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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 »

Graham was a fantastic bloke – and he always looked like a… 

26 Oct

ONE-TIME schoolboy goalkeeper Colin Pearson has special reason to remember Graham Hawkins, who died earlier this month.

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

26 Oct

John Rochell Memorial Trophy Prelim Round 2Langley Gold 6--0 George Warley Cradley Sports 4--2 Wednesbury CD Academy Boys 9--6 Tipton Rangers (aet pens) Netherton Crown 10--0 Tipton Kings Arms Oldbury Cottage 1--2 Haden Cross Yeltz Bar 4--...

Kidderminster & DistrictFootball League 

26 Oct

PremierAreley Kings 02 Namaste Tigers Dudley Sports 03 Harriers Trust Station Inn 20 Darby End Ath Stourport Swifts 14 Grange Ath Waterfall AFC 60 Netherton Colts Snrs Woodside Utd 74 Hare Hounds Sports Division 1 Brit Wollaston 14 Kingswinford...

Stour vs Sedgley Park on the Radio 

25 Oct

Saturday's game at Sedgley Park Tigers will have live coverage from Black Country Radio - 102.5FM...

Get FREE Admission to Stourbridge vs Chester Game 

25 Oct

Use your Family Bonfire and Fireworks Night ticket to get FREE entry into our National 2 North fixture against Chester...

Lions’ Dinner 

24 Oct

10th December 2016...

Worcestershire & Herefordshire RFU Annual County Dinner 

24 Oct

Friday 28th October 2016...

DK stutter on the road again. 

23 Oct

Two tries all.

Stourbridge RFC boss warns: Wharfedale will be no pushovers! 

21 Oct

Stourbridge hope to extend unbeaten home record against Wharfedale...

Pre-Match Meal for Wharfedale Game 

19 Oct

Saturday 22nd October 2016...

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

19 Oct

APD Challenge Cup Preliminary Round 2Wednesbury CD 4--10 SPY BNJS ResWhite Swan 3--5 Three D FCLapal 0--9 Academy BoysBritannia Inn 5--3 Forest FalconsShere Punjab 5--3 Yeltz BarGeorge Warley 1--6 Edgbaston PrioryNetherton Rangers 5--1 AFC...

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Comment »

Margot James responds to BHS debate 

20 Oct

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary Backbench Business Committee debate on the governance of British Home Stores.

Halloween happenings at Dudley Castle 

20 Oct

Chance to witness ghostly goings on at haunted venue.

Chef Evans, due process, and equality fights 

15 Oct

***Content warning – may be triggering in relation to sexual assault and rape*** I wanted to write something briefly on this in solidarity with the opening up of pain and frustration I have seen from lots and lots of women I admire and value and ...

MP announces 2016 Careers Evening 

10 Oct

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James is hosting her next Aspirations Event, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.

Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

14 Sep

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to white goods product recall and employment protections.

Faulty Tumble Dryers (Fire Risk) Debate 

13 Sep

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to an adjournment debate on fire risk of faulty tumble dryers.

Harvest 2016! 

12 Sep

Hello Everyone We are excited to be preparing for the Harvest season.

Welcome Back! September 2016 

5 Sep

Hi All The BCFB Warehouse is open as usual, Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.

Vote Elane for FE disabled rep, NEC 

3 Sep

This week ballot papers will arrive for a UCU NEC by-election for FE disabled members rep.

The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.

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.

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Features »

DZG’s nocturnal activities 

28 Oct

When the zoo shuts for the day and the animals are locked away, we’ve captured footage of some of our native wildlife who come out to play! DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson has set up special night vision camera traps in certain areas of the ...

Spider-Girl Sarah! 

27 Oct

Spiders may be one of the most feared animal species in the world, but for DZG’s Weekend Keeper, Sarah Redding, they’re a life’s passion! Currently the 40 year-old owns 23 tarantulas which she keeps in tanks in her bedroom, including the world...

Little Pascal’s big personality! 

26 Oct

Despite standing at just 20cm tall, little Pascal the burrowing owl has a big personality! The five month-old was abandoned by his parents when he was just a week old and bird keepers stepped in to rear the youngster.

Spooky Sprout’s sheet shoutout! 

25 Oct

Whooooooo! We’re gearing up for Hallowe’en and all getting into the spooky spirit here at DZG – orangutans included! Our great apes are all playful primates who love making up games with whatever they can get their hands on, so we’re ...

When High Arcal Grammar School was built in the 1960s 

24 Oct

OVER the summer the debate over whether new grammar schools should be built was reopened.

Fancy dress firemen and girls dipped in powder at Stourbridge 

24 Oct

HERE we have another selection of curious photographs from the collection of reader Raymond Franks of Stourport, in follow-up to those featured two weeks ago.

