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Weekend Picks: Midlands Whisky Festival

Credit: Tim Robbins

The Midlands whisky festival is back in Stourbridge with 40 exhibitors and 300 drams for visitors to taste.

There will also be a number whisky masterclasses visitors can take part in.

The festival is the largest whisky event of its type outside of London with distillers from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, India and USA.

You don’t have to be a die-hard enthusiast. There’s a lot to see and taste, for newbies and experts alike, backed up by industry professionals from the distilleries offering lots of friendly advice and information.

I think people will be amazed with the whiskies they will be tasting at the event. People will go away with much more confidence about their whisky knowledge.”

– Tim Robbins, Marketing and Events Manager at Nickolls and Perks

More details: Midlands Whisky Festival.


Crews damping down after fire destroys luxury cars

Crews are now damping down after a fire destroyed several luxury vehicles at a repair shop in Wordsley in Stourbridge this afternoon.

Eight pumps had to attend Central Sports Cars to put out the blaze.

Firefighters damp down following the blaze Credit: Brierly Hill Fire Station
Central Sports Cars in Wordsley Credit: Brierly Hill Fire Station

Six luxury cars destroyed by flames in Stourbridge fire

Luxury vehicles were destroyed in the blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Emergency services have confirmed that six luxury vehicles were destroyed by a fire at a vehicle repair shop in Wordsley in Stourbridge.

They managed to save five other cars using eight fire engines at the height of the fire.

Luxury cars were also destroyed in a fire at a Digbeth car workshop last month. Read more here.

Eight fire engines battle fire involving multiple cars in building in Wordsley

Eight fire engines and a hydraulic platform are currently being used to deal with a fire involving multiple cars in a building.

Emergency services are warning people to avoid the incident which began on Plant Street in Wordsley near Stourbridge.

Emergency services have confirmed that the whole roof of the building has been affected. Firefighters are fighting the blaze from outside for their own safety.


Teenager arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences released on bail

The 18-year-old was arrested at a house in Lye Credit: PA

A West Midlands teenager arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences has been released on police bail.

The 18-year-old, from Stourbridge, near Birmingham, was arrested at a house in Lye by West Midlands Counter Terrorism officers in a pre-planned operation.

Officers later seized computer equipment from his home address for forensic examination.

"The action was pre-planned and intelligence-led and police are keen to stress there was no immediate threat to public safety.

"The man - arrested on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 - has been bailed until a date in July when he will return for further questioning."

– A West Midlands Police spokesman

The man has surrendered his passport and must abide by an overnight curfew while on bail.

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