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Arrests in connection with 69 house burglaries

Four people have been arrested in connection with almost 70 burglaries at homes across the Black Country, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

One hundred police officers from three police forces carried out a series of raids early this morning at nine properties. Three man in their twenties were arrested from a travellers' site on Oak Lane in Kingswinford. A 48-year-old man was arrested at a property on Wolverhampton Road in Heath Town.

Police believe homes are being targeted for Asian gold.

Former Britain's most wanted man faces long jail term

John Anslow found to be running a cocaine and cannabis drug ring
John Anslow found to be running a cocaine and cannabis drug ring Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police say they have cracked the drugs ring headed by Black Country's notorious criminal John Anslow.

Anslow was cleared of the murder of a Staffordshire man at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.

However the case allowed police to uncover details of his role overseeing cocaine and cannabis supply across the country.

Anslow, who was once Britain's most wanted man, was discovered when police followed a local drug dealer to an address where evidence linked back to Anslow.

He was found by police hiding out with 8 grams of cocaine in a Bewdley caravan park.

Investigating officer Mike Greenland from West Midlands Police said:

John Anslow headed up an organisation that distributed drugs in the West Midlands and other parts of the United Kingdom. It was an extensive, organised crime gang that’s also seen his associates receive lengthy custodial sentences.

Hundreds of British built buses for Birmingham

by Chris Halpin

If you take the bus in the West Midlands it could be all change for you by the end of the year. National Express West Midlands has made an £100 million order with British firm Alexander Dennis for around 540 vehicles.

The single decker and double decker buses will be made at a factory in Scarborough, and another in Falkirk in Scotland, supporting more than 2000 jobs. The bus company say the additions to its fleet will have the very latest technology. Chris Halpin reports.

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New West Midlands buses on road by end of year

Speaking about the deal to bring more than 550 new buses to routes across Birmingham & the Black Country, the Managing Director of National Express said:

"This deal will ensure the £100m invested on improvements to our services over the coming years will not just benefit our customers, who will have great new buses, but will also give the British economy a big boost."

"The new buses will offer our customers a state-of-the-art, comfortable and environmentally friendly journey. We cannot wait to introduce these vehicles to the roads of the West Midlands later in the year."

– Peter Coates, Managing Director National Express Bus

550 new buses for the West Midlands in £100m deal

A bus being unveiled at Alexander Dennis' factory in Scarborough Credit: ITV News Central

National Express West Midlands has signed a £100m deal for 550 new buses for its fleet across Birmingham & the Black Country.

The region's largest bus operator says the new vehicles will contain the very latest technology, including climate control, high-definition CCTV, and GPS systems which it says will improve reliability.

600 new buses are being made, of which around 550 will be coming to the West Midlands Credit: ITV News Central

The small & medium single decker, and double decker buses will be made by British firm Alexander Dennis Ltd, and will support more than 2000 jobs at its bases in Scarborough, Falkirk and in Surrey.

National Express says the buses are kitted out with all the latest technology Credit: ITV News Central

National Express say the investment is both a boost for passengers and also British business, and expect the new buses to be on the road by the end of the year.

The £100m deal will support 2000 British jobs. Credit: ITV News Central
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