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Firefighters still on the scene of recycling plant blaze

Firefighters are still at the scene of a major fire at a recycling plant in Tipton.

One water jet is still in use this morning as crews tackle the blaze. Residents living in the area have been warned to keep their doors and windows closed due to the amount of smoke.

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The #tiptonfire is still causing large amounts of smoke in the area, residents need to keep their doors and windows closed.

Woman caught driving the wrong way along the M5 admits she'd been drinking

A woman has admitted driving the wrong way along a stretch of the M5 motorway in the West Midlands, whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Katy Homer was stopped by officers in December 2013.

The 26-year-old, from Clent View in Halesowen drove into the path of vehicles, including heavy goods lorries, as she travelled north from Oldbury to West Bromwich on the southbound carriageway.

Homer, who admitted dangerous driving and driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, is due to be sentenced on 28 March.

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'No S**t Sherlock': Council under fire over dog mess ad

A council has come under fire for using the slogan "No S**t Sherlock!" in an anti-dog fouling poster campaign.

One of two new "bold" posters shows a long-eared hound wearing a Sherlock Holmes-style deerstalker hat, and threatens offending dog owners with a £75 fine.

The Sherlock-themed poster has been criticised for its slogan
The Sherlock-themed poster has been criticised for its slogan Credit: Matthew Cooper/PA

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper said the campaign was a response to more than 800 complaints about dog mess filed with the council in the past year.

We're fining and educating people - but people want us to do more.

That's why we're taking such a strong and bold approach with this campaign

The poster campaign is a response to more than 800 complaints over dog mess
The poster campaign is a response to more than 800 complaints over dog mess Credit: Matthew Cooper/PA

But some people believe the use of the swear word - even asterisked - is inappropriate.

Tory councillor Mavis Hughes told the Express & Star she did not approve of the language in the posters as children would see them.

There are children who will see this. I don't think we should be encouraging them to use foul language to describe dog mess.

Armed robbers attack jewellery traders at their home

Armed robbers stole a van full of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery in a carjacking outside the home of jewellery traders.

Three masked men threatened a 45-year-old man and his teenage nephew with a double-barrelled shotgun after attacking them both with crow bars and pepper spray as they arrived at their home in Warley, Sandwell.

Police are hunting this man in connection with a jewellery heist in Sandwell
Police are hunting this man in connection with a jewellery heist in Sandwell Credit: West Midlands Police

The thieves stole the keys to the family's business van - which was filled with money and jewellery - and drove off towards Manor Road.

They stopped in Healthfield Close to empty their haul into a red Volvo V40 - which had been stolen in a burglary in Warwickshire in November - before making their escape.

Police today said the man and his 16-year-old nephew were in the jewellery trade, but said they could not reveal any more details.

CCTV footage of a man police believe may know something about the heist has now been released.

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Elderly woman seriously injured in three-car smash

A woman in her 90s was seriously injured in a three-car smash in Sandwell this morning.

The woman was a passenger in a red Honda, which was travelling along Holden Road in Wednesbury when it hit a stationary car.

The force pushed the other car into a third vehicle.

The pensioner was taken to hospital along with two other people from the same car, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened shortly before 11.10am.

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

Flowers and poppy wreath left in honour of lorry driver

Flowers and a wreath of poppies have been left outside a Royal British Legion club in Sandwell in honour of a lorry driver who died when he ploughed into the side of the building.

The man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A poppy wreath has been left by the club members in honour of the driver of the lorry
A poppy wreath has been left by the club members in honour of the driver of the lorry Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the crash devastating the club building, members left tributes honouring the man.

The message left with the wreath of poppies, traditionally used by the Legion to honour the war dead, reads: "Thoughts for a life lost and a grieving family. From Wednesbury Royal British Legion."

The message on the wreath
The message on the wreath Credit: ITV News Central

The lorry was travelling along High Bullen when it left the road and ploughed into the side of the clubhouse.

There were around 15 people inside at the time, but nobody else was hurt.

Flowers have also been left at the scene
Flowers have also been left at the scene Credit: ITV News Central
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