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Dudley Council: 'the EDL are not welcome'

EDL demonstration in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

We have a proud tradition across Dudley of people of all backgrounds getting on well and expect that this will continue to be the case on the day of the protest and afterwards.

We are clear as a community and as a council that the EDL is not welcome in Dudley borough but there are no legal powers available to stop a static democratic protest.

In addition to potentially causing financial loss to local businesses, previous visits have cost the taxpayer around £1million.

– Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of Dudley Council

He also points out that the EDL visit will have no bearing on ongoing High Court proceedings in relation to proposals for a mosque in Hall Street.

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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.

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