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Lawnmowers fitted with GPS to tackle shed burglary

Burglars beware - everyday tools are being fitted with specialised tracking systems to help police catch crooks who target garden sheds.

Lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and power cleaners are being fitted with the trackers by police in Dudley, as part of a 'capture shed' scheme to help reunite victims with their stolen goods.

Lawnmowers are being used to fight crime in Dudley Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The kit uses tiny CCTV cameras and satellite information to track the items which have been stolen, and can be fitted inside sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

The 'capture sheds' will be set up in areas where there have been a spate of burglaries reported in the past - as burglars often return to people they have targeted before, knowing they will have replaced their goods.

Officers will unveil the technology at en event at the Ryemarket in Stourbridge today.

False alarm after 'grenade-like' device found in Stourbridge

Police have said a device believed to be a grenade, which was found in Stourbridge, was a car part.

Experts were called out to Ludge Bridge Rook off Wollescote Road following the discovery, at around 10am on Sunday morning.

The area was closed off for several hours.

West Midlands Police have said the object was in fact a hydro-pneumatic suspension cylinder from a car.

Midland Tesco stores under fire for stocking 'dirty' tuna

Tesco stores in the Midlands have come under fire after an investigation discovered they were selling a brand of tuna criticised for its fishing methods.

Oriental & Pacific tuna has been labelled one of the "dirtiest on supermarket shelves" by activist group Greenpeace and by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Tesco stores in Birmingham and Stourbridge are among those facing criticism Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

People in Birmingham and Stourbridge helped in an investigation to discover which stores still had this and other 'unsustainable' brands on the shelves.

Oriental & Pacific are said to use fishing methods which are lethal to sharks, rays and turtles.

Greenpeace accused the supermarket chain of "rolling back" a pledge to protect ocean wildlife by filling the shelves with "dirty" tuna, despite a promise to to 100 per cent pole- and line-caught tuna in their own-brand products.


Man's leg crushed by rolling car

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a car rolled off a driveway and over his leg.

Emergency services arrived at the address off Roman Road, Norton, in Stourbridge shortly before 11:45am.

Ambulance services gave him pain relief before airlifting him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for emergency treatment.

Extra patrols in town centre to protect festive revellers

Extra police officers and Street Pastors will be out and about in Stourbridge tonight as part of a project to keep festive revellers safe.

The Safer Stourbridge Project also includes dedicated first aid services thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service and St John's Ambulance.

One of the clubs in Stourbridge High Street, where extra patrols will take place Credit: Google Maps

West Midlands Fire Service has donated the community room of the town's fire station to be used as a first aid centre, and taxi marshals will be sent out to try to ensure any party-goers get home safely.

The Safer Stourbridge Project is a joint venture between Dudley Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance and Stourbridge Street Pastors.

It is being stepped up over the Christmas holidays to help with the festive increase in nightlife.

Michael Jackson's hat fetches thousands at auction

The hat worn by Michael Jackson when he sang 'Billie Jean' during the most-watched TV special ever has fetched £3,840 at auction.

The black fedora hat was among 17 items of the King of Pop's memorabilia donated by his friend, David Gest, to a British auctioneers.

Michael Jackson's hat Credit: South-West News Pictures Desk

The 60-year-old American TV producer gave the gifts to Fieldings auction house in Stourbridge, who sold them for a total of £30,000 on Saturday.

Michael Jackson's hat Credit: South-West News Pictures Desk

The collection included the hat worn for the 30th Anniversary concerts in New York in 2001 - the last major performance before Jackson's death - which was viewed by 450 million viewers worldwide.

Michael Jackson's signature Credit: South-West News Pictures Desk

DfT: Crash highlighted 'need for more stringent safety'

A statement from the Department for Transport has said that the 1993 minibus crash which killed twelve children saw a change in the law over wearing seatbelts. A spokesperson said:

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who died of the 1993 minibus crash, in which 12 children and their teacher lost their lives.

The crash highlighted the need for more stringent safety measures on school transport vehicles. The law was subsequently changed in 1997, making it a requirement for seatbelts to be fitted in all minibuses and coaches carrying three or more children on an organised trip. Since 2001, all new buses, including minibuses and coaches, are required to have seatbelts fitted, apart from buses designed to carry standing passengers.

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