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.
We're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing Walsall man Jason Whitehouse. Seen him? Call 101. http://t.co/Uyx7sdqh1D
Jason Whitehouse is white, 5ft 6ins tall, slim build, with receding hair. He was last seen wearing a grey zip up hoodie and black t-shirt.
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 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:
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, which is thought to cost a billion pounds a year.
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, 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.
Police are concerned for the welfare of a hospital patient who has gone missing.
On August 21, 43-year-old Jason Whitehouse walked out of Walsall Manor Hospital where he was receiving treatment.
He is described as 5ft 6ins tall of slim build and with receding hair.
Police searching for missing Walsall woman Leslie Squire say she has returned home safe and well.
The 58-year-old from Chuckery was last seen on 18 August and returned home following a police appeal.