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Witness appeal after man dies in Dudley collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died in a collision near the Black Country Museum yesterday.

A Jaguar and an HGV collided on the Birmingham New Road, Tipton just after 10:30pm. Credit: ITV News Central/ Craig Cotterill
The 52-year-old passenger of the Jaguar was pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: ITV News Central/ Craig Cotterill
The driver was treated in hospital for head injuries and remains in a stable condition. Credit: ITV News Central/ Craig Cotterill
The driver of the HGV was uninjured. Credit: ITV News Central/ Craig Cotterill
The road remained closed for several hours while emergency services cleared the scene. Credit: ITV News Central/ Craig Cotterill

We have spoken to a number of witnesses at the scene of the collision but I would urge anyone who saw what happened to contact us on 101. We need to establish how a man has lost his life and another is in hospital.

The family of the men, who live in Slough, have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Our thoughts remain with them at this sad time.

– Police Constable Chris Ridge, from the Collision Investigation Unit


Woman dies in 'unexplained' house fire in Dudley

Police have launched an investigation after a woman was found dead in a house fire on Thursday.

The body of a 67-year-old woman was discovered. Credit: ITV News Central

Officers were called to Spring Road in Netherton at around 7.40am following reports of a fire.

The body of a 67-year-old woman was discovered in the downstairs front lounge of the address. A 36-year-old woman was also taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained while officers continue to investigate the circumstances around the fire.

Spring Road Credit: Google Street View

I would like to commend the neighbours in Spring Road who valiantly tried to save this woman with little thought to their own personal safety.

They alerted the authorities and assisted one of the occupants of the address while they awaited the arrival of the emergency services.

We are at the very early stages of our investigation and we continue to appeal to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed something to come forward.

– Sergeant Richard Narrowmore, from Dudley police

Anyone with information can call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively they can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111.

£40,000 watch stolen in armed robbery

Two hooded men in Dudley hit a man with a hammer, threatened him with a handgun and then stole a £40,000 watch from him.

The watch that was stolen. Credit: West Midlands Police

The 21-year-old-man was approached by the men as he walked down the road on Charles Hayward Drive in Sedgley with a friend at 8.30pm.

He was not seriously injured and was treated in hospital for minor cuts, bruising and swelling and released later the same day.

The £40,000 watch given to him as a birthday present was the sole item stolen during the attack on 28 April.

This is a shocking and totally unacceptable attack, and we are determined to catch all those responsible.

It appears that the victim was specifically targeted, and although there were two offenders we believe that a number of other people were involved.

– Detective Constable Stephen Judd-Ingram, Force CID

University graduate jailed for lying about speeding fine

A university graduate from Dudley has been jailed for three months for perverting the course of justice by lying to police over a speeding fine.

Ayesha Ahmed Credit: West Midlands Police

Ayesha Ahmed, from Baptist End Road in Netherton has also been banned from driving for 58 weeks.

She was caught speeding in her BMW twice inside five minutes by the same mobile camera parked near her home in St Peter’s Road.

Rather than accept a driver awareness course, a fine and a three-point endorsement she paid £450 to a man who claimed he could exploit a “legal loophole" that would enable her to escape punishment.

Both Notices of Intended Prosecution (NIPs) sent to Ahmed were returned suggesting a Ms Nosheen Yoqum, from Forrester Street in Walsall, was behind the wheel at the time of the offences.

Enquiries revealed eight other speeding offences had been attributed to drivers living at the same Forrester Street address, but there was no record of them ever being tenants and checks with DVLA also drew a blank.

In a police interview Ahmed, who graduated with a 2:1 in International Relations & Politics, admitted trying to dodge the penalty points but insisted she thought the £450 was being paid to a specialist speeding fine lawyer.

She maintained her innocence through a two-day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court but on Monday was jailed for three months after a jury unanimously found her guilty of trying to pervert the course of justice.

Ahmed has paid a heavy price for thinking she could lie her way out of speeding offences. We examined footage of the offences and it’s clear she was not being followed.

The jury concluded she was deliberately trying to avoid justice and not, as she claimed, victim of a scam by a bogus lawyer.

She never met this ‘legal expert’, didn’t have an address or phone number for him, and paid the money via a third party.

Don’t be conned by anyone saying they know a person who, for a fee, can ‘make speeding fines go away’. These people try passing blame onto phantom drivers knowing the authorities won’t be able to trace them and assuming the matter will be dropped.

– PC Steve Jevons from the Camera Enforcement Unit

Ahmed was clocked driving at 39 and 40mph in the St Peter’s Road 30 zone just after midday on 30 July 2014.


Carer jailed for stealing from vulnerable man to fund trip to America

A carer has been jailed for stealing cash from a vulnerable man in Dudley to fund a trip to America to meet someone she had met online.

She has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. Credit: PA Wire

Sarah Grey, 44, was working as an assistant care co-ordinator for Dudley Council when she was appointed to ensure that the 50-year-old’s finances were appropriately looked after.

Instead of helping manage his money, she encouraged him to take out a loan and then pocketed the money for herself.

Grey, from Lapwood Avenue in Kingswinford, stole more than £7,000 between April 2014 and March 2015, running up a credit card bill that she had applied for in his name.

She was rumbled after her bosses became suspicious and reported her to the police.

When arrested in November 2015, Grey admitted to stealing thousands of pounds and told officers she had built up debt when a relationship ended in 2010.

But when detectives looked into her finances, they found that Grey had spent over £3,500 to fly to the USA to see someone she had met online.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one offence of theft and has been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 14 months in prison.

This man was vulnerable and needed help with day to day chores and finances.

He thought Grey was there to help him and he trusted her implicitly, giving her access to his bank account. But she abused that trust and used her position to fund her personal life. Her employer was quick to take action and informed us as soon as this deception came to light. We respect today’s decision and hope that this brings some closure to the victim.

– DC Simon Forscutt, from the force’s Adults at Risk Team

Man jailed for breaking into three-year-old's bedroom and escaping in family's car

A 26-year-old man from Dudley has been jailed for over six years after he broke into a family home through a child’s bedroom window, threatened the family and escaped in their car.

Ben Timmins broke in through the window and made off with the family's car.

Ben Timmins, from Sudeley Gardens in Gornal, was sentenced to 74 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery.

The court heard how unemployed Timmins broke into the house in Turls Hill Road, Sedgley in the early hours of 29 January.

A couple living at the house were woken at 4am to the sound of a large bang coming from their three-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

After rushing to check on their child, they found a man climbing through the bedroom window, which had been smashed with a house brick.

Timmins then threatened to harm the family in front of the child if they didn’t hand over the keys to a pale gold Skoda Superb car parked outside.

He then threw the house brick at the man, causing minor injuries. After that Timmins climbed out through the window and escaped in the car worth £5,000.

A short time later the vehicle was found on its roof and forensic enquiries led officers to identifying Timmins as the driver. He was later arrested and charged.

This was a terrifying experience for the family involved. Timmins entered the family home through a child’s bedroom window in the early hours of the morning.

He then threatened her parents in front of the traumatised child, before stealing their car.

After Timmins had crashed the stolen car, police found gloves and keys belonging to Timmins left in the vehicle and he was arrested. When taking part in an ID parade, the victims managed to pick him out and Timmins later admitted the crime.

– Detective constable Neil Payton, Brierley Hill police station
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