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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

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

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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.

Images of Dudley's new market

What the new Dudley market should look like Credit: Dudley Borough Council

New images have been released showing how the new market place in Dudley is expected to look. The 6.7 million pound project includes new paving, stalls and the relocation of the Duncan Edwards statue began in January. It's due to be completed next year.

The market should be completed next year Credit: Dudley Borough Council

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Man dies after car smashes into garden wall in Dudley

Man left needing surgery after falling 40ft down cliff

A man was left in need of surgery after tumbling almost 40ft down a cliff in Dudley, gouging his leg on a tree stump on the way down.

The man, in his teens or early 20s, was with friends at the Saltwells Nature Reserve in Netherton when he slipped at the top of the slope and fell over the edge.

The man, in his late teens or early 20s, fell almost 40ft down a steep hillside Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

He also suffered a sprained wrist in the fall, which happened at around 5.15pm yesterday.

Emergency crews had to set up an elaborate rescue system to reach and rescue him, due to the difficult location.

Firefighters set up a rope at the top to allow specialist paramedics from the Hazardous Area Rescue Team to lower themselves down to where he had ended up.

Specialist paramedics had to lower themselves down to where the man was using a rope Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Then, while they dressed the deep gash on his thigh, a Polaris 6x6 vehicle made its way over the rough terrain to get to the bottom of the slope, and the patient was lowered down to them in a specially-designed stretcher.

He was then taken to Russells Hall Hospital, where he is likely to undergo surgery.

The man is likely to need surgery after gouging his thigh on a tree stump Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

This was an excellent example of fire and ambulance staff working together to rescue a patient from a challenging location.

First competitive powerchair football match in Dudley

Children and young people with disabilities will be hitting the pitch today for Dudley's first-ever competitive powerchair football fixture.

Sporting Club Dudley Albion, the Albion Foundation and Dudley Council have teamed up to help people with disabilities take part in the sport.

Children and young people with disabilities in Dudley can now take part in powerchair football Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

The club's first match will be held today at Ellowes Hall Sports College today.

The council's director of the urban environment, John Millar, said:

We want to help people of all ages and all abilities to become more active more often and this is one of our many programmes aimed at young people with disabilities.

Powerchair football is very exciting to watch and great fun to participate in and I'm sure we'll have a big uptake of this popular adapted sport.

Two-car crash outside KFC in Halesowen

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