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20 firefighters tackle flat blaze overnight in Tipton

More than 20 firefighters attended a serious fire in a block of flats in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

It happened during the latest wave of firefighters strikes.

This was a serious fire in a low-rise block of flats, which had the potential to be a great deal worse.

It happened half-way through the latest one-hour strike by firefighters. However, our contingency plans were in place which meant that we were able to send five fire crews and one of our hydraulic platforms to the scene. They quickly put in place assertive tactics to deal with the fire safely and effectively.

At the end of the strike, when our night crews returned to duty across the brigade at midnight, a number attended the scene to support our contingency arrangements.

The fire affected all of the flat in which it started. Our expert fire investigators will be looking into what caused it.

– Area Commander Simon Shilton (Emergency Response) of WMFS

A man and a woman jumped from third storey windows to escape the blaze. Both were treated at the scene and taken to hospital.


Little leukaemia survivor walks again - the moment his parents thought they would never see

A three-year-old from Tipton who found a bone marrow match after a national campaign has taken his first steps following his life saving operation.

His proud parents have released the footage, courtesy of BPM Media, to encourage others to sign up to the bone marrow register.

Gaurav Bains spent almost six months recovering from the operation and was recorded by his parents as he learned to walk all over again.

His mother Gurprit said: "It was overwhelming seeing him walk – it was just as precious as when he took his first ever steps.

He still needs physiotherapy because his muscles tightened as he spent three months in a hospital bed."

Marriage important 'to be equal' say newly-wed couple

Two women made history today when they became the first couple to have a same sex marriage at a register office in the Midlands.

Rebecca and Sarah Billington-Green were married just hours after a change in the law allowing people of the same sex to be married rather than have a civil partnership.


Tipton couple make history as same sex marriage comes into force

Same sex couples will be able to wed from today as the new law permitting same sex marriage comes into force.

Rebecca Green and Sarah-Louise Billington at their commitment ceremony Credit: Matthew Billington Photography

Rebecca Green and Sarah-Louise Billington from Tipton will make history when they become one of the first couples to take advantage of the change in the law when they marry later this morning.

The couple have been together for three years and have an 18-month-old son.

Drug dealer John Anslow found not guilty of murder

John Anslow Credit: Staffordshire Police

A prisoner who at one point was considered Britain's most wanted man has been found not guilty of the murder of a father who was shot in his bed.

John Anslow, 33, from Tipton, was cleared by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court of arranging the murder of Richard Deakin, 27, in Chasetown, Staffordshire.

Richard Deakin was shot in his bed at his home Credit: Staffordshire Police

It can now be revealed that Anslow is currently in prison for a number of offences including conspiring to escape from prison and the supplying of drugs.

The gunman, David Harrison, and the driver of the getaway car, Darryl Dickens, were jailed for life for a minimum of 37 and 30 years respectively for the murder of Mr. Deakins.

David Harrison is serving life in prison for the murder of Richard Deakins Credit: Staffordshire Police
Darryl Dickens is serving life in prison for murder Credit: Staffordshire Police

Anslow, who denied involvement in the murder, had been on the run for more than a year after escaping from a prison van in Worcestershire in January 2012.

He was eventually arrested in Northern Cyprus in March 2013 for immigration offences and deported back to the UK.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Harding, who led the murder investigation, said: “We accept the decision returned by the jury today which follows a very lengthy investigation into the tragic murder of Burntwood man Richard Deakin, 27, in July 2010.

“We are very disappointed by the result but we cannot lose sight of the fact that Anslow is already serving a significant prison sentence"

Police want to find man missing from Nottingham

Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in January Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from Nottingham, who also has links to areas of the West Midlands.

Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in the Radford area of Nottingham at about 8.30pm on Sunday 5 January this year.

The Polish national is known to have friends in Radford, Sherwood and Hyson Green in Nottingham, as well as Tipton in the West Midlands.

The 22-year-old is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair and a muscular build.

He has a number of distinctive tattoos, including a set of lips on his neck and a cat on his ankle.

He was last seen wearing a grey hooded jumper, dark jeans and black trainers.

Det Sgt Claire Fowler said:

We are extremely concerned about Bogdan and I know his family just want to know he is safe.

We are doing extensive enquiries in Nottinghamshire, including translations of our posters for the Polish community. We are also extending our search nationally in the hope that someone may recognise his picture or may have seen him.

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