There have been a series of power cuts across the Black Country
Four men have been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash from convenience stores across the Black Country.
Evidence of grave robbery has been discovered in the Black Country, after a 19th century burial ground was excavated in West Bromwich.
A stem cell donor campaign backed by the parents of a seriously-ill boy from the Black Country has been credited with boosting the number of Asian volunteers.
Two year old Gaurav Bains from Tipton has a rare immune condition and needs a bone marrow transplant before Christmas.
Following awareness campaigns in the past two months, Anthony Nolan say they've seen 500 potential donors come forward - that's compared to 40 volunteers in the same period last year.
Headteacher John White, at Colley Lane Primary School in Halesowen, has defended his school's dialect 'ban', saying it will help pupils achieve success in the future.
The ban has been criticised for ignoring the dialect's heritage and culture.
A headteacher from the Black Country who has banned pupils from using colloqialisms in the classroom has urged parents to back the move.
John White, head of Colley Lane Community Primary School in Halesowen, has sent pupils home with a "supporting booklet" explaining the decision to ban certain phrases, in the hope they will support the move at home as well.
– Headteacher John White, Colley Lane Community Primary School
We'd been looking at our literacy standards and we wanted to talk to parents about some of the confusion that happens when children are talking in slang to their mates in the playground.
When it comes to phonics and English lessons it can be very confusing for the children.
When they are reading phonics, it's incorrect, so we think it's better for them this way.
A list of "banned" colloquialisms used by people in the Black Country has been drawn up by a Halesowen school.
In a letter to parents, Colley Lane Community Primary School headteacher John White says the phrases were "damaging" and are no longer allowed in the classroom.
- 'They was' instead of 'they were.'
- 'I cor do that' instead of 'I can't do that.'
- 'Ya' instead of 'you.'
- 'Gonna' instead of 'going to.'
- 'Woz' instead of 'was.'
- 'I day' instead of 'I didn't.'
- 'I ain't' instead of 'I haven't.'
- 'Somefink' instead of 'something.'
- 'It wor me' instead of 'it wasn't me.'
- 'Ay?' instead of 'pardon?'
The headteacher of a Black Country school has defended banning the local dialect from classrooms, saying it will help raise literacy standards.
John White said the school had decided to ban the dialect from lessons or otherwise put at risk the future prospects of its 600 pupils.
The measure, which came into force at Colley Lane Community Primary School in Halesowen at the start of the term, is accompanied by a guide explaining to parents the reasons for the ban.
Some mothers and fathers have reportedly criticised the step as an attack on Black Country culture.
Fire crews are dealing with a flat fire on the 16th floor of William Bentley Court, Graiseley lane, Wolverhampton. Updates to follow.
West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed it is dealing with a blaze at a block of flats in Wolverhampton.
The fire is on the sixteenth floor of William Bentley Court in Graiseley Lane.
More to follow.
A record number of almost five and a half million visitors made trips to Britain's rivers and canals in two weeks of August this year, the Canal and River Trust has revealed.
The group, which is responsible for more than 100 miles of historic canals in Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcestershire, say the canals make a great day out.
Simon Salem, marketing director of the Canal & River Trust, said: "This summer we've seen more people walking along their local towpath, running and cycling, taking advantage of the nice weather to ditch the car and travel canal-side instead."
Bank and building society staff have save pensioners from losing thousands of pounds to con artists over the past two years, police have said.
It comes as West Midlands Police launches a fresh crackdown on rogue traders targeting elderly or vulnerable people, with staff at banks and building societies being trained to spot the signs.
RBS and the Tipton and Coseley Building Society are among the first to receive the special training.
Det Insp Neil Postins said banking staff had helped in a "large number" of cases in the past two years, and said he hoped the training would increase the number of crooks caught this way.
– DI Neil Postins, West Midlands Police
There have been a number of cases over the past two years where bank staff across the Black Country have alerted police to elderly customers withdrawing large sums of money.
When investigated we have found that they were withdrawing the cash under duress from robbers and even to pay fraudsters claiming to be police officers investigating financial crimes.
It was only down to the alertness of counter staff and their care for their customers that these would-be victims were protected, crimes prevented and criminals brought to justice.
Cruel con artists who target vulnerable pensioners are the focus of a new crackdown by police.
Building society staff in the Black Country are being given police training on how to spot the signs which indicate an elderly or other vulnerable person is being scammed.
West Midlands Police's specialist Economic Crime Unit visited the Tipton and Coseley Building Society to chat about what can be done to stop the thief in their tracks.
It comes after police revealed last month how two pensioners in Birmingham and Solihull were tricked out of £25,000 each by three rogue traders posing as pest control officers.
The victims forked out thousands of pounds each week, taking the money from their savings accounts, in the belief the trio were ridding their homes of vermin.
The money has never been recovered.