Northamptonshire's Arson Task Force is warning local residents about floating lanterns following the fire at a Smethwick recycling plant.
Around 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory is on fire in Smethwick.
A derelict pub in Smethwick named as one of the nation’s ten most endangered buildings will be sold at auction today.
Medals found buried in a vegetable patch in Smethwick have been returned to the grandson of the man who first owned them. Mike Hubball was given the medals by the man who dug them up, alongside his grandfather's great-niece.
First World War medals which were dug up in a lettuce patch in Smethwick have been returned to the great-niece of the man who first owned them. Jan Whitehouse had been researching her great uncle for 30 years.
A man from Smethwick has found two medals from the first World War one British and one German in his vegetable patch.
Roger Ashton's discovery at his home inspired him to find out where the medals came from. Not only did he achieve that, his search has also brought distant relatives together for the first time.
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.
Six men have been jailed for a total of 23 years for violent crimes during a night of violence, which led to the death of a teenager.
16-year-old Ben Morutare was attacked after a birthday party in Smethwick in July 2012.
The accused were convicted of crimes ranging from violent disorder to manslaughter.
Six young men are due to appear in court this morning to be sentenced for a series of crimes during a single night, that lead to the death of a teenager.
Ben Morutare was stabbed after a birthday party in Smethwick on 27 July 2012.
During a ten-week trial, which ended in August, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard the 16-year-old had attended the party at the Old Comrades Club with a friend, but had attracted the attention of a group of others.
Violence broke out outside the Fenton Street venue late in the evening, which resulted in Ben Morutare suffering a stab wound to the leg.
Eighteen-year-old Andy Ly from Ladywood pleaded guilty to his manslaughter. Five others admitted violent disorder.
The mother of tragic stab death teenager Ben Morutare has paid tribute to her son after six men were found guilty of violence on the night he was attacked.
Ben, aged 16, bled to death after being stabbed in the leg, severing an artery.
His mother Grace said: "You would think that with time the pain of losing our Ben would get a bit easier but it’s been the toughest time of our lives, the fact that we will never see Ben again is the most painful and unbearable thought.
She added: "No family should go through what we have gone through. We will always love and miss our Ben dearly.
"We would like to thank our family liaison officer who has been there for us and West Midlands Police who worked endlessly to see justice done for our Ben."
A leading police officer in the investigation into the death of Walsall teenager Ben Morutare said it had been a "despicable crime with a tragic and unnecessary loss of life."
Det Insp Gary Plant, from West Midlands Police's major investigation review team, paid tribute to those who had helped with the investigation and said officers had spoken to more than 1,000 people while trying to track down those responsible.
The murder of little Ben was a despicable crime with a tragic and unnecessary loss of life.
Together with his friends and hundreds of other teenagers, [Ben] attended a birthday party that was advertised via social media. As a consequence, a small minority of people singled out Ben and his friends and attacked them, all because they were not local to the area
Ben was a small boy who, when seen on CCTV alongside his attackers, looks like a small child by comparison. Even paramedics attending the scene initially believed he was 12 or 13.
Ben’s grieving family have been left devastated by their loss and we hope that these verdicts offer them some comfort as they continue to mourn their son, brother and nephew.
Our thoughts are with Ben and his family at this time.
It started with cross words and pushing - but ended with the death of a 16-year-old boy.
Walsall teenager Ben Morutare was at the party at the Old Comrades Club in Smethwick when the fight broke out, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told during the trial.
One of Ben's friends was chased along Fenton Street and into St Paul's Road by a group of men, where he was assaulted and robbed. Others focused on Ben, chasing him across the Asian Family Support Centre car park and into Chatwin Street.
He was attacked and stabbed in the upper thigh, severing a main artery. He bled to death.
A video showing CCTV footage of the fight has now been released by police.
Andy Ly, 18, admitted Ben’s manslaughter, while Omar Robinson, 19, pleaded guilty to violent disorder. Dale Reid, 18, had pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing.
Four other men were convicted of violent disorder. Tahj Mills, 19, Jordan Campbell, 18 and Tobias Blake, 20, were all found guilty this week, with Blake also being convicted of possession of an offensive weapon.
They will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court in the coming months.
Six men aged between 18 and 20 have been found guilty of an array of violent crimes during a birthday party fight which spiralled out of control and ended with the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy.
Ben Morutare, from Walsall, was stabbed in the leg outside the Old Comrade Club in Smethwick on July 27 last last year. He died later in hospital.
Andy Ly, aged 18, admitted Ben’s manslaughter seven weeks into the trial, whilst his co-defendant Omar Robinson, 19, pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
Tahj Mills, 19, Jordan Campbell, 18 and Tobias Blake, 20, were all found guilty of violent disorder this week.
Blake was also convicted of possession of an offensive weapon. Dale Reid, 18, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing.
An 18-year-old from Edgbaston was found not guilty of violent disorder yesterday and a second man, 19, was found not guilty of violent disorder today.