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Family of stab death teen Rosie Ross honoured by police

The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Birmingham has been honoured by police for their "tireless" charity work.

Rosie Ross, aged 16, was attacked at random in Centenary Square in 2001 by a man with schizophrenia. Since then, her family has raised around £300,000 through their charity Rosie’s Helping Hands, which helps raise awareness of knife crime in Rosie's home town of Walsall.

Karen Ross with Ch Cons Chris Sims at the ceremony on Wednesday Credit: West Midlands Police

Rosie's mother Karen received the award from officers on Wednesday.

Sgt Richard Jacques said she had also helped run a training session for young people on the issue.

Karen truly inspired all of our officers with her heartfelt and very personal story.

The training ran from November to February 2014 and during that time Karen came to every session. She gave up a lot of her own time over several months to attend the sessions.

She has given and continues to give a great deal of time and effort to benefit the police service and wider community of Walsall.

The award was given to Karen and her family in recognition of her courage and determination. She was determined to turn her grief into something positive and through the Rosie’s Helping Hands charity she continues to do so.

– Sgt Richard Jacques, West Midlands Police

Horse dead and three children injured after an accident in Walsall

A young boy riding on a horse and a teenage girl suffered serious injuries after a collision involving a car and a horse drawn cart. The boy sustained a serious head injury and had to be anaesthetised at the scene before being taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital. The 17-year-old girl who was on the cart and thrown some distance in the collision was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with spinal injuries.

The accident happened at the junction of Chester Road and Lazy Hill in Stonnall near Walsall yesterday evening.

“A man and two-year-old boy, both from the cart, were assessed by ambulance staff and found to have suffered less serious injuries. Both were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital. “The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 70s, sustained a minor head injury. He was also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson

The horse was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency vet.


Teenager in court after man shot in face with air rifle

A teenager is due in court accused of shooting a man in the face with an air rifle.

The 36-year-old was taken to hospital to have the pellet removed after it became lodged in his face Credit: PA

The 17-year-old was arrested following claims he attacked a man driving his car when he reached the junction of Milton Street and Bescot Street in Walsall yesterday afternoon.

The 36-year-old was taken to hospital to have the pellet removed after it became lodged in his face.

Man missing from Walsall for almost a week

Horrific hit-and-run leaves teenager severely disabled

A man from Walsall says he hasn't got any sort of life after being mowed down by a speeding driver which left him severely disabled.

Stuart has been left disabled and has had to learn how to breathe, speak and eat again. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Stuart Fisher, who is now 36, has been speaking to help raise awareness about safety on our roads.

It comes as West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police made a new video to warn drivers about the devastating consequences crashes can have on families. James Clark reports.

You can watch the full video on Youtube here:

Campaign to keep bus travel free for the over-sixties

Campaigners from Walsall will deliver a petition to Downing Street today calling for the over-sixties to continue to be allowed free bus travel.

There has been pressure from within the coalition to scrap free bus passes Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There has been pressure from within the coalition to scrap free bus passes, which is thought to cost a billion pounds a year.


Man in his 80s thrown from car and trapped against kerb

A man was trapped under the wheels of his car for almost an hour after being thrown from the vehicle this afternoon.

Paramedics found the driver, believed to be in his 80s, stuck between the car’s front wheel and the kerb.

The crash happened at Barr Beacon car park near Walsall Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The crash happened at Barr Beacon car park near Walsall, shortly before 3pm.

The man suffered serious head, arm and back injuries and was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.

Missing woman's body found in Burntwood

Amanda Hawkins Credit: West Midlands Police

A body found in a field in Burntwood is that of a missing woman.

Amanda Hawkins was discovered on farmland off Meerash Lane last month.

The 44-year-old from Walsall went missing in May and a search was launched to find her.

The coroner said her death is not being treated as suspicious.

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