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Armed robbers raid Halesowen off-licence

Armed robbers wielding a gun threatened staff at a Halesowen off-licence and forced them to hand over cash.

The raiders barged into Booze Corner in Howley Grange Road, armed with a gun, at around 2.20pm yesterday.

One of the men being hunted by police
One of the men being hunted by police Credit: West Midlands Police

The two robbers threatened the female shop assistant and stole cash, before making their escape in a turquoise-coloured Land Rover.

Detectives have now released CCTV of two men they are looking for connection with the hold-up.

The second man wore a GioGoi branded hoodie
The second man wore a GioGoi branded hoodie Credit: West Midlands Police

Both men were white. One was in his 40s, with large glasses and a woolly hat. The other, in his 20s, was wearing a black GioGoi-branded top, and dark jeans with the blue Evisu logo showing.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Strong winds blow roof off crocodile house at Dudley Zoo

Janet the crocodile was exposed to the elements Credit: Dudley Zoo

A section of the Reptile House roof at Dudley Zoo blew off on Friday night and exposed a female West African dwarf crocodile to the elements.

High winds lifted the panel above Janet the crocodile's vivarium and keepers were forced to secure the roof.

Keeper inspects damage to roof Credit: Dudley Zoo

Jill Hitchman, from Dudley Zoo, said: "There was absolutely no risk of Janet escaping as she is within a secure enclosure inside the building, and spot heaters in the vivarium ensured there was no problem with temperatures falling."

"Everyone was surprised to see the section off, but the winds were very strong on the hill on Friday and just caught the side of the Reptile House which is on the turn of road leading up to the castle."

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Dudley fire 'death unexplained' - West Midlands Police

This was a major fire, which has claimed a man’s life and was so fierce that the property has been left in a dangerous state. At this stage we are treating the death as unexplained. The death has been referred to the coroner.

A woman and her two sons, who we believe were related to the man, have been left badly traumatised by what has happened. Fortunately none were seriously injured.

All three are being supported by specially trained officers and our investigation is well underway.

– Detective Inspector Derek Packham, West Midlands Police

Police investigation after man dies in Dudley house fire

An investigation remains ongoing after a man died in a Dudley house fire this weekend.

Police were called to Wood Street in the Holly Hall area of the town at around 6.10pm on Saturday 8 February to reports of a fire.

A woman aged 42 and two boys aged nine and 15 had escaped the property just seconds before the major fire took hold. All three were taken to hospital as a precaution but later discharged.

Piece of Walsall history stolen from house in Dudley

The mayoral chain that was stolen Credit: West Midlands Police

A piece if Walsall history has been stolen from a house in Dudley, and police are appealing for information to help return it.

A mayoral chain of office was stolen from a h semi-detached property in Ballard Road in Netherton on Wednesday 5 February.

The chain, engraved with the words Mrs Percox - Walsall’s lady Mayoress in 1946 - had been presented to the owner’s grandmother and had been in the family ever since.

Cash and jewellery were also stolen in the burglary.

Detective Constable Jodie Cox, said:

The stolen holds great sentimental value to the family and is irreplaceable.

It is an important piece in the history of Walsall and the Black Country and we are appealing to anyone who has any information that can aid our investigation to call me.

Cash delivery driver attacked with axe in failed robbery

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Enquiries are underway by @dudleypolice this morning following an attempted robbery outside a Dudley High Street bank.

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A cash delivery driver was attacked by men with an axe as he made a call on Dudley High Street at 10.50am today. Call 101 with information.

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Five people including a toddler injured in two-car crash

Five people including a toddler were injured in a two-car crash in Dudley overnight.

A Peugeot and a Citroen crashed at the junction of Peartree Lane and Hulbert Drive, Dudley, shortly after 7.30pm yesterday, forcing the Citroen off the road and into a wall and some gates.

The scene of the crash at the junction of Peartree Lane, Dudley
The scene of the crash at the junction of Peartree Lane, Dudley Credit: Huw Jones, West Midlands Ambulance Service

All five people were out of the cars by the time paramedics arrived.

The driver of the Peugeot, a woman in her 20s, suffered chest pain in the crash, while the toddler suffered a minor head injury. They were both taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

One of the cars also smashed into a wall and some gates
One of the cars also smashed into a wall and some gates Credit: Huw Jones, West Midlands Ambulance Service

The front seat passenger, a man in his 20s, suffered a suspected pelvic fracture. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for treatment.

The driver and the passenger of the Peugeot, both men in their 20s, were taken to Russells Hall Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

Missing Faye Fellows found safe and well

Police searching for a teenage girl who had been missing from her home for four days, have found her safe and well.

Faye Fellows, 14, has been found safe and well at an address in Stone... Credit: West Midlands Police

Faye Fellows, from Brierley Hill, was found at an address in Stone, Staffordshire, this morning.

She had last been seen on Saturday (January 18th) when she left her home on Lancaster Road to meet a friend.

Missing Faye Fellows believed to be in Stone

Faye Fellows, from Brierley Hill, is believed to have travelled to Stone, Staffordshire.
Faye Fellows, from Brierley Hill, is believed to have travelled to Stone, Staffordshire. Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are searching for a teenage girl who has been missing from her home for four days.

Faye Fellows, from Brierley Hill, is believed to have travelled to Stone, Staffordshire.

DC Nick Slym, from Dudley Police, said:

“Faye has been missing before but not for this length of time, we are anxious to know that she is safe and well and would ask for anyone who knows where she is to call us.”

Concerns grow over missing girl from Dudley

Faye Fellows, 14, was last seen on Saturday at her home
Faye Fellows, 14, was last seen on Saturday at her home Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are searching for a teenage girl from Brierley Hill, Dudley, who has been missing for four days.

Faye Fellows, 14, was last seen on Saturday (18 January) when she left her home on Lancaster Road to meet a friend.

She is described as white, five foot four inches tall with long brown hair.

Police believe she could have travelled to Stone in Staffordshire.

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