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Scrap freight depot plan, says residents 

3 Mar 18

A huge 99 per cent of respondents to a consultation organised by MP Gavin Williamson insisted they were against the West Midlands Interchange, which could be built at Gailey in South Staffordshire…


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Litter lout is fined £829 

3 Mar 18

Sean Townley from Glascote, Tamworth, was issued with two fixed penalty notices but failed to pay…


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MP: Watson must return money 

3 Mar 18

David Winnick, who served as MP for Walsall North for 38 years until last year’s General Election, said Labour should have no association with Mosley’s money…


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Two cannabis factories discovered 

2 Mar 18

West Midlands Police recovered a sack of cannabis after a routine stop check on a van in Kirkstall Crescent, Bloxwich…


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Schools closures on Friday 

1 Mar 18

The majority of closures have hit schools across Stafford, South Staffordshire, Lichfield and Cannock Chase boroughs…


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New college principal announced 

1 Mar 18

Ms Boliver has left the college after five years to become principal and chief executive at South Staffordshire College…


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Elderly woman found dead at Walsall home 

1 Mar 18

A murder investigation has been launched after a great-grandmother was found dead at her home in Walsall…


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Full list of school closures 

1 Mar 18

More than 170 schools are closed across Staffordshire, with around 70 of these in the Stafford, South Staffordshire and Cannock Chase boroughs…


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New homes for Dudley and Penkridge 

27 Feb 18

Land near Stourbridge and land north of Penkridge have been included as preferred sites in a report assessing where tens of thousands of new homes will be built over the next 20 years to meet the needs of the rising Midlands population…


Sport
Ex-Willenhall Rugby Club president dies 

27 Feb 18

Bill Simkin was President for 27 years after first getting involved with the club in 1966 when he sold them a piece of land in Essington to play on…


Sport
Beth hoping for gold 

26 Feb 18

The 25-year-old, who grew up in Heath Hayes and now lives in Lichfield, was chosen in the 12-strong England squad for the Games, which take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in April…


Sport
Rai’s in the money 

26 Feb 18

The Perton-based 22-year-old collected almost £14,000 for after finishing on 11 under par in Doha…


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Defence Secretary visits tennis club 

26 Feb 18

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson stopped by at Wombourne Tennis Club to admire its £27,000 revamp…


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Pensioner held on suspicion of murder 

24 Feb 18

The 79-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday after an 82-year-old man, named locally as Dennis, was found dead in Raven Close, Huntington…


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Three sandwiches stolen in Co-op raid 

23 Feb 18

Police were called to the Co-op store on Stafford Road In Huntington just after 7pm on Thursday…


Sport
Rai in pole position 

22 Feb 18

Rai, who was born in Wolverhampton and raised in Perton, shot seven under-par alongside Eddie Pepperell and Gregory Havret at the Doha-based event, leaving him joint-first…


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Wolverhampton College head leaving 

22 Feb 18

Graham Morley is leaving South Staffordshire College after 10 years at the helm…


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MP celebrates park’s makeover 

19 Feb 18

The Defence Secretary, who is long-standing supporter of Coven Playing Field Committee, was on hand to officially open the new village facilities…


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Cannock White House restored 

17 Feb 18

The Grade 2*-listed White House in Cannock has been transformed into offices and apartments after lying empty since it was put up for sale by South Staffordshire College two years ago…


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Fraudster to pay back £567k after scam 

15 Feb 18

Paul Foster, from Penkridge, imported fake box sets of hit TV series from China and had them delivered to his home, before selling them to customers worldwide on ebay…


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Owls about that! MP visits Animal Zone 

13 Feb 18

The South Staffordshire MP, who is a member and patron of the trust, popped into its temporary home in the county…


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School ranked 25th best in the country 

10 Feb 18

St Dominic’s Grammar School in Brewood has been recognised in newspaper’s 2018 guide…


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STEM steel link-up for all-girl team 

9 Feb 18

Aged between 13 and 14, the team of six girls from Staffordshire University Academy in Hednesford has partnered with thyssenkrupp (UK) – the German steel group with its UK base in Solihull and a major operation at Cradley Heath – for the STEM …


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Fundraising music and comedy night 

8 Feb 18

Black Country comic Doug Parker is returning to Kinver following his sell out show last year…


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Thousands take part in Tough Guy event 

5 Feb 18

The ‘Mudathon’ in Perton saw people put through their paces on a gruelling seven-mile course…


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Thousands take part in Tough Guy event 

5 Feb 18

The ‘Mudathon’ in Perton saw people put through their paces on a gruelling seven-mile course…


