The husband and daughter of a woman who died after a gastric band operation have been speaking to ITV News Central about their loss. Lisa Twining, from Tipton, died last month after the band became infected.
Operations to fit the bands are carried out in the thousands by the NHS every year, and they are considered an effective way to lose weight when other methods have failed.
But as this family found out to their cost, the procedure is not without its risks. Rebecca Burrows reports.
The widower of a woman from Tipton who died after having a gastric band fitted said he would not wish the procedure ‘on his worst enemy.’Read the full story ›
Emergency response crews have rescued one person after a crash in Smethwick last night.
Sandwell & Birmingham Mela: Sat 16th - Sun 17th (Victoria Park, Smethwick)
Thousands of visitors will head to Victoria Park in Smethwick this weekend for the UK’s biggest Asian festival
The festival combines live international music performances, stalls, food, arts, community showcases, workshops and a funfair.
Over 100 artists and groups are set to perform at the event including Bollywood singer Mika Singh and artists Sukshinder Shinda, Zack Knight, Resham Anmol, Hardy Sandhu and Zora Randhawa.
The Mela is months of hard work and dedication by the team. This year we have put in the extra effort and are bringing something really special. Staging Mika Singh will make the Mela even bigger and attract a much diverse audience. Mika is India’s biggest Bollywood singer and he will rock the UK audience!"
Road closures and parking restrictions will be in place on the following roads on event days between 11.30 and 19.00:- Corbett Street, Suffrage Street, Scribbans Close, Pritchard Close, Ballot Street, Exeter Road, Jordan Close, Barnstaple Road, Tiverton Road, Dawlish Road, Victoria Park Road, Ron Davis Close, Pool Road, Salcombe Road, Amity Close, Pool Road, Allan Close
For opening times and more information visit: http://www.sandwell.gov.uk
Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Sandwell man.
Carl Ward, aged 32, has been missing from his home in Smethwick since Thursday 26 May.
Mr Ward was last seen wearing a black trench coat, sand coloured jeans, black Nike trainers and a navy blue Timberland woollen hat.
Inspector Dave Southam from Sandwell Police, said:
Mr Ward has not been missing before and this is totally out of character, so we are understandably worried.
A kitchen worker is believed to have been the mastermind behind the robbery, using his insider knowledge to target the manager.Read the full story ›
19-year-old Charlie Heywood died after a crash in the early hours of Sunday morning in Sandwell.Read the full story ›
A teenage pedestrian has died following a crash in the early hours of this morning in Sandwell.Read the full story ›
West Midlands Fire Service have said that a fire at a plastic factory in Tipton is being treated as suspicious.
12 fire engines and 70 firefighters were sent to the scene last night on Jonah Drive.