Happy Birthday, Kubwa! 

24 Oct

It’s a big day for our handsome Rothschild’s giraffe, Kubwa, who’s celebrating his 16 th birthday! And keepers treated the birthday boy to some of his favourite browse delivered in his own personalised carved pumpkin,  as his big day falls in ...

Monks’ conference held at historic Priory ruins 

23 Oct

DUDLEY Borough's most historic park was the setting for the UK Cluniac Forum Conference on Monday 17 October.

Looking back on skewl days 

23 Oct

I'VE written a few lines of verse to record our 14th school reunion we all went to Wednesbury County Commercial College on Wood Green Road, from 1949 to 52.

On the beat with the Dudley Borough Police 

23 Oct

BACK in July, in Bugle 1247 we published a letter by Bob Pooler who has researched the history of Worcestershire Police Force and is particularly keen to hear from anyone connected with the Dudley Borough Police.

Oliver’s best day ever! 

23 Oct

Nine year-old Oliver Cobbold had the “best day ever” when he became a Little Zoo Keeper at DZG.

New day for Laurel and Hardy fans in Stourbridge 

22 Oct

LEGENDARY funnymen Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy still have a legion of fans, many decades after their films were made.

Going batty for Hallowe’en 

22 Oct

We’ve had some timely births in the bat enclosure just in time for Hallowe’en! This Egyptian fruit bat is just a few days old and is one of four newborns who can be spotted tucked up on their mums in the Castle Creatures exhibit throughout half ...

Thanks to those who honoured Battle of Britain Memorial Day inn… 

21 Oct

THE first Battle of Britain service and the dedication of the RAF Association Branch Standard took place on September 21, 1947.

Romy’s first adopter! 

21 Oct

Recently arrived giant anteater Romy, has her first adopter and it’s none other than our longest visiting supporter, Muriel Thatcher.

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Business »

Moore Stephens engineers new academy contract 

26 Oct

BIRMINGHAM accounting firm Moore Stephens has been appointed as auditor for WMG Academy for Young Engineers.

St. Modwen given green light for 328,000 sq ft business park expansion 

26 Oct


St. Modwen submits 280-home plan for Staffordshire 

26 Oct


Business leaders push the case for expansion of Birmingham Airport 

25 Oct

BIRMINGHAMS business community has been quick to push for the expansion of Birmingham Airport in the wake of the Governments decision to opt for a third runway at Heathrow.

Massive expansion of Birmingham Airport could double passenger capacity to 55 million 

25 Oct

After the Government backs a third runway at Heathrow, West Midlands politicians want to expand Birmingham Airport - and that's likely to mean a new runway...

JLR owner Tata removes chairman 

25 Oct

No explanation given for sudden departure of Cyrus Mistry after four years in the role...

£70m earmarked for Dudley regeneration projects 

25 Oct

A MULTI-MILLION-POUND regeneration masterplan reshaping Dudleys skyline has been outlined to the Government.

Under-performing Land Systems weighs down GKN 

25 Oct

THE strength of the global automotive industry has again proved the saviour of Midlands engineering group, GKN.

Merry Hill owner plans £85m revamp 

25 Oct

Intu is hoping to raise 350m through a new bond offer which will be partly used to remodel and reposition the popular Black Country retail hub...

National Express pulls out of £1bn German rail contract 

25 Oct

BIRMINGHAM-based public transport group National Express has pulled out of a rail contract in Germany which could have been worth £1bn to the business over the next decade.

Tata chairman ousted in boardroom drama 

25 Oct

THE chairman of Tata Sons, which owns Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel, has been ousted.

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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 »

Council building closures since 2010 

28 Oct

Response by Dudley Council to Lee Jefferson on 28 October 2016 .

Fostering fees and allowances 

27 Oct

Response by Dudley Council to Mustafa Aziz on 27 October 2016 .

Current Social Care System 

27 Oct

Response by Dudley Council to Michelle Large on 27 October 2016 .

Fostering fees and allowances 

27 Oct

Request sent to Dudley Council by Mustafa Aziz on 27 October 2016 .

Current Social Care System 

27 Oct

Request sent to Dudley Council by Michelle Large on 27 October 2016 .

Public Health inquiries from office of Diane Abbott MP 

25 Oct

Response by Dudley Council to Office of Diane Abbott MP on 25 October 2016 .

Blocking Driveway + Parking Cars With No MOT in Road, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Neighbours and their visitors keep blocking access to driveway when parking fir past 12months so we are unable to park on our drive.

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     on flickr 17 Oct 11
    The remains of Dudley Castle a Grade I listed building in Dudley, West Midlands.

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