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Man dies after crashing with police car

A man has died in a crash with a police car in Dudley.

The accident happened at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley, at around 11am yesterday.

The man, believed to be a van driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police said the officer had been driving a marked car and had been carrying out routine enquiries. He was not responding to an emergency at the time.

Central Drive was closed between Eachus Road and Sangwin Road for around five hours while emergency services attended the scene.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

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Police hunt 'Good Samaritans' who helped victim of attack

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.

The attack happened in George VI Park in Green Lane, Kingswinford, on August 6. Credit: Google Maps

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.

– DC Craig Whittaker, West Midlands Police

Hunt for man who groped 16-year-old girl in park

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 girl was walking through Woodside Park when she was attacked Credit: Google Maps

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.

– DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith

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.

VIDEO: Snow leopard cub's first time outdoors

Twenty-week-old snow leopard Makalu has experienced the outdoors for the first time since he was born at Dudley Zoo.

Makalu has experienced the outdoors for the first time since he was born at Dudley zoo. Credit: Dudley Zoo

Makalu, who was born in May, was joined by his mum Nanga as they began exploring the rocks, cave and pool in the outdoor enclosure.

He made his public debut in June but has only just been able to step into the great outdoors.

20-week-old Makalu Credit: Dudley Zoo

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Dudley South MP to stand down at 2015 general election

The MP for Dudley South, Chris Kelly, has said he will stand down at next year's general election.

The Conservative MP did not give a reason for his decision.

I would like to thank all those who have supported me since I was selected for Dudley South in September 2007. I would especially like to thank all those who voted for me at the general election in May 2010 and all of the friends and supporters who helped me for that election, as well as those who have supported my efforts since. I am proud to have served the good people of Dudley South for the past five years.

– Chris Kelly, Dudley South MP

Window blasted out of house in gas cylinder explosion

A gas cylinder exploded inside a Black Country home overnight, blasting the front window out onto the lawn and blowing a door off its hinges.

Paramedics were called to The Straits in Lower Gornal, Dudley, at around 8pm yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics were called to The Straits in Lower Gornal, Dudley, at around 8pm yesterday to reports of an explosion.

Two men were inside the house at the time but were not injured.

MP labels dog hanging 'horrendous' and 'barbaric'

The news that a dog has been found hung near Kates Hill School in Dudley has led an MP to label the crime as 'horrendous' and 'barbaric'

Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North said:

Decent people will be appalled by such an horrendous crime. It is utterly barbaric and you have to question the mentality of the people responsible.

Someone must know who did this and I hope they come forward with any information they have so the police and RSPCA can bring the perpetrators to justice.

I know local people will be outraged that this could happen in Dudley. I get a lot of correspondence from local people about animal welfare and I have worked hard to campaign on animal welfare issues. Incidents like this remind us why much more still needs to be done.

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