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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 »

ALL Training and Touch Rugby – CANCELLED TONIGHT 

22 Mar

Wednesday 22nd March 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...

Stourbridge vs Otley RUFC 

21 Mar

Saturday 1st April 2017...

Supporters’ Bus to Preston Grasshoppers 

21 Mar

Saturday 25th March 2017...

Stourbridge Under 15s in North Mids Cup Semi at Stourton Park 

21 Mar

Sunday 26th March 2017 - North Mids Cup Semi-Final against Worcester U15s...

This Weekend for Stour’s Teams 

20 Mar

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 2017...

European title shot for Stourbridge’s Sam Eggington 

16 Mar

Stourbridge boxing star Sam Eggington has been handed a shot at a European title.

Jim Dickens 

15 Mar

Dad to Andrew, Simon and Adam...

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

15 Mar

APD Challenge Cup Round 1O'Reillys 2--3 Oldbury CottageEdgbaston Priory 9--0 Tenth LockOakham Utd 7--5 Shere Punjab HandsworthJinglers 1--2 GSA FCDerrick Smith Memorial Trophy-Section AKhalsa Sports 1--3 Ivy BushDerrick Smith Memorial Trophy...

Darlaston end dismal run against Dudley 

15 Mar

DARLASTON TOWN 1TEAM DUDLEY 0A SINGLE goal from Darlaston's Luke Charlton gave caretaker manager Scott Bamford his first league win following Mark Swann's recent departure.

Kidderminster & DistrictFootball League 

15 Mar

PremierGrange Athletic 4-2 Stourport SwiftsWoodside United 4-0 Dudley SportsDudley Sports 1-2 Woodside UnitedDivision 1Alveley Sports 3-2 Wall Heath AllianceWall Heath Alliance 0-4 Alveley SportsBrit Wollaston 3-3 Wollaston LionsSporting Club...

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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 »

An extra hour to enjoy DZG! 

24 Mar

Visitors have extra time to see their favourite DZG animals as we’ve reverted to summer hours.

Ha Full Disk – 23rd March 

23 Mar

Weather conditions were far from perfect with some haze with the sun low in the sky, but with the lack of decent weather so far this year I was not giving up on the chance to observe our star.

CaK Full Disk With A Spot – 23rd March 

23 Mar

The full disk is still quiet, even in CaK light, but on the eastern limb a new sunspot rounded the limb; it is small and rather inactive looking, but nice to have a feature on our star.

Throwback Thursday 

23 Mar

We’re dipping back into the zoo archives today as part of our Throwback Thursday 80 th anniversary celebrations and this month we’re featuring our polar bears.

Classmates will hear of Pardoe link 

22 Mar

ON March 27 a group of old school friends will gather at the Old Swan Inn in Netherton to hear how one of them was related to the renowned Pardoe family who gave their name to Ma Pardoe's brewery.

Teddy Grays film for one day only 

22 Mar

THERE will be a rare opportunity to see renowned photographer Martin Parr's film about Teddy Gray's sweet factory on April 27.

Commemorative coin on sale 

22 Mar

An exclusive commemorative coin to celebrate DZG’s 80 th anniversary has gone on sale in the Safari Shop.

Celebrate St George with DZG 

21 Mar

There’s still time to book your bargain tickets for the Dudley borough’s St George’s Day celebrations at DZG.

Equinoctial Full Disk in Hydrogen Alpha – 20th March 

20 Mar

The spring Equinox occurred today at 10.28am, the point where the Earths equatorial plane crosses the Suns equatorial plane.

CaK Full Disk – 20th May 

20 Mar

Really nice to come home from work this afternoon to a bit of sunshine, even if it was low in the sky, definitely better than nothing! Isn't it quiet though, normally CaK shows quite bright emitters, but there is very little in the way to see plage ...

Foundation stone laid by the Earl of Dudley 

20 Mar

LAST WEEK we told the story of how Charles Williams, the signalman at Dudley station became mayor of the borough in 1933.

Celebrating mums 

20 Mar

We’ve had a timely birth just ahead of Mother’s Day as ring-tailed lemur, Phoebe, delivered her 12th baby! The busy mum gave birth to her latest offspring in Lemur Wood on Wednesday night and was out and about in the one-acre walkthrough exhibit ...

Photo puzzle of Coseley bowls club 

19 Mar

THIS FINE photograph, getting on for 100 years old, has been donated recently to the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre but, sadly, very little is known about it.

Full of beans for panto! 

19 Mar

As sponsors of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s Christmas pantomime, we’re full of beans as the first casting is revealed.

Fond memories of ox-roaster Fred 

18 Mar

OUR ox-roasting front cover photo from February 15 has certainly got Bugle readers talking.

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Business »

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.

Brierley Hill leads the way in testing mobility equipment 

15 Mar

NEW mobility products supplied by CareCo will now be tested and checked by a fully qualified occupational therapist.

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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 »

Ball games next to residential property, 23rd March 

23 Mar

Children playing ball games on grass patch next to my house causing great disturbance and risk to my property.

Birmingham New Road, 23rd March 

23 Mar

There is a fridge shaped article on the the grass verge at a prox no 311 this has been there in excess of 6 months and is a disgrace to council employees who have passed by without action Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically...

Privet Bush needs cutting back, 23rd March 

23 Mar

2/3 of the pavement is covered by privit Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 61 Queens Road, Sedgley Report on FixMyStreet...

Building regulations enforcement S36 notices issued. 

23 Mar

Response by Dudley Council to Adam A on 23 March 2017 .

Vicar Street Sedgley, 22nd March 

22 Mar

Two large holes developing outside Vicarige on west bound carriage way Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 17 Catholic Lane, Dudley Report on FixMyStreet...


22 Mar

Response by Dudley Council to angela on 22 March 2017 .

Footpath used by cars and vans to turn left, 22nd March 

22 Mar

When a car is trying to turn right into the high street I have seen many drivers mount the pavement in order to turn left and get round.

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  • Dudley recycling incentive scheme 1

     on flickr 28 Jun 13
    A lemur monkey who loves to recycle with Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environement and culture with Dudley Zoological Gardens’ chief executive Pete Suddock at the zoo.

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