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20 firefighters tackling blaze at Dudley timber yard

Fire services are at the scene of an incident at a timber yard in Dudley.

About 20 firefighters and four fire engines are dealing with the fire. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The fire broke out near the Merry Hill shopping centre in Brierley Hill.

Firefighters are at the Woodstock timber yard in Brierley Hill. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
The fire broke out near the Merry Hill shopping centre. Credit: @Jag_Singh21


Teenage motorcyclist who died in Dudley collision named

A teenager who died in a collision in Dudley over the weekend has been named.

Credit: West Midlands Police

Brandon Holt, 17, was riding on Wrens Nest Road at around 6.15am on Sunday 29 May when his motorbike collided with a stationary car.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital but he died later that day.

Officers are now appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time or who witnessed the collision to come forward.

We are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the weekend’s tragic incident.

We have specialist officers who continue to liaise with the family of Brandon at this sad time and our thoughts remain with them.

– PC Damian Gibson, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101.

Man posing as 'Good Samaritan' threatens and robs 83-year-old woman

Police are appealing for information after an 83-year-old woman was attacked and robbed in her Dudley home.

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She had been out looking for her missing cat, when she met a man at Herald Court, off Priory Street who offered to help at around 6pm on 12 May.

After searching for the lost pet, which has since been found, he went round to her home on Stone Street for a drink.

He returned at about 10.30pm and forced his way into her home and stole bank cards and cash before pinning her down and making threats.

When he went into another room the pensioner managed to pull a pendant alarm, causing him to flee the property.

Officers believe he returned a short time later and banged on the door stating he was the police, but the woman did not answer and he walked off a short time later.

This is a horrific attack on an elderly woman in her own home, by someone who posed as a friend and offered a helping hand.

We are determined to find the man responsible and are eager to hear from anyone who thinks they may know the identity of the suspect.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Gareth Homer

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Gareth Homer at Brierley Hill police station on 101 or email

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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
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