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Appeal for witnesses after M5 motorway crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously injured on the M5 motorway on Thursday.

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Officers were called to the northbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 2 at around 3.40pm following reports that a red and silver Kawasaki motorbike had hit the central reservation.

The motorway was closed for several hours and an air ambulance was called to take the driver to hospital.

The 57-year-old, from Wolverhampton, continues to be treated in hospital for his injuries where his condition is described as serious but stable.

This happened at a busy time of day on a busy stretch of the M5 and we are appealing to any passing motorists who saw what happened to get in touch.

The motorway was closed for several hours while we dealt with the collision and all lanes were reopened at around 7pm.

Specialist officers are supporting the family and the driver at this time and investigations continue to establish the circumstances that led to the crash.

– PC Stuart Thorpe, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit


Arrest made in bus sex attack

A 45-year old man has been arrested in connection with the attack Credit: PA Wire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after a woman was attacked on a bus in Birmingham.

A 45-year-old man from Smethwick was arrested yesterday following the assault which happened on the 120 bus from Birmingham to Oldbury on March 24th.

Fire underway at meat centre in Oldbury

Fire underway at meat shop in Oldbury Credit: PA

Firefighters are dealing with a blaze at a meat centre on Rood End Road in Oldbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Fire Service have tweeted the following:

Fire service issue Oldbury fire details on Periscope

West Midlands Fire Service media officer Wayne Little gave this update on live video streaming app Periscope about the Oldbury recycling plant blaze overnight.

He confirmed that 200 tonnes of cardboard and plastic had gone up in flames, but reassured people it was not toxic.

Fire crews are continuing to tackle to the blaze this morning and residents are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution.

Residents warned after large recycling plant blaze

Firefighter tackling the flames overnight. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Residents are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed while fire crews tackle a large blaze at a recycling plant in Oldbury.

At its height 50 firefighters were needed to fight the flames at Weir Waste Services on Trinity Street.

The scene of the emergency operation at Weir Recycling in Oldbury. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed there is no toxic smoke, but have issued the warning to those living nearby as a precaution.


'Large fire' at recycling plant in Oldbury

Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

25 firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a recycling plant in Oldbury overnight.

Crews from West Midlands Fire Service were called just before midnight to the fire at the site on Trinity Street.

Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The fire service said there was no toxic smoke, but are advising people to keep doors and window closed as a precaution.

They tweeted the fire is now being scaled down:

Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

MP for Warley meets with British Gas over job losses

The MP for Warley John Spellar has met with British Gas over almost 700 planned job losses at their office in Oldbury.

The cuts were announced two days ago. Mr Spellar says the decision aimed at saving money for British Gas came like a bolt from the blue.

A task force has been set up to help staff to retrain and find other work.

MP for Warley to meet with British Gas over job losses

British Gas to axe 684 jobs and close Oldbury office Credit: PA

The MP for Warley John Spellar will meet with British Gas today over potential job losses in the region.

On Wednesday it was announced that almost 700 jobs may go at the company's offices in Oldbury.

The company said it will consult workers and unions over the next 45 days and will "explore redeployment opportunities" for staff if the West Midlands closure is confirmed.

Union reacts angrily to British Gas job losses

British Gas Credit: PA

UNISON has responded to the announcement that British Gas is set to axe 684 jobs at its office in Oldbury.

UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said:

“This is terrible news for the company’s Birmingham-based employees, who will be devastated at the prospect of losing their jobs. British Gas might be losing customers, but it’s still a very profitable business.

“The scale of the cuts will make compulsory redundancies hard to avoid. We’ll now be working closely with British Gas to make sure that all workers affected are given as much help as possible to find new jobs, either within the company or with other employers in the area.”

– Matt Lay
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