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Elderly man beats burglar with walking stick

The man hit the burglar with his walking stick. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

An elderly man has been injured after defending himself when a burglar broke into his Kingswinford home at the weekend.

The 88-year-old had fallen asleep in a chair when the man forced his way through a bedroom window of the property in Marley Road just after midnight on 26 July.

After searching the room, the man moved to the living room where he disturbed the occupant who hit out at him with his walking stick.

The elderly man suffers with poor vision and has frail skin which tore during the struggle.

Fortunately his injuries will heal and he shouldn’t suffer any long term ill effects. He is quite resilient, but it was still a shocking experience for him.

"Nothing was stolen during the break-in, but we need to catch the offender to prevent this happening to anyone else, so I am asking anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact me on 101.

"Equally if anyone has any information about who might be responsible, I would ask them to examine their conscience and do the right thing."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Hall

Forensic experts have gone over the property for clues and house to house enquiries have been carried out.

Disruptions expected in Leicestershire this weekend due to Caribbean Carnival

Police are reminding motorists and shoppers that there will be disruption on the roads around the city centre this Saturday (August 1 2015) during the Caribbean Carnival.

The Caribbean Carnival in Leicestershire. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Approximately 80,000 people are expected to join the celebrations along the parade route.

There will be three music stages plus a variety of art, craft and food stalls from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, children's village and funfair.

The official opening ceremony begins at 12.30pm followed by the street carnival. The procession will set off from Victoria Park, travel down London Road and Charles Street before returning to the park via Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street and London Road arriving back at the park at about 4.30pm. The carnival ends at 8pm.


Cyclist injured in road traffic collision

A cyclist has been involved in a road collision. Credit: West Midlands Police

A cyclist was taken to hospital last night, as a precaution after a road traffic collision in Staffordshire.

The accident happened on Main Road in Brereton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 7.25pm.

The man who was wearing a cycle helmet, is believed to have initially lost consciousness, otherwise he appeared to have just minor injuries. “He was immobilised and was taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Data highlights the problems of increasing house prices in the West Midlands

The average house price in the West Midlands is £200,000 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Estate agents say that people are living with their parents for longer while they save money to buy their first home.

Data from the National Housing Federation shows that houses in a third of local authorities in the West Midlands cost 10 times the average wage for first time buyers.

The Statistics also show that the average wage in the West Midlands is 20,000 and the average home costs £200,000.


Original home of Ladybird books to be honoured

This year marks 100 years of the publication of the books Credit: ITV News

The original home of Ladybird books in Loughborough is being honoured with a Green Plaque today.

The public voted for the site in Angel Yard off Market Street to be recognised as part of the Leicestershire County Council awards scheme.

This year marks the centenary of the publication of the famous children's books.

Signature to mark 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

The Lord Mayor of Leicester will sign a document today to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta Credit: ITV News

The commemorative certificate will mark Leicester's part in the creation of one of history's most important constitutional documents.

On behalf of the people of Leicester, I'm delighted to join in the celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta is credited with laying the foundations of modern democracy, the defence of personal liberty and the protection of freedoms around the world.

It's had a huge and long-lasting effect and I'm proud that the actions of Leicester's rebel baron, Saer de Quincy, are a part of that legacy.

– Lord Mayor, Cllr Ted Cassidy MBE
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