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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.

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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.

Shocking video shows 'drink passed between vans on M5'

Shocking video footage has been released of two drivers who appear to bring their vans together on the motorway, to pass a drink between the vehicles.

The video, caught on a dashboard camera, was filmed by a motorist travelling behind the vans, along the M5 near Halesowen in September.

The stunt has been condemned by Road safety campaigners who fear it could potentially have caused a major accident.

Police say they're examining the footage to see if any offences have been committed, and will be contacting the drivers.

Concerns for woman who went missing from Asda

Ruth Lewis went missing at 3pm yesterday Credit: West Midlands Police

Concerns are growing for a Halesowen woman who has gone missing from home.

Ruth Lewis went missing at 3pm yesterday. The 60-year-old was last seen on Asda car park in Kidderminster and has not returned to her home in Queen Street since.

She is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, ginger/grey hair which is spikey on top. She usually wears outdoor trekking clothing.

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VIDEO: CCTV released following horrific farmer attack

CCTV has been released following an horrific attack on a farmer in Halesowen who doctors say 'could have lost an eye'.

70-year-old Robert Withers from Halesowen heard an intruder in the early hours of Monday 8th September and when he confronted the man, he was attacked, leaving him with deep cuts and severe blood loss.

CCTV has now been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with the attack.

Farmer 'could have lost his eye' in horrific attack

A farmer beaten on his own land was told by doctors his injuries were so horrific he could have lost an eye.

The horrific injuries inflicted on Robert Withers Credit: West Midlands Police

70-year-old Robert Withers from Halesowen heard an intruder in the early hours of Monday 8th September and saw a figure stood outside his door.

When he confronted the man he attacked him, leaving him with deep cuts and severe blood loss.

He was in hospital for several days after having an operation to pin his left arm which was broken in the attack. He also had stitches to two deep cuts above his right eye and a broken nose.

The farmer’s injuries were so severe, that at one point doctors feared he may lose an eye. Fortunately he is making a steady recovery.

– Detective Sergeant Leighton Shingles

Christina Edkins' family: 'Real change is needed'

A damning report into the killing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins has blamed a catalogue of failures by the authorities who could have kept her killer off the streets.

16-year-old Christina, from Birmingham, was stabbed in the chest as she travelled on a bus to her school in Halesowen last year.

The report says there had been a string of failures dating back 12 years from mental health services, police and the prison service in the region - and makes 51 recommendations.

Her attacker, paranoid schizophrenic Phillip Simelane, had chosen her at random.

The spokesman for Christina's family, Chris Melia, says they now want real change to prevent further deaths.

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