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Black Country Day celebrates home of heavy metal and birthplace of Industrial Revolution

Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

It's the second Black Country Festival - held to celebrate Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell boroughs.

The home of heavy metal music and the industrial revolution will be celebrated today as it is the anniversary of the invention of the Newcomen Steam engine.

The engine is thought to have launched the Industrial Revolution, and a working model is on display at the Black Country Museum - where today's celebrations will take place.

Two saved from severe fire in Black Country shop

Two people were led to saved by firefighters from a severe fire in a flat above a shop in the Black Country.

The blaze started in the living area above the retail unit in Messenger Road, Smethwick, during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two people were rescued from the blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The living room was completely gutted and firefighters using breath apparatus helped rescue the pair. The flat was gutted by flames and filled with thick smoke.

About 20 firefighters from Smethwick, Ladywood, Handsworth and West Bromwich were at the scene.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no know injuries.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service


Man has miracle escape after house wall crushes car

Paramedics say a man is lucky to be alive after the side of a house collapsed on to his car while he was sat in it.

The scene on Richmond Hill in Oldbury Credit: ITV News Central

Emergency crews were called to Richmond Hill, Oldbury shortly after 5pm, where the side wall holding up the roof of the house had fallen on to the next door neighbours car.

The remains of the car after it was crushed by falling bricks Credit: ITV News Central

The man, in his 60s, escaped with just a minor head injury. Investigations into how the collapse happened are taking place.

Richmond Hill was closed off by the emergency services Credit: ITV News Central

Fire crews at scene of house collapse in Oldbury

Fire crews are dealing with a building collapse in Oldbury.

West Midlands Fire service has tweeted a picture of what appears to be a 1930s built house with part of its gable end missing.

The rubble from the collapse has crushed a car parked down the side of the property in Richmond Hill.

Fire crews are on the scene will assessments are taking place to make the structure safe.

E-fit released after sex attack in Wednesbury

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce the e-fit of the suspect Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Wednesbury have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to.

A 26-year-old woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road, just after 9pm on Monday 9 March.

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce an e-fit of the suspect.

He is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, around 6ft tall, slim, wearing a brown leather jacket with a pale stripe, black shoes and dark coloured jeans. He is believed to be Eastern European - possibly Polish.

The victim told police he smelt of alcohol and cigarettes.

The woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road Credit: Google Maps

"Crimes like this are very rare and we hope that this e-fit image might jog someone’s memory and help us identify the suspect."

– Detective Constable Raj Dulay, West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit

Detectives stepped up patrols in the area after the attack to reassure local women.

Officers are continuing to examine CCTV footage and forensic material and are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to anyone who saw anything in the area that night, no matter how insignificant.


Pensioner seriously hurt in mobility scooter crash

Map showing area of collision Credit: ITV News Central

Police are investigating after a pensioner was knocked from his mobility scooter in Tipton by a vehicle.

The 88-year-old man was crossing Toll End Road near to Ocker Hill Roundabout when the collision happened at around 11:20am on Friday morning.

He is being treated in hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Sergeant Alan Wood said:

"People who stopped at the scene to help have been spoken to but I am keen to speak to anyone who may have actually witnessed the collision."

– Sergeant Alan Wood, West Midlands Police
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