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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 »

A Close Encounter with Bridgnorth 

28 Aug

A narrow defeat to higher league opposition.

Warley and District Sunday League 

26 Aug


Colts at Cleobury Mortimer in Pre-Season Game 

24 Aug

Thursday 25th August 2016 - KO 6:30pm...

Kidderminster Closed Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th August 

22 Aug

There will be no training at Kidderminster this week (Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th August) due to ongoing electrical work, access is still not available.

DK win warm up game against Silhillians 

20 Aug

Just watching in the rain...

Kidderminster Closed Monday 15th Aug or Wednesday 17th Aug 

15 Aug

Please Note Kidderminster is still closed due to construction and electrical work being done, so no training this week on Monday 15th Aug or Wednesday 17th Aug Please contact Vince Farguharson for further information on training.

Lions at home for pre-season fixture 

15 Aug

The Lions are at home this Saturday 20th August for a pre-season fixture Vs Cleobury Mortimer...

The Lions are at home this Saturday 20th August 

15 Aug

The Lions are at home this Saturday 20th August for a pre-season fixture Vs Cleobury Mortimer...

Ladies who Lunch 

15 Aug

Lunch with Captain Chris Tufley ex commander of Commander of the Royal Yacht Brittannia...

Ladies night with Austin Healey 

15 Aug

An opportunity for ladies to wine and dine and then be entertained by Austin Healey...

Ladies night with Austin Healy 

15 Aug

An opportunity for ladies to wine and dine and then be entertained by Austin Healey...

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Comment »

May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.

Playing the race card: Smith and working class identity politics 

26 Jul

Women workers’ banner at the black country museum workers institute It wasn’t too many decades ago that it was the tories who attacked the Labour party with the race card – if you want X for a neighbour vote Labour and all of that.

Summer Holiday Storehouse Opening Times 2016 

21 Jul

Hi All The Storehouse is Albion Street will be closed from (and including) Monday 29th August and reopen on Monday 5th September.

Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.

If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your ...

Margot supports Theresa May – for a country that works for everyone 

30 Jun

I was delighted to attend the launch of Theresa May's campaign for the leadership this morning.

Nature Returns to the River Stour 

28 Jun

River Stour behind Lion Health Centre Murrays Chemist Thanks to our dedicated and committed volunteers we’ve almost completely cleared the River Stour behind the Lion Health Centre .

#KeepCorbyn : An open letter to the Labour right in the PLP 

24 Jun

I’m writing to you as a Labour party member to beg you to respect the mandate of Jeremy Corbyn as leader.


24 Jun

Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Dave Cameron, James Morris , Margot James Sajid Javid, Tom Watson, Adrian Baily , Eddie Izzard, Peter Mandelson, Will Straw, Richard Branson, Sayeeda Warsi, Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde, Mark...

#SayHerName: Justice For Sarah Reed 

22 Jun

Wednesday 22nd June would have been Sarah Reed’s 33rd birthday.

News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

Jo Cox, motherhood and antifascism 

16 Jun

Just had a cry in the pouring rain and thought I would quickly express some thoughts about what happened today.

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Features »

Bamboo cane plea! 

29 Aug

Following the popularity of our five-storey bug hotel which is always fully booked with critters, were looking to expand the guesthouse empire, but need YOUR help! There are thousands of insect species living across our 40-acre zoo site, which all ...

Neat and tidy! 

28 Aug

DZGs 40-acre site is looking neater thanks to the DIY efforts of our maintenance team.

Rockers are a hit! 

28 Aug

DZGs new animal rockers are proving a hit with our younger visitors.

From Aurora to Cloud – 25th August 

27 Aug

There was some forecast for aurora in the early hours of the 25th auugst, but, at the same time the weather forecast wasn't good either with cloud forecast.

Charlie’s castle checks 

27 Aug

DZG's Blue and gold macaw, Charlie is enjoying the warmer weather by carrying out castle checks with Presentation Assistant, Amy Hickman.

G1 Geomagnetic Storm – 24th August 

26 Aug

I spent the evening of the 23rd of August watching online aurora monitoring stations and could see a huge auroral oval straight over Iceland where we are staying.

It’s snow joke – reindeer born at Dudley Zoo in August 

26 Aug

DUDLEY Zoo is celebrating the birth of another reindeer, making this August arrival even rarer than the birth of little Sunflower in July.

