family affair sees Ciaran Moore get his dream Birmingham Moseley move 

28 Mar

Stourbridge captain Ciaran Moore joins Birmingham Moseley...

Pre-Match Meal for Otley Game 

27 Mar

Saturday 1st April 2017...

Stour Under 15s Through to North Mids Cup Final 

27 Mar

Stourbridge Under 15s 17 Worcester Under 15s 10...

DON’T FORGET! The Clocks Go Forward TONIGHT!!! 

25 Mar

Sunday 26th March at 2:00am...

ALL Training and Touch Rugby – CANCELLED TONIGHT 

22 Mar

Wednesday 22nd March 2017...

The Stacey Hurrell Testimonial 

21 Mar

Stourbridge Dream Team vs Barbarians - Sunday 7th May 2017...

WIN a Mascot Place for your Little Rugby Star… 

21 Mar

at the Saxons Dream Team vs Barbarians match on Sunday 7th May 2017...

This Saturday for Stour’s Teams 

21 Mar

Saturday 1st April 2017...

Stourbridge vs Otley RUFC 

21 Mar

Saturday 1st April 2017...

Supporters’ Bus to Preston Grasshoppers 

21 Mar

Saturday 25th March 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 »

Gifts galore for Sprout! 

30 Mar

Our loveable Bornean orangutan, Sprout, woke up to a pile of presents this morning to celebrate her sixth birthday! Upper Primates keepers left the wrapped gifts outside for the birthday girl to discover and she was straight over unwrapping the paper...

Fashion & Textile exhibition 

29 Mar

Dudley College HND Fashion and Textiles students will be creating a giant immersive fashion magazine, which shoppers can become a part of, on Saturday 1st April at INTU Merry Hill.

Birthday girl, Inca! 

29 Mar

We’re wishing our beautiful Inca bear a very happy 37 th birthday today! The Asiatic black bear, who’s surpassed the species’ typical life expectancy by more than a decade, will be receiving some extra treats from keepers today, including her ...

Autostakkert3 Beta Version Released 

28 Mar

I've always been a fan of the 'Autostakkert' software for stacking my solar images, it is simple to use, and, IMHO gives good results.

Birthday takeaway 

28 Mar

Our gorgeous Sumatran tiger, Joao, is celebrating his 5th birthday today and keepers treated the big cat to a Chinese and Indian takeaway! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, pictured above, stuffed two hessian sacks with used giraffe bedding and covered one...

Readers recall the big stars they saw at the Dudley Hippodrome 

27 Mar

LAST WEEK Bugle reader John Trafford recalled the time he saw the celebrated Irish tenor Josef Locke perform at the Dudley Hippodrome.

Solar Northern Hemisphere In Calcium Light – 26th March 

26 Mar

The suns northern hemisphere was by far the most interesting and most active today, with a new active region forming quite rapidly over the past 24 hours or so.

CaK Full Disk – 26th March 

26 Mar

Out of all the images I took today I think my favourite is the CaK full disk, despite the haze, high cloud and contrails this came out really sharp.

Ha Full Disk – 26th March 

26 Mar

The sun looked nice in Ha wavelengths today; the proms may not have been large, but there was a lovely emerging active region with rapidly developing spots, and also a large number of small but delicate filaments across the disk.

Sunday Proms – 26th March 

26 Mar

The sky was hazy today, and I was struggling to see the proms, so I decided to do an exposure for the prominences alone.

Dudley Peaks Weekend: Peak Cavern to Titan….and back! 

26 Mar

As Jess and I had to work on the Saturday we arranged to meet the gang in Castleton early evening for a meal.

CaK Full Disk – 25th March 

26 Mar

Lots of high cloud running through was making imaging difficult and dropping the contrast of the views, but this shot came out ok in the end with a bit of massaging in post processing.

