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Police search for cyclist who mugged 61-year-old

The woman's bag was stolen on Broomfield Street North Credit: Google Maps

Police in Dudley are asking the public to help them trace a young cyclist who mugged a 61-year-old woman as she walked through Halesowen.

The woman was on Bloomfield Street North at around 1pm on Wednesday 18 February when a young man cycled up to her and grabbed her handbag as he went past. He snatched the bag with such force that the woman fell to the floor, but luckily, she was not injured.

The thief was described as a being in his late teens or early 20s, of slim build, wearing a black hooded top with the make ‘Bench’ written across the top in white text. He wore dark jogging bottoms and he was riding a black mountain bike. After the mugging, he cycled off towards Attwood Street, with the woman’s bag over his handlebars.

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Man suffers leg injury caused by firearm in street clash

Nimmings Road, Blackheath Credit: BPM Images

One man has suffered a leg injury caused by a firearm during a clash between two groups of men in Nimmings Road, Halesowen.

West Midlands Police confirmed that two men from the town, 27 and 29, were arrested over the incident.

The road was closed whilst a search of the area was carried out today but no firearm was found and investigations are still ongoing.

One whopping West Midlands wedding!

Credit: Jayne Blakeway

A wedding is taking place today so big it'll make any other bride blush!

Jayne Blakeway and Shaun Lawrence will tie the knot in front of:

  • 44 bridesmaids
  • 7 chief bridesmaids
  • 12 page boys
  • 3 ushers
  • 2 people to walk the bride down the aisle.
Credit: Google street view

Jayne says:

"All I can say it's a Black Country wedding for a true Black Country woman and we don't do things by halves."

– Jayne Blakeway

The service will take place at St Paul's Church in Halesowen - on the day of the groom's 53rd birthday.

The bridesmaids are mainly the bride's nieces, great nieces and great, great nieces, the page boys her nephews and great nephews.

The eldest bridesmaid is the bride's sister - she walked down the same aisle 51 years ago. There will be four generations taking on the role of bridesmaid.

The colour scheme is yellow and gold - but the dress is top secret!

It's hoped there'll be crowds of onlookers as the wedding party arrives.

RoSPA: 'Dangerous drivers will be caught on camera'

Speaking in response to video that's emerged showing a drink seemingly being passed between two moving white vans travelling at speed on the M5, Kevin Clinton from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says it's more and more likely dangerous driving will be caught on camera.

The footage released by police today shows the vehicles on the M5 in Halesowen, and was filmed by a driver travelling behind by a dashboard mounted camera.

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