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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

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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.

Man rescued from 18 foot deep collapsed trench

Man being rescued from trench Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It took two and a half hours for emergency services to release a man who got trapped under rubble when a trench he was working in collapsed. It happened in Barclay Road in Smethwick at 2.20pm today.

Emergency services took two and a half hours to free the man Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It's believed the trench was about 18 feet deep. When the ambulance service arrived they could only see the man's head. He was treated for chest and potential pelvic injuries and taken to hospital in Birmingham

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Man arrested over 'dangerous' pit bulls loose on Smethwick street

A man has been arrested after two pit bulls became dangerously out of control on a street in Smethwick last night (20 January).

One of the pit bulls attacked a specially trained dog handler on Richmond Road at around 4pm.

Firearms officers were called and one dog was eventually shot and killed while the other was secured.

The 33 year-old has been arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

Police: pit bulls in Smethwick could not be contained 'due to aggressive behaviour'

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@wmpolice Is there a report on the events leading up to the dogs being shot, or did the officers do it&not have to account for their actions

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@anarchodinosaur Officers from our dog unit tried containing them but couldn't due to their aggressive behaviour.

Second pit bull located by police in Smethwick garden

Police have confirmed the second pit bull, which was on the loose in Smethwick, has been located in a rear garden.

West Midlands Police says it attempted to secure the first dog but was forced to kill it due to its aggressive nature.

Specialists from West Midlands Police’s Dog Unit attempted to secure the dogs but, due to their aggressive nature, they were unable to contain them.

Richmond Road was secured by police officers as a firearms unit was called to the scene; one dog was shot and killed whilst another has been located in a rear garden.

Officers have managed to identify the dogs owners and are working with them to try and safely recover the second dog.

– West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Jack Hadley
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