Grocer great uncle was Wolverhampton mayor 

26 Mar

IN BUGLE 1280 we asked readers if anyone in their family had served as a mayor or councillor of a Black Country borough.

Happy Mother’s Day! 

26 Mar

It’s Mothering Sunday and we’re celebrating mums of all shapes, sizes and species today! We’ve got lots of amazing mums here at DZG from experienced mums like Phoebe the ring-tailed lemur, who gave birth to her 12 th baby last week, to new ...

Ha Full Disk – 25th March 

25 Mar

I could only observe early today, and when the sun had come across the roof tops the sky was heavy with horses tails cirrus clouds.

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Business »

Luxury watch brand to open at Merry Hill 

29 Mar

Black Country shopping centre is chosen destination for group to launch its first store in the West Midlands...

Dudley firm doubles manufacturing space 

22 Mar

A DUDLEY manufacturer has expanded and bought new machinery to increase productivity thanks to a £250,000 financial package from Lloyds Bank.

We need inquiry into council’s Lidl plan mistake says MP 

22 Mar

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants inquiry to prevent repeat of error in which wrong advice was given to planning committee leading to permission being granted for controversial Lidl store...

Truckman targets European market growth 

22 Mar

DUDLEY firm Truckman is aiming to boost its export activities, with a particular focus on the Northern European market.

Agencies aim to attract business to multi-million pound Kingswinford development 

21 Mar

COMMERCIAL property investment company LCP has appointed two West Midland agencies to help attract businesses to its multi-million pound speculative development in Kingswinford.

Birmingham colleges snubbed in new apprenticeship push 

20 Mar

Trio of colleges fail to make new key government register which will connect employers with training providers running schemes for apprentices...

£1bn Black Country manufacturing strategy looks to lure investors 

17 Mar

Investment opportunities in a ground breaking High Value Manufacturing City development have been highlighted by the Black Country LEP at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

Birmingham Airport underlines its importance to region’s transport infrastructure 

16 Mar

Birmingham Airport has underlined its importance to the region and its transport infrastructure by announcing two years of continuous record monthly passenger growth.

Jaguar unleashes new EV onto the roads of the UK 

16 Mar

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle the Jaguar I-Pace onto the streets of the UK for the first time.

London Midland backs tech firms to boost train journeys 

16 Mar

Rail operator is supporting ten start-up companies to create new technology products which will improve passengers' journeys...

Photographic firm exposes itself to growth after new funding deal 

15 Mar

A Black Country photographic business is set to expand after securing a new funding deal.

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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 »

Car with SORN parked on pavement., 29th March 

29 Mar

A car (Toyota MRII YH03AVR) is permanently parked on an public pavement (Burton Rd, close to 23A) despite having a SORN in place which dictates the car should be kept in a private location not a public road or path.

Cars parking on pavements causing obstruction, 29th March 

29 Mar

We have put up with this problem of commuters using our street as an over flow car park for too long now.

Dog mess, 29th March 

29 Mar

Dog mess all over the pavement and all along Aintree Way leading to the school, making it impossible to push a pram or walk along the pavement.

Total number of pupils and spend for with SEN and looked after children 

29 Mar

Response by Dudley Council to B.

Long stretch of pot holes, 29th March 

29 Mar

Long stretch of pot holes getting bigger each day Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 The Priory, Dudley Report on FixMyStreet...

Several Fridges Dumped, 29th March 

29 Mar

Fridges and other electrical items fly tipped Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 43 Tipton Road, Dudley Report on FixMyStreet...

Significant pothole on turn into Walker Avenue from the Wollescote Road. It is difficult to avoid as it is just as you turn into the road., 28th March 

28 Mar

Significant pothole on turn into Walker Avenue from the Wollescote Road.

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  • Moonlight

     on flickr 19 Sep 08
    The old living quarters at Dudley Castle, in Dudley, West Midlands, England.

    A bit of fun with Photoshop. Darkening a daytime photograph and adding a giant moon.

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