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Man accused of hiring hitman to kill ex-wife back in court

A Walsall man is due to appear before an American court today charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.

William Wallace, aged 33, was caught up in a child support and custody battle with his former partner while living in Santa Ana, California. He is accused of telling a private investigator he wanted her dead, and asking whether he knew anyone would murder he and dispose of the body.

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William Wallace Credit: District Attorney's Office, Orange County

The investigator was the one who turned him in to police.

Bail has been set for Wallace, formerly of the Yew Tree Estate, at $2 million (£1.2m). If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 26 years to life in a state prison.

Wallace denies the charges.

Young boy, 12, dies after being hit by lorry

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a lorry in Walsall this afternoon.

The youngster was in Chester Road, Brownhills, near the Anchor Pub, when the crash happened just before 3.30pm.

Paramedics tried to save him but he had suffered a cardiac arrest in the accident and he died at the scene. The road is still closed.

The crash happened in Brownhills, Walsall, this afternoon
The crash happened in Brownhills, Walsall, this afternoon Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Sgt Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit, appealed for any witnesses to come forward with any information which might help the investigation.

This happened at a busy time of day on a busy road and we need anyone who witnessed this tragic incident to call me or one of my team.

The family of the boy are currently being assisted by specialist officers at this sad time.

The 61-year-old lorry driver has spoken to officers and is helping with enquiries.

Carpentry, joinery and fashion among careers on show

Careers in carpentry, joinery, fashion and sports will all be on show today as hundreds of students in the Black Country will get the chance to try their hand at potential jobs for the future.

Sandwell College and Walsall College have teamed up to hold the Sandwell & Walsall Skills Show Experience, which will be staged at Bank's Stadium in Walsall from 10am until 7pm.

Carpentry is one of the careers on show today
Carpentry is one of the careers on show today Credit: NEIL MUNNS/PA

Food demonstrations, dog grooming, nail art, business quizzes, computer games design, a virtual catwalk and an automotive challenge will all be taking place, while employers including the NHS, Bandals and the AA will be offering advice to job hunters.

Scott Upton, vice principal at Sandwell College, welcomed the launch of the event.

Skills are the key to people building rewarding careers as the economy recovers.

At this event, a wide range of skills will be on show, as well as opportunities for young people and young adults who are the future of our region.

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Delays on the M6 after van catches fire

There are still severe delays on the M6
There are still severe delays on the M6 Credit: Twitter/@stokeslee

There are still severe delays on the M6 southbound near Walsall as firefighters tackle a blazing van.

Fire crews were called to the blaze between J10a and J11a at around 11.10am.

Lanes 3 and 4 are now open but 1 and 2 remain closed.

Traffic northbound is still slow due to speed restrictions in place.

Walsall North MP 'surprised' at hospital's mistake

The MP for Walsall North has told ITV News Central he is surprised that a hospital in his constituency has stored the remains of unborn babies.

I again express my surprise over what has been discovered regarding the disposal of foetal remains at the Manor hospital.

This undoubtedly will cause concern to a number of families in the borough, and possibly elsewhere.

Richard Kirby, the hospital’s chief executive, has stated that this is an administrative error, and has apologised accordingly. Though the Trust is to conduct an immediate internal investigation, it is essential that this is done thoroughly, and there are no cover-ups.

All the facts must be brought before the public, and as quickly as possible. We expect no less.

– David Winnick, MP for Walsall North

Unborn babies 'kept' at Walsall Manor Hospital

Walsall Manor Hospital says the foetuses were not cremated due to an administrative error
Walsall Manor Hospital says the foetuses were not cremated due to an administrative error Credit: PA Wire

There has been a delay in the cremation of miscarried and aborted foetuses at Walsall Manor Hospital, it has been revealed.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust says the foetuses were not cremated due to an error where staff failed to sent the correct forms to the mortuary.

The Trust says the remains range from very early pregnancy (5 weeks) up to 21 weeks pregnancy, mainly as the result of terminations and miscarriages. Most are from 2012 and 2013.

ITV News Central has learnt 73 of the 86 samples were below 12 weeks in gestation.

It says remains will be appropriately disposed of in line with its usual processes.

An immediate internal investigation is taking place while the hospital will be inspected by the Human Tissue Authority on 25 March.

Richard Kirby, Chief Executive of Walsall Manor Hospital, said “It is clear that in some cases the Trust has kept remains following terminations and miscarriages for longer than we should have done.

“I would like to apologise to each and every patient who has been affected by this and would like to reassure anyone who might be using our services now or in the future of our dedication in ensuring that this situation does not arise again.

A dedicated helpline is being set up on 0345 835 7626.

Police find baby safe and well but still looking for father

Police searching for a father and his nine-week-old baby have found a baby safe and well. But police say they are still looking for the father, Stuart Adams.

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UPDATE: Officers searching for a father and his nine-week-old have this afternoon found a baby safe and well.

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The child has been taken to hospital as a precaution to be checked over.

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Meanwhile searches for missing Stuart Adams are ongoing and anyone who has seen him should contact us by calling 101.

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