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Motorist attacked with rake in Dudley road rage incident

West Midlands Police are seeking the whereabouts of two men who assaulted a motorist after a road rage incident in Dudley yesterday morning (28 January).

Police tape Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Two vehicles pulled up on Meadow Road just after 9am and a row erupted. The driver of a red Transit van took a garden rake from his vehicle and hit the driver of a silver Vauxhall Vectra, leaving him with a deep cut.

A passenger from the Transit van then also set about the Vectra driver with a spade, while he continued to be beaten with the rake by the first offender.

The pair eventually made off in the van leaving the 50-year-old victim needing stitches to his head.

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Tesco to close five stores in the Midlands

Tesco is closing another 43 UK stores Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Five Tesco branches in the Midlands are set to close after the supermarket giant announced they were shutting another 43 stores nationwide.

Around 2,000 employees are at risk of losing their jobs as a result of the closures across the UK.

The Tesco express stores in Bearwood and Northfield in Birmingham and Walsall Wood, as well as the Tesco Metro in Smethwick are all earmarked to shut.

The Tesco express on Raymouth Lane in Worksop was also on the list of planned closures.

Nicola Payne's parents appear outside court

The parents of Nicola Payne Credit: ITV News Central

The family of Nicola Payne who disappeared 23 years ago, have been at Birmingham Magistrates Court as two men appear charged with her muder.

Melaine Eales, the Nicola's aunt, reads a statement on the family's behalf.

DI Martin Slevin from West Midlands Police speaking outside of court.

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