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£6m to aid 1,000 Black Country start-ups 

1 Feb 18

Another £603,380 was lent to 88 business owners in South Staffordshire by the Start Up Loans Company (SULCo…


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£140k of cannabis found at drugs farm 

31 Jan 18

The haul, which had a street value of around £140,000, were found spread over several rooms at a house in Pendeford Mill Lane, Codsall…


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Edna celebrates 100th birthday 

29 Jan 18

The great-grandmother from Wednesfield was overjoyed to celebrate with her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren at the 3 Hammers Golf Complex in Coven on Friday…


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Fear for future of Wombourne girl guides 

28 Jan 18

The 50-year-old building in Mill Lane, Wombourne, is used every day with more than 250 children visiting per week – and the cracks are starting to show…


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Russia ready to kill thousands of Brits 

27 Jan 18

Last night the Russian Defence Ministry hit back at the South Staffordshire MP and said he had ‘lost his grasp on reason…


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MP – I almost threw away my marriage 

26 Jan 18

The South Staffordshire MP said that while working for a fireplace manufacturing firm in Yorkshire in 2004 he engaged in a ‘flirtatious’ relationship with a co-worker, confessing they shared a kiss a ‘couple of times…


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Pattingham manor for sale 

26 Jan 18

Now prospective buyers are in with the chance of lapping up luxury – if they have more than £2 million to spare…


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Residents’ anger at surgery closure 

23 Jan 18

Pattingham surgery will be closing on February 16, with villagers expected to make the six-mile trip to Claverley for their healthcare instead or choose a different practice…


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Cargill to take on 100 

19 Jan 18

Its chicken processing plant at Balliol Business Park, Bilbrook, already employs 170 and an extra production line is now being installed…


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Criminal with ‘terrible’ record jailed 

18 Jan 18

Michael Baker and three other men escaped with £2,500 worth of power tools from Woodward Transport in Great Wyrley, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told…


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Scouts thrown off campsite of 100 years 

17 Jan 18

The activity centre in Patshull, Wolverhampton, has played host to tens of thousands of children across the Black Country, south Staffordshire and Shropshire since before the First World War…


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Council tax to rise in county 

17 Jan 18

South Staffordshire Council chiefs want to levy a £5 increase from April and then again in 2019/20 while they intend to increase it by nearly two per cent (1…


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Closure threat to top of class 

16 Jan 18

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, in Wombourne, was nearly shut down for good in 2005 when low pupil numbers promoted a viability review…


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Unacceptable conditions at jail 

12 Jan 18

Living conditions for prisoners at HMP Featherstone have been branded ‘totally unacceptable’ and ‘unfit for purpose…


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Historic home to go in new-builds plan 

12 Jan 18

Hatherton Lodge, once owned by Noah Hingley, will be pulled down to make way for seven new houses following a decision by Dudley Council’s planning committee…


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Rat and mice problem at HMP Featherstone 

11 Jan 18

The prison governor had to take action – planting poison and fitting meshes to lags’ windows – to tackle the problem…


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Prison block reopens after disorder 

10 Jan 18

Prisoners had to be relocated following the incident in House 5 at HMP Featherstone in August…


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99 potholes in one road is not on 

9 Jan 18

David Clifft, who represents Essington, said residents on Hobble End Lane in the village were ‘up in arms’ at the state of the road…


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Exciting year for winemakers 

5 Jan 18

Work has already begun on the first scheme at Halfpenny Green Wine Estate, in Bobbington which is an extension to the popular restaurant…


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Charges to go up at Himley Park 

3 Jan 18

Dudley Council says raising the price of season parking tickets will allow reinvestment in leisure facilities across the borough…


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Blow in campaign to save historic home 

27 Dec 17

The Victorian Society and Save Britain’s Heritage have pleaded with Dudley Council not to allow the demolition of Hatherton Lodge in Cradley, which was once the home of famous industrialist Noah Hingley…


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Dinner delayed by Christmas Day crash 

25 Dec 17

A cream-coloured Mini and a black Renault collided near The Dudley Arms pub on Wolverhampton Road in Himley at around midday today…


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Gavin blocks attempts to rebrand Army 

24 Dec 17

The South Staffordshire MP was responding after an official document which had been leaked suggested the slogan and crest depicting crossed swords, a crown and a lion were to be dropped as part of a rebrand exercise costing £520,000…


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Horse trailer stolen by ‘lanky’ thief 

23 Dec 17

The silver and red Ifor Williams model, worth over £1,000, was taken about midday on Friday from an address on Pendeford Mill Lane in Codsall…







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