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Crews at Rowley Regis fire, despite strike action

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8 fire crews currently tackling a void factory on fire on Doulton Rd, Rowley Regis. Crews remaining in attendance despite industrial action

Eight fire crews from West Midlands Fire Service are attending a blaze at an empty factory in Rowley Regis in the Black Country. It broke out on Doulton Road. The service say crews are remaining in attendance, despite tonight's latest spell of industrial action.

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Petrol attack 'a horrific crime'

Police say a man found guilty of setting fire to his ex-partner in the Black Country committed the crime out of 'pure malice'.

Daniel Sheldon, 42, from Russells Hall Road in Dudley, is due to be sentenced next month.

"This was a horrific crime committed out of pure malice at having been jilted by his partner. It is a measure of Sheldon’s character that he went to set fire to his ex-partner’s home in the dead of night and when disturbed by the woman, he doused her in petrol and set fire to her in front of her young daughter.

"But this horror wasn’t enough for Sheldon who then coolly walked into the house and set fire to the family home where a baby was sleeping. Like a coward he then ran off in an attempt to evade justice and when captured, tried to deny any knowledge of the offence."

– Detective Constable Andy Barnsley, West Midlands Police

Man who set fire to former girlfriend found guilty

A man who doused his former girlfriend in petrol and set her on fire in front of her children has been found guilty of attempted murder.

42-year-old Damion Sheldon from Russells Hall Road in Dudley, poured the fuel over the victim at her home in Haden Walk in Rowley Regis last December.

The woman's nine-year-old daughter helped her to take off her clothes and got her mother to drop and roll.

During this time, Sheldon walked into the house and set fire to the home, where a 13-month old baby was sleeping upstairs.

Firefighters managed to find the lifeless baby, performed CPR for five minutes and brought the child back to life.

Thief caught down manhole pleads guilty

Man caught down manhole Credit: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

A man caught stealing metal cable down a manhole in Rowley Regis admitted theft when he appeared in court.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty at Sandwell Magistrates Court after being arrested on Wednesday (3 April).

He was caught when a BT repair man was called to fix a broken line. He removed the manhole cover, heard a noise and rang the police who caught him climbing out of the hole.

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Man arrest after 'major blaze' in the West Midlands

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The fire was reported at 4.30pm at a derelict school in Thorne Rd, Rowley Regis - one male has been arrested in connection with the incident

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Road closures are in place in Thorne Rd, Shelsey Ave, Portway Hill, Newbury Lane and Stuarts Rd while the incident is dealt with

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@sheldonfire HVP not required in Rowley Regis as crews have made great progress. Now mobile back to sunny Sheldon! #hometime

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