New tortoise settles in 

26 Aug

A male African Hermann's tortoise issettling into his new home at DZG.

Dudley College celebrates bumper number of GCSE achievements 

25 Aug

Dudley College students and staff have been celebrating strong GCSE results today with a significant increase in the number of students securing successful A* – C grades in their GCSE resits results.

On your marks… 

25 Aug

DZG staff are busy limbering up for our Zoolympics today! CAPTION: Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, Conservation Officer Chris Leeson and Education Assistant Amy Hickman get he medals and sponges ready for today's Zoolympics! Keepers, office staff and our ...

From Storm to Dawn – 24th August 

24 Aug

There's still not much true 'astronomical night' up here in north west Iceland in the last third of August and by 3am dawn is rapidly brightening up the sky, hiding not just the stars but also the aurora.

Summer shearing 

24 Aug

Farm favourites, Crunchie the alpaca and Bam Bam the sheep are enjoying the warm weather after having their thick coats shorn off.

Iceland Aurora – 23rd August 

23 Aug

I was really surprised to see an auroral display on the morning of 23rd august; all the data said there shouldn't be one - Kp1, northerly Bz and a slow solar wind.

Special delivery for Ellis 

23 Aug

A chance discussion with a zoo visitor led to a surprise delivery for DZG Apprentice, Ellis Robinson.

Zoolympics fun! 

22 Aug

Well be joining the Olympics fun on Thursday with our very own sports extravaganza as we raise money to help preserve a vital piece of forest in Brazil.

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Business »

Sertec Group completes WILD automotive takeover to create £250m giant 

26 Aug

The Jaguar Land Rover supplier has bought Midlands firm WILD automotive creating a roup with 10 manufacturing plants across the UK, Germany and Hungary...

Airport’s profits soar during successful year 

25 Aug

PROFITS at Birmingham Airport have soared by nearly £10m as its passenger numbers continue to set new records.

Major fire severely damages popular restaurant 

25 Aug

A BLACK Country restaurant has been severely damaged in a major fire overnight.

Stourbridge fire protection specialists reward staff’s long service 

24 Aug

A STOURBRIDGE fire protection and detection specialist firm has recognised and rewarded employees for decades of commitment to the company at an awards ceremony.

New finance chief at Carillion 

24 Aug

Zafar Khan will replace Richard Adam when he retires later this year...

Revenues up 10% at Carillion 

24 Aug

STRONG growth in its support services operation has led to a 10% first half revenue boost for construction and facilities management group Carillion.

Lower sterling benefiting manufacturing exports claims CBI 

23 Aug

DOUBTS about the robustness of the manufacturing industry have been dispelled slightly after new figures showed output in the sector continuing to grow.

Stourbridge recruitment experts join Midlands manufacturing hub 

23 Aug

A STOURBRIDGE recruitment consultancy has been announced as the latest member of a new support collective designed to help manufacturers grow.

Birmingham Airport records busiest year in its history 

23 Aug

Eleven million passengers have passed through the transport hub since August 2015 with the airport now targeting 12 million over next year...

New first for Jaguar Land Rover as it offers completely digital sales option 

22 Aug

JAGUAR LAND ROVER has become the UKs first premium carmaker to offer a fully online purchasing package.

Birmingham Airport scales new heights after processing a record number of passengers 

22 Aug

BIRMINGHAM Airport has recorded its busiest-ever 12-month period, processing more than 11 million passengers.

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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 »

Dog Fouling on Wall Well / Bundle Hill Path, 28th August 

28 Aug

The Bundle hill to Wall Well path has been fouled with dog poo once more.

Black Plastic container left on path, 26th August 

26 Aug

Someone has left an empty plastic container outside number 3.

Middle of road three pot holes getting bigger, 26th August 

26 Aug

Corbyns Hall road three pot holes getting bigger Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 17 Corbyns Hall Road, Pensnett Report on FixMyStreet...

Dumped trolley, 24th August 

24 Aug

Fly tipped trolley Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Medway Close, Pensnett Report on FixMyStreet...

Dog fouling, 24th August 

24 Aug

Large amount of dog mess not being picked up.

What actions you will take to openly publish procurement data? 

24 Aug

Response by Dudley Council to S.

What actions you will take to openly publish procurement data? 

23 Aug

Request sent to Dudley Council by S.

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