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Firefighters tackle blaze at disused factory

Fifty firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at a disused factory in Smethwick tonight.

Crews were called to London Street shortly after 6.30pm, where they found the large building - which was in the process of being demolished - on fire.

The fire is at a disused factory in London Street, Smethwick Credit: ITV News Central

Cutting equipment has been used and they are tackling the flames from four different locations.

There are not though to be any hazards inside the building.


Quick-thinking public help save car crash victim's life

Passers-by and an off-duty trainee paramedic helped save a man's life when he went into cardiac arrest after being hit by a car in West Bromwich this evening.

He and another man were both hit at a pedestrian crossing at the corner of High Street and Trinity Road at around 5.30pm. Both roads remain closed.

One of the men had gone into cardiac arrest after the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The man had suffered a serious head injury and had gone into cardiac arrest - but quick-thinking members of the public and the trainee ambulance worker managed to keep his heart going until emergency services arrived.

They managed to re-start his heart and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with a police escort.

The second pedestrian, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing but had suffered serious fractures to an arm and a leg. He was taken to the same hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the car was not hurt.

High Street closed after car hits two pedestrians

The High Street in West Bromwich is currently closed due to a serious incident where a car hit two pedestrians.


Body discovered in burnt out car

A body has been discovered in a burnt out car near Cradley Heath railway station.

Police were alerted to the find at around 9:20pm last night. An investigation is now underway.

The identity of the body is yet to be identified due to the severity of the fire.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

Crowds enjoy May Day event near Birmingham

The bank holiday event attracts thousands of people each year Credit: ITV News Central

Around 22,000 people are expected to attend the 'Smethwick Fusion' event at Lightwoods Park near Birmingham today. Earlier today the organisers claim the UK's first Morris vs Bhangra dance-off took place.

Crowds at the event Credit: ITV News Central
A Punch and Judy show Credit: ITV News Central
The event is being held at Lightwoods Park Credit: ITV News Central

Morris vs Bhangra 'dance-off' at May Day festival

Thousands of people are expected to descend on a Sandwell park for a May Day festival today - and are in for a unique treat.

What is thought to be the first ever dance-off between Morris men and Bhangra dancers is being staged at the event in Lightwoods Park, Smethwick.

In total around 22,000 people are expected to attend the May Day festival at the park.

The event also includes a live music stage with a line-up including 80s reggae band Musical Youth.

Robbers lock staff in cricket club fridge in Birmingham

Robbers locked four people in a fridge in a cricket club Credit: West Midlands Police

An investigation is underway after staff and customers were locked in a refrigerated cellar by robbers.

A female staff member and three customers were approached by a group of four men as the woman locked up at the Old Hall Cricket Club in Sandwell at around midnight on Sunday morning.

The group threatened the woman with a screwdriver and made her hand over her possessions.

They were then forced into the refrigerated cellar as the robbers stole cash and spirits.

DC Derek Cole from the Acquisitive Crime Team in Force CID is leading the inquiry. He said:

This was very distressing for the four people caught up in the raid, as they were forced to hand over their money and personal goods before being made to get into the cellar.

They were down there, in the refrigerated space, for around an hour before managing to break out and raise the alarm.

The men were all in their 20s wearing dark coloured tracksuits with hoods.

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