One of the West Midlands’ longest-serving MPs is to stand down after 35 years in Parliament.
Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd has written to the chairman of his constituency party to say he will not stand again at next year’s general election.
The Tory, who has represented Aldridge-Brownhills since 1979, is 71. He was knighted in 2003.
Police are searching for a missing 50-year-old woman from Nottingham.
Gloris Smith disappeared at 2pm yesterday, and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.
They believe the Nuthall resident may be in the Worksop area.
She is described as black, about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with black hair.
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TRAFFIC ALERT - Ansty Road and Melowdew Road, Coventry both closed due to fallen tree. Avoid area if possible. Police on scene.
Councils in the Black Country have joined forces with West Midlands Police in an unprecedented bid to ban boy racers.
Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell councils have submitted an application to the High Court in Birmingham with support from officers in the region, in the hope of introducing a blanket ban against so-called car cruising.
Police say car cruising, when people meet up to race or show off their cars' speed or handling on the roads, has claimed at least four lives on Black Country roads in recent years, and caused many more crashes.
Regular meets, held at hotspots like the Black Country Route in Bilston, Wolverhampton, and the Birmingham New Road from Dudley to Wolverhampton, can attract hundreds of cars and even more spectators each time.
Police are looking for three men after a woman was attacked in an alleyway, after a night out in Walsall.
The 20-year-old was walking along Springhill Road at around 3am on Sunday 14th September.
Three men pulled her into a passageway near the Shell petrol station and attacked her, but she managed to escape unhurt.
The offenders are believed to be two Asian men and a white man, all in their 20s and of medium build.
Police have released images of two men they want to speak to about the theft of a car.
A white Vauxhall Insignia was stolen during a burglary at an address in Runcorn, Cheshire between 10am and 3.30pm on August 25.
The car was found two days later on Victoria Street in Willenhall, Walsall.
"We’d like to hear from anyone who recognises them from the images provided or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time.”
A Manchester drug dealer who was carrying £2million-worth of heroin was nabbed by West Midlands Police on his way through Walsall.
David Partington of Roch Crescent in Whitefield has been jailed for over 7 years.
On May 15, Partington had picked up a consignment of heroin worth £1.97 million and was on his way home via the M6 when motorway cops stopped him just outside Walsall near to Junction 10.
They searched the 30-year-old’s Range Rover and found, hidden in a draw string bag, 10 house brick sized blocks of heroin.
When text messages where checked they revealed that he had sent a message saying: "I’ve got 10 Kilo on Board I’m being safe."
At first Partington pleaded not guilty but following the disclosure of the evidence he changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for 7 years 4 months for supplying drugs at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday 30 September.
"Partington was so sure of himself he sent a text saying he was on his way home after hiding the drugs inside the boot of his car. He wasn’t expecting to be stopped by motorway officers just before midnight.
"What he didn’t realise was that by sending the message he had implicated himself which made it very difficult for him to claim he was innocent.
"We are pleased with the sentencing; West Midlands Police takes drug criminality very seriously and will do everything within its power to stop the supply and dealing of drugs."
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.
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.
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.
The horse was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency vet.
A teenager is due in court accused of shooting a man in the face with an air rifle.
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.