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Crocketts Lane closed due to Sandwell College fire

Crocketts Lane has been closed in both directions due to a building fire at the old Sandwell College building at Regent Street in Smethwick,

Fire at old Sandwell College building in Smethwick

Firefighter were called to the scene on Crocketts Lane this morning Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters are tackling a fire at the old Sandwell College in Smethwick.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 4.43am.

West Midlands Fire Service told ITV News six fire engines are currently tackling the blaze, which is in a three storey derelict building.

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Two saved from severe fire in Black Country shop

Two people were led to saved by firefighters from a severe fire in a flat above a shop in the Black Country.

The blaze started in the living area above the retail unit in Messenger Road, Smethwick, during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two people were rescued from the blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The living room was completely gutted and firefighters using breath apparatus helped rescue the pair. The flat was gutted by flames and filled with thick smoke.

About 20 firefighters from Smethwick, Ladywood, Handsworth and West Bromwich were at the scene.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no know injuries.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Man shot in the leg following argument at Smethwick park

Officers were called after reports that a man had been shot in the shin. Credit: PA Image

Police are appealing for information after a man needed surgery after being shot in the leg at West Smethwick Park in Victoria Park Road.

Officers were called to the park yesterday, just after 7.15pm after reports that a man had been shot in the shin after an argument with another man.

An ambulance was called and the 38-year-old was taken to hospital where he was taken into surgery but is now described as being in a stable condition.

Officers believe the suspect left the park on a BMX style bike and was heading towards Smethwick.

An investigation has been launched and officers want to hear from anyone who was at the park around that time.

This was a serious attack and the victim is fortunate to only have suffered relatively minor injuries. Offences involving firearms are rare in this area.

– Detective Sergeant Chris Jones

Fire crews at scene of house collapse in Oldbury

Fire crews are dealing with a building collapse in Oldbury.

West Midlands Fire service has tweeted a picture of what appears to be a 1930s built house with part of its gable end missing.

The rubble from the collapse has crushed a car parked down the side of the property in Richmond Hill.

Fire crews are on the scene will assessments are taking place to make the structure safe.

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Pictures: Firefighters tackle blaze at disused college

Fire engines on the scene Credit: Twitter/@WestMidsFire

30 firefighters tackled a blaze at a disused college in Smethwick last night.

A firefighter tackles the blaze Credit: Twitter/@WestMidsFire

The fire was at the old Smethwick College building on Crocketts Lane, and firefighters say they managed to put it out successfully.

The service was called just after 9pm last night Credit: Twitter/@WestMidsFire
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Lovers jailed for 'body in suitcase' canal murder

A man who murdered his friend and then dumped his body in suitcases in a canal, is beginning a prison sentence tonight.

Lorenzo Simon is thought to have used Michael Spalding for slave labour to decorate his flat in Smethwick and killed him once he'd finished. He enlisted the help of his girlfriend Michelle Bird to dispose of the suitcases, which were weighed down with broken paving slabs.

One was later found by a Canal & River Trust contractor after it floated to the surface. Chris Halpin reports.

Man found guilty of murdering his friend

A man has been found guilty of murdering his friend.

44-year-old Lorenzo Simon murdered Michael Spalding, 39, in Oxford Road in Smethwick, before chopping up his body, stuffing it inside suitcases and then throwing them in the canal.

Lorenzo Simon will be sentenced next week Credit: West Midlands Police

The body was discovered on 12 May last year.

Simon will be sentenced next week. His girlfriend, Michelle Bird, was acquitted of murder, but has previously admitted assisting an offender.

Michael Spalding's body was found in May last year Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)
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