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BREAKING NEWS: Schools evacuated due to security scare

Three schools in Sandwell and one in Dudley have been evacuated because of a security scare.

There are unconfirmed reports that the schools have been closed because of a bomb threat.

The schools affected are Bristnall Hall Academy, Oldbury Academy and Holly Lodge in Oldbury and Leasowes School in Halesowen.

Police are at all locations and have since released a statement.

A police investigation is now underway to find the person responsible for the calls Credit: ITV Central

Some institutions took the independent decision to evacuate students. All are safe and being cared for as usual by staff.

The calls were received between around 9am and 9.30am.

A police investigation is now underway to find the person responsible for the calls.

Anyone with information which may aid officers should call police on 101.

– West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have said the schools that have been affected are:

  • Oldbury Academy, Pound Road, Oldbury
  • Holly Lodge High School, Holly Lane, Oldbury
  • Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury
  • Leasowes High School, Kent Road, Halesowen
Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury was one of the schools affected Credit: ITV Central

Third person charged with murder of Indiga Daniel Wallace

Police have charged a third person with the murder of Indiga Daniel Wallace.

Unemployed Kingsley Campbell, 30, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Sandwell Magistrates Court this morning.

The victim's body was found in a flat on Fisher Street in Tipton. Credit: Google Street View

He was earlier arrested as part of the investigation and was later released on bail but was re-arrested on Wednesday as a result of further enquiries.

Last week, 21-year-old Sam Arnold from Tipton was charged with murder and remanded in custody following an initial court hearing.

Last month 30-year-old Dwayne Wallace from West Bromwich, who is of no relation to the victim, was charged with murder and remanded in custody pending trial.

Indiga's body was found in a flat on Fisher Street, Tipton on 11 November. A post mortem revealed that he died as a result of head injuries.

The investigation is on-going and anyone with any information about the death of Indiga is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Weekend Picks: Christmas at Sandwell Valley

Christmas at Sandwell Valley: 12th - 13th December (Sandwell Valley Farm)

Victorian Yuletide at Sandwell Park Valley Farm Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

A traditional Victorian Yuletide is coming to Sandwell Park Valley Farm this weekend. There will be festive crafts, gifts, fresh local produce in the farm shop and carols alongside music from the brass and jazz bands. Children can enjoy activities from Punch and Judy, pony cart rides, face painting, street performers and magicians.

UPDATE: Missing 76-year-old woman from Sandwell found

West Midlands Police have confirmed 76-year-old Margaret Stevens from Sandwell has now been found.

She went missing from her Rowley Regis home in Sandwell yesterday afternoon.

Appeal to find missing 76-year-old woman from Sandwell

West Midlands Police are appealing for help to find a 76-year-old woman who has been missing from her Rowley Regis home in Sandwell since around 4pm yesterday.

Officers are concerned about Margaret Stevens, who left her flat in Thorne Place and hasn’t yet returned.

76-year-old Margaret Stevens from Sandwell is missing since yesterday. Credit: West Midlands Police

Margaret is described as white, around 4ft 8ins tall with grey hair. She is thought to be wearing a black jumper, black trousers and a bright blue coat.

She’s very vulnerable and anyone with information about where she might be is asked to call 101.

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Police appeal for witnesses after incident involving 5-year-old girl

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young girl was approached in a park in Sandwell. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Police in Sandwell are appealing for witnesses to contact them after a suspicious incident where a five-year-old girl was approached by a unknown woman on 3 August.

The incident took place between 2.45-2.50pm in Dartmouth Park, Sandwell Valley. The child was with her mother at the time.

The woman is described as mixed race, aged in her mid-30s, she had black hair in a bun and wore a red T-shirt.

We are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened in the park yesterday, we believe there were a number of people about at the time.

"The child is safe and officers are continuing with their enquiries and checking local CCTV in a bid to identify the woman.

"Whilst we are keeping an open mind regarding the incident, it is important to stress this is an isolated incident”

– Detective Inspector Ronan Tyrer from Force CID

Anyone with information should call police at Sandwell on 101.

Man fakes NYPD letter in attempt to gain licence

A would-be taxi driver from the West Midlands who faked a letter from the New York Police Department in a bid to get a licence has been found out.

The driver, from Sandwell, sent the local council a letter claiming to be from the NYPD as evidence of good conduct.

The letter was needed by the authority as the applicant had lived in the UK for less than five years.

However, the taxi licensing office became suspicious and liaised with the NYPD who confirmed the letter was forgery.

It was a great example of multi-agency co-operation, not just locally, but across the Atlantic."

– West Midlands Police spokesperson

10 men charged with abusing teenage boys

West Midlands Police says specialist child protection officers have this evening charged ten men from across England with child sex offences and other crimes. Nine of the men are from the West Midlands, the other is from London.

The alleged offences are all connected to the sexual exploitation of children between 2009 and 2010 when police say two teenage boys ? one from Leicester and one from Coventry - were abused by a group of men who befriended them.

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