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Sam Allardyce confirmed as new England manager

Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. Credit: PA

Former Notts county manager Sam Allardyce has been appointed as the new England manager on a two-year contract, the Football Association have confirmed.

The 61-year-old will leave his role as Sunderland boss in order to replace Roy Hodgson as the national team manager.


Shopping Centre evacuated after suspicious items found

The West Cross Shopping Centre on Oldbury Road in Smethwick has been evacuated as a precaution after the discovery of suspicious items at a flat this morning.

Roads within 100 metres of the shopping centre have also been cordoned off Credit: Google Maps

Roads within 100 metres of the shopping centre have also been cordoned off including Marriott Road, Malin Street, West End Avenue, part of Oldbury Road and Narel Sharpe Close.

Officers were called to the property above a shop at around 11.20am after concerns were raised by an ambulance crew who were tending to a patient at the address.

The Hazardous Area Response Team is carrying out an initial examination of the items.

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit is also currently en route to the scene.

People in the area are advised to follow the instructions of police and other emergency services personnel at the scene and to evacuate only if asked to do so.

Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Sean Phillips, said:

I recognise the impact the evacuation will have on local people and I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The safety of the public is our primary concern and we’re working closely with our partners to minimise the effect on the community and thank everyone for their understanding and patience.

We hope to have the area returned to normality as soon as possible.

– Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Sean Phillips


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Weekend Picks: Warwick Folk Festival

Warwick Folk Festival: Thurs 21st - Sun 24th July (Warwick School, Warwick)

Thousands are expected at the Warwick Folk Festival this weekend Credit: Warwick Folk Festival / Marketing Aloud

The 37th Warwick Folk Festival takes place this weekend and it is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

For the first time, the organisers are offering one-night camping options for those that can only attend for one night.

This year the Festival is organising a dedicated programme of workshops, performances and activities for those aged 12 - 25. Also new for this year is the Kids Zone which has been moved into one space on the main stage, close to the craft fair & food stalls.

"Ticket sales are going exceptionally well and I would strongly urge those who want to attend to book their tickets now.

With many superb headline acts and something for everyone, the Festival promises to be a fantastic fun-filled 4 day weekend of first-class entertainment for all tastes and ages”.

– Dick Dixon, Festival Director

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Weekend Picks: Simon Says Festival

Simon Says Festival: Sat 23rd - Sun 24th July (De Montfort Hall & gardens, Leicester)

Simon Says 2015 Credit: Leicester City Council

More than sixty acts are set to perform at the two day festival 'Simon Says’, this weekend in Leicester.

Alongside music entertainment there’ll also be a range of bars and food stalls at the festival.

“With Simon Says... it is the full package that people love! The music is brilliant, but so is the food, the beer and the chance to just hang out with your friends at the same time.

For 2016 we will build on this great formula and try and make it the best Simon Says… yet.”

– Matt Kirk, Firebug, Official Partner

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Weekend Picks: Cherry Fair

Cherry Fair and 1940s weekend: Sat 23rd - Sun 24th July (Bewdley Museum, Worcestershire)

There'll be a cherry hunt around the museum and gardens for children Credit: Wyre Forest

Bewdley’s unique annual Cherry Fair will take place this weekend in Worcestershire.

The town has been famous for its cherry fairs for almost two centuries and over the weekend all things cherry will be celebrated once again.

There is a chance to taste and compare different varieties of cherries. Young cherry trees will be for sale and bags of cherries will be available to buy.

“This is a free family event with something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the history of the town and we’re encouraging visitors to come along in 1940s costumes too.”

– Councillor Sally Chambers, Wyre Forest District Council

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