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Concerns grow for missing woman from Darlaston

Amanda Hawkins has been missing since Friday Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a Darlaston woman, missing since last Friday.

Amanda Hawkins was last seen at around 9am at the supported accommodation where she lives in Sutton Road, Moxley.

Police are asking anyone who has seen the 44-year-old to come forward.

She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, large build, with shoulder length straight auburn hair, blue eyes and a local accent. She is believed to be wearing a green coloured jacket.

PC Baljeet Samra said:

She takes medication for an on-going medical condition but we don’t believe she has any with her. This may lead her to become disorientated and confused so we want to track her down as soon as we can.

Two arrested over Walsall pub attack

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was attacked in a pub in Walsall over the weekend.

Police were called to Staffordshire Knot pub on Pinfold Street in Darlaston early on Sunday morning.

A 45-year-old who is believed to have been punched and kicked in the head several times, was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition.

Two men aged 25 and 50 were arrested and remain in custody.

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Darlaston fire: one person treated by ambulance service

One person has been treated by ambulance services at the scene of the fire in Darlaston
One person has been treated by ambulance services at the scene of the fire in Darlaston Credit: ITV News Central

One person has been treated by ambulance services at the scene of a fire at a recycling plant in Darlaston, Walsall.

West Ambulance Service has yet to release details of the person's condition.

Loud explosions could be heard from the fire at G&P Batteries on Willenhall Road this afternoon.

50 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze which broke out earlier this afternoon (4 February).

West Midlands Fire Service says lithium batteries are involved in the blaze and firefighters are attempting to protect nearby buildings.

Watch: video of fire at a recycling plant in Darlaston, Walsall.

Darlaston fire being tackled by 50 firefighters - video

50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at G&P Batteries on Willenhall Road, Walsall.

ITV News Central has been told by eyewitnesses that a number of loud explosions could be heard at the plant.

It is the second time this year a fire has broken out at the factory - the previous one on 14 January saw 60 firefighters in attendance.

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Images: Location of hand grenade find

Location where the hand grenade was found
Location where the hand grenade was found Credit: ITV Central

Police have cordoned off an area of Darlaston after a hand grenade was found.

Officers found the device at around 8:15am this morning.

They have closed Addenbrooke Street and Addenbrooke Place as well as Rough Hay Road at the junctions with Willenhall Street and The Green.

Location of the find
Location of the find Credit: ITV Central

Hand grenade found in Black Country

Addenbrooke Street in Darlaston is closed
Addenbrooke Street in Darlaston is closed Credit: Google Maps

Police have cordoned off an area of Darlaston after a hand grenade was found.

Officers found the device at around 8:15 this morning. They have closed Addenbrooke Street and Addenbrooke Place as well as Rough Hay Road at the junctions with Willenhall Street and The Green.

It was found by officers making enquiries about a different matter.

A shelter for evacuated residents has been set up at Bentley Leisure Pavilion.

Police appeal for help to find two missing children

Missing: Sophie Fletcher, 12, and Jack Fletcher, 10 Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help to find two children who have gone missing from their home in Darlaston.

Sophie Fletcher, 12, and Jack Fletcher, 10, are believed to have left their home in Moxley Road either overnight or early this morning.

Before leaving they packed a bag of clothes and took cash from the house.

There is suggestion that the youngsters may try to travel by tain to a previous holiday destination in Borth, Wales.

Sophie is 5ft 2ins tall, has collar length brown hair and blue eyes.

Jack is 5ft tall, has blonde hair and a half-inch scar on his forehead.

Police are continuing to search for the missing children.

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