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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.

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'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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Police appeal for missing teenage girl

15-year-old Stacey-Lea Davenport-Davis Credit: Sandwell Police

Police are appealing for help in finding Stacey-Lea Davenport-Davis who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

The 15-year-old left her address in Oldbury and was last seen on Throne Road around 2pm.

She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall with long highlighted brown hair and was wearing her school uniform - a navy blue blazer with a blue shirt and black trousers and was carrying a pink ‘London’ bag with a bow.

Stacey-Lea is not in any trouble and has not been missing before and anyone who has see her is urged to call Police on 101.

Two teenagers arrested for bomb hoax

West Midlands Police Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police investigating a bomb hoax threat at a training centre in Sandwell have arrested two teenagers.

The two local boys aged, 16 and 17, were arrested on Monday in connection with a hoax call made to Nova training centre, Church Street, Oldbury on 28 January.

These kinds of offences are not only a drain on police, council and school resources but they also waste the time of pupils who should be receiving their education.

We take reports like this very seriously − the maximum sentence for the offence of communicating a bomb hoax is seven years in prison.

– Inspector Gareth Guest, Sandwell Police investigation team

Both have been bailed with conditions while further enquires take place.

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