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Arrest after couple lose everything in removal fraud

Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, lost all of their possessions when moving home Credit: Good Morning Britain

A man has been questioned by police on suspicion of theft after a family from Bilston lost everything they owned in a removal van fraud.

Becky Szenk, 22, and fiancé Mark Higgins, 28, had their furniture, clothes, photographs and engagement gifts stolen by two men they had booked as removal men over Facebook.

The couple were moving out of their home in Mount Pleasant with their seven-month-old daughter on 25 September when a 'man with a van' drove off with all of their possessions, worth around £10,000. They were moving into their new flat in Walsall.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on 2 October. He has since been bailed pending further investigation.

Crews called overnight to severe factory fire in Bilston

West Midlands Fire Service Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Multiple crews from West Midlands Fire Service were involved overnight in dealing with a severe factory fire on Chestom Road in Ettingshall near Bilston.

A firefighter helps tackle the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Five pumps, teams with breathing apparatus and a hydraulic platform were used to tackle the fire.


Man charged with attempted murder

A man from Wolverhampton has been charged with attempted murder after an off-licence worker was stabbed in Bilston.

David Dean, who's 42 is accused of attacking a staff member at Atwal Wines on Bilston Road on Sunday night. He is due to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrate's Court on Boxing Day.

The worker was left with multiple stab injuries. He remains in a serious condition in hospital though his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detectives say they are still appealing for witnesses.

Schoolboy arrested in connection with car-jacking

West Midlands Police have arrested a 14-year-old schoolboy in connection with a brutal attack on a pensioner.

84-year-old Michael Green was attacked outside a pub in Bilston, Wolverhampton, at around 11.30pm on Friday April 11th and had to undergo surgery for a fractured hip as a result.

The attackers stole Mr green's car before dumping it only ten minutes later.

After a heartfelt family appeal, a local boy was arrested today and is being held in police custody on suspicion of robbery.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Dunn, said:

I am overwhelmed by the amount of support people have shown following the appeal. From their information we have been given several leads and today a teenager was arrested on suspicion of robbery. This was a terrible act of violence and I am determined to find the people responsible. I would still like to appeal for information ? this could have been your father or grandfather and we need to find those responsible...

... I am keen to hear from anyone that witnessed the attack or from anyone who saw these people run from the car. No matter how insignificant you feel your information is I would urge you to call me or one of my team. Mr Green still continues to make a slow recovery in hospital and the family have been informed of the latest development.

Man dies in road accident near Wolverhampton

A MAN has died following a serious road traffic collision in Bilston last night. Police were called to the Black Country Route at around 9.45pm.

When they arrived police found that a man had been in a serious collision with a lorry. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and enquiries are still ongoing to identify him.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact the police.


New school offices "completely ruined"

Workmen begin fixing the roof of the school Credit: ITV Central

The head teacher of the Primary School which has had to close until the New Year following around £30,000 worth of vandalism damage has told ITV Central their brand new offices are "completely ruined".

Loxdale Primary School only had its offices refurbished around 3 weeks ago and workmen are now beginning the job of fixing the damage.

The vandals got in to the school through the roof Credit: ITV Central

Primary school closed following £30,000 worth of vandalism

A primary school in Bilston will be shut until the New Year after vandals caused around £30,000 worth of damage.

Intruders broke into Loxdale Primary School at around 1:00am on Monday. They tore off lead from the roof and ripped out internal pipework, which flooded parts of the school.

Due to the extent on the damage, repair work won't be finished until the New Year meaning the school won't re-open until the start of the spring term.

We'll be working hard over the next few weeks to get the repairs carried out as soon as possible and we're hopeful that they will be completed in time for pupils to return to the school on Monday January 7, 2013.

– Tricia Scott, Head teacher
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