Devoted pair die one week apart

A devoted couple who died a week apart from one another after 71 years of marriage have been laid to rest.

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Massive tuna fish catch

A 12-year-old boy from Halesowen has caught a tuna fish weighing 13 stone 5oz during a fishing trip in Madeira.

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Armed robbers raid Halesowen off-licence

Armed robbers wielding a gun threatened staff at a Halesowen off-licence and forced them to hand over cash.

The raiders barged into Booze Corner in Howley Grange Road, armed with a gun, at around 2.20pm yesterday.

One of the men being hunted by police
One of the men being hunted by police Credit: West Midlands Police

The two robbers threatened the female shop assistant and stole cash, before making their escape in a turquoise-coloured Land Rover.

Detectives have now released CCTV of two men they are looking for connection with the hold-up.

The second man wore a GioGoi branded hoodie
The second man wore a GioGoi branded hoodie Credit: West Midlands Police

Both men were white. One was in his 40s, with large glasses and a woolly hat. The other, in his 20s, was wearing a black GioGoi-branded top, and dark jeans with the blue Evisu logo showing.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.


Biker killed after hitting railings in Halesowen

A biker was killed when his motorcycle swerved off the road and hit railings in Halesowen.

The accident happened at the junction of Coombs Road and Amber Way, shortly before 6.50pm yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Chris Kowalik said despite the best efforts of paramedics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Muslim association holds poppy picnic

Poppy badges at the Armed Forces Memorial for a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire.
Poppy badges at the Armed Forces Memorial for a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire. Credit: PA

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association is inviting the Halesowen community to join in a big Poppy Picnic today to support The Royal British Legion's work for the Armed Forces community.

People are being invited to bring along food and drink to the event in Long Lane, where they can enjoy an afternoon with stalls, exhibitions and demonstrations from the Sea and Air Cadets, Midlands Police and the local fire brigade.

There will be samosas, donated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association, which will be available for a small contribution on the day, with all money raised going to the Legion.

Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch, will open the Poppy Picnic at noon and the event will finish at 4.30pm with a few words from local Legion fundraiser, Alison Bates.

Murder inquiry launched after man dies during fight in Halesowen

Two men have been arrested after a man died during a fight at a house in Halesowen last night.

West Midlands Police were called to the house at around 9pm last night, Sunday 3rd February.

A man was found collapsed in the house. He had suffered a stab wound.

A 49-year-old man is currently in police custody on suspicion of murder and a 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of using violence to secure entry to the premises.

"A man has lost his life in what appears to be an argument amongst people known to one another at the home of one of the men.

The address has been sealed off and will be the subject of extensive forensic work today to determine further detail of exactly what happened last night."

– Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones


Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas has arrived at his gym in Halesowen for a special reception.

The gym where Thomas trained is packed full of fans welcoming him home this evening. Credit: ITV Central

Thomas was part of the Men's Team which won a bronze medal at London 2012, the first time a British gymnastics team had made it onto the podium for 100 years.

Thomas started training at the Earl's Gymnastics Club as a five-year-old boy and has been there ever since.

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