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 former scout leader who raped a child and shared indecent images of children via the Internet, has been jailed for 16 years.
Ian Pain, from Linthouse Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, was arrested at the home he shared with his parents in June last year.
Police searched Pain's phones and computers and found 3,845 photographs and films of children being abused.
This included 68 level five images - the most extreme in an international evidential scale used by police.
Tourism in the Black Country is up by more than a fifth according to new figures from the Regional Observatory.
Dudley Zoo is one of the attractions which has seen a big rise, with 17% more visitors since a £3million investment.
– PC Jason Stacey, West Midlands Police
We believe a white flat-bed recovery style small lorry was in the area last night, carrying a dark coloured car on the back. We would appeal for the driver of that vehicle to contact us as they may have vital information as to how the collision occurred.
A police investigation has been launched following a hit and run in Dudley in which a man was killed.
The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was hit by a vehicle which drove off without stopping on The Parade last night at around 8.50pm.
West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
A man has died after being found with injuries on a street in Dudley.
Paramedics failed to save the man who was found on The Parade in Dudley at around 8.50pm yesterday.
– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman
Crews found a man lying in the road with serious injuries. Advanced Life Support was carried out but unfortunately despite best efforts of ambulance personnel nothing could be done to save the man who was confirmed deceased at the scene.
More details are expected later.
A teenager, believed to be 13-years-old, has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a road traffic collision in the Black Country.
It happened on Wrens Nest Road in Dudley shortly before 4:55pm this afternoon.
– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman
Crews were called to reports of a road traffic collision between a bmx bike and a car. The bike was reportedly carrying three boys at the time of the incident.
The boy, believed to be 13 years of age, was treated for a potentially serious head injury and a laceration to his chin.
Police say they have taken a million pounds worth of drugs off the streets of Sandwell after raids this week.
Officers found 450 cannabis plants being grown at a property in High Street in West Bromwich on Wednesday.
A second warrant was also carried out in Market Place in Great Bridge, where more than 1000 plants were discovered over three floors in the building.
A murder suspect from Tipton in the West Midlands has pleaded guilty to conspiring to escape from a Prison Van.
John Anslow was due at a hearing at Stafford Crown Court in January last year when the prison van he was in was ambushed on a narrow road in Tardebigge, just outside Bromsgrove.
Four people have already pleaded guilty to their part in his escape.
The 31-year-old then fled to Alancak in Northern Cyprus where he was arrested in April this year for immigration offences and deported back to the UK.
He has now been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has said its thoughts are with the family of a lorry driver who has died after being crushed to death at a shopping centre.
The 34-year-old man was found with serious injuries by a metal shutter at Dudley's Churchill shopping centre in the early hours of this morning.
In a statement the council said: "Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time. As the authority responsible for health and safety in commercial premises we are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident."
A lorry driver has died after being crushed at a shopping centre in the Black Country.
A 34-year-old man was found with serious injuries by a metal shutter at Dudley's Churchill shopping centre in the early hours of this morning.
He was working in a loading bay at the time. The police are treating it as an industrial accident and Dudley Council are investigating how the man died.