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American's back Nottingham's Major Oak tree for award

Robin Hood fans in the American states of Oregon and New York are backing Nottinghamshire's Major Oak for the title of European Tree of the Year.

The famous tree in Sherwood Forest is known for being Robin's base.

Dog walkers walk past The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Major Oak facts:

years old
weight in tonnes
feet in circumference

We are delighted to be backing this campaign. We enjoy close links with our friends in Sherwood Forest in the UK through our respective annual festivals which celebrate the life and times of Robin Hood and it would be great if the Major Oak can win.

– Susan Danz, from the Robin Hood Festival in Oregon, America

Man accused of hiring hitman to kill ex-wife back in court

A Walsall man is due to appear before an American court today charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.

William Wallace, aged 33, was caught up in a child support and custody battle with his former partner while living in Santa Ana, California. He is accused of telling a private investigator he wanted her dead, and asking whether he knew anyone would murder he and dispose of the body.

William Wallace Credit: District Attorney's Office, Orange County

The investigator was the one who turned him in to police.

Bail has been set for Wallace, formerly of the Yew Tree Estate, at $2 million (£1.2m). If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 26 years to life in a state prison.

Wallace denies the charges.


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Search for missing Denise continues

Missing since Monday, Denise Gray Credit: family photo

The search for missing American Denise Gray continues at first light today in woodland just outside Horncastle. The 52-year-old went told a friend she is staying with in the village of Revesby she was going out for a walk on Monday - and hasn't been seen since.

Police and search and rescue teams have been searching local rivers and waterways. And they are asking local people to check their out houses and sheds.

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Police searching for missing American woman in Revesby

Police diving teams have spent the day in a lake on a private estate in Lincolnshire in the search for a woman who hasn't been seen since Monday.

Denise Gray told a friend she's staying with in the village of Revesby near Horncastle she was going out for a walk, but didn't return.

Matt Price has been in Revesby:

Walsall man in court accused of hiring hitman to kill wife

William Wallace is originally from the Yew Tree estate in Walsall Credit: Credit: District Attorney's Office, Orange County

A man from Walsall charged with planning to hire a hitman to kill his wife in California whilst he returned to the West Midlands for Christmas is due in court in America today.

Prosecutors have alleged William Wallace was involved in a custody battle over the couple's children.


Man accused of hiring hit-man to kill ex-wife in America

William Wallace is originally from the Yew Tree estate in Walsall Credit: District Attorney's Office, Orange County

A father from Walsall is tonight in jail in Orange County, California, charged with hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife. Police in America say he was involved in a custody battle.

Detectives say he planned for his former wife to be killed while he was back home in the Midlands for Christmas.

William Wallace is originally from the Yew Tree estate in Walsall, and is due to appear in court again in Orange County next Tuesday.

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Midlands record label seeing success is America

David Cameron has been in India this week promoting British trade abroad. For Barry Tomes from Birmingham, selling British brands on foreign markets is both possible and necessary.

Barry Tomes, CEO of Tomes PR, in his recording studio Credit: ITV News Central

He's been discovering, managing and promoting Midlands bands for forty years. Having recently opened an office in Los Angeles he believes he has cracked the US market and that he's done so by selling Britishness.

"When it comes to the music industry being English in America is hugely marketable. When I reminded executives there of the talent that has come out of Birmingham over the years - that was an important part of getting them interested."

Geoff Hornsby of Birmingham band Super 6 Credit: ITV News Central

He has high hopes for latest signing Super 6, whose first single 'Sleepwalking' has just been released. They will launch their album at a party at LA's legendary Viper Rooms in August and follow up with a US tour.