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Parents that lost children in crash call for regulation

Parents that lost children in the crash on the M40 in 1993 are now calling for measures to ensure that voluntary operated buses are regulated properly and for drivers to be licensed by the DVLA.

Around 140,000 buses are driven in the UK on a voluntary basis.

The campaigners say the government could have prevented the M40 crash if the buses were properly regulated.

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Shopping centre transformation puts hundreds back to work - full report

by Chris Halpin

Peter Croxford is one of 98 long-term unemployed people to be employed at a new Tesco store in Stourbridge.

The 63-year-old was made redundant last year after 40 years in the car industry but is now training as a fishmonger with the supermarket chain after joining through Tesco's regeneration partnership scheme, which aims to get unemployed people back into work.

The store opens on October 31 and will be employing 350 people in total. Chris Halpin reports.

Pilot death: Investigation into collision to take place

The pilot killed has yet to be formally identified
The pilot killed has yet to be formally identified Credit: ITV News Central

An investigation is to take place after a pilot was killed when his microlight aircraft crashed into pylons in Stourbridge.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch will look into the circumstances of the collision at Barratt's Coppice, Bridgnorth Road as part of their investigation.

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Hammer-wielding robbers threaten staff at Spar shop

Two masked men armed with a hammer stormed into a Stourbridge convenience store, emptying the tills and stealing cigarettes and alcohol.

Staff at the Spar in Wordsley Green Shopping Centre were threatened with a hammer when the pair burst in at around 10.30pm on Monday.

The men, who were wearing ski masks, then jumped over the counter and prised open the tills, filling cream-coloured builders' sacks with goods before escaping with their haul out through the back of the store.

A Spar shop in Wordsley was raided by two robbers armed with a hammer
A Spar shop in Wordsley was raided by two robbers armed with a hammer Credit: JANE MINGAY/PA

Det Cons Mark Fletcher urged any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

"Although nobody working at the shop was injured this was a frightening experience and they were left very shaken by what happened," he said.

"Although this happened fairly late in the evening there is a good chance there may have been other people in the area who may have seen the men either entering the store or fleeing."

Bearded-dragon reptile given oxygen in Stourbridge

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. @firebrierley have rescued a bearded dragon from the cellar of a house in Lye, Stourbridge after a small elec fire involving its tank...

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... they gave it oxygen therapy and it's now been taken to a local vet. No-one hurt.

A bearded dragon is a reptile, usually found in Australia, known for the spiny scales around its throat.

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