A volunteer-run charity in the Black Country was presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from the Duke of Gloucester today.Read the full story ›
The Black Country will benefit from a £12m project to extend the reach of high-speed broadband to 98% of homes and businesses in the region within the next three years.
The scheme has been launched by the government, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), BT and the government's Broadband Delivery UK.
It is hoped the project will help businesses across the region become more competitive and grow in the UK and abroad.
Small businesses across the Black Country identified slow broadband speeds as a barrier to growth so this partnership is great news for businesses in our area.
The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Birmingham has been honoured by police for their "tireless" charity work.
Rosie Ross, aged 16, was attacked at random in Centenary Square in 2001 by a man with schizophrenia. Since then, her family has raised around £300,000 through their charity Rosie’s Helping Hands, which helps raise awareness of knife crime in Rosie's home town of Walsall.
Rosie's mother Karen received the award from officers on Wednesday.
Sgt Richard Jacques said she had also helped run a training session for young people on the issue.
Karen truly inspired all of our officers with her heartfelt and very personal story.
The training ran from November to February 2014 and during that time Karen came to every session. She gave up a lot of her own time over several months to attend the sessions.
She has given and continues to give a great deal of time and effort to benefit the police service and wider community of Walsall.
The award was given to Karen and her family in recognition of her courage and determination. She was determined to turn her grief into something positive and through the Rosie’s Helping Hands charity she continues to do so.
Specialist fire crews have had to remove a window from a flat in Oldbury so a 30 stone man could be taken to hospital.
A hydraulic lift platform was used to lift the man down from his bedroom to an ambulance and firefighters, from the apartment in Rowley Regis, so he could be taken to hospital for an operation.
He was stable with a medical condition but needed to go to hospital. It was impossible to carry him downstairs from the first floor flat. We put him on a specialist stretcher and he was brought down on the hydraulic platform before being taken to hospital in a specially-equipped bariatrics ambulance.”
Work is underway on a £1.9 million new bus and rail interchange.
The scheme to transform Cradley Heath bus and rail interchange will include improved waiting facilities and passenger information.
It's being paid for through the Better Bus Area Fund which is a £10 million pot to improve public transport in Brierley Hill, Merry Hill and Cradley Heath.
The work is due to be completed in the New Year.
Forty firefighters are at the scene of a large blaze at a scrap metal and waste centre in Eastfield, Wolverhampton.
People in the Monmore Green and Horseley Fields areas are being asked to stay indoors and keep their windows closed due to the thick black smoke currently billowing over the area.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year.
Routine screenings aren't currently given to women under 25.
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.
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.