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Police hunt 'Good Samaritans' who helped victim of attack

A group of 'Good Samaritans' who stepped in to help a man who was left unconscious after a vicious attack in a Dudley park are being urged to come forward.

Three people, who were with a child, found the man badly injured in George VI Park in Green Lane, Kingswinford, on August 6.

The attack happened in George VI Park in Green Lane, Kingswinford, on August 6. Credit: Google Maps

They stopped to help the man but left before police could speak to them. Officers are now hoping to track them down as they may have vital information about the attack.

Det Cons Craig Whittaker said the man suffered deep cuts to his forehead, a black eye, bruising to his jaw and injuries to his ribs and arm.

This was a particularly nasty attack which has resulted in numerous injuries being suffered by the man who was left unconscious on the footpath.

The assault was completely unprovoked and we want to find the person responsible as soon as possible.

The male attacker was Asian, aged between 23 and 25 years old, and was around 5ft 11ins tall and stocky. His eyes were described as being "close together" and he had short black wispy hair and a beard. He was with a white woman, aged around 22, who had long dark hair.

– DC Craig Whittaker, West Midlands Police


Hunt for man who groped 16-year-old girl in park

A manhunt has been launched after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted on her way to school in Dudley.

The 16-year-old was walking through Woodside Park in Brierley Hill when a man in his 20s approached her and tried to talk to her.

She ignored him, but then he touched her inappropriately before running away.

The girl was walking through Woodside Park when she was attacked Credit: Google Maps

The man was white, around 5ft 4ins and had dark, messy brown hair. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black top.

Det Cons Thomas Cunningham-Smith urged witnesses or anyone with information about the attack, which happened at around 8.20am on September 8 near the Highgate Road entrance to the park, to contact police.

We would like to reassure people that this is an isolated matter and we are doing all we can to find the man responsible.

The girl was not hurt in the assault but was understandably left extremely shaken.

We have been carrying out patrols in the area and would ask anyone who was in the park that morning - or in the days leading up to the offence - and saw a man matching the description given to call us.

– DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith

He urged any young people walking to and from school to walk with others if possible, and to stick to populated and well-lit areas.

Mum's cervical cancer campaign after daughter death

A mother from Oldbury is stepping up her campaign to get the age for cervical cancer screening lowered, after her daughter died from the disease.

A mother from Oldbury is stepping up her campaign to get the age for cervical cancer screening lowered. Credit: ITV News Central

22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year.

Routine screenings aren't currently given to women under 25.

22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year. Credit: ITV News Central

Dirty dancing Black Country 'grannies' video reaches a million Facebook shares

A video of four 'grannies' from the Black country dirty dancing, which became a world-wide internet hit, has now had a million Facebook shares.

It was filmed at Stourbridge Carnival and the 'elderly' dance troupe left visitors in stitches by defying their apparent age to bust some raunchy moves to music hits, including ‘twerking’ to Beyonce’s Single Ladies and Gangnam Style by Psy.

The friends in action after their now infamous Stourbridge carnival performance Credit: BPM Media

But they are actually friend Sue Hawkins, Jackie Fellows, Deb Nicholls and Emma Rollason who perform together for the Dudley-based Fizzog Productions.

The professional group have been together for 14 years after meeting at Dudley College where they studied Community Theatre.

Twerking Black Country 'grannies' become world-wide internet hit

Two charged after £50,000 worth of crack cocaine found

£50,000 worth of crack-cocaine was discovered in the Black Country. Credit: PA

Two men from Oldbury have been charged with drugs offences after £50,000 worth of crack-cocaine was discovered in the Black Country.

The drugs and almost £10,000 in cash were found at two addresses in Henley Close and Moat Road on Saturday.

34-year-old Shezad Hussain is due before magistrates later this month.

35-year-old Fazal Rehman is due in court next month.


It's Black Country Day! But what does it mean?

Black Country Flag which can be seen seen high above junction 10A of the M6/M54 Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

Today marks the first ever Black Country Day, celebrating Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell boroughs.

Credited as the home of heavy metal music and the birthplace of the industrial revolution, today people across the region are celebrating its achievements for the first time.

The Black Country has a population of more than one million people.

Organisers of the Black Country Day say life would not be as we know it without the Black Country.

To celebrate the day a special flag has been designed and a song has been written.

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