Perryfields High School had to borrow a million pounds from Sandwell council to create 28 new classrooms
A statue has been unveiled to commemorate a strike by 800 women chain makers credited by improving many working lives
A monument to commemorate the women chainmakers' strike of 1910 will be unveiled today in Sandwell.
The A4099 Halesowen Street in Rowley Regis, Sandwell, remains closed this morning due to a burst water main at Horner Way, just outside The Britannia.
The water main burst yesterday, and the road is expected to remain shut until tomorrow afternoon.
A teenager escaped with just cuts and bruises after the car he was driving smashed into the front of a house in Sandwell today.
The man, who was in his late teens, managed to get out of the car, which had flipped onto its side and was badly damaged in the crash.
Paramedics were called to Harvest Road in Rowley Regis at around 11.20am today.
The man was taken to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley for precautionary checks.
Crash investigators will be visiting Smethwick tonight as part of the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who left a pensioner for dead.
Bill Fenton, aged 73, died in hospital hours after he was found lying in Beakes Road with serious injuries. It is thought he was hit by a large vehicle such as a van or a 4x4.
Detectives investigating the incident say nobody has come forward so far to report the crash, and are revisiting the scene one week on in the hope somebody will remember seeing something.
They will be in the area between 7.45pm and 10pm tonight.
Mr Fenton was found at around 9.30pm on Saturday November 23.
Sgt Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police's collision investigation unit, said officers would be handing out leaflets as part of the appeal.
The leaflet features a picture of Bill and we would appeal to anyone who saw him that night to come forward and call me or one of my team.
I am especially keen to find out where this vehicle is – we believe that Bill may have been struck by a large vehicle, possibly a 4x4 car or a van.
The vehicle would have sustained serious damage so if anyone has noticed a neighbour, a family member or a friend’s car or van with new damage they can’t explain then call me.
I would also appeal to garage repairs owners to be wary of vehicles that are brought in with a large amount of damage.
You may think that your suspicions or information is insignificant, but I would say that this could be vital to our inquiry.
Whoever was driving must have known they had hit a person and I would appeal for them to come forward, this is your chance to tell your side of the story.
On a day when people across the region remembered those who died while serving their country, two brothers have been jailed for stealing poppy boxes.
The brothers, 22-year-old Adam Tookey and his older brother Karl, who's 25, were caught on CCTV taking two boxes from hotels in Sandwell and Birmingham City centre.
They were caught after a security guard recognised them from an online police appeal. Chris Halpin reports.
A staff member of a Sandwell hotel from which a Poppy Appeal collection tin was stolen has spoken of the 'embarrassment' of having it taken.
Danny Crompton from the Holiday Inn says they did not think there was a need to secure the tin.
Police have commended a security guard who spotted a pair of brothers who today were jailed for 12 months for stealing Poppy Appeal collection tins in Birmingham and Sandwell.
Adam and Karl Tookey, 22 and 25, were caught on CCTV taking a collection box from the counter of the Holiday Inn in Wolverhampton Road as well as from the Britannia Hotel in Birmingham.
PC Wendy Wright, from Sandwell Police, said: "We acted quickly to release the CCTV images following the thefts and thanks to the sharp eye of a Birmingham security guard the trio were identified.
"It’s also really poignant that they were jailed today, on Armistice Day, just moments after the court held their two-minute silence to remember those who have given their lives for their country."
A pair of brothers who stole Poppy Appeal tins from hotels in Sandwell and Birmingham have been jailed for 12 months on Armistice Day.
Adam and Karl Tookey, 22 and 25, were caught on CCTV taking a collection box from the counter of the Holiday Inn in Wolverhampton Road on Wednesday.
The brothers were also charged with stealing another collection box from the Britannia Hotel in Birmingham on the same day.
They were arrested after a security guard spotted them in New Street, Birmingham, on Saturday.
Appearing at Warley Magistrates Court this morning, the duo both pleaded guilty.
A 22-year-old woman also appeared at the court this morning and denied her involvement.
She was bailed to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 11 Feb 2014.
Two men and a woman have been charged with stealing two Poppy Appeal collection tins from Midland hotels.
Brothers Adam and Karl Tookey, aged 22 and 25, and Amy Sanders, 22, all from Thornfield Road in Birmingham, will appear at Warley Magistrates Court this morning.
They were arrested over the theft of a collection tin from the Holiday Inn in Sandwell on Wednesday and have now been charged.
They have also been charged with stealing another collection box from the Britannia Hotel in Birmingham city centre, which took place just hours of the first theft.
Three people have been arrested over the theft of a poppy collection tin from a Holiday Inn.
A 22-year-old woman and two men aged 22 and 25 were arrested on suspicion of theft just after 2pm today.
They are now being questioned in connection with the theft of the donation tin from the hotel in Sandwell.
PC Wendy Wright, from West Bromwich police station, said officers had been "overwhelmed" by the amount of calls following an appeal earlier this week.
Remembrance Sunday is supported by the nation and this theft obviously struck a chord with a lot of people.
I am overwhelmed by the amount of calls I have received from the public offering support in helping us find the thieves.
Sandwell Police say they have arrested 45 people for burglary and vehicle crime since the start of a new operation to crackdown on offenders in the West Midlands area.
Operation Olympia, which began in October and will now continue throughout the winter, is focusing on handlers of stolen goods and looks to arrest those responsible for burglary and vehicle crime.
Neighbourhood officers are offering forensic property marking kits to local residents and encouraging everyone in the borough to register mobile phones and gadgets on a national database called ‘Immobilise’.
– Inspector Sally Ford, Sandwell Police
This operation has proven to have a significant impact amongst people who commit crime in Sandwell. We want offenders and their associates to remember that it will not be tolerated and we will do everything that we can to bring them to justice.